Aveen Banich is a board certified ophthalmologist, writer, certified yoga teacher and reiki master. She is also mother to four young children and a dynamic facilitator who offers workshops on yoga, meditation and self-empowerment. Her interest lies in blending contemporary spirituality and integrative healing practices into modern life.
After more than a decade of pushing forward, balancing a high-powered medical career with the demands of motherhood, Aveen realized that though she had crossed many things off her list of goals, her life still felt as if something was missing. Though she had “arrived,” she still felt lost. She craved something more, but didn’t know what it was.
This is when life became truly interesting. Aveen began to see and hear beyond the reality she had known until this moment. Her mind and heart were stretched past what she had considered possible as startling visions and imagery overtook her time and time again. These mystical and transformative experiences were at first deeply unsettling—her background in science forced her to ask the toughest of questions: “am I going crazy?”—But as she learned to view these experiences as transmissions of wisdom, teachings that would forever alter how she moved through her world and interacted with others, her life shifted into a daily experience of color, magic and wonder.
Aveen is a life-long learner. She received a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature and a Bachelor of Science in Biology from University of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana. She then went on to receive her Medical Degree from Loyola Stritch School of Medicine and completed her post-graduate work at University of Chicago and Loyola.
For ten years she practiced ophthalmology at Loyola University Medical System and Mayo Clinic Health System.
Her personal development background includes participation in various circles and trainings with leading authors/teachers including: Joan Borysenko PhD, Panache Desai, Judith Blackstone PhD and Gary Kraftsow. She has studied reiki and became a reiki master with her teacher Lisa Thelen in 2012. Aveen completed her 230-hour yoga teacher training at the Yoga Center of Minneapolis and currently teaches in their teacher-training program. Aveen also participated in a three contemplative journey at the Christine Center entitled, “Spiritual Deepening for Global Transformation.”
In addition, she is seriously addicted to books and lively discussions with amazing people. Some of her favorite things include making soup, practicing yoga, taking walks and hugging her family. Aveen is living a charmed life in Eau Claire, Wisconsin.
What others say about Aveen:
“I often find myself recommending Aveen Banich to others for spiritual healing, yoga and reiki. She truly has a depth to her that goes deep beyond words. She is unbelievably intuitive and I find her spirit to be quite nourishing to my soul. After an hour with her, I feel refreshed, renewed and just downright happier. She has the gift to connect. She is so human and at the same time so wise beyond her years. She is a gift to many! I am so grateful to have come to know her.”
-Tina Frank owner of Positive Living Eau Claire.