Dancing through my memories
Namaste, I'm Nandini a British Certified Ayurveda Movement Coach and Creator of Global Dance Fusion. I l like to say that 'Ayurveda and Dance' were written in my Kismet, (destiny) and foretold in my Dharma, (the cosmic law) Why you may ask? Well, are you sitting comfortably? then let me start from the beginning
I grew up in the 1970s in Northwest London, England to wonderful Indo-Mauritian academic parents and was ingrained into Hinduism from an early age, because my father, the late Gaya Matabudul, was a Hindu Pandit,( priest) and a pillar of the Mauritian community. Both he and my mother insisted we stay close to our cultural heritage and never forget our ancestral roots. So every weekend my parents sent us ( me and my sisters) every Saturday to this ancient dance form.
Almost every weekend my father hosted traditional Vedic ceremonies to celebrate auspicious days, and festivals and to build community. After the prayers and bhajans ( songs of worship ), we performed Kathak dances dressed in 'traditional Indian outfits all over London at prestigious venues.
'As an overweight child, learning Kathak, this ancient Indian performing Art at such a young age was a great confidence booster.''
I 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.
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 I felt compelled to change my life so I transitioned into the nonprofit world into Business Development working at the esteemed “David Lynch Foundation” alongside Bob Rot. Here I presented Meditation as a professional business tool to CEO's and business leaders and curated wellness days and retreats and so began my spiritual practice of Transcendental Meditation.
When my beloved father suddenly passed away, there was a HUGE void in my life, I knew it was time to return home to my roots, and Ayurveda this innate wisdom I somehow forgotten. I graduated as an Ayurveda Health Coach from the esteemed Kerala Academy based in Kerala, India, and Milipas, California.
Today I combine my passion for Ayurveda Wellness, Dance, and Mauritius as a nod to her cultural heritage. When I am not teaching, or writing she can be found dancing in my garden with my two sons Revel and Zeal in the foothills of the Catskill mountains.