Alandi Ayurveda Gurukula Faculty

Alakananda Ma, AD, MB, BS

Alakananda Ma is recognized by NAMA as an Ayurvedic Doctor. She has practiced Ayurveda and Flower Essence Therapy since 1988 in Boulder, Colorado. Her extensive medical background and training at one of the world’s best medical schools combined with years of study of Ayurveda in India and the US serve to make her an outstanding Ayurvedic Practitioner and Ayurvedic Pulse Reader. She is also the first medical practitioner since Dr. Edward Bach to research and make her own flower essences out of Rocky Mountain wild flowers. One of the first Western medicine graduates to practice Ayurveda in the US, her unique, unadorned style provides a simple, powerful healing environment for her clients.


Sadananda was born and raised in a mixed Catholic and Baptist family in a Mexican neighborhood of Denver. A series of mystical experiences during his teens and twenties led him to study with the masters of the East who were arriving in America during the late 1960's and early 70's. After studying at the Naropa Institute and Insight Meditation Society, Sadananda travelled to India to follow in the footsteps of the Buddha. For seven years he lived the life of a traditional sadhu, meditating in temples, ashrams and cremation grounds and he became a beloved disciple of his sadguru, Raghudas Maharaj. Currently, Sadananda continues his advanced study of Vipassana under Joseph Goldstein and has made several long retreats.

Sadananda has always been a musician. In the 70's, as a singer and songwriter, he studied and performed at the Denver Folklore Center. In India he imbibed kirtan at the feet of the true kirtan masters of Maharashtra. Today Sadananda is a soulful kirtan leader and inspiring meditation instructor. Sadananda teaches Meditation.

Nicole Herbert, AD, LMT

Nicole is recognized by NAMA as an Ayurvedic Doctor, and a former apprentice of the Alandi Ayurveda Gurukula. A lifelong interest in natural wellness led Nicole to massage therapy in 1999, when she graduated from the Healing Spirits Massage School in Boulder. She is the current Pharmacy Director at the Alandi Ayurveda Clinic and an active member of the National Ayurvedic Medical Association (NAMA) and the Colorado Ayurvedic Medical Association (COLORAMA). Nicole currently teaches medicine making and fundamentals of Ayurveda courses at Alandi.

Jane Bunin, PhD, Ayurvedic Educator

Jane earned a BA in genetics and MA in biochemistry before she turned to more holistic scientific interests and a PhD in plant ecology. She is a former apprentice of Alandi Ayurveda Gurukula as an Ayurvedic Educator, is involved in Andean Shamanism, and teaches in Environmental Studies and Wilderness Therapy at Naropa University. She is a former faculty member of the Rocky Mountain Center for Botanical studies, where she taught ethnobotany.

Heidi Nordlund, AD

Heidi holds a BA in Contemplative Psychology with focus on Health & Healing from Naropa University in Boulder, CO. She is a former apprentice of Alandi Ayurveda Gurukula and is also a graduate of the Rocky Mountain Institute of Yoga & Ayurveda’s Ayurvedic Practitioner Program. Heidi offers Ayurvedic Consultations, Yoga Therapy, Ayurvedic Postpartum Care and Tibetan Cranial through her business Namaskar Healing™, LLC. In addition to her training with Alakananda Ma, Heidi has learned the traditional art of Ayurvedic medicine making and other Ayurvedic practices from: Dr. Vasant Lad, Dr. Sarita Shrestha, Dr. Bharat Vaidya, Dr. Sarasvati Buhrman, Ysha Martha Oakes, and Donna Diamond.

David McConaghay, AD

David McConaghay has been immersed in the vedic arts & sciences since 2009 when, as a 22 year old with a degree in English, he moved to the Sivananda Yoga Farm in Grass Valley, California for six months spent working in the garden and kitchen, cooking with an āyurvedic chef, and studying yoga philosophy and vedic astrology. In May 2018, he completed his four-year apprenticeship in the Alandi Āyurveda Gurukula and is currently pursuing a doctorate in divinity from the University of Metaphysical Sciences. He lives in Denver and operates his private practice out of The Co-Op at 1st. David is part of the team that teaches Fundamentals of Ayurveda at Alandi. His personal and professional website is