About Corinna Maharani
Corinna Maharani is an Ayurvedic practitioner and educator with 25 years of experience in practicing and teaching Ayurvedic Sacred Bodywork™, Marma Therapy and Pancha Karma. Her legal name, “Maharani,” means Great Queen, chosen because she wanted to reflect her devotion to the power and blessings of the Divine Feminine as well as honoring the principles of treating others with noble respect.
Corinna graduated from one of the first Ayurveda programs held at the Maharishi International University in Iowa in 1989. There she also met her lifelong teacher Vaidya R.K. Mishra, who is considered to be one of the most brilliant minds in Ayurveda history.
Corinna founded Maharani Ayurveda in 1994 and has operated her own Pancha Karma clinic in Santa Barbara since 2000. She was the director of the Pancha Karma educational program at the Kanyakumari Ayurveda and Yoga School in Wisconsin for fifteen years and has taught hundreds of students the art of Pancha Karma healing, many of whom now have successful practices around the globe. She is also a frequent public speaker and published writer on the topic of Ayurveda.
Corinna’s primary goal is to deepen the understanding of this holistic science and to help lay people and professionals alike to apply these ancient principles toward health and healing. She created the Maharani Academy to offer in-depth certified training to those who feel called to spread the light of Ayurveda into the world.
Corinna has long been a passionate advocate for the environment, farm animal rights, and the arts. She’s served as president and director of a local art and non-profit organization called Fishbon for over a decade and currently lives and teaches at the Santa Barbara Center for Arts Science and Technology, SBCAST.
About Ayurveda and the SVA lineage
Ayurveda literally means “the knowledge of life”, originating more than five thousand years ago in the Vedic civilization of India. This ancient healing science is considered the mother of all healing modalities. It balances and heals the body, mind, and spirit through the use of proper diet, lifestyle changes, herbs, and a variety of healing spa and detox therapies. Corinna's depth of knowledge stems from the guidance of her teacher, Vaidya Rama Kant Mishra, a brilliant primary Ayurvedic physician, researcher, educator, and formulator.
The SVA Lineage
Vaidya R.K. Mishra came from a long lineage of Ayurvedic experts that can be traced back 126 generations. They served as Raj Vaidyas, personal doctors to the royalty of India. SVA stands for Shaka Vansiya Ayurveda and originated on of the islands of Sri Lanka, called Shaka.
Vaidya Mishra studied at an Ayurvedic college followed by years of rigorous private training with his father, Vaidya Kameswar Mishra. During his internship, he was handed down specialized knowledge from his SVA lineage and MIshra became one of the foremost experts and formulators in Ayurvedic medicine. It is from that living tradition that Corinna shares her love of Ayurveda. For his complete biography, visit here.
Testimonies about Corinna Maharani
"Corinna magically weaves wisdom, skill, and grace into one divine Ayurvedic experience. To find a practitioner and teacher with the breadth of knowledge and study in her art is a true gift." -- Gianna Piccardo, owner of Yoga Therapy and Ayurveda, Portland, OR
"Through ceremony and skillful communication and connection (both verbal and non-verbal through her hands) she creates a sacred container for healing to happen. She is a skillful, authentic practitioner, and gifted teacher of Ayurvedic wisdom – a treasure to be discovered for those who appreciate that healing is an inner and outer journey of awareness, opening, and interconnectedness." -- Robin O., Santa Barbara, CA
"Corinna and Maharani Ayurveda are truly an embodiment of the highest of Ayurvedic principles and practices. I’ve had far reaching results from receiving her work." -- Jean W., Montecito, CA
“Corinna was the first practitioner I worked with where I felt like my voice was sincerely being heard. For anyone looking to find a better relationship with their health and life, she is an abundant well of compassion, skill and understanding." -- Lindsey B., Santa Barbara, CA