Maya Tiwari is an Ayurveda thought leader and bestselling author in the ancient wisdom-lineage of Veda Vyasa. She established the first Ayurvedic school in North America in 1981, the Wise Earth School of Ayurveda. Tiwari is also founder of the the Mother Om Mission (MOM), a charitable organization in at-risk communities in New York that transforms disease and despair into wellness and joy. An ovarian cancer survivor at age 23, she has personally helped thousands of women to heal from devastating disorders. Through her global work at Living Ahimsa, Peace Mandala, and Honor Ancestors, participants are taught to spread practices that promote inner harmony, and ancestral wellness. Maya is a regular Featured Speaker at the Parliament of the World Religions and other interfaith and holistic health conferences worldwide. Tiwari is also the recipient of the Dhanvantari Award and AAPNA’s Rishi Award for her outstanding work in Ayurvedic medicine.