Our Team

Leah Klatt - Ayurvedic Practitioner

Leah Danielle Klatt, Co-Founder of PAAVANI Ayurveda, BS, AHP, CMT, PKS

 

Leah grew up in Wisconsin and has the roots of a Midwestern girl. In 2007, she graduated cum laude from the University of Wisconsin with a Bachelor’s degree in conservation and environmental sciences, minors in biology and business, and a certification in entrepreneurship. In 2009, Leah followed her heart to California, where she discovered Ayurveda. She was immediately drawn to this system due to her interest in the natural world and the symbiotic interconnectedness that exists between nature, mind, body and soul. In 2013, Leah completed her course of study at the California College of Ayurveda and became certified as an Ayurvedic Practitioner, Ayurvedic Herbalist, Ayurvedic Massage and Body Therapist and Ayurvedic Facials Specialist. Once graduated, Leah joined Blue Sage Ayurveda, where she gained direct experience offering Pancha Karma therapies administered under the tutelage of Ragaia Belovarac.

Today, Leah is the co-founder of PAAVANI Ayurveda. She thoroughly enjoys being an entrepreneur, which provides her with an outlet for her creative energy. Leah feels honored and privileged to be able to share the teachings of Ayurvedic self-care through her product offerings during a time when it is most needed. She hopes that her product line will help to introduce and infuse Ayurvedic practices into daily lives. Leah is a firm proponent of the notion that those who apply Ayurvedic principles empower themselves to be their own healer. She dreams that one day all families will raise their children with these principles and that the world will find healing solace through each individual’s cultivation of personal balance.

Trudy Collings, Co-Founder of PAAVANI Ayurveda, BA, RYT, CMP, AHP

Trudy was born in England but raised in Vero Beach, Florida. In 2008, she graduated cum laude from the University of Florida with a double major in British Literature & Anthropology. In 2009, her inquisitive nature brought her to San Francisco, CA & she eventually landed in her first yoga teacher training in 2011. From there, she learned of Ayurveda & instantly fell in love with the science. By the fall of 2011, she was enrolled at the California College of Ayurveda. This science encompassed everything she was looking for: yoga, traditional ecological knowledge, cultural understanding & a holistic approach to well-being.

Today, Trudy continues to teach yoga in her local community, regularly conducts the Ayurveda training at Sacred Paths Yoga & is co-founder of PAAVANI Ayurveda. At PAAVANI, Trudy excels as the team planner. Her go-getter attitude keeps the momentum and spirit of the company alive. She also manages the PAAVANI demo team, is hands on with the herbalists in the PAAVANI apothecary and enjoys community education & outreach projects. Trudy especially enjoys creating new formulations & dreaming of future plans for PAAVANI with business partner & friend, Leah Klatt. When not immersed in her work, you can find Trudy spending time with her husband & their fur babies. She loves all things dogs, yoga, reading, cooking, live music, traveling & time with her beloved family & friends.

Trudy Collings - Ayurvedic Practitioner

Trudy Collings, Co-Founder of PAAVANI Ayurveda, BA, RYT, CMP, AHP

 

Trudy was born in England but raised in Vero Beach, Florida. In 2008, she graduated cum laude from the University of Florida with a double major in British Literature & Anthropology. In 2009, her inquisitive & wanderlust nature brought her to San Francisco, CA & she eventually landed in her first yoga teacher training in 2011. From there, she learned of Ayurveda & was instantly in love with the science. By the fall of 2011, she was enrolled at the California College of Ayurveda. This science encompassed everything she was looking for: yoga, traditional ecological knowledge, cultural understanding & a holistic approach to well-being. Today, Trudy is an Ayurvedic Health Practitioner, Herbalist, Ayurvedic Massage & Body Therapist, yoga teacher & co-founder of PAAVANI Ayurveda. What she loves most about offering Ayurvedic Body Therapies to people is the meditative experience it offers & the healing connection she gives & receives from each client. While not immersed in Ayurveda & Yoga services, Trudy relishes spending time with her partner, Brandt, & their two dogs & kitty cat. She loves all things Phish, Grateful Dead & Bluegrass related as well as hikes in nature, traveling, cooking & time with her beloved family & friends.

Laurel Odom - Ayurvedic Practitioner

Laurel Odom, BS, CMT, CAS, PKS & RYT

 

Laurel was born and raised in the Northern California town of Auburn, California. In 2013 she graduated from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo with a Bachelor of Science in Clinical Nutrition. Having established a steady yoga practice, she had the desire to seek a greater connection between nutrition & the overall physical, mental, emotional and spiritual health of being which led her to begin her studies at the California College of Ayurveda (CCA) in Nevada City in the fall of 2013. She has since completed schooling at CCA with a certification as a Clinical Ayurvedic Specialist, Ayurvedic Massage & Body Therapist (including Marma Point, Dough Basti, Pinda Svedana & Ayurvedic Facial Therapies) & Pancha Karma Specialist as well as furthering her depth of yogic study through various teacher trainings. Laurel is now apart of the teaching faculty at the CCA.

Laurel loves the holistic mindset that Ayurveda embodies as well as the deep connection to nature that this system is rooted in. Her belief is that in getting in touch with the flow of nature & understanding ourselves on a deeper level, we will truly be able to create a more conscious, connected world. Laurel loves hiking in nature, dancing, yoga, cooking, fresh flowers, swimming, the smell of a fall morning, animals, sports & games, time with family & friends & simply enjoying the gift of being alive on planet Earth. She is exceptionally grateful to be a channel for the knowledge of Ayurveda & looks forward to having the opportunity to assist your healing journey.

Rachel Merrill, CMT, CAS, RYT

 

Rachel hails from Salinas, California. Rachel has spent time in New York City where she studied Anthropology & has also worked in the rugged Big Sur coast at Treebones Resort, where she acted as the master gardener. Rachel graduated from the California College of Ayurveda in the Spring of 2016. She is a Clinical Ayurvedic Specialist, Pancha Karma Specialist, Herbalist & Ayurvedic Massage & Body Therapist. Rachel is passionate about offering the ancient healing modalities of Ayurveda & specializes in Abhyanga, Shirodhara, Nasya & Marma Point Therapy. A forever student of Yoga & Ayurveda, Rachel is undergoing a Yoga Teacher Training at Wild Mountain Yoga Center. Rachel finds inspiration & great joy in gardening, cooking, music & nature.

Rachel Merrill - Ayurvedic Practitioner

Rachel Merrill, CMT, CAS

 

Rachel hails from Salinas, California. Rachel has spent time in New York City where she studied Anthropology & has also worked in the rugged Big Sur coast at Treebones Resort, where she acted as the master gardener. Rachel graduated from the California College of Ayurveda in the Spring of 2016. She is a Clinical Ayurvedic Specialist, Pancha Karma Specialist, Herbalist & Ayurvedic Massage & Body Therapist. Rachel is passionate about offering the ancient healing modalities of Ayurveda & specializes in Abhyanga, Shirodhara, Nasya & Marma Point Therapy. A forever student of Yoga & Ayurveda, Rachel is undergoing a Yoga Teacher Training at Wild Mountain Yoga Center. Rachel finds inspiration & great joy in gardening, cooking, music & nature.

Alisha Jacobs - Ayurvedic Practitioner

Alisha Jacobs, AHC & PKS

 

Alisha grew up in the California foothills and found herself always out in nature, especially on the banks of the river. She graduated high school in Auburn and then completed beauty school at Citrus Heights Beauty College in 2006. After graduation, Alisha moved to San Francisco to pursue her career as a cosmetologist in the spa industry. At that time, Alisha began to connect with a more holistic approach to beauty and skincare and also learned about Ayurvedic medicine. She began to delve into herbalism and making her own herbal elixirs and concoctions.

 

After some time, Alisha moved back up to Nevada County and heard about the California College of Ayurveda (CCA). She felt called to attend the college and that is exactly what she did. During her time there, it became clear to Alisha that Ayurveda was what she wanted to do with her life- to offer holistic wellness to the people. Within her first year at the CCA, she completed various body therapy workshops, including the Ayurvedic Massage & Body Therapy Course as well as completing the 9 month long Ayurvedic Herbalism Apprenticeship.

 

Alisha’s deepest passion is in the art of natural healing through the wisdom of Ayurveda. What she loves most about offering Ayurvedic Body Therapies is the honor of seeing the transformation in a client even after just one session. Holding space for people to reconnect to their inner harmony and balance is a deeply rewarding experience for Alisha. One of her favorite therapies to offer is the Four Hand Traditional Abhyanga because it is a dance of energy between the practitioners and the client. It is a sacred space where healing energy and love is flowing through each person. While away from the PAAVANI Spa and office, Alisha spends time with her two beautiful daughters. Their favorite things to do is to get outside, out into nature and experience new adventures together.