Standards, Practice and Ethics Commitee
Moninder Kaur Rekhi
Vd. Moninder Kaur Rekhi is a board-certified Doctor of Natural Medicine (Ayurveda). She did her ‘Bachelors in Ayurvedic Medicine and Surgery’ from a well reputed University in India, followed by ‘Post Graduate Diploma in Counselling and Family Therapy’. In her more than two decades of journey as an Ayurvedic physician, she has been a practitioner, educator, speaker, writer and a lifelong learner. She has effectively treated clients for chronic and common ailments with herbal formulations. She uses the concepts of Ayurveda and psychology to understand needs of body and mind to fruitfully guide her clients towards overall well being.She specializes in herbal recommendations and holistic counselling with focus on creating balance in the life of her client. Registered as an herbalist in Ontario, Canada, she is an Ayurvedic practitioner in Oakville. She is also on the editorial board of the magazine ‘Ayurveda Mantra’ and is a regular contributor for the same. Trained in safe talk and suicide alert, she is a volunteer with Distress Centre Halton, an organization that helps people deal with emotional crisis and loneliness. A simple person by nature, she is guided by a humble desire to live her own life in alignment with her real self and genuinely supports others who desire to do the same.
Bhavna Mehta BAMS, RNP is an Ayurvedic doctor from India with more than 20 years of experience in Ayurvedic Medicine and a specialization in Panchkarma. She is a Registered Nurse Practitioner (licensed in Canada) and works at Sunnybrook Hospital. Bhavna’s unique expertise includes an ability to integrate her knowledge of Western medicine with Ayurvedic medicine. She has contributed her valuable skills to the clinical learning settings at CAISH as a teacher for the last 10 years.
Purnima Chaudhari is a a mutifaceted healer and works as a Ayurvedic Practitioner, Reflexologist, Reiki Master and Esthetician practicing in Winnipeg manitoba. Her personal health crisis led to the discovery Ayurveda and for the past 10 years, where she studied and started practicing this ancient healing system after receive training from a world renowned Ayurvedic practitioner Vaidya R. K. Mishra of the Shaka Vansiya Ayurveda (SVA) lineage. She is proficient in nadi pariksha (pulse assessment) along with Transdermal Marma treatment from Vaidya Mishra and currently offers Ayurvedic consultations and body therapies based on SVA training. She loves to educate people on Ayurvedic Dinacharya and seasonal practices which promote health and balance and hosts seasonal Ayurvedic retreats to give them a taste of Ayurveda. Her goal is to continue learning and sharing Ayurveda, help new Ayurvedic practitioners establish practice and inspire students to continue learning this ancient knowledge.
Vd. Sangeeta Gupta
I have completed my bachelors in Ayurvedic Medicines and Surgery from a reputable university in India. I also have a diploma in Yoga and Naturopathy.
After completing my bachelors I worked for sometime in a Ayurvedic hospital as a resident medical councillor while also supporting the radio diagnostic department there. I also got my training in ultrasonography while working at the hospital. Later, I studied business administration and worked in a multi-speciality hospital as an administrator along with pursuing my Ayurvedic practice. I worked in coordination with other doctors practicing modern medicines focusing mainly on the holistic approach towards the well being of a patient/person that includes lifestyle, diet, yogasanas beside Ayurvedic medicines.
I have worked as a health councillor in association with a Non-Profit Organization that worked
to provide primary healthcare to school going children.
I completing my degree as a Registered Massage Therapist after moving to Canada. Right now I am working as a Massage Therapist in a clinic along with focusing on Ayurvedic counselling.
Training and Education Committee
Vaidya (Prof.) Gaytri Kalia, BAMS, MD (Ayu), PhD (Ayu), is an Ayurvedic Physician, Educationist, Researcher, Writer and Healer. She has experience of practicing as an Ayurveda consultant and Panchkarma specialist for over 18 years. Her expertise is in the field of mental health and has successfully treated patients of Depression, Stress, Anxiety, Insomnia, Burnout & other chronic psychiatric problems. She is a visiting Professor at European Institute of Scientific Research in Ayurveda (EISRA), Netherlands: ICAU, Belgium and Ayurveda UK, England with experience of imparting the essence of true Ayurveda to the western world. She was awarded ‘Anmol Ratan’ Award for excellent contribution in the field of Ayurveda by Ayurveda Drugs Manufacturers Association, Punjab, India and ‘Award of Honor’ for excellent teaching by EISRA, Netherlands. Having been invited as chairperson, subject expert, keynote speaker, resource person at various platforms across the globe, she has also contributed as an author and reviewer of Ayurveda research articles for JAIM, an international peer review journal. She served as Associate Professor& Researcher in a Government Ayurvedic Medical College & Hospital in Delhi, India before migrating to Canada and now offering consultations and training programs through Gayatri Ayurveda Natural Wellness Center in Mississauga, Canada.
Dr. Leena Athparia
Dr. Leena Athparia is a Naturopathic Doctor & Ayurvedic Practitioner based in Toronto. Blending modern diagnostic tools with traditional systems, Dr. Athparia treats the person as a whole. She is one of the few naturopathic doctors in Toronto with advanced training in Ayurveda. She has a family practice with a focus in musculoskeletal conditions, chronic health issues and pain management. Her unique blend of Ayurvedic & Naturopathic diagnosis, paired with a variety of treatment options such as acupuncture & TCM, botanical medicine, homeopathy, counselling, nutrition and Ayurvedic therapies, allow individuals to heal in all aspects of life.
Dr. Athparia graduated as a ND from the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine in 2011 and further pursued her passion in Ayurvedic medicine in a comprehensive program at CAISH. She continuously upgrades her training in the health profession, offers public seminars on health topics, and contributes regularly to publications such as Ayumantra Magazine, Naturalpath and her blog which recently was awarded in the Top 75 Naturopath blogs.
Dr. Athparia is currently practicing as a full-time ND at Naturopathic Foundations Health Clinic in Markham & CAISH, downtown.
Natasha Samson has been a student of Ayurveda for six years and is currently taking the Ayurveda Health Councillor Program at the Mount Madonna Institute of Ayurveda. Natasha is also a registered Yoga Teacher, using Yoga Therapy and Ayurvedic principles to work one-on-one with her clients. She also participates as a faculty assistant for the Salt Spring Centre of Yoga 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training program focusing on asana, pranayama and Ayurveda. She has a background in Engineering and has been practicing as a professional engineer for over 15 years and currently works part time as and Engineer and part time as an Ayurvedic Councillor and Yoga Teacher.
Neelam Toprani is an Ayurvedic researcher and formulator of Sewanti and Phyto Vedic herbal remedies and Padmashri classical massage oils.
Neelam has lifelong experience in Ayurveda. She is a teacher and lecturer and is passionate in sharing her knowledge in the wisdom of Ayurveda. Neelam offers a practical approach to health and wellness through Ayurveda.
Neelam’s company, Sewanti Ayurvedic Series, was the conference organizer and proud sponsor of the 7th International Ayurveda & Metabolic Disorders Conference at Asian Centre, UBC, Vancouver in June 2013. One of the objectives of her company is to take the timeless wisdom of Ayurveda and translate it into practical solutions to improve the quality of modern day life.
From her Vancouver based company; Neelam strives to bring awareness of Ayurveda to the western world through educational programs, regulation of Ayurvedic medicine at various government levels and integration of Ayurvedic treatment protocols with modern medicine. She is Secretary to the board of Association of Ayurvedic Professionals of North America (AAPNA).
Neelam was appointed Research Associate of the World Institute for Scientific Exploration (WISE) Harvard Branch in April 2014. She has been actively involved in reviewing several papers including Contemporary Challenges in Ayurveda: An Ancient Medical Technology by Suresh Kumar, Neelam Toprani, Shanmugamurthy Lakshmanan.
Paul Batth is the founder and CEO of AyuMantra, a brand of high-quality Ayurvedic products. As part of his mission to propagate knowledge about Ayurveda, he has also founded the Ayurveda Mantra Magazine, for which he serves as the editor-in-chief, and through which he seeks to generate awareness about Ayurveda and natural well-being among a global readership.
Paul has been a long-standing proponent of Ayurveda and natural well-being. For nearly two decades, he has actively engaged in promoting Ayurvedic products and building informed perspectives around the ancient sciences of Ayurveda and Yoga. Paul’s passion for Ayurveda stems from his first-hand association with the subject – an association that dates back to his early years. In 1998, he established Herbland Limited, an Ayurvedic products enterprise first headquartered in New York, USA, and eventually in Toronto, Canada.
Over the years, Paul has built lasting relationships within the Ayurveda community, along with a worldwide network of experts, scholars, teachers and practitioners in the fields of Ayurveda, Yoga and herbal remedies. He is currently based in Toronto and continues his advocacy of natural well-being through the Ayurveda Mantra Magazine, a bi-monthly repository of articles from Ayurveda and Yoga experts that he aims to publish in multiple languages.
Erica Mueller is an Ayurveda Practitioner and Yoga Therapist. She is the founder of Okanagan Ayurveda and consults in Kelowna B.C. Her years of yoga therapy training has allowed the integration of pranayama, meditation and mantra in her treatment protocols. Erica is also a certified yoga teacher trainer and does retreats and cleansing weekends.
Erica is certified in Ayurveda massage and body work and studied and practices most Ayurveda treatments into her practice. She also studied at an Ayurveda hospital in India and was certified in Panchakarma at that time. Ericas’ passion for Ayurveda herbs and formulations has her certified her in the use of herbs and formulations. Understanding the importance of helping North Americans understand Ayurveda, Erica enjoys lecturing, on Ayurveda, throughout the Okanagan Valley.
Linda, founder of Breathe Baba. She is a certified Yoga Instructor, Ayurvedic Counselor, Reiki Stage 3. Most importantly, she is your guide on your special journey to living a holistic lifestyle tailored to Y-O-U! It’s her mission to help people find ways to incorporate preventative health care into their daily routines and provide tools to empower total change and upkeep of their lifestyle.
Everyone deserves to be happy and healthy. Ayurveda and Yoga have helped me understand how this can be achieved. Since childhood, at the Sivananda Ashram, Val Morin, Quebec, 1964, I observed how the most devastating illnesses could be cured through Yoga. Working and studying with leaders in the field of natural healing, I was introduced to Ayurveda. My personal journey to help everyone I meet, through the lens of Ayurveda, has never ceased. Ayurveda can bring happiness and health for all of humanity. More info about me can be found on my website: oilofohm.com
Joey Bujold RNP-Ayurveda® is an Ayurvedic therapist and registered Naturotherapy practitioner with EBNMP Canada. Through his current practice at Hearts Wide Open Wellness, Joey is committed to propagating the timeless wisdom of the Vedic systems of knowledge to a modern society in need of healing.
A teacher of teachers, Yogi Vishvketu facilitates trainings and workshops internationally incorporating diverse aspects of Yoga practice into his classes: asana, pranayama, cleansing kriyas, Ayurveda mantra and meditation. He calls this holistic style of teaching Akhanda Yoga.
A yogi at heart, Vishva-ji has studied and practiced Yoga and the Vedic healing arts in the Himalayas since the age of 8 and holds a Ph.D. in Yoga Philosophy. He is co-founder of the AnandPrakash Yoga Ashram Trust in Rishikesh, India where he lives part of the year. With his fun-loving nature and infectious laughter, Vishva-ji inspires students and teachers from around the world to live the yogic life with joy and dedication. He is also the author of Yogasana: The Encyclopedia of Yoga Poses (Mandala Publications).
Natasha Kulikow is a Russian-born teacher of Hatha and Functional Movement yoga, based in Toronto.
She has been practicing yoga since 2000 and graduated in 2008 from her first Yoga Teacher Training, where she discovered the ancient Indian science of life -Ayurveda- and became familiar with its basic concepts. After applying her newly found knowledge of principles of Ayurveda and adjusting her lifestyle, Natasha experienced and realized the power of Ayurveda. It was life-changing and has sparked her interest in learning more which became her life-long passion. Since then, she took courses and workshops to study the science of life in depth, read books and travelled to India to get authentic Ayurvedic treatments.
Natasha uses her knowledge of Ayurveda teaching public and private yoga classes.
“Ayurveda is my guide to living a life in balance, to feeling joyful, radiant and beautiful.”
Social Media & Marketing Committee
Andrea Olivera is a seminal figure in Canada’s Ayurvedic spa and beauty industry. For over 20 years, she has worked tirelessly as an Ayurvedic spa specialist and educator, author, speaker, aromacologist, director of Ayurveda expos and creator of Ayurveda Rituals, her unique line of Ayurveda botanical skincare and natural perfumes.Andrea was mentored by Ayurveda teachers in Jyotish Vedic Astrology, Yogic philosophy and psychology, Ayurveda healing like Abhyanga and Marma Therapy, Ayurveda psychology and philosophy. She received Jyotish and Vedic philosophy and scriptural training from Krishan Mantri, the revered teacher of Hart deFouw and other renowned Vedic astrologers. Andrea is also an initiated Priestess in the Earth Sciences.As an Ayurvedic educator, Andrea has influenced hundreds of estheticians, RMT's and individuals beginning their career in the healing arts through her comprehensive training programs for a number of prominent spas in Canada and the US, including Aveda Lifestyle Boutique Toronto and Civello Salon and Spa. She has also provided training for many distinguished yoga studios, including Toronto’s Sananda Devi Yoga Studio, Downward Dog Yoga Studio, The Yoga Sanctuary, Balance Yoga Studio, Bliss Yoga Studio and Calgary’s DownDog Yoga Studio. Andrea is in high demand at community colleges and private schools, including George Brown College, Humber College, College for Aveda and Aveda Maritime Beauty. Andrea also provides private instruction services and customized natural perfumes for an extensive dynamic list of clients, including many performing artists and celebrities.Andrea is the author of Eye on Yoga, Ayurveda and Jyotish Almanac, 2018, and A Rishi Among Us —Tales of Krishan Mantri. Andrea is currently working on her third book, Elemental Wisdom in the Spa, and preparing Eye on Yoga, Ayurveda and Jyotish Almanac for 2019. Andrea continues to act as a guide toward Ayurveda awareness and best practices in the spa and beauty industries.
Ricardo Barreto has a background in Audio and worked in the music and television industry. After moving to Canada, was introduced to the Vedic Sciences and feel in love with Ayurveda. He often travels to India to deepen his knowledge of Ayurveda and he’s completing the Ayurvedic Wellness Counselor Certification.
Ayurveda has been a tool for his self discovery, and his goal is to share this knowledge and empower individuals to create a healthy, harmonious and spiritual life.
Ricardo is the Co-founder of Akasha – Yoga & Ayurveda, currently based in Montreal, offering Workshops/Individual Sessions in various cities in Canada and Europe