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Alexandra DeSiato, E-RYT 500

Alexandra, became a mama at age 35, after years of having a dedicated Yoga practice. Her passion is supporting women through their whole motherhood journey, with specific emphasis on the postnatal period. Alexandra recognizes that our culture emphasizes pregnancy, but often leaves postnatal women without necessary information and support. She teaches Yoga, Pilates, regular postnatal Yoga workshops, and she’s fascinated with the relationship between core strength, pelvic floor health, and hip stability in the postnatal body. www.WholeMamaYoga.com

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Amani Murray, E-RYT 500

Amani has an ability to ignite, inspire, and uplift her students while maintaining the core teachings of the Eight Limbed path of Yoga. Her classes are both challenging and light-hearted, holding space for students to breathe, move, and evolve. Amani’s journey started after discovering a love for Yoga at a young age. Her path brought her to her first Yoga teacher training at the Asheville Yoga Center. In 2002, under the guidance of Stephanie Keach, Amani completed her first teacher training. Through the ongoing and energizing passion for Yoga and teaching, Amani completed ongoing training (500 RYT) with an emphasis…

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Amrita Sandra McLanahan, M.D.

Dr. McLanahan is a graduate with high honors of Swarthmore College, and she has an M.D. from Wayne University and a family practice specialty from the University of Massachusetts. For twenty years, she served as director of stress management for Dr. Dean Ornish’s research, using Yoga and lifestyle changes to reverse heart disease and cancer. She now practices integrative medicine at Yogaville. Dr. McLanahan has made multiple study trips to India and Asia, where she visited centers that use Yoga and other natural means to prevent and treat disease. She is the co-author of the book, Surgery and Its Alternatives and…

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Amy Weintraub, E-RYT 500, C-IAYT, MFA, YACEP

Amy is the founder of the LifeForce Yoga Healing Institute and has been a pioneer in the field of Yoga and mental health for over twenty years. She is the author of Yoga for Depression (Broadway Books), Yoga Skills for Therapists: Effective Practices for Mood Management (W.W. Norton), and numerous articles and book chapters.  She offers professional trainings and workshops for mental health and Yoga professionals and speaks at medical and psychological conferences internationally. She is involved in ongoing research on the effects of Yoga on mood.  Amy’s evidence-based LifeForce Yoga protocol is in use in healthcare settings worldwide and is featured…

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Anna Neiman Passalacqua

Anna Neiman Passalacqua has been working with eating disorders, weight loss, and body image populations for 11 years in private practice and through Peaceful Weight Loss™ and Being at Peace with Food retreats and seminars. She is the co-author of At Home With Peaceful Weight Loss and is the main teacher of Transformation, a 9-month course in Peaceful Weight Loss™. She maintains a private Yoga therapy practice in Northampton, MA, and works with a variety of issues. She is also co-director of the Breathing Deeply Yoga Therapy school.

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Aramati Akke Hulburt, E-RYT 500

Aramati Akke Hulburt has been a student of Yoga since 1973 and has been teaching Yoga since 1988.  Aramati has been involved with Integral Yoga Intermediate Teacher Training from 2001–2010. She is certified as a massage therapist and a structural Yoga therapist by Mukunda Stiles. Aramati achieved an understanding of movement potentials and how to make full range of motion accessible by teaching 8-12 weekly Yoga classes to participants ranging from high school students to seniors, as well as in therapeutic settings. Aramati is an anatomy geek and loves to share that enthusiasm by kindling that excitement in you. See more…

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Aruna Patki, BAMS, LMBT, NCBTMB, RYT 200

Aruna began her studies in Ayurveda at an early age and earned a Bachelor of Ayurvedic Medicine and Surgery (B.A.M.S.), at the Ayurvedic Government College of Ayurveda at Swami Rama Nand University, Maharashtra State, India. She continued her postgraduate studies in Panchakarma, an Ayurveda course of study, from Tilak College of Ayurveda at Pune University, Maharashtra State, India. She is a Yoga teacher and has practiced Yoga since 1995. Aruna is also a Licensed Integrative Bodywork and Massage Therapist, Certified Medical Cupping Therapist, and the founding director of Ayurveda Healing Spa, LLC, in North Carolina. She has taught seminars, workshops,…

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Barbara Prema Brown, E-RYT 500

After a career spent as an accountant on Wall Street, Barbara Prema is now an E-RYT 500 certified Yoga Teacher. Her belief is that life should be lived to the fullest at every age. Barbara’s passion is Yoga and sharing all the techniques to gain strength, vitality, flexibility, and deepest happiness through Yoga. Barbara Prema owns a Yoga studio where she teaches small groups and private classes; she also teaches at different venues in the Richmond, VA area. Barbara Prema has traveled to India and has led many retreats internationally. She helps her clients to transform into the powerful people…

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Beth Frackleton, RN, BSN, CHWC, M.Ed.

Beth is a chronic health coach, wellcoaches certified health, wellness coach, triathlete, and fitness trainer. She is part of the WorkMed team for employee health at the University of Virginia. See more at medicalcenter.virginia.edu

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Bharata Wingham, E-RYT 200, CLYT

Bharata is a long-time student of A Course in Miracles, having worked with it daily since 1980. A Laughter Ambassador, he has trained hundreds of Laugha Yoga Leaders and led thousands of people through Laugha Yoga® sessions, a philosophy of spontaneous Self liberation. He was trained and certified in laughter Yoga by Dr. Madan Kataria, founder of the world-wide laughter clubs. For thirteen years, he produced and hosted a television program, A Course in Miracles Study Group, which was distributed in the US and abroad. While conducting numerous programs and workshops, he authored the book, An Ancient New Idea: A Primer on…

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Bhaskar Deva

Bhaskar Deva has been a dedicated Yogi since the age of 18. He lived as a monk for 17 years at Satchidanada Ashram–Yogaville where he served as development coordinator, board member, and pilot to Sri Swami Satchidanandaji. A former teacher of Adaptive Yoga classes at the Dr. Dean Ornish Program for Reversing Heart Disease, Bhaskar now shares his wisdom and expertise in Yoga of the Heart® Cardiac and Cancer Certification Trainings. Bhaskar has been co-teaching Yoga of the Heart® internationally since its inception in 1998, leading adaptive asana classes that allow experienced yogis to return to the beginner’s mind as…

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Bhavani Marcia Miller, E-RYT 500

has been teaching Yoga for over 40 years. She has taught all levels and types of students, from new beginners to Yoga teachers, and everyone in between. In 2001 Marcia was one of the founders/owners of Yoga on High where she co-directs the 200- and the 300-hour Hatha Teacher Training Program and is the lead teacher for the Therapeutic Teacher Training Program. Marcia has been studying and practicing Nonviolent Communication for 20 years from Marshall Rosenberg (the founder), Robert Gonzalez, Ike Lasater, and many others. For many years she has been bringing NVC to the Yoga community and Yoga to…

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Biff Mithoefer, E-RYT 500

Biff teaches Yin Yoga throughout the US and internationally. He is the author of The Yin Yoga Kit, coauthor of The Therapeutic Yoga Kit, and a founder-director of the Jamste Sponsorship Program for the support of Tibetan refugee children. He is an E-RYT 500 Yoga Alliance registered teacher and has trained and taught extensively with Don and Amba Stapleton, and has studied Yin Yoga and anatomy with Paul Grilley. Biff has studied shamanism with teachers of the Shapibo tradition of Eastern Peru and is a student of cross-cultural shamanism, as taught by Angeles Arrien. See more at biffmithoeferyoga.com

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Bob Butera, Ph.D., M.Div.

Bob is director of The YogaLife Institute in Devon, PA, and trains Yoga Therapists and Yoga Teachers. He publishes Yoga Living magazine in the Philadelphia area. His Ph.D. in Yoga from The California Institute of Integral Studies (1997) and training at The Yoga Institute, Mumbai, India (1989) certified him as a Yoga therapist. Bob has a Masters of Divinity from The Earlham School of Religion (Quaker). His books include The Pure Heart of Yoga, 10 Steps to Transformation (2009), Meditation for Your Life: Creating a Plan That Suits Your Style, (2012) and Yoga Therapy for Stress and Anxiety: Create a Personalized Holistic…

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Boris Bhagavan Pisman, LMHC

Boris Bhagavan Pisman is a New York State Licensed Mental Health Counselor. Prior to opening his private practice, he worked for over nine years as a therapist at White Plains Hospital, Westchester, NY. He was featured on NBC’s Today Show. Boris has over twenty years of Yoga teaching experience. He is on the Board of Directors of the New York Integral Yoga Institute.

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Brandt Bhanu Passalacqua

Brandt Passalacqua is the creator of Breathing Deeply Yoga Therapy and Peaceful Weight Loss™ through Yoga. He has been enjoying Yoga and the healing arts since 2002 after overcoming obesity and a life-threatening autoimmune illness. His personal journey serves as an inspiration to countless others and informs his compassionate, humorous, and down-to-earth teaching style. His practice integrates a background of Yoga Therapy in the tradition of Krishnamacharya and Structural Yoga Therapy, Thai Yoga Massage, Medical Massage, a variety of meditation lineages, and plain-old common sense to help people realize their goals. Brandt spends much of his time working with individuals…

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Brother Arjavan

Brother Arjavan is the most recent renunciate in the Integral Yoga monastic tradition, becoming pre-sannyas in 2018. From a young age, he yearned for purpose in life and fulfillment. Through his search, he discovered the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali, and Integral Yoga teachings that finally got him to experience the deep sense of peace and joy he was looking for. Since then he has devoted his life to spiritual practices and service, to share this experience with all. Brother Arjavan is a certified Hatha Yoga and Raja Yoga teacher and has lived and served in Yogaville for four years. He…

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Caryna Wong, RYT 200, B.S.

Caryna has worked and studied with Dr. Fishman for over 6 years. Her 15 years in IT manifests itself in her analytical and structured approach to helping students progress through their practice. She utilizes various types of Yoga in order to help achieve results, including Hatha, Vinyasa, Aerial, and Restorative.

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Chelsea Jackson, Ph.D., E-RYT, RCYT

Chelsea Jackson is an internationally celebrated Yoga instructor, educator, and passionate change agent skilled in the art of cultivating community through Yoga. With over a decade of teaching experience in both asana and meditation, Chelsea’s unique teaching style makes Yoga accessible to a wide range of levels. Chelsea has graced the cover of Yoga Journal and she is also the creator and facilitator of six week digital series, Inclusivity Training for Yoga Teachers: Creating Community with Compassion, featured on YogaJournal.com Chelsea received her Ph.D. in Educational Studies with a focus in language, literacy, and culture. Her research within the field of…

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Chitra Kate McDevitt, RYT 500, C-IAYT

Chitra began teaching Integral Yoga in 2003 and managed her studio, Cat Cow Yoga, in Pennsylvania from 2007–2009. She teaches Restorative Yoga twice a week at the nonprofit Common Ground Healing Arts in Charlottesville, VA, where she also has a private practice. She also specializes in Yoga of Recovery, a combination of Ayurveda, Yoga philosophy, and 12-step principles designed to bring the healing power of Yoga to those in recovery for addictive and self-destructive behaviors. She is a Certified Yoga Therapist through Phoenix Rising, which combines Yoga and modern mind/body techniques. Her meditation training is from the Wise Earth School…

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Chris McCooey, M.A.

Chris was introduced to Yoga practice and philosophy as a teen. Pursuing it through his undergraduate degree in religious studies, he first became certified as a Yoga teacher in 2009 at the University of Hyderabad. While pursuing his master’s degree at Naropa University, he received requests to share Yoga with children. Chris sought out Kidding Around Yoga (KAY) and received certification from Haris Lender in 2013. Chris was a KAY teacher trainer from 2014-2017, sharing the method of kids’ Yoga with adults and kids across the US and internationally. He’s been a camp counselor at Camp Yogaville since 2014 and…

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Christie Lenée

Christie is the 2017 International Fingerstyle Guitar Champion and a captivating performer with a devoted following among instrumental, folk-pop and rock band audiences. Combining guitar mastery, contemporary singer/songwriter and a passion for storytelling, she thrives on bringing people together through the language of music. Christie’s unique guitar work and profound instrumental compositions are well described as ‘Michael Hedges meets Joni Mitchell and Dave Matthews.’ Among the vast community of fingerstyle and tapping guitarists, her niche is the integration of melodic pop lyricism with catchy hooks that excite both modern commercial listeners and classic purists. With a menu of percussive and…

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Cinmayi Cynthia Moore, RDN, CDE, FAND, M.S.

Cinmayi (Cynthia) has a diverse health and wellness background in Western and integrative health disciplines. She has also been a manager in teaching hospitals and healthcare settings and a project manager in a variety of settings (spa/resort, academic, retirement, restaurant and ambulatory care). Cinmayi is a Duke-trained Integrative Health Coach, Integral Yoga instructor, Registered Dietitian/Nutritionist and Diabetes Educator. She’s been a speaker for spas and resorts, communities, scientific and Fortune 500 companies, and has served as faculty for undergraduate and medical education. Currently she trains others in EBT- Emotional Brain Training skills and works as a manager and nutritionist at…

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Dana A. Smith, E-RYT 500, CLC

Dana A. Smith is the founder and owner of Spiritual Essence Yoga and the creative visionary behind the international YES! Yoga Has Curves movement. She is a wife, mother, certified yoga instructor, author, yoga teacher trainer, master life coach and holistic health practitioner. For almost 20 years, she has been a pioneer for inclusive yoga in the West with a simple, yet profound, message: “Yoga is for EVERYbody!”. As the creator of Jiivana (L.I.F.E.) Yoga®, a National Yoga Alliance approved and registered yoga style, Dana guides students and teachers-in-training in a dynamic experience of yoga as a powerful tool for total life transformation. Even…

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Daniel Hickman, E-RYT 500, YACEP

Daniel is a mind-body educator with over 30 years experience. He has worked for over 11 years in the Military Advanced Training Center (MATC) at the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center (WRNMMC) in Bethesda, Maryland. He teaches meditation and adaptive yogic practices for those affected by warfare, severe trauma, and other maladies. He is the son of Peter J. Hickman, a US Navy veteran of the Iowa-class battleships in the conflict in Korea. Peter experienced more war in Cambodia, Laos, and Vietnam, after becoming a US Foreign Service officer. Daniel’s mother, Elida Lourdes Hickman de Martín Ulloa, was a…

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David Newman "Durga Das"

David Newman “Durga Das” is a renowned sacred mantra artist, singer-songwriter, author, and inspirational teacher. David, also known as Durga Das, travels extensively sharing his music and teachings on the path of love as a vehicle for spiritual awakening. He has released numerous chart-topping world music albums and is the author of the #1 Amazon bestseller The Timebound Traveler. David is also the founder of the Stay Strong Project and Yoga On Main. He has been featured on NPR and in The Washington Post and Yoga Journal among many others. See more at davidnewmanmusic.com

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Debora Nitya Jackson, E-RYT 500

Debora Nitya has over a decade of teaching experience and has trained over 100 Yoga teachers in the Washington DC area. She brings her sense of humor to every class she teaches and is committed to helping her students realize their full potential. Nitya is certified in Integral Yoga® Hatha, Himalayan Institute 500-hour Teacher Training, Ayurvedic Yoga Therapy through Mukunda Stiles and the Chopra Center. She teaches Yoga to people from all walks of life in the most diverse settings, including hospitals.

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Dianne Bondy, E-RYT 500

Dianne is a celebrated Yoga teacher, social justice activist, and leading voice of the Yoga For All movement. Her inclusive view of Yoga asana and philosophy inspires and empowers thousands of followers around the world regardless of their shape, size, ethnicity, or level of ability. She applies over 1000 hours of training to help her students find freedom, self-­expression, and radical self-­love in their Yoga practice. She shares her message and provides millions of followers with affordable access to online Yoga classes, workshops, and tutorials at her virtual studio: Yogasteya.com. Dianne contributes to Yoga International, Yoga Journal, Do You Yoga,…

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Dilip Sarkar, M.D., FACS, CAP, C-IAYT

Dilip Sarkar is a retired vascular surgeon turned Yoga acharya, certified Yoga Therapist, and certified Ayurvedic Yoga Therapist. He retired as an associate professor of surgery at Eastern Virginia Medical School, Norfolk, Virginia, and now teaches Yoga Therapy and Ayurvedic Yoga Therapy both nationally and internationally to healthcare providers, with a focus on integrating yogic and Ayurvedic wisdom with the science of Western medicine. Dr. Sarkar started the first category one ACCME-approved CME (Continuing Medical Education) course in the USA for physicians, “Yoga Therapy for Medical Professionals.” He serves on several local and national healthcare boards as: past president of…

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Dr. Marc Rosenbaum, Psy.D.

Dr. Marc Rosenbaum has been pursuing his vision of making social and emotional learning an integral part of education since 1992. In addition to his international work, his Self-Mastery programs have been presented to more than 4000 New York City parents, teachers and students. Dr. Rosenbaum holds an advanced degree in Applied Psychology and is the founder and director of Education for Excellence, an organization dedicated to enriching the lives of children and their families.

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Dr. Shirley Telles, Ph.D., M.Phil.

Dr. Shirley Telles has a degree in conventional medicine (MBBS) and an M.Phil. and Ph.D. in neurophysiology. Both her M.Phil. and Ph.D. theses focused on the effects of Yoga practice. Dr. Telles received a Fulbright fellowship in 1998 and in 2007 she received an award from the Indian Council of Medical Research Center for Advanced Research to study the effects of meditation through autonomic variables, evoked and event-related potentials, polysomnography and fMRI. Dr. Telles has been the director of the Patanjali Research Foundation in Haridwar, India, since 2007.  Dr. Telles has over 160 research papers cited in major databases and is…

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Durga Leela, E-RYT 500

Durga Leela is a practical, down-to-earth, and to-the-point speaker who has worked on her own path of recovery. Trained in Ayurveda in both the U.S. and India, she is the director of the Ayurveda Programs at the Sivananda Yoga Farm in Grass Valey, CA, and a professional member and conference speaker for the National Ayurvedic Medical Association (NAMA) and International Association of Yoga Therapists (IAYT). Durga has been interviewed for all Recovery 2.0 online conferences. See more at YogaOfRecovery.com

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Ellynne Skove, LCAT, NCC, BC-DMT, BCPP, E-RYT, M.A.

Ellynne is a licensed movement therapist focusing in pre- and perinatal psychology and health. She has worked for over 30 years with babies, children, and adults in birth trauma healing work and preventative work to help families establish strong foundations in body, mind, and spirit. Her background includes extensive study of infant developmental movement with Nancy Topf and Body/Mind Centering®, as well as completing a 200 hour Yoga teacher training. Ellynne brings her depth of knowledge in Polarity therapy, infant massage and Reiki to her work. She is the developer of GoGo Babies® Baby Yoga and Developmental Movement. Ellynne teaches…

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Eric Archer

Eric is a multi-instrumentalist, visual artist, and poet drawing inspiration from nature and its bounty. He has performed throughout the United States and Europe and is happy to call the Hudson Valley of New York his home. Eric collaborates regularly with Prema Mayi and Radharani during their workshops and frequently accompanies Biff Mithoefer on his Yoga Teacher Trainings. Contributing music to these deeply meditative and educational settings, Eric guides listeners through a collective experience of insights, heartbeats, and breath. See more at ericarcherarts.com

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Erich Schiffmann

Erich Schiffmann developed his own approach to Yoga through a lifetime of dedicated study. He is world-renowned for his approach, and travels extensively to hold workshops, retreats, lectures, and teacher trainings. He is the author of Yoga: The Spirit and Practice of Moving into Stillness and is featured on the award-winning DVD Yoga Mind & Body. See more at www.ErichSchiffmann.com.

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Erin Lila Singh, RYT 500

Erin is a Yoga teacher and educator specializing in Yoga for teens. Her passion lies in making the ancient practice and philosophy of Yoga accessible, fun and transformative for teens. She is the Founder and Executive Director of RISE Yoga for Youth, a San Francisco Bay Area non-profit that brings Yoga and wellness programming to over 2,000 teens each year in public schools. Lila has worked with youth for over 12 years, teaching Yoga and meditation in schools, studios, and incarceration facilities. See more at www.yogaforteens.com

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Faith Hunter, E-RYT 500

Faith is a Yoga teacher and lifestylist, sprinkled with a dash of Louisiana charm. Faith began her life-long love affair with Yoga in the early 90s as a way to cope as her beloved brother Michael was dying from a complication related to AIDS. Through meditation and mindfulness, Faith was able to release her fears and experience an awakening from within. From that day forward, she committed herself to sharing these practices with the world. Always eager to learn, explore, and share, Faith is an inspiring and generous mentor to Yoga practitioners of all skill levels. She is the creator…

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Gabriella Barnstone, C-IAYT, RYT 500

Gabriella Barnstone is a certified Yoga therapist and has been working at Manhattan Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation under the guidance of Dr. Loren Fishman since 2015. Her teaching is largely influenced by her studies with Judith Lasater, Carrie Owerko, and Jonathan Fitzgordon. Gabriella has taught courses with Dr. Fishman on Yoga for Back Pain, Yoga for Osteoporosis, and Yoga for Arthritis at Kripalu, Yogaville, and Omega Institute. She currently serves on the faculty of Prema Yoga Institute’s Yoga Therapy Program in which she has developed her own course on practical anatomy. She continues to learn in New York with Dr. Fishman,…

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Gail Parker, Ph.D., E-RYT 500, C-IAYT

Gail is a psychologist and a certified Yoga therapist. She is a faculty member in the Beaumont School of Yoga Therapy in the Department of Integrative Medicine at William Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oak, Michigan, where she teaches mind/body strategies for reducing stress and healing emotional trauma to aspiring Yoga therapists. Dr. Parker is a lifelong practitioner of Yoga and is well-known for her pioneering efforts to blend psychology, Yoga, and meditation as effective self-care strategies that can enhance emotional balance and contribute to the overall health and well-being of practitioners. Dr. Parker has a special interest in utilizing and…

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Gary Kraftsow, M.A., E-RYT 500, C-IAYT

Gary Kraftsow is the founder, director, and senior teacher of the American Viniyoga Institute. He is the author of Yoga for Wellness and Yoga for Transformation as well as the educational DVD series: Viniyoga Therapy for Low Back, Sacrum and Hips; Viniyoga Therapy for Upper Back, Neck and Shoulders; Viniyoga Therapy for Anxiety; and Viniyoga Therapy for Depression. He began his journey as a student, practitioner, teacher, and therapist at age 19 when he traveled to Madras (now Chennai) India, to study. He later received a Viniyoga Special Diploma from Viniyoga International in Paris, France. Gary graduated from Colgate University in 1976 and received his…

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Gaura Vani

Gaura Vani is a multi-disciplinary artist—fluent in music, film, and visual arts. He is best known for his mantra music performances. Gaura Vani’s events are unifying and transporting—a mix of participatory rhythm and song, story and dance. He has traveled in Africa, the Americas, Europe, Asia, and Australia performing both as a solo artist and with his sacred music ensembles, “The Hanumen” and “Juggernauts”. Gaura Vani began studying sacred Indian music at the age of six in the ancient temple town of Vrindavan at a traditional Gurukula school. He continues to share the magic he received and performs at festivals…

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Giselle Mari, E-RYT 500, C-IAYT, YACEP

Giselle’s introduction to Yoga in the early 90’s was a natural progression from her gymnastics/dance background, her passion for music, and her childhood; she was raised by a bohemian flamenco dancer. Today all of these influence her style and approach to teaching and to life. An E-RYT 500 and YACEP, Giselle flavors her classes with spunk, grit, and spirit. Her light-hearted but comprehensive teaching style weaves yogic philosophy, Sanskrit, anatomy, skillful hands-on assists, funky, eclectic music, and unabashed authenticity into her classes. Her offerings are not only designed to make you move, sweat, and reflect, but also to empower fearless…

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Gita Catherine Brown, RYT 500

Gita began teaching kids using the Yoga for the Special Child method in 2006. She teaches private and group classes at South Shore Conservatory (SSC) and in public schools, day habilitation programs, autism resource groups, and after-school programs throughout the South Shore. Gita is training with Sonia Sumar to become a Yoga for the Special Child teacher trainer, and she serves as a co-teacher for the Basic 1 Program. She is the Accessible Yoga Program Coordinator in the Creative Arts Therapies department at SSC in Massachusetts. See more at gitabrown.com

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Gita Kali Natarajan, RYT 500

When Gita chants you can feel the devotion through her voice and heart. She chants as much as she can in and around DC, MD, and VA, and occasionally tours abroad. She started chanting when it became an integral part of her work with children with special needs and hasn’t been able to stop. She never had a harmonium lesson or a workshop on how to lead kirtan but was led by her heart to just do it and see if anyone showed up. Over 8 years of leading kirtan, creating the DC Kirtan Festival, touring with Swami Gurusharanananda from India, and chanting…

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Haris “Harini” Lender

Haris “Harini” is the founder of Kidding Around Yoga, a certified Integral Yoga teacher at the 500-hour level and is also certified in Prenatal, Raja, Children’s Yoga, and Stress Management. She lives in Florida with her husband and children and enjoys spending time in her yurt in Yogaville. During her eleven years of running Camp Yogaville, Haris wrote songs and skits, managed counselors, teachers and kitchen staff, and developed skills that would help her along the way to creating Kidding Around Yoga. Haris is extremely grateful to her teacher Swami Satchidananda, and to all of the Swamis, friends and teachers at…

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HawaH Kasat

HawaH has dedicated his life to teaching about solutions to violence and ways to peace. He has traveled to over thirty-five countries, facilitating interactive workshops, dialogues, and Yoga classes and working with those interested in creating a caring, sustainable, and equitable world. In 2000, Hawah co-founded One Common Unity, a non-profit that supports a movement for peace education and the building of a non-violent culture through music and art.  Over the past 15 years, OCU has worked with over 14,500 youth and families from around the nation. See more at www.Hawah.life.  

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Hope Mell, RYT 500, ATT

Hope’s passion and purpose are helping people find freedom in their bodies—freedom of movement and movement without pain. She found Integral Yoga® in 1967 and began her studies with Sri Swami Satchidananda. She was certified to teach Integral Yoga Hatha in 1974. Marjorie Barstow came into Hope’s life in 1979, who taught her The Alexander Technique. She was certified to teach by the Alexander Alliance in Philadelphia in 1988. Hope earned her certification as a Structural Yoga Therapy teacher in 2005. For decades, she has refined her skills and developed an approach that combines the powers of Yoga and the Alexander…

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HuDost

The music of HuDost, the Sufi kirtan, neo-folk, world rock ensemble from Montreal and KY, weaves a seamless tapestry of sound that renders tears and laughter in listeners, cultivating the nameless longing that abides within all our hearts and invokes total celebration. HuDost’s core musicians are Moksha Sommer and Jemal Wade Hines. Having toured the US, Canada, and Europe constantly since April 2006, HuDost has grown and expanded, traveled rocky and glorious terrain, and marveled at all they can learn and explore. Moksha and Jemal Wade, in this time, have grown as artists, as seekers, as a couple, and as a family. In…

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Jacy Sundlie, TRE Trainer, LSW, CCA

Jacy has been involved with TRE since 2008. She has been a certification trainer since 2010 and helped develop the first TRE certification program. As a licensed social worker, registered Yoga instructor, massage therapist, life coach, and reiki master, Jacy draws on all of these modalities to enhance TRE trainings. Her passion for TRE integrates her extensive education, life experiences, and work history to focus on empowering the individual’s growth in all aspects of life. Jacy has taught numerous groups of students in the TRE certification process. She developed the first program within the VA system in Madison, WI, that…

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Jai Uttal

Jai Uttal, a Grammy-nominated sacred music composer, recording artist, multi-instrumentalist, and ecstatic vocalist, combines influences from India with influences from American rock and jazz, creating a stimulating and exotic multi-cultural fusion that is truly world spirit music. Having traveled extensively in India, where he met many beautiful saints and singers, Bhakti Yoga became his personal path. Jai has been leading kirtans around the world for more than 45 years, creating a safe environment for people to open their hearts and voices. Celebration, meditation, dance of the devas, love song to the universe… Jai Uttal’s new album Roots, Rock, Rama! (out…

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James Knight, E-RYT 200, CHSE

James has been an Integrative Therapist for over 25 years. He is a Yoga teacher (E-RYT 200) and Certified Hanna Somatic Educator (CHSE). From his combined experience as a lifelong yogi, intuitive bodyworker, psychotherapist, and movement educator, James created a method of Yoga that integrates what he discovered to be the most progressive, life-enhancing techniques into an embodied movement practice. Gentle Somatic Yoga was born out of years of exploring means of connecting and integrating the deeper aspects of the whole Self (Soma). James’ passion is to awaken the possible for people living with challenges related to physical limitations. He…

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Jana Long, E-RYT 500, C-IAYT

Jana is a certified yoga teacher and therapist, meditation facilitator and Ayurvedic lifestyle consultant who specializes in the therapeutic application of yoga and meditation for seniors and the management of cancer and other acute and chronic conditions. She is director of Power of One Yoga Center, a community-based studio in Baltimore, MD, and the co-founder and Executive Director of the Black Yoga Teachers Alliance. Her exploration of yoga began in 1972, and she has been an eyewitness and advocate to the expansion of yoga and Ayurveda in the U.S., especially in communities of color. She is a certified Master Gardener…

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Janaka Avallone, RYT 500, B.S.

Janaka has clear memories of his own first steps onto the path of meditation and Yoga 13 years ago. He was 25 and had just suffered a painful breakup that motivated him to begin his own quest for inner joy and peace. That quest took him around the world to respected centers of meditation including Yogaville, Kripalu, and the Byron Bay Yoga Center in Australia where he earned a 500-hour Yoga teacher certificate. Janaka was drawn to dive deeply into meditation, which he says, “Gave me access to a sense of peace and gratitude regardless of life’s ever-changing circumstances.” As a…

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Jane Stelboum, RYT 500, E-RYT 200, Certified Brain Longevity Specialist

Jane is a marketing/advertising executive, Hatha yoga teacher trainer, and Certified Brain Longevity Specialist. She founded Sarasvate (sar-as-vah-te´) in 2012 in honor of her mother Sarah, whom she lost to Alzheimer’s in 2011. Sarasvate’s mission is to prevent memory-related diseases like Alzheimer’s and help those already impacted maintain a high quality of life as long as possible. Sarasvate does this through workshops, caregiving training sessions, speaking engagements, and private sessions. Jane has been a featured speaker at conferences held by the Smithsonian Associates, Aging Life Care Association, Alzheimer’s Foundation of America, and many yoga studios, senior living communities, and corporate offices…

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Jasiatic Anderson

Jasiatic is a world-traveled photographer, vegan chef, food justice advocate and homeschooling mother of three teenagers. Jasiatic has lived a plant-based lifestyle for the better part of 20 years. After earning a degree in Africana Studies from The University of North Carolina at Charlotte, she began working in and out of health food stores and vegan kitchens. Today she is both a plant-based food coach and a vegan chef. As a mother of three vegan/vegetarian children, she is a self-deemed cultural food enthusiast and thrives in showing people how to eat clean and taking her children all over the world…

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Joan Borysenko, Ph.D.

Joan is a Harvard-trained cell biologist, licensed psychologist, and spiritual educator. A pioneer in mind-body medicine and psychoneuroimmunology, she is the founder of Mind-Body Health Sciences, LLC in Boulder, CO, and a New York Times best-selling author of sixteen books. She is a perennially popular national speaker and blogger for the Huffington Post and other websites. Her most recent book is The PlantPlus Diet Solution: Personalized Nutrition for Life. See more at joanborysenko.com

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Joann Lutz, MSW, LICSW, E-RYT, C-IAYT

Joann is an experienced, certified Integral Yoga® teacher and a certified Yoga and Ayurvedic Yoga therapist. She is also a licensed independent clinical social worker. For the past six years, Joann has traveled internationally to universities, conferences, hospitals, ashrams, and Yoga centers to train Yoga and mental health professionals on bringing nervous-system informed, trauma-sensitive Yoga into their work. Her CEU course, “Bringing Yoga into Social Work Practice,” was published by the National Association of Social Workers–MA Chapter in 2014, and is available for purchase. Joann is a trainer for PESI Inc., a national organization which presents continuing education programs for…

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John Jackson

John has been practicing meditation for over 40 years, from pranayama to Tibetan dzogchen. During his studies and explorations he has traveled on pilgrimages around the world, spent lengthy periods of time in retreat at monasteries in Nepal and India, and made pilgrimage to the most sacred mountain of Tibet, Mt. Kailash. Over the past 25 years John has developed close relationships with and received private instruction from His Holiness Lungtog Tenpai Nyima and Yongdzin Tenzin Namdak, the two most senior teachers of the Tibetan Bön lineage, and Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche, the most senior Bön master in the West. He has…

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John Schlorholtz, E-RYT 500

John Schlorholtz is a principal Yoga instructor at the Harvard University Center for Wellness. He has worked with older adults extensively, both in individual therapy and in a variety of group settings. John was born and raised in Pakistan, has traveled through much of India, and has led a number of trips to the Caribbean and India. He is influenced by Sri Aurobindo, Arthur Kilmurray, and the gentle, flowing style of Sri Krishnamacharya. John created the three-volume Ageless Yoga DVD series. His teaching style is characterized by knowledge of anatomy, insight, humor, and storytelling. See more at agelessyoga.org  

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John Schumacher, CIYT, C-IAYT

John believes that it is important to explore and learn the actions and effects of Yoga through our own diligent, consistent practice. In 1979, he established Unity Woods Yoga Center outside Washington, DC. He became known for his clear, precise style and his engaging sense of humor. Yoga Journal described John as “one of 25 originals shaping Yoga in America”. In 2015, John was named by Yoga Journal as 1 of 12 Lifetime Contributors to help authenticate Yoga in America. John has written for a variety of publications and has appeared in numerous local and national media, including U.S. News…

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Jonathan Goldman and Andi Goldman, LPC, M.A.

Jonathan is an international authority on sound healing and a pioneer in the field of harmonics. He has worked with masters of sound from both scientific and spiritual traditions and has been empowered by the Chant Master of the Dalai Lama’s Drepung Loseling Monastery to teach Tibetan Overtone Chanting. Jonathan is author of Healing Sounds: The Power of Harmonics, The 7 Secrets of Sound Healing, Chakra Frequencies: Tantra of Sound (co-authored with his wife Andi), winner of the Visionary Award for “Best Alternative Health Book” of the year, The Divine Name: The Sound That Can Change the World, 2011 Visionary Award…

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Julie Lusk, E-RYT 500, M.Ed.

Julie has over 35 years of expertise in stress relief, Yoga, relaxation training, guided imagery, and meditation as an international author, recording artist, and workshop leader. Julie is the author of Yoga Nidra for Complete Relaxation and Stress Relief, Yoga Meditations, two volumes of 30 Scripts for Relaxation, Imagery, and Inner Healing, and Desktop Yoga®. Her CDs include Wholesome Relaxation, Power of Presence, Blue Moon Rising, and many others. The retreats, trainings, and seminars she presents are relaxing, reflective, and revitalizing. She is talented in bringing the best out in others through her depth of knowledge, natural lightheartedness, and caring…

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Karla Helbert, LPC, E-RYT 200, YACEP, C-IAYT

Karla is a licensed professional counselor (LPC), Compassionate Bereavement Care® provider, Yoga therapist, and certified Integral Yoga teacher. Her life was irrevocably changed when her son died of a brain tumor in 2006. Karla’s award-winning book, Yoga for Grief and Loss, is endorsed by Integral Yoga® leaders and teachers as well as other experts in the fields of both Yoga and loss. The book examines how the paths of Yoga can support us in trauma and grief. Relying on ritual, meditation, creative expression, and the teachings of Yoga, Karla honors the pain and the joy which coexist in all of life.…

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Katchie Ananda, E-RYT 500

Katchie is an international Yoga and Dharma teacher whose life’s work has been to explore the practices of yoga and dharma and share their path to freedom with others. She has well over 10,000 teaching hours, spanning 25 years as a full-time practitioner and trainer and she has developed numerous approaches to wisdom in body, mind and heart. Her eclectic background includes Yoga certifications in Anusara, Jivamukti, Integral, and Ashtanga by Richard Freeman and many years of practice with Buddhist teacher and author Jack Kornfield. A former dancer in Switzerland and Brazil, she moved to NYC in 1990 where she…

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Katie Silcox

Katie is the author of the New York Times best-selling book, Healthy, Happy, Sexy: Ayurveda Wisdom for Modern Women. She is also an internationally-recognized Yoga teacher, Ayurvedic practitioner, writer, and inspirer of hearts and minds. She is renowned for her depth of study, her ability to present the complexities of Yoga’s ancient wisdom in a practical, life-affirming manner, as well as her unique capacity to distill the teachings of Yoga with southern-belle humor and grace.  Her signature teaching style blends classical Yoga, vinyasa-based asana, and life-changing Tantric/Ayurvedic philosophy. Katie was named one of San Francisco’s Best Yoga Teachers by Common…

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Kelley Carboni-Woods, E-RYT 200

Kelley is a writer, wellness advocate, and community organizer committed to using the philosophies of Yoga to cultivate peace for herself and others. Her dedication to a path of mindful wellness and self-realization fuels her work and propels her to share it with others through her writing, events, and teaching opportunities. She remains focused on making this healing practice accessible to all, connecting to communities that are normally excluded from mainstream wellness circles. See her writing, offerings, and more at peacefilledmama.com

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Kiesha Battles, E-RYT 500

Kiesha is a full-time Yoga teacher who began practicing Yoga in 2000. Over the past seven years, Kiesha has created Yoga programs, lead Yoga retreats, managed the daily operations of a Yoga studio, and was recently appointed as Co-Director of the Yoga Retreat for Women of Color at Kripalu Retreat Center. Known to many as the original black girl Yoga magic, Kiesha is a humble soul who connects to all beings first at their core. In 2016, after the Keith Lamont Scott shooting, Kiesha brought Yoga teachers and studios together from all parts of Charlotte to practice a marathon style…

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Krishna Das

Krishna Das has been called Yoga’s “rock star,” layering traditional kirtan with instantly accessible melodies and modern instrumentation. With a remarkably soulful voice that touches the deepest chord in even the most casual listener, Krishna Das—known to friends, family, and fans simply as KD—has taken the call-and-response chanting out of Yoga centers and into concert halls, becoming a worldwide icon and the best-selling Western chant artist of all time. His album, Live Ananda, (released January 2012) was nominated for a Grammy in the Best New Age album category. KD spent the late 60’s traveling across the country as a student of…

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Krissy Coggins

Krissy, a Certified Positive Discipline Educator and mom of two amazing little girls, is passionate about positive parent-child relationships. She has long believed that children deserve our intentional nurturing in a way that best supports them even when they present us with challenges. It is with this belief that Krissy made the decision to get behind parents and support them with tools and empathy that will guide their journey to being the parent they always wanted to be. See more at krissyscouch.com

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Kṛtajña Kerby

Kṛtajña is the Marketing Assistant and blog writer at Satchidananda-Ashram Yogaville. In 2014, she graduated from Drew University with a B.A. in International Relations and Spanish and went to work as an Outdoor Instructor for Outward Bound. After canoeing At-Risk students around in the Everglades and bush-pushing through the rhododendrons of the Pisgah Mountains, she went off on her own expedition and traveled South America for a year. Upon her return, she picked up freelance work ghost-writing and is currently finishing a memoir for a dear friend. She has been a student of Integral Yoga since 2016 when she completed the…

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Lakshmi Sutter, E-RYT 500, C-IAYT, Ph.D.

Lakshmi has practiced movement for much of her life. Integral Yoga® captured her heart and mind in the 1990s, and the richness of Yoga began unfolding in her life. With a deep understanding and appreciation of Swami Satchidananda’s teachings, Lakshmi weaves the wisdom from contemporary yogins throughout her practice. She is a trainer of Integral Hatha Yoga teachers at the basic and intermediate levels and enthusiastically shares her fascination with the human body during basic anatomy workshops. Lakshmi served as the Director of the Integral Yoga Academy and the Integral Yoga Teachers Association at Satchidananda Ashram–Yogaville for five years. Her current…

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Lalita Dagny Vigander, E-RYT 500, LMT, RCYT

Lalita has been practicing Integral Yoga since 1998, and became an Integral Yoga instructor in 2005. Lalita is now certified in Basic, Intermediate, and Advanced Hatha Yoga, as well as in Stress Management, Raja Yoga, Meditation, Restorative Yoga, Yoga of Recovery, Children’s Yoga, and Yoga for People with Cancer. Lalita is one of Yogaville’s teacher trainers for the Basic and Intermediate levels, including Anatomy and Physiology. Lalita teaches children, adults, and senior classes along with Meditation and Stress Management classes. She has been invited to lecture at cancer retreats, to a community college and at UT’s Administrators retreats and women’s…

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Lalitha Stone

Lalitha has been an instructor of Integral Yoga since 1970 and has twenty-two years of clinical health experience as a Licensed Doctor of Oriental Medicine and National Board Certified Acupuncturist. Recently retired from a private practice that focused on family health and pain relief, Lalitha still continues to teach movement, pranayama, concentration, art, and other skills for personal transformation of mind, body, and spirit.

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Lauren Sacks, E-RYT 200, RPYT

Lauren is passionate about supporting women throughout the journey of motherhood, and is a firm believer in the power and possibility that Yoga can create in women’s lives. In addition to her weekly prenatal Yoga classes, Lauren also teaches alignment Yoga, leads workshops and prenatal teacher trainings throughout North Carolina and the East Coast, and is a fierce advocate for the empowerment of women during pregnancy, labor and birth.

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Leslie Howard E-RYT 500, C-IAYT

Leslie is an Oakland-based, internationally-acclaimed Yoga educator who pioneered the growing field of Yoga for pelvic health. Sonima Health named her one of the top 50 Yoga instructors in the USA. Leslie leads Pelvic Floor YogaTM certification trainings and other workshops across the United States and internationally. Her teaching is informed by over 3,500 hours of study with senior Iyengar Yoga teachers, including Manouso Manos, Patricia Walden, and Ramanand Patel. In 2013, Leslie, with contributions from Judith Lasater, co-designed two successful studies at UCSF medical center that demonstrated the effectiveness of her Yoga techniques for incontinence and pelvic pain. Leslie’s own…

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Letícia Padmasri, M.A., E-RYT 500, C-IAYT

Letícia Padmasri is an Ayurvedic Lifestyle Consultant, a certified Advanced Integral Yoga® Hatha teacher, and a certified Raja Yoga teacher. She holds a bachelor’s degree in exercise science, a master’s degree in education, and has dedicated many years towards the study of exercise physiology. She combines her love for the sciences of Yoga and Ayurveda with her interest in the body’s structure and function, helping students of all levels adapt their practices to achieve optimal health and total well-being. In addition to being one of Yogaville’s primary teacher trainers, she also offers workshops and seminars in the US and Brazil.…

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Lisa Jakub

Lisa is an author, Kripalu Yoga teacher, and retired actor who has more than forty film and television credits to her name, including Mrs. Doubtfire and Independence Day. At the age of twenty-two, Lisa retired from her eighteen-year acting career in search of a life that felt more authentic to her. She has found a happier, more purposeful life in Virginia as a writer, teacher, and an advocate for mental health awareness. Her latest book is Not Just Me: Anxiety, Depression, and Learning to Embrace Your Weird.

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Loren M. Fishman, M.D., B.Phil. (Oxon.)

Dr. Fishman is Medical Director of Manhattan Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation in New York City, author of ten books and more than 90 academic articles, and a world-recognized pioneer in the use of Yoga in medical conditions and the treatment of lower back pain and piriformis syndrome. He spent three years in India before going to medical school and has used Yoga to reverse the deficits of rotator cuff syndrome, straighten the scoliotic spine, actually strengthen osteoporotic bones, and aid in medical conditions as diverse as insomnia, obesity, and restless leg syndrome. Other non-surgical interventions relieve plantar fasciitis, arrest the development…

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Louis Mahadev Carlino, M.A., LPC

Mahadev is a certified Integral Yoga teacher with over 1000 hours of training. From 2001 through 2006, Mahadev lived at Satchidananda Ashram—Yogaville, where he led teacher trainings at all levels. In 2009, he earned a Masters’ Degree in Somatic Counseling Psychotherapy from Naropa University in Boulder, CO. He has developed a style of psychotherapy informed by the teachings of Integral Yoga. Mahadev leads workshops on the healing power of Hatha Yoga and, in addition to practicing as a psychotherapist, teaches Integral Yoga Hatha classes to over one hundred students per week. Mahadev is passionate about sharing Hatha Yoga with others…

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M. Mala Cunningham, Ph.D., C-IAYT

Mala Cunningham is a Counseling Psychologist and Certified Yoga Therapist in Charlottesville, VA. She is an Assistant Professor at the University of Virginia School of Nursing where she teaches courses in Foundations of Medical Yoga for Health Professionals. Dr. Cunningham is also the president of Positive Health Solutions and is the founder and director of Hospital Bed Yoga and the Cardiac Medical Yoga Teacher Training Program. She is also the co-director of Medical Yoga at the University of Virginia and is involved in several Yoga-based initiatives, including a research study exploring the impact of Medical Yoga on lupus patients. She…

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Madhavan Mark Wolz, RYT 500, C-IAYT

Madhavan has been teaching Yoga and meditation for 16 years, with a concentration on therapeutic benefits and everyday applications. He also teaches and practices astrology, with an emphasis on using our charts to reflect on ourselves. Mark is particularly fond of teaching workshops because he finds participants learn better when they are actively engaged. He holds a B.S. in psychology and an M.A. in anthropology and Southeast Asian studies. Mark is committed to cultivating individual and collective responsibility as we reach toward conscious healing for ourselves and the planet. See more at dharmarising.com

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Madhuri Fiona Flynn, E-RYT 500

Madhuri has been teaching Yoga since 1997 and has trained hundreds of Yoga teachers internationally over the past nineteen years.   A dedicated yogini, she found and fell in love with Yoga on her arrival in San Francisco from London in 1995. She was a resident at the San Francisco Integral Yoga Institute for 16 years, which afforded her the opportunity to be immersed in the teachings and to live a yogic lifestyle. There she served as head of teachers and as the main trainer for Basic, Intermediate, Advanced, and Children’s Yoga teacher trainings.

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Margabandhu Martarano, E-RYT 500, B.A.

Margabandhu has served as director of the New Jersey Integral Yoga® Institute for 50 years. Margabandhu is a senior certified Integral Yoga instructor, proficient in all aspects of Yoga. He has a B.A. in education, is a master herbalist, and is certified in therapeutic acupressure massage and reflexology. Margabandhu is also the director of the Well Being Center in Verona, NJ, a holistic center specializing in all aspects of health and healing. He is the co-creator of the Yoga for Autism teacher training.

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Maria Alfaro, E-RYT, Neurogenic Yoga Trainer and TRE Certification Trainer

Maria Alfaro is a native Italian who lives in California. She has taught Yoga since 1997, and she is also a Tension and Trauma Releasing Exercises® (TRE) trainer. Maria leads workshops and trainings nationally and internationally. She is one of two Neurogenic Yoga lead instructors.  See more at NeurogenicYoga.com  and  TREcalifornia.com

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Marni Sclaroff, E-RYT 500, MAT

Marni is a celebrated Yoga teacher with over twenty years of experience in the healing arts. She leads workshops, retreats, mentoring programs, and teacher trainings throughout the US and abroad. She is also a writer and speaker on the transformative power of living Yoga and the healing work of anchoring the heart in the soul. She came to Yoga after searching for a way to heal from her many years of suffering from depression and disordered eating. After attending her first Yoga class in 1996, she knew that she had come home. Through the practices of Yoga, her life began to…

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Marsha T. Danzig E-RYT 200, C-IAYT, M.Ed.

Marsha is a 30-year veteran in Yoga studies with over 40 years living as a below-knee amputee. As president of Yoga For Amputees®, she has developed a unique approach to body and spirit conditioning which greatly enhances well-being for the lives of amputees worldwide. Marsha has been featured in such magazines as Good Housekeeping, Yoga Journal, Huffington Post and Oprah Magazine. She is a passionate flamenco dancer. Marsha’s mission is to show people how to find wholeness in all circumstances. Marsha believes that JOY is our birthright and our greatest access to healing. See more at yogaforamputees.com

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Mary Veal, E-RYT 500

Mary is a Yoga for Arthritis Certified Instructor and specializes in working with students that have chronic conditions or injuries. Mary is the office manager (O.M.) of Kula Yoga Shala, a donation-based Yoga studio in Jupiter, FL. She obtained her 200-hour certification in Hatha Yoga from Kula Yoga Shala and her 500-hour certification in Anusara. She is experienced in teaching many types of Yoga, including Vinyasa, Yin, Restorative, Chair Yoga, and Yoga Nidra. Her love of all paths of Yoga is evident in her dedicated practice of more than 17 years. This love and respect comes through her teaching as…

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Maya Breuer, E-RYT 500

Celebrated as one of America’s distinguished Black Yogis by Black Enterprise Magazine, Maya is a preeminent Yoga instructor and practitioner, author, community activist, and consultant with a career spanning over three decades. She is the co-founder of the Black Yoga Teachers Alliance. She is also founder and director of the Santosha School of Yoga where she offers Yoga Alliance registered 200 and 300-hour Yoga teacher certification courses. Maya has been training Yoga teachers since 2001. In 1998 Maya created the Yoga Retreat for Women of Color and it continues to be offered bi-annually at the Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health,…

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Meenakshi Angel Honig, E-RYT 500

Meenakshi Angel is dedicated to peace and loving kindness. She has studied with the highly revered and deeply loved Yoga master Sri Swami Satchidananda since the age of sixteen. Meenakshi Angel is an internationally acclaimed certified Integral Yoga Instructor and teacher trainer with over forty years of teaching experience. She served as the premier Mind, Body, Spirit Yoga Instructor and Stress Management Consultant at the Grand Wailea Resort on Maui for over seventeen years. She currently teaches in Maui as well as on her national and international teaching tours. She is the author of multiple acclaimed books, DVDs, and CDs.…

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Meera Ellen Mangum, E-RYT 200, B.S.

Meera was raised in Yogaville and attended the Yogaville Vidyalayam school, Tandem Friends School, and Charlottesville High School. She completed her 200-hour Yoga Teacher Training at the Integral Yoga institute in Coimbatore, India and is also certified as a Kidding Around Yoga (KAY) teacher. She earned a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Virginia Commonwealth University and is an assistant teacher at a Montessori school in Richmond, VA. She has participated in Camp Yogaville for 17 years, beginning as a camper in 2001.

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Meera Patricia Kerr

Meera has been associated with Integral Yoga since she began taking classes at the Danbury Center in 1973, where she had the opportunity to meet Sri Gurudev and sing for him.  She took teacher training in 1978 and soon began teaching at the New York IYI, where she was working on her first album, Water My Soul, for RCA records. As Meera moved into middle age, she began adapting her Yoga practice for her older, bigger body, and developed an adapted program called Big Yoga—Big, in terms of the body, but also in terms of the expansiveness of the various…

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Michael Lee, E-RYT 500, C-IAYT, Dip.Soc.Sci, Dip.T., M.A.

Michael is a master educator with 50 years of teaching experience. He founded Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapy in 1985 after many years of deep Yoga practice and work in the areas of personal growth and transformation. Michael is the author of two books: Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapy—Bridge from Body to Soul and Turn Stress Into Bliss. He is also a contributing author to the American Psychological Association published book, Beyond Talk Therapy: Using Movement and Expressive Techniques in Clinical Practice. In 2016, Michael was a keynote speaker at the Symposium on Yoga Therapy and Research (SYTAR) for the International Association…

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Michael Muktan Sullivan, D.C., D.Ay.

Dr. Sullivan has been a Chiropractor and Yoga teacher for over 35 years. He is a diplomat of Ayurvedic Medicine from the International Ayurvedic Institute and has studied and worked at the Ayurvedic Hospital in Coimbatore, South India. He is the founder and director of Riverview Spa, an Ayurveda and Yoga Health Center near Yogaville. See more at RiverviewSpa.com

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Michael Rhadeya Plasha, E-RYT 500, RPYT

Michael Rhadeya Plasha has studied and contemplated the Yoga Sutras for over forty years. He has taught over 12,000 classes and is celebrating the 21st anniversary of his studio in Erie, PA. Certified in Integral Yoga Levels 1 and 2, Prenatal Yoga, and Yoga of the Heart. Michael is a former member of the Yoga Alliance’s Standards Advisory Committee and has given workshops nationwide on the integration of Hatha, Raja, and Tantric Yoga. He holds certification from the American Institute of Vedic Studies in Ayurveda and Yoga. See more at plashayoga.com

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Mimi Rieger, E-RYT

Mimi has been practicing Yoga since 1998 and has been teaching for over fifteen years. Her physical journey began with ballet at the age of four, progressed with martial arts and Yoga in her twenties, and continues to the present day. Mimi is passionate about her wellness exploration and her teaching encourages others to seek their most powerful and evolved selves. A constant seeker, Mimi is consistently studying with her teachers and traveling to trainings, intensives, and retreats to further her knowledge of Yoga and her passionate wellness journey. See more at www.mimiriegeryoga.com.  

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Mitra Somerville, RYT 500

Mitra has lived and taught Integral Yoga in many spiritual communities and health retreats in Australia and the US since 1981. He has taken many intensive, experiential-based trainings to further his own personal growth and build skills as a teacher. He enjoys sharing what he has learned and is practicing in his own life. Mitra is a trainer for the Integral Yoga Basic Teacher Training and a teacher of meditation, Raja Yoga, stress management and Hatha Yoga. In 2016, he self-published a book, Treasure Within You, and a guided CD, Treasure Within You: Guided Meditations and Exercises. See more at…

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Mukta Kaur Khalsa, Ph.D.

Mukta Kaur Khalsa is the director of SuperHealth and personally trained with Yogi Bhajan for thirty years. She was the director of a specialized hospital in Tucson, AZ, that was rated in the top 10% of all programs in the United States by the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations. She is the author of Meditations for Addictive Behavior and Healing Addictive Behavior. SuperHealth is a NGO of U.N. on yogic CE provider integrating into medical community for recovery. See more at Super-Health.net

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Nalanie Chellaram

Nalanie is a modern spiritual teacher—a true soul doctor dedicated to selfless service. She was born into the distinguished Indian family, the Harilelas. She grew up in the presence of a close family friend, who, unbeknown at the time, was to have a deep and lasting influence in her life. This frequent visitor and friend was Swami Satchidananda, her beloved Guru. In March 2008, Nalanie was recognized for “Services to Humanity” in Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth the second New Year’s Honours List. In October she also received a Humanitarian Award from Satchidananda Ashram—Yogaville in Virginia, US. In 2009, Nalanie founded…

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Narayani Noelle Whittington, E-RYT 500

Narayani is a dedicated and passionate Yoga instructor, musician, Bhakti Yoga student, Thai Yoga practitioner, and senior trainer of the Kunga Yoga School. Noelle began teaching full-time in 2006 following completion of the 200-hour teacher training program at the Nosara Yoga Institute in Costa Rica. Later, she completed a host of other trainings and certifications, including 350-hour Advanced Apprenticeship Certification, Fluid Power Yoga, Thai Yoga, Power Pilates, Anatomy of Yoga, Yoga for Trauma and PTSD, Pre and Postnatal Yoga, Hands-on Assisting, Senior and Restorative Yoga, Kunga Vinyasa, 5Elements Flow Yoga. Noelle’s dynamic, fluid, and breath-centered style of teaching draws upon…

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Nischala Joy Devi

Nischala is a masterful teacher and healer, recognized for her innovative way of expressing Yoga and its subtle uses for spiritual growth and complete healing. Her dynamic delivery and deep inner conviction empower each individual, allowing the teachings to expand beyond boundaries and limitations of any one tradition enabling her to touch people’s hearts. Originally trained in Western medicine, she began to blend her practice with Yoga. She offered her expertise in developing the Yoga portion of The Dean Ornish Program for Reversing Heart Disease, and co-founded the award-winning Commonweal Cancer Help Program. Her book, The Healing Path of Yoga, and her Abundant…

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Nitya Griffith, E-RYT 200, CRYT

Nitya, the founder of Nitya Living™, has been an Integral Yoga teacher since 2005. She offers creative children’s Yoga programs with asanas, meditation, mindfulness practices, and breathing practices through storytelling and original songs. Nitya has published the Yoga with Nitya Kid’s Yoga DVD; the Satchidananda Ashram–Yogaville Coloring Book: A Child’s Journey into Yoga; Yoga with Nitya Cookbook: Seasonal, Local, Vegetarian Meals for a Healthy Family; and her latest Musings from Mat: Inspirations and Poetry. See more at nityaliving.com

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Padmarani Rasiah Cantu

Padmarani, a lifelong devotee of Sri Swami Satchidananda, hails from an illustrious and distinguished family from Jaffna, Sri Lanka.  With an international reputation, Padmarani is a consummate artist, accomplished choreographer and teacher who reaches diverse audiences. Padmarani, a Selected Artist with the Virginia Commission for the Arts Tour Directory for the past 22 years, offers regular classes in Richmond.

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Paradiso and Rasamayi

Paradiso and Rasamayi are internationally renowned musicians and 3-time Album of the Year award winners. Their audiences have frequently reported experiences of deep meditation, visions of their guides, life purpose, and past lives, as well as profound healing during their performances. They have been identified as the #1 Independent World Music band in the world, and they have produced four albums together. Paradiso and Rasamayi have collaborated in projects and events with luminaries such as; Michael Bernard Beckwith, Neal Donald Walsch, Dr. Masaru Emoto, Jonathan Goldman, and Steven Halpern. See more at paradisoandrasamayi.com

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Paul Olko, ND, Dipl. CH, MST

Paul is a naturopath, herbalist and Asian bodywork therapist. He has been associated with the Ni Family Traditional practices since 1989, and travels to Los Angeles each year to advance his own practice. He is certified by the Chi Health Institute of the College of Tao in the Ni family’s Eighteen-Step Harmony-Style Tai Chi and has been a Yoga teacher since 1972. He lives in Charlottesville, VA, where he has an active practice in the healing arts and teaches Taoist movement arts on a regular basis. See more at greenlakehealing.com

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Prahaladan Philip Mandelkorn

Prahaladan (Phillip), a former U.S. Navy Seal Team Platoon Commander, Time Magazine Correspondent and Sen. Robert Kennedy’s speechwriter, served later as Director of Teacher Training at Satchidananda Ashram and collaborated with Sri Swami Satchidananda on the books To Know Your Self and The Living Gita. He also collaborated with Rabbi Zalman Schachter-Shelomi on the book Fragments of a Future Scroll.

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Prashanti Carroll Ann Friedmann, E-RYT 500

Prashanti (Carroll Ann) has been a Yoga teacher since 2007 and is studying to become an Integral Yoga Minister. She has graduate degrees in religion from Princeton Seminary and the University of Virginia. She teaches Raja Yoga and religion classes at the University of Virginia and in the Charlottesville community. Her “regular job” is serving as Chief Financial Officer of Trademark Tours LLC. Prashanti belongs to a Yoga family; her husband and four children all practice some form of Yoga.  They travel to India each winter to study asana, meditation, pranayama, scripture, chanting, and Sanskrit with venerable teachers.

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Prema Mayi

Prema Mayi has been practicing Bhakti Yoga for over 40 years. While living in ashrams, she studied the arts and philosophies of the Vedas under the guidance of S. Bhaktivedanta Narayan Maharaja. Prema offers her students an opportunity to discover natural inner wealth through the exploration of their own voices. She travels around the world sharing these ancient gifts. See more at premamayi.com

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Raama Das Bell, E-RYT 500, C-IAYT, YACEP

Raama Das is a former director of the Integral Yoga® Teachers Association and has been instructing Integral Yoga since 2009. He is a lead trainer for the Integral Yoga 200-hour TT at Yogaville and co-presents both the 200 and 500-hour Yoga Alliance programs at Heal Me Institute in Fredericksburg. Raama recently received certification as a Yoga Therapist through the International Association of Yoga Therapists (IAYT), having studied Yoga programs for specific health conditions, including, anxiety, depression, cancer, heart disease, arthritis, and addiction. He is also certified as a teacher of Intermediate Hatha, Raja Yoga, Meditation, Stress Management, Yin Yoga, and Yoga for…

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Ram Bhakt, E-RYT 500

Ram Bhakt is a Yoga teacher and entrepreneur. He founded Long Beach School of Yoga in 2012. He is known for using technology to share his gifts and inspiring his teacher trainees to find their unique place in the current Yoga marketplace. His mission is to share the healing power of Yoga to as many people as possible by building connections within the community. He is a published author, international host, and emcee, and experienced digital marketer across multiple media. See more at longbeachschoolofyoga.com

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Ram Wiener, E-RYT 500

Ram Wiener is one of the foremost administrators and teachers at Yogaville. He serves as vice president of Programs, overseeing the Integral Yoga Academy, all of the teachers’ programs, the Department of Program Development and Advertising, as well as the Ashram businesses. A skilled teacher, Ram is certified in Meditation, Raja Yoga, Children’s Yoga, Adaptive Yoga, Gentle Yoga, and Intermediate Hatha Yoga. Ram is a native of Central America and is fluent in Spanish, Portuguese, French, and English. He has organized many successful tours in Italy and Latin America, including ones to Mexico, Costa Rica, Guatemala, Peru, and Puerto Rico.

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Ramakrishna Sackett

Ramakrishna began studying Yoga and Eastern religions in 1967. In 1970, he joined the Integral Yoga® Institute (IYI) of San Francisco as a founding member. As an Integral Yoga (IY) teacher and community service director of the IYI, he taught the community in high schools, colleges, half-way houses, detention centers, on wilderness outings, and on a television program. In 1972, he became a founding member of Yogaville West in northern California. He served as head of maintenance until 1975 when he moved with his wife Radha to Yogaville East in Connecticut. A carpenter by trade, Ramakrishna was a key member…

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Ranjani Bayne, RYT 200

Ranjani, has teaching Integral Yoga since 2010. She combines her educational background and joy of movement to help promote health, well-being, happiness, and peace for all her students. She especially enjoys using props and modifications to assist students and create accessibility for all bodies. She teaches Integral Yoga Level 1, Mixed Level Integral Yoga, Restorative Yoga, Adaptive Yoga, Chair Yoga, and Stress Management at Satchidananda Ashram–Yogaville. Ranjani is also a Yoga As A Peace Practice ambassador. Before relocating to the Ashram in 2015, Ranjani shared the teachings of Integral Yoga in studios, churches, gyms, and with private clients in home…

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Rebecca Jacchia

Rebecca owner and founder of Triad Dance is a professional dance teacher, event organizer and social media manager. She hosts a yearly meditation retreat at Laurel Ridge Conference Center called the Mindful Mountain Retreat. This retreat includes meditation, Yoga, and dance which are her three passions. She has been dancing, meditating, and practicing Yoga with her partner Jacob Felder for the past 13 years. Rebecca and Jacob were featured dance instructors on the TV series My Big Fat Fabulous Life. Rebecca is a dedicated and passionate dance instructor who values movement and meditation as a way to cope with chronic…

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Rev. Devaja Ciccolella, RYT 500, IYM

Rev. Devaja had a successful career as an electrical engineer and computer systems engineer. He also was involved in Emergency Response (EMS, Industrial Fire and Rescue) for over twenty years. He was introduced to Integral Yoga in 2001 and became a Yoga teacher in 2003. He now teaches Hatha Yoga, Raja Yoga, and Stress Management. In 2011 he was ordained as an Integral Yoga Minister and currently directs Yogaville’s Seminary Training program.

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Rev. Dr. Viviana Collazo, E-RYT 500, CPYT

Viviana has been teaching Hatha Yoga, meditation, Ayurveda, metaphysics, Reiki, and other energy balancing methods since 2000. She lives in Central Florida area and serves as a Yoga/meditation teacher and spiritual counselor. Her passion is working with pregnant women; from private lessons to hospital settings, and she has been working as a Prenatal Yoga teacher since 2007. Viviana has been an Ordained Minister since 2006. In 2012, she received a Doctorate Degree in Metaphysical Studies and Comparative Religious studies through the Alliance of Divine Love International Ministry. Her dissertation was titled: Journey through a Conscious Spiritual Pregnancy and Birthing. She…

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Rev. Fletcher Harper

Fletcher Harper, an Episcopal priest, is Executive Director of GreenFaith, an interfaith environmental organization that works with diverse faith communities internationally.  An award-winning spiritual writer and widely-recognized preacher on the environment, he has developed a range of innovative programs to make GreenFaith an international leader in the religious-environmental movement. A graduate of Princeton University and Union Theological Seminary, Harper served as a parish priest for ten years prior to joining GreenFaith.  He accepted GreenFaith’s Many Faith’s, one Earth Award from UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon in 2009 and was named an Ashoka Fellow in 2011.  He is the author of…

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Rev. Jacob Felder, E-RYT 500, B.S.A.

Reverend Jacob Felder, has been actively practicing Yoga since 1969, lived at Satchidananda Ashram–Yogaville during the early 80’s, and has been teaching Yoga since 1985. His teaching ranges from gentle Yoga to intermediate and advanced practices. Jacob choreographed a 60 pose partner Yoga flow and produced the DVD, Yoga Two-gether™, authored Gentle Yoga with Yogi Jacob™ DVD, and developed a system of teaching balance techniques, Born to Balance™, and produced a DVD by the same name. He has also been teaching meditation since 1985, and the deeper states of meditation since 2001. He developed, trademarked, and authored the book, Meditation: The…

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Rev. Jivana Heyman, E-RYT 500, C-IAYT, IYM

Reverend Jivana is founder of Accessible Yoga, an international organization dedicated to increasing access to the Yoga teachings. Accessible Yoga offers conferences, trainings, and an online network dedicated to sharing Yoga with every body. He is co-owner of the Santa Barbara Yoga Center and an Integral Yoga minister. With over 20 years of training and teaching in the Integral Yoga tradition, Jivana has specialized in teaching Yoga to people with disabilities with an emphasis on sharing Yoga philosophy. His passion is making Yoga accessible to everyone. Jivana has led over forty Yoga teacher training programs over the past 16 years, created…

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Rev. Kumari de Sachy

Rev. Kumari is a long-time devotee of Sri Swami Satchidananda.  She is currently head of Resident Services at Satchidananda Ashram–Yogaville and is author of A Vision of Peace: The Interfaith Teachings of Sri Swami Satchidananda and Bound to be Free: The Liberating Power of Prison Yoga.

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Rev. Lakshmi Barsel, Ph.D.

Rev. Lakshmi is a senior Integral Yoga teacher. She has taught Raja Yoga, meditation, and scripture classes on the Bhagavad Gita and the Thirukkural. She has a Ph.D. in linguistic anthropology and presently serves as the director of the Satchidananda Prison Project and as the chair of the Integral Yoga Ministry.

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Rev. Paraman Barsel

Rev. Paraman has taught Raja and Jnana Yoga, meditation, and all aspects of Integral Yoga for over forty years.  He served as director of the Washington, D.C. and New York Integral Yoga Institutes and as president of Yogaville–West and Yogaville–East in Connecticut. He currently serves on Ashram’s Spiritual Life Board and with the Ashram Prison Project. He was one of the original designers and instructors of the 200-hour Integral Yoga Teacher Training and has been a senior instructor since 1971. He currently serves on Ashram’s Spiritual Life Board and with the Ashram Prison Project.

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Rev. Sumati Govinda Steinberg, RN, BSN, E-RYT 500, C-IAYT

Reverend Sumati Govinda was born with an intense desire to realize her true nature, a desire that was nurtured by growing up in Satchidananda Ashram–Yogaville.  Drawn to meditation, she began practicing with her father around 2 years old.  Before she entered kindergarten, her passion for the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali was ignited.  She solidified her path by receiving mantra initiation in 1979 from her guru Sri Swami Satchidananda.  Sumati maintains a healthy balance of worldly and spiritual life. She is a Certified Yoga Therapist and an Integral Yoga® Interfaith Minister, and she holds a bachelor’s degree in Nursing. Sumati and her…

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Reverend Bhagavan Metro

Reverend Bhagavan Metro has been a devotee of Sri Swami Satchidananda since 1973 and has lived at Satchidananda Ashram–Yogaville, Virginia since 1981. Reverend Bhagavan is a certified Integral Yoga instructor and was ordained as a minister of Integral Yoga in 1980. He has served as a member of the Integral Yoga Ministry Board for over 15 years and has served as past chairman of the board. Bhagavan was the Integral Yoga Ministry Seminary director for many years and currently sits on the Spiritual Life Board. As co-owner of New Age Builders, he built many of the buildings at the Ashram…

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Reverend Jan M. Brown, MSc, B.A.

Reverend Jan is the Executive Director of SpiritWorks Foundation Center for the Soul, a recovery community organization with locations in Williamsburg and Warrenton, Virginia. She is an ordained Deacon in the Episcopal Church, presently serving at Bruton Parish Church in Williamsburg, VA. She graduated from the College of William and Mary with a B.A. in Psychology, is certified as a Peer Recovery Support Specialist, and is an international scholar in the field of Addiction Studies. Jan received her Master of Science Degree in 2018 through a specialized program with King’s College in London, the University of Adelaide, and Virginia Commonwealth University.…

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Reverend Prakasha Shakti Capen, E-RYT 500

Reverend Prakasha Shakti left behind her career in broadcasting when she realized her real passion—to serve by teaching Yoga. Over the years, she was director of the Integral Yoga Institutes in Washington, DC, Boston, and San Francisco. As editor-in-chief of Integral Yoga Publications, she worked directly with Sri Swami Satchidananda. In San Francisco, she served as director of Life Enhancement for the AIDS/HIV Study Group, worked with Dr. Dean Ornish’s Program for Reversing Heart Disease, and began hospice service. A professional writer and editor, Prakasha now specializes in Yoga for those with chronic illness and, also, teaches application of Yoga…

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Reverend Sam Rudra Swartz, IYM, E-RYT 200, RCYT, YACEP

Reverend Rudra was introduced to Integral Yoga and the teachings of Sri Swami Satchidananda in 2001. Since that time, he has been active in the Integral Yoga organization, living at Yogaville and the Integral Yoga Institute of New York. He recently completed Accessible Yoga Teacher Training offered through Integral Yoga Institute in San Francisco. Rudra graduated from Boston University’s College of Fine Arts and is an active musician. He leads Kidding Around Yoga (KAY) teacher trainings and has served as a Camp Yogaville director for 7 years. Rudra is a graduate of the All Faiths Seminary in New York, where he received ordination…

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Revs. Bhagavan and Bhavani Metro

Reverends Bhagavan and Bhavani have been devotees of Sri Gurudev Swami Satchidananda since 1974. They moved from their home in Colorado to Satchidananda Ashram–Yogaville East, Connecticut in 1979 to be close to Sri Gurudev and the Integral Yoga sangha and to enroll their children in the Vidyalayam school.   In 1980 they moved their family to Satchidananda Ashram–Yogaville, Virginia where they currently reside. Their construction company, New Age Builders, built most of the structures at Yogaville.   They are surrounded by a large, loving family composed of 5 generations living within a few miles of their home at Yogaville. Their…

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Richard Miller

Richard is the author of Yoga Nidra: A Meditative Practice for Deep Relaxation and Healing, is a psychologist and contemporary teacher of nondualism whose teachings emphasize spiritual awakening and psychological integration. Richard is co-founder of the International Association of Yoga Therapy, the founding president and CEO of the Integrative Restoration Institute, a founding board member of the Institute for Spirituality and Psychology, and a senior advisor to the Baumann Institute, dedicated to understanding the impact of pure awareness on well-being. Richard serves as a consultant researching the Yoga Nidra protocol that he’s developed (Integrative Restoration – iRest) with soldiers, veterans,…

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Rickie Simpson, Ph.D., APRN-CNS, E-RYT 200, C-IAYT

Rickie Simpson, Ph.D., APRN-CNS, C-IAYT, BCPCC, E-RYT 200, LFYP-2/Mentor, is a board-certified Psychiatric-Mental Health Clinical Nurse Specialist specializing in individual, couples, group, and family therapy. She integrates complementary methodologies and techniques to offer a highly personalized, faith-consistent approach tailored to each client. Dr. Simpson is certified as a Yoga therapist, a Coherence Therapist, an Imago Relationship Therapist, a Professional Christian Counselor, a LifeForce Yoga Practitioner 2/Mentor, a 200-hr Yoga teacher, a Phoenix Rising Yoga therapist, and a hypnotherapist. She belongs to the International Association of Practitioners of Encounter-centered Couples Therapy and is also one of the primary international investigators for evaluating…

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Rina Jakubowicz, E-RYT 500

Rina is known for her vibrant and uplifting approach to Yoga. She is an international bilingual Yoga teacher, Reiki practitioner, motivational speaker, and author of Choose Peace: A Practical Guide to Consciousness. She has been a teacher of teachers for over eleven years, presenting at Yoga conferences all over the United States and the world. Rina was Yoga Journalʼs March 2015 cover model and has been featured in Mantra Magazine, Yoga Journal Online, Today’s Yoga, and other worldwide publications. She also created Super Yogis’ Schoolhouse, a pioneering Yoga curriculum for children and teens. See more at rinayoga.com

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Robin Carnes, E-RYT 500, C-IAYT, MBA

Robin is well recognized as a pioneer and innovator in the field of mind-body therapies for trauma and related conditions. Her work has been featured in The Washington Post, Woman’s Day Magazine, Yoga Journal, Army Magazine, The Huffington Post, Defense.gov, and Yoga International. She presents regularly at conferences and lectured at the National Defense University. Robin appears in the award-winning documentary, Escape Fire: The Fight to Rescue America’s Healthcare. In 2013, The Smithsonian Institute recognized Robin for bringing Yoga and meditation to military communities. Since 2012, she has a private Yoga therapy practice, working mainly with civilians who suffer from…

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Rosana Azar

Rosana, artist and educator, brings an infectious passion for creativity, art, and life to her work. In 1991, she immigrated to the US from Argentina with her family and continues her international career as a renowned painter. Her work has been exhibited in Paris, Berlin, Bucharest, Prague, and New York.  Rosana has presented many workshops nationally and internationally, including at the Washington National Cathedral. Since 1997, she’s been the executive director of Creative Adventures, Inc., a nonprofit which brings the arts to public school children and teachers. Rosana directs the fine art camps at Strathmore Arts Center, in Rockville, MD.…

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Rose Kress, E-RYT 500, C-IAYT, LFYP-2, YACEP

Rose, began practicing Yoga in 1994 and has been teaching Yoga since 2004, focusing on the therapeutic aspects of Yoga—for the body, mind, and soul. Rose teaches classes and workshops throughout the Tucson, AZ, area and has been blessed to teach at The Crossings in Austin, TX, at Yogaville in Buckingham, VA, at Kripalu in Lenox, MA, and at Sivananda Ashram in the Bahamas with the LifeForce Yoga Practitioner Training Program. She has also presented at a number of Yoga Festivals in Arizona. Rose integrates LifeForce Yoga techniques into therapeutic Yoga for back pain, cancer, pulmonary disease, structural wellness, and…

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Rowan Raghavan Cobelli, E-RYT 500

Rowan Raghavan has been teaching Yoga full-time for 18 years and has over 20,000 hours of teaching experience. He has completed Integral Yoga teacher training at the Advanced level and has received additional training in Stress Management and Raja Yoga. Through exploration and the guidance of inspirational teachers, Raghavan integrates Yoga philosophy into the actual mechanics of movement. Using anatomical orientation as a foundation, Raghavan’s teaching opens a door to the subtle, which enables one’s Yoga practice to take a whole new direction. With guidance, his students develop a quality of movement that embodies reverence. Yoga holds an important place…

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Rukmini Ando, E-RYT 200, RYT 500, YACEP

Nathalie Rukmini Ando has been practicing Yoga since 2004 and has been teaching since 2010. She is certified in Advanced Integral Yoga, Adaptive Yoga, Stress Management, Yoga of Recovery, and Raja Yoga. As a teacher, she’s known for her clear instruction and her classes include fun, level-appropriate challenges. She currently serves as program development director, graphic designer, and Yoga teacher at Satchidananda Ashram–Yogaville. She holds a bachelor’s degree in engineering and is also a fine artist, specializing in oil-on-canvas. See her artwork at Nathalie-Ando.pixels.com

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Sam Eberle

Sam has lived in Yogaville for fifteen years and has served as a Camp Yogaville director for the last four years. In 2002, he spent two months building schools in Kenya and spent all his free time playing with the local children. Sam is the head of Shakticom, the Integral Yoga multimedia center in Yogaville, as well as the webmaster for Yogaville.org. He is also a member of Yogaville’s Board of Trustees. 

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Sampada Desai, M.A., LPC, E-RYT 500, CLYL, CLYT

Sam is a licensed professional counselor with training in clinical psychology and 30 years of psychotherapeutic experience. Additionally, she is trained as a certified laughter leader and teacher trainer. She currently works as a psychotherapist at Centra Health in Lynchburg, Virginia, and maintains a private practice at her agency, Desai Counseling and Yoga. An experienced and compassionate Yoga teacher, she routinely teaches Yoga at her studio, local colleges, and other community organizations. A gifted and engaging speaker, Sam brings to her workshops a unique blend of Western psychology and Eastern mindfulness practices including Yoga, meditation, deep relaxation, healing imagery, conscious breathing,…

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Sandra Susheela Gilbert, BA, C-IAYT, E-RYT500, YACEP

Sandra Susheela is the director and Senior YCat trainer and qualifier for the full 300-hour YCat all levels training. Sandra is a highly recognized Integral Yoga® teacher holding advanced training certificates in Stress Management, Integrative, and Mind-Body Therapies and Patient Navigation. Sandra has mentored and taught alongside YCat founder Jnani Chapman for the past 12 years and is committed to taking her YCat Yoga Therapy program forward since her passing in December. Sandra was a Yoga teacher and stress management educator as well as a group support facilitator for Cardiac and Pulmonary Rehabilitation at Beth Israel Medical Center in NYC.…

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Sari Heidenreich

Sari Heidenreich has served as North American Regional Coordinator for United Religions Initiative since October 2017. The United Religions Initiative is dedicated to bridging the differences between people of all beliefs in order to create community and solve local and global challenges. Sari brings with her a background of cross-cultural living and working. She spent middle and high school in Ghana, West Africa, where her parents worked with a network of churches. As an adult, she spent time living, traveling, and working in the Middle East, including a year-long stint in Jerusalem. This immersion gave her the life-changing experience of…

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Satya Greenstone, E-RYT 500, C-IAYT

Satya Greenstone has been a student of Sri Swami Satchidananda since 1971. She has shared the teachings of Integral Yoga® in many diverse settings with students of all ages and backgrounds and combines a natural, practical, down-to-earth approach to Yoga with a gentle humor. Since 1999 she has been a primary teacher for the 200-hour and the Intermediate Yoga Teacher Training programs. While serving as teacher training coordinator, she helped to develop and teach the first Gentle Yoga Teacher Training program. She has also developed and teaches training programs in Restorative Yoga, Adaptive Yoga, and Yoga and Meditation for Children. In…

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Sean Johnson, E-RYT 500 and The Wild Lotus Band

Sean has been teaching Yoga and guiding kirtan for over twenty years. He is the founder of Wild Lotus Yoga studios in his native New Orleans, and Soul School, an interdisciplinary Yoga teacher training program that focuses on teaching Yoga with skill and imagination. He has a master’s degree from Naropa Institute- Oakland, with focus on teaching chant as spiritual practice. He has written for Yoga Journal and is the co-curator of Putumayo World Music’s music-for-Yoga compilations including Yoga, World Yoga, Yoga Lounge, and Acoustic Yoga. In 2005, he founded the Wild Lotus Band as a post-Hurricane Katrina philanthropic music project, raising funds across…

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Shakti Love Liebl

Shakti Love is a certified elementary and K-12 science teacher who has taught many years in indoor and outside classrooms. She incorporates her love of all Yoga teachings, nature, music, and art. She has authored a children’s book, Titus and the Saber–Tooth. She is also certified in English as a Second Language (ESL) and Museum Studies. She currently lives and works at Satchidnanda Ashram–Yogaville and is finishing a masters in Museum Education.

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Shankari Goldstein, RYT 500

Shankari has been on a journey of self discovery and universal connection since 2009. Trained in the lineage of Integral Yoga, she understands the need to invoke the six paths of Yoga, not only for herself, but also for her students. She is also certified in Adaptive Yoga and Yoga of Recovery. She has served for the last four years as director of Group Visitor Services at Satchidananda Ashram–Yogaville, and spent three years serving on the Yogaville Leadership Team. Shankari has spent years connecting to breath, body, strength, movement, and energy to create her own style of Hatha Yoga and…

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Shanti Norris, C-IAYT

Shanti Norris is an artist and art and healing consultant with over 45 years of experience practicing and teaching Yoga. She was co-founder and executive director of Smith Center for Healing and the Arts in Washington, D.C. and was assistant to Swami Satchidananda for 10 years.

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Sharanya Sharon Manner, E-RYT 500, RCYT

Sharanya is the creator and founder of Samadhi Sun Yoga School, a Yoga Alliance approved Yoga school specializing in 200 and 500-hour Yoga teacher trainings as well as a 100-hour Yoga for Autism Teacher Training. Sharon and her team have successfully guided countless trainees towards becoming compassionate and knowledgeable yoga teachers. Her teachers include Sri Swami Satchidananda, John Margabandhu Martarano, Swami Ramananda, Swami Brahmananda Sivananda, Swami Ashokananda, Mukunda Stiles, Nischala Joy Devi, Guru Darham, Gurmukhi of Kundalini Yoga, Dr. Rachel Hott of NLP Center of New York and many more.

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Sid McNairy, E-RYT 500, M.S., B.A.

Sid is a warrior who lives life fully in peace. As a previous football coach at Northern Illinois University with a major in movement and sports science from Purdue University and a master’s degree in sports administration from Eastern Illinois University, Sid’s path to healing and inspiring others was destined. Sid’s Yoga journey started with meditation at 8 years of age with coaches that taught him to meditate. Sid first began doing the physical practice of Yoga to find a way to heal both physically and emotionally. As Sid developed his own Yoga practice, he realized many health benefits, such…

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Siva Buechner, RYT 500, B.A.

Siva currently serves in the Office of Spiritual Development at Satchidananda Ashram–Yogaville and leads sessions in Hatha Yoga, Yoga Nidra, and guided meditation. Prior to being at the Ashram, Siva studied at Wake Forest University, finishing with a double major in Economics and English. Shortly thereafter, he embraced the example of Mahatma Gandhi and embarked full-time on the spiritual quest: intentionally living without money, practicing daily meditation and Yoga, and being of service to the moment. By grace, he arrived at Yogaville in 2013 and has since received training in Raja Yoga, Meditation, Yoga of Recovery, and Laugha Yoga.

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Sivakami Sonia Sumar, E-RYT 500, CRYT, C-IAYT

Sonia Sumar (Sivakami) is internationally known for her pioneering work using Yoga therapy with special children. Her innovative techniques and methods have been improving the lives of children with special needs for over 40 years. She owned and directed Yoga centers in Brazil and Chicago, where she has achieved remarkable results working with children and adults. She currently travels extensively, conducting workshops and professional training programs for Yoga teachers and other professionals throughout the world. She is author of the book Yoga for the Special Child®, which has been published in several languages. See more at SpecialYoga.com

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Sosie Hublitz

Sosie is a Chef, nutritionist and restaurateur, experienced in the development and teaching recovery diet recipies and programs for those with the desire to take their body to new levels of balance, including weigh management, medical challenges and overall health maintenance, focusing on individuals and lifestyles, integrating healing properties of food as medicine. Sosie’s approach to cooking lessons is filled with levity and allows for easy, playful instruction that turns healthy eating into a powerful and transforming experience.

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Special Guest Brad Ellsworth of Druminyasa®

As featured by The Washington Times, CBS, and Washington’s WTOP news, Brad Ellsworth of Druminyasa has been playing drums and percussion for over twenty-five years. Based in Richmond, Brad is a Yoga practitioner and teacher who founded Druminyasa by connecting his love for rhythm, drums, and movement.

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Stacey Kennealy

Stacey directs the GreenFaith Certification Program, and also helps religious groups develop sustainable consumption practices. She wrote Repairing Eden, GreenFaith’s sustainable food guide, co-authored a food audit with the Johns Hopkins Center for a Livable Future, and has written many other environmental guides and toolkits. She has completed training with the Cloud Institute for Sustainability Education, The Center for Whole Communities, Pine Wind Zen Monastery, and The Climate Project.  An honors graduate of Rutgers University with dual degrees in ecology and environmental policy, Stacey previously worked with Rutgers University’s nationally-respected Director of Purchasing on various “green” purchasing initiatives and as a…

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Stacy Kamala Waltman, E-RYT 500

Stacy Kamala Waltman is a credentialed Yoga Therapist, Yoga Nidra master, minister, and seasoned yogi with over thirty-five years of experience as a student of Swami Satchidananda’s Integral Yoga.  Kamala first met Swami Satchidananda at the age of 17 and immediately began studying under his wing. The name Kamala was given to her by Swami Satchidananda at the age of 18; it means “the open lotus flower” and is the name of the tenth of the Wisdom Goddesses or Maha Vidyas. Kamala Waltman is a certified Life Coach and teacher of Raja Yoga, meditation, Stress Management, Yoga for Grief and Loss,…

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Steffany Moonaz,  Ph.D., E-RYT 500, C-IAYT, MFA,

Steffany is a Yoga therapist and researcher specializing in rheumatic diseases. She currently serves as director of Clinical and Academic Research at the Maryland University of Integrative Health. She received her 200-hour Yoga teacher training at Satchidananda Ashram–Yogaville in 2003 and her 500-hour training from Yama Therapeutics. Steffany spent seven years at Johns Hopkins University, developing and evaluating a Yoga program for individuals with rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis, which has been replicated in collaboration with the National Institutes of Health. She is the founder of Yoga for Arthritis, an organization bringing evidence-informed Yoga programs to people, nationwide, with arthritis, as…

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Steven Weiss, RYT 500, M.S., D.C., C-IAYT

Steven is a holistic chiropractor, nutritionist, and Yoga therapist. He teaches internationally, offering workshops and Yoga teacher trainings in anatomy, alignment principles, Yoga therapeutics, and nutrition. Steven’s twenty-year history with Yogaville includes being part of the Living Yoga Training (LYT) program and teaching numerous workshops. For twenty-four years, he has been on the Yoga faculty and a resident wellness provider at the Omega Institute for Holistic Studies in Rhinebeck, NY. He also maintains a position as post-graduate faculty with New York Chiropractic College, presenting continuing education with his program, the ChiroYoga™ Seminars. Steven Weiss is the author of the popular…

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Sudevi Linda Kramer, LMT, E-RYT 500, M.A.

Sudevi Linda Kramer is a highly sought-after certified Vedic Conservatory teacher of Vedic Style Thai-Yoga Bodywork. She is a certified teacher in Integral Yoga and Jivamukti Yoga, a Pranic Healer and Reiki Master, and a licensed massage therapist. She studies in various parts of Thailand and leads annual Study Tours. Sudevi also holds a Master’s Degree from the University of Missouri. She has been in private practice for 17 years, and was inducted in the World Massage Hall of Fame. Her particular interest is in Traditional Thai Medicine (TTM). See more at vedicconservatory.com/sudevi-page

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Susan Carol Stone, Ph.D.

Dr. Susan Carol Stone has practiced mindfulness for thirty years. She teaches Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) at the University of Virginia and is a teacher with the Insight Meditation Community of Charlottesville. A graduate of the Community Dharma Leader Program at Spirit Rock Meditation Center (CA), she leads mindfulness retreats and workshops, mentors in an online mindfulness teacher training program, and has taught mindfulness in a variety of settings, including maximum security prisons and middle schools. She has lived in Zen and Theravadan Buddhist monasteries and is ordained as a Zen lay priest. Susan is also a Reiki master who…

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Susan Turnage, RN, CYN, RYT 500

Susan is a clinical nurse that has more than four decades of experience in pediatric oncology, pediatric head injury, corrections, home health, and case management. She teaches ten weekly therapeutic Yoga classes in her community in Central Virginia. She has presented Yoga Nursing programs at major nursing universities and at the Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health. Her proficiency in the fundamentals of anatomy, physiology, and chronic health conditions has informed her presentations for corporate health and wellness programs. See more at nursesusanyoga.com

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Swami Arivananda, RYT 500

Swami Arivananda has been teaching beginner, intermediate, and advanced Integral Yoga practices since 2008. Before discovering Integral Yoga, Arivananda enjoyed an eclectic career as a professional dancer, teacher, and choreographer for over 30 years. She owned and operated a successful performing arts center and ballet company. Additionally, she and her partner of 20 years developed a software company focusing on interactive multimedia and training programs. Before moving to the Integral Yoga Institute of San Francisco, Arivananda was serving the Living Yoga Trainees (LYTs) at Satchidananda Ashram—Yogaville in Buckingham, VA.  Her enthusiastic style exemplifies that regardless of the service performed, one’s…

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Swami Asokananda, E-RYT 500

Swami Asokananda, a monk since 1975, is one of Integral Yoga’s® (IY) foremost teachers—known for his warmth, intelligence, and good humor. His teaching comes out of his own practice and experience while absorbing the wisdom of his Guru, Sri Swami Satchidananda. While he enjoys sharing the practical wisdom of yogic philosophy (especially the great Indian scripture, the Bhagavad Gita), he also loves his practice of Hatha Yoga. He is one of Yogaville’s primary instructors for Intermediate and Advanced Hatha Yoga Teacher Trainings. He presently serves as president of the IY Institute in New York City. Before this position, he served…

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Swami Divyananda Ma, RYT 500

Swami Divyananda Ma believes that a light load equals a light heart, and makes a point of not owning more than she can carry. This “less is more” philosophy perfectly suits her active life. Since 1973 she’s been traveling the world teaching Integral Yoga. She has taught at corporations, universities, the Commonwealth Cancer Center, and for the Dr. Dean Ornish Reversing Heart Disease programs. She has also served as one of Integral Yoga’s Basic Hatha teacher trainers. Swami Divyananda Ma took monastic vows in 1975 from the great saint and yogi, Sri Swami Satchidananda.  Over the years she has served as…

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Swami Gurucharanananda "Mataji"

Swami Gurucharanananda, lovingly called Mataji, is a senior sannyasi (monk) and disciple of Gurudev, Sri Swami Satchidanandaji Maharaj. She lives at Yogaville and serves on the Sannyas Board. Mataji is a guided meditation leader and Hatha Yoga teacher, an inspiring speaker, Integral Yoga® mentor, and private retreat guide. She loves to offer pujas (worship service), read Sri Gurudev’s teachings at lunch, and play the violin as a wake-up call in the dorms! In 2014 she was awarded the Swami Satchidananda Lifetime Service Award. Mataji always has a loving, joy-filled smile ready for you!

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Swami Jyotirmayananda

Swami Jyotirmayananda has served at Satchidananda Ashram–Yogaville in various capacities since 1983. Under the guidance of Sri Swami Satchidananda, she designed and installed displays in the LOTUS All Faiths Hall and Display Hall, Guru Bhavan, and Sivananda Hall Saints and Sages Galleries. She served in Ashram administration for 10 years and currently serves as director of LOTUS Center for All Faiths (LCAF), the interfaith action arm of LOTUS. She has participated in many interfaith conferences in the USA and Canada. Under her shortened name “Jyoti Ma,” she authored the children’s book Sparkling Together based on universal love. As a watercolor…

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Swami Karunananda, E-RYT 500

Swami Karunananda, is a senior disciple of Sri Swami Satchidananda. In 1975, she was ordained as a monk into the Holy Order of Sannyas. She has had over 40 years experience teaching all aspects of Yoga and specializes now in workshops, retreats, and teacher training programs that focus on the science of meditation, the philosophy of Yoga, personal transformation, and Yoga breathing techniques for better health and wellbeing. She developed, and for over 25 years has taught, the Integral Yoga® Teacher Training programs in Raja Yoga and in Meditation. Swami Karunananda served as president of Satchidananda Ashram–Yogaville in Virginia and…

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Swami Priyaananda, E-RYT 500

Swami Priyaananda is a senior disciple of Swami Satchidananda with thirty years of experience in the practice of Integral Yoga. She served in the Integral Yoga Health Services division and the Distribution Department at Satchidananda Ashram in Connecticut, as well as Executive Secretary and Coordinator of the Living Yoga Training program at the Ashram in Virginia. Currently, she is Vice President of the Office of Spiritual Development and Manager of Satchidananda Archives.

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Swami Ramananda, E-RYT 500, C-IAYT

Swami Ramananda is the Executive Director of the Integral Yoga Institute in San Francisco and a greatly respected senior teacher in the Integral Yoga tradition who has been practicing Yoga for over 40 years. Ramananda offers practical methods of integrating the timeless teachings and practices of Yoga into daily life and transforming the painful aspects of human experience into steps toward realizing one’s full potential. He leads beginner, intermediate, and advanced level Yoga teacher training programs in San Francisco, and offers a variety of programs in many locations in the US, Europe, and South America. Ramananda trains Yoga teachers to bring…

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Swami Vidyananda, E-RYT 500, C-IAYT

Swami Vidyananda began practicing Yoga in 1969 and has been teaching Integral Yoga® and training Yoga teachers since 1973. She became a swami (monastic) in 1983. She has taught and trained Yoga and meditation teachers throughout the US and Canada, as well as Australia, Europe, and India. She presently lives at Satchidananda Ashram–Yogaville, VA, where she teaches all branches of Integral Yoga, including Hatha, Raja, and Jnana Yoga, meditation, and yogic lifestyle. She continues to travel widely, training Yoga teachers and offering workshops on meditation, stress management, Yoga and the emotions, and mid-life meaning. Before becoming a Yoga teacher, Vidyananda…

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Tara (Becky) Eschenroeder, E-RYT 500, RCYT, YACEP

Tara (Becky) Eschenroeder is a certified coach and mentor, self-published author. and an accomplished yogini who was voted one of the top three Yoga instructors by Richmond Magazine in 2015. With some teachers, the lessons are planned, practiced, rehearsed, and perfected to a tee, but Tara Eschenroeder offers a different experience. Teaching was Tara’s dharma long before she realized it. She grew up with a bow and arrow in her hands, learning to pull back with just enough aim and control to send her arrow into the abyss, knowing and trusting it would hit its intended mark. Likewise, she enters each…

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Tim Feldmann

Tim Feldmann is the director of Miami Life Center, the Yoga shala (Yoga studio) he founded with his wife Kino MacGregor and Matt Tashjian. He was set on the Yoga path by his first teacher, Lino Miele, and is authorized to teach directly by the founder of the Ashtanga Yoga Method, Sri K. Pattabhi Jois, and his grandson, R. Sharath Jois. A practitioner of the Advanced A series, Tim is dedicated to Ashtanga Yoga’s traditional method. A near fatal falling accident in 1992 led Tim on the yogic path. His teaching integrates extensive studies of F.M. Alexander Technique and sitting meditation…

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Tom Spector, Ph.D.

Tom began meditating while in graduate school at Yale University in 1968. He realized he had low self-esteem, lots of anger, and was flunking out of an intense, specialized program. Meditation helped him immensely. He began to understand complicated concepts with new clarity and started healing his personal issues. Tom rapidly became a star student, completing the full Ph.D. program in record time. In the 1970s, Tom passionately studied meditation and healing with Ram Dass. After a magical meeting with Elizabeth Kubler-Ross at a Ram Dass meditation retreat, Tom started sharing the techniques that helped him so much. He continued…

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Trace Sahaja Bonner, E-RYT 500

Trace Sahaja is the founder/director of Holy Cow Yoga Center, where she’s served for over 20 years. She began her practice over 25 years ago. Her teaching style has evolved to incorporate various Hatha practices, her primary teacher is Sri Swami Satchidananda. Over the last 20 years, Trace Sahaja has not only directed a vibrant Yoga center, Holy Cow Yoga Center but also lead 200 and 500-hour teacher trainings, guided group tours to India, released a DVD Sahaja Vinyasa and wrote various online articles on Yoga. She continues to take workshops with a host of contemporary teachers and deepen her personal understanding of…

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Visvambhar "Vish" Sheth

Visvambhar “Vish”  is the lead singer of the internationally acclaimed group ‘The Mayapuris’, a headlining kirtan group that has rocked stages from India to Florida, Australia to South Africa. Starting from before the age of 5, Vish has spent his life leading kirtans in the ISKCON (Vaisnava) tradition. He is a multi-instrumentalist and a master of the Mridanga drum, and he performs in traditional as well as fusion styles. Vish started performing in the modern Yoga studio culture in 2007, and since then he has performed at countless studio gatherings, music festivals, and well-known spiritual venues like Bhaktifest, Omega Institute,…

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Yogini Kaliji

Yogini Kaliji is internationally renowned as a yogini and founder of TriYoga®. Traveling extensively, she has taught TriYoga on a daily basis for over forty years. An excellent orator with deep insight, humor, and giving practical applications, Kaliji has presented 48 keynote addresses at Yoga conferences and other venues worldwide and has been featured widely in the media. She was featured in the book Secrets of the World’s Inspirational Women, with photos of the women in the prestigious National Portrait Gallery in London. Kaliji was born into a path of self inquiry. Her childhood was spent seeking the meaning of…

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