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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
Swami 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.
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.
- 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.
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.
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.
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.
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. lkwalker.com
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.
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. www.commonweal.org
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.
Prajna Vieira – lead vocals, harmonium
Donald Fontowitz – Indian Slide Guitars
Ramana Erickson – tablas Greg Barnett – bass
Lisa Chorny, Julie Simonsen, Samantha Vieira – response vocals
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!
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”.
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 www.iRest.us.
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.