I teach what I know
And what I know is you are powerful beyond measure.
I've been a seeker for as long as I can remember. But it wasn't until I was faced with a debilitating illness that I found what I needed to heal.
For over 20 years, I've worked to alchemize the lessons from my own initiations and turn them into potent medicine.
I've worn many hats along the way, but the underlying thread is that I am a steady guide for people ready to walk through the fire of transformation.
I only make one promise: I'll never invite you to explore something I'm not willing to do myself.
But be warned...I've done some pretty wild things in the service of my healing! You can hear more about my journey on the Bless the Medicine podcast.
The AMBIKA Method,® my signature approach, is sourced from a lifetime of personal practice and advanced training in topics such as:
Integrative psychotherapy, transpersonal psychology, relational Gestalt, Somatic Experiencing, EMDR, Kundalini yoga, Hatha, Dance/Movement Therapy, Transcendental Meditation, CranioSacral Therapy, SomatoEmotional Release, Yoga Nidra, IFS, Dreamwork, HeartMath, Authentic Movement, Tantra, Expressive Art Therapy, Clarity Breathwork, Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction, DBT, Reiki, Psychedelics and non-ordinary states of consciousness, Herbal Medicine, and more.
I've been blessed to have had many incredible teachers, yet life itself continues to be the greatest classroom of all.
10 Things to Know About Me
1. I believe in miracles.
2. I don’t do one-size-fits-all.
Unless it's a mu’umu’u. I have an obsession with sweatpants that predates the pandemic. But I also enjoy getting dressed up every now and then. I like having options. And I celebrate diversity: from outfits, to people, to the ways we choose to heal.
3. I choose pleasure over pain as a motivator.
It makes life so much sweeter. I wish I didn’t have to learn this the hard way. Now I try to live by the motto: “If it's not fun, don't do it. If you must do it, make it fun!”
4. Glasses are my signature accessory.
I’m a total nerd and embrace it. And I can’t see much without them. I even have a prescription snorkel mask! Instead of letting this get me down, I’ve chosen to get creative with what you could call a disability.
5. I have an invisible illness.
You can’t tell by looking at me, which is both a good and bad thing. Fellow spoonies am I right? I once had four surgeries in a year, and know the pain of living with a chronic health condition. But I don’t let my diagnosis define me.
6. I embrace contradiction.
And I’m not afraid of conflict. I also find value in a lot of things that might not look like they fit together. Like I once brought my meditation cushion to a nightclub and had to leave it with coat check.
7. I have a thing for circles.
My students know I love sitting in them (zoom squares just aren't the same). Healing is inherently non-linear. And curves are so sexy. Not just on people, but in life. I’ve rarely walked a straight and narrow path, and that’s a good thing.
8. I don't believe practice makes perfect.
I trust that we’re already perfect. But it’s still a good idea to have a practice. Sadana is a cornerstone for me, and I don’t know where I’d be without my daily rituals. I teach what I know, and I’d never ask you to do something I wasn’t willing to do myself.
9. “Love is the message” is my go-to mantra.
It’s also the name of one of my favorite songs. Dancing is the fastest way for me to connect with god/universal intelligence/spirit/the mystery. Or what I call “love” for short. I tend to think that’s what this whole trip is all about. But what do I know?
10. I’ve studied, (and even lived with), some of the world’s most renowned theorists, practitioners, and spiritual leaders.
And here’s the secret: I don’t know if they’ve got it all figured out, either. I’ve come to believe that the greatest body of knowledge is the one you live in. The truth isn’t out there somewhere, but inside you. Don’t get me wrong, I love learning. And won’t ever stop. But while I trust we have the answers within us, it can still help to have a guide to shine a light on our brilliance when we forget how incredible we are.