Nadezda Kovalevskaya, PhD
Hi, my name is Nadia, I am a qualified Ayurvedic practitioner, Massage and Yoga therapist. In short, I am a chemist turned complementary health practitioner. Before starting my practice in 2016, I was doing biochemical research, studying mechanisms of drug action, and working for a genomic medicine company.
At some point in my life as a researcher and patient, I could no longer ignore limitations of the mechanistic scientific approach and pharmacological medicine. Therefore, with all my enthusiasm for research and studies, I got into holistic disciplines and the results haven’t stopped to amaze me ever since.
Basically, this is it but if you want to know more about my education, professional path and philosophy, please read through.
- Ayurvedic pharmacology – Dravyaguna taught by Vaidya Atreya Smith (European Institute of Vedic Studies, Switzerland, 2017-2018)
- Traditional Yoga, YTT200 (Kaivalyadhama Yoga Research Institute, India, 2018)
- Ayurvedic nutrition and lifestyle taught by Dr Deepika Rodrigo and Dr Wathsala Wijesinghe (Ayurveda Institute, UK, 2016-2017)
- Ayurvedic massage therapy (Ayurveda Institute, UK, 2016)
- PhD in chemistry, specialisation in biochemistry (Moscow State University, Russia and NIMR MRC, London, UK, 2003-2007)
- MSc in chemistry (Moscow State University, Russia, 1997-2003), cum laude
- Well Woman Yoga (Birthlight, UK, 2017 – current)
- Yoga therapy for women (Adama Yoga, Russia, 2018 – current)
- The art of care: Thai traditions of rehabilitation (@doula.link, Ukraine, 2019 – current)
There have been doctors and community healers in my family for at least four generations. I grew up in the family of a neurosurgeon and an ENT surgeon and initially wanted to be a doctor, too. As long as I remember myself I have always been seeking the root cause of literally everything. In the end I decided I wanted to study sciences that had to do with human health and disease. I got my MSc and PhD degrees in chemistry, with focus on biochemistry. I then spent more than ten years in Life Sciences, doing research in leading universities and centres of Europe. I worked on structure of proteins and their interactions with drugs using NMR spectroscopy and other techniques.
In 2013 I left the academic world and worked for a Cambridge-based genomic medicine company for several years. At the same time I also worked for a charity that studied and promoted ethical and efficient data sharing for research.
I founded 1000 Miles Therapy in late 2016 as a practice for Ayurvedic nutrition and Ayurvedic massage. A couple of years later, as my views and skills evolved, I added Yoga therapy to my services.
In the course of my life as a researcher and patient, I became convinced about limitations of the modern scientific approach and pharmacological medicine. With all respect to modern medicine which fantastically handles zillions of acute conditions, I have no doubts that addressing chronic conditions could be seriously improved by introducing diet and lifestyle changes and by looking beyond physical symptoms.
A whole flower is not just a sum of separate petals, leaves, stem, roots etc, it is much more than that! Isolating one component of a system and studying it in isolation does not tell us much about the system, in the end.
Everything in our bodies is part of a system – all organs and tissues are interconnected. We all are part of a system – we are connected with our family, friends, society. We are not isolated beings and are influenced by our environment.
I started looking for a method that could give me a bigger picture, a systemic approach that would take into account those multiple factors that are responsible for health and disease. I was also interested in an approach that focusses on underlying causes rather than on masking symptoms. I found Ayurveda.
Ayurveda is the oldest medical system, it originated in India and has been practised for over 5000 years. It is a holistic medical system that takes into account the whole person, with their individual traits and circumstances, rather than reducing diseases to the physical body parts out of context. This offers a truly personalised approach to patients.
I am fascinated by the intrinsic self-healing powers that all people have, without exception. It may take a while to remove the obstacles that block this healing intelligence but once they start melting down, the life of the person undergoes a deep transformation and changes towards more balance, more understanding, more attunement to the environment and ultimately to greater happiness.