We had the good fortune of connecting with Tulsi Bagnoli M.A. and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Tulsi, we’d love to hear about how you approach risk and risk-taking

I would say that risk taking has been an integral contribution to most success I’ve experienced in life, both personally and professionally. Since I was twenty I knew that I wanted to dedicate my life in service to others and with that came the thirst to make what I love what I do for a living.

I’m a firm believer in the perspective that there’s no such thing as a failure or mistake if one can learn from their experiences. With the odds against me, I set out to teach yoga and meditation professionally and knew deep down that the journey would be worth it, no matter how long it took.

After teaching full time for fifteen plus years and spending most of those years leaning into uncertainty — I can truly say that sticking to my heart’s deepest calling, through the ups and downs and many moments of taking risks, both big and small, has landed me right where I had longed to be.

What should our readers know about your business?

I’m a second generation Vedic Astrologer and never set out with the intention of sharing astrology professionally. One of my first memories was watching my Father prepare a chart by hand. I was always intrigued and mesmerized by the stories and mythology of the stars. I grew up studying the planets and constellations out of pure joy and passion and still do today. In University I was eventually asked by others to look at their charts. Over the years this turned into a common experience that progressed into requests for classes and workshop offerings. It was almost as if I became an astrologer by the requests of those that surrounded me.

One of the greatest things I’ve learned about dharma or one’s highest aligned purpose, is when there is something driving you so deeply, it doesn’t really matter what obstacles present themselves, that calling keeps one foot moving in front of the other. This is what I would say sets your purpose aside from what you may do for a living.

I am passionate about showing leaders, creatives, change makers, and seekers what they’re made of and unlocking their highest purpose through the ancient, sister sciences of Jyotish (Vedic Astrology), Ayurveda and Yoga. Please feel free to reach out if you have any questions or would like to book a private consultation and talk about YOU. I look forward to serving you along the path.

Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
I’d take my bestie to Sunlife Organics, Westward beach and Nobu in Malibu. We’d go for an early morning hike at Malibu Creek State park and visit the Malibu Hindu Temple. We’d explore the Calabasas Farmers market and eat at Topanga Living Cafe and Endless Color in the Canyon. I’d take her roller skating on the Venice Boardwalk, have coffee at Deus Ex Machina, shop at Erewhon Market and eat at Cafe Gratitude. We’d go for a spin class at Equinox gym, sip coffee at Café Ruisseau, surf the waves in Santa Monica, dinner at Chateau Marmont and brunch at the Ivy.

The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I’d say the greatest support, love and encouragement that has inspired me to be the women I am today, has come from the most extraordinary women I know — my Mother, Gail. She has illuminated my path every step of the way. From teaching me yoga and Transcendental Meditation, to always nudging me to go for what I truly desire or something even higher. She taught me to show up fully and be flexible — to follow my heart and commit to that path no matter what obstacles presented themselves. She engrained within me the importance of tending to my roots, to my inner Self and continues to encourage me to do my best, as my most authentic self and know that this will always be enough. Thank you Mom, I’m not sure where I’d be without your love and support. Loving you immensely.

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