A certified Clinical Ayurvedic Specialist, Niika has 20 years experience practicing, teaching and writing on Ayurveda–yoga’s sister-science of healing, happiness and living in harmony with one’s own true nature, and with Mother Nature.
Fascinated with Eastern wisdom since childhood, Niika first lived in India at age 19. Over many years she’s explored the timeless treasures of wisdom and healing traditions, with a main focus on Ayurveda, Siddha Vaidya and Yoga.
Niika was a longtime contributor to Yoga Journal Magazine. Her writings have also appeared in UTNE Reader, Natural Health Magazine and many other publications.
Often consulted as an expert on Ayurveda, Niika’s quotes have appeared in Natural Health Magazine, Mother & Baby India Magazine and on numerous websites such as on iVillage.com, LiveStrong.com, Mothering.com and more.
She’s been featured in podcasts, television and radio, including MedicineCrow – the Grassroots Healthcare Network.
Niika is a passionate, entertaining and practical presenter. Her multi-sensory and thought-provoking lectures, workshops, retreats and yoga teacher-training segments bring India’s ancient wisdom to life in places like Omega Institute for Holistic Studies in New York and Rancho La Puerta in Mexico. She enjoys presenting to a wide variety of groups like the Holistic Moms Network, New Jersey prep school teachers, Danish animation students, Northern California Pacific Gas & Electric linesmen, elementary school students, as well as yoga students, and women of all backgrounds in conferences and other gatherings.
In 2007, Niika founded Rasa Ayurveda Traditional Healing Centre for Women, in Kerala, India with the participation of her adopted Malayalee brother and business partner, Sanjeev ‘Sanju’ Kumar.
Facing every kind of obstacle, she worked tirelessly to realize her vision to give women from all over the world a rare opportunity to experience traditional Ayurvedic healing and education at its source in a calming, supported residential setting for women only.
During her 7 years at Rasa Ayurveda, Niika also founded The Muthashi Project, to keep the living knowledge of how to live in harmony with Nature alive for another generation in South India. This outreach program was designed to bring women from divergent nationalities and backgrounds together to inspire young Malayalee women to continue their culture’s age-old practice of recognizing and using native plants as medicine.
Tides come in, and also go out. Life changes brought Niika back to the United States where she shares Ayurveda with women–and the businesses that serve them, no matter their location.
Niika is a member of NAMA – the National Ayurvedic Medical Association, and a licensed Massage and Bodywork Therapist.