My name is Sande & I've always been a seeker. After decades of self-inquiry and practicing yoga & meditation, I found the true meaning of Ahimsa (Sanskrit for non-violence towards all living things) in my vegan transition and subsequent activism. I’m an MSVA - Master Certified Vegan Lifestyle Coach & Educator, which turns out to be my soul's work that I am overjoyed to share with you.
As a vegan columnist and blogger for over five years, I've written about many aspects of Living & Being Vegan, from Vitamin B12 to How Veganism & Yoga are related. In my first book, “Living & Being Vegan, 12 Essays on the ‘Why’ & the ‘How,” I share a year’s worth of these columns filled with helpful links and tasty recipes. My Blog page is filled with the various topics about veganism and plant-based eating. I share my blogs monthly, so please sign up to receive them.
The word Sundara is drawn from the Sanskrit word meaning beautiful, interpreted as inner beauty flowing from grace & wisdom. I began to express my love of yoga through jewelry design in 2010. Sitting down in my studio to create a new piece is a form of meditation. When a serious injury in 2011 left me unable to teach, jewelry design became a way to pass the time and to try to forget about the pain. I studied the healing properties of gemstones and began to delve into this artistic medium as a way to stay connected to the yoga community and to my practice. As my injuries healed, I discovered a deep love of creating what I now call “Hip & Holy Bling.”
Completing my Yoga Teacher Training at Satya Yoga Center in Rhinebeck, NY and my Corporate Yoga Teacher Training at the Omega Institute of Holistic Studies, YOGA remains a very special part of my life.
At Boston University I studied Psychology and Education, and I hold a B.A. in Education from the State University of New York at Stony Brook.
I'm a proud co-founder of the Hudson Valley Vegfest in New York. My talented Vegfest partner Rebecca and I worked tirelessly on the inaugural event in 2017, gathering over 90 companies and organizations to showcase the abundance and importance of the vegan life. Speakers from around the globe informed, renowned chefs demoed, food vendors fed us incredible food, vegan musicians performed and award-winning vegan bodybuilders showed us how they became their best after adopting a plant-based diet.
So, that's the lowdown on me...
But what I really want you to know is that I’m fully committed to helping you feel your best physically & spiritually. I'll always encourage you to reach higher – to practice consistent self-care – and to move joyfully on your path. I hope we'll have the opportunity to work together soon.