Sadhviji was raised in a traditional, upper class, American family in Hollywood, California and graduated from Stanford University. She was completing her Ph.D. when she left America in 1996 to come and live permanently at Parmarth Niketan Ashram, on the holy banks of the Ganges river in Rishikesh, India. She has been serving the poor and needy of India since.
She took official Sanyas diksha (vows of renunciation) in June, 2000, from her guru His Holiness Swami Chidanand Saraswatiji Maharaj, marking her pledge to a life of service, renunciation, purity and devotion.
Sadhviji teaches meditation to seekers from every corner of the globe who travel to the Himalayas to learn the divine practice. She also counsels people who come looking for answers and guidance. She leads discourses and question-answer sessions on topics ranging from Indian spirituality to the bridge between science and spirituality to the keys of true happiness and meaning in daily life.
She travels across the world, in the seva of His Holiness Pujya Swamiji, giving lectures and question-answer sessions and teaching meditation. Her talks blend the knowledge and logic of the West with the insights, spirituality and wisdom of the East.
She is President of Divine Shakti Foundation, a foundation dedicated to bringing education and empowerment to poor women and children which runs free schools, women's vocational training programs and orphanages/gurukuls in India.
In addition to being the President of Divine Shakti Foundation, she also oversees the myriad humanitarian programs run by India Heritage Research Foundation, and was the Managing Editor for the monumental project of the Encyclopedia of Hinduism. She has a Ph.D in Psychology.