I am a mother of two children and have always been deeply interested in the various ways one can nourish and nurture others. For over 17 years, I have taught Ayurvedic cooking and worked as an Ayurdoula for seven years. I have cooked for hundreds of clients in Michigan and California. “Food is medicine,” is an age-old Ayurvedic concept that is an important component of my work.
No matter how healthy our food is, if our mind and energy does not experience stillness, we can still suffer from imbalances and ill health. To support clients in their desire for vitality and happiness, I have been teaching mantra chanting and meditation for five years. Helping one understand the relationship between breath, sound and stillness is an important aspect of my work.
Although I am not yet a trained yoga teacher, my mother taught me yoga at the age of 16. As an Isha Yoga student, I cannot emphasize the importance of a flexible body for a flexible mind. I learned at a young age that Indian classical dance is a realm that opens spiritual opportunities for a dancer. I have been a student of Bharat Natyam for over 10 years. I often perform to inspire clients to embody the qualities of the Devi (Goddess) from within.
Retreats are a great venue to integrate new habits. A few times a year, I provide high-prana foods for yoga and Ayurveda retreats where I also share knowledge about health and well-being.
The highlight of my career was being the head chef of the Chopra Center for Well-Being in Carlsbad, CA. I have also worked for the Chopra Center as a menu consultant. In addition, I developed curriculum for the Ayurveda program at the Natural Epicurean Academy of Culinary Arts in Austin, TX.
I am the creator of Ishvari Products, an Ayurvedic skincare line that is founded on pure organic Ayurvedic herbs, freshly prepared using ancient Ayurvedic techniques. Ishvari was founded upon the principle of experiencing oneself as sacred and worthy of care and nurturance.
I’m the author of “Nectar – Food For Yogis and Dancers,” “Happy Belly Happy Soul,” “Spice,” “A Mother’s Blessing,” – all available on www.amazon.com. Additionally, my short eBooks “Green Power,” “Healthy Holiday Sides,” “Winter Soups,” are available on Kindle.
I am a member of Association of Ayurvedic Professionals of North America. Seva or selfless service is an important aspect of the yogic tradition. As an Ambassador for Yoga Gives Back for the past five years, I host annual fundraisers and bring awareness about empowering women to have financial freedom.