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We believe that good health is the right of each individual. However, we also realise that not everyone has access to correct information. In our quest to change this, along with providing valuable content on every aspect of health and wellness, we have also formed a health council. Our health council team includes experts from all over the world, including renowned doctors, yogis, health coaches, fitness experts etc. Help us help you take care of yourself. Because…It’s your body. It matters.
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Pooja is a passionate, driven woman, who gives any and every thing her all – whether it be her work, or trying to get her friends to give up smoking. A woman of many talents, she spent 15 years in the diamond industry with Rapaport Diamonds, helping shape policies relating to the diamond trading of various countries, until she decided to pursue her cherished passion – health and wellness. To that end, she then went on to study nutrition from Integrative Nutrition, the world’s largest school for nutrition.
Pooja mastered the art of yoga years ago – before it was ‘fashionable’, in the age where it was actually unconventional for a 15-year-old to take it up, and till date, she finds time to practice it. Deciding to combine her strong background in business development and strategy with her true calling was the eureka moment in Pooja’s life, that has given shape to what healthhunt is today. She has set out on the arduous voyage to make a difference in people’s lives. And with healthhunt, a content-led marketplace in the health and wellness space, she plans to do the same.
Special interest- Wellbeing & Positive Psychology for improving Performance, Productivity, Excellence & Engagement at Work.
Dr Shweta Gidwani is an Emergency and Trauma Medicine Consultant at Chelsea & Westminster NHS Hospital, London, and an Asst Prof at the Ronald Regan Institute of International Emergency Medicine at George Washington University, USA.
In addition she is a Fellow of the Royal College of Emergency Medicine, UK and the Research Lead of Emergency & Integrated Care at Chelsea & Westminster Hospital, London
As a doctor working at the sharp end of life and death, Dr Gidwani understands what it takes to work under extreme pressure and how to support teams so they can deliver excellence in the most critical times. She is passionate about wellbeing for staff at the workplace as a key driver for optimising performance, productivity and engagement.
Dr. Gidwani is an alumnus of the prestigious GS Medical College/King Edward Memorial Hospital in Mumbai, India and spends several months of the year teaching at several hospital across India.
Dr. Nammy Patel has a deep commitment to putting a smile on the face of dentistry. As her patients will gladly tell you, she cares about the smallest details, and it makes all the difference in their oral health, as she continually seeks new ways to make your trip to the dentist something to look forward to.
Since graduating with honours from University of California’s School of Dentistry, she has been a leader in the movement to bring environmental sanity and wellbeing into the dental world. Her modern dental office in Union Square is the first of its kind in San Francisco. It uses environmentally sustainable materials and technology at every turn from the ground up, including the furnishings.
Sarah Dihmes has her Ph.D. in clinical health psychology. She comes to us from a research background at Johns Hopkins Medical System, and currently resides in San Francisco, CA.Sarah Dihmes helps clients become aware of the stress responses in their body and mind, and teaches them skills to combat the negative effects of stress through self-regulation. She specialises in the prevention and management of psychophysiological manifestations of stress, pain, and illness.
She was recently appointed as the mental health expert on the Advisory Board of the Angiogenesis Foundation. She collaborates with doctors, scientists, and policymakers using new medical treatments that either inhibit or stimulate angiogenesis, prolonging the lives of cancer patients, preventing limb amputations, reversing vision loss, and improving general health.
Born and bought up in India, Priya has been entrenched in the practice, study, and teaching of classical hatha and kriya yoga for the past 30 years. Her passion and interest in yoga encompasses the allied study of ayurveda, applied anatomy, and homeopathy. Priya is also a trained Integrative Health Coach from Duke University, NC.
With an interesting blend of Eastern roots and Western sensibilities, Priya is uniquely qualified to engage her students in a style that empowers them to take steps towards achieving personal goals. Taking into consideration the complete history, current health, and long-term health targets of her clients, she practices a synergetic approach to healing. Priya takes a combined approach, which includes yoga therapy, breathing methods, meditation, ayurvedic practices, and other holistic modalities, and supports and nudges people back on the path to better health.
Pallavi Kumar is a San Francisco Bay Area based Board Certified (AADP) integrative nutrition health coach from the Institute of Integrative Nutrition, and the founder of ‘Health Redux’. She is also the co-author of the Amazon bestselling #1 book The Silver Linings Storybook. Pallavi has a graduate degree in psychology from India.
In her work, she focuses on busy individuals with high stress levels, who have less time to take care of their health, or who need to manage chronic illnesses. She can work with your doctor to figure what might be the right way for you to move forward when it comes to food. Pallavi also works with families, stressing on the importance of childhood nutrition; and believes in creating a strong foundation of health and nutrition early in childhood, to avoid health challenges later.
Besides her signature monthly programs and seasonal detoxes, she co-creates completely personalised and simple action-based plans for her clients, to reach their health goals within their unique body, lifestyle, preferences, and resources.
Dr. Tasmia Tabassum serves as a diabetologist and a consultant physician with experience of more than 15 years in the field of medicine. Dr. Tasmia Tabassum completed her MBBS from Bangalore Medical College, India, MRCP from London Royal College Physician UK, MRCGP from Royal College of General Practitioners, and Post Graduate Diploma in Diabetes in Diabetology (PGDD) from University of Leicester, UK. She is a member of Royal College of Physicians (UK). She is currently working for Primecare Hospital as a consultant Physician and Diabetologist.
Dr Shreyash Gajjar is a leading arthroscopy and sports orthopaedic surgeon. He has received
fellowship training in arthroscopic surgeries for knee, ankle, foot, shoulder, elbow, wrist,
and hip from the UK and Australia. He is a consultant and unit head in arthroscopy, sports
orthopaedics and trauma surgery at Kokilaben Dhirubhai Ambani Hospital (KDAH).
Dr Shreyash Gajjar has performed many first surgeries in India that include Arthroscopic
Ankle ligament reconstruction for chronic ligament tear, bone marrow stem cell therapy for
avascular necrosis hip, surgery for Osgood-Schlatter’s disease in children, reconstruction of
shoulder AC joint dislocation, lateral end clavicle fracture fixation, all with the help of
Currently practicing in CK Birla Hospital for Women, Dr. Vikrant Sharma is an expert laparoscopic surgeon with a keen interest in pelvic cancers and surgery for morbid obesity. He has done his masters in surgery from PGIMS, Rohtak and a super speciality FNB (Minimal Access Surgery) from Galaxy Care Laparoscopy Institute, Pune and has completed his training in advanced laparoscopy and Robotic surgery. He has worked with Galaxy Care Laparoscopy Institute, Pune and Meenakshi Hospital, Delhi. He has more than 20 international and national publications and presentations to his name. He is also a member of the American Association of Gynae-Laparoscopic Surgeons (AAGL). He specializes in all kinds of minimal access procedures including Bariatric surgeries, Colorectal, Gynaecological and Gynae-oncosurgeries.
Kerry Bajaj is a Certified Health Coach, who helps patients achieve their health goals, including weight loss, stress reduction, and exercise. She is a graduate of Georgetown University and the Institute for Integrative Nutrition, and is certified by Columbia University Teachers College in holistic health. She has been mentored in functional medicine by Dr. Frank Lipman since 2010. She has run four marathons, is a certified yoga teacher, and writes about health and wellness at www.kerrybajaj.com. She leads a free 5-Day Sugar Smackdown program for busy moms with recipes, tips, and support at https://www.facebook.com/groups/quitsugar/.
Methodical entrepreneur and ironman tri-athlete, Mr. Nikhil Kapur is the Founder Director of Atmantan Wellness Resort, an integrated wellness destination spa, and one of India’s most luxurious, at that. Atmantan is a reflection of Nikhil’s passion for health and fitness, being a 3-time participant in The IRONMAN Triathlon- the most challenging triathlon in the world comprising a 3.8km swim, 180km cycling path, and a 42.2 km run in conclusion. He was also awarded by GQ who listed him in the ‘Most influential Young Indians Top 50’ list of 2016.
A health promotion specialist and healthcare technologist with more than 15-years of
experience across industries and roles, Dr Vijay Janagama is a diabetologist by profession.
Also a certified wellness practitioner, he has been one of the visionaries who conceptualised
and established India’s first transition care facility, SuVitas in 2015. He steers SuVitas’ thrust
in research, innovation, and development of patient-centric rehabilitation care models.
An ardent champion advocating the benefits of a transition care for developing a superior
healthcare ecosystem for the country, Dr Vijay has presented seminal research work in post
hospitalisation care at several prestigious platforms including World Stroke Congress, World
Congress of Neurology, and World Congress of Neuro Rehabilitation.
Dr. Matthew Jacob is a visiting consultant at SPARSH Superspecialty hospital.
Trained extensively at some of the best institutes in the UK, he performs both living donor and cadaveric transplant of the liver. He has performed many successful lacroscopic surgeries. His special interests lie in complex surgeries for cancers of the liver, gall bladder, liver, bile duct and pancreas.
Seema Sondhi is a yoga, wellness, and holistic lifestyle guru certified by the International Sivananda Vedanta and Yoga Centre. Founder of ‘Seema Sondhi: The Yoga Studio’, she specialises in the practice of Ashtanga-Vinyasa yoga. Seema also teaches pre-and post-natal yoga for pregnant women and new mothers; as well as therapeutic yoga, catered to specific illnesses/injuries. Seema lives in New Delhi with her family, and an army of dogs.
Dr. Aruna Kalra is currently the Director- Obstetrics and Gynaecology at the CK Birla Hospital for Women. She brings with her over 17 years of experience in Obstetrics and Gynaecology across some of the best hospitals including Batra Hospital, Paras Hospital and Kasturba Medical College. Dr Aruna Kalra graduated from BRD Medical college and KMC Mangalore, and has been awarded with a gold medal for academic excellence. An expert in scarless laparoscopic surgeries, her areas of interest include minimally invasive gynaecological surgeries, high-risk pregnancies, and vaginal birth after caesarean (VBAC).
With experience spanning over half a decade in the field, Jainee Gandhi, is the first Indian and 20th in Asia to have a Certified Image Professional (CIP)certification from the prestigious Association of Image Consultants International (AICI). Her personal motto – “refuse to be unseen” is strongly reflected in all her work for her clients and the image professionals she trains. She harbours within her a zeal to assist every individual portray their best authentic image – with a special focus on their appearance – for more often than not there is nothing more impactful than what first meets the human eye. After years of experimenting with the tenets of style trends she concludes that, “Style is inclusive of all age, size and colour. Restrictions of any sort in this regard will only limit clients in a box and not let them explore their true worth.”
Jainee is the founder of ImagEdge Academy in Mumbai & Singapore that certifies people globally and this course currently has not been offered in India by anyone else.
She has also served as a prior active member of FICCI Flo and VP-Marketing for IMPA and senior alumni from ICBI where she has trained over 100 image consultants under her guidance.
Charu Kapur is a New Delhi based DNA 3 certified Theta Healer, and advanced Angel Healer. An inherent psychic and intuitive personality since childhood, Charu’s intense personal journey and miraculous healing of others has led her to launch her unique methodology, with direct messages/instructions from the Creator – Core Healing™. Charu conducts one-to-one and group healing or meditative therapy, and Skype or telephone sessions.
Zorian Cross is a New Delhi based Tarot Reader, Astrologer, Numerologist, and a Psychic Medium. An award-winning Actor, Playwright, and Theatre Director, he is a Yogi, and a pop-culture lover at heart. Zorian believes that no one can push your buttons if you embrace the magic within; a diktat that inspires his perspectives on love, sex, and the mysteries of the Universe.
Dr Avinash T S is a specialist in urology, and multi-organ transplant surgery. He also has vast experience in performing kidney transplant surgery. Besides laparoscopy, he has rich experience in managing various urological problems including kidney stone disease, enlarged prostate, urological cancers, urethral stricture, urological problems in children and women. He is a consultant urologist in SPARSH Superspecialty hospital.
Dr Avinash a published researcher with over 25 scientific papers added to his credentials.
Kaamna Bhojwani-Dhawan is a mother, entrepreneur, dancer, and ardent defender of authentic living. Kaamna is the founder of www.MomAboard.com, a trip-planning service that aims to take the stress out of family travel planning by connecting travelling parents with local moms, thereby arming them with the most reliable information they need, to be able to travel with confidence. MomAboard also offers a similar service to relocating parents, giving them access to insider information and a parent perspective, that moving companies and housing agencies simply do not have.
Kaamna was raised in Bombay and is a serial expat, having lived in Bangalore, San Francisco, Sydney, and London. When Kaamna’s not working or travelling, she teaches a fusion dance class in London’s Notting Hill. Kaamna’s philosophy in life is simple: Be Yourself. Trust Yourself. Love Yourself. The rest will take care of itself.
A masters in psychology, Preeti spent a decade of her life in a corporate job. But her love for the outdoors, and being an avid sportsperson, swimmer, kickboxer, and certified scuba diver meant that she could not confine herself to a desk. She decided to pursue her passion of helping people get and stay fit by exploring new facets of traditional exercises.
She is a Master Rehab Trainer, and a Kinesio taping pro. Functional training, kettlebell training, pre & post-partum exercise, and special populations are her forte. In addition, she is a weight loss and management nutritionist, as well as a sports nutritionist. She leaves her clients stronger, healthier, and feeling and looking better than ever before from the inside out!
Dr Rajiv Lochan is a visiting consultant at SPARSH Superspecialty hospital. Being highly trained in liver, kidney and pancreas transplant, complex liver, pancreatic and biliary (gall bladder and bile duct) surgeries, he is also highly trained in hepato pancreato biliary and multi-organ transplant surgeries. He has done his medical training across 3 countries – India, United Kingdom, and Hong Kong. Dr Lochan has his special interests in hilar tumours, HPB resection without the use of blood/blood products, improving the outcomes of hepatocellular
carcinoma treatment and making living donor hepatectomy safer.
Dr Chanchal is a qualified Fetal Medicine specialist with a keen interest in high risk pregnancy and fetal interventions. She did her MBBS from Lady Harding Medical College (LHMC), New Delhi, where the extensive exposure to high risk pregnancy and paediatrics kindled her interest in the subject. After finishing her post-graduation and senior residency from Maulana Azad Medical College (MAMC), New Delhi, she went to National University Hospital (NUH), Singapore to pursue super-specialization in Maternal Fetal Medicine. She worked in the Division of Maternal Fetal Medicine (MFM) of NUH’s renowned Obstetrics and Gynecology department for 2 years and also obtained her fellowship during this period. She also acquired Membership of Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (MRCOG, UK) in 2010. She is certified by the Fetal Medicine Foundation (FMF, UK) to perform the 11-13+6 weeks’ scan, anomaly scan, obstetric Dopplers, cervical screening and invasive procedures. She was a full time consultant at Apollo Centre for Fetal Medicine, Indraprastha Apollo Hospitals, New Delhi prior to joining Birthright, by Rainbow Children’s Hospital.
Surina Sehgal currently works for the NHS as a General Dental Practitioner. Being someone who is heavily passionate about food, particularly healthy and nutritional foods, she was gripped on the links between poor nutrition and a host of dental problems. Realising the astonishing correlation between diet and oral health, she decided to create ‘The Foodie Dentist’ to inspire and educate people about the importance of healthy eating and the effects it has on oral health and development. On her page, she shares her learnings on food, healthy recipes, oral health, and having a good time without compromising on dental health altogether.
Dhriti Udeshi is a nutrition consultant and fitness trainer. She holds a master’s degree in finance
and has worked at Morgan Stanley. Her switch to the sphere of nutrition and fitness, although a
difficult decision, has been extremely rewarding.
Dhriti studied Nutrition, Weight Management and Sports Nutrition from the American College
of Sports Medicine. She is a certified Personal Trainer from K11 Academy of Fitness Sciences.
Additionally, she is also an IFAA Certified Functional Trainer.
Dhriti’s start-up, Newtrition, was formed in early 2017, with the hope of creating one-stop
lifestyle destination for sustainable and custom-made transformation, inside out. She offers
simplified, tailor-made consultations for nutrition and fitness, as well as a growing range of
health snacks. Her expertise lies in the ‘low-carb lifestyle’ – a science that she believes is
extremely simple and transparent.
Aarti Asrani uses different modalities to help people lead healthier and happier lives, naturally. Her journey began with Access Consciousness, when her own health and emotional issues tormented her. Today, she has helped facilitate several people, world over, to overcome health and emotional issues such as vertigo, insomnia, stress, indigestion, immunity problems, depression, separation, and more. Aarti holds various workshops on relationships, money, de-stressing, and others, based on creating more awareness. Editor-in-Chief of Youth Incorporated, high fashion photographer Amit Khanna, Lowe Lintas, Rolta, and Uttam Galva are some of the names she is connected with for her services. She has also authored a well-received book, which is available on Amazon. Aarti’s goal is to create more joy in the world through consciousness.
After doing his post-graduation in Anesthesiology, Dr Praveen Khilnani completed his three year paediatric residency (equivalent to MD Paediatrics), followed by obtaining American board certification in Pediatrics. He then completed a two year fellowship in paediatric critical care and neonatal intensive care in Harvard University affiliated mass general and Boston Children’s Hospitals, Boston, Massachussettes,USA. He is working as a clinical director at Rainbow Children’s Hospitals; in addition to being director for critical care areas of neonatal and padiatric intensive care. Dr Khilnani has many national and international publications and has written books on padiatrics intensive care and neonatal and paediatric mechanical ventilation. He has also been awarded by Indian Medical Association Vishishth Chikitsa Ratan award on his contribution to critical medicine in India, Development of IAP fellowships, FNB and DNB programs in paediatric intensive care. He’s also actively involved in delivering guest lecturers in many local, national and international medical programs.
Dr Mahima Bakshi, is a mother and child wellness expert. She specialises in antenatal, perinatal, postnatal and lactation education. She prepares couples for the right parenting through counselling. She also conducts adolescent health workshops. She has been a former health columnist with Absolute India, a Mumbai-based newspaper. She writes blogs on mother and child health. She has just finished writing her first book ‘Birthing Naturally’ which focuses on pregnancy wellness and childbirth preparation for couples to encourage more natural deliveries in India which is soon to get published. She has trained contestants of Miss North India, Mrs India Worldwide on women’s health and wellness. She has been trained at Nanavati Hospital Mumbai, has worked with Apollo Cradle Royale and is on panel with Fortis Escorts Faridabad for past four years. She is also on panel with TOI for their school program to promote adolescent health in schools in Delhi NCR.
She has received recognitions from Former education minister Mrs Smriti Irani, Dr Aditi Govitrikar Mrs World 2001, FOGSI , Railway Ministry, JIVA Ayurveda and many others on International Women’s day for her contribution towards women’s health. She is a strong believer and supporter for Yoga for women and adolescents and has been interviewed by various news channels. She has also been face of breastfeeding campaigns with several brands during International lactation week.
Nomita Hathiramani is a certified Integrative Nutrition Counsellor, and the founder of Coco Glo. She helps women discover their optimum health potential through a combined healing approach of nutrition, biochemical therapy, lifestyle modifications, and energetics. Her main areas of expertise are anti-ageing, enhancing digestion, regaining energy, and weight loss. Her own journey began in her early 20s, when she was diagnosed with a hormonal imbalance that caused excess weight, poor digestion, and chronic acne flare-ups. Her extensive knowledge in and passion for holistic health helped her self-heal. This further enhanced her faith in self-healing, and encouraged her to study nutrition and help others live life optimally. Apart from her one-on-one practice, she spreads awareness through writing articles for leading wellness platforms, and has also been featured by Harper’s Bazaar.
Currently practicing in CK Birla Hospital for Women, Dr. Deepika Aggarwal has over 15 years of clinical experience including 12 years of enriched experience as an Obstetrician and Gynaecologist at a number of hospitals across London and the UK including Surrey and Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust, Whittington Healthcare NHS Trust, Frimley Park Hospital NHS Trust and Queen Elizabeth Hospital NHS trust. She has completed her MBBS and DGO from Maulana Azad Medical College, and MRCOG from London. She is RCOG accredited for open and endoscopic gynaecology surgery, RCOG accredited for advanced delivery suite practitioner and a BSCCP (London) accredited colposcopist. A member of the Royal College of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, London, she has developed and implemented several audits and evidenced based policies for hospitals in London and has authored several publications in international journals. Her expertise lies in high-risk pregnancies, normal deliveries, vaginal birth after previous caesarean section, managing bad obstetric history and endoscopic surgery (operative Hysteroscopy and operative laparoscopy). Having established perinatal mental health services for pregnant women in a London NHS hospital, she has expertise in managing pregnant women with past or current psychological issues.
Currently practicing in CK Birla Hospital for Women, Dr. Rachna Singh has over 15 years of experience with corporate private sector hospitals of repute including Paras and Max Hospitals. She has also worked with the Mount Elizabeth Medical Centre, Singapore. She graduated from Safdarjang Hospital and finished her MBBS from Lady Hardinge Medical College, the most renowned hospital for women’s care. She is ultrasound trained and holds an Ian Donald Diploma in Sonography. Her areas of interest include critical care obstetrics; laparoscopic gynaecological surgeries, menopausal health and adolescent health.
Dr. Hassan Yasin is well-known for his work in child and adolescent psychiatry, and holds a passion for mental wellness. He firmly believes that people can be empowered to proactively take ownership of their mental wellness, and is on a mission to spread this message to the world. He is a graduate of University of Liverpool Medical School, and is also the founder of ‘moodit’ – a mood-sharing mental wellness app that crowd sources positivity to give users tools to understand and take control of their mental health.
Neeha Nagpal is a practising lawyer by profession and a holistic-health ambassador by passion.
Neeha has been through a journey of fat to fit. She battled extreme Polycystic Ovarian Disease (PCOD) and diabetes at the age of 32, owing to a stressful work schedule and unhealthy lifestyle. But by 33, she has turned her life around; she was cured of PCOD, was off-insulin, and knocked off a whopping 24 kgs – all possible because of her diligent efforts and understanding of what it truly means to be ‘healthy’! She’s found her calling in helping other women through their journey of transformation. Currently, despite an active legal career, she pursues nutrition at Integrative Nutrition.
A firm believer of ‘What the mind believes, the body can achieve,’ she wants to spread the same message among the larger audience and help them find health and happiness the way she did.
Dr. Atish Laddad, has more than 10 years of experience in paediatrics and is the head of three pediatric units in Mumbai: CuddlesNCare Hospital, Kohinoor Hospital and Zen Hospital. Dr. Atish is an alumnus of the prestigious Seth GS Medical College and KEM Hospital. He is the founder member of The Paediatric Network (TPN).
Dr Atish Laddad, his wife Dr. Chaitali Laddad and a group of practitioners have set up an online programme to introduce improvements in the field of paediatrics. Through this online programme, Dr. Atish aims to address the mounting needs of paediatric care by facilitating parents with a hassle-free and round the clock expert guidance.
Dr. Atish Laddad’s works have been featured extensively in publications like The Times of India, DNA, Business India, Hindu Business Line and YourStory.
I believe in healthy approach to fitness – something that makes your lifestyle better, the way it works for you, not compromising anything.
I’ll be bringing you weekly workout videos that you can use as inspiration for your own workouts from whenever you are. The workouts are a combination of HIIT, Tabata and strength training to help you achieve your best-self body in the most effective way. See you in my next video!
Kejal Sheth, the founder and managing director of Nutrivity is a NEP certified entrepreneur, nutritionist is a lifestyle weight-loss and online consultancy expert.A certified diabetes educator, with a degree in weight management consultancy and specialising in sports nutrition and online consultation, Ms Sheth is recognised for her research work in incorporating taste and health with customised nutrition plans. Ms Sheth has over 3 years of practical experience in India. She is famous for being amongst to tremendously work with the 200+ clients. Ms Sheth’s passion for helping people to withstand obesity and her extraordinary initiative to create awareness amongst people to stay slim and healthy is a global cause which she wants to fulfil. She offers wide range of different programs, including weight loss, weight gain, diabetes, hypertension and much more through online and in-person consultation. She makes sure to stay personally in touch with all her clients through Skype, Facetime, WhatsApp and other mediums to provide exemplary services through her company Nutrivity.in. She also loves cooking and experiment with new healthy recipes for her clients.
Dr. Dipti Patel is a renowned gynaecologist who heads a leading maternity and fertility hospital called ‘Love N Care’ in Surat, Gujarat, and has proudly delivered hundreds of babies through IVF. She possesses over 25 years of superior experience in the various sub-specialties of obstetrics and gynaecology and continues to be a favourite to anyone who’s ever had a chance to consult with her!
The ‘Mind’ of Folk Fitness, Aarti Pandey is inspired by India’s rich culture and a thirst for fitness. She wanted to bring forth a sense of fitness inclusiveness for all age groups aiming to make India a fit country. Being a women entrepreneur, she sees Folk Fitness as an entrepreneurship platform for housewives, fitness enthusiasts, and fitness trainers irrespective of gender and region.
Folk Fitness, now, has over 700 fitness trainers across 18 cities in India with presence in Australia. Started her journey with Bharatanatyam for strong classical dance knowledge, Aarti founded Pune’s premier Dance academy DDLL in 2010 as her first and very successful entrepreneurial endeavour. This venture further expanded to launch Fiber Fitness Services Pvt. Ltd in 2013.
Aarti has learnt Indian folk dances for many years under the expert guidance of Late Indumati Lele and represented Maharashtra and India at many national and international dance competitions. After being trained in various Indian folk and Latin American dance styles, Aarti started teaching dance to various dance and fitness enthusiasts.
Currently, she holds an experience of more than 20,000+ hours of teaching dance fitness. With an MBA in Sales and Marketing from Welingkar Institute of Management, Aarti has with her more than 6 years of corporate experience. Being a mother of two, she also efficiently manages her work life balance by spending quality time with her family. She was recently recognised as a Champion Mentor on Sheroes.com – a women-only portal.
A marketer by profession Nidhi Ramchandani is a passionate home chef-turned-health moron who is a sucker for all things fresh, natural, and healthy. Right from sourcing the ingredients to growing micro-greens and fermenting some foods, her forte is to make the most of what’s available in her kitchen! Known for having dinner at 8:00 p.m., cooked fresh and served in style, Nidhi’s tag—“Mumbai_health_moron”—has dedicated followers for daily feeds and tips on easy healthy living.
With the motto “You are what you feed your mind, body, and soul”, her personal health journey started with fixing her allergy issues by monitoring her food, exercise regime, and moving to grandma’s school of thought of “all things natural”.
Next up her sleeve is the Garage Demo-Kitchen Project where she aims to bring together more health junkies to cook, learn, eat, and teach as a community.
Dr Shagun Sarabhai Ajmera is a woman of many talents. A doctor by profession (B.H.M.S) from CMP Homeopathic Medical College and having completed an advance course in classical homeopathy conducted by Dr George Vithoulkas (Greece) Dr Shagun has been practising medicine in Mumbai for several years now.
To add to her achievements, she was crowned Miss India Worldwide in South Africa in 2008.
After this tremendous success, she was an anchor in Zoom TV and Zing (by Zee) and had collaborated with Revlon, Canon, and Kingfisher for advertisements. She had even walked the ramp for Deepika Gehani, Salvatore Ferragamo, and Azeem Khan, all the while juggling her medical career.
For Dr Shagun health is not a goal that can be achieved in one day; it’s a constant process of being healthy which is achieved by being positive, including 30 minutes of physical exertion in the daily routine, and eating right. A believer of staying natural, she has not popped a single pill in the last 30 years, not even a Crocin!
Dr Syed Nazim Hussain is a renowned dermatologist with sound experience in clinical dermatology and facial aesthetics. He is an internationally trained cosmetologist specialising in Botox, fillers, and hair transplants. His client list includes Bollywood stars and other well-known personalities. He is a faculty member at LG life sciences and at Asia Pacific Allergan Medical academy. He is also a reviewer of The International Journal of Dermatology (IJD), along with being an expert in facial aesthetics and face sculpting. Dr Hussain has, in the past, been a consultant at Max Smart Super Specialty Hospital, Saket, New Delhi, and HOD, Dermatology, at Paras Hospital, Gurgaon.
Akshar, popularly called Grandmaster Akshar, is the founder of Akshar Yoga. He is noted amongst the leading yoga practitioners of the world; he travels extensively, learning and spreading the art of yoga. Akshar has been associated with yoga since his early childhood, and has been practicing since the last 21 years. Today, at Akshar Yoga, Grandmaster Akshar and his team train more than 250,000 students all over the world, via both online and offline platforms. Grandmaster Akshar now has 14 schools in the country under the Akshar Power Yoga banner.
Tanya believes that the best way to succeed in the future is to create it. She is the Director of the Centre for Ethical Life & Leadership (CELL), a not-for-profit CSR and sustainability advisory.
A Master of Science (MSc) in Science Communication from Australian National University (ANU), Tanya specialises in converting complex scientific and technical issues to easily understood and interesting stories that can be communicated through various media to the right audience. She has done a course in Business Ethics and Sustainability from Nyenrode Business Universiteit (University of Utrecht, Netherlands) and holds a Permaculture Design certificate that is based on creating a compound web of life and technologies to create self-sustaining systems.
Tanya is also the India representative of the EPEA (Environmental Protection and Encouragement Agency), Germany, and is affiliated with the worldwide movement – Cradle-to-Cradle, which provides a practical path for businesses to go beyond sustainability.
Tanya is also the Founder and Director of Observing I, which is successfully electrifying schools in rural Uttar Pradesh with solar energy, and distributing solar lanterns to school-going children in villages with either no electricity or with an unreliable supply.
Nyela Kapadia is a qualified, experienced and professional trainer with plenty of variety in her training style which is both unique and effective. She’s a certified Reebok Step Trainer, Reebok Group Trainer and Reebok Core Pilates Trainer. She’s also a licensed instructor for Doonya: The Bollywood Workout, which has been brought to the world from New York for the first time (www.doonya.com) and a licensed BOKWA instructor. She is currently in the process of clearing her International Kettle bell Level 1 training. With great passion for her work she keeps updated with all the latest fitness trends and loves to be in a continuous process of learning and nurturing herself as well as others.
Sumiran Kashyap Sahni is a chamomile tea loving freelance writer; formerly a caffeine loving financial services recruitment consultant. Her areas of interest are health and wellness, beauty, fashion, (a smattering of) prose, and any work of nature, or the human hand, that delights her heart. On the World Wide Web, she’s also known as Thinking Totty. She specifically writes about health and wellness from a lifestyle-choice perspective, and gets all her bright ideas when she’s practicing yoga, or chakra and reiki meditation.
A few of Nipa’s favourite things are to wake up to a beach, collect experiences around the world, and‘google’ just about everything that makes her curious! Born and brought up in Mumbai, she spent 15 years in the corporate world (and somehow found the time to extensively study Finance and Marketing as well), developed skills in human behaviour, and learnt that actionable goals can get one almost anywhere. Somewhere between chasing deadlines, pursuing new hobbies, and discovering beautiful places, Nipa underwent a ‘360-degree’ transformation that led her to her calling – as a certified health, wellness, and life coach, as well as a certified practitioner of reconnective healing.
As the founder of Eat.Breathe.Smile and the co-founder of 360 The Wellness Concept, her endeavour is to create a platform for wellness, and work with entrepreneurs, individuals, and corporates in India
through events, focused consultancy, and practicing ‘reconnective healing’.
An MA in Sociology of Health Care from Warwick University, UK, Anjali was interested in reiki healing since a long time. Even her final dissertation was on the acceptance of reiki as a complementary therapy for cure.
Coming from a household of doctors and having a spiritual bent of mind (she now understands that the material and the spiritual are just two ends of the same continuum), she tried her hand at reiki, theta, and aura healing, and was smitten! Currently, Anjali is into a modality called Serenity Surrender, which emphasises healing of the self (soul).
Taran Gehlot was born in Kenya, and is a passionate wildlife photographer. Having graduated from Ecole hôtelière de Lausanne in 2008, she then worked in various hotels and safari lodges around the world, and through this, Taran discovered her love for wildlife, conservation, breath-taking landscapes, and unspoiled nature. Photography for Taran is not about what she sees, rather it’s about the way she sees things and how she allows herself to explore the wonders of the world! Whenever she picks up her camera, it gives her the capacity to be in the moment and be mindful of what is around her, almost like being in a peaceful meditative state, making her feel at one with her surroundings. When Taran isn’t attached to her camera, she works with teachers and children to improve the traditional school life, loves to cook, and experience new adventures!
Pinky is a counselling psychologist and has been working as a consultant with Phoenix Hospital, New Delhi, since the last fourteen years. She has a post graduate degree in Counselling Psychology. Her areas of expertise include diagnosing and helping people with depression, anxiety disorders, emotional problems, personality problems, lack of confidence, marital relationship issues, developing social skills, and parenting guidelines.
Pinky is also qualified in the use of hypnotherapy for personal problems arising from traumas buried in a person’s subconscious mind. She uses hypnotherapy also for removing fear, building self-esteem, seeking ways out of sexual problems, and various other problematic behaviours.
Pinky has recently written a book on parenting.
Dimple Mukherjee is a women’s coach, speaker, and contributing author of Women Rising (Vol. 3). She combines 20 plus years of experience as an occupational therapist with integrative health coaching and positive psychology certifications to help women harness the healing and transformative power of female connections for personal growth. After a decade of struggles and ultimately some rock-bottom moments, Dimple realised that shame had held her back from liberation. Through connection, compassion, and courage, she developed Shame Resilience, her most powerful tool. From this knowing, Dimple created Bindi Parlour, a safe space for women to embrace themselves and to create positive shifts in their lives through conversations and soul play.
Dimple’s highest truth is that women need a tribe to lead the world.
When she is not helping women ignite their inner spark, Dimple loves to travel all over the world, dances to Bollywood music, is on a constant path of self-learning, volunteers her time with Everyday Child, parents teenagers (a full time gig and then some), and is busy dreaming up a way of purchasing that beach home in the Caribbean.
Shivi Dua is a healer, trainer, and author. She has more than 18 years of experience in
energy healing. Shivi is the founder of the healing modality called Serenity Surrender (SS). SS
is taught by as many as 50 teachers and practiced by around 1000 individuals, in India and
Shivi has authored three books— Let the Power Be With You, Let Go Mom…I Will Be Fine,
and Eternity. Extracts of her books have appeared in the ‘Speaking Tree’ section of The
Times Of India. Her work and books have been facilitating self-empowerment for many
across the globe.
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