I feel deeply fortunate to be blessed by many truly remarkable people – teachers and friends.

None of us can blossom into our best selves without being touched by others.
When we’re looking to grow, we find ourselves guided by the unique qualities of those we are close to, those we look to for wisdom, knowledge, encouragement and to demonstrate what is possible in life, health and being.

If I size people up in the usual way, everyone’s human. No person is “perfect.” And yet, if I look for the perfection in every person– suddenly, such value to discover!

When I’m hungry to learn, the perfect people seem to show up and reach right into my life to give their perfect gift! Abundant perfection to learn from, connect to, be nourished and delighted by!

From this perspective, I offer my heartfelt gratitude to the perfection in all who’ve been in my life – to teach, influence, push and guide me, right up ‘til today.


My exquisitely intelligent mother, Pat Bearden – my first and primary guru!
My Marlboro man father, BHQ
My taller-than-me little sister, Kaitlin Quistgaard
My forever-honored elder sister, Marit
My forever-treasured adopted brother, Sanju Aniyan
My son, Gabe Goreham

Jorge Rivero
Bhagavan Nityananda
Swami Muktananda
Swami Achyutananda
His holiness the Dalai Lama
Gurumayi Chidvilasananda
Swami Nityananda
Tai Situ Rinpoche
Chagdud Tulku Rinpoche

Mrs. Coops
Billie Antipa
Lori Labby
Diane Anderson
Eugene Shepherd
Vinod Agarwal
Balasubramonian Potti

Werner Erhard
Stewart Emery
Byron Katie
Sally Kempton
Hema Patankar

Jean Klein
Francis Lucille

Marc Halpern
David Frawley
Robert Svoboda
Swamini Mayatitananda

Erich Schiffman
Seane Corn
Michele Herbert
Melanie Sachs
Lynda Paulson

My malayalee mom, Amma
My sister-in-law, Bindu G. Nair
My neices A & A & M
The family at Kodipuram and Thittamangalam

Pearl S. Buck
Clarissa Pinkola Estes
Chellis Glendinning
Jack Kornfield

And so many more –this list is ever-growing!

To your perfection, I offer my gratitude and my love,

Niika Quistgard, CAS, Ayurveda for Women