About Nandini Austin
Nandini Austin attests that Ayurveda was always written in her Kismet, (destiny) and foretold in her Dharma, (the cosmic law). Nandini was born into a multicultural academic Indo-Mauritian family and ingrained into Hinduism from an early age, by her late father Gaya who was a renowned Hindu priest and spiritual leader. Often after her father hosted Vedic ceremonies, Nandini performed Indian classical dances in the community, temples and prestigious temples across London, England,
Nandini has lived in both London, Manhatten, and Pereybere in Mauritius (her parent’s homeland and a paradise island in the Indian Ocean) where she watched her “nani’ (grandmother) living a plant-based Ayurveda lifestyle, living off the fruits and vegetables of her garden till the ripe old age of 96.
Nandini graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Hospitality and held several leadership positions, within the luxury boutique Hospitality and Wellness industries, from Park Lane London to Soho New York. Nandini describes herself as a modern-day version of 'Kathakars,' 'who back in the 4th and 5th centuries were well-traveled folks that told vivid stories through music, dance, and songs, based on ancient mythology. ' Nandini states that it was during her wanderlust, traveling-the-globe years, that she immersed herself in diverse cultures, learned a new dance, and discovered new spices, and multi-cultural cuisines.
It was not until years later, after living in the fast lane, working too many hours in the city that never sleeps: in a relentless hospitality corporate career, that Nandini felt compelled to change her life which began with her vocation. After a short but sweet career in upscale events working for luxury event planner guru, Colin Cowie,
Nandini transitioned into the nonprofit world, using her skill set and tenacity in Business Development working at the esteemed “David Lynch Foundation” alongside Bob Roth. There she presented Meditation as a professional business tool to Ceos and business leaders. Nandini also curated wellness days and retreats combining other healing modalities and so began her spiritual practice of Transcendental Meditation.
Then Nandini's beloved father passed away. With such a central force in her life now gone, the path ahead looked bleak and depressing. Nandini instinctively knew it was time to return home to her roots, and Ayurveda this innate wisdom she had somehow forgotten. She graduated as an Ayurveda Health Coach from the esteemed Kerala Academy based in Kerala, India, and Milipas, California.
Today Nandini combines her passion for Ayurveda Wellness, Dance, and Mauritius as a nod to her cultural heritage. When she is not teaching, or writing she can be found dancing in her garden with her two sons Revel and Zeal in the foothills of the Catskill mountains.