“As we embrace our passions and delve into the mystery of life, we unite with the majestic complexity of nature; and if we follow the signs, this can help us understand who we really are.”
- Sebastian Pole
To heal the world, you must first heal yourself
Valerie Hwang is an Ayurvedic Health Counselor Intern at the California College of Ayurveda. As the founder of Intrepid Ayurveda, her intention as a practitioner is to provide her clients with the tools and guidance necessary for bringing the body and mind back into a state of harmony. Harmony optimizes the body's potential to heal itself, and from a state of complete health we are unstoppable in our potential to live our lives to the fullest.
Valerie grew up in suburban Long Island in a town with very little connection to the spiritual traditions of her ancestors. However, her curious mind always led her to wonder about the complexities of the human condition - Why do people attach themselves to certain identities? Why do people treat each other so badly? What can I do to make the world a more peaceful place? The pursuit to understand the world and its people led her down many different paths, as a school teacher in Japan, as a professional hip hop dance artist, an international exchange and travel guide, and other positions where she hoped to heal others through connection and exploration.
As time moved on, she came to realize how much of other's suffering she was trying to bear on her own two shoulders. She also realized that no matter how flashy the fame, how delicious the meal, how exotic the destination - no glory or indulgence was ever going to heal that suffering. One day, while she was soaking in a luxurious hot spring in the beautiful mountains of Japan, looking out at the view, she found herself sobbing, empty and miserable. She returned to the States knowing that it was time to make a change. Inspired by her close friends, she started practicing meditation and Ashtanga yoga to search for answers from within. As Paulo Coelho wrote in The Alchemist, "And, when you want something, all the universe conspires in helping you to achieve it." One serendipitous day, she was introduced to Ayurveda - the knowledge and wisdom of life, providing all who follow its path with the access to peace, health, and inner harmony. She is forever grateful to be on this path and is honored to have the opportunity to bring this knowledge to others.
Valerie's Story on Love+Live+Life Podcast
To hear more about Valerie's personal journey of self-healing, tune into this featured episode of Love+Live+Life hosted by Yuko Kudo. Love+Live+Life is a podcast that features the stories of artists and healers with a mission to promote social good.
Classical Yoga Nidra Instructor - California College of Ayurveda
Ayurvedic Health Counselor - California College of Ayurveda (expected completion: Nov 2020)
Ayurvedic Health Counselor 1 - California College of Ayurveda
Clinical Ayurvedic Specialist 1 - California College of Ayurveda
M.A. in International Education - New York University
B.S. in Human Development & Psychological Services - Northwestern University
"Valerie has been a positive force since the first day we started talking, so I was more than happy to experience her yoga sessions. The first one in particular being the Yoga Nidra session, which lasted about 45 minutes. I can't believe how quickly time passed, as I completely lost track while I was being guided deeper into the meditative state by her soothing voice. All the stress and fatigue I'd been feeling from changes in my life were lifted completely as I reached an utterly peaceful state; I no longer felt like anything was wrong! So I honestly couldn't have had a better experience. You can tell she is a fun, free spirit from her aura, and is definitely someone you'd enjoy sharing moments with both on and off the mat." - Vikash J.
"I've wanted to do an Ayurvedic health counseling for a while, but haven't had a chance to do so. Well, I have come across Valerie through yoga community offering free intro to Ayurveda, and then I have decided to take the Ayurvedic Health Counseling with her. Well, Valerie first works on figuring out my Ayurvedic body type, finding out the imbalances and balances, and then recommends on treatment plans that fit my body type. So it's been working out quite well for me for the recommendations even though I need some adjustments on food intake and habits. Thank you for your guidance/recommendation! I would recommend someone who is looking for an alternative treatment by trying Ayurvedic health counseling. It would be very beneficial for physical and mental health. Thank you." - Norris C.