Growing up, I had two distinct, yet parallel lives.
On one hand, I was a first-generation American trying to fit in as a “South Asian.” I enjoyed soccer practice, Girl Scouts and camping trips; read stories on the Bernstein Bears, Little House on the Prairie and Nancy Drew; and embraced Easter egg hunts, Halloween costumes and Christmas concerts.
On the other hand, proud of our Indian heritage, my parents taught me how to celebrate and share our culture and traditions. I enjoyed a vegetarian diet, trips to India and conversations in Gujarati; heard stories on Krishna, Shiva and Hanuman; and embraced Diwali celebrations and Holi festivals.
As much as I loved both worlds, I didn’t always know how to bridge the Indian, the American, the vegetarian, the soccer fan, the Christmas gift giver and the Diwali celebrator.
But, then in college something magical happened— I took my first yoga class.
Yoga not only became the bridge between my two worlds— the East and West— but opened a door to a much bigger world inside of me.
In 2001, after college, I was blessed to have the opportunity to live with my meditation teacher, Shri Anandi Ma. During those seven years, outside of my 9-5 day job, I was immersed in learning about meditation, yogic cooking, natural home remedies and the importance of staying inspired.
My yoga practice and time spent with my teacher, taught me to dig deep and tap into my soul, where the language is universal and all roads lead to the same happy place.
It’s here that I learned that faith, love and kindness are the language of the soul. Faith gives us hope, love reminds us just how powerful we are, and kindness teaches us that in the end we are all the same—and together, they unite us.
So now my goal with Wholesome Soul is to take the sum of what I’ve learned (and am still learning) + all that I love, and produce products that celebrate and share globally inspired doses of faith, love and kindness.