I am a certified Ayurvedic Consultant, Yoga Teacher and Vedic Fire Ceremonies practitioner. My journey into the healing profession has been a long one that has lead me through many different countries, teachers and healing modalities. Born to a German mother and a Sicilian father, I was drawn to spirituality from an early age through my uncle, a Catholic Priest who indulged my fervent wish to become Germany’s first altar girl in the 1970’s. In his church, I was exposed to ritual and connection to a higher form of consciousness, which developed into other forms of spirituality later on. Growing up in Germany’s countryside, I also have a strong connection with nature.
As a teenager, I became acutely aware of the lack of strong feminine archetypes in conventional religion, and was led to Goddess spirituality in the Dianic tradition, mainly writers Z Budapest and Starhawk. The rediscovery of ancient Goddess religion and practices in which the Divine Feminine was honoured changed my life forever. After several years of self-study, I started to train as a Priestess of Avalon, a Celtic Goddess-centred tradition, with Kathy Jones at the Isle of Avalon Foundation in Glastonbury, England. The five-year long training taught me much about Goddess spirituality, rituals, ceremonies, working with the energies of the land, meditation and personal transformation. It also catalysed a deep healing journey and initiation that led to the unfolding and shedding of many layers of my personality, and brought me closer to my true self and my spiritual path.
In 2003, I began to work in prisons across the UK as a Pagan Minister. In this work, I taught ritual, visualisation and an introductory course in Paganism to men’s groups, mainly consisting of sex offenders. I passionately believed into bringing Goddess archetypes into these tough environments to men whose connection to the Feminine was so damaged. I found that this work was deeply healing and transformational, for me as much as for the men I worked with.
In parallel, I worked as a Ceremonialist in my hometown of Leamington Spa and surrounding areas. I performed weddings, funerals, baby namings and many seasonal rituals, as well as Sacred Drama performances embodying Goddesses such as Inanna and Venus.
In 2007, I turned a life-long dream into reality and went travelling. I left everything behind and embarked on an open-ended overland journey to Pakistan, via Russia, Tibet and Nepal. Somehow, I ended up in the Indian Himalayas and stayed for five months. In India, everything fell into place for me. I studied yoga with Yogi Vishvketu and Chetana Panwar at Anand Prakash ashram in Rishikesh. Here, I also trained in Vedic Fire Ceremonies with Yogi Sanjay Kumar. A little later, I found my guru, Swami Satyasangananda Saraswati from the Bihar School of Yoga, and took diksha initiation into the tradition in 2009.
Back in the UK, I went to live at Shekinashram in Glastonbury, a beautiful ashram devoted to Bhakti (devotional) yoga, and trained further in Fire Ceremonies and Kirtan with founder Elahn Keshava. This led to a job as pujarin in which I lead the ashram’s weekly Fire Ceremonies, as well as daily Kirtan (devotional chanting) and occasional Bhajan events. Following my interest in spirituality and healing, I pursued further studies which included LifeStream bodywork with Tony Crisp, Vipassana meditation, Imago Relationships Therapy and Tantra.
In 2010, I moved to Albuquerque, New Mexico, to study at The Ayurvedic Institute with world-renowned Ayurvedic physician Dr Vasant Lad. Here, I was exposed to a wealth of traditional healing knowledge which was passed down from India’s sages many thousand years ago. My training included Ayurvedic lifestyles, Sanskrit, AyurYoga, Marma Therapy as well as assessment and treatment protocols. I was blessed to study with some wonderful Ayurvedic teachers, such as Dr Claudia Welch (author of ‘Balance Your Hormones, Balance Your Life’), Dr Robert Svoboda and yoga teacher Chitra Giaque, who all shared their knowledge and wisdom with me generously. I returned to Rishikesh in 2012 to complete my YTT 500 training with Yogi Vishvketu at Anand Prakash ashram and now offer different types of yoga, including Akhanda Yoga, Hatha Raja, classical Kundalini Yoga, Restorative and Prenatal Yoga.
My main focus with Ayurveda is on prevention rather than cure, and achieving balance of body, mind and spirit through simple adjustments in diet and lifestyle. Though I treat most conditions, my special interest lies in women’s reproductive health, female hormones, menstrual cycles and emotional release. Overall, I am passionate about assisting others to live a life of joy, health, authenticity and self-realization.
• Ayurvedic Practitioner Level 1
• 200-hour Yoga Teacher Training certificate – Ayurvedic Institute, USA, registered with Yoga Alliance
• 500-hour Yoga Teacher Training certificate – Anand Prakash ashram, Rishikesh, India, registered with Yoga Alliance
• Imago Relationships Educator Certificate
• Priestess of Avalon training certificates Year 1-5
• BSc (Hons) Psychology
• Additional training modules in LifeStream Bodywork, Life Impressions Bodywork, Marma Therapy
• Fully tri-lingual in English, German and Italian