Neeshee Pandit, AHE (Ayurvedic Health Educator), is a practitioner of Ayurvedic medicine located on the Garden Isle of Kauai, Hawaii. He is presently studying clinical Ayurvedic theory at the California College of Ayurveda while also taking courses from Vaidya Mishra in the Shaka Vansiya Ayurveda lineage (or "SVA").
SATTVA is a Sanskrit term that has multiple related meanings. The most accurate meaning of the term according to Shaka Vansiya Ayurveda is "light of the soul". This is the best definition of the term because it is all-encompassing and allows it to be understood in all the contexts within which it is used in Ayurvedic medicine. Sattva is one of three gunas (or qualities of mind), the other two being rajas and tamas. In the context of the gunas, sattva is the quality of clarity, purity, and balance, often likened to a still clear lake. Rajas is the quality of agitation and activity, likened to the rippling waters on an otherwise calm lake. Tamas is the quality of inertia, ignorance, delusion, and darkness.
In Ayurvedic medicine, the primary forms of treatment are lifestyle and diet, with herbal medicines being used as a supportive element. In the SVA tradition, there is an emphasis placed on sattvic lifestyle and diet and the transdermal application of herbs when necessary. Sattvic lifestyle is comprised of a daily routine (or dinacharya) that supports equanimity through harmonizing with the rhythms of nature. Sattvic diet consists of foods that are not only pure, wholesome, and organic, but that keep the channels of the body open and clear. In this sense, sattvic food emphasizes not only the qualities of food and the role of the doshas, but sattvic food primarily considers the role of prana. Such prana-rich foods support the body's intrinsic balance and assist the body's natural detoxification process. In doing so, the being is rejuvenated and the "light of the soul" can shine freely without obstructions, giving way to radiant health.
In calling his Ayurvedic practice "SATTVA", Neeshee intends to communicate his alignment to this deep concept as it relates to your health and well-being. He advocates sattvic lifestyle and diet, and only makes use of herbs when necessary. When he does recommend herbs, he chooses the medicine best suited for your constitution and usually recommends its transdermal application, in order to bypass the digestive system and risk overheating the liver.
Neeshee is a spiritually-oriented person and his practice of medicine strongly reflects this. He has been a devotee of the great Spiritual Master, Adi Da Samraj, for the past seven years. When he is not practicing medicine, he spends his time serving Adi Da's Spiritual Sanctuary as a priest. Neeshee also goes on extended spiritual retreat once a year at Adi Da's Hermitage-Island in Fiji where he finds ultimate rejuvenation in the Spiritual Presence of his beloved Guru. In his free time, Neeshee enjoys playing tabla, listening to music, and going for walks with his canine companion, Norbu.
Neeshee has made this website as a resource for his clients and all who are interested in incorporating Ayurvedic principles into their lives. Take some time to check out his blog and learn something new you can apply to your life or diet today. If you have questions or have a topic you would like to see him discuss, then visit the Contact page and submit your question!
Neeshee is available for in-person and Skype video consultations, please see the Consultations page to schedule an appointment.