Amir Bakian
5 min readFeb 13, 2024

The Dharma Coaching Institute announced the name change to The Highest Self Institute and expanded its offerings to include professional certifications in grounded spiritual topics, such as Soul Purpose Coaching, Spiritual Life Coaching, Embodiment Coaching, Soul Business Mastery and Human Design Coaching (coming this year).

In a world where spiritual coaching is often focused on the mind and the masculine, the Highest Self Institute takes a more feminine, grounded, body-based, and heart-centered approach.

What began as a podcast on spirituality that Sahara Rose started in 2017 went on to become the Highest Self Institute — the premier spiritual coaching institute that offers coaching certifications in a range of grounded spiritual topics, from dharma to embodiment to human design to business mastery for coaches.

With this recent expansion, the Highest Self Institute hasn’t just changed its name (previously known as the Dharma Coaching Institute). It also redefined the nature of spiritual coaching, merging Western and Eastern spiritual wisdom to help students use their personal experiences to make a difference in the world, follow their true calling, and build fulfilling spiritual coaching careers.

From the Highest Self Podcast to the Highest Self Institute

It all started in 2017 when Sahara Rose launched the Highest Self Podcast, which quickly shot to the top of the charts on iTunes with over 35 million downloads. Sahara went on to write several books on spirituality, such as Discover Your Dharma: A Vedic Guide to Finding Your Purpose, which helped thousands of people on their spiritual journey to find their life’s purpose and laid the foundation for the creation of the Dharma Coaching Institute.

Partnering with Dr. Neeta Bhushan and Ajit Nawalka, Sahara established the Dharma Coaching Institute in 2021, marking the beginning of the first certification program for Soul Purpose and Spiritual Life Coaches.

Sahara’s personal hardships, combined with Dr. Neeta’s own experiences of loss and resilience, cemented the belief that our pain is related to our life purpose and that our greatest offerings to the world lie within our greatest obstacles. This belief and the founders’ commitment to helping people transform their challenges into their greatest strengths became the driving force behind the Dharma Coaching Institute.

In the fall of 2023, the evolution continued as the institute was rebranded to the Highest Self Institute to offer a wider range of coaching certifications in various spiritual fields, such as soul purpose, spiritual life, and embodiment coaching.

Grounded in its modern and relatable approach to spirituality, the Highest Self Institute also created the first-ever dual certification that trains Soul Purpose (Dharma) and Spiritual Life Coaches. This is the only certification that integrates ancient yogic spirituality with modern online business and social media training.

The Highest Self Institute is a soul-centered and inclusive community for spiritual women looking to dive deeper into the next step of their spiritual journey or create a thriving career in the wellness and spirituality space with their purpose at the center.

The Journey to Rediscovering Your Dharma

Today, more than ever, people are waking up to the realization that a fulfilling life is about more than just a paycheck. After living life on autopilot for too long, many have lost their sense of purpose. As people are searching for a way to make a meaningful impact in the world, align their actions and lifestyles with their values, and embrace their unique gifts in their lives and careers, many embark on deep self-healing journeys, seeking to discover or recover their life purpose.

The Highest Self Institute has been created for those seeking to rediscover their “why” and reconnect with their dharma (life purpose). At the Highest Self Institute, you’ll find more than courses and certifications on Spiritual Life, Soul Purpose, and Embodiment Coaching. Aside from the spiritual wisdom and expert teachings, you’ll find a like-minded community, a sense of belonging, and a path to living in harmony with your authentic self.

The Highest Self Institute is designed to help spiritual people translate their growth and painful lessons into healing for the world, where they can transform their spiritual knowledge into fulfilling careers and where they can finally rediscover themselves in a way that feels grounded, authentic, and relatable.

If you’re on a self-healing journey towards rediscovering your dharma or you’re looking for a career change into spiritual coaching, visit the Highest Self Institute’s website and discover their coaching certifications and spiritual healing programs.

About Sahara Rose

Sahara Rose, named “the leading voice of the millennial generation into the new paradigm” by Deepak Chopra, is the co-founder of the Highest Self Institute, the best-selling author of Discover Your Dharma: A Vedic Guide to Finding Your Purpose, and the host of the Highest Self Podcast — the #1 spirituality podcast on iTunes, with over 35 million downloads and 7,000+ 5-star reviews. She is also a musical artist with an upcoming album, My Body Is An Altar.

Known for making spirituality accessible and engaging and for her expertise in dharma, sacred feminine, embodiment, and Ayurveda, Sahara has been featured on the covers of world-renowned publications, such as the Yoga Journal, Forbes, Vogue, Wall Street Journal, New York Times, and NBC.

About Dr. Neeta Bhushan

Dr. Neet Bhusha is the CEO of the Highest Self Institute and the best-selling author of multiple books, including That Sucked, Now What, endorsed by Jay Shetty. She’s also the host of The Brave Table, a top-rated mental health podcast. Her work has been featured in multiple publications, including Forbes, LA Weekly, ABC, NBC, CBS, Grazia, Ok! Magazine, Verve Magazine, and Tatler.

After realizing how trapped she felt running the million-dollar dental practice she built, Neeta traveled to 45 countries to explore the intersection between human behavior, ancient wisdom, Eastern philosophy, and therapeutic psychology. The knowledge she gained, coupled with her own personal experiences of loss and abuse, led her to develop a unique perspective on resilience and connection, which she now shares through her work.


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