Ayurveda For Healthy Living
Donna Rixmann Ayurvedic Practitioner
About Donna
Born and Raised in St. Louis, Missouri, my husband and I moved to the Sacramento area (El Dorado Hills) in 1993.

After college, I worked in health care for 10 years in an administrative position. I went back to University during this time and got my MA in Health Services Management.

I then changed careers and spent several years with Xerox as a Sales Rep and then as a Stockbroker.. Upon moving to California, I had the opportunity to re-invent myself and use my sales skills to teach non-profit board members how to ask for money. I wanted to make a difference.

I was later recruited as the President of a new nonprofit in El Dorado County. It was during this time that I discovered Yoga. It made a tremendous impact on me as I had been searching all my life for my calling. To have found it finally was a thrill. The icing on the cake was that the knowledge that I was learning was making a positive difference in the lives of others. All I had to do was share it, and I do.

Since then, the path has taken me on an incredible personal journey. I have taken over 1000+ hours of yoga teacher training here and in India. Yoga led me to Yoga Therapy (600+ hrs) where I began working with individuals with Parkinson’s and MS.

Yoga Therapy led me to Ayurveda when I realized that Ayurveda completed the package (2000+ hrs). Because we humans are so complex and consequently, healing needs to occur on many levels. Ayurveda views the individual as being unique and multi-dimensional. There is no ‘one size fits all’ in Ayurveda.

Ayurveda is about finding this unique balance by increasing our awareness of how we are feeling mentally, physically through mindfulness and felt-senses (ie: how does my tummy feel after eating a piece of pizza?). If we do not have that self-awareness, and continue habits that result in discomfort, disease is the price we pay. Let me be clear that Ayurveda is not about treating disease. Disease though, is an indicator of imbalance that needs to be addressed through viewing everything we do, what we eat, how we spend our time, our daily schedule, our emotional challenges as contributing to either further imbalance or a return to balance and….health.

Degrees & Certifications

Ayurvedic Practitioner - NAMA Certified - Mount Madonna Institute
Ayurvedic Master’s Program - Currently Enrolled
Ayurvedic Health Practitioner - Mount Madonna Institute
Ayurvedic Diploma - California College of Ayurveda
Ayurvedic Massage & Body Therapy
Ayurvedic Specialty Training (continuing education) in the area of Digestive Issues
Bachelor’s of Science in Education
Master’s of Art in Health Services Management
Yoga Therapist - IAYT Certified - American Viniyoga Institute - Gary Kraftsow
Ayurvedic Yoga Therapist - IAYT Recognized
E-RYT 500 - Experienced Yoga Instructor at the highest level - Yoga Alliance
YACEP - Yoga Alliance Recognized as a Teacher of Teachers.
Restorative Yoga Certification - Judith Lasater