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 Sei 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.
FACULTY & MANAGEMENT
Krishan Verma has been a student of yoga for the past 35 years and a teacher for the past 20. Through his mastery of yoga, his knowledge and most importantly, his teaching methodology, he brings out the best in his students. He ensures that each student experiences the effortless union of body, mind and spirit in his programs. The student emerges rejuvenated and serenely dynamic. Under his tutelage, thousands of teachers now spread the knowledge of yoga all around the world.
His message is always practical and relevant to daily life. He is a father of two and a professional Electrical Engineer, having graduated from the Technical University of Nova Scotia in Canada in 1976. He resigned from his position as a Senior Engineer with the Government of Canada in 2001, to devote his full time to the Art of Living Foundation and the study of yoga.
In 2001, Krishan became the director of the newly founded Sri Sri Yoga and started teaching this new, beautifully balanced approach to yoga around the world. As a shining example of discipline and teaching excellence, his Spiritual Master Sri Sri Ravi Shankar conferred onto him the title of “Yogacharya”. He is also a graduate of Shivananda’s advanced yoga teacher training program with the titles of “Yoga Shiromani” and “Yogacharya”.
He served as the President of the Art of Living Foundation in Canada for five years and the the Director of Yoga Research and Training, VVM India for 10 years. Apart from teaching Sri Sri Yoga Teacher Training Programs and advanced yoga programs, he also teaches many other Art of Living breathing and meditation programs.
Krishan has trained more than 2,000 yoga teachers all around the world, including Canada, the US, the Dominican Republic, Argentina, Germany, the UK, Italy, South Africa, Uganda, Kenya, Botswana, Poland, Ukraine, Russia, Mongolia, India, Malaysia, Taiwan, China and Australia.
Dr. Bharti Verma
Dr. Bharti Verma is a physician by training with over 30 years of experience in Family Medicine. Dr. Verma’s passions for health, learning, and spirituality have all led to the integration of her knowledge of yoga with her experience in medicine. Dr. Verma serves on the faculty of the Sri Sri School of Yoga, teaching Anatomy and Physiology.
Dr. Verma’s passion for learning brought her to the practice of yoga, where she experienced the shift from being a student of the medical classroom to being a student of life. Dr. Verma finds the philosophy of yoga to be a lifetime study that brings profound joy and allows the student to have an embodied experience of knowledge.
Besides holding Master’s, MD, and CCFP degrees, Dr. Verma has completed the Yoga Alliance advanced level (500-hour) teacher training certification. She holds a position on the Board of the Sri Sri School of Yoga, and is Vice President of The Art of Living Foundation in Canada.
Yoga provides Dr. Verma balance in the busy life of a family doctor, and allows her to function at her fullest capacity in the realms of career and family. As a doctor, Dr. Verma finds that yoga expands her levels of compassion, allowing her to understand what others are experiencing and relate to them on a deeper level. Off the mat, Dr. Verma provides care to refugees at the Refugee Health Clinic in Halifax, Nova Scotia, and provides care to elderly patients in a nursing home.
Jennifer Stevenson happened upon yoga more than 15 years ago while living in Tokyo, Japan, and has been studying and practicing the many dimensions of it ever since. Over the years, yoga and all that it encompasses has enriched her spiritually, bringing much joy and growth to her life while enlivening her skills both personally and professionally. She especially loves to mentor teachers through the knowledge of yoga, empowering them to reach their fullest potential and be the best expression of themselves.
Jennifer has more than 9 years of experience delivering yoga, meditation, self-development, and leadership training programs internationally. Jennifer currently serves as the Vice-Chairperson on the Board of Directors for the Sri Sri School of Yoga in North America, looking after Strategy and Operations and serving as a faculty team member for the school’s teacher training program. She is accredited with Yoga Alliance as an E-RYT 200H for Sri Sri Yoga, RYT 500H for Sri Sri Yoga, and a RYT 200H for Vinyasa Yoga with the Asheville Yoga Center.
Jennifer has many years of service as a full time traveling teacher for the Art of Living Foundation and and is a teacher of the Happiness Program, Yesplus Course, Sahaj Samadhi Meditation Course, YES Course, Sri Sri Yoga Course, Sri Sri Yoga Level 2 Course and YLTP (Youth Leadership Training Program). She previously served a Co-Director for the YesPlus program and she currently mentors student campus leaders, facilitates training of new instructors, and helps develop programming and curriculum for university administration and student cohorts.
While not doing yoga, she primarily works as the Vice President of Client Services and Faculty for TLEX (Transformational Leadership for Excellence), delivering leadership trainings to numerous institutions internationally. She has taught at Shell Oil Co, GE, Coca-Cola, Microsoft, The World Bank, American Express, Intel, Merck, Astellas and MIT Sloan among others.
Previously, Jennifer worked at Bloomberg, L.P. both in Tokyo and San Francisco as a sales consultant for investment management systems, engaging with some of the world’s leading financial institutions. She hold a B.S. in Marketing from the Carroll School of Management from Boston College and speaks Japanese and Spanish.
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 as the Secretary of Board of Directors and the DIrector of Community Engagement with the Sri Sri School of Yoga, North America.
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 earthquake relief project, bringing relief to hundreds of earthquake effects victims.
Neelam has served for many years as a full time traveling teacher for the Art of Living Foundation and 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.
Born and raised in India, meditation and yoga have been a way of life for Neha from early childhood. Neha did her first formal course in meditation in 2002 and has been meditating and practicing yoga since. Neha is passionate about sharing authentic yogic tools with youth and truly believes that the availability of these tools early on in life can pivotal in shaping an individual.
Neha is a faculty with Yesplus and has taught and organized more than 200 personal development workshops that have been widely appreciated by a varied range of audiences – corporate professionals, businessmen, young entrepreneurs, researchers and college students. She is accredited with Yoga Alliance as an E-RYT 200H for Sri Sri Yoga and YesPlus faculty for the International Association of Human Values, Neha has been teaching Sri Sri Yoga, Yesplus as well as Happiness and leadership programs in US and Europe for more than 7 years.
Neha has Bachelors in Food Science & Biochemistry, Masters in Food Technology from Haryana Agriculture University, India and MBA from Babson College, USA. A Marketing professional by education, Neha has worked with fortune 100 companies and like Merck, Abbott Vascular & Becton Dickinson in sales, marketing and strategy development. More recently, she worked with Corindus Vascular Robotics and helped them go public. Neha currently serves at the Associate Director for Business Development at the Sri Sri School of Yoga, North America where she is leveraging her education, corporate experience and passion for yoga to manage Operations, Marketing Strategy & Business Development.
When not doing or facilitating yoga workshops. Neha is pursuing her entrepreneurial dreams, and is focused on launching her startup in the meditation and wellness space.
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.
Medha Garud is the Director of Ayurveda Programs at the Art of Living Retreat Center in Boone, North Carolina, where she developed the massage therapy, Ayurveda, and Pachakarma programs for the Shakara Ayurveda Spa. Medha’s mission as a healer and practitioner is to to create a healthy society and world through the use of proper diet, lifestyle, and yoga using the 5,000 year-old science of Ayurveda, and to create awareness of Ayurveda in the general population through the development of simple and easy to understand programs.
Medha serves on the faculty of the Sri Sri School of Yoga teaching modules on Ayurveda, which the sister science to yoga. Medha finds providing an understanding of Ayurveda to yoga teachers to be essential, as it provides students with an understanding of how to experience optimal health in their physical, mental, and emotional selves.
Medha began her career as a physical therapist, and eventually became a meditation teacher through the Art of Living Foundation. Medha completed an advanced 300-hour Yoga as Therapy certification through the Yoga Alliance. As a yoga instructor and Ayurvedic practitioner, Medha combines her knowledge of the physical structure of the body with the ancient healing knowledge of Ayurveda. Medha holds a variety of advanced certifications and degrees, including training in Pulse Assessment by Dr. Vasant Lad, Panchakarma training, Massage Therapy. She is also a certified Lymphedema therapist.
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.
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