About Kiran Gaind

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Kiran has always been passionate about social change, serving people, building community, investing time and energy into her own self development and spiritual growth, and taking on new challenges with enthusiasm, determination and optimism.

She has developed solid listening, counseling, parenting, teaching, consulting, strategizing, curriculum design, project management, meditation, yoga, reflective, writing, entrepreneurial and executive coaching skills, which have all contributed naturally to her starting her own business as a life coach for modern moms.

Kiran grew up in upstate New York, the daughter of entrepreneurial immigrant parents who experienced impressive business success for many years, followed by the traumas of divorce and bankruptcy when Kiran was in high school and college. From her parents’ experiences she learned courage, strength and passion to follow dreams despite the risks involved.

the daughter of entrepreneurial immigrant parents who experienced impressive business success for many years

Kiran attended Cornell University where she majored in Government and Women’s Studies, receiving her BA in 1994.

She put herself through college, working 2-3 jobs at a time. During this phase of life, she learned perseverance, came to value social justice movements and taught herself she could accomplish anything she put her mind to, against insurmountable odds.

After college, Kiran spent time in her hometown volunteering as a 24 hour crisis counselor on a hotline for battered women sponsored by the YWCA and interned at Legal Aid. At this time she learned to listen deeply to people’s stories with compassion and insight.

Kiran spent the next 12 years teaching high school history to inner city youth in San Francisco’s Excelsior and Mission districts as well as in East Oakland.

Kiran moved to San Francisco in 1995 and was a paralegal for two years in SSI/Social Security law when she followed a deep intuition which guided her to let go of her law school plans and instead pursue a history teaching credential at San Francisco State University.

Kiran studied Spanish in Oaxaca, Mexico the summer before her credential program started.

Kiran spent the next 12 years teaching high school history to inner city youth in San Francisco’s Excelsior and Mission districts as well as in East Oakland.

Kiran moved to San Francisco in 1995 and was a paralegal for two years in SSI/Social Security law when she followed a deep intuition which guided her

During her time at Mission High School, she had the amazing good fortune to be involved in a successful Gates Foundation-funded, Stanford University-supported school redesign effort which led to breakthrough results for Mission student’s college attendance rates.

This incredible school reform experience led her to a district leadership position in Austin, TX and to begin consulting and coaching leaders of low performing schools in San Jose, CA to turn around their school performance in one year’s time.

In 2012 Kiran participated in the Parenting by Connection certification course with Hand in Hand Parenting in Palo Alto.

During her tenure as an urban school teacher and reform leader, Kiran developed solid mindfulness and loving kindness (metta) meditation and yoga practices which grounded her daily interactions in patience and often allowed for compassionate insight into the suffering of others.

After her first daughter turned 1 year old in 2010, Kiran left the workaday world of an employee and decided to become certified as an integral coach at New Ventures West in San Francisco.

She started Ray of Light Coaching in 2011 in San Francisco, took a hiatus when her second daughter was born in summer of 2012 and is relaunching her practice now, in 2013, in Palo Alto.

In 2012 Kiran participated in the Parenting by Connection certification course with Hand in Hand Parenting in Palo Alto.

She started Ray of Light Coaching in 2011 in San Francisco, took a hiatus when her second daughter was born

Kiran lives on a quiet street in a beautiful light-filled home in South Palo Alto with her loving husband and two adorable daughters.

Becoming a Mom, and dedicating her life to serving other Moms, have brought her profound joy and satisfaction.

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