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Saraswati Pottekkatt

United States
Speaks English
Certified Trainer since 2020

Saraswati (they/them | Ohlone land/CA) is studying to be a Buddhist chaplain specializing in somatic & mental health. They are interested in an embodied mindfulness which connects us to our true selves, each other, and the natural world.

Here are some of the programs they have studied/are studying:

- They are studying Buddhist philosophy through the 6-year Master's Program in Sutra & Tantra, chaplaincy at the Union Theological Seminary & Yangti Yoga, and traditional Tibetan medical science (Sowa Rigpa).

- Saraswati is a certified Nonviolent Communication (NVC) trainer, and has studied Somatic Abolitionism (Resmaa Menakam) & Somatic Extimacyⓒ (Dr Kesha Fikes) to support building personal resilience against systemic trauma and authentic relationships across racial differences.

- Saraswati trained in Tramatic-Stress (Dr Bessel van der Kolk), and are a certified Coherence Coach (Dr Bruce Ecker) using neuroscience & memory reconsolidation to support healing from developmental trauma. They are a student of a few somatic modalities: Somatic Experiencingⓒ (Dr Peter Levine), Somatic EMDR, as well as Somatic Sex Education & Sexological Bodywork & Sex Therapy (California Institute of Integral Studies). Saraswati is a receipient of the Lenz Foundation 2024 Women Leaders in Buddhism Grant for their work in teaching how healing from developmental trauma is a path to liberation.

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TRAINING FOCUS:

  • Counseling & Coaching
  • Mind-Body-Spirit
  • Social Change

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