Donna D’Cruz is a DJ’ing meditation guru with a passion for inner peace
Written by Stephanie Sporn
By day, she’s managing her company and teaching meditation. By night, she’s spinning everything from flamenco to funk at the coolest clubs in town. Meet sensualist, spirituality and meditation guru Donna D’Cruz, the founder of Rasa Living, a lifestyle company whose motto is to “Elevate Your Spirit, Stimulate Your Senses, Awaken Your Style.” With her husband, Tom Silverman of legendary hip-hop and electronic label Tommy Boy Entertainment, friends like Rosario Dawson and collaborators like Deepak Chopra by her side, D’Cruz is a true powerhouse.
Born in South India and raised in Australia, D’Cruz grew up in a musically inclined household, steeped in faith and tradition. However, it wasn’t until she was 17 that she decided to begin meditation. With ambition, curiosity and an encyclopedic knowledge of music and sound, D’Cruz made her way to New York about 16 years ago where she founded record label Rasa Music.
In 2010 D’Cruz DJ-ed for Phoenix House, a drug and alcohol rehabilitation organization in the Hamptons. Moved by two individuals who candidly shared their stories of addiction and recovery, D’Cruz reached out to Phoenix House to inquire about a wellness program the next day. Three years later, D’Cruz’s meditation classes went public at The Standard, High Line, where she teaches two to three times a month. With a picturesque view of the sunset over the Hudson River, D’Cruz’s late afternoon classes are extra-Zen. And, to encourage people to try meditation and practice regularly, classes are free.