Our team is dedicated to bring to you only the very best- highly experienced, knowledgeable and qualified experts as Speakers and Authors.

We aim to provide you with not only authentic guidance on Ayurveda but also with the support of contemporary expertise in practicing Ayurveda in today’s fast moving life.

From highly learned practitioners, educators and experts across the globe to those who have toiled for years and studied through the deep recesses of Ayurveda, imbibing conscious learning straight from the ancient Sanskrit texts and gaining experience in treating patients of all kinds in India, we bring to you an array of the very best.

Our authors are collectively dedicated to sharing the wealth of health through the treasures of Ayurveda and are rigorously working with us to spread the word, albeit, the authentic, powerful, effective word.

Here’s a look at some of our authors:

Mary Thompson C.A.S., P.K.S., (Ayurvedacharya)

A founding member and former Secretary of the California Association of Ayurvedic Medicine, Mary Thompson , C.A.S., P.K.S., (Ayurvedacharya), graduated from the first graduating class of the California College of Ayurveda in 1997 and now is a senior teacher there.

She is a Certified Clinical Ayurvedic Specialist and Pancha Karma Specialist.

She is a recipient of the Charaka Award for Excellence in Ayurvedic Teaching and has been given the title of "Ayurvedacharya" (respected teacher of Ayurveda). She is also the founder of the non-profit organization, Everyday Ayurveda.

Dr. Suhas Kshirsagar

Dr. Suhas Kshirsagar is One of the most academically accomplished Ayurvedic Physicians in the US. He is:

Cate Stillman

Cate is an Ayurvedic Medicine Practitioner, Yoga Teacher, and the founder/mastermind behind the Worldwide Association of Yoga Health Coaches. She trains yoga teachers and wellness experts how to accelerate the wellness path of their clients with 10 habits from Ayurveda, the ancient folk medicine from India and sister-science of Yoga. Cate’s results-focused methods rely on merging Ayurvedic Medicine theory with modern behavioral science for increased energy, deeper rest, and a healthier diet in quick time.

Cate’s been Practicing as an Ayurvedic Practitioner and community wellness teacher since 2001 and has founded several Yoga and Wellness websites.

• Cate is Certified as Clinical Ayurvedic Specialist and Pancha Karma Specialist since 2001
• She is also a graduate of Dr. Vasant lad’s gurukula program in Pune, India in 2004
• She has undergone Pancha Karma Intensive Training in Kerala, India
• Cate is a certified Anusara Yoga teacher
• She completed a 2 year Iyengar Yoga teacher training in 2001

Dr. Akil Palanisamy

MD is a Harvard-trained physician who practices integrative medicine, incorporating the best of conventional medicine and alternative therapies. Dr. Akil, a holistic doctor, completed his premedical training in biochemistry at Harvard University, received his medical degree from the University of California, San Francisco and completed his residency in family medicine at Stanford University. He also completed a Fellowship in Integrative Medicine with Dr. Andrew Weil at the University of Arizona, and is certified by the Center for Mind-Body Medicine at Georgetown University.

Dr. Akil practices at The Institute for Health and Healing in San Francisco, one of the oldest centers for integrative medicine in the United States. He has worked with thousands of patients to help them heal and recover from chronic diseases using dietary changes and nutritional supplements. He blends his western medical training with holistic approaches including functional medicine and Ayurveda, the traditional medicine of India.

Lissa Coffey

Lissa Coffey is a lifestyle and relationship expert who serves up an inspiring blend of ancient wisdom and modern style. She’s been living an Ayurvedic lifestyle since researching her first book, “The Healthy Family Handbook,” in 1996. Lissa appears frequently on television and radio and contributes to many national publications with her insightful and compassionate approach to modern-day issues.

With warmth and authenticity, Ayurveda expert and author Lissa Coffey helps people unveil the boundless possibilities and pragmatic wisdom that dwells within them. She is a lifestyle expert, and the media’s go-to person for Lifestyle and relationship advice. Lissa is a life coach who taps into her vast knowledge of Ayurveda, Feng Shui, Aromatherapy and other ancient philosophies to come up with positive solutions for contemporary challenges. Engaging and friendly, Lissa is a fixture on many national and local television shows.

- Lissa received the “Dharma Award” from AAPNA for her Excellence in Promoting Awareness of Ayurveda.

-Her best-selling book “What’s Your Dosha, Baby? Discover the Vedic Way for Compatibility in Life and Love” is the only book ever published on Ayurveda and Relationships, and it has been translated into five languages.

-Lissa Coffey has appeared on national television and has lectured worldwide on the subject of Ayurveda and Relationships.

-In 2005 she was awarded a commendation from Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa for “Outstanding Contribution to the Yoga Community.”

-Her first book on Ayurveda: “The Healthy Family Handbook: Natural Remedies for Parents and Children” was released in 1997.

-She has had seven books published. Her most recent book is “The Perfect Balance Diet: 4 Weeks to a Lighter Body, Mind, Spirit & Space.”

Robert and Melanie Sachs

The author of The Buddha Experience, Medicine Buddha, Enduring Love and Embracing Death, Not only is Robert Sachs a licensed Clinical Social Worker, a certified LifeLine Practitioner and an author, with Masters in Social Work at the University of Kentucky, Robert has long been a student of Tibetan Buddhist masters is now an expert on a study of Asian healing systems.

Robert is also a guest instructor for the Chopra Center for Well Being in San Diego and a lecturer in Tibetan Medicine for the Sino-American Rehabilitation Association College in Los Angeles.

He received his B.A. in Comparative Religion and Sociology at the University of Lancaster

He received his masters in social work from the university of Kentucky and is a licensed clinical social worker focusing on addictions, relationship, and issues around dying and death

Has studied Macrobiotics with Michio Kushi and Rex Lassalle at the Kushi Institute and completed Shiatsu training with Rex Lassalle

Robert studied Hatha Yoga under the guidance of Jonathan O’Dell and Johanna Auld and became certified as a Hatha Yoga instructor with the All India Board and Inner London Education Authority in 1978

He also been trained as a Mental Health Counselor with the Richmond Fellowship.

Robert was instrumental in starting the Community Health Foundation’s "Growing Family Center." in London


A certified Ayurvedic Lifestyle Counselor, Melanie Sachs' skill as a teacher and therapist have made her sought after by some of the world's leading spas and beauty schools.

Her book, Ayurvedic Beauty Care (Lotus Light Publications), is considered a must for those interested in the expanding field of natural and conscious body care

Todd Caldecott

Todd Caldecott is a medical herbalist and practitioner of Ayurveda, in practice since 1995. He is the Executive Director of the Dogwood School of Botanical Medicine, and author/editor of three books including Ayurveda: The Divine Science of Life, Food As Medicine, and Ayurveda In Nepal.

With The Ayurveda Experience, Todd has created a course on Ayurveda and Anti-Ageing Medicine, soon to be launched.

Dr. Dilip Gadgil

Dr. Dilip Gadgil, who has been honoured by Vice President of India and the Chief Minister of Maharashtra is a recipient of several awards and recognition for his key involvement with a Historical Landmark in the field of Ayurveda- The Triskandha Kosh Project which took 19 years to achieve completion. The term 'Triskandhakosha' refers to a compilation of every sutra from the Brihattrayi, Charaka, [1] Sushruta [2] and Vagbhata Samhitas. [3],[4] The whole information is classified into three databases:

1. Hetukosha, [8] which elaborates on the spectrum of causative relationships between diet, behavior etc. and health and disease;
2. Lakshanakosha, [9] which elaborates symptom-disease-health relationships; and
3. Aushadhakosha, [10] which elaborates all such relationships from the perspective of treatment

The Triskandha Kosh Project is the only herculean project of its kind in the world of Ayurveda. Dr. Gadgil has been instrumental in its creation and has been recognized worldwide for his commendable contribution.

Academic & Professional Qualifications:

B.A.M.S: Tilak Ayurveda Mahavidyalaya (University of Pune) in Ayurveda

M.D: Ashtang Ayurveda Mahavidyalaya (University of Pune) in Samhita Ayurveda

Ph.D: University of Pune in Ayurveda

B.A: Tilak Maharashtra Vidyapeeth in Sanskrit

M.A: Tilak Maharashtra Vidyapeeth in Sanskrit Vyakarana

M.Phil: University of Pune in Sanskrit

With exceptional dedication and passion for Ayurveda, Dr.Gadgil has been practicing and successfully treating thousands of patients for years along with his several other achievements which include:

• Developing curriculum for Post Graduate Diploma in Life Style Management
• Bachelor of Tibetian Medicine & Surgery, Course.
• Abhyang Mardan Tantradnya Diploma Course (Ayurvedic Massage)
• Master or of Ayurvedic Dietetics.


The late Vaidya Shivnath Sharma award for Laxshankosha delivered at the auspicious hands of Shri Bhairavsingh Shekhawat, Vice President of India and in the presence of Dr. Muralimanohar Joshi and Smt. Sushma Swaraj.

Vaidya M.V. Kolhatakar Research Award by Khadiwale Vaidya Sanshodhan Sanstha.

'Neela’ Paritoshik from Ravishri Nidhi.

Dr. Chandrashekhar Thite

Dr. Thite has over 25 years of experience of treating patients in India, of helping hundreds of people enjoy a better quality and prolong the duration of life through the science of Ayurveda. Dr. Chandrashekhar Thite is a qualified Ayurvedic Physician or Vaidya with 2 degrees- Bachelors of Ayurvedic Medicine and Surgery (B.A.M.S.- Ayurvedacharya) as well as an MD (Vaidyak Nishnat) in Ayurvedic Medicine (Kayachikitsa).

Dr. Thite is the President of the local chapter of an organization of Ayurvedic Physicians in India, has been practicing clinically for over 25 years, been a research assistant and has presented papers on Liver diseases, Rheumatic heart disease, Abdominal pain, Diseases of urinary system and diabetes and much more.

Some of our Guest Speakers:

Marc Halpern, D.C.,C.A.S.,P.K.S., (Ayurvedacharya)

  • Pioneer of Ayurveda in the West
  • President and Founder of the California College of Ayurveda
  • Awarded the All India Award for Best Ayurvedic Physician.
  • Served as Chairman of the National Committee on Ayurvedic Education for the National Ayurvedic Medical Association
  • Co-founder of the California Association of Ayurvedic Medicine and the National Council on Ayurvedic Education.

Dr. Nancy Lonsdorf

Named “one of the nation’s most prominent Ayurvedic doctors” by the Chicago Tribune, Dr. Nancy Lonsdorf is an integrative physician and recognized Ayurvedic expert specializing in women’s health. She is board-certified in Integrative and Holistic Medicine (ABIHM) and in 2011 received the Atreya (Ah-tray-uh) Award for excellence in Ayurvedic practice from the Association of Ayurvedic Practitioners of North America.

Dr. Lonsdorf received her medical degree from the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine and did her residency training in psychiatry at Stanford University. Over the past twenty-nine years, she has treated over 20,000 patients with Ayurveda and integrative medicine in Washington DC and Fairfield, Iowa. She has served as consultant in Ayurveda to the NIH on numerous occasions, has lectured at major academic centers and been featured in the national media on television and in print.

Dr. Lonsdorf is currently Associate Clinical Professor of Physiology and Health at the Maharishi University of Management and also trains health professionals in Maharishi Ayurveda at the University of Maryland, The Taylor Center for Integrative Medicine in La Jolla, CA and the Atlantic Health System Chambers Center for Well Being in NJ.

Dr. Lonsdorf also lectures and leads seminars internationally on women’s health and Ayurveda and is the author of The Ageless Woman: Natural Health and Beauty After Forty with Maharishi Ayurveda and co-author of A Woman's Best Medicine: Health, Happiness and Long Life through Maharishi Ayurveda.

Dr. Bill Dean

Dr Bill Dean is a physician/surgeon who retired from his private practice of urology in 2011 to dedicate his life to Alternate Healing Practices. Dr Bill was the first to coin the terms matter science medicine/nutrition and energy science medicine /nutrition and using nutrition as a platform, he outlines the salient differences between these contrasting healing disciplines. He is also the author of books- ‘Heal: Why Certain Foods Help YOU Feel Your Best’

and ‘IC Bladder Pain Syndrome: The Alternative Medical Treatment for Interstitial Cystitis’ on the clinical use of the energy science in managing interstitial cystitis, a condition that the allopathic tradition has no solutions for management

Vaidya R.K. Mishra

Vaidya R.K.Mishra is an Ayurvedic health practitioner, product formulator, researcher, and educator based in Southern California. He is a prolific writer, responding weekly to questions from readers on all health matters. He is also an active blogger, with a new article post each Thursday of the week. He has authored hundreds of articles for well-known journals and magazines - online and in print - including American Spa and Dermascope. Television appearances include “Live on ABC,” New York; News on NBC and ABC; “Total Health Talk,” Los Angeles; and “Breakfast Television” on CITY-TV Toronto, Canada. He has co-authored Answer to Cancer with Dr. Hari Sharma.

Vaidya Mishra has completed his formal training in institutional Ayurveda and holds a GAMS from Bihar University. He is also the recipient of an honorary DSc. His ayurvedic practice is informed by modern ayurvedic scholarship as well as modern western medicine and research, augmented by his knowledge passed on in his millennial family tradition of Shaka Vansiya Ayurveda, also known as SVA.

David Crow

David Crow is one of the world’s foremost experts and leading speakers in the field of botanical medicine and grassroots healthcare. He is a master herbalist, aromatherapist and acupuncturist with over 30 years experience and is an expert in the Ayurvedic and Chinese medical systems. David is a renowned author, a poet, and is the founding director of Floracopeia Aromatic Treasures.

He is the author of several books, including In Search of the Medicine Buddha, a book about his studies of Tibetan and Ayurvedic medicine in the Himalayas. well-known lecturer in the field of natural medicine, Mr. Crow’s work is largely focused on the synthesis of botanical medicine, ecology and spirituality. He is the founder of Floracopeia, a company that supports ecologically sustainable agriculture through the production of essential oils and aromatic treasures.

He is also the cofounder of The Learning Garden, one of the country’s largest school gardens, which has helped bring cultivation of organic food and medicinal plants into the Los Angeles public school system.


Karta Purkh ("K.P.") is one of United States’ foremost natural healing experts and is the recent President Emeritus of the American Herbalists Guild, and is director for the National Ayurvedic Medical Association.

He mentored in Ayurveda with Yogi Bhajan for 32 years. Along the way, he incorporated deep studies in Western and Traditional Chinese medicine. His school has been training professional Ayurvedic practitioners, nutritional therapists and herbalists for over 30 years.

K.P. has presented over 200 times at professional conferences, has written over 3,000 articles on health topics and is the author or editor of 30 books on health, including his latest, The Way of Ayurvedic Herbs. He teaches Ayurveda, herbalism and nutrition at two naturopathic medicine Universities.

K.P worked as the senior research scientist and herbalist for Yogi Tea for 30 years, holds credentials as a state certified dietitian-nutritionist, certified Ayurveda practitioner, nationally registered herbalist, nationally certified massage therapist, nationally registered yoga instructor and is the only American to hold the title Yogaraj in Ayurveda.

K.P. is also the first person to be dual credentialed in herbalism (RH) and Ayurveda (CAP).

Dr. Helen Thomas

Dr. Helen Thomas is an enthusiastic chiropractic doctor who loves sharing her passion for Ayurvedic medicine.

Dr. Helen interned in Pune, India with Dr. Narendra Pendse. Helen also served as an Intern in a hospital for Lepers in India — after that experience she declared: "I was the one that was healed". Her most endearing Ayurveda teacher is Vaidya Ragu, from New Delhi, India. Dr. Ragu taught Dr. Helen Ayurveda Pulse Diagnosis which has been the most powerful tool in her healer's treasure chest.

Dr. Helen Thomas, DC is a chiropractor who's studied and practiced Ayurveda since 1987 with Dr. Narendra Pendse, Deepak Chopra, Vasant Lad, Raju, and other leading Ayurvedic physicians.

Acharya Shunya Pratichi Mathur

Acharya Shunya Pratichi Mathur is a distinguished Ayurvedic Scholar, and the living custodian of an eminent Vedic lineage from Ayodhya, Uttar Pradesh, India. She is the Founder and Spiritual Head of Vedika Global, Inc., a Vedic foundation supporting a leading school of Ayurveda and Vedic Medicine in California.

As President of California Association of Ayurvedic Medicine (CAAM), she leads the statewide Ayurveda agenda. Acharya Shunya has delivered Key Note address at conferences iby NAMA, AAPNA, CAAM, World Ayurveda Congress (WAC), Moksha Festival, Dharma Conference, UCLA Center for Medieval & Renaissance Studies. Acharya Shunya has received numerous awards, including: by Indian Institute of Medicine (2010), by the Ayurvedic Association of Practitioners of North America (2010), Global Women Power Award (2015), The Haridas and Bina Chaudhary Award for Distinguished Service by the California Institute of Integral Studies (2016). Sounds True Publishing will publish Acharya Shunya’s upcoming book on Ayurveda Lifestyle Medicine in Spring 2017.

Dr. Claudia Welch

Dr. Claudia Welch, author of Balance Your Hormones, Balance Your Life and How the Art of Medicine Makes the Science More Effective: Becoming the Medicine We Practice, is a Doctor of Oriental Medicine, an Ayurvedic practitioner and international speaker.

Dr. Welch explores how ideas in Eastern medicine apply to and explain women’s health, and today’s reality in general.

Doctor of Oriental Medicine, State of New Mexico, November, 1997-present
National Board Certified Diplomate in Acupuncture, The National Commission for the Certification of Acupuncturists, Washington, DC, August, 1997-present
Registered Massage Therapy Instructor, State of New Mexico, January, 1992-2005

Cynthia Copple

When Cynthia first encountered Ayurvedic medicine and Yogic philosophy, she was a Vietnam War reporter and photographer travelling the world, with absolutely no interest in medicine, eastern or western!

However, her journey is nothing short of surprising and inspiring- from her BA from UC Berkeley in l966, being a War Correspondent in Vietnam in l969 to being free lance writer & photographer l970-80 a rock music/entertainment/circus publicist l973-76; and to being owner of Lotus & Co. natural fiber clothing store l978-89 she became one of the Pioneers of Ayurveda in the US.

Cynthia Copple became the Co-Founder and Past President of National Ayurvedic Medical Association and Co-Founder and Past Dean of Mount Madonna Institute College of Ayurveda and practices as an Ayurvedic Consultant in Santa Cruz, California since 1982. Cynthis is also the Director of Lotus Holistic Health Institute and President of Lotus Herbs.