Total years in practice: 5
A Passion for Healthy, Mindful Eating & Ayurveda
Meredith Klein, the founder of Pranaful, is a Los Angeles-based private chef and Ayurvedic Health Counselor who is passionate about helping individuals experience radical transformation through the practices of meditation and healthy, mindful eating. She creates internationally-inspired, Ayurvedically-influenced organic cuisine, and offers workshops and retreats in addition to 1-on-1 consultations.
Meredith's food is regularly showcased at yoga and mindful living events across the country. She provides food for private parties and events in addition to offering personal chef services. Meredith has taught classes and workshops at Google's Los Angeles office, festivals including Wanderlust and Lightning in a Bottle, UCLA, and UC-Berkeley, in addition to offering her own cooking retreats. She is the creator of an award-winning organic vegan frozen yogurt and has consulted with other restaurants and cafes in Los Angeles for the design of healthy vegan and vegetarian menu options.
Meredith is the author of Kitchen Ritual: Recipes to Inspire the Art & Practice of Mindful Cooking, and her recipes are also featured in the book by Wanderlust founder Jeff Krasno, Find Your True Fork.
A student of Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh, Meredith teaches meditation at retreats and workshops, in addition to offering mindfulness-based life coaching.
An avid yoga practitioner, Meredith cultivates the same sense of mindfulness and meditation she experiences on her yoga mat in her culinary endeavors. Through her keen interest in and study of Ayurveda, she integrates ancient healing principles into her menu design. She has, likewise, been influenced in the kitchen by Buddhist teachings transmitted by her primary teacher, Thich Nhat Hanh, and through her studies with Zen chef and monk Edward Espe Brown. Meredith is a member of The Center for Mindful Eating and is an ordained member of the Order of Interbeing, Thich Nhat Hanh’s core community of lay practitioners.
Along with her skills in the kitchen, Meredith brings to the table a keen business sensibility, after having spent nearly a decade in human resources and management consulting, working with some of the world’s largest and most innovative companies. Meredith enjoys taking her passions into corporate settings, offering workshops on mindfulness and mindful eating at companies around Los Angeles, including Google and other smaller technology start-ups.
In addition to her professional work, Meredith shares her love of yoga and meditation with underserved communities in the Los Angeles area. She currently coordinates a group of practitioners who offer mindfulness practice in the L.A. County juvenile hall, in addition to serving as an advisor for Green Tree Yoga & Meditation Foundation in South Los Angeles, a studio that aims to dissolve barriers to access for quality yoga instruction.
Meredith regularly teaches about Ayurveda and nutrition for various yoga teacher training, including the B. Free Hot Yoga Training, Soulplay Yoga, and Green Tree Yoga & Meditation's 200-hour training program, and also is on the staff of Shakti School, Katie Silcox’s online Ayurveda program.