I was born and raised in Sri Lanka and moved to Canada in 1991. My passion to study and practice Holistic Nutrition and Yoga started when I was suffering from IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome) and realized that allopathic treatments were not helping me.
It was in 2011 that I started my training in Holistic Nutrition and Yoga to know more about human health and wellbeing. I learned so much about digestion, what can impair the function of the gut, the brain-gut connection, and so much more.
The knowledge gained through the training and its application into my life has significantly improved my health condition and helped me adopt a more holistic lifestyle. This inspired me to start my health and wellness practice (Holistic Nutrition and Yoga with Bavani) based in Markham, Ontario, Canada.
In my quest to finding the deeper aspect of Yoga, in 2015, I travelled to the Isha Yoga Centre in Coimbatore, India to attend a 5-month (1750+hrs) intensive teacher training program in Classical Hatha Yoga. This transformative training process has not only deepened my understanding of Yoga as a profound science, it also helped to restructure my life the way I wanted it and to reach a certain level of equanimity and freedom within. I have conducted many workshops, private and weekly sessions in Classical Hatha Yoga over the last 5 years.
My passion to cook wholesome meals from scratch led to culinary nutrition training in Toronto. In 2018, I completed a program called Culinary Nutrition Expert at the Academy of Culinary Nutrition. This program unleashed my creative potential to experiment with various healthy recipes while deepening my love for using food as medicine.
In addition to my formal training in Holistic Nutrition and Classical Hatha Yoga, which has helped me develop a great understanding of human health and well-being, I have spent years reading various scientific articles and books on IBS and the power of food over the body and mind. IBS is a complex digestive condition that requires a comprehensive approach to take control of it. There is no quick fix for it. Food is just a part of the solution, but your brain and how you feel is also connected to your gut, which is called the gut-brain connection. Hence, IBS is often referred to as a Brain-Gut disorder. I spent just as much time experimenting with what I learned on myself until I figured out what actually worked. My research and personal experience with this condition has enabled me to design a complete and comprehensive 12-week online program called “iControlIBS." Through this program I teach people with painful IBS symptoms how they can take charge of their IBS symptoms and regain their health and wellbeing.
I help those who are seeking holistic, practical, and evidence-based solutions for their IBS symptoms or seeking to enhance their health and well-being through Classical Hatha Yoga or interested in learning to cook simple, wholesome food from scratch.
In health and well-being,
DISCLAIMER: I am NOT a Dietician, Naturopathic Doctor or Medical Doctor. As such I don't diagnose, treat, or cure any disease. As a Certified Nutritional Practitioner, I am qualified to use a holistic approach that involves Nutritional education, Yoga and non-medical nutritional supplements to improve the overall health, vitality and well-being of individuals.