We had the good fortune of connecting with Vish Chatterji and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Vish, what’s one piece of conventional advice that you disagree with?
I disagree with “Just Let Go and Trust the Universe, Everything will work out the way it is supposed to.” I have been studying the Yoga and Vedic traditions of ancient India for the past 20 years, and though this piece of advice is useful, as with many things in the West, it has been taken out of context, and removed from its broader meaning. As a Coach that combines Western Management approaches with Eastern Vedic philosophy, I believe the best way to find success in life, is to set clear goals and visions, that are aligned with your innate talents and skills. So first we do some “brain” level work, to get really clear on what we want out of life or work. Then we put a solid plan into place – THEN, once that is done, we let go, and let the universe handle the details. i.e. set a clear intention, but then don’t get obsessed in micromanaging the details. By staying present, not being overly attached to daily outcomes, you can be more present and attuned to opportunities along the way that really will deliver the success you are seeking.
Alright, so for those in our community who might not be familiar with your business, can you tell us more?
I have my own Executive, Life and Business Coaching practice. I loved the coaching paradigm that I studied at UC Berkeley, and my previous studies as an MBA and an engineer. I wasn’t sure how to fit that in with my deep studies of Yoga, Vedic philosophy, Ayurveda (Mind-body medicine tradition of India), and my insight into Vedic Astrology. So though I was coaching, my business was still small, and I didn’t feel I was quite communicating what I really offered. After some deep soul-searching, and hiring an awesome marketing consultant – Stargazer Marketing Group – I realized that is the very unique combination of my skills and experience that make me standout as a coach. Once I got clear on this, and communicated it well, my business has been doing very well! I am the coach that has the business experience to understand a business problem well, but also has the mystical training to help get both the brain and the spirit to cooperate towards success. Also having the combination of multiple disciplines from Yoga to Breathwork, to Vedic Astrology, to Ayurvedic Medicine, I am able to truly support my clients from a holistic point of view. I wrote a book called “The Business Casual Yogi” – and that is who I have become, and what I help my clients become – sometimes I am called “The Shaman disguised in Business Clothes”!
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
I love the beach first and foremost – and so a trip to any of our spectacular beaches. I live near Hermosa Beach, and the vibrancy of the shops and restaurants, along with the breathtaking beauty of the beach and ocean there are energizing. Then I would visit the nearby desert and the San Bernardino mountains – i.e. getting in 3 topographies and cutlures in one trip. I do love the Santa Ynez valley near Santa Barbara for some scenic bike rides and delicious, low-key wine-tasting. Then in LA, obviously visit the main tourist spots, just to say you have been there, but then check out LA’s unique flair for food – and specifically the creative vegan restaurants such as Crossroads, Gracias Madres, Sage, Gratitude. Hit up some of the ethnic food spots – Mexican in East LA, Indian in Cerritos, Vietnamese in Westminister, Korean and Japanese in Torrance and Gardena and of course Chinese in Chinatown. I also love the trendy rooftop spots in downtown LA, and for the film buffs, a Warner Bros tour and a Sony Studios tour – a bit less touristy than Universal Studios.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
During my post-college, Himalayan wanderings in India, I met a Himalayan Yoga Master who has turned into a dear friend, teacher, mentor and co-author of our book, The Business Casual Yogi. He has grown into a world-renowned yoga teacher and spiritual guide, and founded a traditional yoga ashram in the Himalayas. His website is akhandayoga.com.