Akshi Khandelwal : Founder, Butterfly Ayurveda
Akshi started Butterfly Ayurveda in 2014, with the view to integrate health into people's daily lives. Being ever enthusiastic to put together the company, and a visionary in her approach, she has worked over the years to learn more and more about the business and what it takes to run an organisation. Always having found roots of health in raw, organic and natural sources of foods, medicine and ways of life, Ayurveda, as a science, had always intrigued her since years before. Her experience in dance, and other somatic practices has only helped her delve deeper into the subject. She was selected as one of the 19 women entrepreneurs to be part of the US Fortune Mentoring Partnership Program in 2019, which helped her to enhance her entrepreneurial expertise.
Ayurveda has given her a deeper understanding of the body and the mind. It has helped her in her own journey of healing and transformation.
In 2013, she had started to put together ideas and efforts to start a research unit dedicated to Ayurvedic products for lifestyle related disorders. In 2014, Butterfly Ayurveda was established on paper. In 2019, she launched BA Bakery, Ayurveda inspired baking.
Akshi finished her schooling at Welham Girls’ School, Dehradun, and went on to graduating in Economics Honours from Hansraj College, Delhi University in 2006, and did her Masters in International and Development Economics from Yale University, U.S.A. in 2008.
After her return to India, she worked with micro-finance institutions like BASIX, and research organisations like CMF (Centre for Microfinance). She also worked in rural parts of Rajasthan, Orissa and Maharashtra where she was involved in a project that helped migrant labourers successfully transfer money to their families, and women to save money for their family’s well being.
A Bharatanatyam dancer, with over fifteen years of training, she has studied Dance, Movement & Performance Arts first at Attakkalari Centre for Movement Arts, Bangalore and then at a Japanese Contemporary Performance Art school in Dharamsala, Himachal Pradesh. She has conducted workshops, organised international festivals, participated in international dance residency programs and also run her own dance studio by the name of Quiet House.
Along with a passion for health & dance, she is a martial arts student at the Damo Shaolin Kung Fu School, where she trains in Qi Gong, Tai Chi and Kung Fu.