FULL MEMBER INTERVIEW with Ramona Yagnik (continued)

What led to your joining ANPA?
After being highly recommended by a fellow practitioner and reviewing the beliefs and vision of the the association, I decided to join ANPA. Moreover, ANPA is a peak naturopathic body that strives to represent and support practitioners in a way that aligns with industry standards and my professional goals.

What motivated you to become a naturopath?
As a child, I was out in the backyard making potions of leaves and berries, and concocting sauces and recipes in the kitchen. While in university studying business, I began making and selling jewellery from semi-precious stones, which opened my life to the world of energy healing and sharing this with the wider community. I found a deep interest in helping others in a natural and holistic way, and soon realised a desire to undertake further study. In addition to this, about 10 years ago I became unwell and was successfully supported by a naturopath into a more balanced state of health. This spurred my interest in Naturopathy and motivated me to pursue the discipline as a profession.

Is this still the same nowadays as compared to when you first began?
My interest in Naturopathy has developed and changed over the years. I have been travelling the world for most of my life, and have found an interest in incorporating my knowledge of Indian healing systems and herbal medicine into my approach and practices. I have also found that my naturopathic study has given me a deeper understanding of pathology and biochemistry, which motivates me to understand more specific areas of disease processes and treatment strategies.

What modalities do you use in your practice? Have they changed over time?
At this stage in my naturopathic practice I use iridology; herbal medicine; nutrition; diet and lifestyle; massage and functional testing. I also consider and incorporate ancient Indian philosophies into my approach and planning for each client.

Do you have a vision for Naturopathy in Australia?
I hope that the future of holistic health in Australia will see Naturopathy incorporated into the Medicare system, and that there can be open relationships and information sharing between naturopaths and all kinds of doctors. I see a big scope for naturopaths to contribute to holistic health education as a core part of primary and secondary school curriculums, and be part of holistic health services to the wider community, including marginalised groups.

What are your interests besides Naturopathy?
I am very interested in continual training and education, especially in Kalaripayattu – an Indian martial art – and Kalari Healing training, massage, and music. I play in a Brazilian folk music band and we regularly tour interstate, play locally and at festivals. I believe that reaching people through vibrations and creating a space for people to dance is also a form of healing. I also love attending events and presenting workshops at festivals and forums. I have a deep passion for travel and adventure, especially going on trips to places like the Amazon jungle to learn more about other cultures, plants and medicines.

What words of wisdom would you share with a new graduate naturopath?
Start to develop an area of specialisation; keep yourself motivated; continue to pursue further education via seminars, webinars or other industry-related events and find a mentor to support your work and give you guidance.