Your Inner Garden

We each have an inner garden within us that relies on the soil of our gut microbiome to thrive. Our inner garden is something with which we are born and that we are given the opportunity to tend and cultivate throughout our life. Our inner gardens are unique to our individual – no two gardens are the same.

As a way to provide an accessible process for learning about, nourishing, and caring for our gut microbiomes, the Inner Garden framework builds on the scientific principles of Ayurvedic constitutions while also incorporating aspects of an individual’s emotional nature. Thus, there are two quizzes involved to help determine one’s unique gut biome. The first quiz illuminates one’s emotional and spiritual nature while the second quiz helps determine one’s physical constitution. Together, this information illuminates the physical, emotional, and spiritual needs of an individual’s inner garden.

The components of the Inner Garden framework include one’s Biome Type, Soil Type, & Flower Type. There are 32 total Flower Types, each residing within one of 6 Biome Types.

• Your BIOME TYPE highlights your overarching physical and emotional landscape, providing a glimpse into the requirements needed to balance your body, mind, and spirit.

• Your SOIL TYPE highlights your approximate Ayurvedic constitution (vata, pitta, and kapha %s) that gives you a closer approximation of your internal garden’s characteristics. Your soil type informs the best way to care for your gut microbiome in addition to guiding you on the best foods to consume to help keep your gut microbiome in balance.

• Your FLOWER TYPE highlights characteristics of your person that most want to be expressed in addition to further refining your Ayurvedic constitution. Addressing the weeds in your garden (limiting beliefs) further enables your flower to blossom.

Once an individual knows their Flower Type, they can then access seasonally-appropriate food guidance from Backyard Beauty’s website throughout every month of the year. Eating foods that support one’s specific biome, soil, and flower type enables the individual to develop a daily practice of intentionally caring for one’s specific needs. It also fosters one’s own ability to honor the wisdom that our bodies can provide us when we are open to listening.