Anisha Durve, DOM, CAP
Doctor of Oriental Medicine, Ayurvedic Practitioner
Anisha is a Doctor of Oriental Medicine, acupuncturist, Ayurvedic practitioner, and an Ayuryoga and meditation instructor. She is the co-author of Marma Points of Ayurveda with Dr. Vasant Lad. Anisha is the founder of the Marma Institute of Ayurvedic Acupressure and has created Nirvani Bliss Blends, a unique line of Ayurvedic essential oils to balance each dosha.
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Education and Experience
Anisha graduated in 2000 from the Southwest College of Acupuncture in New Mexico with a Masters of Science in Oriental Medicine degree and also interned at the Academy of Traditional Chinese Medicine in Beijing. As a member of Acupuncturists without Borders, she has participated in free community acupuncture clinics in Ecuador, Mexico, and the U.S.
She is a 2001 graduate of The Ayurvedic Institute after spending four years training under Dr. Vasant Lad in New Mexico as well as his clinic in Pune, India. She did her panchakarma training at the Indus Valley Ayurvedic Center in Mysore, India. She launched the first Ayurveda program as an employee of a hospital's integrative medicine department in Cleveland, Ohio from 2012–2014, and developed the four-week ground-breaking series “Ayurveda 101 Fundamentals.”
Anisha is one of the first 200 hour Ayuryoga® instructors from The Ayurvedic Institute and has completed 500 hours of training at Vivekananda Yoga Kendra in Bangalore, India’s premier yoga research institute, in 2004. She is also a certified Relax & Renew® trainer with Judith Lasater since 2006, and a certified yoga nidra teacher since 2014. Her teaching style blends restorative yoga, meditation, pranayama, chanting, and yoga nidra.
Classes and Upcoming Events
In addition, Anisha has a YouTube channel that explores marma trainings, supporting materials, and testimonials.
Anisha's Point of View
How were you introduced to Ayurveda?
I had always wanted to study Ayurveda, but when I met Dr. Lad back in 1997, I fell head over heels in love with this amazing science, lifestyle, and wellspring of knowledge. I knew I couldn't put off studying Ayurveda any longer and had to immerse myself in its teachings. I also fell in love with how Dr. Lad brought these ancient teachings to life and made it applicable to the modern world.
When are you most likely to go out of balance and how do you bring yourself back in balance using Ayurveda?
I am the constant vata traveler—always on the go, jet-setting from place to place, and in perpetual movement. If it weren't for my Ayurveda lifestyle practices, I don't know how I would cope. Doing daily abhyanga (self-massage) with warm sesame or almond oil is the most grounding practice for me. I describe daily Nasya as my "Ayurvedic high" that I cannot live without. Being consistent with my herbal regimen is also essential.
What does the future of Ayurveda look like to you?
I'm excited to see how much Ayurveda has grown in the past 20+ years I have been in the field. I see Ayurveda proliferating similar to yoga so every yoga studio and wellness center embraces this authentic, eternal knowledge.