Jagatjoti Khalsa is the Managing Director of Heyoka, a multidiscipline creative and strategic firm.Prior to founding Heyoka, Jagatjoti co-owned Tara Home, a retail chain of furniture stores which he and his partner sourced and manufactured in India, China, Tibet, Mongolia and Thailand. Jagatjoti operated full manufacturing facilities in both China and India. He developed his career in the natural foods industry at KIIT, the parent company of Yogi Tea, Golden Temple, and Akal Security. Starting as an intern at Yogi Tea, he eventually landed on their five-person corporate management team where he assisted the KIIT companies in their growth, from $125MM to nearly $350MM at the time of his exit.
Jagotjoti helped to move Yogi Tea from the third tea in Natural Foods category to number one. Additionally, he assisted in laying the strategy for the long-term branding development and marketing campaigns for all the Golden Temple brands, including Golden temple granola, Peace Cereals and Sweet Home amongst others. He helped pioneer Yogi Tea into the first fully-organic medicinal tea line by building with their partner company ForesTrade by sourcing ingredients for brands such as Oregon Chai, Smuckers, Frontier Co-Op, Seeds of Change/Masterfoods/Mars, Spice Hunter, General Mills to name a few. He was the president of Sprout Foods, a baby food concern developed and launched by Max MacKenzie and his best friend Tyler Florence.
Jagatjoti resides in Portland, Oregon with his wife Sat Kaur Khalsa and his daughter Pritam. He is the author of Altar Your Space, a guide to the restorative home and a photography book, I'm Down with You, which features the beauty and lovingness in the eyes of those with Down syndrome.
Touched my heart deeply
After reading this book, my eyes and heart are open and filled with love. What amazing gifts these beautiful souls give to our world. Thank you for bringing this to our attention and showing us how we are all connected.
Deep Spiritual awakening
My son was an infant when this TRULY MAGICAL book was being captured on film by an enlightened, peaceful soul from outside the DS community. We dropped by to join the fun for one of the photoshoot days and left profoundly healthier and with a lighter load on our hearts--beaming with pride and hope for our family and the world.
That healing energy and unfaltering, calm, steady love oozes out of the binding in this book if you are lucky enough like me to have a bound copy. My son with Down syndrome ADORES leafing through the beautiful pages and imitating the poses and smiles of these amazing people and families. We hope to continue to meet and add more signatures to as many pages as we can.
Beautifying the world one photo and caption at a time! Thank you ever so much for this true treasure to our community and the world. I agree wholeheartedly with your preface that people and books like this gem do bring world peace closer and every step counts!
From our heart
We were very lucky to create this book and project. For over a year I traveled amongst the community of Down syndrome and what I found was lives spent dwelling in the moment, loving without hierarchy and a clear desire to have everyone succeed. While I had no personal involvement with this community, had never known anyone nor someone in my family connected to this community, with open arms they welcomed me and within these pages I share their stories, sweet faces and you get to see that the Other Person is You.
I hope that you will enjoy my journey and make it part of yours. As I wrote on my website, “ Since I was a young boy, my parents and teachers told me to stop staring and look away. This is my homage to what I had missed.”