of dedicated, experienced practitioners! Trained in both Ayurvedic and allopathic sciences, our approach to health education encompasses a wide range of modalities. You can expect to explore not only traditional Ayurvedic meal plans, herbal protocols, and meditations, but also yoga flows, spiritual practices, and incorporations of nature in your wellness journey.
Each practitioner is unique in their combination of experience and areas of expertise - if you keep scrolling, you'll see M.D.s, Reiki Practitioners, AyurDoulas, and everything in between! The best part of working with our team, though, is the highly collaborative atmosphere we have here at AyurPrana.
You'll meet one-on-one with a practitioner to craft your health education plan and jump-start your physical, mental, and spiritual healing. But you get the input, advice, and guidance of our whole team because we always work together.
AyurPrana is a group of friends who came together to do something good in the world.
NISHITA SHAH, CAP, E-RYT 500, C-IAYT
Before being called to Ayurveda, Nishita received a Bachelor of Science in Psychology at the University of Alabama, and what fascinates her most is how her studies in human psychology overlap with the ancient wisdom of Ayurveda. She feels blessed to have the opportunity to continue her healing education in the latter subject at the Ayurvedic Institute.
Under the tutelage of Vasant Lad, Nishita became both an Ayurvedic Practitioner and an enthusiastic Ayuryoga Instructor. Throughout her career, including during the time she spent in her own private practice prior to joining our team, Nishita’s work has been fueled by a devotion to healing through nutrition and yoga.
She also has a deep appreciation for Sanskrit as the mother tongue of all languages, and is both thrilled and honored to bring this love into the classroom.
ALEX RICE, CAP
Alex is a graduate of The Ayurvedic Institute's Ayurvedic Studies Program, Levels 1 and 2, and a 500-Hour AyurYoga Teacher. She first learned yoga and meditation from her grandmother, and it was actually one of her best friends who introduced her to Ayurveda.
She has worked seasonally around the world and the United States for many years. Her wild and wonderful adventures varied from farms to daycares to restaurants to an outdoor science school, after which Alex found her way to Vasant Lad and The Ayurvedic Institute.
Alex loves connecting with clients, listening to their stories, and ultimately finding the root cause of their concerns. In addition to being a practitioner, she currently supports many of Vasant Lad’s clients, moderates seasonal cleanses, video-edits upcoming immersions, and assists the care team.
GIUDITTA PACI-FORTUNE, CAP, AYS RYT-500, B.Msc
Giuditta brings a wide cultural perspective, having grown up in Italy and Costa Rica before moving to London to study ecology, marine biology and nurture her passion for environmentalism and sustainable living. Having lived in many countries, Giuditta is fluent in English, Spanish, and Italian. Working as a chef at a natural food marketplace while living in New York, she developed her interests in vegan, vegetarian, and organic whole foods. In Taos, NM she studied shamanism, worked towards her Bachelors of Metaphysical Studies, and deepened her yoga practice by becoming a certified yoga instructor.
In Albuquerque, she expanded her yoga experience by offering teacher trainings and classes, including hatha, vinyasa, restorative, pranayama, and meditation. Currently Giuditta is continuing her education by studying Jyotish under the tutorship of world-renowned professor Andrew Mason of the College of Ayurveda. After studying under Vasant Lad and graduating from the Ayurvedic Institute as a Certified Ayurvedic Practitioner, Giuditta’s passion is to educate and guide clients on their healing journey. Her goal is to work systematically with one or more of the tools of Ayurveda to restore balance for her clients’ body, mind and spirit.
SERAFINA LEFFELD, CAP
Serafina began her journey into the world of alternative healing at a young age, absorbing practices of herbal and flower medicine, homeopathy, naturopathy as well as yoga from her mother. As her affinity for the healing arts developed, she pursued her passions into the metaphysical and transcendental realms. Through further exploration, Serafina discovered the teachings of Vasant Lad, eventually studying and graduating from his Institute in Albuquerque, New Mexico as an Ayurvedic Practitioner.
Employing all natural and non-invasive practices such as yoga, pranayama, meditation, nutrition, mantra, ritual and plant medicine, she guides clients towards reconnecting with their body’s intrinsic intuition and innate wisdom. However, Serafina’s true passions lie in women's health, which she embraces as her dharma and purpose. She is dedicated to guiding and supporting women to accept and embrace their bodies by reconnecting with divine feminine and masculine energies coexisting within.
DAVE YOSS, AP, E-RYT 500
Dave, a kind and highly knowledgeable Ayurvedic Practitioner and Ayurvedic Lifestyle Consultant, is best known for his love and appreciation for plants of all kinds. After graduating from the Ayurvedic Institute and the Gurukula program in Pune, India, Dave began teaching and has been at it for over 5 years. He’s taught an extensive range of topics, including herbology, herbal preparations, yoga, lifestyle practices, clinical practices, and more.
He also teaches yoga and meditation at Sani Yoga in the heart of Albuquerque, and co-leads their Yoga Teacher Training Program. As a master teacher at the Tantric Alchemy Institute in Costa Rica, Dave also co-led their 300-hour Yoga Teacher Training.
If it’s not already clear, Dave loves to teach! Through his teaching, Dave is able to share and transmit knowledge that leaves students empowered — all made possible by the humorous anecdotes and authentic, fun learning environment for which his classes are loved.
PLEASE NOTE: Team Leads are not available for individual consultations - these practitioners oversee cases and offer guidance on the education you receive.
AyurPrana Medical Director
VRINDA DEVANI, MD, CAP, RYT
Vrinda’s dedication to empowering women towards vibrant health and living shines through in her practice as a board-certified Obstetrician and Gynecologist, and as an Ayurvedic Practitioner. After studying under Vasant Lad, Vrinda followed this passion to Nepal, where she studied Ayurvedic women’s health with Dr. Sarita Shrestha.
Vrinda believes in unfolding the human body’s potential through a blend of complementary Ayurvedic and allopathic medicine, and so her approach to healing is always extraordinarily well-rounded and compassionate.
If she’s not off speaking or writing for various prestigious audiences on the intricacies of women’s health, you might find her in the middle of a flow, as Vrinda is a also a lover (and certified instructor) of Ayuryoga.
AyurPrana Founder and Immerssion Guide
MITESH RAICHADA, CAP
Mitesh’s passion for Ayurveda was first cultivated while studying to become a certified practitioner under Vasant Lad. An enthusiastic and unyielding seeker of knowledge, Mitesh studied Indian philosophy at the Tattvajnana Vidhyapeeth in India, Jyotish with Hart deFouw, holds a Reiki Level 1 certification, and has undertaken intensive clinical immersion programs with Vasant Lad in India.
These days, Mitesh is busy being the Executive Vice President of the Ayurvedic Institute, but before that, he co-founded a highly successful real estate and hospitality company. His zeal for building powerful leaders and creating mindful business cultures overflows into the classrooms he leads with compassion and insight.
When not studying, teaching, or practicing, you can find Mitesh playing his bass guitar or enjoying the limitless beauty of nature.
AyurPrana Founder and Dean of Education
SNEHA RAICHADA, MPT, CAP, E-RYT-200
Prior to becoming the Dean of Education at The Ayurvedic Institute, Sneha had a remarkable journey as an executive of a thriving hospitality business. Luckily for us, Sneha now focuses all her energy on developing the next generation of Ayurvedic Practitioners and providing thoughtful care for her clients.
While practicing as an Ayurvedic Practitioner, Sneha combines her early experience as a Physical Therapist with extensive classroom and clinical study under Vasant Lad in the US and India, Yoga Teacher Certification, and Reiki III Certification. At the core of Sneha’s work is a powerful dedication to food as a vehicle for healing, nurturing, and bringing people together.
When she has a free moment, Sneha is most often found experimenting with fresh food ingredients, applying the deep wisdom of Ayurveda to all her delectable creations.