My name is EvaMaria, and I was born, 60 years ago, into an 'out of the regular box' family. My grandmother became, on the advice of a naturopath doctor, a vegetarian at the age of 20. I am talking about 1919, in Antwerp, Belgium. So from very young age, I was told that I should not eat the meat from animals killed for my sake. As my mother was brought up in a complete vegetarian environment, she was not very good at preparing meat and make it taste. So it was very natural for me not to like meat.
Apart from the vegetarian eating imposed by my grandmother, my mother went to yoga classes with my grandfather when she was 16. Unfortunately, World War II stopped all the yoga activities of father and daughter. Then my mother met my dad who was a student in medicine and specialised in Geriatrics (hence my attraction to rejuvenation therapies). And what the war had started, my father continued as he did not like my mother going to 'strange things' like yoga, exposing her body in strange postures in front of a man… Different times, different opinions. What to say. He was not a vegetarian, but poor people did not eat that much meat. So, I grew up in a mixed family where there was a daily link between health and food from my mother's side, and where medicine was present every day with my father's geriatric practice. As my mum has always chosen for organic food (among the first ones) I was growing up being 'different' all the time with my 'dark bread', my 'sesame cookies', my herbal infusions, my 'no, thanks, I do not eat meat'.
Now, with all this context of my family, do not think that I did go into being healthy… not at all. I had immune system issues from early in my life. Know I think that all this raw food and fruit and cheeses, were not a balanced food diet.
As a young adolescent, I messed up. I screwed up a lot. I have chosen the 'wrong' relations and 'bad' jobs all the time. I submerged myself in post hippy artistic gipsy lifestyle and did not take care of what I was eating, smoking or drinking because I thought partners were forever, my youth was forever, health was forever. I used to be so absurdly unaware and silly until my body and mind were aching both so badly, that I did not have an alternative then diving in and looking for solutions.
And then I started my real journey in the 'health jungle' I started it with some advantage, as I came out of this 'weird' family. It 's hard as there are many solutions out there. But apparently, the lifestyle, introduced by my grandmother was lacking something, and I had to go beyond that. So I started reading about all these different and many times contradicting methods. And then I found that the ways of Ayurveda makes the most sense to me and as I found that functional medicine and quantum physics are confirming with scientific proof what Ayurveda knows since more than 6000 years, I decided to study Ayurveda in 1999.
Ayurveda is known for his rejuvenation techniques and has the accent on food and massage. So, in a way, it brought, what I received from both parents, together.
The studies at the Eisra in Den Haag, Netherlands, made me travel to India, study a couple of months at the Gujarat Ayurved University in Jamnagar. I became interested in Jyotish and did some small course. In 2012, I went back to India, to do a 3-months Tantra Yoga course in Shri Kali Ashram.
As my life path has had a lot of experiences coming with their problems, I also followed courses on depression, alcoholism, men's health, wellness coaching and read a lot about relations, narcissism, and co-dependency. At this moment, I am doing a course on Heart IQ Relationships.