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Mrs. Savitha Joshi

Savita Joshi is an E-RYT-500, C-IAYT, B.E.(electronics and Communications) and has Masters in Business Administration (California State University, East Bay, Hayward). After working as a Corporate Risk Analyst at a Bay area technology company for over 5 years, she quit her job and moved towards her inner calling of service. Presently she is a senior yoga therapist and the Director of Therapy Services at Yoga Bharati (www.yogabharati.org) in the USA.

Savita specializes in applying her yoga expertise to various groups such as, kids with special needs, therapeutic applications of yoga. Savita has given workshops and talks at corporates, institutions and conferences. She has over 15 years of teaching experience in Yoga with more than 10,000 hours of group and private yoga instruction and spiritual counseling. Savita keeps up with her continuous education by attending therapy conferences, retreats and teaching yoga classes and workshops in the field. She is a student of Yoga philosophy texts such as Patanjali Yoga sutras, Bhagawad Gita, Hatha Yoga Pradeepika to name a few. She enjoys spending her spare time gardening, hiking, and crafts with her 2 daughters and her husband. 

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Ms. Smita Kinhikar

Smita Kinhikar is RYT-200 from Yoga Bharati, SF Bay Area and holds a Bachelor’s degree in Law from Nagpur University. She has been practicing Yoga for the last 20+ years. She is the owner and founder of SwayamYog that specializes in teaching Kids Yoga. She also works for Aum School as a Kids Yoga Teacher. She is very passionate about yoga, Spirituality, and Vedic Philosophy. She volunteers for several NGOs like Yoga Bharati, Hindu Swayamsevak Sangh as well as local schools. During the pandemic period, she has conducted 100+ yoga classes for the community in the TriValley Area.

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Dr. Koenraad Elst

Koenraad Elst obtained his doctorate in Oriental Philology & History from the Catholic University of Leuven (Belgium) in 1998. This was based on his MA degrees in Sinology, Indo-Iranian Studies and Philosophy, and a research stays at Banaras Hindu University. He worked mostly as a foreign desk journalist, both freelance and in employment, and served as a foreign policy assistant in the Belgian Senate. Dr. Elst is presently affiliated to the Sanchi University of Buddhist and Indic Studies (SUBIS) and occasionally teaches at the Indus University Ahmedabad and the private Indology  Academy in Houston; and is Chairman of the Ram Swarup & Sita Ram Goel Memorial Fund, Delhi, dependent on the Indic Academy, Hyderabad. He has authored a dozen peer-reviewed papers, co-authored several books, contributed to a dozen more, and authored 18 English and 8 Dutch books of his own.

He has participated in numerous academic and other conferences and organized one. His publications mainly concern divergent aspects of the Subcontinent’s interreligious situation, Indo-European studies, the fundamental questions of religious thought, democracy, and language policy in both the European Union and India. He has also studied aspects of Daoism and taken part in many short retreats of Zen, Vipassana, Himalaya Yoga (Rishikesh/Holland), Arsha Vidya Gurukulam (Coimbatore/Saylorsburg PA), Yoga Niketan (Rishikesh/Mechelen BE), Brahmrshi Ashram (Chandigarh), the European Union of Yoga (Zinal CH), and is a board member of the Dutch-language Belgian Yoga Federation.

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Mr. Krishna Kashyap

Sri Krishna Kashyap is an engineer and businessman by profession. He holds a Master’s Degree in Engineering from University of Iowa, USA. Currently he is retired and lives in India after working in the USA for about 39 years in various areas of technology and business for several companies. Krishna Kashyap has devoted significant time on the study of Vedanta, Sanskrit and Yoga studies and practice for several decades, from many traditional teachers, with a deep interest in recognizing the similarities and differences across the three great flavors of Vedanta i.e., Advaita, Dvaita and Visistadvaita.

He has studied the Sanskrit Vyakarana, Kavya and Tarka under MahaMahopadhyaya Sri N.T Srinivasa Iyengar, Vidwan Ananthakrishna shastri, HH Rangapriya Swamiji, Vidwan C Anantacharya and MahaMahopadhyaya Korada Subrahmanyam. He has delved deeply into the Upanishads, Brahma Sutras, and Bhagavad Gita Commentaries of the three great Acharyas, Sri Shankaracharya, Sri Ramanuchacharya, and Sri Madhvacharya under Vidwan Sri Sampath Iyengar, Vidwan S.M.Srinivasa Chari (who has written several books on Vedanta), MahaMahOpAdhyAya N.S Anantha Rangachar, author of over 100 books on philosophy (President of India Award winner), HH Rangapriya Swamiji, Sri MahAmahOpAdhyaya K.S Varadachar (President of India Award winner) and Prof. M.A Alwar. He has also taught the Bhagavad Gita Commentaries by the Sri Shankaracharya(S), Sri Ramanujacharya (R), and Sri Madhvacharya (M) several times. He has uploaded several YouTube lectures on comparative understanding of these three Bhashyas (mata-traya-bhashya) on the Gita recently. He, along with other students of Sri K.S Varadachar wrote a paper in English, titled “Satyanveshana (Inquiry into truth)”. Satyaveshana was written by Sri K.S Varadachar, in Sanskrit as an introduction to “sarvankaSA”, his own commentary on “tatva muktA kalApa” of Sri Vedanta Desika. This paper explains the true nature of Vedanta philosophy highlighting the close relationship between the three main systems of Vedanta namely Advaita, Visistadvaita, and Dvaita by exposing major misconceptions regarding them.

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Ms. Luvena Krishnamurthy

Luvena Krishnamurthy is a Yoga educator and Holistic Health Practitioner with a background in Medicine and teaching credentials in Ayurveda and Meditation. She comes with over 15 years of multinational corporate experience in Marketing, Operations & Customer Excellence in Aviation & Logistics. She is one of Bangalore’s leading Yoga Anatomy, Philosophy & Ethics educators with expertise in spinal conditions, physiological disorders, thyroid imbalances as well as psychosomatic influence. Luvena has delivered her popular monthly Focus Talk Series on health, wellness & yoga for the past 4 years and her unique programs on Ayurvedic lifestyle have been very well received.

Luvena has been initiated by Swami Satyasangananda Saraswati of Rikhiapeeth Ashram in the Dashanami Sannyasa tradition. Her teachers, mentors & friends along the path include Pradeep Sattwamaya, Swami Yogaratna Saraswati, Swami Dharmakeethi Saraswati, Pandit Vamadev Shastry, Yogini Shambhavi, Ravi Easwaran, & many others respected teachers. As Founder of The Curvy Yogi, she models inclusive and accessible yoga asana. Dedicated to continuous study under her teachers, Luvena is a student of Vedanta and is also engaged in a 5 year study of the Bhagavad Gita.

Luvena is a strong advocate for belonging and culture and is frequently invited as a fearless speaker and panelist on yoga philosophy, Indic culture, and appropriation. She is currently the State President of WICCI Karnataka Yoga Council and has received the Iconic Woman Leader Award from Women Economic Forum 2020.

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Dr. Padmakumar Korattiyadath

Dr. Padmakumar Korattiyadath holds a Ph.D. in Sanskrit from Sri Shankara University, Kerala, India. Prior to that, he obtained his Master’s Degree in Sanskrit from Kerala Varma College, Kerala. He has also studied Hinduism, in a traditional Gurukulam setting in Kerala.

Dr. Padmakumar is a Sanskrit enthusiastic who has played an active role in the revival of interest in Sanskrit in India, after it was left decimated by Colonialism, through teaching, writing, and advocacy for over forty years. As Director of Training and Human Resource Management, Samskrita Bharati, he has trained teachers across 42 centers across the United States and Canada on how to teach Sanskrit to adults, youth and children using a user-friendly method through which students learn to speak and enjoy Samskritam (Sanskrit). He has travelled throughout India to provide training and courses to full time Volunteers of Samskrita Bharati.

He has also developed curricula in Sanskrit, Teacher’s Guides, and authored children’s books that are currently in use widely. He has been a guest lecturer in Sanskrit in the USA, Canada, New Zealand, Fiji, Abu Dhabi, Sharjah, and Dubai. He has received several awards for his work in promoting Sanskrit through writing, recitation, teaching and publishing. He has a YouTube channel under the name (“Viswasamskritam”), and he conducts live classes on the teachings of the Bhagavad Gita in Sanskrit, as a service to the community.

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Dr. Laxmi Sharma

Smt. Laxmi Sharma has joined the HUA as a Faculty Member for Sanskrit Studies recently.

She obtained her Ph.D. in samskritam from the Lal Bahadur Shastri Rashtriya Sanskrit Vidyapeeth, New Delhi in 2017. Earlier, she was a Gold medalist in M.A (Samskritam) in 2015, and in B. A (Samskritam) in 2010.

She specializes in vyakaraNa-shAstram (Grammar).

Smt. Laxmi lives with her husband and a 2-year-old son in Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA. She writes articles, author’s books, and teaches in Samskritam.  She also enjoys dancing.

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Dr. Anita Balasubramanian

Anita Balasubramanian is a yoga teacher and therapist in the tradition of Sri.T.Krishnamacarya and Sri T.K.V. Desikachar, and a Life Coach in the Ritambhara gharānā. Anita completed her undergraduate and graduate studies in electrical engineering. Inspired by her interactions with non-profit organizations working in the education and development sector, she subsequently pursued a doctoral program in education (curriculum design) at the University of Illinois Chicago. Her deep concern for human suffering and the problems of unsustainable living kept her on the path of seeking an integrated approach to looking at life, living, and learning. She finally found her ground to do this through the study of Yoga Sutra and yoga practice, with her teachers.

Her study with teachers at Ritambhara and YogaVahini has led her to learn and use yoga philosophy and practice as the basis for living life and her work. She enjoys and is drawn to hold space and create processes for moving inwards (antaraṅga sādhanā) using chanting, āsanā-prāṇāyāma, and life itself. She currently lives on a farm with her husband, 2 girls, 2 dogs, 5 hens, many trees, and countless other living beings. In her free time, she enjoys making recycle-craft projects, reading, singing, walking, and just watching the sky.

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Mr. Gopi Prasad

Mr. Gopi V. Prasad has an MBA in Global Management from the Bremen University of Applied Sciences, Germany. Before moving to Germany he worked in India for 10 years in the field of Banking and Insurance. He is specialized in training and development and an expert in handling the start-up ventures. He is the founder of GloMan group which offers strategy consulting in the area of international business and online education. Besides his active corporate career Gopi serves as visiting faculty to management schools.

Mr. Gopi V. Prasad did his education from Sri Aurobindo School and has been involved in the study of Bhagavad-Gita since childhood. He is associated with SACAR Sri Aurobindo Center for Advance Research for ongoing study and development of programs on Sri Aurobindo literature and Bhagavad-Gita. Gopi is involved in community service and voluntarily supports many social and spiritual organizations. His interests include poetry and he wrote poems and songs in Telugu and Hindi. He is the recipient of Sri Sardar Patel Award in the year 2010.

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Dr. Sailesh Rao

Dr. Sailesh Rao has over three decades of professional experience and is the Founder and Executive Director of Climate Healers, a non-profit dedicated to healing the Earth’s climate. A systems specialist with a Ph. D. in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University, Dr. Rao worked on the internet communications infrastructure for twenty years after graduation. During this period, he led the transformation of early analog internet connections to more robust digital connections that also ran ten times faster, at 1Gb/s. In 2006, he switched careers and became deeply immersed, full time, in solving the environmental crises affecting humanity. Dr. Rao is the author of two books, Carbon Dharma: The Occupation of Butterflies and Carbon Yoga: The Vegan Metamorphosis, and an Executive Producer of four documentaries, The Human Experiment (2013), Cowspiracy: The Sustainability Secret (2014), What The Health (2017), and A Prayer for Compassion (2019).

A graduate of IIT, Madras, 1981, Dr. Sailesh Rao has 10 U.S. and 3 Canadian Patents to his credit, 22 peer-reviewed technical publications, and has made over 50 standards contributions to the ATM Forum and the IEEE 802.3 CSMA/CD.

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