Heather Baines is the founder of Roots of Wellness Ayurveda. As a cooperative of Ayurvedic practitioners, Heather partnered with Terra Rafael of Wise Womanhood in 2014, and later expanded to include Ayurvedic bodywork and pancha karma body therapies. Today Heather offers her services at two exceptional Ayurvedic facilities in the Boulder, Colorado area:
- The ritual healing space at Lalita Soma Ayurveda provides Ayurvedic Rejuvenation Therapies and bodywork under the deeply intuitive, sensual, and healing hands of Sabrina Dokas. Heather Baines is honored to practice with Sabrina, offering Ayurvedic healthcare and Core Synchronism treatments at their Boulder, CO office in the historic home of Duggan Chiropractic at 2439 Broadway Street.
- At the anointing sanctuary of Soma Mountain Rejuvenation you can book yourself a pancha karma retreat in a group or private setting. Pancha karma healing retreats are offered in Longmont, CO and Joshua Tree, CA, under the care of Dr. Ashley and Heather Marie. Heather Baines offers her care to take you deeper into your daily dina– and rutucharya (daily and seasonal practices) prior to or upon completion of pancha karma, to help solve medical mysteries, and to further accelerate the deep healing of Ayurveda.
Following a deep inner sense, Heather discovered Ayurveda nearly 20 years ago, after watching her father fight and succumb to a rare form of cancer. As she brought food to nourish him, and to nourish her family as they cared for him, his fight reminded her that not all is war. Health and healing must be a conscious act of consistent care, focus, diligent practice and attention. She likens her discovery of Ayurveda to a “remembering,” which led her to reclaim her lineage, to work with and through past generations of family traumas, and to retune her relationships, under the vision and purpose of becoming a healthy grandmother to a healthy family. At 27 years old, in her first trimester pregnant with her daughter, she declared this vital purpose and intention to break the patterns and cycles of intergenerational trauma which existed within her family structure.
The ocean of knowledge and bliss that is the practice of Ayurveda reminds Heather that she is one with nature, a Divine expression of wisdom, of what simply is, and that her purpose is to be with, to acknowledge, and to work towards flow, balance, and harmony among seeming opposites. In Ayurveda these opposites show up in the expression of the doshas, in the fundamental qualities of the traditional five elements, in their dance, as they form matter, in their dynamism, and in their expansive silence. Her mother has always reminded her, “we live in a fluid environment.” Heather has discovered that the health of the body, of our mental state, of our relationships, and of our spiritual practices relies on both flow and stillness, of expansiveness and containment, of action and receptivity.
These states are experienced by every human being. When we find ourselves too reliant on one state at the expense of the others, illness and disease follow. The masculine and the feminine, the engaged and the passive, the thinker and the doer, the producer and the caregiver – it is our work as human beings to find the right rhythm, right timing, and right space to live into the fullness of who we came to be, to be the best, the highest, the most authentic and joyful version of who we are – to find a harmony among all of these states of human being-ness.
It is my honor and privilege to walk a ways with you, on your healing path, on your path of becoming.
ॐ सह नाववतु।
सह नौ भुनक्तु।
सह वीर्यं करवावहै।
ॐ शान्तिः शान्तिः शान्तिः ॥
Oṁ Saha nāvavatu
saha nau bhunaktu
Saha vīryam karavāvahai
Oṁ Shāntiḥ, Shāntiḥ, Shāntiḥ,
O sacred holy Word, may we be protected
May we all be nourished
May we work together with great energy
May our intellect be sharpened (may our study together be effective)
Let there be no animosity amongst us
Om, peace, peace, peace
More about Heather
Heather served as President of the Board of Directors of the Colorado Ayurveda Medical Association (COLORAMA) from from 2015-2020. COLORAMA aims to advance public understanding, acceptance and adoption of Ayurvedic health care. She previously served as Governance Chair and as a board member from 2014-2020.
A professional member of the National Ayurvedic Medical Association (NAMA) since 2012, Heather is also a lifetime member of the Association of Ayurvedic Professionals of North America (AAPNA).
Heather graduated Ayurved Vaidya Visharad (Ayurvedic Practitioner) and Ayurved Bhishakgwara (Doctorate of Ayurveda) under the primary instruction of Alakananda Ma at Alandi Ashram and Ayurveda Gurukula and Dr. Bharat Vaidya of Ayurved Sadhana Vidyalaya. As Pharmacy Director at the Alandi Ayurveda Clinic and Gurukula, Heather mastered the art and science of custom formulation and Ayurvedic medicine making.
Heather extends a deep bow of gratitude to her lineage of teachers living and passed: Alakananda Ma and Sadananda-ji, Dr. Bharat Vaidya and his family at Ayurved Sadhana for advanced studies of traditional Ayurveda, Paramahamsa Prajnanananda, Paramahamsa Hariharananda, Paramahamsa Yogananda, Shri Anandi Ma and Dileepji, and the many other luminaries of Ayurveda who give so much to make the world a better, more peaceful and blissful place.
Heather completed her certification as a Core Synchronism practitioner under the instruction and mentorship of Alyssa Gillespie in the lineage of Dr. Robert Stevens and the New Mexico School of Natural Therapeutics. You can find Alyssa at her Trinity Shores Wellness Center.
Heather also studies and works with the fundamentals of Nordic Shamanism. She traveled with her daughter Marlow to Trondheim, Norway, in 2023 to sleep on the forest floor, gather in circle, and venture into the lower and upper realms, with the single intention of reconnecting with her Nordic ancestry and spirit helpers. Kai Uwe Faust (Heilung) and Bella provided instruction and guidance into pre-Christian ritual and practices at the farm located on a Viking settlement which dates back 1000 years, hosted by Ingrid Galadriel, in the heart of the fjords in the region of Trøndelag, Norway.
Contact Heather today, for the care and support you need and deserve.
Please note that Roots of Wellness Ayurveda adheres to patient confidentiality and individual health information privacy in accordance with HIPAA Privacy Rules.
Heather Baines is not a licensed physician or medical doctor. As appropriate, I will work with you to coordinate your Ayurvedic healthcare protocols with your medical care team. All herbal and supplemental remedies and formulations are checked for pharmaceutical drug interactions and contraindications, as well as for efficacy based on published scientific medical research. Offering the highest standards of care and integrity in full compliance with the Colorado Natural Health Consumer Protection Act, Colorado SB 13-215. For more information about Health Freedom in Colorado, please visit our friends at National Health Freedom Action.