Akshi Khandelwal Bhutani: Founder, Butterfly Ayurveda
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 keen dance artist, she has over fifteen years of training in Bharatanatyam and has expressed her love for dance by studying 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.
With a passion for health & movement, and training in internal discipline, she has also been involved in martial arts ever since she was young and is currently a student at the Damo Shaolin Kung Fu School, where she trains in Qi Gong, Tai Chi and Kung Fu.
Her journey into Ayurveda began in 2012, when she discovered a book called ‘Prakriti’ by Dr. Robert Svoboda. She connected with the book deeply and was strongly affected by its content. She took to Ayurveda instantly since it gave her a deeper understanding of the body and the mind. It also reinforced her belief that self-knowledge is the greatest knowledge!
Akshi familiarised herself with Ayurveda and its ways, and read Ayurvedic texts that strengthened her understanding of the subject. She also interacted rigorously with her R&D team and came up with ways to seamlessly assimilate Ayurveda into the lives of those living in Indian cities through a range of healthy products.
In 2013, she started to put together ideas and efforts to start a research unit dedicated to Ayurvedic products for daily life. In 2014, Butterfly Ayurveda was established on paper. In 2019, she launched BA Bakery, Ayurveda inspired baking and became one of nineteen women entrepreneurs chosen from across the globe to participate in the US Fortune Mentoring Partnership Program that helped enhance her entrepreneurial skills and expertise.