Annapurna Woman: Sukhdev Jackson

Portrait of the Annapurna Woman is an ongoing series featuring divine women who embody the nurturing spirit of the annapurna life. Today we are honored to welcome the co-founder of musical duo Aykanna, Sukhdev Jackson.

How do you start your day?

My ideal day begins at 4.30am with a spiritual Kundalini Yoga, meditation and chanting practice. Some days, it’s a run in the mountains of Topanga. Other days it’s a chant or a song when we awake. With a two year old on my hip, it varies a lot! Staying flexible is the key for me. Always a prayer of thanks and my husband and I always tune into the morning together as well. 

What do you do when you are overwhelmed or stressed?

Eat chocolate (sometimes) AND chant, call a girlfriend who I know will uplift me. Take a hike if I have time.  I find having a good cry very healing and a way to access my heart and release stress. Make lists, lots of lists and get my head organized.

What gives you the feeling of true bliss within?

Ahh, the best is when I am sweet and in integrity with myself. When chanting I sometimes can access that bliss. When I do a good run. A connected lovemaking session ; ) Most of all though when I am good with me and in my own heart, I am good with the world.

What are you currently reading?

Buried Treasures—Guru Singh

The Healing Way of the Tao—Mantak Chia

Women, Food and God—Geneen Roth

What are you listening to right now?

Nirinjan Kaur—From Within

Nina Simone—Forever Young, Gifted and Black

Dark as night—Nahko & Medicine for the people

What is your go-to simple recipe?

Kale Salad with Avo and butternut squash in the oven

What are some simple things you do for self-care?

Cold showers / Dress nicely for the day—put on a little make up and brush my hair / Ceremony on new moon and full moon / Wrap my head when I need to focus and get still

What does nourishment look like to you?

Breathe consciously

Taking a little time every day to be with myself

Write in my journal

Show up fully present with my daughter and husband

How do you make space for play?

Go swimming or to the beach with my daughter

Dance in my front room

Read a book with my daughter

Go to the spa with a girlfriend.

Go for lunch or invite friends over for dinner.

What are some favorite mantras you cling to?

Mul Mantra

Gobindah Hari

Wah Yantee

I am peace, peace is in me

Please share some words of wisdom you’ve learned as a direct result of soulful and embodied living.

Soulful and embodied living, I love the sound of that. It's what I live for and it’s a journey. A day to day place to melt into and accept. For our nature is THAT, particularly as a woman. Truth is, I don’t feel great every single day but I know what to do to gently bring myself back to that space if I don’t feel in alignment.

Learning to be with what IS, is a gift for me. For when I offer no resistance, what I have been suffering over gently evaporates. The conscious breath brings me present, sometimes the tears may reconnect me to my soul, my heart and the song, the chant will allow me to feel the embodiment of my name: Sukhdev = Peace. 

About Sukhdev Jackson

Mother, Wife, Yogi & Musical Artist
Co-founder of Aykanna

Please enjoy this free download of The Lord's Prayer by Aykanna, compliments of Sukhdev. Read more about Sukhdev at

*All images courtesy Sukhdev Jackson.