Carol Nace works with
clients on an individual basis at Bodhi Ayurveda in
Mequon. She said the ancient healing system was
beneficial to her, which led her to become a certified
Photo by Mark Justesen
MEQUON — When life caught up with Carol Nace, owner of
Mequon’s Bodhi Ayurveda, she took matters into her own
hands. Not only did she ultimately find her way back to
wellness, her path also led her to a new venture.
started to get sick,” she said. “I was having all sorts
of anxiety, I was gaining weight – I was in my mid-30s
and my hormones were going out of whack. I thought, ‘I
am way too young for this to be happening to me. Is this
really possible?’” She didn’t want to find herself with
a fistful of prescriptions that would treat her symptoms
without actually healing her body.
had learned about Ayurveda in a yoga class and thought
maybe that approach could help me,” she said.
Ayurveda is an ancient healing system that began in
modern-day India through the use of nutrition,
lifestyle, herbs and bodywork.
“It’s different for every person, but what it has in
common is that it’s about doing what is right for you in
a particular moment,” she said. “It’s about using food
and self care to nurture yourself to better health.”
Bodhi Ayurveda opened in Mequon earlier this year.
Photo by Mark Justesen
Nace began educating herself, eventually seeking out
consultation and formal instruction to learn more about
Ayurveda to heal herself and to ultimately help others.
“For myself, within 30 days of incorporating an
Ayurvedic lifestyle, I knew I was feeling much better,”
she said. “People were noticing the change in me as
she’s a Certified Ayurveda Practitioner, Panchakarma
Technician and a Licensed Massage Therapist, all of
which she incorporates into her approach with clients.
While she has provided services to clients since 2011,
she opened her Mequon location this year.
“I’ve always had a bit of an entrepreneurial spirit, and
I really felt there was a need in the North Shore to do
this,” she said, noting that there are a very limited
number of practitioners in the area. “It’s something
that you really needed to seek out if you were
interested in it.”
Ayurveda does have its roots in India, but it’s not
exactly prevalent in the culture.
would say its more like there are hints of it in
day-to-day life,” she said. “Some of the herbs are used
in Indian cooking, but there are certain diet
combinations in Indian cooking that are not Ayurvedic in
nature, for example.”
While Ayurveda is woven into the country’s culture, it’s
a fairly new concept to Western culture and medicine.
What’s interesting, however, is that there is a bit of a
shift happening that connects the approaches.
“There’s a growing movement called ‘functional
medicine,’ which looks at the correlation between how
and why we do things, and the effect things have on our
health,” she said. “It’s much more food and lifestyle
based, which is what Ayurveda is.”
Currently, Bohdi Ayurveda works with clients on a
one-on-one basis in providing both Ayurveda and massage
services. Nace is also planning an upcoming retreat to
Mexico for clients, which will offer the opportunity to
create their own Ayurvedic wellness plan.
Additionally, she also welcomes inquiries into this
approach to wellness.