Sharada has been dedicated to a life of yoga including the wisdom of Ayurveda for the past decade.
She studied Odissi Indian classical dance and learned about the different archetypes of Hindu mythology, their meanings and stories.
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.
Seven years ago she met her revered teacher, Shree Swami Vagishananda Saraswati with whom she has lived and studied the teachings of Advaita Vedanta, Vedic mantra chanting, puja and Sanskrit language.
He introduced her to Shree Radhaji, who today is also her teacher. She has shared all the jewels of Vedanta and 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 three-and- half year course of Vedanta, Sanskrit and Vedic Tradition at Arsha Vidya Gurukulam in Anaikatti, Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu, India.
She was asked to teach along with her teachers on many different occasions, guiding and introducing Vedanta, chanting, puja, meditation and Sanskrit language.
In Bali where she lives, Underthebanyantree, Sharada has ongoing classes and teaches on occasion at yoga teacher trainings and other retreats. She also leads pujas and ceremonies for special events and takes people to holy places in Bali.
In the summer, she visits Europe to share Vedanta, chanting, Sanskrit, puja, meditation and devi circles, and facilitates sacred journeys to India.
In 2016 Sharada 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 the chants so that one can learn and chant along. Visit the Vedic Chanting Learning Series page and have a listen. More projects are currently underway.
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. It has been a very rich though sometimes scary and challenging task to bring women from all around the world together, to share their stories in the context of a circle. By doing puja and sitting in ceremony together we learn about love. Something magical happens, healing takes place. It is nourishing when we are raw, real, honest and vulnurable. We can support each other. We are not alone.
The Be Woman Project is an initiative to inspire women. Women from all backgrounds, different nations, cultures and languages. This project has come because of many women’s devi circles that Sharada has been sharing over the last few years.
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 sisterhood 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