At the age of 18, Sharada travelled to India to find answers to her questions that she had since she was little; who am I? What is the purpose of life? What happens after death?
She was fascinated with India’s spiritual heritage and the mystical literature, that she immersed herself in reading and following the instructions that were given in the books.
Not being guided properly she experienced a psychosis which led her on a profound journey of healing and the quest to know what really happened.
In 2004 she moved to South America, immersing herself into alternative healing modalities and Yoga. 5 years later she went back to India where she met Ayurveda and Indian Classical Odissi Dance.
She studied Odissi Indian classical dance and learned about the different archetypes of Hindu mythology, their meanings and stories in India. This devotional dance is a puja, a prayer, in itself. In 2009 she created a group of seven students from Bali and Lombok called “The Yoga Dance Dakini” . Together they danced all over Bali for two months in temples and sacred festivals, as well as at the popular Bali Spirit Festival. Today she still shares the jewels of this ancient practice in a prayerful authentic way during women’s devi circles .
She settled in Asia and finally met her Sad Guru, first Vedanta teacher, Shree Swami Vagishananda Saraswati, who helped her understand the nature of every experience which finally resolved the fear of her early psychosis. Since then she has been living and studying the teachings of Advaita Vedanta, Yoga, Meditation, Vedic mantra chanting, Puja and Sanskrit language.
He introduced her to Shree Radhaji, Dr. Carol Whitfield Ph.D. Radha has been Sharada’s teacher of Vedanta & Sanskrit, as well as mentor. She guided her personally in psychology, inner child work and meditation.
With the blessings of her teachers she had the privilege and honor to live and study with Shree Pujya Swami Dayananda Saraswati during the last long therm course of Vedanta, Yoga, Sanskrit and Vedic Tradition at Arsha Vidya Gurukulam in Anaikatti, Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu, India, in 2014.
She was asked to teach along with her teachers on many different occasions, guiding and introducing Vedanta, chanting, puja, meditation and Sanskrit language.
Today Sharada offers through Vaidika Dharma Rituals & Teachings with deep love and devotion, yearly Vedanta Retreats & is Co-Facilitator at a variety of established international Yoga Teacher Trainings Courses like: (Sama Yoga, Meghan Currie, Loka Yoga School, , Soha School, previously also at One Yoga & Beta Lisboa’s YTTC)
She also teaches at Festivals: Vedanta, Yoga lifestyle as a means for personal growth, Vedic chanting, Sanskrit, Puja & Ceremony and Guided Meditation. Recently also Be Woman Classes. See more down below.
In 2016 she started teaching online classes so that her students who cannot travel, are able to stay with the teaching and continue to learn and feel supported and connected. See Vaidika Online.
Her love for Vedic chanting and prayers have inspired her to record mantras and prayers so that one can learn and chant along. Visit her Soundcloud page for an extensive list of Sacred Vedic Mantras. https://soundcloud.com/shaaradaa
The secret of Devi, ‘the way of the sacred feminine,’ has been a deep discovery for her. Learning many Devi chants brought her closer to understanding more about Goddess, how to honor and worship her.
Her passion and love for the sacred feminine brought her to lead Women’s Circles & Retreats, sacred gatherings for women, offering a safe non-judgmental space to heal, find self-acceptance and courage. The circle offers support to overcome fears, insecurities and the sense of unworthiness through knowledge, sharing and devotional practices.
She is the founder of the “Be Woman Project” her vision to inspire as many women as possible to rediscover the value of being a woman. The 4 pillars of support & education on the sacred feminine. It offers Women’s Circle Facilitator Courses and an Online Platform with education on the sacred feminine.
Her sweetness and devotion shine through in all her offerings. She has such poise, presence and a deep love of Sanskrit, and her discourse is mind opening, gentle and exquisite. Sharada teaches in a way that makes the most complex things easy to understand, with her heart so present in every word. She unfolds the knowledge so it really integrates in the body and mind and bring the wisdom home to your heart.
Vaidika Dharma Rituals & Teachings
Be Woman Project:
May we find healing, support, growth, and the courage and confidence to share our story. May we lay down the weapons of jealousy, competition and rivalry and give up insecurities and our sense of unworthiness. May we find solace in truth, sacred beauty and sister & brotherhood through ceremonies and prayers, embracing Devi ‘the goddess’ as our own heart and finally discovering the true meaning of love.
I can never pay back when all that I have been given is the infinite. All I can do is express my infinite gratitude again and again and again, bowing my head in deepest reverence and share the love and blessings that I have received from the whole lineage, the teaching and my teachers with another being who would like to go on this journey from where there is no return.
The sacred journey of life towards absolute happiness and fulfillment in the here and now.
Infinite Gratitude Dhanyoham Lotus Heart
MORE ABOUT SHARADA’s TEACHERS
The lineage of Shri Pujya Swāmi Dayānanda Saraswati,
- – Shri Swami Vagishanandaji is a sanyasi, vedanta scholar and chanting master for the past 40 years (he participated in five 3,5yr residential courses with Swami Dayanandaji!). He lives like a monk, devoted to hindu dharma (universal values) and traditions.
- – Shri Radhaji, Dr Carol Whitfield, is a vedanta teacher and sanskrit scholar, teacher at the CIIS University in San Fransisco as well as an accomplished therapist and PhD in psychology. She studied with Swami Dayanandaji since the 1970s and was for many years the manager of one of his ashrams. Both of them have the rare combination of understanding both the eastern teachings as well as psychology and the needs of a modern mind and the western mind.
- – Shri Pujya Swāmi Dayānanda Saraswati – words fall short to describe our revered Guru Pujya Swamiji. He completely revived the tradition of Vedanta and Hindu Dharma and has impacted millions of peoples lives world wide.
Om Shri Gurubhyo Namah