Anita Pottekkatt is a candidate to be a certified NVC trainer. She is a yoga instructor (Sivananda Yoga-Vedanta Organization) and an Ayurvedic counselor (Kerala Ayurvedic Academy). She completed a yearlong Buddhist chaplaincy training at the Sati Center. She supports people in prisons interested in Buddhism through volunteering with the Liberation Prison Project, and shares NVC and Buddhist psychology with incarcerated people with mental health challenges in the local jail. Anita is training as a meditation teacher in a two-year online program taught by Tara Brach & Jack Kornfield, and is training in contemplative psychotherapy at the Nalanda Institute
She has done research at the Clinically Applied Affective Neuroscience lab at UC Davis, and now researches emotions and attachment science at the Greater Good Science Center at UC Berkeley.
Anita is from Kerala & Tamil Nadu in India, has lived in Bihar, Jharkhand & Bombay in India, as well as in Qatar & the United Arab Emirates in the Middle East. She now lives in the United States. She is tremendously grateful for the many, many, many teachers, including Geshe Tashi Tsering, who have generously taught and continue to teacher her, and support her in her ongoing journey.
Her teachings often include contemporary western science, as well as meditations and secular practices inspired by Buddhist philosophy for personal and social growth.