Namaste & Welcome
I'm Annelize Machado. I am an Ayurvedic Practitioner, a Yoga teacher & a Licensed Massage Therapist. I am originally from India and spend a good a good portion of my childhood in South Africa before moving to the US with my family. Now based in Austin, TX, I feel so grateful for the combined perspectives of all these places I call home.
The common thread, I would say, ist hat food and healing have always been a part a big part of m 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. My father practiced medicine in rural India and SA as well as the US.
My mother was a teacher in the township school and is an amazing cook! s 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, 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). I trained and had the pleasure of teaching two of yoga's sister art forms; Bharatanatyam (a classical Indian Dance) and Kalaripayat (an Indian Martial Art).
These rigorous trainings are what inspired me to research yoga’s therapeutic applications for injury prevention and recovery.
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 then received further training in Therapeutic Yoga & Functional Yoga Therapy (2015 - 2019) and waas inspired to create a Yoga for Bharatanatayam Dancers program (dynamic training for alignment, strength and self care.)
I created Shakti Wellness to share these natural healing modalities. It's important for us to know and/or be reminded from time to time that living in good health need not be something so challenging. In fact, it's something that is quite attainable if we are able to focus on a clear intention and begin with small steps. In addition to working with my clients one-on-one, I enjoy leading group classes for adults & youth. I warmly welcome any opportunity to give a talk on holistic health, lead self-care workshops and cooking lessons, make traditional home remedies and create herbal body care products.
Thank you for stopping by!I hope to meet you and learn more about you and where you are on your journey.