Here is a bit about my journey
"THE PATH ALWAYS BEGINS BENEATH YOUR FEET. WHERE YOU STAND RIGHT NOW IS WHERE YOUR JOURNEY BEGINS"
Welcome to a new, improved chapter of your life, the first step to becoming the best version of yourself. If you are on this site, it’s probably because you are currently in a challenging situation -- one that you are willing to work on and overcome with the right coaching and guidance. So I'm sharing my story with you so that you can know me better, and then decide if my journey and work resonate with you. If yes, then let's connect and take it forward.
I am a Counsellor, Life & Mental Fitness Coach, and an Inner Wellness Guide and Speaker. My purpose is to help you resolve and overcome your inner and outer conflicts and challenges. In order to do this, I use one or a combination of therapies and techniques, depending on your unique requirements. These include Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP), Life & Business Coaching, Counselling, Guided Meditation, Past Life Regression, Hypnosis and Sound Therapy. The therapies engage your conscious and subconscious mind and enable realistic, practical and long-lasting solutions to your challenges. Meditation is often integrated to further promote mental wellness, emotional equilibrium, and to manage stress. Please be aware that I am not a psychiatrist and there will never be any use or prescription of medication in any sessions.
Apart from my personal practice, I am deeply passionate about mental health in India and have been creating awareness about mental and inner wellness (including depression), emotional hygiene, improving mental fitness, digital overload and the impact of technology on our emotional wellbeing. I do this through talks and workshops with various groups and institutions and educational establishments. These address a range of audiences that include students, educationalists, working people, women’s groups and senior citizens.
I am happy to share that my work in the field of Mental Health and Inner Wellness recently earned me the wonderful honour of being awarded the Karmaveer Chakra and the Karmaveer Jyoti Puruskaar, both constituted by the United Nations and the International Confederation of NGOs (iCongo).
My spiritual journey started early, but unknowingly. Spiritual books piqued my curiosity and verses often adorned my walls. I had a very heightened sense of intuition and was quick to pick up on people's problems and energies. I often volunteered with NGOs, including those run by my parents for Animal Crusades and Cancer Aid. By the age of 16, I was associated closely with the Blind School and Cheshire Home in New Delhi. The latter involved working in very intense circumstances with abandoned and terminally ill children and seniors, and much time was spent in informal counselling sessions.
These experiences led to further exploration & introspection that took me to Bhutan, Ladakh, Spiti, Dharamsala and various places, which were steeped in Buddhism and spirituality in the Himalayas. I spent time in faraway Buddhist monasteries and caves in Spiti, at close quarters with Buddhist lamas and chomos (nuns), imbibing and collaborating on mindfulness, meditative practices and inner work. Learning the art of awareness, introspection, forgiveness, compassion and raising the consciousness, were the milestones from whereon my journey started gaining momentum. Further, time in Moksha Bhavans (hostels where old people come to await their death and attain freedom from rebirth) and Mukti Bhavans (where people on the verge of dying come to breathe their last), burning ghats, and the life around the River Ganga and Varanasi, on the whole, gave me a profound understanding of life.
Parallel to these experiences, I also started pursuing a career in filmmaking and that lead to setting up my media company, creating documentaries and shows for Discovery Channel, National Geographic, BBC and Star TV. As acclaim and success flowed, so did the need to highlight the human condition through the medium of storytelling. Soon I began using the audio-visual medium to create a positive impact on marginalized communities, rural India and women . Be it tribals, rural education, development, health or crumbling monasteries, my work took me to the deep interiors of India and there were learning in every corner. “Monk from Komik” was one of the documentary projects that created a huge impact in preserving and bringing an ancient, forgotten monastery and its culture to the fore. I then deployed digital filmmaking as a tool to teach children self-expression and a way to voice their opinions and concerns. This went into the Limca Book Of Records and later developed into a specialized programme for self-development, counselling, communication and confidence building.
Over the course of time, my interactions with people across rural and urban India, combined with some mammoth personal trials, made me realize the desperate need for counselling and alternate mental health solutions. It was time for a full plunge into the realm of various therapies and I began my training and subsequently my practice, over a decade ago.
I travelled to the United Kingdom to study Neuro-Linguistic Programming, Life and Business Coaching from the NLP Academy. Prior to that, I studied counselling and then Hypnosis at the California Institute of Hypnosis. Alongside, I continued my sojourn into meditation that encompassed silent cave meditation retreats, traditional Buddhist / Tibetan meditation traditions, and even the radically different Dynamic Meditation at the Osho Ashram. To better understand the inner workings of the subconscious, I further deepened my knowledge of Past Life Regression & Therapy, Deep Healing and Karmic Relationships by studying with one of the pioneers in the field, Dr Hans W. TenDam from the Tasso Instituut, Netherlands. Later, I studied Mindfulness with Leiden University, Netherlands.
Over the years, I have been greatly interested in vibration and sound-based healing systems and their impact on our body and mind. This lead to the development of a unique set of therapies that revolve around healing sounds.
For several years, a large part of my practice was based out of New Delhi (India), although I always offered online sessions for many of the therapies for people in different locations. I then founded Blue Mango Retreats (earlier called Blue Mango in the Himalayas), which are nomadic meditation, spiritual and inner rejuvenation retreats, conducted in different parts of India & Bhutan. These have been featured in several publications and also made it to the Top 10 Spiritual Retreats in Asia Spa Magazine. My columns on wellness are featured in various publications, leading dailies and magazines such as The Times of India, Hindustan Times, India Today, Telegraph, Dainik Jagaran, Speaking Tree, Pioneer, Asian Age, Namaskar, Exotica, Atelier and Platform.
I now live and practice out of the beautiful Ketti Valley in the Blue Mountains - the Nilgiris in Tamil Nadu, very close to Ooty and Coonoor (India). It is here, in these therapeutic and gentle environs, that I conduct customised retreats and intensive sessions for people to address their issues, overcome their challenges and heal their lives. I also continue to conduct hourly sessions in-person and via phone and other online platforms such as Skype/ FaceTime.
In the summer, I reserve some time for my travels and work in Spiti Valley in the Himalayas, where I work with the monasteries and locals, and also conduct retreats. Apart from that, my talks and workshops take me to various places and people, through which I continually promote awareness on a range of mental and inner wellness issues.
Please don't hesitate to be in touch if you have any questions, be it regarding personal sessions, retreats, workshops or lectures. I shall be happy to answer them for you.
Happiness and love!