Sri Sri Ravi Shankar
Sri Sri is a humanitarian leader, spiritual teacher and ambassador of peace.
As a spiritual teacher, Sri Sri has rekindled the traditions of yoga and meditation and offered them in a form that is relevant to the 21st century. Beyond reviving ancient wisdom, Sri Sri has created new techniques for personal and social transformation.
These include the Sudarshan Kriya® which has helped millions of people to find relief from stress and discover inner reservoirs of energy and peace in daily life. In a mere 35 years, his programs and initiatives have touched the lives of over 370 million people in 155 countries.
An engineer by profession and an entrepreneur by nature, Mr. Nilendu Srivastava has been involved with, starting up, running, purchasing, and selling of a number of hi tech companies during the past four decades. He currently is the owner and CEO of Vascular Technology Inc., a medical device manufacturing company. In addition, he serves on the Board of Directors for a number of both profit and nonprofit organizations.
Mr. Srivastava lives with his wife, Renu, in New Hampshire. They have two children, both physicians, and three grandchildren. Throughout their lives, the couple has been very active in both community and charitable causes. For the past 17 years, they have been closely associated with the world-renowned spiritual and humanitarian leader His Holiness Sri Sri Ravi Shankar. They also travel extensively to aid with Sri Sri’s humanitarian projects that promotes women empowerment, children’s education and welfare and upliftment of human values.
Neelam currently serves on the Board of Directors and as a faculty with the Sri Sri School of Yoga, North America. She is accredited with Yoga Alliance as an E-RYT 500H for Sri Sri Yoga. She also teaches advanced yoga retreats. She has seen her life blossom through the practice of yoga. She fell in love with yoga in 2003 when she did her Yoga teacher training in India
She has been a faculty and volunteer with the Art of living foundation for more than a decade and has been an integral part of projects like the International Women’s Conference, World Cultural Festival, 2016 which brought together more than 3 million individuals from 150 countries in a celebration of love, peace and diversity. Nelam also visited Pakistan in 2005- 2006 as a part of an earthquake relief project, bringing relief to hundreds of earthquake victims.
Neelam has served for many years as a full time traveling teacher for the Art of Living Foundation and is a teacher of the Happiness Program, Yesplus Course, Sahaj Samadhi Meditation Course, Art Excel & YES Course and Sri Sri Yoga Course. She is accredited with Yoga Alliance as an E-RYT 200H for Sri Sri Yoga.
When not facilitating yoga or meditation workshops, Neelam likes to travel to new places and try different cuisines.
She is also a writer and has written numerous articles on yoga, meditation and holistic health for various print and digital media.
Before joining the Art of Living, while in India, she served on the board of trustees for OASIS, a non-profit organization and spearheaded many social, educational and rural development projects for 15 years.
She also founded and ran her full time yoga studio ‘Wellness and Lifestyle Excellence Center’ for about 8 years where she offered yoga classes and courses, healthy living workshops, and teacher training.
Andrew Keaveney is an Art of Living teacher and Director of Digital Media at the Art of Living Retreat Center in Boone, North Carolina. He graduated with honors from Stanford University with a major in film and Buddhist studies before moving to the Art of Living International Center in Bangalore, India, where he spent four years involved in service projects, film making, deepening his understanding of meditation and yoga, studying Sanskrit and learning and performing Vedic pujas.
Andrew has studied Sanskrit in a variety of forms. Over a period of six years, he first studied Vedic Sanskrit with pundits from Vega Agama Mahapathashala, then studied classical and spoken Sanskrit with Samskrita Bharati in India and the US. Andrew’s intensive study of Sanskrit allows him to bring a deep authenticity to his yoga teaching, due to the fact that the yogic tradition contains a great storehouse of knowledge, and the language of this wisdom is Sanskrit. Sanskrit texts contain detailed philosophy and guides to consciousness, self-inquiry, and methods for accessing subtler levels of the mind. Andrew finds that an understanding of Sanskrit helps us to understand this great tradition on its own terms and through its own lens. Besides being a beautiful language of consciousness, the practice of Sanskrit is also a path to uplift one’s own mind and raise one’s energy level. Studying Sanskrit as part of yoga training helps us honor this vast tradition, understand it a little more, and and deepen our practice.
Andrew has been meditating for 17 years and practicing yoga for 15, providing him with an understanding of the student’s perspective. He completed a 200-hour Yoga Alliance teaching certification and has been teaching yoga for 4 years. Along with yoga, Andrew has been an Art of Living teacher for 9 years and teaches courses such as the Happiness Program and Sahaj Samadhi meditation from Boone, NC and around the United States. In addition to teaching, he also has an interest in film, creative writing and landscape painting.
Allie Xiong is currently working at the Art of living Retreat center in Boone, NC. She is a Sri Sri School of Yoga 500 hour certified yoga instructor and Sri Sri Yoga Deep Dive instructor. She has been teaching yoga and meditation for the Art of living foundation since 2010. She has taught yoga for Apple, Cisco, YMCA, as well as community centers and universities. She also teaches stress reduction and personal development youth empowerment programs for the International Association for Human values (IAHV).
Being a passionate educator, Allie worked as a Computer Science Instructor for the California State University. She has over 10 years of experience volunteering as program manager for educational non-profit organizations in education equity and teacher training for rural areas internationally. Before teaching, she worked as a software engineer and program manager for the high-tech industry in the bay area.
Swamy Yeleswaram is a PhD in pharmaceutical sciences, co-founded a biotech company in Wilmington, DE. He completed his 200 hour yoga certification from Sri Sri School of Yoga in 2017 and has been teaching regularly since, logging over 200 hours. He has been facilitating anatomy lessons at teacher training programs since 2018 and is also a RYT 500 instructor with yoga alliance.
Neha Patel has been a faculty with the Art of Living Foundation since 1999. She is an E-RYT500 with Yoga Alliance and offers a variety of programs such as Studio classes, SKY meditation, advanced yoga retreats and has conducted self-development seminars at organizations such as UC Davis, Blue Shields, DMV, Micron, Intel, General Motors in U.S & India. She also facilitates teacher training programs at the Sri Sri School of Yoga now and is known for her simple, adaptable style that is suitable for everyone.
In addition, Neha spearheads activities to fund children’s education projects in underdeveloped nations. A mom of two young adults, she currently owns and manages a franchise operation for Kahala corporation. In her spare time, she loves to travel and explore art & creativity with her family.
Julia Arbuckle began studying yoga in 1999 when a class was offered at her university fitness center. She loved the asana practice and began taking classes with different teachers and a range of styles. In 2002, she took her first Art of Living course and began to explore a complete and authentic form of yoga. She began teaching Sri Sri Yoga in 2006. She teaches a wide range of Art of Living courses for children and adults. When she can find time, she fits in a full-time career as a high school teacher.
Sri Sri Ravi Shankar
Gurudev Sri Sri Ravi Shankar is a humanitarian leader, a spiritual teacher, and an ambassador of peace. His vision of a stress-free, violence-free society has united millions of people the world over through service projects and the courses of The Art of Living.
Numerous honors have been bestowed upon Gurudev, including the highest civilian awards of Colombia, Mongolia and Paraguay. He is the recipient of the Padma Vibhushan, India’s highest annual civilian award and has also been conferred with 16 honorary doctorates from around the world.
Gurudev is the Chancellor of Sri Sri University and the Chairman of the Quality Control of India Yoga Certification Committee. He is also a member of the Amarnath Shrine Board (appointed by Government of Jammu and Kashmir, India). Gurudev was the Chairman of Reception Committee for the 500th anniversary celebrations of the Coronation of Krishnadevaraya (by Government of Karnataka, India).
Kamlesh Barwal is an International Trainer with the Art of Living Foundation. She travels worldwide teaching people of all backgrounds, cultures, and religions how to effectively manage their mind and emotions, eliminate stress, live in harmony amid diversity and bring greater peace and joy into their lives through simple yet profound yoga techniques. Over the past fourteen years as a teacher with the Art of Living Foundation, Kamlesh has taught extensively in India, Kazakhstan, the Middle East, China, Russia, and Europe.
Kamlesh is known for her graceful asana practice, and her classes are a blend of simplicity, fun, humor, and artistically-explained yoga philosophy and knowledge. Apart from teaching a wide range of Art of Living courses, she is the Director of the Sri Sri School of Yoga, training yoga teachers and coordinating the global network of Sri Sri Yoga teachers. Kamlesh has completed the advanced level (500 hour) teacher training program through the Yoga Alliance, and is an examiner for the QCI Yoga Teachers Certification Program through the Government of India. She holds the high distinction of being a recipient of the Vishalakshi Award for Contribution to Yoga.
Kamlesh was born in the Himalayan state of Himachal Pradesh in India, where she received her Bachelors in Business Administration from Himachal Pradesh University. There she first encountered the Art of Living courses, which she found to be a means of dealing with the stress, anxiety, and challenges of her college years. What started as a mere practice to deal with the stress of student life blossomed into a way of life.
Kamlesh’s multifaceted teaching style extends beyond yoga and meditation; she employs her management skills as Head of Human Resources for The Art of LIving International Centre in Bangalore, India. Kamlesh has also directed and been featured in multiple yoga tutorial videos.
Beyond teaching, Kamlesh has coordinated five International Women’s Conferences since 2005, bringing thousands of female leaders together to discuss ways in which to empower women.