Dr.Ananda Balayogi Bhavanani
Dr Ananda Balayogi Bhavanani
is Deputy Director of the Centre
for Yoga Therapy Education and Research (CYTER),
MGMCRI, SBVU, Pondicherry, India. He is also Chairman of the International
Centre for Yoga Education and Research at Ananda Ashram, Pondicherry,
India and Yoganjali Natyalayam,
the premier institute of Yoga and Carnatic Music and Bharatanatyam in Pondicherry.|
is son and successor of the internationally acclaimed Yoga team of Yogamaharishi
Dr. Swami Gitananda Giri Guru Maharaj and Yogacharini Kalaimamani Ammaji,
Smt Meenakshi Devi Bhavanani. He is a Gold Medalist in Medical Studies
(MBBS) with postgraduate diplomas in Family Health (PGDFH) and Yoga
(PGDY) as well as Advanced Diploma in Yoga under his illustrious parents
Fellow of the Indian Academy of Yoga, he has authored 19 DVDs and 21 books
on Yoga as well as published more than 120 papers, compilations and abstracts
on Yoga and Yoga research in National and International Journals. He is a Classical
Indian Vocalist, Percussionist, Music Composer and Choreographer of Indian Classical
Dance and in recent years has made 14 foreign tours to conduct invited talks,
public events, workshops, retreats and been major presenter at Yoga conferences
in the UK, USA, Italy, Germany, Switzerland,
Australia and New Zealand.
MD in Alternate Medicine, he is an Honorary International Advisor to the
International Association of Yoga Therapists, USA, Gitananda Yoga Associations
worldwide and is on the Board of Directors of the Council for Yoga Accreditation
a 20-year career in business, finance, and mergers and acquisitions, Davidji
began a new journey to wholeness, which he found through meditation. He apprenticed
under Drs. Deepak Chopra and David Simon, serving as the Chopra
Center COO, Lead Educator and then as the first Dean of Chopra Center University,
training more than 200,000 people to meditate and certifying more than 1,000 meditation
has since left the Chopra Center to travel the world teaching the practical
integration of meditation, mindfulness, conscious choice making, and ancient wisdom
into our real-world, modern-day experiences. For more than 12 years Davidji
has helped thousands of people around the world to be more reflective and less
reflexive, make better decisions, sleep better, enhance their relationships, experience
abundance, and live a purpose-driven life.
is a certified Vedic Master, and every month, throughout the world, he
hosts empowerment workshops, life-change immersions, exotic spiritual retreats,
and teacher trainings. He has a passion for working with those in high-pressure
situations, including members of the military, special forces, law enforcement,
business leaders, and those in crisis. He is the developer of the Blue Courage
Awareness Training curriculum, which empowers police throughout the U.S.,
and teaches them present-moment life tools in their quest for safety, nobility,
resilience and guardianship. His teachings on stress release, conflict resolution,
and mindfulness are now practiced in some of the largest precincts and police
academies in the country.
can listen to Davidji on Hay House's LIVE! from the SweetSpot radio
program - a free, global internet radio show with tens of thousands of listeners
around the world. Davidji welcomes your emails
& Deb Shapiro
& Deb Shapiro are the authors of sixteen books on meditation, personal
development and social action, many published in over seventeen languages. Their
latest is the award-winning Be the Change: How Meditation Can Transform You
and the World, with a foreword by The Dalai Lama. They are columnists
for the HuffingtonPost.com and Oprah.com, and have been featured
in numerous magazine, radio and television specials.
and Deb are corporate consultants and personal coaches, working with CEO's
and senior management. They have hosted their own TV series, Chill Out,
on Channel Health TV in London, and their own radio show, Going Out
Of Your Mind, in the USA. Together they have led meditation retreats internationally
for over 25 years.
is from the Bronx, New York where he won the New York City dance championships
as a teenager. In 1966 he studied with Sri Swami Satchidananda. He was
initiated as Swami Brahmananda by Paramahamsa Swami Satyananda,
one of India's great yogi's, at the Bihar School of Yoga in India
in 1969. He later returned to the US to teach, and spent time with the
Tibetan Buddhist teacher Chögyam Trungpa. He has been teaching yoga,
meditation and Inner Conscious Relaxation (ICR) since 1976. He is a respected
meditation teacher who is sought after for his compassionate understanding of
the human condition.
grew up in London. She began meditating at the age of 15, training with
Buddhist and Zen meditation teachers, including Jiyu Kennett
Roshi and Chime Rinpoche. She founded the Maitreya Institute in
Hawaii in 1983 for Tai Situ Rinpoche, and was initiated as Swami
Dharmavati by Paramahamsa Swami Satyananda in 1987. She has also trained
in numerous forms of bodywork and bodymind therapy, becoming a leading authority
and highly respected for her intuitive understanding of the bodymind relationship.
Her book, Your Body Speaks Your Mind, won the 2007 Visionary Book Award.
For a full teaching schedule see: www.EdandDebShapiro.com
Harshada Wagner is a spiritual teacher, meditation instructor, author, and
proud father who has dedicated more than 25 years to the path of radical self-transformation.|
has been teaching meditation and self-empowerment to people all over the world
in all kinds of venues since 1994. Classically trained in the Indian wisdom traditions
of Yoga, Bhakti, Vedanta, and Tantric Shaivism, his
teachings come from his decades of personal transformation and his experience
serving others to find their authentic path to deep happiness.
serves on the faculties of Yogaglo.com, Kripalu, and Omega Institutes,
and travels widely working with people from all walks of life. His teaching style
is bold, dynamic, and unique, approachable to students from all walks of life.
David has taken on the mission of serving the transformational needs of
men. He's authoring a book for men and offers regular men's groups and retreats.
David currently lives with his family in New York City. More
Kempton is one of today's most authentic spiritual teachers. She teaches devotional
contemplative tantra-an approach to practice that creates a fusion of knowing
and loving. Known for her ability to transmit inner experience through transformative
practices and contemplation, Sally has been practicing and teaching for
disciple of the great Indian guru Swami Muktananda, she spent twenty years
as a teaching swami (monk) in the Saraswati order of Indian monks.
In her guru's ashram, she received a traditional training in yoga philosophy and
practice, and became a popular teacher, deeply versed in the teachings and practices
of Vedanta and Kashmir Shaivism.
2002, Sally began teaching independently. She now offers heart-to-heart
transmission in meditation and life practice through her Awakened Heart Tantra
workshops, teleclasses, retreats, and trainings in applied spiritual philosophy.
Her workshops and teleconference courses integrate the wisdom of traditional yoga
tantra with the insights of contemporary evolutionary spirituality and cutting-edge
is the author of Meditation for the Love of It, a groundbreaking book on
meditation, which Spirituality & Health called "the meditation book
your heart wants you to read." She writes a regular column, Wisdom, for
Yoga Journal. She offers monthly teleclasses in meditation, and an ongoing
teleconference series called the Transformative Practice Journey, which
unfolds different aspects of awakening practice. She is one of a select group
of teachers in Ken Wilber's Integral Spiritual Center, and teaches regularly
at conferences, and at Kripalu and Esalen. More
Purnachaitanya is a direct disciple of His Holiness Sri Sri Ravi Shankar
and a Director of Programs and Faculty of The Art of Living Foundation.
He conducts various programs of The Art of Living internationally and has
personally reached out to more than 250,000 people already.
was born in The Netherlands, and spiritual values were an important part
of his upbringing. When he was four years old his parents introduced him to the
practice of meditation and satsang.
the age of 16 he met His Holiness Sri Sri Ravi Shankar for the first time
- a meeting that changed his life. Swamiji knew that he had found the spiritual
Master he had been looking for. After completing his studies, Swamiji came
to India and since then he has been dedicating his life to spread the teaching
of His Holiness Sri Sri Ravi Shankar.
has been conducting programs and teaching yoga, pranayama and meditation
to people from a wide range of cultures and backgrounds: from indigenous people
in jungle areas to corporate executives, from village youth to prison inmates,
and from urban youth to militants. Many have experienced profound transformation
and experienced healing on various levels.
we do in life, if you really look into it, we basically do to become happy, contented,
fulfilled. People spend their whole life running behind so many things, trying
to achieve this. I have found this fulfillment in my life, and now I just want
to share it with as many people as possible! More
traditional kirtan with instantly accessible melodies and modern instrumentation,
Krishna Das has been called yoga's "rock star." With a
remarkably soulful voice that touches the deepest chord in even the most casual
listener, Krishna Das - known to friends, family, and fans as simply 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, with over 300,000 records sold.
spent the late '60's traveling across the country as a student of Ram Dass,
and in August 1970, he finally made the journey to India, which led him
to Ram Dass' own beloved guru, Neem Karoli Baba, known to most as
the name Krishna Das, KD began to chant as part of following the
path of Bhakti yoga - the yoga of devotion. His
album 'Live Ananda' (released January 2012) was nominated for a Grammy
in the Best New Age album category.
February 2013, Krishna Das performed at the Grammy awards in Los Angeles,
CA streamed online to millions of viewers.
award-winning film 'One Track Heart: The Story of Krishna Das' has been
in over 100 US cities, over 10 countries worldwide and is available on DVD everywhere.
Indu Arora is a true Yogini by Karma. She is highly accomplished
international speaker, Master Yoga Teacher & Yoga Therapist, a successful
Ayuvedic Clinician, Healer and Author, with more than 35,000 hours/ 13
years of teaching experience.
is a Registered Ayurvedic Clinician 4500 Hours through AAPNA and
an Academic Board member of the Association of Ayurvedic Professionals of Northern
America (AAPNA), Board member of the World Movement of Yoga and International
Advisor to World Yoga Council. She has a Doctorate in Alternate Medicine (MD)
and Awarded with Yoga Shiromani and Yoga Bhaskar.
Arora is pursuing her PhD. in Metaphysical Sciences from University of
Metaphysical Sciences, CA. She is awarded with the titles: "Rishi
Award~ Sage" for Excellence in Teaching Meditation", "Hind-Ratna~Gem
of India", "Ray of Hope", "Yoga Ratna~ Jewel of Yoga"
for Yoga, Meditation and Ayurveda.
travels globally for International Yoga Therapy Teacher Training programs,
Yoga and Ayurveda Retreats, Conferences etc. Her
philosophy is "Nothing has the greatest Power to heal, But SELF".
Atmavidyananda Giri, a senior monk in the lineage of Paramahamsa Hariharananda
and Paramahamsa Prajnanananda, currently Vice President of Kriya yoga
Institute, has been tirelessly teaching Kriya Yoga to sincere seekers
for more than 7 years.
Atmavidyananda was born Arvind Joshi in a traditional Brahmin
family in 1971, in Bhopal, India. At an early age, the spiritual
environment and guidance of his parents nurtured in him a sincere quest for God.
Upon completion of a degree in mechanical engineering, he met Paramahamsa Hariharananda
and, with his blessings, was initiated into Kriya Yoga in 1994.
the directions of his Master, Paramahamsa Prajnanananda, he travelled outside
India in 2006 to teach Kriya Yoga in the west. Since then he has travelled
extensively in North America, South America, Europe and Asia
to guide seekers on the path of Kriya Yoga.
has also participated in and presided over a number of interfaith conferences,
and delivered a number of lectures, television and radio talks on spiritual topics
in USA, Canada, and South America. Swamiji's calm demeanor
and beautiful voice charm his audiences in the very first meeting itself.
was ordained as a monk in the Giri monastic order in February 2009 and
given the name Swami Atmavidyananda, which means "Bliss of Self-knowledge".
While primarily dedicated to the cause of Kriya Yoga, he is also an expert
in astrology, eastern and western scriptures, other ancient yogic practices
and Vedic ritual ceremonies. As a resident monk of the Kriya Yoga
Institute, he resides in the Mother Center at Miami, USA.
Combrinck (Annapurna) is one of the founders
of Ananda Sanga Educational Institute since 1991. She has been teaching
yoga and meditation since 1987. She is the senior Lecturer and Facilitator for
Yoga Teacher Training (YTT) & Yoga Therapy Teacher at Ananda
Sanga Educational Institute, South Africa, since 1997.
is the Senior Trainer of Yoga Teachers at Ananda Sanga since 2002. Trainer
of Advanced Yoga Teachers (500 hour level), since 2003. Teacher of yoga and relaxation
at Stellenbosch Health Hydro for nine years, 1993-2002.
gave up a career at the CSIR, in Analytical Chemistry and Marine Research
in 1992 (from 1977) to teach yoga and study further in the wellness and health
field. She regularly writes articles for health magazines on yoga and related
has studied Kriya Yoga, Yoga Therapy and Ayurveda in the
USA and India with respected and well-known teachers. She has also completed study
in various short courses in Nutrition; Touch for Health; Specialised
Kinesiology; Brain Gym; Educational Kinesiology; and Vision
Improvement, amongst others. She is also a facilitator and trainer in Emotional
Freedom Technique (EFT) & MYYO
Earl Henslin has a doctorate in Clinical Psychology and is a licensed
Marriage and Family Therapist. He is a former part-time faculty member
at the Rosemead Graduate School of Psychology at Biola University
and author of six other books. He helped found Overcomers Outreach to aid churches
in establishing support groups.
is recognized as a national and international expert on the application of neuroscience
to daily clinical treatment of depression, anxiety, traumatic brain injury, addictions,
individual, marital and family problems. He has authored 10 books, and his two
latest books ("This is Your Brain on Joy" and "This is
Your Brain in Love") reflect the past 20 years of using SPECT Scans and
MRI's to develop treatment strategies to help with the above-mentioned problems.
the past fourteen years, working closely with brain imaging research pioneer Daniel
G. Amen, MD. Dr. Henslin has been integrating brain imaging into the
treatment of psychological, physical, and spiritual problems
at his counseling practice, Henslin and Associates, a Christian counseling
group in Brea, California.
Henslin for 20 years taught the Addictions and the Brain course in the APA
Clinical Psychology Program at Biola University, La Mirada, CA.
He has taught continuing education courses to psychologists, psychiatrists, etc.
on SPECT Brain Imaging, medication/supplement management in psychotherapy. He
has also consulted with drug rehabilitation centers here in southern CA
and in Canada, helping programs integrate neuroscience principles into
the treatment of drug, alcohol, and sexual addiction. He has appeared on hundreds
of radio shows, and television programs communicating as a professional expert
on matters concerning the brain and addictions.
Henslin will share his extensive knowledge and research on the brain in relation
to the effects of meditation to all. More
(John E. Welshons) is a highly respected contemporary spiritual teacher who
lectures and leads meditation courses throughout North America. He has
been a practitioner of vipassana (mindfulness) meditation and various
forms of yoga for more than forty five years.
has traveled and studied extensively in India, spending time in the ashrams
of Meher Baba and Neem Karoli Baba. He has worked closely with Ram
Dass and Stephen Levine, and is the author of three critically-acclaimed
books: One Soul, One Love, One Heart; When Prayers Aren't Answered;
and Awakening From Grief as well as numerous audio programs on meditation
has studied world religions throughout his life. He holds a B.A. in Comparative
Religions and an M.A. in History of Religions.
workshops and lectures are offered in personal growth centers, yoga schools, churches,
hospitals, hospices, corporations, colleges, and universities. He is also available
for one-on-one consultations. He currently resides in northern New Jersey. More
the world over for His knowledge and miraculous super-conscious powers among the
large flock of His disciples, Babajis immense love for them forms
the basis of this large family or Kula. In this family, the rich and the
poor, the powerful and the weak, the knowledgeable and the ignorant find solace
in the warmth of His abundant love, and, it is this love the binds them together
as a large family where each one helps the other in their path to liberation in
both the spiritual and the worldly ambits.
as his disciples all around the world fondly address him, spends most of his time
in seclusion in His gufa (cave) in the Himalayas. He is the last in a lineage
of great Tantric gurus whose paramparas (traditions) are handed
down through the generations by word of mouth. Babaji is one of the very few living
Himalayan Masters who still carries on the Guru-Shishya tradition.
has spent many decades studying various religious scriptures and philosophical
texts and is also an accomplished academician. "EVERYTHING IS HAMSAH
The Eternal Mantra in the Breath". More
Daya is the program co-ordinator, facilitator and teacher of Raja Yoga
Meditation, as taught by the Brahma Kumaris World Spiritual University
in South Africa. At
the age of 15 she was introduced to the Brahma Kumaris in Johannesburg,
the practice of meditation and the teaching of Raja Yoga had a deep
impact on her.
passion has been always been to work with women. For more than 12 years she has
been primarily responsible facilitating and co-ordinating annual retreats for
women in South Africa under the theme Women of Spirit.
was a board member of the Parliament of the Worlds Religions when it was
held in Cape Town in 1993. She is a council member of the Western Cape Religious
her corporate world background, Pratiba often facilitates programs to help
people integrate spiritual practices and understanding in everyday living. The
practice of meditation offers the method for this internal alignment.
has a very easy, natural and light approach and is able to share deep spiritual
concepts with simplicity and clarity. She is committed to the principle that defines
the work of the Brahma Kumaris, "As I change the world changes."
Combrinck (Mahesvara) is one of the founders of Ananda
Sanga Educational Institute since 1991. He studied Kriya Yoga Meditation,
Yoga Therapy and Ayurveda in the USA and India with respected and
well-known teachers. Together with his wife, Anne, they are the Hosts of
the Meditation Summit.
spending 14 years in the media industry, he decided to remodel his focus to mind/body
strategies. He is one of the trainers of Yoga Teachers at Ananda Sanga
, since 2002. He lecturers on yoga, meditation, laughter yoga
and ayurveda, nationally and internationally. He regularly writes articles
for health magazines on yoga and related issues.
is a qualified Laughter Yoga Professional Trainer & Coach and the founder
of Laughter for
Africa. He also initiated the very successful Yoga Sanga Conference
& Festival in 2013 and the online
Laughter Summit during August 2014.
& Martin are married and have a son Roshan and live in Somerset
West, South Africa since 1991.