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5 Ayurvedic Experts to Watch

By on March 31, 2014

When I started exploring Ayurveda 10 years ago, there wasn’t much variety in term of bona fide Ayurvedic authors and experts in the West; Vasant Lad, David Frawley and Robert Svoboda were the holy trinity as far as I was concerned, and their books opened a new world for the young and eager yogi that I was.

Today, Ayurveda has spread beyond the rarefied field of Indiaphiles and New Agers.  People of all walks of life have discovered that Ayurveda can be a path towards vibrant health of body and mind.  There are also new voices out there who are spreading the knowledge to more and more people.  Here are 5 Ayurvedic Experts to watch:


dr-claudia-welchDr Claudia Welch is a Doctor of Oriental Medicine, an Ayurvedic practitioner, educator, and author based in Vermont.  Smart as a whip, warm-hearted, deeply engaged in the Ayurvedic community, she is a a generous and prolific educator.  Her book on women’s health, Balance Your Hormones, Balance Your Life is nothing short of groundbreakingThis readable and user-friendly book is full of scientifically sound information and and also challenges received ideas about health.  Dr Welch has served on the teaching faculty of The Ayurvedic Institute, Kripalu School of Ayurveda, Southwest Acupuncture College, and Acupractice Seminars.  She also teaches workshops worldwide and often co-teaches with Dr Robert Svoboda.  You can subscribe to her informative newsletter on her website drclaudiawelch.com.


rujuta_diwekar_20101213Rujuta Diwekar is a Mumbai-based nutritionist, author, marathon trainer and winner of the Nutrition award’ from Asian Institute of Gastroenterology (AIG).  A modern driven Indian woman who was raised practicing yoga with her family, she teaches the benefits of traditional foods and remedies while examining them from a scientific perspective.  Her two books, Don’t Lose Your Mind, Lose Your Weight and Women And The Weight Loss Tamasha, while not yet published in the West, have been topping the bestsellers charts in India. Her dynamic personality and engaging teaching has garnered a celebrity following in India, including Bollywood queen Kareena Kapoor and many more.  Will Rujuta cross over to the West soon?  In the meantime you can check out her Youtube channel for informative videos.


margo_shapiro_bachman_credit1Margo Shapiro Bachman, is a mother of two, a nationally certified Ayurvedic practitioner, and a RYT500 registered yoga teacher.  Her new book Yoga Mama, Yoga Baby has earned rave reviews from Yoga and Ayurveda luminaries and is the first book to show how these “sister sciences” of Ayurveda and Yoga can support the miraculous journey of pregnancy.  Along with her book she offers listeners a 3-CD collection of guided meditations, breathwork practices, and simple mantra and asana exercises to support mothers from conception to birth.  As the issue of fertility and childbirth becomes more and more important, Margo Shapiro Bachman‘s work is to the point and relevant.



nadyas-new-headshotNadya Andreeva has been on the up and up recently, building an impressive practice and business teaching about the importance of healthy digestion to overall health and well being.  Her book Happy Belly: A Woman’s Guide to Feeling Vibrant, Light, and Balanced has propelled her to reach out in the mainstream media and share those important teachings with a wider audience.  While the information she offers might be a little basic for seasoned students of Ayurveda, her comitment to touching more and more people with this important subject is commendable.  Her website Spinach and Yoga offers tons of freebies, articles, interviews, recipes and more.



Screen-shot-2013-10-29-at-10.15.42-PMMonica Bloom’s site HeyMonicaB gives you an insight into her personality: creative, energetic, fun.  While her background in design shows in her site, it’s the content that shines; her articles are well though out, well researched and fun to read.  She keeps her readers engaged by responding to all kinds of questions and giving out freebies such as menu charts for each dosha, music playlists and beautiful printable season guides to pin to your wall to stay inspired to keep living your best life in all seasons.



Is there any experts you think we’ve missed?  Who would you add to the list? Leave a comment below now to let us know!


About Suleyka Montpetit

Suleyka Montpetit is a Media Entrepreneur, Explorer, Writer and the Managing Editor of Everyday Ayurveda. She has studied Yoga, Health, Spirituality and the Arts for over 15 years, rubbing elbow with all kind of luminaries and making stuff happen everywhere she goes.


  1. Petalsofpeace@sbcglobal.net'


    March 31, 2014 at 8:14 pm

    Dr MaryJo Cravvata and Karyn Chabot :-)

    • Jacob Griscom

      April 1, 2014 at 9:05 am

      Mary Jo was my pulse teacher! Yes. What do you appreciate about Mary Jo and Karyn, Amber?

  2. akrasne@gmail.com'


    April 4, 2014 at 12:15 pm

    Great list! Shunya Pratichi Mathur hails from a 700-year lineage of Ayurveda in her family and founded Vedika Global. An amazing healer and inspiring teacher.

    • Jacob Griscom

      April 4, 2014 at 4:01 pm

      Yes! I know Pratichi. She is doing excellent work.

  3. Adena

    April 4, 2014 at 2:04 pm

    I would definitely add Cate Stillman of YogaHealer.com! :)

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    Laurie Dean

    April 6, 2014 at 3:34 am

    Kathryn Templeton and Dr Rosy Mann!
    Kathryn started the certified Ayurveda yoga specialist program thru Himalayan institute in 2011 – the program has been held in many different areas across the country – helping to spread the wisdom of Ayurveda and make it accessable to yoga students and teachers. Also this year, Kathryn partnered with Dr Rosy Mann from Kripalu’s school of Ayurveda to offered kripalus Ayurveda training as a 2 yr. 8 part course at Himalayan Institute – making Ayurveda education accessable and affordable!!
    Dr Mann brings a wealth of experience from her 18 years at Kripalu and her sweet clear teaching to her students! Love them both!

    • Jacob Griscom

      April 7, 2014 at 6:44 pm

      Excellent! Thank you for the additions.

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    Patricia Wickman

    April 6, 2014 at 6:18 am

    Patricia Layton was my teacher at Kanykumari Ayurveda in Milwaukee. She is certainly an expert! Do you already have Cheryl Silberman listed? She is the owner of Kanyakumari. The woman who introduced me to Ayurveda was Jaisri Lambert. Also, Corrinna Schmit taught me all I know about Panchakarma. I am starting the first Ayurvedic school in Texas. It is going to be hybrid–online and in person.

    • Jacob Griscom

      April 7, 2014 at 6:44 pm

      Wow! Thank you, Patricia. Great ones. Pat Layton was MY teacher too, at the California College of Ayurveda in 1999.

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    Nadya @ Spinach and Yoga

    April 8, 2014 at 6:31 am

    Thank you Suleyka for adding me to the list! I am deeply honored! I do agree that Cate Stillman, Scott Blossom, John from Joyful Belly would all be wonderful additions. Thankfully, ayurveda is growing and there are so many wonderful practitioners and teachers.

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    Radha Crawley

    April 8, 2014 at 7:44 am

    Pat Layton was my first teacher of Ayurveda ❤ I also study with Vaidya Mishra whose lineage goes back to the beginnings of Ayurveda.

  8. Elizabeth@drgrasser.com'


    April 9, 2014 at 9:44 am

    Dr. Grasser integrates Functional Medicine and Ayurveda in his Santa Fe, New Mexico practice. He works with a variety of conditions ranging from autoimmune conditions to gut health. You can find him online at http://www.drgrasser.com.

    • Jacob Griscom

      April 9, 2014 at 11:30 am

      Maybe we should have a series on this. Thanks for the recommendation. We’ll research and write more on some of the rising contributors in our field.

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