Harshini grew up in Colombo, Sri Lanka – leaving in her late teens to attend university in Canada. During the two decades since leaving Sri Lanka, Harshini has lived, worked and studied in Toronto, New York and London. Harshini’s family still lives in Colombo and she regularly returns home.
Harshini grew up in a family that frequently used Ayurvedic Medicine to complement Allopathic Medicine. Her maternal grandmother used Ayurveda as her first line of treatment for all ailments. Harshini’s mother recalls the various regimes and treatments that her family used including weekly visits from the local Veda (Ayurvedic Medicine Man). From the age of five, Harshini suffered with severe Migraines and herbal oils from her paternal grandfather’s Ayurvedic doctor were frequently applied to her head. At the age of eight, Harshini met Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, who initiated her to the practice Transcendental Meditation.
As she moved to North America for university and pursued a career as a Marketing Executive for a large multinational company, Harshini lost contact with many of her family’s Ayurvedic practices. In an attempt to find balance in her high paced, stressful corporate life, Harshini began to practice Iyengar Yoga, which in turn led to a rediscovery of her traditional medicine roots.
Harshini’s experience of Iyengar yoga inspired her to transform her life - ultimately leaving the corporate world to train to be an Iyengar Yoga Teacher as well as returning to university to study Ayurvedic Medicine. Harshini has since earned BSc and MSc degrees in Ayurvedic Medicine - complementing her Master’s and Honour’s Business Administration degrees. As part of her Ayurvedic degree programs, Harshini spent three months in dedicated Ayurvedic hospitals in India and Sri Lanka and throughout her degrees participated in student clinics.
Harshini is a fully accredited member of the Ayurvedic Practitioners Association (APA) and runs clinics at various London locations.
Harshini has a particular interest in supporting women in the areas of fertility and the pregnancy and birth experiences. Harshini’s BSc dissertation topic was ‘Recurrent Miscarriage Syndrome: a biomedical perspective and Ayurveda’s interpretation’. Her MSc dissertation was “An experiential assessment of the Gentle Birth Method during pregnancy from an Ayurvedic perspective”, which involved primary research. Harshini has used both Ayurveda and Yoga to complement her healthcare needs as well as supporting her pregnancy and changes in her life as a woman.
She is married to a Canadian and has a daughter.