Gita ॐ Thandika
Growing up in apartheid South Africa to a Zulu mother and Tamil father instilled in me a strong sense of justice, respect for cultural diversity, and a commitment to leading with love and kindness. This spirit of reverence for human resilience and creativity informs my approach to ritual and ceremony, yoga and ayurveda, and ancestral healing.
In the 1990’s I moved to England to study business management and finance and worked in the corporate world. After nearly 30 years, this practical training has come full circle with certification as a business coach for entrepreneurs. While in England I studied reiki, massage therapy, and joined a ‘wise women’ group for pilgrimages to Ireland, Israel, Egypt. After a decade in England and travel throughout Europe, I made pilgrimage to India, the ancestral homeland of my father’s people, to train in ayurveda and the Sivananda lineage of yoga and to dive into the transformative work of ancestral recovery.
After two years in India including travel throughout Southeast Asia, I eventually settled in California where I became certified as a Clinical Ayurvedic Practitioner with the California College of Ayurveda. In addition to practicing ayurveda and yoga for nearly two decades, over the past fifteen years I’ve been honored to train at depth in Native North American ceremonial ways primarily through Lakota lineages and the Native American Church. As a sundancer of ten years, I pour water for inipi (sweat lodge) ceremonies and guide healing circles for women.
Over the past decade I’ve also trained in ancestral and family healing with Dr. Daniel Foor. This has included participation in multi-day intensives and supporting at public trainings. In 2017 I graduated with the first cohort of ancestral healing practitioners and am excited to now guide and teach others in the ancestral healing work that has been so empowering in my own journey.