I’ve been fascinated with healing and human potential since childhood. I was born in an East Indian Jain household and learned Jain spiritual teachings and practices at an early age.
As I grew older I sought to understand healing through the language of science. Through my undergraduate, graduate and post-doctoral studies at Columbia University, UC San Diego, and UCLA, I’ve conducted randomized clinical trials and other research in the areas of meditation, hands on healing, and other integrative medicine practices from the scientific lens of neurophysiology and psychoneuroimmunology. I’ve also been a healing student of master healer and teacher Rev. Rosalyn Bruyere, where I have learned a great deal of how healing works.
Through my work as a clinical psychologist, working with veterans with PTSD, children from disadvantaged communities, and a variety of people suffering from significant mental illness, I’ve realized for myself that our power for healing ourselves is immense and incredibly important for our times. As a human family, we are in a deep healing crisis. The good news is, both modern science and ancient wisdom provide us with all the tools we need for healing ourselves. It is time for us to reclaim our own power and agency in healing.
I believe we are only scratching the surface of understanding the power of our human healing capacities. It’s shocking to me how little people know about peer-reviewed, published research in healing - or how to harness basic healing principles to foster our own flourishing. Others have also realized there is a serious gap in our public knowledge about how to heal ourselves. At the request of Sounds True founder Tami Simon, I wrote a book to catch us all up.
I love to synthesize and share the diverse knowledge that I have gathered as a scientist, clinical psychologist, mother, singer and spiritual practitioner. I provide keynote addresses on the science and practice of healing, in diverse venues, including NATO, TEDx, major universities and medical centers, conferences, and corporations. I also teach immersive workshops and courses in creativity and healing, both online and in leading retreat centers.
My love for singing, and the power of feeling sound vibration in my body through mantras, was what brought me to the study of the biofield. I trained as a coloratura soprano at an early age, and love to sing and perform in diverse styles, including rock, metal, folk, and improvisation. Singing and making devotional sounds is a powerful way to open us up to our healing power, and when we sing or practice soundmaking collectively, it opens us up to our true nature, which is bliss.Learn About Mantras