Welcome to Flow to Balance.
My name in Ioana Vancea. I am a certified Ayurvedic Practitioner with a Bachelor degree in Ayurvedic Medicine from The European Institute for Scientific Research in Ayurveda, The Hague. Also I am a certified Massage Therapist with more than 6 years of experience in this field.
Health is our greatest asset. And health and healing starts with you. So my vision is to share with you the rich wisdom of ancient Ayurveda in easy and practical ways, adaptable to today's modern lifestyle.
My mission and my deep desire is to inspire you to discover the lifelong habits that bring you to the most vibrant version of yourself so that you can lead a happy, balanced and fulfilled life. As an Ayurvedic practitioner my approach is holistic, adressing the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual levels.
How I became an Ayurvedic practitioner in Amsterdam
Born and raised in the heart of Transylvania, living in synchronicity with nature was the only way I knew for my first 18 years of life. That meant growing our own food, eating with the seasons, collecting medicinal plants from the Carpathian forests and making our own healing teas, syrups, tinctures and balms. So many of my lifestyle routines and dietary habits were naturally ‘ayurvedic’.
While my high-powered architecture days saw me designing high-end sustainable houses during the week, and seeking the adrenaline rush of rock-climbing and mountain biking in the weekends...
I felt I lost that contact with the ebb and flow of nature and my gifts. And I had a strong pull towards a more fulfilling life purpose in natural healthcare that was already fast becoming part of my personal development and spiritual growth.
After pursuing in 2014 my interest in a wide range of holistic massage techniques and phytotherapy, my appetite was still not satiated. Through regular massage therapy, blending traditional thai massage (Nuad Bo'Rarn style), Deep Tissue, Trigger points, Swedish Massage and Foot Reflexology I was getting amazing results with my clients: reduced pain by 60% to 100 %, increased range of movement, deeper sleep, deeper breath and deeper relaxation... However, for long-lasting results I realized I needed to work with the root cause of the pain.
Inspired by a 3 week introductory course on Ayurveda in Mysore, India, I went on to qualify in 2019 with a BSc in Ayurvedic Medicine from The European Institute for Scientific Research in Ayurveda, The Hague. These formal studies were complemented by seminars with Dr Vasant Lad, Dr Robert Svoboda, dr Alaknanda Rao and Dr Vijith Sasidhar as well as internships in Ayurvedic clinics in India.
Me behind the scenes
- Ayurvedic constitution: Pitta-Kapha
- I strive to embody the Ayurvedic teachings in my daily life
- My comfort food: kitchari