Keshari Das, AP
Keshari Das is a Brooklyn-based Ayurvedic practitioner, offering traditional bodywork and educational workshops. She is also grateful to serve with Cassidy Acacia as Banyan Botanicals' Living Ayurveda Internship (LAI) Co-Coordinator. She comes from a family of satyagrahis—nonviolent freedom fighters in India’s independence movement—and her early exposure to Gandhian principles inspired her exploration along paths of mindful practice. She has devoted herself to lifelong study of Ayurveda and is committed to sharing the teachings of this empowering wisdom tradition in an inclusive, antiracist, accessible, and sustainable manner.
Keshari's Education & Experience
Keshari has immersed herself in studies with Dr. Vasant Lad and The Ayurvedic Institute faculty, Dr. Claudia Welch, Dr. Robert Svoboda, Karen Rose, Tyler Wauters, and the inaugural cohort of the Living Ayurveda Internship, amongst many beloved others.
Keshari's Point of View
How were you introduced to Ayurveda?
I first inherited Ayurveda through my Ma's karha (homemade herbal teas) and my grandmothers' mustard oil massages and coconut oil head rubs, all very soothing for my body and mind. I was also nurtured by a delicious variety of traditional home-cooked Indian meals, and developed cravings unusual for a kid raised in the west. I still salivate at the thought of bitter melon or neem, sautéed in ghee with turmeric and salt, atop steaming white rice.
Curiously, I don't remember learning the word "Ayurveda" until I was working in a yoga studio as a 21-year-old trying to navigate a quarter-life crisis in NYC. Ayurveda was not something we named as a family while I was growing up—but it was a matter-of-fact way of being, to the extent that our diasporic lives allowed.
When are you most likely to go out of balance and how do you bring yourself back in balance using Ayurveda?
I'm most likely to go out of balance as fall starts arriving, and when I experience any significant life transition. I bring myself back into balance with a return to dinacharya if I've strayed, practicing pranayama as taught by Dr. Lad, immersing in nature, chanting, oiling all the things, having warm, soupy, hingvastak-smothered meals, and giving myself permission to sleep as early and as long as my body seems to need.
What does the future of Ayurveda look like to you?
For Ayurveda to be experienced sustainably and equitably, I believe its future must involve bioregional practice focused on mutual aid, and cultural appreciation rather than appropriation.
What's one Ayurvedic practice anyone can implement to spur change in their life, right here, right now?