Sunshine Studios of the Finger Lakes, LLC

Gentle Forward Movement


Balanced health is yours for the taking.

Live the life you dream of by harnessing the power of the natural
elements to achieve deep happiness – in your body, mind, and soul.

It is possible.

Live your life and achieve success through gentle forward movement.

Learning that how I am is exactly right and valuable without needing to change or fix anything to be different led me to a different specialty in the law (that suits my disposition perfectly!) and to being able to share Ayurveda, Yoga, Reiki and Art with people all over the world.

Welcome to Sunshine Studios

Hi, I’m Susan James

I am a Writer, Artist, Board Certified Ayurvedic Health Counselor (NAMA), Yoga Teacher (RYT 500), Reiki Master, and Barefoot Lawyer.

I developed this website to spread sunshine and share with the world the art from my soul as well as the knowledge I have accumulated in my adventures on this planet.


Ayurveda saved me. It gave me health, a work life I finally feel connected to and passionate about, a marriage worthy of all my romantic dreams. Ayurveda even brought me to my art. Even in the deeply imperfect way I practice Ayurveda, Yoga, and Reiki, these ancient healing practices allow me access to the me that is truly me. Ayurveda did this by explaining me to me and giving me a logical template to follow to get health for ME, which is so different from health for others. I am just not like other people, especially most people out there giving health advice today.

I hope to share some of this ancient knowledge, offer Creative Live Wires to decorate your work and living spaces, and generally brighten your day with love and sunshine as often as I can.

Even before I understood the value of the daily practices, Ayurveda gave definition and meaning to the strange and non-linear (I thought) way my mind operated and the confusing and uncooperative (I thought) way my body worked.

The moment I heard about kapha dosha being a natural way a person can be constituted (a little rounder and softer by design), I was immediately freed from years of struggling with diets and diet mentality and self-criticism because I was never able to achieve the sinewy and lithe body of the movie stars.

The moment I heard about the vata dosha that makes people naturally enthusiastic and energetic, changeable and wildly interested in everything, I immediately let go of the guilt and self-condemnation of not being a steady and consistent producer–one career with longevity, for instance.

Learning that how I am is exactly right and valuable without needing to change or fix anything to be different led me to a different specialty in the law (that suits my disposition perfectly!) and to being able to share Ayurveda, Yoga, Reiki, and Art with people all over the world.



How to Fix Tired

How to Fix Tired

Ayurvedically speaking, there are two main reasons you’re tired when it’s not bedtime. And depending on which one you’re dealing with, your approach is completely different.

The Thinking Process: Solo or Group Activity?

The Thinking Process: Solo or Group Activity?

Do you think out loud or to yourself? Do you seek others when you need to work through an issue? Or do you go within? How you behave has everything to do with how you process information. Both ways are valid. Understanding how we think can breed compassion about different communication styles.

Bubble, Bubble, Toil & Trouble

Bubble, Bubble, Toil & Trouble

Finding the relationship of my dreams meant finding the me of my dreams. To cook up lasting love I had to get honest about my needs and brave enough to demand them. This is the real bibbity-bobbity-boo magic.


Are you a doctor?

No, I am not a doctor. I am a board certified Ayurvedic Health Counselor and as such, the information I share on this website will work with diet, lifestyle, and herbs, and offers you support for your physical, mental, and emotional health. If you’re on this site, your doctor may have told you to eat better and get some exercise. That may be all the guidance you’ve received. As an AHC, I can share information on eating better and exercise recommendations, and the all-important question of how to make yourself do all the right things for your health.

I am also a Reiki Practitioner. I will share information that will help your body learn to relax into its own natural healing.

Does Ayurveda cure disease?

Yes and no. Ayurvedic Health Counselors and Reiki Practitioners do not treat disease. This work focuses on supporting you in all your health goals through diet and lifestyle changes that will enhance your ability to concentrate on the disease healing you are doing with your health care practitioner.

There isn’t any disease that wouldn’t benefit from better eating and more balanced living. This is not a one-size fits all. Every person needs a different approach. That approach will change depending on your time of life, your current health, the season. Balanced living needs to be on our daily to do list.

Is Ayurveda a Religion?
No. Ayurveda is a science. Ayurveda is literally translated as “Science of Life.” Ayurveda originated in India 5,000 years ago. Interestingly, even that many years ago, people were struggling with obesity and high blood pressure and high stress. Almost all the issues were the same then as they are now. Luckily, the elements of space, air, fire, water, and earth are the same too. There is always more balance to be had.

When Ayurvedic healing principles were first written down 2,500 years ago, the definition of a healthy person included all aspects of the person. This is the same definition we work with today: “One who is established in the Self, with balanced doshas (our essential nature), balanced digestive fire, properly formed tissues, proper elimination of waste products, well-functioning bodily processes, and whose mind, soul, and senses are filled with bliss is called a healthy person.”

Do you do personal consultations?

I am not currently accepting new clients for Ayurveda, Yoga or Reiki.

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