We deeply admire Uschi's capacity to navigate chaos and unchartered waters with beauty, humility, and grace. Her creativity, tenacity, and dedication is mind blowing.
Uschi was raised in the rich spiritual arms of the Ojai Valley, home to Krishnamurti and the Theosophical Society. Uschi moved from Ojai, California to Varanasi, India more than 12 years ago to live her dream of working with women in rural communities. Since leaving her former fashion career with Versace, her life has unfolded and blossomed in ways she never could have imagined.
As a yogini and teacher at Lulu Bandha's with Kira Sloane, Uschi cultivated the skills and community support to launch her on her path—Founding an ethical business model with women in India, inspiring creativity and resourcefulness in a rural community, and sharing her reverence of the traditions of her chosen home with an international community.
Working initially as the head of the Krishnamurti Foundation India's Women Empowerment Unit, Uschi cultivated a training and production program within the local community. From here, Uschi gave birth to LuckyUschi, a customized clothing line that sources local textiles which are hand-dyed, handwoven, and embroidered, giving employment to Varanasi's traditional artisans. 12 years on, Uschi manages a group of artisans independently. The women she has trained and become close with make up an independent group of empowered women who are now training others. In 2021, Uschi and her community will be partnering with the Varanasi Heritage Foundation to create a safe gathering space for local women, and empower a new group of artisans.
Uschi founded Lucky Lalita/Samarasya Journeys, where she guides sacred and educational pilgrimages, and partners with international teachers to coordinate Yoga teacher trainings, and wellness retreats. Working in Varanasi, as well as other sacred sites in Northern India, Uschi and her partner Rakesh connect groups into the deep soul of India providing cultural and spiritual experiences that could only be offered by locals. Creating a safe container for transformational experiences, Samarasya Journeys offers many trips and retreats throughout the year.
In 2020 Uschi began to teach again, now online via Zoom. Combining her years of study in the texts of South Asia, and her immersion within the cultural traditions, Uschi's current passion is to share the spirituality and connected rituals of her chosen home. Focusing on her deep connection to the traditions of Shakta Tantra, and the major and minor goddesses and yoginis of India, Uschi's teaching imparts the roots of ritual practice, respect for the lineage, and expanding beyond the Asana practice into the deep heart of Yoga.
She currently resides in Varanasi, India with her beloved son Varun.