I was born in a village in India. I started practicing yoga meditation at 12 years age. I left for Africa to carry out missionary work when I was 24 years old. I was involved in rural development projects and disaster relief operation in many African countries including Ethiopia and Eritrea which was considered as one of the worst famine in history. Millions of children and families in Africa starved to death due to drought, natural calamities and civil wars. I moved to the Philippines in 1991 and worked for disaster relief and rural development projects in Zambales for more than 20 years. I noticed that communities in the rural villages were trapped in the vicious cycle of poverty. They lacked access to basic needs such as food, healthcare, education etc. I meditated deeply to find out a solution and I realized my mission is to provide Ayurveda lifestyle education which is a simple, cost-effective, preventive solutions to the children, families and communities for nurturing healthy, restoring balance, alleviating poverty and building sustainable communities in the world. Shanti Institute of Ayurveda, a center for lifestyle learning was established in year 2016 with the vision of building a sustainable society in the service of humanity where people live together in love, peace and harmony without sickness and suffering.

– Sona Roy