Vaishali Patel has been teaching Gujarati language and culture to adults and children since 2002.
Growing up in Baroda, India and immigrating permanently to the United States at age 16, Vaishali is uniquely positioned with a view into the best of both worlds.
Living in an extended Gujarati family inspired Vaishali to pass along the value of her homeland traditions to her own 2 children by teaching them and others in the community.
Her outreach programs have since expanded to include Live Zoom Gujarati, Hindi, and Punjabi Classes, an online course that can be done at your own pace, learning tools such as the Gujarati and Hindi Memory Games, Gujarati Alphabet Flashcards, Tales of Krishna and Ramayana and Clothing of India available on Amazon, all developed to enhance a deeper understanding of Desi culture and relationships with our extended family.
We are a small team of women dedicated to bringing the joy to preserving Desi culture and guiding Sanskar Teaching to reach as many as possible around the world.
And we absolutely adore our beautiful Founder, Vaishaliben.
SIRI KAY JOSTAD
Siri met Vaishali when their kids were at the Waldorf School of San Diego. She brought her experience in the film industry and as a writer and marketing to the business of her dear friend. Besides loving all things Indian, Siri is a traveler at heart.
Meghan is a creative force for Sanskar Teaching. Currently studying Fashion design at Savannah College of Art and Design, she applies her knowledge of color and balance alongside the vibrant Indian Culture to create beautiful graphics and brand designs.
Tori brings an enthusiasm to learn and grow the Sanskar vision. She is a graduate of the University of California, Santa Cruz, where she studied Business Management. Now she dedicates her skills in marketing and digital entrepreneurship to our team. She also dabbles in photography and loves to travel!
Megan is a graduate from Brigham Young University where she cultivated an entrepreneurial mindset while studying Advertising. Wanting to slip into the design world, she taught herself all she knows to add a measure of creativity to her marketing background.
Zalak was born in India and grew up in Phoenix, Arizona in a traditional Gujarati family. Every summer, her mom would sit her and her brother down to practice Gujarati, it was her way of keeping them connected to their roots.
Gargi learned Gujarati from Vaishaliben herself when she was young in the local temple. Ever since she has been in love with the language! She enjoys reading spiritual books, cooking vegan recipes and garba. She also works as an ad-tech strategist.
Raised in Mumbai in a big Kutchi joint family, and being the first grandchild, Krupa was infused with a deep understanding and appreciation for her roots. Krupa is also a fashion designer and a vegetarian food blogger.
Staying conntected to Hindi and Gujarati tradition plays a major role in Suhangi's daily life, being African-born, Indian-raised, and Canadian-living. She loves garba, Navratri, evening aarti, sweet dishes, family phone calls, new clothes, Gujarati new year, Diwali and of course fireworks!
Anushi was born in Mumbai and grew up in a very cultured household in New Jersey. She is professionally trained in Bharatanatyam and Kathak, and has been dancing for 29 years. She holds degrees in marketing and psychology from Drexel University.
Neetu was raised in New Delhi, India in a traditional family that is both Hindi and Punjabi, exposing her to both religions and cultures. She moved to Canada as a teen and studied Finance and Marketing. When she had children she realized how important it is to teach them her language.
A scientist by profession, Riddhi was born and raised in Gujarat, India, moving to the US in 2011. Becoming a parent opened her eyes to the importance of preserving her native culture. Now she helps other parents realize the same vision by bringing her talents to teaching language and culture with Sanskar.
NEERALI SHAH JOSHI
Meghana grew up in Mumbai speaking Hindi. Now, a doctor by trade, she lives in the United States, knows Bhartnathyam and is also learning Hindustani classical singing and sharing her love for language and culture with Sanskar Teaching.
Neerali was born in Baroda, Gujarat and grew up in a Gujarati speaking household. At the age of 15, she moved to the US with family. In college, she tutored a few of her friends who were born in Gujarati families in the US and wanted to brush up on their Gujarati speaking skills. She enjoys singing, dancing, reading spiritual books and staying active. She works for a non-profit organization and holds a master’s degree in Public Health (MPH).
My love for Gujarati started with learning the names of foods and spices in Gujarati. I was so excited to practice, I would spend all day in the kitchen with my mom. I have always made an active effort to incorporate our beautiful language & traditions into my life. My academic successes and pursuance of a career in medicine was just as important as understanding who I am, and where my family comes from.
Born and raised in Baroda, Gujarat, Lipi grew up speaking Gujarati alongside Hindi and Marathi. This led her to a career fusing her design study to her interest in the Gujarati language, and written script. By day, she draws and develops fonts for Gujarati, and other scripts. Now she hopes to go one step further sharing love of her native tongue, and it’s letters, with young minds directly so they don’t miss out!
Born and raised in Ahmedabad, Gujarat, India, Zankhana is a microbiologist by profession and loves teaching! She grew up in a household with 15 members learning a lot about culture and language from her elders--Bhajans and Shlokas from her maternal grandparents and a desire to read a lot of Gujarati literature shared with her paternal grandfather. She moved to the US in 2000 where she married and now has 2 children of her own.
Pallavi grew up in North India and has been living in the USA for the past 13 years. She did her Masters in Public health from Des Moines University, USA. Hindi is her native language and she brings her experience of teaching students of different ages. Pallavi is a mother of two. As an Indian mother, she understands the importance of our Indian culture and wishes to pass this on to our future generations.
Shraddha was born in Ahmedabad. She studied fashion design at NIFT, Gandhinagar and has worked in the garment industry in Mumbai, New York City and London.
Currently she is a stay at home mom, having fun with her 2 children. For her, it’s always a joy to learn a new language.
Gujarati language, food and celebrating Indian festivals help her feel closer to home – wherever she is,
Kesar learned to speak, read, and write Gujarati from Vaishali Masi herself before Sanskar Teaching was founded! Raised in Southern California in a loving extended Gujarati family, the bhajans, shlokas, folk songs, and vartaas her grandparents and parents shared with her instilled a deep curiosity to understand her cultural roots. She recently received her undergrad degree in psychology and will begin her graduate training in acupuncture and TCM this fall.