MUM doctoral student Sankari Wegman (photo by Juliet Jarmosco)
Sankari giving a talk about the Ayurvedic daily routine at MUM
Taking the pulse of a patient
With her husband, MUM PhD graduate Keith Wegman, and children Jayanta and Uma
Sankari Wegman – Creating a New Paradigm for Medicine
Sankari Wegman was born in Bangalore, India, and grew up in Baltimore, Maryland. Since she was eight years old, she had wanted to become a doctor. However, after completing her undergraduate degree in biology and premed, she found something was lacking from the study of medicine. The long hours and late-night studying didn’t seem conducive to the health of a future physician, whose job was to heal others. So instead of applying to medical school, Sankari secured a scholarship for a PhD program in bioethics at the University of Kansas, Lawrence.
A few months before the start of her PhD track, Sankari’s father suggested that they check out MUM on the way to Kansas. They attended a Visitors Weekend, and MUM captured Sankari’s heart. She learned the Transcendental Meditation® technique right away, and three months later she enrolled at MUM to study Maharishi AyurVeda®.
“I completely enjoyed my time studying at MUM,” said Sankari. “It was incredible for me to incorporate the daily routine and Transcendental Meditation effortlessly into my every day.” Her profound experiences with the TM® program inspired her to complete the TM-Sidhi® program and the Transcendental Meditation Teacher Training Course within two years. She graduated in 2004 with a master’s degree in Maharishi AyurVeda.
Since then, Sankari has been giving Pulse Diagnosis consultations at The Raj Ayurveda Health Spa and has been teaching Maharishi AyurVeda classes at Maharishi School and MUM. She also serves on the board of directors of Maharishi School.
Currently, Sankari is completing her doctoral dissertation at MUM, creating a Maharishi AyurVeda curriculum for medical schools. “I think it’s so important, because that’s where I started,” she said. “I wanted to become a doctor, but there was such a fragmented approach to medicine. With integrated knowledge of Ayurveda, doctors can understand the subtle layers of the physiology and the connection to consciousness.”
In addition to her passion for the science of health, Sankari also has creative pursuits. She choreographs Indian dance performances and crafts one-of-a-kind greeting cards.