Thank you for visiting my site! Let me share a bit about myself.
I was born in India and lived in South Africa, before moving to the United States with my family, as a teenager. Food & healing have always been a big part of my life, no matter where we've lived. My father practiced medicine in rural SA and my mother was a teacher in the township schools. Outside of this, my folks kept an open door for family and friends in need. They hosted many gatherings where good food
and the spirit of community were always present. I am now based in Austin, TX and blessed to enjoy life with my loving partner, our sweet daughter and our furry quadruped.
As for my journey with Yoga, I was introduced at an early age thanks to my uncle in India who sparked my curiosity each time we visited. In young adulthood, I sought remedies for natural skin care, digestive issues and a sustainable way to manage the stress that comes with having an overly ambitious nature, I suppose.
This was when Ayurveda got my attention.
After many years of being a student of yoga & teaching in various community settings I became certified in Hatha Yoga (2009). I was also a long time practitioner of yoga's sister art forms; Bharatanatyam (a classical Indian Dance) and Kalaripayat (an Indian Martial Art). These rigorous trainings inspired me to research yoga’s therapeutic applications for injury prevention. I wanted to understand how best to support myself and others who are immersed in dance or any kind of training that demands endurance. If nourishment through food and lifestyle aren’t maintained, then the toll of endurance training can do long term damage (as I realized much later). I received further training in Therapeutic Yoga & Functional Yoga Therapy (2015 - 2019). Following this I created a program I had envisioned as an active dancer - Yoga for Bharatanatayam, dynamic training for maintaining alignment, core strength and self care as a dancer.
I am also a certified Ayurvedic Wellness Counselor (2019) and currently working towards my clinical certification as an Ayurvedic Practitioner.
I created Shakti Wellness to share what I’ve learned along the way with those who are open to trying this method. Life should be enjoyed and in order to do that, we need to feel good in our bodies and be mentally and emotionally balanced. In addition to working with my clients one-on-one, I also lead yoga classes through our studio ( ).
I warmly welcome any opportunity to give a talk on holistic health, lead a workshop, share cooking lessons, make traditional home remedies and create herbal body care products.
I hope to meet you and learn more about your journey.