Palm Coast, FL – In the quest for balance and harmony, people turn to all kinds of activities and remedies to achieve Zen in their lives.
Bringing a peaceful vibe to Palm Coast, Vedic Moons’ owner Erica Bridgham is tapping into her love of the holistic and natural universe to help others find what she’s discovered, through her spiritual wellness center.
A serial entrepreneur, the New Yorker has owned and managed restaurants and nightclubs in the past, in addition to a multi-media marketing company, and her health was a casualty of the fast-paced corporate world.
After looking deep within herself, she decided to make a change and began studying the practice of Ayurveda, an Eastern philosophy of healing your mind, body and soul with nature and herbs.
“This was my calling, my purpose. Spirituality, Ayurveda and yoga has healed my life. Now it brings me so much joy and I feel that when I’m doing this work, I feel good,” she said.
“When I was doing my other work, I was stressed. There was just so much wrong happening there and I was like, ‘this is not it for me’. I didn’t want to wake up there in the morning and take care of everything. Even though I had so many employees, I still did it, but I wasn’t happy, and it actually made me sick.”
“I went to school in New York City at Ayurveda’s World and I trained under Dr. Naina Marballi. She is classically trained in Ayurveda medicine, she’s a doctor in India, she’s been doing this for over 45 years and she’s still my mentor today,” shared Bridgham.
Bridgham’s husband Ryan is from St. Johns County, and when the couple headed south, found Palm Coast to be the place they wanted to plant their roots.
“I’ve been a New Yorker my whole life but it’s changed a lot,” said Bridgham. “I meditated on this and wanted a place where I could put my feet, start a family and inspire others and be more in nature. Palm Coast is absolutely beautiful. I’m so grateful to be here.”
In a community that is health conscious, Vedic Moons’ classes and workshops meld seamlessly with the community. After hosting her official grand opening on Saturday, October 2nd, she held her first Hatha flow yoga class the following Wednesday evening, setting a schedule of classes and workshops engaging the community.
“We’ve opened our yoga and meditation room so you can come in for slow, restorative yoga, hatha yoga and also mindfulness meditation classes. We have hours during the week when the room’s just open for you to come in, do your own thing, and we also will offer some energy healing. We have an in-house psychic medium and tarot card reader, so you can book those and you’ll have your private time with them,” she said.
“I want to teach people about how they can heal themselves,” said Bridgham. “It doesn’t have to always be a prescription bottle.”
Bringing a natural energy to the shop that’s nestled into the St. Joe Business Plaza on Palm Coast Parkway, there are crystals, tumbled gemstones, candles, and other metaphysical pieces, designed to help find or restore that center point.
A Tarot card library lets the curious explore and an herbal apothecary stocked with over 150 organic natural herbs ranging from licorice root to peppermint leaf and whole berry goji line the shelves, ready to serve in a variety of recipes for cooking, teas, baths and spiritual wellness.
Bridgham takes the time to get to know each client before handing over an herbal mix, and relies on her training for best practices.
“It does consist of me getting to know you and your constitution. We want to make sure everything works in balance with your body. There are so many other factors – what medicines you are on, what ailments you have, and I’ve actually told people I’m not giving certain herbs because they have certain things going on,” she said.
Response from the community has been one of welcome according to Bridgham, and they hope to expand their space within the plaza.
“We want it to be a collective space for every back ground and religion,” she said. “We’ve gotten a lot of positive feedback, so I’m grateful for that.”
Find out more at www.vedicmoons.com.
4984 Palm Coast Parkway, NW, Suite 4 Palm Coast, FL
Hours: M-Sun: 10 am – 7 pm