The Peacock is our symbol. It is the national bird of India, the home of Ayurveda, and it has long been associated with beauty. Myths throughout time have heralded the peacock as majestic, distinctive, enticing, and wise, with its thousand “eyes” peering through the veils of illusion to see the Truth.
My interest in ancient and indigenous healing practices began over 20 years ago as a need to understand my own health challenges. I was initially drawn to Chinese Medicine and traveled to Asia, where I studied and became certified in Acupressure, Jin Shin Jyutsu, Usui Reiki and Thai Massage. As bodywork segued into yoga I found myself following the trail of the mystic, landing in India and becoming a certified Yoga instructor. It was during this time that I began my study of Ayurveda and continued training to teach yoga with Don and Amba Stapleton of the Nosara Yoga Institute and Tias Little of Prajna Yoga.
After delving into the body and relieving several symptoms, I realized healing would be incomplete without engaging the mind. This led me to the field of Depth Psychology, where I earned a Master’s degree in Grief and Trauma Counseling. Following this I formalized my Ayurvedic Medicine training with Dr. Vasant Lad, founder of the Ayurvedic Institute, and continued my studies in Kerala, India - Ayurveda’s birthplace. While studying Ayurveda I met Sonia Masocco, who introduced me to the power of Aromatherapy. My desire to deepen into the world of phytotherapy (plant-based medicine) was nourished by Sonia, and my love and respect for the healing alchemy of all plant-life expanded with David Crow, from whom I received certification in Aromatic Botanical Medicine.
I began blending essential oils in response to the growing needs of my Ayurveda clients and Yoga students. The collective response was overwhelmingly positive. Moods were improving. Stress was more manageable. Sleep was no longer elusive. Because of the instantaneous effects the aromas had on the mind, I thought it important to stay current with recent findings in the field of neuroscience and, more specifically, the impact of trauma on the brain. I have found two esteemed professors in the world of Psychiatry to guide me: Dr. Dan Siegel, founder of Interpersonal Neurobiology and Dr. Bessel van der Kolk, Medical Director of the Trauma Center at the Justice Research Institute in Massachusetts. It is a privilege to study with them.
Anjali Aromatics is the culmination of my years in the fields of mental health and alternative medicine. My belief in the profound healing potential inherent in nature’s pharmacy grows steadily as I witness the power of aroma. I feel grateful to have the opportunity to share my passion for nature and healthy living and am equally grateful to have found the ideal partner for this venture in my sister-in-law, Beth.
I have always been at my best when I feel like I'm in balance. Like many women, I hold multiple titles including working woman, mother, wife, sister, sister-in-law, daughter, daughter-in-law, friend. My time is often divided and my family’s life is a busy one. Keeping our lives running smoothly and everyone healthy and happy is a daily goal. My diverse career and personal interests have led me to Anjali Aromatics, a company created to help others find their balance and project their radiance through the time-tested healing of Aromatherapy and Ayurveda.
I’ve had 15 years of experience in corporate marketing, having held positions in both the not-for-profit and for-profit sectors in New York City in the worlds of medical research, publishing, and the arts, but my interest in healthy living peaked during my most recent position at Gourmet Magazine, where I served as Director of Special Events. While there I worked alongside celebrity chefs, planning and executing menus and events for the magazine’s discriminating corporate advertisers, and completed the famed Kevin Zraly School of Wine Course, expanding and fine-tuning both my palate and my “nose.”
While my work life in the city was fulfilling and yet still full of opportunities, I had my share of challenges. When my youngest son was born with neurological impairment, I stopped working so that I could increase my understanding of the brain and its connection with the body. Already a proponent of eating organically, practicing yoga and striving for a healthy and eco-conscious life for me and my family, I embraced many alternative therapies to try to help my son. During this time I discovered that aroma was a powerful tool for him, which elicited pleasurable sensory and healing responses. It was then that my respect for Aromatherapy heightened and I now incorporate essential oils as an important ingredient in my recipe for healthy living.
No one can ever predict his or her path in life. All we can do is leverage our experiences to live it to the fullest. By creating Anjali Aromatics with my sister-in-law, Alana, I hope to help you live your life in balance, and to the fullest. Together we invite you to enjoy our organic products derived from nature, inspired by Ayurveda and hand-blended for you and your loved-ones.