Affiliations: RYT, FNLP, CFSP, CBNP

Short Bio: Deepa Kannan is a Yoga Acharya for over two decades, a Functional Nutritionist and a Certified Food & Spirit Practitioner. She brings together two decades of her experience in therapeutic & transformational Yoga and deep learning in Functional Medicine Nutrition to her practice Phytothrive. Functional Medicine has been listed as the No.1 trend for 2019 by the Forbes magazine and is at the forefront of cutting edge healthcare today. Phytothrive focuses on merging together the deep rationality of the Functional Medicine world with the deep symbolism of Yoga and Ancient Wisdom. Deepa brings together the masterful understanding of the human anatomy with cohesive understanding of Physiology to offer what can be classified as true bio-individual mind, body & spirit nutrition.
Deepa is a Functional Nutritionist & Founder of Phytothrive. She was the Ambassador for Food & Spirit, 2019-2020. Her articles shared by Dr Mark Hyman, MD, a 13 times New York Times Bestselling Author. Dr Hyman shared, “My friend, Deepa Kannan, explains the best ancient tools accessible to most of us at home to help support our glymphatic system.!” – Dr Mark Hyman, M.D. She also gave the Opening speech on Health Hacks at Amazon Web Services & YourStory HeathTech 2019. Has hosted a interviews with Dr Deanna Minich, a 6 time author, and Jessica Drummond, Founder of the Integrative Women’s Health Institute and several experrts in health from all over the world. She is a Writer for health articles on YourStory Media. She was also listed as the YourStory 100 Digital Influencers 2020. She is the Host of The Sleep Whisperer Podcast with guests from around the world from the cutting edge science of Functional Medicine in the West and Ancient Wisdom of the East.

Activity: Deepa wrote an article on the importance of sleep for YourStory, a prominent media house focused on the millenials and startups. The article titled Are you sleep-deprived? Here’s how a healthy diet can promote deep slumber focused on the dangers of not getting enough sleep, food triggers that impact sleep, foods that support better sleep and nutrients required. The article was quickly reshared by many more than 75 times to reach a wide audience.

Location: All India

Date of Activity: 11.8.2020

Activity: To maintain consistent focus on the importance of sleep, Deepa started the Sleep Whisperer Podcast on July 15th 2020 to feature sleep experts from all over the world. The Sleep Whisperer helps you end your confusion about sleep and provides the proper tools to positively impact your body and mind with better sleep. These tools will not only help you take charge of your sleep, they will help you take charge of your life. Sleep is the missing piece in healthcare today. It has great potential to change the health journey. This show is about helping people understand sleep, the root causes of poor sleep and how poor sleep has different root causes for different people. The Sleep Whisperer also gives you a better understanding of nutrition and cooking for better sleep, explores sleep therapies and so much more.

Do you feel like you have so much to achieve in the world, but just don’t have the energy that is required to do so? Are you someone who struggles with severe digestive challenges that drains you of whatever energy you do have? Do you suffer from anxiety that keeps you awake at night? The Sleep Whisperer can help.

If you’re struggling with poor sleep or if you’re a healthcare practitioner wanting to support your clients and patients with deeper information about sleep, you’ll learn a system-based approach built with functional medicine and ancient wisdom.

With so much changing in today’s world, it’s all the more important that we prioritize sleep. This podcast is a bridging of the East and West in every way. It brings together the cutting edge science of functional medicine from the West and ancient wisdom of the East. We also bring guests from the East and the West, in an attempt to connect globally in unison, during these trying times.

This show will bring you information across genres, coming together with the importance of sleep. As an example, you might learn something as required for your corporate life as managing time zones from a highly successful corporate head. You may also learn about the proper foods to eat to soothe a woman’s hormones for better sleep.

The Sleep Whisperer will cover a variety of the struggles and solutions of poor sleep, such as:

  • You want to be more alert, focused, creative and initiative driven, but a sudden night of terrible sleep occurs just before a major presentation and destroys that focus.
  • You think you have tried every possible sleep gimmick out there but nothing works for you.
  • You have started to believe that poor sleep is a part of who you are and it will never ever change for the better.
  • You are constantly challenged by infections of every kind that spiral you into a loop of medication, digestive destruction and deep anxiety.
  • You want to be more happy in your life with your family, but the continuous lack of sleep is making you frequently weepy or angry.
  • You have an excessive appetite and eat a lot of the wrong kinds of food because your body is forever trying to compensate for the lack of energy from poor sleep.
  • You struggle with hormonal imbalance that makes you suffer from acne, mood swings and weight gain, because your body is just plain out of whack,
  • You are a mom who just snaps at your child all day long, but know deep within yourself that it’s just not right to do so,
  • You are struggling with symptoms of early menopause that is affecting your mood, libido and energy, yet physiologically you should not be in this phase for a few more years,
  • You feel constant fatigue but nothing seems to change that,
  • You want to live a great life and know that you have great potential, but you just cannot find a way for your body to support that.

The Sleep Whisperer Podcast will continue for many years, to maintain focus on the importance of sleep.


Location: Global

Date of Activity: Began July 15th 2020 and ongoing weekly

Activity: To offer more consistent support for sleep, along with the Sleep Whisperer Podcast, Deepa started a Facebook group called the Sleep Whisperer Community. Posts are small ones to trigger members to think about their sleep, impact of sleep, root causes and ways to help. The group has more close to 700 members and it is an active community, with every post having engagement between members. It is a positive, safe and nurturing space to help people who have poor sleep or help people realize the importance of sleep.

Location: Facebook –

Date of Activity: Ongoing

Activity: In order to showcase the importance of food choices in the role of sleep, Deepa did a flipped episode of the Sleep Whisperer Podcast, taking the guest seat instead. The episode was packed with information on building the perfect sleep plate.

It included your Sleep Plate, where does the sleep plate begin, what are some of the meals that predispose you towards poor sleep, how can you build that perfect sleep plate for better sleep, how does Intermittent Fasting play a role in this, what should be the timing of dinner and the perfect sleep plate, the nighttime low carb conundrum and poor sleep, as well as restrictive or picky eating and the repercussions.

Location: Podcast Global

Date of Activity: October 20th, 2020

Submitted By: Deepa Kannan