Guest Presenters


Ananda Rasa (the bliss of Divine rapture, the nectar of bliss) Kirtan is led by vocalist and multi-instrumentalist David Estes who is currently based in the San Francisco Bay Area. David grew up in India, has studied music since childhood and spent several years completely immersed in the practices of kirtan, swadhyaya chanting and meditation as a resident in daily ashram life. Ananda Rasa Kirtan is rooted in traditional Sanskrit chants sung to original melody compositions in light classical Indian ragas. Additional musical influences include Qawwali and reggae. The power, energy and vibration of the kirtan is experienced through chanting in call and response with the audience.


Antonio Sausys MA, IGT, CMT, RYT is a somatic health practitioner and yoga instructor specializing in one-on-one yoga therapy for people with chronic and acute medical conditions as well as emotional imbalance. He studied with Yoga masters and teachers such as Indra Devi, Swami Shankaradevananda and Larry Payne and has continued his professional development with training in Integrative Grief Therapy with Lyn Prashant, Foot Reflexology, Swedish Therapeutic Massage and Reiki. Antonio teaches and lectures periodically at U.C. Berkeley, California Institute of Integral Studies, Kripalu, is a member of the World Yoga Council, the International Association of Yoga Therapists, a TV Host for YogiViews and the founder and Executive Director of “Yoga for Health” the International Yoga Therapy Conference. He is the author of “Yoga for Grief Relief: Simple Practices for Transforming Your Grieving Mind and Body” (New Harbinger).

theshoulderArturo Peal, Founder of Body Studies, has spent over 20 years inspiring and educating yoga teachers, body workers, and movement specialists across the globe through his classes in Anatomy, Kinesiology, and Therapeutic Touch. With a unique gift for translating complex scientific concepts into tangible, applicable teachings for his students, he raises awareness of how their own bodies work. His trainings have been held at world-class training centers including Integral Yoga Institute (NYC & SF), Savina Atai Yoga (Slovenia), Yogaville (Virginia), White Lotus Foundation (CA), and Rainbow Kids Yoga (worldwide).
Swami Asokananda, E-RYT 500, a monk since 1973, is one of Integral Yoga’s foremost teachers—known for his warmth, intelligence, and good humor. His teaching comes out of his own practice and experience, having absorbed 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 at the Integral Yoga Institute in New York City. Before this position, he served as the President of Satchidananda Ashram–Yogaville and Integral Yoga International.Integral Yoga Institute.

astrudAstrud Castillo is inspired by the practice of Nada Yoga, the deep inner listening and exploration of the unstruck sound. From this exploration, the inner and outer vibration and expression of Kirtan arises. Astrud brings with her a host of talented musicians from the Bay Area with whom she is honored to play. The band is a caravan of Bhakti Yogis who love to sing in the key of “We”. They create a safe and playful space in which hearts can begin to unfold like the lotus emerging from the mud. Kirtan is a way to express gratitude and joy, pain and sorrow and celebrate the gods and goddesses in all their forms. It is through the devotional practice of call and response, and repeating their names, that our hearts awaken and our barriers dissolve. Through this, kirtan enables us to experience wholeness and union, Yoga.
Cheri Clampett, CYT, ERYT-500, is a certified yoga therapist with over 20 years of teaching experience. She is the founder and director of the Therapeutic Yoga Training Program. She has also co-led the Integrative Yoga Therapy Teacher Training and has presented Therapeutic Yoga at the White Lotus Foundation Teacher Training, Beth Israel Medical Center, and the Rusk Institute at NYU Medical Center.

Cheri currently teaches yoga at the Cancer Center of Santa Barbara, where she founded the yoga program for cancer patients in 1999. She also teaches monthly workshops at the Santa Barbara Yoga Center, and brings Therapeutic Yoga to the Santa Barbara Healing Sanctuary. Cheri focuses on the healing aspects of yoga: freeing the body, breath, and flow of energy through practicing with awareness, compassion, and love.

Cheri is the co-author of the Therapeutic Yoga Kit, published in January 2009 by Inner Traditions, and available on Amazon and at your local bookseller.

chinnamastaThe essence of Chinnamasta is her heart-felt and loving presence attained during many years of deep study and practice with gifted Master Teachers in Europe, India and the U.S. While sitting next to these teachers, she received abundant blessings that led to the healing of her Self, blessings she now shares with others. Chinnamasta’s true gift is that she has the capacity to assess the root cause of a disease due to physical, emotional, mental or karmic imbalances and understand how these lead to health issues and deep suffering. With a loving and understanding attitude she helps students become proactive on their spiritual healing path, which leads to a deeply rooted connection to the Yoni Mudra (the Inner Source), resulting in long-term restored vitality and well being.


Swami Chidananda is a monastic and a longtime disciple of Sri Swami Satchidananda and has managed the finances for Integral Yoga’s ashrams, institutes, and teaching centers for decades. He teaches Hatha Yoga and leads study groups on Yoga and Buddhist teachings and philosophy. Swami Chidananda also conducts spiritual pilgrimages to India and Nepal.

David Vijay Hassin was the Founding Director of the Integral Yoga Institute of San Francisco and the first Yogaville West community. He was one of a core group of students of Sri Swami Satchidananda when Sri Gurudev came to New York City and established the first Integral Yoga Institute. He is the author of Modern Yoga Handbook. Vijay is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and currently works for a Telehealth Company, as well as having a private practice. Vijay maintains contact with his gurubais and continues to actively work for the continued promotion and dissemination of Sri Gurudev’s teachings.
Dean Ornish, M.D., is the founder and president of the non-profit Preventive Medicine Research Institute and Clinical Professor of Medicine at the University of California, San Francisco. For over 35 years, Dr. Ornish has directed clinical research demonstrating, for the first time, that comprehensive lifestyle changes may begin to reverse even severe coronary heart disease, without drugs or surgery. Recently, Medicare agreed to provide coverage for this program, the first time that Medicare has covered a program of comprehensive lifestyle changes. He directed the first randomized controlled trial demonstrating that comprehensive lifestyle changes may stop or reverse the progression of early-stage prostate cancer. His current research showed that comprehensive lifestyle changes affect gene expression, “turning on” disease-preventing genes and “turning off” genes that promote cancer and heart disease, as well as increasing telomerase, an enzyme that lengthens telomeres, the ends of our chromosomes which control aging (in collaboration with Dr. Elizabeth Blackburn, who was awarded the Nobel Prize in Medicine in 2009).

He is the author of six books, all national bestsellers, including: Dr. Dean Ornish’s Program for Reversing Heart Disease; Eat More, Weigh Less; Love & Survival; and his most recent book, The Spectrum.

divyanandama_2bSwami Divyananda is one of Integral Yoga’s senior monastics and foremost teachers. Over the years she has served as the director of the Integral Yoga Institutes in Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Coimbatore, India and as the Ashram Manager of Satchidananda Ashram–Yogaville in Virginia. In addition to teaching at these centers, she has taught Yoga and meditation on special retreats, in corporations and universities, at the Commonwealth Cancer Center and for the Dr. Dean Ornish Heart Disease Programs. For many years she was one of the primary Basic Hatha Yoga teacher trainers at Integral Yoga’s International Headquarters in Yogaville, VA. Swami Divyananda served for eleven years at the Integral Yoga Institute in Coimbatore, South India and led tours throughout South India during that time.

davidnewmanDavid Newman’s greatest gift is his willingness to listen to his inner voice and open his heart to be of service to others. David guides and inspires fellow travelers on their paths, through his uplifting music and the valuable insights that he shares through his writings and teachings.

David’s life took a dramatic change in direction when after graduating law school in 1992, he decided to open a yoga center in his hometown of Philadelphia. The center, Yoga on Main, was one of the first of its kind, and created a new awareness of Yoga in his community. Shortly thereafter, David, a lifelong musician, discovered an ancient form of healing chant music known as Kirtan and began to apply his musical gifts to this powerful practice and to share it with others.


As a result of his immersion into Kirtan coupled with his long history as a songwriter, David began a new journey and in early 2003, recorded his first album entitled Soul Freedom Two years later, a second CD followed. The album, Lotus Feet, received critical acclaim and was featured on NPR’s ‘All Things Considered’. David’s music spread rapidly within the worldwide conscious community and caught the attention of yoga enthusiast Terry McBride, who also happened to be the founder of Nettwerk Records, Canada’s largest record label and home to such artists as Sarah Mclachlan, Barenaked Ladies and Passenger. David signed with Nettwerk in 2008. Since then David has gone on to release numerous recordings and has toured throughout the world. David, acknowledged for bridging the gap between contemporary western music and meditative mantras, has been an integral part of the spiritual or yogic music movement and is a frequent headliner in many yoga and music festivals and conferences that take place around the globe.

In addition to his heart opening music, David has touched and inspired others through his teachings on loving unconditionally, both as a way of life and as a means toward spiritual awakening. David shared his own personal story of awakening in his best-selling book, The Timebound Traveler, released in 2014.

David has also devoted himself to charitable, and humanitarian causes. He launched The Stay Strong Project in 2011 in which he released two singles and videos featuring luminaries from the yoga and music community in partnership with Global Green USA. The proceeds of the releases have gone to support such environmental causes as the Gulf oil spill cleanup of 2010, and the building of green schools. David also released Song for Nepal in May 2015 to support the Seva Foundation’s Nepal Earthquake relief and rehabilitation fund.

David’s strongest desire is to bring joy to others through his music, teachings and personal connections. He continues to express his passion and inspiration in creative and groundbreaking ways, and sees his life’s work simply as ‘spreading the love.’

David records and often travels with his wife Mira, a celebrated devotional singer, and percussionist. David and Mira live with their darling daughter, Tulsi, just outside of Philadelphia.

jyotirmayanandaSwami Jyotirmayananda was initiated into the Holy Order of Paramahamsa Sannyasa by His Holiness Sri Swami Satchidananda in 1986 at Satchidananda Ashram-Yogaville. She has served at the Ashram since then in various capacities:

  • Designed and installed displays in the Light Of Truth Universal Shrine (LOTUS) All Faith’s Hall, LOTUS Display Hall, Guru Bhavan and Sivananda Hall Saints and Sages Gallery
  • Served as Ashram Residential Services Vice President for 5 years
  • Served as Satsangs and Special Events Coordinator for a total of 18 years
  • Currently serves as LOTUS Center for World Faiths (LCWF) Coordinator and is a member of the Interfaith Cooperation Circle in Charlottesville, VA
  • is commencing to serve as Vice President for the Office of Spiritual Development at the Ashram.

Before coming to Yogaville, Swami Jyotirmayananda spent 10 years in the pre-school and after school care fields, where she began her children’s book Sparkling Together: Starbright and His Earthling Friends published in 2004 under the name of Jyoti Ma.

swamikarunandaSwami Karunananda has had over 40 years experience teaching all aspects of Yoga. Today, she specializes in programs that focus on the science of meditation, the philosophy of Yoga, yogic breathing techniques for better health and healing, personal transformation, and attuning to Divine guidance. In 1989 she developed a Raja Yoga Teacher Training program and in 1991, a Meditation Teacher Training program and has since conducted many courses training students to skillfully impart these teachings.
kellydavisKelly Devi Swails, (RPYT, CCCE, CLC) is an Integral Yoga teacher with certifications in general hatha, prenatal, postnatal, yoga for labor & delivery and restorative yoga. She is also a doula, childbirth educator, lactation counselor, and mom of three. Kelly has worked with pregnant women and couples for the past decade, and has mentored and trained new prenatal yoga teachers for the past five years. It is Kelly’s strong passion to help women connect with the sacredness of pregnancy and labor by developing trust in the body’s ability to give birth.
durgaleelaDurga Leela, Founder of Yoga for Recovery, B.A., C.A.S., holds the RYT-500 qualification, having completed both the Sivananda Yoga teacher training course and an advanced Yoga training. She is also extensively trained in meditation and Vedanta. Durga is a clinical Ayurvedic and Pancha Karma specialist, trained in both the United States and India, and has served as the director of the Ayurveda programs at the Yoga Farm, in California, since 2003. She is a professional member of and speaker for the National Ayurvedic Medical Association (NAMA) and International Association of Yoga Therapists (IAYT) and a member of Yoga Alliance. She provides trainees with a wealth of Ayurvedic knowledge to help heal and balance those with autism.
heathertiddensHeather teaches yoga and leads ceremony to empower people in embodying their most authentic selves. Her teaching is grounded in her training and studies integrating Yin and Yang (active Hatha) styles of yoga, hands-on healing modalities, mindfulness practices and indigenous ceremony ways. Heather’s life-long athletic experience, deep connection with the elements of nature, and exploration of indigenous culture and ceremony ways greatly influence her work. Since 1979, she has been an avid an skilled surfer, competing as one of the top 15 women on the Professional World Tour in 1988-89. In 1988, she earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Environmental Studies at UC Santa Barbara. Her studies culminated in a focus on the impact of land development and the California Environmental Quality Act and related legislation on Chumash sacred sites and cultural heritage.


Heather, an E-RYT500 registered instructor with Yoga Alliance, has been teaching yoga full time since 1998. She has maintained a consistent and evolving personal practice since 1996. She has trained extensively, studying with a variety of teachers including Erich Schiffmann, Lisa Walford, Ana Forrest and Sarah Powers. From 1998-2004, Heather completed a personal teaching apprenticeship with Ana Forrest and trained teachers as a faculty member in the Forrest Yoga teacher training courses. Since 2004, Heather has expanded the focus of her practice and training to include Yin Yoga and meditation practices. Heather is also a ceremonial leader. For over 12 years, she has safely and compassionately guided sweat lodge ceremonies, vision fasts and healing ceremonies. She continues to teach ongoing classes, workshops, retreats and yoga teacher trainings in the Santa Barbara, CA area and across the country.


Integrating these deeply transformational traditions, Heather’s programs offer an opportunity for healing the injuries, stresses, trauma and the underlying conditioning that blocks our potential and limits our lives. Her classes are known for weaving challenging physical intensity with self-awareness. She skillfully guides people of all ages and levels with her practical, focused, and sensitive individualized instruction. Heather’s vision is for each of us to create a healthy home for our spirit; to walk our life’s path with strength, openness and grace.

Haris Lender has been teaching kids and developing unique methods and forms of teaching children’s yoga since 2000 and in 2009 she founded Kidding Around Yoga. Furthermore, Haris ran Camp Yogaville, a children’s summer yoga camp for 11 years; there, her first licensee, Cassie Dixon, served under her as assistant director. Recently, Kidding Around Yoga has expanded to include it’s own children’s sleepover yoga camp: Camp Kidding Around Yoga.

KAY specializes in 3-day trainings for almost anyone who works with or has children. What sets KAY apart from similar companies is our unique approach to teaching children’s yoga and a series of original music written and performed by Haris. Our incredible graduates are integrated into the tight knit KAY family through an invitation only teacher’s forum and receive access to our singular KAY music and stories. Nothing gives us more joy than to watch our trainees sharing the gift of yoga with their kids.

Jai Uttal, sacred music composer, recording artist, instrumentalist, and ecstatic vocalist, combines music and inspiration from India with his background in western folk, jazz, and popular traditions, 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 30 years, creating a safe environment for people to open their hearts and voices. His sixth CD, “Mondo Rama”, was nominated for a Grammy award. He recently released a CD of Reggae influenced Kirtan entitled “Queen Of Hearts” and a collection of Kirtans for kids entitled “Kirtan Kids”.
Jnani Chapman, R.N., E-RYT 500, founded and directs YCat Yoga therapy to train Yoga teachers and health professionals to adapt the practices of Yoga for people with cancer and other chronic or life-threatening illness. Jnani directs the Stress Management programs that include Yoga therapy and Acupressure for St Mary’s Medical Center in San Francisco. She is a senior staff member of the Commonweal Cancer Help Program in Bolinas, California, and was a founding clinician for the UCSF Osher Center for Integrative Medicine from 2001 to 2009. As a nurse case manager and cardiac rehab specialist for Dr. Dean Ornish’s Heart Disease Reversal Program (HDRP) research and retreats from 1986 to 1999, Jnani saw first hand the benefits of sustaining lifestyle changes. At UCSF Jnani staffed many research studies including a clinical program for women with breast cancer from 1997 to 2002. Jnani was the executive director of the International Association of Yoga Therapists from 1995 to 1998. She currently teaches Yoga for Dean Ornish’s ground breaking prostate cancer research participants from his early-stage prostate cancer studies and their partners. In addition, Jnani serves as faculty in many Yoga therapy training programs nationally and internationally and serves on research studies using adaptations of the YCat curriculum with people with cancer and other chronic illnesses.


Jnani Chapman, R.N., E-RYT 500, founded and directs YCat Yoga therapy to train Yoga teachers and health professionals to adapt the practices of Yoga for people with cancer and other chronic or life-threatening illness. Jnani directs the Stress Management programs that include Yoga therapy and Acupressure for St Mary’s Medical Center in San Francisco. She is a senior staff member of the Commonweal Cancer Help Program in Bolinas, California, and was a founding clinician for the UCSF Osher Center for Integrative Medicine from 2001 to 2009. As a nurse case manager and cardiac rehab specialist for Dr. Dean Ornish’s Heart Disease Reversal Program (HDRP) research and retreats from 1986 to 1999, Jnani saw first hand the benefits of sustaining lifestyle changes. At UCSF Jnani staffed many research studies including a clinical program for women with breast cancer from 1997 to 2002. Jnani was the executive director of the International Association of Yoga Therapists from 1995 to 1998. She currently teaches Yoga for Dean Ornish’s ground breaking prostate cancer research participants from his early-stage prostate cancer studies and their partners. In addition, Jnani serves as faculty in many Yoga therapy training programs nationally and internationally and serves on research studies using adaptations of the YCat curriculum with people with cancer and other chronic illnesses.

kristiedahliahomeKristie Dahlia Home, E-RYT 500, is devoted to the arts of wellbeing and healing. With 20 years experience teaching, her work weaves yoga, Thai massage, Reiki, Intuitive Healing, and Chi Nei Tsang. Kristie has served as a Yoga Therapist at UCSF’s Osher Center for Integrative Medicine, where her work included both public classes and medical research. She has taught Reiki for CPMC’s Institute for Health and Healing and Thai massage at Lighthouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired. Her students say that they appreciate her warmth, precision, contagious love of life, and keen attention to the unique needs of each individual. More at
Laura Perlin is an Ayurvedic practitioner and educator currently in private practice in the Bay Area. She is an Integral Yoga teacher, and a graduate of the California College of Ayurveda, where she has completed the 3-year program of study in clinical Ayurvedic medicine. She holds certifications as a Pancha Karma specialist, Ayurvedic herbalist, and Yoga Nidra therapist. Laura is thrilled to be able to share this transformative knowledge with the IYI sangha.
laurenwalkerLauren Walker teaches Energy Medicine Yoga around the country and internationally. She has been studying and practicing Eden Energy Medicine since 2001. She is a certified practitioner and a teaching assistant for Donna Eden, EEM’s founder. Lauren received her yoga teacher training certification through Integral Yoga in 1997 and has been studying Para Yoga with Rod Stryker since 2000. Energy Medicine Yoga is a weaving, of two powerful disciplines, Eden Energy Medicine and Tantra yoga. This combination increases the power of both of the original systems. Lauren publishes widely including features in The New York Times, The Jerusalem Post, and She has a periodic yoga column at and has been featured in Yoga Journal. Lauren’s book, Energy Medicine Yoga was released by Soundstrue in 2014.

Lauren is a wandering spirit and has lived and worked all over the world. She continues to travel and teach workshops and classes in the US, Canada and abroad. She is also a composer, hockey player, and an avid skier.

Lila Crutchfield, RN, NP, RYT, was born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area. She received her BA from Stanford University in 1975 and her BS in Nursing from the University of California in San Francisco in 1981. She went on to obtain a degree as a nurse practitioner, specializing in women’s health, and has worked in this field for 13 years.

Crutchfield has been practicing yoga for over 25 years and was trained as a yoga instructor in 1987 through the Integral Yoga Institute. She subsequently became involved with the implementation of their teacher-training program and has functioned as primary instructor for the program. Currently she designs and teaches the anatomy and physiology curriculum. Three years ago, she began working at the Preventive Medicine Research Institute as the director of stress management and nurse case manager, combining her lifelong passion for the synthesis of allopathic and complementary approaches to healing.

Reverend Manjula Spears, E- RYT 500 has been a trainer for Integral Yoga’s Intermediate and Advanced teacher training programs for many years. In addition to certifications in all levels of Hatha Yoga, pranayama, and meditation she has a deep interest and extensive training in Yoga therapeutics. Rev. Manjula is a long-time student of Ayurveda. She studies and teaches sound as healing. She is an accomplished instructor in the field of Yoga therapy and is the principle teacher of the Therapeutic Yoga program at Athens Regional Medical Center specializing in restoration of functional mobility, reduction of musculoskeletal pain and joint health.
meenakshihonigMeenakshi Angel Honig is dedicated to peace & loving-kindness. She has studied with the world renowned, highly revered & deeply loved Yoga Master, Sri Swami Satchidananda, from the age of 16. Meenakshi Angel is an internationally acclaimed Yoga Instructor, Teacher Trainer, Stress Management & Wellness Consultant, Speaker, and Author. She has taught at Universities, Hospitals, Medical Centers, Corporations, Government Agencies, Resorts, Yoga Retreats, etc. for over 40 years. Meenakshi Angel served as the premier Mind-Body- Spirit Yoga Instructor & Stress Management Consultant at the Grand Wailea Resort on Maui for 17 years. She is the co-founder of Wellbeing International, a non-profit organization dedicated to individual & global wellbeing. Meenakshi Angel is a licensed Minister in the state of Hawaii. She is a highly respected leader in the Lovingkindness Plant based Diet & Lifestyle Movement. Meenakshi Angel has appeared on several television & radio shows. She was featured in her “Yoga Feels Good” television show, which was aired for several years & has uplifted countless Souls with the Glorious Science of Yoga. She has produced 5 DVDs, 2 CDs and is the author of 8 pocket size books. Her work is endorsed by several of America’s best selling authors including, Dr. Wayne Dyer, Dr. Deepak Chopra, Dr. Dean Ornish, Dr. John Gray, Dr. Will Tuttle, Alan Cohen, Marci Schimoff & Swami Satchidananda. Meenakshi Angel is passionate about combining her love for dance & yoga into an evolving art of “Flying Yoga.” Five of her ‘Peaces’ can be viewed on YouTube. She is currently working on her new book, which is a comprehensive volume & is soon to be released! Meenakshi Angel currently teaches on Maui, as well as on her national & international teaching tours.
My intention in sound healing is to assist the body and mind on its own restoring journey towards balance and harmony. Carlos Castaneda wrote, “All paths lead to nowhere. What you need to ask is does it have a heart?” When we reach the still point through sound meditation, sound healing or any other modality, we realize the infinite potential we have. Exploring ways to access this realization is the main goal of my sound work.
Mirabai Andrea Warkulwiz leads Kirtan, or call and response, singing and meditation with live instrumentation including harmonium, guitar, didgeridoo, flute, tamboura, and more! So often, our minds are filled with daily problems and concerns, and it is difficult to remember our life’s higher purpose. Participation in Kirtan devotional music provides a way to rise above the pettiness of everyday life. Kirtan, a form of Bhakti Yoga, is the ancient practice of singing the names of the divine, a gift from the ancient teachers of India. No music experience is necessary. Children are welcome.
Michael Mitra Lerner is the president and co-founder of Commonweal, a health,

environmental and educational center in Bolinas, California. He is also

president-emeritus and co-founder of Smith Center for Healing and the Arts in Washington, D.C. Smith Center also uses Integral Yoga as a basis for its Cancer Help Program and other yoga classes. A former faculty member at Yale University, Michael received a MacArthur Prize Fellowship for contributions to public health in 1983. He is also co-founder of Health Care Without Harm, the Collaborative on Health and the Environment, and The New School at Commonweal.

steffanymoonazDr. Steffany Moonaz received her 200-hour yoga teacher training at Yogaville® in 2003, followed by a 500-hr program in yoga therapy at Yama studios in Baltimore, MD. Through her research, funded by the National Institutes of Health and the Arthritis Foundation, she worked to develop and evaluate a yoga program specifically for the arthritis population. Dr. Moonaz now serves as the Associate Academic Director of Integrative Health Sciences and as faculty in the Yoga Therapy program at the Maryland University of Integrative Health. She also serves as a consultant on yoga research for underserved populations and mentors several emerging researchers. As an athlete and dancer, she has always wanted to bring the gift of joyful movement to persons with chronic pain.
stephanielopezStephanie Lopez’s teachings are informed by her longtime immersion in the non-dual teachings of Yoga as well as her integration of the wisdom traditions of both Eastern spirituality and Western Psychology. Stephanie’s compassionate presence, depth of knowledge, and ease of being creates a welcoming space for insightful learning. Stephanie is a Licensed Independent Social Worker, Gestalt Therapist, iRest ® Senior Trainer, Retreat Leader and Supervisor, as well as a Certified iRest Teacher and yoga teacher. She also serves as the Director of Operations for the Integrative Restoration Institute. She shares her insights in workshops, retreats, and trainings internationally.
mariaalfaroMaria Alfaro, E-RYT, TRE® Trainer was born and raised in Rome, Italy and she lives in Santa Cruz. She has 26 years of Yoga experience and she teaches Neurogenic Yoga workshops and trainings worldwide. She is also a Trauma Releasing Exercises® (TRE) trainer. She has been teaching the tremoring response since 2004. For more information: and
Swami Murugananda has known Sri Gurudev since 1966. He has served in all of the ashrams in California and Connecticut as well as most of the IYI’s in California and NYC serving in various capacities as teacher and gardener, bookstore manager and herbalist.

At Yogaville he created the SASTRI project (Satchidananda Automated Satsang Text Retrieval & Indexing). This is the master archive database containing all the transcripts of Sri Gurudev’s satsangs and talks covering over 36 years. There is also a CD of selected satsangs from that collection, as well as the Commemorative slide show on CD with over 250 slides from Sri Gurudev’s life and service.

Murugananda also created and maintains our Yogaville Library of over 25,000 books, tapes, CDs etc. in some 30 languages in a wide range of subject matter.

He is currently compiling a book of stories by Sri Gurudev’s disciples about their experiences with Sri Gurudev and what Gurudev taught them through those experiences.

In his spare time he also writes and performs standup.

muktiCome feel the joy, sing the Names, and dance with us! “Mukti” is the acclaimed kirtan ensemble fronted by vocalist Prajna Vieira, guitarist Donald Fontowitz and tabla player Ramana Erickson. Their spicy blend of tabla rhythms, Indian slide guitar, harmonium, and vocals create a rich foundation for both traditional Indian and modern original kirtans.

Prajna Vieira – lead vocals, harmonium

Donald Fontowitz – Indian Slide Guitars

Ramana Erickson – tablas Greg Barnett – bass

Lisa Chorny, Julie Simonsen, Samantha Vieira – response vocals

Nischala Joy Devi is a masterful teacher and healer. For many years she has been highly respected as an international advocate 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.

She was graced to spend over 25 years as a monastic disciple with the world renowned Yogiraj Sri Swami Satchidanandaji, receiving his direct guidance and teachings. She also was blessed with teachings from great Yoga masters in US, India and worldwide. Originally trained in Western medicine, she began to blend western medicine with Yoga, 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 Well Being Audio Series expresses these teachings.

With her knowledge of yoga and her experience in assisting those with life-threatening diseases (particularly people with heart disease and cancer), she created Yoga of the Heart®, a training and certification program for Yoga teachers and health professionals designed to adapt Yoga practices to the special needs of that population. She is now dedicated to bringing the Feminine back into spirituality and the scriptures, in her book, The Secret Power of Yoga, a woman’s guide to the heart and spirit of the Yoga Sutras and Secret Power of Yoga Audio book Nautilus Book Silver Award Winner 2009!

Rabbi Pamela Frydman is an author, educator and mystic. She is a leader in the Jewish Renewal Movement and was the first woman to serve as President of OHALAH, the international association of Jewish Renewal rabbis and cantors. She is a teacher in Sufi Ruhaniat International and she is the author of Calling on God, Sacred Jewish Teachings for Seekers of All Faiths available on Amazon.
Phoebe Diftler is a Thai Massage Therapy practitioner and teacher who brings together her varied backgrounds in Thai Yoga Therapy, Yoga, Design and Intuitive Healing. She began studying modern dance at the age of four and Yoga in college, finding Yoga to be the path to bring her further inside the energetic workings of her own body. Phoebe found Yoga and Thai Yoga Therapy to be a way to help others facilitate their own healing process. She credits her past career as a magazine designer and her study at Parson’s School of Design with opening her ability to access creativity. As the facilitator of the Thai Yoga Therapy Training at The White Lotus Foundation in Santa Barbara, Phoebe focuses on how to best inspire each individual student while respecting their own learning process. She values the opportunity to pass on these ancient teachings and her enthusiasm is contagious.

Phoebe teaches Yoga in Los Angeles and maintains a private Thai Yoga Therapy practice in Pacific Palisades. She as been featured on CNN’s “Weekend House Call”.

Richard C. Miller, PhD is a clinical psychologist, author, researcher, yogic scholar and spiritual teacher. He was first introduced to the teachings of yoga and yoga nidra in 1970, through classes at the San Francisco Integral Yoga Institute. Since then he’s devoted his life and work to integrating the wisdom teachings of Yoga, Tantra, Advaita, Taoism, Buddhism, and modern Western psychology. Richard’s the founding president of the Integrative Restoration Institute, co-founder of the International Association of Yoga Therapy and founding editor of the professional Journal of IAYT. He was a founding member and past president of the Institute for Spirituality and Psychology, and serves as a senior advisor to the Baumann Foundation for the study of Awareness and its impact on well-being..

Author of Yoga Nidra: A Meditative Practice for Deep Relaxation and Healing, Richard serves as a research consultant studying the Integrative Restoration (iRest protocol he’s developed that’s a modern adaptation of the ancient, non duel meditation practice of Yoga Nidra) researching its efficacy on health, healing and well-being with diverse populations including active-duty soldiers, veterans, college students, children, seniors, the homeless, the incarcerated, and people experiencing issues such as sleep disorders, PTSD, chemical dependency, chronic pain, and related disorders.. He’s currently writing a book entitled, The iRest Program for Healing PTSD (New Harbinger, Fall 2014). Richard lectures and teaches internationally, leading iRest trainings and meditation retreats on enlightened living in daily life. Please visit

Rishi Schweig first met Sri Swami Satchidananda in 1970. Sri Swami Satchidananda’s thought, action and presence has been a guiding principal in Rishi’s life ever since then. Rishi says, “It is in serving that we learn to live, it is in giving that we receive the greatest gift. Let us sit together and talk about Yoga. As we discard illusions of who we are, we become a fuller version of our true selves. A small step furthers.”
Sonia Sivakami Sumar is internationally known for her pioneering work using Yoga therapy with special children. She has owned and directed centers for Yoga for the Special Child™ in Chicago and in Brazil, where she achieved remarkable results working with children who have Down syndrome and other challenges. She travels extensively, conducting workshops and training programs throughout the United States, Portugal and South America. She is also the author of the book Yoga for the Special Child.

Snehan Born has over three decades of experience with yoga and has been teaching since 2000. Snehan teaches at Kauai Athletic Club and for Kauai Hospice Services. He has also led teacher trainings at Satchidananda Ashram, Yogaville, Virginia and The Integral Yoga Institute, NYC. Snehan is certified in all levels of Integral Yoga Hatha and has received additional certifications in Pranayama, Meditation, Raja Yoga and Stress Management from Integral Yoga and “Life of a Yogi” from Sri Dharma Mittra. He has also studied with Sharron Gannon and David Life of Jivamukti Yoga in NYC. In 2001 he received “Conscious Eating”, a live foods certification from Dr. Gabriel Cousens at the Tree of Life Rejuvenation Center in Arizona. Snehan has traveled extensively within India over 9 trips and studied with many teachers there as well as living in India for over a year. He has taught yoga all over the US as well as in India, South America, Australia, Japan and Europe.

swami-vimalanandaSwami Vimalananda Ma, RYT500, is an Integral Yoga sannyasi – monk. She has been involved with Integral Yoga since 1971 and Director of the San Francisco Integral Yoga Institute from 1992-2011. She specializes in teaching yoga philosophy and spiritual counseling.