Mata Mandir has been living and working in the Washington DC/Northern VA area for 40 years. Besides serving her counseling clients, her greatest joys are World Sacred Music, swimming in the ocean, and walking in nature. Spending her childhood summers between the beaches of Long Island and the mountains of upstate New York, these things became enduring and unfailing sources of renewal for her. After taking on a daily practice of yoga and meditation, Mata Mandir became a Sikh in 1972 and was ordained as a minister in 1984.
For years she has enjoyed ministering to people of diverse faiths out of her experience in a religion that celebrates all spiritual paths. She has ten years of pastoral care (chaplaincy) experience in local hospitals, including four years of training in clinical pastoral education in Shady Grove Adventist Hospital and National Institutes of Health Clinical Center. She has been practicing and teaching yoga and meditation since 1971 and is a Certified Teacher of Kundalini Yoga.
She obtained her Bachelor’s Degree from George Mason University in Spiritual Care and Development, and went on to obtain a Masters in Pastoral Counseling from Loyola College in Maryland. She enjoys the blessings of her marriage, her wonderful children and her three adorable granddaughters.