Dr. Shriram Sarvotham

Shriram Sarvotham a Ph.D., E-RYT-500 has been an ardent practitioner of yoga since childhood. He was initiated into yoga by his teacher, Yogacharya R. Subramanian from Chennai, India, with whom he studied for 14 years. Shriram has been teaching yoga since 1991 in India; he has also taught over 300 yoga workshops and retreats all over the USA. His workshops offer a holistic experience of yoga and blend wisdom from classic Yoga texts including Patanjali Yoga Sutras, Bhagavad Gita, Yoga Yajnavalkya, Hatha Yoga Pradipika, etc. His students are led to discover the core principles of Yoga contained in the classic Yoga texts which in turn profoundly elevates the quality of their Yoga practice. Shriram has given lectures, demonstrations, and workshops at prestigious conferences such as the Yoga Alliance Leadership Conference, Texas Yoga Conference, Texas Medical Conference, etc. Shriram is a founding member of EkaShri Schools of Yoga and is also a faculty member of the Teacher Training Program of Yoga Bharati. Shriram is a recipient of the “Exemplary Service Award in Yoga” given by the Consulate General of India in 2015, and the “Yoga Service Award” given by ISKCON in 2009. Shriram holds a Ph.D. degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Rice University, Houston, and works as a senior engineer in the tech industry in the Bay Area, California.

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Mr. Anil Surpur

Anil Surpur is a founding member and currently the President of Yoga Bharati USA. He is Senior Faculty and Yoga Teacher at Yoga Bharati. Anil has completed his Bachelor in Electronic Engineering from India (Karnataka) and MBA from the All India Management Association (AIMA). He has undergone BKS Iyengar yoga training, Chennai in 1986 and has been practicing Yoga since then. He has completed Yoga teacher training in 2003 and is a registered experienced Yoga Teacher (ERYT500, YACEP) with Yoga Alliance (YA). He is currently the Director of Engineering in Ooma Inc., in Sunnyvale, CA. Visit Anil Surpur on LinkedIn

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Mr. N.V. Raghuram

Mr. N.V. Raghuram is the founder chairman and spiritual guide of Yoga Bharati USA, founder chairman of ‘Disha’ a non-profit organization for value-based education in schools and colleges in Bengaluru, a member of the board of advisors for Dhruva college of management, Hyderabad and a board member of Youth for Seva in Bengaluru. 

Shri N. V. Raghuram, from his early days, had a strong interest in Indian wisdom and spirituality which took him to several saints in the Himalayas and to institutions founded by the lineage of Sri Ramakrishna and Vivekananda. He has been involved in guiding people in the practice and assimilation of Yoga and Vedanta after initial training in Vivekananda Kendra, Kanyakumari, India. He is a founding member of the SVYASA Yoga University, Bengaluru along with his wife, Dr. Nagarathna, Medical Director of SVYASA and Dr. Nagendra, Chancellor of SVYASA. As an international coordinator of S Vyasa, he has traveled extensively, spreading the message and teaching of Yoga, Indian philosophy and culture by conducting yoga therapy courses, training programs, research projects, seminars and satsangs.   He has been part of the Indian delegation on Yoga, at the United Nations Conference in Uruguay and the World Health Organization in Switzerland. 

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Mrs. Ashwini Surpur

Ashwini Surpur, BS (Computer Science), MA (Sanskrit), ERYT, CIAYT is the Executive Director of Yoga Bharati. She worked at Oracle as a Software Engineer for 15 years and then moved on to the field of Yoga training. Since 2010, she has been a full time volunteer staff at Yoga Bharati, a California based Yoga teaching and training organization. She has a great passion for teaching and working with people, and has spoken at various conferences on yoga and Hindu philosophy. She writes articles for various magazines and news media on Yoga. She is passionate about literature and philosophy and composes poems in Kannada and English. She studies Veerashaiva philosophy and writes articles on Veerashaivism. She likes to study and teach Bhagavad Gita and its practical application. 

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Mr. Raghu Ananthanrayanan

Mr. Raghu Ananthanarayanan obtained his Postgraduate Degree in Bio-Medical Engineering from IIT, Chennai. He is a trained Yoga Expert, Teacher and Coach in the lineage of Shri. Tirumalai Krishnamacharya, often referred to as the father of modern Yoga. He had the benefit of being trained directly by Krishnamacharya as well as his son, Shri. T.K.V Desikachar.

The Core of Raghu’s approach to teaching Yoga, while based on the Krishnamacharya tradition, however, has incorporated many aspects of experiential learning and introspection that make it contemporary and accessible.

Raghu Ananthanarayanan has co-founded Sumedhas Academy for Human ContextThe Barefoot Academy for Governance and FLAME TAO Knoware (Pvt. Ltd); He serves on the board of several companies. He is now engaged in mentoring a young group of “sacred activists” called Ritambhara, as well as the co-creation of a platform for Yoga Teachers from the Krishnamacharya Tradition called “Ananta Yoga”. ​He is also associated with YogaVahini, a training and healing center that specializes in offering Yoga teacher training and therapist training programs. Raghu and his wife, Sashi took up this journey simultaneously. Sashi followed the Vaastu stream with Shri Ganapati Sthapati, a renowned exponent of Vaastu shilpa shastra, and Raghu followed the Yoga stream with his teacher Shri Krishnamacharya, a renowned yoga expert.

He has developed a unique methodology called “Totally Aligned Organization”, and a model called the “Tensegrity Mandala” that brings together his understanding of Yoga and Organizational Processes.

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Swamini Agamananda Saraswati

Visiting Faculty

Dr. Swamini Agamananda, formerly Martha J. Doherty, holds a Ph.D. in Sanskrit and Indian Studies from Harvard University (1999) and an M.A. in Oriental Studies (1991) from the University of Pennsylvania. She completed the 3-year Certificate in the study of Vedanta and Sanskrit at Sandeepany Institute for the Study of Vedanta and Sanskrit, Piercy California, under the direction of Swami Dayananda Saraswati, in the years 1979-1982.

She has taught both at Universities such as St. Lawrence University, Canton, New York, Temple University, Philadelphia, Lehigh University, Bethlehem, and Harvard University, Boston, as well as at various Arsha Vidya institutions in the USA and India. She has served as an Editor and writer with the Arsha Vidya Publications and has edited a number of original Vedanta commentaries on Upanisads and Bhagavadgita, at the Arsha Vidya Gurukulam Saylorsburg, Pennsylvania.

She has participated in the committee of Scholars for Hindu-Jewish dialogue, World Council of Religious Leaders and was a Participant scholar in the Hindu-Jewish dialogue of Acharya Sabha with the Rabbinate of Israel, Delhi, India (2011). Along with the Secretary-General of the World Council of Religious Leaders, she co-organized a Hindu-Jewish Leadership Summit hosted by the Foreign Ministry of Israel and Rabbinate of Israel, Tel Aviv (2008) as well as the first two-day dialogue between the Ashkenazy Chief Rabbi of Israel who led an international delegation of Rabbis with select Hindu religious leaders, Delhi, India (2007). She was a member of the Draft Committee for Justitia et Pax Faith in Human Rights Declaration, The Hague, in 2009. She has several academic papers as well as books on Vedanta to her credit.

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Dr. Anand Paranjpe


Anand Paranjpe obtained his Ph.D. at Pune University and conducted post-doctoral research at Harvard University under a Fulbright and Smith-Mundt grant. In 1967 he started teaching at Simon Fraser University in Canada, where he is currently Emeritus Professor of Psychology and Humanities. He was invited by the Indian Council of Philosophical Research as National Visiting Professor in 2010-2011. In 2017 he was invited to give a series of lectures at the Harisingh Gaur University at Sagar, Madhya Pradesh. His major publications include “Theoretical psychology: The meeting of East and West” (Plenum, 1984), Self and identity in modern psychology and Indian thought” (Plenum, 1998). He co-edited with Professors K.R. Rao and Ajit Dalal the “Handbook of Indian Psychology” (Cambridge University Press, India, 2008). His latest book is K.R. Rao and Anand C. Paranjpe, “Psychology in the Indian tradition” (Delhi: Springer, 2016; Delhi: DK World, 2017).

Currently, he is working on a book on the nature of the transformation of consciousness as described in several traditional commentaries on Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras. In general, his focus is on Indic concepts and theories in psychology and interpreting them in light of the language and idiom of modern psychology.

According to Anand Paranjpe view, the currently popular image of Yoga is heavily focused on its physical aspects such as the health benefits of asanas and feels the need to balance this view with adequate emphasis on the cultivation of virtues as in Yama and Niyama, and on the control of thought processes as applied psychology leading to Self-realization. He thinks and hopes that HUA can help in this direction.

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Dr. Edward Butler

Adjunct Faculty

Edward P. Butler received his Ph.D. in Philosophy from the New School for Social Research in 2004 for his dissertation “The Metaphysics of Polytheism in Proclus”. He has taught at the New School and at Montclair State University and has published in more than a dozen academic journals, including DionysiusMéthexis and Epoché, and is an associate editor at Walking the Worlds: A Biannual Journal of Polytheism and Spirit work and the journal Socrates.

You can check his website, Henadology: Philosophy and Theology where many of his publications are available and which also features his online Theological Encyclopedia of the Goddesses and Gods of the Ancient Egyptians

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Dr. Shashi Tiwari

Visiting Professor, Hindu University of America

Dr. Shashi Tiwari is a recipient of the “Rashtrapati Samman’(Certificate of Honor from President of India) for Sanskrit in the year 2015 and a respected Vedic and Sanskrit scholar. She received her Ph.D. degree in Sanskrit from the University of Lucknow in 1968. She has served as a visiting professor at ‘Hindu University of America’, Orlando, the USA since 2002, and has guided over a dozen students who have received their Ph.D./M.Phil degrees till date.

Dr. Shashi Tiwari has worked extensively for the promotion of Vedic knowledge as the General Secretary/ President of ‘Wider Association for Vedic Studies’ (WAVES), a registered academic society since 1996, through which she has organized twenty-two National Conferences with International participation in the different parts of India. She has contributed continuously in Vedic research through her active participation in more than thirty international conferences held in USA, Italy, Canada, Nepal, and South Korea.

Dr. Tiwari has published thirty-two books related to Vedic and Sanskrit subjects in Hindi, English or Sanskrit languages. Some of them are: Rigvediya Aprisukta (1981), Mundakopanishad (1981), Ishavasyopanishad (1986), Surya Devata- Vedic our Vedottar Sanskrit Surya-stutiyon mein (1994), Sanskrit-Lokokti-Kosha (1996), Sanskrit Sahitya Ka Itihas (1999), Rigvaidika Adhyayan (1999,2018), Vaidik Adhyayan (Vedic Studies) (2004), Sanskrit-Sahitya me Rashtravada our Bharatiya Rajashastra (2013), Veda-Vyakhya-Paddhatayah (in Sanskrit) (2014), Sanskrit- Sahityanushilanam   ( in Sanskrit) (2015). Her five books received eight awards from Sanskrit academies. Her new four books based on Sankaracharya, Spirituality and Vedic Studies are just released in 2017.

Dr, Tiwari has been honored with more than twenty academic awards from various academic institutions of India. Few of them are: Bharati Mishra Award (1989) by  Rajasthan Sanskrit Academy;  Sanskrit Sikshak Puraskar (1994), Akhil Bhartiya Sanskrit Sahitya Maulik Rachna Puraskar (1994, 2000),  Sanskrit Sahitya Seva Samman (2005) by Delhi Sanskrit Academy; Sarjana Puraskar ( 2000) by Uttar Pradesh Hindi Sansthan, Lucknow; Sanskrit Sahitya Puraskar ( 1997, 2000), Vishishta Puraskar (2007), Maharshi Vyas Samman (2014) by Uttar Pradesh Sanskrit Sansthan, Lucknow.

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Ms. Adriana Salazar

Co-ordinator, Visit India and Study Abroad Program

Adriana has grown professionally and personally in a career in hotel management where she developed the dedication towards serving people around her. She seeks to bring wellness in a holistic way with a commitment to all-round human development. This has led her to experience and learn different healing techniques and practices such as Yoga, Thai Yoga massage, art therapy, and Ayurveda.
Currently Adriana is the director of programs of Sangha Latinoamérica – A social movement that combines the following three fields of work in Colombia: Yoga, the revitalization of ancient traditions
and cultures and the reconstruction and development of a sustainable social fabric, by providing an education for peace, where vulnerable children develop a sense of self-worth, purpose, and responsibility for their own existence. 
Adriana has designed the Visit India and Study Abroad programs for Hindu University of America and she guides students both on their journey to India, as well as their inner journey in discovering themselves. 

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