Sadhvi Bhagawati was raised in a traditional, upper class, American family in Hollywood, California and graduated from Stanford University. She left America in 1996 to live at Parmarth Niketan Ashram, on the banks of the Ganges river in Rishikesh, India.
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.
Sadhvi Bhagawati teaches meditation to seekers from every corner of the globe who travel to the Himalayas to learn the practice. She also counsels people who come looking for answers and guidance. 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 also the International Director of Youth Education Services, a charitable program that sponsors and runs free schools and orphanages in India.
In addition to being the director of educational programs, she also serves in a variety of capacities at Parmarth Niketan and for India Heritage Research Foundation. She has a Ph.D in Psychology.