Name: Akiva Satnarayan
Lives in: Santa Rosa, California in the beautiful west Sonoma County.
From: I was born and grew up in Tel Aviv, Israel. I was born into a Jewish lineage in the evolving, developing state of Israel in the late sixties and seventies. That was a pivotal and transformational time in my life as it brought questions about inherent identity to the forefront of my experience.
For years I resented my Jewish background and Israeli upbringing, because of the harshness of its historical events and the premise of superiority as a lineage, as well as the ongoing story of overcoming oppression and genocide, as a central part of this heroic identity.
Today, I understand that overcoming the difficulties is transformative, and one’s historical “baggage” which comes from ‘a tribal identity’, can provide an opportunity for tremendous growth and development of character.
Occupation: I am a Transformational Coach and master numerologist. I support my client in living their purpose and in communicating their personal brand powerfully.I offer coaching services helping creative business owners find their unique voice, confidence, and power.
My last position as part of the faculty of a healing center and Ayurvedic school in Sonoma California, was revealing and transformative for my coaching practice. I have had the opportunity to observe hundreds of my peers and students moving through the motions of choosing the next destination of engagement – another workshop, the next training in the hope of finding their “Holy Grail” their purpose and passion.
The hunger of acquiring knowledge all the time can have a double edged sword effect. On one hand any new experience can lead the way to a deeper understanding of self and others. On the other side, it can lead to more confusion or bewilderment. My observation is that knowledge without exploration and practice with and for others – is disappointing. I saw students come and go exploring Ayurveda 1 and 2, Nutrition, Aroma therapy, Massage therapy, teachers training, only to land in a place of discouragement and disappointment.
I would ask the questions “why are you pursuing these different trainings? What are you hoping to gain by taking a flower essence therapy seminar or the basics of Numerology”? The answers often were “I am hoping to find a better income opportunities and to gain more tools to offer others.” I rarely got an answer “healing the world is my passion and purpose,” “providing alternative healing is my thing,” or “helping people find their true direction gives me joy”.
This made an impression on me and my Purpose Coaching process now focusing on one’s life mission and its value proposition in a business context.
Tell us your first three jobs (ever!): My first three jobs ever were:
1. Being nurse in an orthopedic clinic, assisting post operation patients, at Rothschild hospital in Haifa, Israel.
2. Graphic designer in a design agency in Tel Aviv
3. Being part of a moving crew in a moving company in New York City
Zodiac sign: In Vedic astrology I’m under Libra and in western I’m under Scorpio
What do you love about Greece? I love the mix of ancient and modern sites and cultures. I appreciate the great variety of food. I like the mix of traditional way of living such as newspaper stands and local bakeries. Athenians are kind social and direct – I like that.
Tell us something most people don’t know about you: I don’t think a lot of people know me as a great visual artist. I am currently working on a series of large paintings called ‘Ghosts’ And about to finish an original Tarot deck that I have designed in March of 2024. And not to many people know that I am good baker and cook – and I love cooking for others. 🙂
Where we are most likely to find you in Lynn’s community? Offering my services to her community online. Or having brunch with Lynn when I’m in Athens. 🙂
First time you tried Kundalini Yoga? Kundalini Yoga East in New York City (2000)
Tell us your top tip to combat climate change:
Combating Climate change is an inside job. More meditators in the world will reduce reactive behavior, consumption and negativity and will shift our human behavior patterns to be more kind to self, others and the environment.
Anything else you’d like us to know? I am looking forward to release my “river of dreams” Tarot deck