Interview with Georgia McCall
Georgia McCall, allows nature and its seasons to guide her daily rituals and wellbeing. A mender of energy, she is driven to help others physically, emotionally and spiritually heal.
Her healing modalities are rooted in Ayurvedic principles and practices and reiki's understanding of energy. She founded HUM Ayurveda, based in London, as a platform to engage with her clients and aid them in finding nourishment and balance.
McCall unfolds the basics of Ayurveda and the love triangle between healing, mother nature, and the self.
In 2018, I met a radiant ayurvedic doctor in Goa who changed the trajectory of my personal healing. I learned that my raw vegan diet and high-intensity workouts were in fact having a negative impact on my body. Armed with a bundle of herbal supplements and new diet and lifestyle rituals I started my journey with Ayurveda. I began to eat warm and nourishing organic foods and applied Ayurvedic practices to my daily routines. Slowly I started to heal. Naturally.
“For the best part of my early 20’s and 30’s I suffered from anxiety, chronic fatigue, digestive issues, sinusitis, and low moods”.
I fell in love with Ayurveda as an ancient science and its simple yet profound ways to heal. HUM has become a platform to share and practice my deep appreciation for Ayurveda with others.
So Hum is a phrase comprised of two Sanskrit words and the literal translations are:
So: “That” Hum: “I”
Therefore, the translation of So Hum is “I Am That.”
Vedic scholars have interpreted the “That” in the mantra to represent the Universe, and it is now widely understood that the So Hum Mantra symbolizes the fact that we are all connected to the universal energy that is constantly supporting and nourishing us in the ways we need and desire. The So Hum Mantra can be a great fit for your meditation, offering balance with the universe.
Discovering your Dosha by signing up for a one on one Ayurvedic consultation is a great next step to understanding your innate strengths and weaknesses and to nourish your mind, body, and soul with appropriate food and lifestyle choices.
According to Ayurveda, we are composed of the same elements that we witness in nature: Earth, Water, Fire, Air, and Ether. A combination of these elements create the Doshas, or the energies of the body and mind. The three Doshas in Ayurveda are Vata, Pitta and Kapha. Each Dosha is made up of two of the five universal elements and Dosha relates to a season.
Vata is made up of the elements of Air and Ether and considered to be Fall/Winter because the wind is rough and the cold is bitter.
Pitta is made up of the elements of Fire and Water and considered to be Summer as the sun is high and intense.
Kapha is made up of the elements Earth and Water and considered to be Spring, a time of new beginnings. This is a time when nature, once again comes to life as flowers bloom and people generally feel more energized.
We all have a unique ratio of all three Doshas within our bodies but we have a tendency to be more dominant in one. Ayurveda aims to promote good health through balancing the three Doshas with one’s environment through a series of diet, exercise and lifestyle practices.
1 cup yellow moong dal
½ cup white basmati rice
2 tablespoons ghee (or coconut oil)
4 cardamom pods, cracked
2 bay leaves
5 cups water or more
1 teaspoon black pepper
1 teaspoon ground coriander
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1 teaspoon fennel seeds
1 teaspoon ground ginger
1 teaspoon sea salt
2 teaspoons black mustard seeds
2 teaspoons cumin seeds
2 teaspoons turmeric
2 to 5 cups chopped seasonal vegetables
1. Rinse the moong dal + rice 3 times, or until the water runs clear.
2. Measure all spices into a cup.
3. Heat the ghee or coconut oil in a large pot. Add all of the spices and sauté together on medium heat for a minute until fragrant
4. Stir in the moong dal and rice. Add 5 cups of water and chopped vegetables. Bring to a boil and then reduce to a simmer, lid on.
5. Cook for 40 minutes or until the dal and rice are completely soft.
6. Adjust the seasoning and garnish with fresh chopped herbs.
Lunch is always midday.
In the evening I have a light, easy to digest dinner around 6 pm followed by Abhyanga (self-massage), yin yoga, self-reiki, diffusing essential oils, meditation and some more journaling before lights out at 10 pm.
I’m extremely conscious of the things I put on my body so no toxic products, such as makeup and chemical-free washing detergents are a must.
“Over the years I have turned to a number of healing modalities to nourish myself physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually so I can show up for life with ease, grace, comfort and gratitude.”
During the COVID lockdown I spent 10 weeks in the countryside with family. I was really able to slow down and enjoy some of life’s simple pleasures, such as baking a cake, reading a book, basking in the sun, walking in nature, and listening to my family laugh. The notion of slowing down is not freely encouraged in our society, which means we aren’t given the time to notice and appreciate the joyful moments that exist in the day to day. Instead, we are trained to look outward to find joy. When in truth, joy can be found in almost anything as it comes from within.
A wise friend always reminds me, “If it's for you it won’t pass you by”.