Union Yoga: Introducing Sachi's Corner

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Beginning this month, I will be contributing recipes and Ayurvedic insights to Union Yoga's monthly newsletter. You can sign up at union.yoga for these tips and to learn what's going in the community on Russian Hill, or just stay tuned here. 

Introducing Sachi's Corner

Hi everyone! I am a yoga teacher and Ayurvedic practitioner who loves to blend the teachings of my culture to help people connect with themselves, cultivating awareness for what nourishes their body and makes them thrive.

What is Ayurveda? Honestly, it's a little bit of everything. Translated Ayurveda means, "the science of life," and life is a little bit of everything — relationships, spiritual pursuits, daily routines, diet, emotions, obligations, exercise. This 5000 year old tradition helps us understand how what we do, think, feel, eat and expose ourselves to affects our bodies, minds, spirits and relationships. From there, we can alter things to improve our lives. And as it turns out, what's good for us is generally beneficial for the greater good. When we are healthy, it has a positive impact on our families, communities and the planet! Visit me at elemental-alchemy.com to learn more.

Sachi Doctor

Elemental Alchemy, 90 Rio Vista Avenue, Oakland, CA, 94611

Sachi Doctor is an Ayurvedic practitioner and holistic health coach who founded Elemental Alchemy with the mission to provide a resource for those navigating their way towards optimal mind-body health.

Diagnosed with an autoimmune disease at a young age, Sachi has spent over twenty years exploring different health modalities, treatment plans, diets and mindfulness practices to help alleviate chronic pain and restore balance.

After years of looking to others for a model of health with no relief, Sachi realized that the answers she sought were not hidden in someone else’s prescription for wellness but unique to her, and that the first step towards discovery was actually tuning out what was right for others and tuning into herself.

As she tapped into the wisdom of her own body, she discovered that the elements foundational for health  — the blueprint she so fervently sought — was within her, within each of us. Since then Sachi has been passionate about helping others also cultivate clarity and inner wisdom for vibrant health.

In addition to her Ayurvedic and nutrition education, Sachi has completed over 800 hours of yoga teacher training and continues to study with her mother, her first yoga teacher, for whom these practices are a way of life.

Sachi is a board member of the Prison Yoga Project at San Quentin State Prison and serves as an ambassador for Yoga Gives Back, a non-profit that raises funds within the US yoga community to support microcredit programs for women in India. She holds a Msc in Development from the London School of Economics.