About Smita

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Namaste!

I’m Smita.

You have goals and dreams for your life and I’m here to help you fulfil them.

I’m a catalyst for connecting people to their higher self. This is where magic happens.

As I enable you to let go of inner constraints, the greatest version of yourself shows up.

This brings you face to face with all that you thought you could never be.

Come… let’s open up inspiring new pathways to fulfil your intentions.

Best Wishes
Smita

Karma & Diamonds Way of Life

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Connect to the wisdom of the deeper Self within

Quieten the distracting mental chatter.

Create inner freedom

Limitations and constraints we feel, are often just our own perspective.
Be willing to let them go to let an inspiring, fresh future become possible.

Listen to your inner voice, your intuition

Value your intuition as much, if not more, than your intellect.
It guides you to people, places and outcomes that are beyond what you can imagine.

It’s possible to transform any aspect of yourself or your situation

The courage to look within and the inner strength to accept things as they are,
make these your treasured allies in your journey of Self-discovery.

Define your purpose​

… and live it.

Become a master of flowing with uncertainty

In any area that you want be extraordinary, live outside your comfort zone.

Keys to building rewarding relationships

Have empathy — listen intently to get into another’s world. Feeling “gotten” heals and liberates.

Be generous — give more than you take.

Be kind — the power of kindness is greatly underestimated.

Above all — be true to your Self

It helps you to fulfil on your purpose.

It brings inner peace and happiness like nothing else.

In a Nutshell

Born in the port town of Porbandar in Gujarat, India, my parents and I moved to London when I was ten. I studied in England, undertaking English, French and Politics at college.

I had a long corporate career, working with S&P500 CxOs, winning multi-million dollar contracts. The largest deal I worked on and won as part of a consortium, was one billion dollars. My business career spanned 25 years working with Technology and Financial giants, as well as start-ups. I was among the pioneers in bringing India’s Information Technology services into the heart of British and European financial institutions and blue-chip corporations.

Alongside my corporate career, I also became a life coach and a mentor, leading personal transformation programmes to groups of several hundreds at a time.

For my You Tube channel — Self Discovery Channel — I interview global gurus and experts in their field and love creating my own videos that inspire the people to tap into their greatest self.

As an experienced coach, mentor and international motivational speaker, I’ve been leading life-altering programmes since 1999, reaching sizeable audiences with messages that transform and inspire.

A devoted yoga practitioner, I’m also a certified yoga instructor, accredited by Yoga Alliance.

Background

My birth town of Porbandar, a buzzing port along North West India’s Arabian Sea coastline, is better known as the home of Mahatma Gandhi.

I was brought up in a traditional Indian home with values rooted in ancient Vedic culture. We lived for most of my childhood close by the sea and some of my years were spent in a beautiful sea-facing house of my grandfather’s, a well-respected lawyer.

As with many children in India, I was fortunate to have the influence of a grandmother who imbued in me the values of the age-old culture into which I was born. She encouraged me to read daily the Bhagavad Gita in Gujarati and to recite various Sanskrit mantras before I’d turned seven. This gave me a solid foundation on which to later build as I strived to heal the traumas of my past, and bring balance to a hectic life while working as a business executive with large global companies.

I loved my life in London and its flourishing entrepreneurial culture. Like a duck to water, I thrived on working internationally in hardcore business environments, selling and managing leading-edge technology contracts to multi-national corporations.

I am proud to have been one of the pioneers to convince large Western companies to start working with the Indian IT industry, which was growing in those days from its infancy into one of the largest parts of the Indian economy. But at the same time, while working in the cut-throat world of business, I was fascinated by who we are deeper within.

It was not long before I felt compelled to balance my professional corporate existence with, at the same time, finding a way to nourish my soul. I yearned to experience more of the soulful, radiant inner being that I had seen glimpses of at various times in my life.

During my holidays and sabbaticals I travelled across India with yogis and gurus to see what more I could discover about the Self within. I pored over the Vedas, Bhagavad Gita, Shiva Sutras, the Puranas and Upanishads, soaking up whatever I could and went about applying some of these teachings to improve my quality of life, including in my work.

Later in my quest, I travelled to many other places, including New Mexico, Hawaii and Kauai to seek out special people, places and answers to unresolved questions that throttled the possibility that life offered. As my self-awareness grew, so did my desire to serve others.

Alongside of my business life, when not travelling for work or meeting deadlines, I dedicated my weekends, holidays and any spare time over a number of years to become a life coach. I first followed a few years of intense, rigorous training on how to help others in a responsible way to uncover their deepest issues and transform themselves. Then, I was allowed to go and assist in such programmes. It was not long before I had the privilege of leading these cutting-edge series of workshops myself, coaching large groups of several hundred people at a time. The coaching focused on how to deal more powerfully with the challenges of modern life and realise goals and aspirations.

Yoga – the context for my life

As a child, I grew up watching my father regularly stand on his head, for what seemed to me like hours. He was doing the Shirsasana yoga posture.

Guided by his guru, the brilliant Sri Aurobindo, my father was an avid yogi who meditated regularly. Though Pappa never taught me directly, simply watching him stand stock still on his head and sit statuesque in deep, meditative immersions captivated my imagination as a little girl.

Around the age of twelve, I too started to attempt performing yoga postures. A few years later, I also began to meditate, purely guided by my intuitive inklings. On and off, I did yoga for twenty years but it was only when I stumbled into my first Vinyasa Flow training course did my yoga practice begin in earnest.

This was with the extraordinary, internationally renowned yoga teacher, Shiva Rea. Her profound knowledge and approach to integrating the different aspects of yoga touched me deeply and inspired by Shiva, I took up training with her to be able to teach.

Other accomplished yoga masters of the Krishnamacharya lineage with whom I have studied include David Swenson, Richard Freeman, Ana Forrest, Anna Ashby, Hamish Hendry and Stewart Gilchrist.

As well as Shiva Rea’s Prana Flow Yoga, I also practice other forms of Ashtanga Vinyasa based yoga.

I teach regularly and am devoted to my daily practice.

Diving Deep

People and cultures fascinate me and I love exploring different parts of the world.

My love of travel has taken me to swim with wild dolphins, exploring volcanoes, visiting temples, shrines and mystical places across the world.

I’ve studied several Indian and Buddhist spiritual systems and continue to delve into their richness to discover new facets of who we are.

Unveiling the mysteries of the mind, spirit and what it means to be human excites me.

A keen diver, I’ve been scuba diving regularly since 1997. Scuba diving satisfies my yearning for adventure and immersing into the unknown. The ocean can, at once, contain dangerous shipwrecks and beautiful reefs, treacherous sharks and playful dolphins.

For me, scuba diving offers a beautiful metaphor for diving into the deep ocean of the inner Self that can nourish the soul but also hold paradoxes, just like the many facets of our own beautiful being.

Karma & Diamonds

Years and years of my soul searching have resulted is my first trilogy, Karma & Diamonds. These are the books that I wish someone had written for me when I really needed them.

The trilogy is a handbook for fully living the contemporary life while being connected to something deeper and authentic within.

I’ve written these books for those of you who, like me, are seeking to move beyond your limitations, to harness your inner radiance and power â whether it be for being more peaceful, feeling more alive and vibrant, or living the best life you possibly dare to.

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Co-Authored Book

Other Books and TV

For “Breakthrough – Secrets of Growth, Success and Bouncebacks”, a collaborative book by women thought leaders, I had the privilege of contributing Chapter 1.

In March 2018, I had the profound honour of editing an excellent translation of the ancient Sanskrit “Yoga Sutras of Patanjali” for my brilliant Kriya Yoga Guru, Yogiraj Siddhanath.

Tata-Sky Fitness, India’s biggest fitness channel, have been featuring a series of my Yoga classes.

UK’s Daily Express has produced and featured my yoga videos for their online content.

I’ve recorded a series of TV programmes on personal development as seen through lens of Indian astrology. These programmes are being viewed on numerous Indian TV channels and are now also on apps, such as Amazon Firestick.

A selection of my guided meditations are featured on world’s most listened to meditation app, Insight Time.

Media

I’ve been featured in some of UK’s largest newspapers Daily Mail, Daily Express, Sunday Express, Huffington Post, Spirit & Destiny, Healthy magazine, etc.

I’ve been a guest on BBC Radio and Sky channels and a speaker at many conferences.

Free Gifts

Guided Meditation MP3
“A Star Studded Sky”
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3 chapter extracts from
Karma & Diamonds Trilogy
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Meditation Mandala by Smita
 

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