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 (CYT 750), 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.
FROM THE BLOG
This has been a year of great triumphs and deep, penetrating stresses. I find it important that we acknowledge our unedited lives so we can find solace and realness with each other. I would love to let you in, and if you’re keen on it, read on.
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.
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.
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