A path to wellness
Focus is on nutrition, lifestyle, herbs, bodywork

By Laurie Arendt - News Graphic Staff

Oct. 24, 2017

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 practitioner.
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.

“I 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.

“I 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 well.”

Now 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.

“I 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.