Dr. Vinayachandra Banavathy

Dr. Vinayachandra Banavathy obtained his Ph.D. in Sanskrit with a concentration in Psychology, from Pondicherry University in 2009. He also has a Masters Degree in Yogic Science from SVYASA, Bangalore, in addition to three Master’s Degrees in Psychology, English and Sanskrit. What is unique about Dr. Banavathy is that he has also been trained in a 6-year rigorous traditional Gurukulam education in Sanskrit and Indian Philosophy with a focus on Yoga and Vedanta at Veda Vijnana Gurukulam, Bangalore from 1999 to 2004. He is currently serving as Director, Indica Yoga in Bangalore, India, and is an Adjunct Professor, at the Veda Vijnana Shodha Samsthanam, which is a recognized Research Centre of the Karnataka Samskrit University. In addition, he holds Visiting Faculty appointments in several institutions such as Faculty of Contemplative and Behavioral Sciences (FCBS) at Sri Sri University, Cuttack, Orissa, India, Dept. of Languages and Cultures (Indian Languages and Cultures), Ghent University, Ghent, Belgium, School of Applied Psychology at Zurich University of Applied Sciences (ZHAW), Zurich, Switzerland, Faculty of Applied Psychology, SRH Hochschule, Heidelberg, Germany, and many others. 

He was invited to serve as Chief Consultant to the Committee on National Education Policy – 2017 constituted by the Ministry of Human Resources Development, Government of India, to specifically develop the areas of Culture and Value Education and Indic Knowledge Systems. He has served as a Visiting Faculty or Resource Person, in many international bodies and organizations. His areas of Research interest include Sanskrit, Yoga Psychology and Philosophy, Indian Culture, History, and Knowledge Systems and he has published several papers and a few books on these subjects. He has also curated and organized many festivals and conferences, workshops and camps on these themes. 

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Dr. Venkataraman Swaminathan

Dr. Venkataraman Swaminathan obtained his doctorate in Materials Science from the University of Southern California in 1975. He worked at Bell Laboratories for 21 years in many aspects of fiber optic communication systems and fiber-to-the-home technologies. Dr. Swaminathan is a Fellow of the Institution of the Electronics and Electrical Engineers (IEEE) and the American Electrochemical Society. He has authored or co-authored 160 publications in peer-reviewed journals, co-authored and edited 4 books, received 8 patents and many professional awards and accolades. After his retirement as a Scientist, Dr. Swaminathan is currently affiliated with Penn State University and Rice University as an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Physics and Department of Materials Science and Nanoengineering, respectively.

 V. Swaminathan has been a student of Pūjya Swami Dayananda Saraswati and the other revered ācāryas of the Arsha Vidya Gurukulam for nearly 30 years. He collected 365 quotes of Pūjya Swamiji and published them as “Day after day with Swami Dayananda Saraswati.” In addition, he edited two booklets, “Satyam and Mithya” and “What you love is the pleased self,” that are based on Pūjya Swamiji’s talks. He has been teaching Bhagavad Gita, Upanishad and other Vedānta classes online. Dr. Swaminathan is also an ardent devotee of Kāñcī Paramācārya and has penned articles on Periyavā’s inimitable style of inquiry of the śāstras. He has recently started disseminating podcasts on the essence of various topics in Hinduism through a YouTube channel. He is frequently invited to give satsangas and Q&A sessions on topics related to Vedanta and Bhagavad Gita.

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Mr. Shantanu Gupta

Shantanu Gupta, is the founder of The Ramayana School, an Indian Author, TEDx Speaker and Political Analyst. You can see him daily on TV debates on all leading channels of India. He is a published author with renowned publications like Sage, Bloomsbury and Rupa Publications. His latest Book – BJP – Past, Present & Future is leading the charts on Amazon. His last book – ‘The Monk Who Became Chief Minister’ – Biography of Yogi Adityanath, is listed as the ‘Most memorable Non-Fiction Books of 2017’ by Amazon India. Shantanu has an engineering degree from GB Pant University (India), Management education from XLRI, Jamshedpur (India) and did his masters in policy and politics from Institute of Development Studies (IDS), University of Sussex (United Kingdom). Shantanu has worked for a decade as a process and management consultant in many cities in India, Switzerland, Cyprus, Hungry and Israel. He has represented India in many international conferences on economy and policy, in Germany, Malaysia & Srilanka.

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Mr. Srinath S Chakravarty

Srinath holds an MS degree in Engineering, an MBA degree in Finance, and an Information Technology patent.  His areas of interest include Sanskrit, Hinduism, and Vaishnava traditions.  Within the Dallas TX area, he was formerly area coordinator for Nama Inc. then for Samskrita Bharati USA, as well as volunteer for Sanatana Dharma Foundation.  He is currently a program manager in Bank of America and liaison for Sanskrit studies between Samskrita Bharati USA and HUA.

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Mr. Chandra(sekar) Raghu

Director of Sanskrit and Language Studies

Mr. Chandrasekar Raghu (CHANDRA for short) is a faculty member of the Hindu University of America Florida (HUA), teaching Samskritam. A PMI certified Project Management Professional (PMP), Chandra holds a B.E (Honors) degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Madras, India.

Chandra has an IT career spanning 4 decades and has worked in the past for the Tatas, IBM, Unisys, Sun Microsystems, Sungard Energy, British Petroleum, Baker Hughes, and The Viswa Group. His areas of interest include Operations Research, Samskritam, and SanAtana-dharma. An informal student of Pujya Swamiji DayAnanda Saraswati, he enjoys yoga and meditation and has been teaching Samskritam since 1991, to students across the globe. Chandra is also the Founder Chairman of a 501(c)3 non-profit organization by name AARSHA VIDYAA BHAARATI

Chandra’s ancestors, specifically Polagam Sri Rama Sastry, have been great Samskritam scholars and poets. His father, Sri Raghunandanan, was given the title of “MeemAmsA shiromaNi” by the Madras Sanskrit College.

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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. Chinmay Surpur

Chinmay Surpur is Yoga Bharati’s Education and Research Development Coordinator.

Having recently graduated from the University of California, Santa Barbara with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Biopsychology with High Honors (Magna Cum Laude) with many other accolades, such as his own research paper publication, Chinmay is putting his academic intellectual prowess to work at Yoga Bharati. Chinmay has had an extensive background in yoga for his whole life, obtaining his Yoga Instructor’s Certification in 2011.

He has been involved with Yoga Bharati activities and teaching ever since. Chinmay’s main focus is to combine the teachings of yoga philosophy, specifically that of Patanjali and the Bhagavat Gita, to heal people from an inner perspective, providing everyone with a stronger basis for their mental, physical, emotional, and spiritual health. Check out more information about him at chinmaysurpur.com

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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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