I was trained by my father to be a contrarian, this, a man, who heckled the local minister in his youth, and my mother that showed me how to organise the assembly, be consistent and stretch a buck around the block and back. Between the two perspectives I took my grounded discipline and independent spirit and travelled as much as I could, living in 5 countries, making money as an accountant and spending that money in adventures between jobs. I called travelling "impressions on my soul" and I couldn't get enough in my system (20 years later). It was on the road I learned to see the good as flow and the bad as interesting. It's where I naturally became an astute observer and a storyteller.
My personal life took an about turn at 29. I found myself going through a major life change and alone in a foreign country deciding whether to spend my days in the bar or in the yoga studio. By grace, proximity, clever marketing and the book Autobiography of a Yogi, I was swayed towards the yoga studio where an exotic Turkish woman introduced me to the inner world. Through that studio I also made contact with a nurse that told me about an orphanage in the south of India I could volunteer at. What started out as a 3 month trip to India to get my yoga teacher certification, turned into a one year journey discovering the ideas around Buddhism, the Indian style of indirect journeying, the importance of communal eating, getting over judgement and impatience working with severely handicapped kids at an orphanage, slowing down, abstinence of alcohol, and the introduction of my life long addiction to masala chai.
In my eternal quest for a path that directed the betterment of my self, I found something was missing from my yoga practise I couldn't quite put my finger on. Suffering severe sciatic nerve disorders, reproductive issues, and IBS, my intense attitude to yoga seemed to make it worse. I came across the book by Dr David Frawley called Ayurveda and Yoga and it completed the package. All of a sudden I saw the human end of my spirit journey. All of a sudden I had the idea of how to practically organise my life for optimum functioning for not just my spirit life but also my creative pursuits and a clearer view of my relationships. I finally found a system not unlike the debit/credit yin/yang law of opposites I could relate to. Ayurveda kept it real in this world.
I studied the foundation of clinical practice (CAS), body therapies (PKS) and Ayurvedic Yoga training (AYT) at the California College of Ayurveda, did a Gurukula program with Dr Vasant Lad in Pune (India), spent time learning the south Indian body therapies in an Ayurvedic eco hospital called Vaidyagrama and mentored with Dr Claudia Welch , who specializes in women’s health. I am learning all the time with the many wonderful teachers that have taken the core teachings from the Ayurvedic classical texts and adapted it to today. I am also part of NAMA (National Ayurvedic Medical Association in the US), an association focused on creating Ayurveda as a legitimate health modality in the US.
My teacher says it best. Ayurveda can be explained not just as complementary medicine but contextual medicine, meaning I can now look back on my life and see the diet and lifestyle, or context, that caused my issues. Ayurveda can help to explain the root cause of disease.
I have travelled the world and seen many things but the unfolding of my clients to balance trumps all – it is the greatest honour to be part of someone’s transformation. And so, in a big mishmash of personal stories mixed with the foundational scripted truths of Ayurveda, I hope to inspire more emphasis on your gifts and strengths than disease. There is a part of Ayurveda, the natural constitution aspect, we don't observe enough of, that's like a secret door - if you focus on your good, then some kind of Alice Wonderland adventure starts to happen. I have had a practise for the past 6 years, working in Portland OR, Castlemaine VIC, and now currently practising in Melbourne. I am also working on a new concept to inspire women in creative small businesses to adopt the principles of Ayurveda in their business practise via my ideas in Artisan Wellbeing.
My Vata dreams of creative, out-of-the-box expressions of this natural law framework. My Pitta organises it here and envisions the practical online programs of positive body image.
Thanks for visiting. May you believe in your greatest good.
Client Testimonials -
We met at the World Domination Summit in 2017. I'd only known her a few days, but she changed me. She touched me at the core of my being, not just by what she said, but who she was. She is one of my greatest teachers and is hands down, one of the most inspiring, bravest people I've ever met. In her presence I felt so tuned in, so connected and called to step my life up.
I can count on one hand the folks I've met who have had this profound impact on me from the get go, and she's definitely one of them. She's this magical combination of grace, subtle yet powerful, wise, and she speaks her mind. She taught me to be stronger, more perceptive. She's a warrior. Unafraid. A beacon. And I so admire her for it.
If you need some serious loving guidance in your life, contact her. She changed my life.
I initially started to see Sandra so she could help my husband and I with fertility issues. Little did I know that she would open my eyes to another way to live and be, a much stronger and lighter way that went far beyond fertility.
What helped most was that Sandra didn’t ask me to make huge changes in my life. They were simple, small incremental changes that have culminated to me building a stronger and firmer foundation; which has made a huge impact on my wellbeing.
Sandra is strong, supportive, honest, warm and oh so wise. She has an incredible intuition and a deep understanding of Ayurveda. Most importantly, she taught me how I can use these ancient practises to help me navigate my way in today’s world. Sandra not only helped me while I was working with her, but she has taught me how to notice when my body is telling me things are not quite right. She has equipped me with some tools and empowered me to be able to get myself back on track.
I love this lady and what she has done for my family and me. To top things off, we are successfully pregnant!
And thank you from the bottom of my heart.
You, your space, Ayurveda and Castlemaine have been such an anchor to me this year. I want to say it's been the shittish of years and then I think about my Fridays and inspiring conversations and delicious meals with you, yoga at dawn and the pure joy of discovering a new language and way of being. I think sometimes you need to break down structures in the most dramatic way to build again from the ground up.
You're the bomb and the work you do is life changing.
I was fortunate enough to see Sandra speak at an event in Castlemaine that featured a variety of natural health practitioners. I was struck by her knowledge and passion for the ancient healthcare system of Ayurveda. I had been curious about Ayurveda but was unsure how to implement it in my life. I began working with Sandra to address both emotional and physical health issues that had been ongoing for some time. My treatment plan included herbs, yoga, dietary changes and the implementation of daily routines. During our consultations she provided constant support and education. As a result I have become in tune with my body and the cycles/qualities of nature that exist around me. I have noticed significant improvements in my health and now have a growing wealth of knowledge to support my wellbeing. I am truly thankful to Sandra for guiding me on my journey.
My partner months began seeing Sandra and on her recommendation I followed. Our time together began with an analysis of my current state of being and to determine my Dosha type. We then began a course of re-balancing to my natural state through ayurvedic teachings, yoga practice, meditation, awareness and Ayurveda diet choices, to name just a few. Sandra really helped me rebalance, de-stress, encourage time for myself and also with the inclusion of herb and ayurvedic dietry choices I now don't have as many fructose issues that were always problematic. I can't recommend seeing Sandra enough to people who want to investigate a different approach on healing than the western norm. It can sometimes be challenging but the results are worth it.
Don't change your style, it's great, and people know you're a serious practitioner who you go and see when you want to shift something. So many health service people only really give lip service and don't really care about how you're using their advice. You care! And you know how to shift stuff. You have changed my life is so many ways! Everything is so different for me since I met you. And I tell anyone who wants to hear how fucking amazing you are and that you know your stuff. You are truly an inspirational human being.
I'm not much into the latest health kick, fad, fashion or miracle drug/herb. But I have finally discovered something that I can understand it's merit on an experiential level. And I hope it does become widely used as it boasts not manipulation, but ownership of one's health. While I continue to struggle pronouncing some of these methods, I am continuing them well beyond my initial and invaluable series of consultations, because they make sense to my entire being and I feel extremely much better as a point of general health as well as learning and therefore being more at peace and acceptance with myself. There is a notable difference to the flow, personal energy and emotional balance of the days that start with Ayurveda than that of those that don't, should I miss my morning routine.
It's not hocus pocus, it's not weird (though occasionally offering a healthy challenge to the otherwise norms of our societal conditioning), it is not cult like, it's not even that expensive - it IS good and effective, on a holistic and rewarding level. Sandra is an exceptional, down to earth practitioner with a pretty funny bedside manner which altogether encourages ones own greater investigation to their better becoming with age. In fact, I am already rewinding my years. Musicians are fairly well accepted as being grubby, unkempt, lifestyle lazy, time-worn, indulgent and not particularly pretty. I am now so beautiful and vibrant, I'm moving into television :)
I would highly recommend Sandra as a holistic health practitioner, for both acute conditions as well as preventative/self care practices. She is very knowledgeable and imparts her knowledge with fun and enthusiasm. What I love about her approach is that she integrates the principles of ayurveda into our every day complex lives with both compassion and passion. Since working with her through a spring cleanse, I now have an ayurvedic daily self-care routine, which is supporting and changing my health and life in sustainable ways. I can see why they call it yoga’s sister science, as it was the missing ingredient to my yoga practice.
Learning from Sandra was incredible and helped me uncover all my own wisdom. She gave me the skills and knowledge and I just had to have a go and wow!!! I have had huge changes in all areas of my life. When there are times that I don't eat well, rest or listen to my body, I have the ability now to pause and notice what is not working for me and then reset because of what Sandra taught me so well. I feel so blessed that we crossed paths and I had the honour of working with Sandra, to know myself better.
I have recently completed a 7 day ayurvedic cleanse with Sandra. This was a potent experience for me. I emerged feelingbalanced and energised and excited about continuing my new morning routine.
Sandra's depth of knowledge and skill, as well as her passion and commitment is inspiring. She is a great mentor for me to continue to deepen my understanding of an ayurvedic lifestyle. She also brings a western perspective to her practice which somehow helps me integrate the teachings.
I am so excited to say I only had a mild cold as we transitioned into spring (I don’t usually do it that well). I’m making small steps using what you have taught me and slowly I am gaining a healthier me. Yay!
Your voice is pleasant. What you teach has wisdom and experience and is very easy to comprehend and implement into my life. The homework was fun and you were funny!
It was great to meet you and wonderful to work with you. I’m so happy that you are a part of my healthy, happy journey. I’m very impressed with your health care technique. I have never before worked with someone who took such great pains to cover every aspect of my being, literally. Your ayurveda methods address each and every facet of human health, from the physical to emotional, mental, lifestyle, diet, family, passions, homelife and even my pet! And it makes so much sense because it is of course all connected and all will play a part in my journey. I’m also impressed that you were able to intuit several things about me that I didn’t tell you! You have such passion for your work and make it seem almost effortless. I have never had a practitioner as thorough and comprehensive as you have been. I’m very sad that you are leaving, but so very grateful to have met you. Thank You.
Ayurveda allowed me to take control of my personal health and well-being. However, it asked me to actively participate and guide my own healing, which sounded so daunting. Luckily, we all have been gifted a road map in our doshic makeup, which led me back to the compass of my body. It is from this centeredness that I have found I can live authentically and in line with my nature; and that is what "well-being" means for me. Ayurveda is life alignment, powered by you.
Ayurveda has made the biggest impact on my life through my daily routine. I used to hit the snooze button until the last possible moment, procrastinating starting my day. Now I wake up at 6 am most mornings without an alarm. The morning routine, which I will be honest I am still learning and changing to fit me, has made my life so much more balanced. Through Ayurveda I have learned to love myself and the journey. Because Ayurveda isn't a quick fix it has been a bit challenging. But the changes that happen start from within, it's like you have this aha moment. I thought to myself this is good, this is change I can feel and see! Unlike the other programs I have taken part in, Ayurveda is change that sticks. It is slow change but its not going anywhere. The routines I have started I plan on doing the rest of my life. Its something that may take a bit longer but is a beautiful process. I have created myself,. I'm not saying I'm perfect, no where near actually, but I can say that I love myself, and really mean it and actually believe it now.
I was a patient of Sandra’s’ when she was a CAS intern at the California College of Ayurveda starting in the fall of 2010. Working with Sandra was definitely a pivotal part of my spiritual and health journey. Although I was also a student of Ayurveda at the time, I learned so much from Sandra. She helped me to look at things in a different light, and always explained things in such a clear, concise and creative way. I was very impressed by her dedication to me and the amount of time and effort she put into each one of our visits. She pushed me when I needed pushing, and she listened to me when I needed a kind ear. She helped me to look deeper into who I am as a woman and a creative being, and also helped me to implement many new health practices, many of which I carry with me today. Sandra is a strong, confident, yet compassionate woman who loves to help others reach a greater state of balance in their lives. I will always treasure our time together.