Mind Body Connection, Processing Grief, and Ayurveda with Gunny Sodhi

Losing someone we love is one of the most painful experiences we all have to go through. While we all grieve differently, and some people find it hard to heal even after years have passed. As they relive the suffering day by day, they forget that they have a whole life ahead of them. But at one point, you have to unburden yourself from this feeling and move on with your life. 

Once you do, you'll realise how amazing the mind body connection is and how it works.

In this episode, Gunny Sodhi joins us to share a deep and intimate personal story on how he got into Ayurveda. He talks about getting diagnosed with PTSD after his brother passed from a car accident. Gunny emphasises the importance of processing your emotions and explains how Ayurveda helped him heal from his suppressed grief. He then delves into the essence of this medicine system and how its principles on the mind body connection are ingrained in YouVeda's products.

If you want to learn more about incorporating the Ayurvedic techniques of mind body connection into your life, this episode is for you!

Here are three reasons why you should listen to the full episode:

  1. Understand why it’s critical to process emotions properly and not suppress them.
  2. Learn about the science of Ayurveda.
  3. Discover the power of Ayurvedic techniques in dealing with grief.

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Episode Highlights

[04:38] Gunny’s Background and His Brother’s Passing

Gunny grew up in a household with Ayurvedic practitioners. But he didn’t understand its power until much later. In 2006, his brother got into a tragic car accident that led to his death. They were planning to meet that day.

When he heard the news about the accident, Gunny's body went into fight or flight mode. He recalls being in a zombie-like state from the moment he arrived at the hospital until they spread his brother’s ashes.

[08:00] Facing Grief and Processing Emotions

He interpreted the advice ‘be strong’ to mean that he cannot show any emotion. However, he realised that true strength comes from feeling the emotions of grief and sadness. When you feel your emotions, you allow them to be released.

Resisting emotions hinder you from experiencing the resilience of the body and the mind and achieve mind body connection.

[09:56] Getting Diagnosed with PTSD

Gunny didn’t allow himself to feel his emotions. Six months later, his dad diagnosed him with PTSD. He experienced deep anxiety and depression, suicidal thoughts, and every manifestation of suppressing his feelings.

Without allowing yourself to process emotions, your body will forcefully put you through it once you want to move on. Gunny got to a point when he was sick and tired of feeling sick and tired. He knew he had a choice, and he wasn’t going to be that way for the rest of his life.

He then went to his father for help. His dad knew about his situation but never interfered because he knew Gunny wasn't ready.

[11:33] Learning How to Deal with Emotions

His father instructed him to start meditating, change his diet, do yoga, take Ashwagandha, and focus his attention on his life. When his father said that his situation at that time was no longer grief but suffering, it all clicked in Gunny’s head.

Gunny diverted his mind to creative things. He went all-in on entrepreneurship. Gunny felt better week by week. After five weeks, he realised he was totally fine.

[13:22] The Power of Ayurvedic Techniques 

Ayurveda involves different techniques on how the mind works and how quickly you can shift it to develop mind body connection. Gunny carried on the Ayurvedic techniques he applied in dealing with his grief years later. If he goes back to that experience now, he reckons he would have gotten himself out of it in two weeks.

He founded YouVeda to give people the resources he didn't have.

[17:33] The Mind Body Connection in Ayurveda

Ayurveda emphasizes the mind body connection. Furthermore, it stresses balance in the mind body connection, and spirit. Each of us has a unique dosha constitution and a dominant dosha. But we can rotate in and out of doshas throughout the seasons and circumstances of our life.

Ayurveda is a 5000-year old practise that stresses the science of life. Its essence is to live in balance within yourself, the universe, and nature. 

Ayurveda’s most important point is that ‘as the mind conceives, the body follows’. It’s about continuous balance in whatever we do.

[20:18] How Science is now Validating Ancient Practices 

Ancient traditions have existed for many years and are now getting scientific validation. One example is the mind body connection in the gut that impacts our health.

[21:05] Gunny’s Ayurvedic Background

Gunny's father studied Ayurveda in India. Because Ayurveda wasn't licensed in the US, he became a naturopathic doctor. Since Ayurveda and naturopathy are similar modalities involving the mind  body connection, his father combined them in his practice.

His uncle and aunt followed suit from his father.

[22:06] YouVeda’s Products

Doctors with 45 years of clinical experience are responsible for developing their products. His father is also an advisor. YouVeda has products for different modalities: mood, digestion, joints, immunity, overall body.

They’ve combined the greatest natural ingredients with modern science. YouVeda has supplement kits incorporating everything you need in a convenient packet. They also give resources in addition to the products, depending on the modality you choose. 

7 Powerful Quotes

‘The true strength comes in feeling those emotions, being with your grief, letting your body become just overwhelmed with the sadness, with the grief.’

‘Emotions come up to be felt. It’s energy and motion. Once those emotions come up to be felt, eventually, they are released.’

‘I knew that what I was doing was not how the rest of my life was going to be, and I had a choice.’

‘If you've been through hell and your mind plays these tricks, and you've been in the deepest, darkest place, do you want nothing more than just to feel fine?’

‘In its essence, simplicity, [Ayurveda] is to live in balance, balance within yourself, balance within the universe, balance with nature.’

‘As the mind conceives and believes, the body follows.’

‘We need to understand how the body works. It's combining those lifestyle interventions with the right supplements, with some good nutrition, and voila, we have a much better chance of being healthy for a very long time.’

About Gunny

Gunny Sodhi is an Ayurvedic medicine practitioner, entrepreneur, and founder of YouVeda. His company offers premium Ayurvedic holistic solutions, including supplement kits. The foundation of the family-owned business is the 30+ years of combined experience of Gunny, his wife, and his parents. YouVeda's vision is to create a healthier and happier world through Mother Nature's intelligence.

Gunny is also the host of The Balanced Being Podcast. This show serves as a guide to a healthy and balanced lifestyle by incorporating the principles of Ayurveda.

If you wish to connect with Gunny, you may reach out to him on Instagram and LinkedIn. You can also visit YouVeda’s website or on Instagram, Facebook, and YouTube.

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