Ismat Dhala-Nathani

Ismat’s professional background is in natural health care, with a specialty in traditional Indian medicine. With over two decades of experience, she has spearheaded CAISH, carefully guiding its growth since its inception in 2002.

Ismat focuses on melding ancient wisdom with current concepts of health and wellbeing. From this frame of reference, she develops educational programs, materials and teaching tools. Currently, Ismat is working toward accreditation affiliations, and the standardization of Ayurveda and Indian Systems of Healing programs in Canada.

Over the years, Ismat has gained a multitude of experience. She is a health practitioner, academician, international speaker, healer, and a researcher and practitioner of Nadi Vigyan. She has held key positions in India, UK and Canada, among which are Assistant Dean at Dr. Lajpatrai Mehra’s Neurotherapy Hospital in India, and Consultant at the prestigious Hale Clinic in the UK.

Ismat has always been willing to share her knowledge and insights about Ayurveda and other Indian systems of healing, including Indian Naturopathy (Prakruti Chikitsa). As a result, she has been featured on television and in newspapers in the UK, Canada and India. She is a tireless champion for mind-body integration, health and hygiene, and food and nutrition.

Loreli Buenaventura

Loreli was inspired to help people connect to their life purpose, and to that end she studied mind-body wellness at the Chopra Center in California. Later, she became certified in Kundalini Yoga under internationally recognized Yoga Master, Gurutej Kaur, an original student of Yogi Bhajan. Because of her experiences working in various sectors, including the frenetic financial industry, Loreli infuses her yoga and meditation practice with keen insight into stress management for modern day work-life balance.

A seasoned human resources and communications professional, Loreli continually draws from her multidisciplinary background in the arts, community development, and the finance sector. One particularly important area Loreli worked in was the Mentoring

Partnership program for the Toronto Region Immigrant Employment Council, a program that helps skilled newcomers integrate into the Canadian workplace. Currently, she oversees diversity and professional development strategies on behalf of the Royal Bank of Canada (RBC).

Loreli holds a master’s degree in Sociology and Equity Studies in Education from OISE. As a freelance writer, her articles have appeared in Body & Soul magazine, the Globe and Mail, and CBC Radio.

Gurjeet Srinivas

Gurjeet has over 20 years of experience in human resources, marketing, and sales. Her education includes an MBA in Marketing from Delhi, India, a Master of Human Resources Management from The New School University in New York City, and a B.Sc. in Botany, also from Delhi.

For the past decade, Gurjeet has worked at the Royal Bank of Canada (RBC) and has led the development and implementation of Diversity and Employment Equity strategies and initiatives. Additionally, she has been employed in marketing and human resources in other sectors in India and the USA. Currently Gurjeet’s work at RBC is with the Global Diversity Group in Human Resources.

Born and raised in India, Gurjeet’s connection to Ayurveda and Yoga came naturally as her grandfather was an Ayurvedic and Unani practitioner. She has practiced yoga and meditation for many years, and applies the knowledge passed on to her through the use of Indian spices as healing remedies, especially for her husband and daughter.