Annelize Machado

                      I am a native of India and lived in South Africa before moving to the United States with my family, as a teenager.  Now based in Austin, TX and I feel so grateful for having the various perspectives from all of my homelands. At the root of it all, I can say that food & healing have always been a big part of my life, no matter where we've lived. In part, this was due to the culture at home as well as our environment and community.  My love and connection to medicine, as well as teaching have been present since youth, as my father practiced medicine in rural SA and my mother was a taught in the township schools. 

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 Mumbai.  In my twenties I sought natural remedies for skin care, digestive issues and ways to manage the stress that comes with having an overly ambitious nature, I suppose. This was when I began exploring Ayurveda.  After many years of being a student of yoga & teaching in various community settings I became a certified teacher in the Hatha Yoga lineage (2009). Alongside this, I was a 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 discovered that if one's nourishment through food and lifestyle aren’t maintained, then the toll of endurance training or any type of long term stress can cause depletion & severe imbalances.  I received further training in Therapeutic Yoga & Functional Yoga Therapy  (2015 - 2019) and created a Yoga for Bharatanatayam Dancers : dynamic training for alignment, strength and self care. I'm happy to share that I am now a certified Ayurvedic Wellness Counselor (2019) and currently working towards my clinical certification as an Ayurvedic Practitioner. 

Life is meant to be enjoyed and in order to do that we need to feel good in our bodies and be mentally 

and emotionally balanced. I created Shakti Wellness because I feel it's my dharma to share what I’ve learned along the way with those who are ready to make these changes.   In addition to working with my clients one-on-one, I also lead yoga classes through our studio ( & warmly welcome any opportunity to give a talk on holistic health for all ages, lead a workshop, share cooking lessons, make traditional home remedies and create herbal body care products. 

Thank you for visiting me here. I hope to meet you and learn more about you & your journey.