Yogacharya Dr.Ananda Balayogi Bhavanani

Yogacharya Dr. Ananda Balayogi Bhavavavi, MBBS, MD (Alt.Med), C-IAYT, DSc (Yoga) is Director of the Centre for Yoga Therapy Education and Research (CYTER), and Professor of Yoga Therapy at the Sri Balaji Vidyapeeth University, Pondicherry (www.sbvu.ac.in).

He is an Honorary Advisor to International Association of Yoga Therapists (www.iayt.org), Australasian Association of Yoga Therapists (www.yogatherapy.org.au), and Gitananda Yoga Associations worldwide  (www.rishiculture.in).

He is currently member of numerous expert committees of the Ministry of AYUSH including its National Board for Promotion of Yoga and Naturopathy, Scientific Advisory Committee & Standing Finance Committees of CCRYN, Technical Committee of the Yoga Certification Board, Expert Committees for Celebration of International Yoga Day and the Yoga & Diabetes program.

He is Consultant Resource Person for the WHO Collaborative Centre in Traditional Medicine (Yoga) at MDNIY, New Delhi. He is also EC member and Director Publications of the Indian Yoga Association (www.yogaiya.in) and Senior Vice President of the National Yogasana Sport Association (https://yogasanasport.in)

Davidji

After 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 teachers.

He 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.

Davidji 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.

You 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 and inquiries.

Ed & Deb Shapiro

Ed & 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.

Ed 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.

Ed 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.

Deb 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

David Harshada Wagner

David 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.

David 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.

David 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.

Most recently, 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 info

Sally Kempton

Sally Kempton is a widely respected teacher of meditation and spiritual wisdom, known for her capacity to kindle meditative states in others, and to help students work with meditative experience as a framework for practical life-change.  In her 20s, Sally was a journalist who wrote for Esquire, New York, and the Village Voice.

 Since then, she has spent over four decades practicing, teaching, and writing on meditation and spiritual philosophy. After 20 years as a swami in a Vedic tradition, Sally emerged as a popular teacher in 2002. She is the author of the best-selling books, Awakening Shakti: The Transformative Power of the Goddesses of Yoga and Meditation for the Love of It,” as well as a number of audio programs, including Doorways to the Infinite: The Art and Practice of Tantric Meditation.

She is on the faculty at Esalen, Kripalu, and 1440 Multiversity, teaches meditation on the websites Glo.com, Gaia.com, and Yogajournal.com, and offers retreats, workshops, and online courses in the U.S., Canada and Europe. Her website is www.sallykempton.com.

Krishna Das

Layering 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.

KD 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 Maharaj-ji.

Given 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.

In February 2013, Krishna Das performed at the Grammy awards in Los Angeles, CA streamed online to millions of viewers.

The 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. More info

Swami Purnachaitanya

Swami Purnachaitanya is an author, speaker, and spiritual guide to many around the world. He is a sought-after teacher of yoga, meditation and mantras, and an enthralling storyteller.

Swamiji was born in the Netherlands to a Dutch father and an Indian mother. The defining moment in his life came at the age of sixteen, when he met Gurudev Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, global spiritual leader and founder of the Art of Living, in whom he recognized his spiritual Master. After completing his studies in the Netherlands, he moved to The Art of Living International Centre in Bangalore, India. He received his title (swami, monk) from his Master as an acknowledgement of his high state of consciousness and commitment to dedicating his life to serving others.

As a Director of Programs, he has in the last 15 years travelled extensively in Asia, Africa and Europe, conducting a wide range of programs of The Art of Living in over 20 countries. His book Looking Inward - a practical guide for meditation - was published in June 2021 by Penguin in India and quickly became a national bestseller. It is already being translated into 10 other languages. Website: https://www.swamipurnachaitanya.com

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Dr Indu Arora

Dr. 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.

She 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.

Dr. 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.

She 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". More info

Swami Atmavidyanada Giri

Swami 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.

Swami 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.

Under 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.

He 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.

He 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. More information

Dr Anne Combrinck (PhD)

Anne 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.

Anne 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.

Anne 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 issues.

She 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 Technique.

Dr Earl Henslin

Dr. 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.

He 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.

For 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.

Dr. 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.

Dr Henslin will share his extensive knowledge and research on the brain in relation to the effects of meditation to all. More information

Ramananda (John Welshons)

Ramananda (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.

He 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 and spirituality

Ramananda has studied world religions throughout his life. He holds a B.A. in Comparative Religions and an M.A. in History of Religions.

His 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 information

Sister Pratiba Daya

Pratiba 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.

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.

She 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 Leaders Forum.

With 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.

Pratiba 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."

Dr Martin Combrinck (PhD)

Martin 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.

After 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.

Martin is a qualified Laughter Yoga Professional Trainer & Coach and the founder of Laughter for Africa. He is the Director of Sanga Wellness, a corporate wellness company that creates healthy workplaces in South Africa.