Yoga Day

 10th Annual Yoga Day: October 2, 2021 

Recordings from the event coming soon!

Join us for the 10-year anniversary of Yoga Day, our free, annual all-day offering that makes Yoga teachings accessible to all. This year, we will continue our conversation about how Yoga can be a vehicle for social justice, specifically exploring the paradox of singularity and plurality. We are also honored to welcome Rev. James Lawson to receive the Doshi Bridgebuilder Award on International Nonviolence Day, Gandhi's birthday. Join in person, or virtually.

YOGA DAY UPDATE:

Due to newly enacted University protocols related to COVID-19 and guest policy, only active LMU students, staff and faculty are permitted on-campus for Yoga Day events.

Luckily, we have a robust schedule of virtual offerings prepared! Including but not limited to a Keynote by Reverend James Lawson and evening Kirtan with Jai Uttal. Pull up your computer, put on your yoga pants (or sweats) and join us for a full day of movement, lecture, and discovery.

After RSVPing at the link below, please check your inbox 24 hours prior to the event for Zoom link.

Thank you for flowing with us during this unpredictable times. We look forward to seeing you on the mat!

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  • Free, virtual and open to the public!

     

    Virtual Schedule

    Class Time (PT)Zoom


    Additional Zoom Offerings


    6-6:30 AM Dr. Christopher Key Chapple & Dr. Lori Fazzio |
    Introduction to Yoga Day 2021 
     
    6:30 - 7:30 AM Dr. Ananda Bhavanani |
    Unity in Diversity: Experiencing Universal Oneness through Yoga 
     
    7:30 - 8 AM Yoga Gives Back & Prof. G.S. Jayadev |
    Giving Back Is Yoga
     
    8:10 - 9:10 AM Judith Carlisle |
    Yoga, Mindfulness, and Social Change panel
     
    9:20 - 10:30 AM Serenity Tedesco & Taina Rodriguez-Berardi |
    Where Do We Go From Here? A Reflection on Graduate Yoga Studies Podcast (A Postseason Live Recording) 
     
    10:40-11:40 AM Dr. Valerie Rein |
    A Path to Freedom  
     
    11:15 - 12:15 PM    Shaun McNally | Abundance in Prana: The Self to The Universal

    11:50 - 12:50 PM Dr. Kavitha Chinnaiyan |
    Beyond Femininity: Locating Śakti  
     
    12:25 - 1:25 PM   Dr. Chapple & Amy Osborne | Graduate Yoga Studies Info Session  (Streaming from UNH 1222)
    1 - 2 PM Larry Payne |
    The Business of Teaching Yoga in a Zoom World
     
    1:35 - 2:35 PM    Philip Goldberg | Celebrating Autobiography of a Yogi: A Fresh Look at the Iconic Memoir that Introduced Yoga to Millions
    (Streaming from UNH 1222)
    3 - 4:30 PM Keynote Address: Reverend James Lawson to receive Doshi Bridgebuilder Award  
    4:40 - 5:50 PM Taina Rodriguez-Berardi | Yoga + Social Change: Cultivating Accessibility, Diversity, and Equity in Your Yoga Community    
    6 - 7:30 PM 

    Musical Performance: Jai Uttal

     

     

  • Reminder: Only active LMU students, staff and faculty are permitted on-campus for Yoga Day events. Recordings will be sent out to those that RSVP following the event.

    In Person Schedule

    Time (PT)Bioethics Terrace
    (UNH 4500)
    History Terrace
    (UNH 3500)
    Marital & Family Therapy Terrace
    (UNH 2500)

    First Floor University Hall 
    (UNH 1222)
     
    10:45 - 11:15 PM Check-in at East Atrium (outside UNH 1000)
    11:15 - 12:15 PM  Maureen Shannon-Chapple | Mindfulness: The Practice of Loving Awareness     Prasad Singamsetty | Heartfulness Meditation 
    12:25 - 1:25 PM Susan Chapman | The Seven Spiritual Laws of Yoga Yoga Gives Back & Birgitte Kristen | Yoga For All Levels    Dr. Chapple & Amy Osborne | Graduate Yoga Studies Info Session
    (Zoom option available)
    1:35 - 2:35 PM Erin Rusler | Tattva Technology: A Dynamic Flow Serenity Tedesco | Yoga of Communication: Pulling the Weeds of the Heart   Philip Goldberg | Celebrating Autobiography of a Yogi: A Fresh Look at the Iconic Memoir that Introduced Yoga to Millions 
    (Zoom option available) 
    3 - 4:30 PM  Keynote Address: Reverend James Lawson to receive Doshi Bridgebuilder Award (UNH 1000) 
    4:40 - 5:50 PM

    Taina Rodriguez-Berardi | Yoga + Social Change: Cultivating Accessibility, Diversity, and Equity in Your Yoga Community 

    6 - 7:30 PM Musical Performance: Jai Uttal (Live streaming in UNH 1000)
  • LMU YOGA DAY 2020 - Shyam 

     

    Shyam Ranganathan

    PANELIST:

    Where Do We Go From Here? A Reflection on Graduate Yoga Studies Podcast (A Postseason Live Recording)

    SPEAKER BIO

    Dr. Shyam Ranganathan is the founder of Yoga Philosophy, a scholar-practitioner initiative. Dr. Ranganathan is a field-changing researcher, scholar, author and teacher of philosophy, and an expert in the neglected traditions of Indian moral philosophy, which covers practical questions of how to live, what to aim for, and what we should value—including Yoga.

    Dr. Ranganathan’s work has changed the literature on Indian philosophy, Translation Studies and Yoga: the literature hence no longer unanimously supports the old orientalist myth. While writing his PhD dissertation in philosophy on the topic of translation, he applied his research findings to translating Patañjali’s Yoga Sūtra from the Sanskrit (Penguin 2008), which has sold over 5000 copies world wide.

    Dr. Ranganathan is a scholar practitioner of yoga as described in Patañjali’s Yoga Sūtraand has written widely on Indian philosophies of meditation (Yoga, Buddhist and Jain). In his introductions to philosophy and critical thinking, Dr. Ranganathan draws liberally from Indian and Chinese traditions to teach the discipline of philosophy. Shyam is a CYA-E-RYTGOLD (over 1000 hours training) and an E-RYT500. Yoga Philosophy is GOLD Registered Yoga Sschool (CYA-RYSGOLD) and Yoga Alliance Continuing Education Provider (YACEP). He is a member of the Department of Philosophy, and York Center for Asian Research, York University, Toronto.

    LMU YOGA DAY 2020 - Marsha Banks-Harold

    Marsha Banks-Harold

    PANELIST:

    Where Do We Go From Here? A Reflection on Graduate Yoga Studies Podcast (A Postseason Live Recording)

    SPEAKER BIO

    Marsha D. Banks-Harold, Certified Yoga Therapist (C-IAYT), Trauma Center Trauma Sensitive Yoga Facilitator (TCTSY-F), E-RYT 500, YACEP, RPYT, RCYT, BSEE and owner of PIES Fitness Yoga Studio, is an intuitive healer called to empower clients to fortify one’s strength of awesomeness; to learn to rely on one’s authentic self; and to cultivate everlasting physical, intellectual, emotional and spiritual (PIES) peace. Marsha is the creator of the flagship yoga class My Body Don’t Bend That Way designed for clients who don’t believe they are flexible enough for yoga, who are afraid to get onto the floor, who are living with physical, intellectual, emotional and spiritual pains or those who have restricted range of motion.

    Tracy Tiemeier 

    Tracy Tiemeier

    PANELIST:

    Where Do We Go From Here? A Reflection on Graduate Yoga Studies Podcast (A Postseason Live Recording)

    SPEAKEER BIO

    Tracy Sayuki Tiemeier is Associate Professor of Theological Studies at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, CA. She specializes in Asian/Asian American theology, comparative theology, feminist theology, Hindu-Christian studies, and interreligious dialogue. A mixed Japanese-German American Catholic background full of saints and ancestors, a Midwest upbringing, and an abiding love of science fiction/fantasy/horror/dystopian worlds make her particularly interested to integrate critical theory, feminist theory, multiracial theory, and popular culture studies into her Catholic theological work.

    Giri (John) 

    Giri Bhai (John Flicker)

    PANELIST:

    Where Do We Go From Here? A Reflection on Graduate Yoga Studies Podcast (A Postseason Live Recording)


    SPEAKEER BIO

    Giri Bhai (John Flicker) received dikśa initiation into the Juna Akhara lineage through Swami Bhajanananda at Kali Mandir in Laguna Beach. He completed his RYT 200 in the Yoga for the Healing Sciences program at Loyola Marymount University and subsequently taught donation based yoga classes influenced by Sivananda Yoga and Ashtanga Yoga at a Radha Yoga in Los Angeles. Giri received his Master of Arts in Yoga Studies from Loyola Marymount University. His master’s thesis discussed the Shodashi puja in the Ramakrishna tradition, offering a contemporary feminist, critical perspective on the hagiography and scholarship surrounding the puja. Currently he is continuing his study of the Hindu tradition at the Ramakrishna Seminary at Kali Mandir.

     

    Yoga day panelist 

    Jonathan Dickstein

    PANELIST:

    Yoga, Mindfulness & Social Change 

    Shaun 
    Shaun McNally

    CLASS DESCRIPTION

    Abundance in Prana: The Self to The Universal

    When we connect to breath we are tapping into a never-ending cycle of Universal abundance.  The intake of external prana moves through us and with our exhale of prana we give it back out to the universe touched with individual essence.  Embark on a journey of abundant breath and yin postures as we pay homage to cyclical and bountiful prana. Inspired by The Radiance Sutras.


    SPEAKER BIO
    Shaun’s passion for Yoga began in High School. Her practice grew while studying theatre at the University of Vermont where she discovered her physical yoga practice allowed her body and mind to reach full creative potential, on and off the stage. After graduating from UVM, Shaun relocated to Los Angeles where she was cradled in the arms of every yogic style under the sun. After her 200 -hour teacher training she craved more knowledge of esoteric and authentic yogic methods and philosophies. In 2019 Shaun graduated from Loyola Marymount University with a Master of Arts in Yoga Studies. During the acquisition of her M.A. Shaun was exposed to a plethora of yogic texts, practices and studies, including Sanskrit, Buddhism, Jainism and a two-month adventure in India. Shaun’s studies have allowed her to create inclusive, authentic, and rich classes that use ancient and classical yogic texts to support the many practices offered. Through imagination and breath, Shaun offers a well-rounded class to many populations, including the homeless and the incarcerated. Drop into her class for a freeing, creative, inclusive, and warm practice.
    Philip Goldberg 
    Philip Goldberg 
    CLASS DESCRIPTION

    Celebrating Autobiography of A Yogi: A Fresh Look at the Iconic Memoir that Introduced Yoga to Millions
     
    Of all the books that spread the wisdom of Yoga beyond India, none has had as much impact as Paramahansa Yogananda’s classic, Autobiography of a Yogi. We’ll honor the 75th anniversary of the iconic text that has transformed millions of lives with its intimate glimpses of India; vivid encounters with saints, gurus, and legends; lucid explanations of yogic philosophy and practices; and mind-opening miracles and wonders. Yogananda’s balance of innovation and tradition, and his skillful adaptation of ancient wisdom to modern culture, offer vital lessons for proponents of Yoga today. The presentation will feature what Yogananda left out of his book. Philip Goldberg, the author of a groundbreaking biography of Yogananda, will fill in the gaps and bring to light important details of his complex and fascinating life. The autobiography is as relevant today as it was 75 years ago; the life it depicts is unique, but also a model for all who seek to embody the ideals of Yoga.

    SPEAKER BIO

    Philip Goldberg has been studying India’s spiritual traditions for more than 50 years, as a practitioner, teacher, public speaker, and writer. He is the author of numerous books, including Road signs on the Spiritual Path; the award-winning American Veda: From Emerson and the Beatles to Yoga and Meditation, How Indian Spirituality Changed the West; and The Life of Yogananda: The Story of the Yogi Who Became the First Modern Guru. His most recent book is Spiritual Practice for Crazy Times: Powerful Tools to Cultivate Calm, Clarity, and Courage. He blogs on Elephant Journal and Spirituality & Health, cohosts the popular Spirit Matters podcast, leads American Veda Tours to India, and teaches online courses. His course on Autobiography of a Yogi for Hindu University of America starts in January. The former Director of the Forge Guild of Spiritual Leaders and Teachers, he currently serves on the board of the Association for Spiritual Integrity and is an advisor to the National Museum of American Religion. His website is www.PhilipGoldberg.com.
    Dr. Valerie Rein Headshot 

    Dr. Valerie Rein

    Class Description:

    A Path to Freedom: Using Yoga to Reclaim your Authentic Self from Patriarchy Stress Disorder - Using yoga to reclaim your authentic self from Patriarchy Stress Disorder

    What if what’s been holding you back from living your most authentic, happy, and fulfilled life has nothing to do with you? What if your body and mind carry trauma you didn’t know you have -- and most of it is not even your own? Recent findings in the fields of epigenetics and neuroscience shed new light on the question most people look to self-help books and therapists to answer, “What’s wrong with me?” And the answer is… Nothing. In this presentation, Dr. Valerie Rein will reveal the hidden barrier to our true freedom and ultimate success, happiness, and fulfillment and share what you can do to break free -- drawing from cutting-edge paradigm-busting scientific discoveries and time-tested wisdom of yoga.

     

    SPEAKER BIO

    Dr. Valerie Rein has discovered Patriarchy Stress Disorder (PSD) and created the only science-backed system for helping women achieve their ultimate success, happiness, and fulfillment by healing the collective, inherited trauma of oppression.

    She holds an EdM in Psychological Counseling from Columbia University and a PhD in Psychology from the Institute of Transpersonal Psychology.

    Connect with Valerie! Download the first chapter of her book, follow her on Instagram, Facebook, and join her free virtual retreat. 

    Maureen Shannon-Chapple

    Maureen Shannon-Chapple, M.S.

    CLASS DESCRIPTION

    Mindfulness: The Practice of Loving Awareness

    Just what is mindfulness? This workshop will serve as an introduction to mindfulness practice, which has its roots in Buddhism but has gained a wider audience with the abundance of research about its benefits;it has proven to be effective as a tool to manage stress, anxiety and depression. It is a simple but profound way to be present with our own experience in a loving, real and authentic way. Regular practice increases our capacity to show up for what we care about in this world. Our session will include an overview of the practice and short, guided practices. Beginners are welcome, as well as anyone who would like to refresh his/her personal practice. Come practice together!

    SPEAKER BIO

    Maureen Shannon-Chapple, M.S., is a long-time practitioner of yoga and meditation and loves to practice in community. She completed the Community Dharma Leader program at Spirit Rock Meditation Center in 2008. Maureen is a teacher at InsightLA and leads InsightLA's Tuesday night Community Practice Group at LMU at the Marymount Center (currently online) and teaches classes in the Mindful USC program at USC. She is one of a team of teachers who host the weekly Mindful of Whiteness Anti-Racism Practice Group through InsightLA. She teaches mindfulness in a variety of community settings.

    Dr. Marcelle Haddix 
    Dr. Marcelle Haddix

    PANELIST:

    Yoga, Mindfulness & Social Change 


    SPEAKER BIO

    Dr. Marcelle Haddix is Distinguished Dean’s Professor of Literacy, Race, and Justice in the Reading and Language Arts department in the Syracuse University School of Education, where she is an inaugural co-Director of the Lender Center for Social Justice. She is the past president of the Literacy Research Association. She facilitates literacy programs for adolescent and adult communities in Syracuse, New York including the Writing Our Lives project for urban youth writers, the Breedlove Readers Book Club for middle and high school Black girls, and the Soulful Saturday Sistas Black women’s literary club and free library project. Dr. Haddix’s scholarly work is published in Research in the Teaching of English, English Education,Linguistics and Education, and Journal of Adolescent and Adult Literacy and in her book, Cultivating Racial and Linguistic Diversity in Literacy Teacher Education: Teachers Like Me, which received the 2018 Outstanding Book Award from the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education. Also known as the zenG, Dr. Haddix is a 500-hour certified registered yoga instructor who specializes in yoga and mindfulness for underrepresented groups and for community-based organizations with strong commitments to maternal health and food justice. She is co-founder of the Sankofa Reproductive Health and Healing Center and a founding member of the Café Sankofa Cooperative. Her community engaged approach to yoga, wellness, and healthy living culminates in yoga and writing retreats for women and couples of color, yoga and mindfulness workshops in urban school contexts, and regular yoga classes and sister circles in her community. Follow her at @MarcelleHaddix and @zengangstayoga.
    LMU YOGA DAY 2020 - Susan Chapman 

     

    Susan Chapman, MA '19

    CLASS DESCRIPTION

    The Seven Spiritual Laws of Yoga


    The Seven Spiritual Laws of Yoga integrates asana, Sanskrit chanting, pranayama, chakra toning, philosophy, and meditation into a comprehensive yoga experience. Practitioners will be expertly guided through all aspects of the practice and emerge feeling inspired and transformed.

    SPEAKER BIO

    Susan Chapman is a Yoga scholar and instructor, an IAYT-certified Yoga therapist, and a transformational life coach, whose experience in Yoga spans some three decades. Susan has earned a Master of Arts in Yoga Studies, a Post Graduate Yoga Therapy certificate, and two YTRx certificates from Loyola Marymount University (LMU). She is a Yoga Alliance E-RYT® 500 and YACEP® and is certified in Yoga After 50/Prime of Life Yoga®.


    A Chopra Global-certified Vedic Educator (Vedic Educator), Susan holds instructional certificates in Chopra Meditation; the Seven Spiritual Laws of Yoga; and Chopra Health, an Āyurvedic lifestyle program. She regularly teaches those practices and trains instructors to teach Chopra Meditation and Chopra Health. Additionally, Susan combines her transformational coaching expertise—garnered through the Chopra Coaching program—with her experience in Yoga therapy to help clients connect with their own inner wisdom and fulfill their long-held goals and dreams.


    Drawing on her MFA from UCLA, Susan has also become a widely sought-after writer in the areas of Yoga, meditation, and Āyurveda. She authors online instructor-certification courses, articles, research papers, and guided meditations. In 2013, two of Susan’s guided meditations were featured on the quintessential holiday-gift guide, Oprah’s Favorite Things.


    For Susan, Yoga is indeed a family affair. She and her husband, Jake, also a Vedic Educator, have shared their passion for Yoga with their four now-adult children. Susan and Jake serve as principal instructors for Ananta Yoga Education (Ananta), a company they co-founded, and their son, Keir, has become part of the Ananta team as a Chopra Meditation instructor.


    Susan will join LMU’s Center for Religion and Spirituality as an adjunct professor in October 2021, offering Introduction to Meditation, an online course for those who want to learn meditation and share it with others.

    To connect with Susan, please visit the Ananta website, anantayogaed.com.

    LMU YOGA DAY 2020 - Chapple 

     

    LMU YOGA DAY WELCOME

    Christopher Key Chapple, PhD

    SPEAKER BIO

    Christopher Key Chapple is Doshi Professor of Indic and Comparative Theology and founding Director of the Master of Arts in Yoga Studies at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles. A specialist in the religions of India, he has published more than twenty books, including the recent Living Landscapes: Meditations on the Elements in Hindu, Buddhist, and Jain Yogas (SUNY Press). He serves as advisor to multiple organizations including the Forum on Religion and Ecology (Yale), the Ahimsa Center (Pomona), the Dharma Academy of North America (Berkeley), the Jain Studies Centre (SOAS, London), the South Asian Studies Association, and International School for Jain Studies (New Delhi). He teaches online through the Center for Religion and Spirituality (LMU) and YogaGlo.

    Recent book: http://www.sunypress.edu/p-6860-living-landscapes.aspx

    YogaGlo Classes: https://www.glo.com/preview/teachers/dr-chris-chapple

    Master of Arts in Yoga Studies: https://bellarmine.lmu.edu/yoga/

    Taina Rodriguez-Berardi 

    Taina Rodriguez-Berardi

    CLASS DESCRIPTION:

    Yoga + Social Change: Cultivating Accessibility, Diversity, and Equity in YOUR Yoga Community.

    Social justice change making operates on shared values of breaking-down divisive barriers and challenging limiting beliefs about intersectional identities such as ability, race, class, gender, sexual orientation, body image, and criminal background. Embody Yoga Teachings and Practices to Achieve Individual AND Collective Liberation: With a concentration on decolonization, advocacy, and community building, we will learn how to engage Yoga philosophies and practices as tools for personal growth and powerful instruments of communal transformation. A Workshop Designed to Educate Yoga Students, Teachers, and Allies on What it Means to Center Social Justice in Their Yoga Practice and Beyond: This is an immersive workshop for yoga students, teachers, wellness industry entrepreneurs and allies wanting to cultivate accessible, diverse, and equitable sacred spaces and be a catalyst for social change. Workshop Includes: •Critical analysis of historical texts, timelines, and “ancient” vs. “modern” yoga practices •Introspection on honoring the origins of yoga •Guided meditation, visualization, journaling, and group discussion What to Bring:•Journal•Water •An open mind and heart

     

    SPEAKER BIO

    Taina Rodriguez-Berardi (she/hers) is a scholar-practitioner of yoga’s history, philosophy, traditions, and Sanskrit texts. She earned her Master of Arts in Yoga Studies from Loyola Marymount University where her research focused on the culture and customs of modern transnational yoga at their intersection with social justice movements and activist communities. As a yoga teacher (E-RYT 200, YACEP), Taina integrates embodiment practices, movement therapeutics, modern health science, and trauma-informed wellness to create equitable and accessible yoga classes for people of all ages, sizes, shapes, abilities, and backgrounds. Taina truly believes that yoga can be beneficial for everyone and endeavors to create a holistic experience that engages the entire mind/body/spirit complex for all of her students. Taina lectures at universities, facilitates workshops, teacher trainings, and group classes, and mentors other yoga teachers, entrepreneurs, and conscious businesses with personalized support. Taina lives with her husband and two cats,Milo and Eva, in Long Beach, CA where they enjoy the beaches, backcountry nature spaces, riding bikes, and traveling the world. To connect with Taina, please visit www.HelloHolaNamaste.com.

    Dr. Kavitha Chinnaiyan 

    Dr. Kavitha Chinnaiyan 


    SPEAKER BIO

    Dr. Kavitha Chinnaiyan is a Cardiologist and Professor of Medicine at Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine in Royal Oak, MI. Her clinical and research work focus on advanced cardiac imaging, heart disease in women, and prevention of heart disease. She has published more than a hundred papers in peer-reviewed journals and several book chapters and serves on several national and international committees and organizations in the field of cardiology.She has studied Tantra, Advaita Vedanta, Yoga and Āyurveda with teachers across the globe. Her workshops, courses and writings strive to bring these time-honored traditions to modern living in practical ways. She is a Śrīvidyā initiate and disciple of Śri Chaitanyananda Nātha Saraswatī (Haran Aiya), pīṭhādhipati and founder of the Rājarājeśvarī Pīṭham in Rush, NY. She has studied Advaita Vedanta at the Chinmaya Mission, the Direct Path with Greg Goode, Śrīvidyā with Śri Śivapremananda, and Non-dualŚaiva Tantra (also known as Kashmir Śaivisim) with Paul Muller-Ortega and Sally Kempton. She is the author of The Heart of Wellness (Llewellyn Publications, 2018), Shakti Rising (Non-Duality Press, 2017), which won the Nautilus Gold Award for Best Books of 2017, Glorious Alchemy: Living the Lalitā Sahasranāma (New Sarum Press, UK, 2020) and the upcoming Fractals of Reality: Living the Śrīcakra (Sfaim Press, 2022). 

    Prasad Singamsetty 

    Dr. Prasad Singamsetty

    CLASS DESCRIPTION

    Heartfulness Meditation 

    Heartfulness Meditation is a simple and practical technique of heart-centered approach rooted in Raja Yoga and aided by Yogic Transmission. The session starts with a brief introduction to Heartfulness meditation practice followed by a practical session of guided relaxation and meditation. Yogic Transmission is a unique feature of Heartfulness which helps you experience a deeper meditative state. I warmly invite you to join us to experience meditation with yogic transmission. 

    SPEAKER BIO

    Prasad has been a practitioner of Heartfulness meditation for over 30 years and continues to explore the depths of it with passion. He is a certified trainer for over 25 years and has been helping people in the communities to learn this simple and effective practice. As a volunteer of Heartfulness Institute, Prasad has travelled over the years to many places in North and South Americas to conduct training programs and workshops to individuals and groups. Prasad is a director for the Heartfulness student organization at the University of Southern California and coordinates Heartfulness training programs for interested students on the campus. Prasad is a software engineer by profession for over 30 years and currently works at Oracle. He holds a bachelor degree in Electrical Engineering and masters degree in Computer Science. 

    References:
    https://www.heartfulnessmagazine.com/editions/december-2018/

    https://www.heartfulnessmagazine.com/editions/december-2019 

    Serenity Todesco  Serenity Tedesco

    CLASS DESCRIPTION

    Yoga of Communication: Pulling the Weeds of the Heart

    Being a human means that we will encounter two challenges in communication - receiving and sharing charged emotions. The discomfort of these moments often leads to effects of defense, misunderstanding, spiritual bypass, withholds, and dishonesty. This is especially prevalent around topics of race, white fragility, triggering experiences, and anger. Spirituality teaches compassionate communication, but what does that look like in daily life? This special workshop teaches yogic principles and practices to foster transformative conversation.


    SPEAKER BIO

    Serenity Tedesco is a yoga scholar, published writer, social justice activist, and transformational life coach. She specializes in practical wisdom that engages with embodiment and society, embraces emotion and relationship as self-study, questions the status-quo, and inspires action.Serenity was introduced to yoga growing up on the foothills of the Korean mountains. Eastern spirituality was the backdrop of her life; she belonged to a family of natural healers, philosophers, and religious scholars. She also lived in India from 2010-2011, where she immersed herself in Yoga, Jain, Hindu, Sindhi, and Tibetan Buddhist cultures. Three months before 9/11, she immigrated to the United States with her family and quickly discovered issues of racism and discrimination as a multi-ethnic Buddhist girl in the South. She lived just minutes away from the Trayvon Martin murder and mass shooting of LGBTQ+ Pulse Nightclub in Florida. These life experiences ignited passion for research on topics of social justice, diversity, race, colonialism, taboo emotions like anger and grief, concept of self/identity, and intersectional feminism. In her free time, she enjoys ecstatic dance, playing violin, painting, and living in a 9-person intentional community. Serenity's goal is to share yoga in a warm, creative space for students to meaningfully connect to themselves, their bodies, and the world 
    Brigette Kristen 

    Birgitte Kristen

    SPEAKER BIO

    Birgitte grew up in Denmark. At the age of 19 she had the opportunity to move to Los Angeles where she started studying psychology, massage therapy, meditation, & yoga. Yoga ultimately became her passion. She started teaching full time in 1993.Yoga has been, and continues to be a healing modality for Birgitte. Since her early teens she suffered from anxiety, OCD, and later, an eating disorder.Through the practice of yoga Birgitte was able to find a place of inner calm, and a sense of connectedness, which in turn motivated her to help others. She has studied with many great teachers, who at different times in her life taught her about her and helped her grow. These are the teachers who influenced her the most: Erich Schiffman, Lisa Walford, Maty Ezraty, Rod Stryker, Richard Miller, Rolf Sovik and Gary Kraftsow. Birgitte continues learning from all her co-trainers, fellow teachers, and especially her students. Birgitte has been a passionate YogaGivesBack Ambassador who visited all YGB programs in India on Seva Trip 2019. She recently opened her studio Metamovement Yoga & Meditation Studio as a non-profit as, “Yoga isn’t a business, it’s a mindfulness practice.”

    Dr. Ananda Bhavanani 

    Dr. ANANDA BALAYOGI BHAVANANI

    CLASS DESCRIPTION

    The Yoga tradition is universal and embraces all forms of life in a spirit of loving oneness. All life experiences are to be supported as the spirit makes its journey back home, sweet OM. Yoga acknowledges diversity, respects it, and offers us an enhanced, wider, panoramic "satellite eye" perspective of life and living. Moving from the "ME" to "WE" is a core principle of this journey and Dr Ananda will explore traditional and contemporary references with relevant examples to share this integrative vision of India's greatest gift to the world.

    SPEAKER BIO

    Dr. Ananda Balayogi Bhavanani MBBS, ADY, DPC, DSM, PGDFH, PGDY, FIAY, MD (Alt.Med), C-IAYT, DSc is Director of the Centre for Yoga Therapy Education and Research (CYTER), and Professor of Yoga Therapy at the Sri Balaji Vidyapeeth, Pondicherry (www.sbvu.ac.in).He is also Chairman of the International Centre for Yoga Education and Research at Ananda Ashram, Pondicherry, India (www.icyer.com) and Yoganjali Natyalayam, the premier institute of Yoga and Carnatic Music and Bharatanatyam in Pondicherry (www.rishiculture.in). He is son and successor of the internationally acclaimed Yoga team of Yogamaharishi Dr. Swami Gitananda Giri Guru Maharaj and Yogacharini Kalaimamani Ammaji, Smt Meenakshi Devi Bhavanani. A recipient of the prestigious DSc (Yoga) from SVYASA Yoga University in January 2019, he is a Gold Medalist in Medical Studies (MBBS) with postgraduate diplomas in both Family Health (PGDFH) as well as Yoga (PGDY) and the Advanced Diploma in Yoga under his illustrious parents in 1991-93.

    A Fellow of the Indian Academy of Yoga, he has authored 19 DVDs and 26 books on Yoga as well as published nearly 300 papers, compilations and abstracts on Yoga and Yoga research in National and International Journals. His literary works have more than2800 Citations, with an h-Index of 25 and an i10-Index of 53. In addition, he is a Classical Indian Vocalist, Percussionist, Music Composer and Choreographer of Indian Classical Dance.In recent years he has travelled abroad 20 times and conducted invited talks, public events, workshops and retreats and been major presenter at Yoga conferences in the UK, USA, Italy, Czech Republic, South Africa, Germany, Switzerland, Malaysia, Canada, Australia and New Zealand.He is an Honorary Advisor to International Association of Yoga Therapists (www.iayt.org), Australasian Association of Yoga Therapists (www.yogatherapy.org.au), World Yoga Foundation(www.worldyogafoundation.in) and Gitananda Yoga Associations worldwide (www.rishiculture.in).A recognized PhD guide for Yoga Therapy he was recognized as an IAYT Certified Yoga Therapist (C-IAYT) by the International Association of Yoga Therapists, USA in 2016. It is notable that he is the first Indian to receive this honour. He is currently member of numerous expert committees of the Ministry of AYUSH including its National Board for Promotion of Yoga and Naturopathy, Scientific Advisory Committee & Standing Finance Committees of CCRYN, Technical Committee of the Yoga Certification Board, Expert Committees for Celebration of International Yoga Day and the National Yoga & Diabetes program. He is Consultant Resource Person for the WHO and its Collaborative Centre in Traditional Medicine (Yoga) at MDNIY, New Delhi. He is also EC member and Director Publications of the Indian Yoga Association (www.yogaiya.in).

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    Larry Payne, Ph.D.

    SPEAKER BIO

    Larry Payne, Ph.D. is an internationally respected yoga teacher, which The Los Angeles Times named "one of America's most respected Yoga teachers". He coauthored Yoga Therapy Rx, Yoga for Dummies and The Business of Teaching Yoga. Larry is founding president of the International Association of Yoga Therapists, founder of the Corporate Yoga program at the J. Paul Getty Museum, the first Yoga teacher to offer Yoga classes at the World Economic Forum, cofounder of the yoga curriculum at the UCLA School of Medicine, and the founding director of the Yoga Therapy programs at LMU Extension. In 1980, Larry founded the Samata Yoga Center. His background is in Psychology and he has also completed graduate work in Physical Therapy at Cal-State University at Long Beach. Larry has been a frequent guest on national television and syndicated radio programs. His work has been featured in numerous national and international magazines, as well as in The New York Times and The Los Angeles Times. Most recently he is featured in six new DVDs as part of the Yoga Therapy Rx series. Larry resides in Los Angeles, California and has a thriving practice in Marina del Rey and Malibu. In addition to speaking engagements and workshops, he leads Yoga and health seminars worldwide.

    Erin Rusler 

    Erin Rusler

    CLASS DESCRIPTION

    Tattva Technology: A Dynamic Flow


    Yoga is the means of attaining union with the divine. Body, breath, and mantra are tools to access this connection. This dynamic flow is a moving meditation using several modalities to enliven our deeper awareness. I will guide you on an interoceptive, contemplative journey through the landscape of the inner self...using the Tattvas as Embodied Philology.

    SPEAKER BIO

    Erin Rusler was born into the Rudrananda Ashram in Indiana (Yes. Indiana!).As a lifetime practitioner and spiritual seeker, she is dedicated to the healing path of Yoga. Yoga has taken her around the globe, with many amazing teachers studying modern and classical systems of practice. More than just posture, Erin hopes to create a unity of modalities in her students with the building blocks of the yoga metaphysical body. Embodied philosophy is a creative way to connect with the earth. Exploring the inner spaces of the body, not only shifts subtle awareness but produces empathy, and priceless other benefits. She aspires for health, bliss and dynamic change in people and our planet.Erin has her master’s degree in Yoga Studies from LMU, as well as her PGYT. Her academic focus is on finishing her C-IAYT in Yoga Therapy working concurrently on a Master of Science in Ayurveda and Integrative medicine. She is also very busy mothering her three teenage sons

    Sheena Sood, PhD (she/her) 
    Sheena Sood, PhD (she/her) 

    PANELIST:

    Yoga, Mindfulness & Social Change 


    SPEAKER BIO

    Sheena Sood, PhD (she/her) is a Philadelphia-based activist, educator, sociologist, and healing justice visionary of South Asian descent and southern roots. Sheena has studied yoga, Ayurvedic Kundalini Massage therapy, Reiki, and sound healing traditions at Kailash Tribal School of Yoga and Holistic Healing in McLeod Ganj, India (YTT - 200hr, AYTTC - 500hr). Sheena enjoys teaching gentle vinyasa or hatha practices infused with embodied liberatory philosophy. Recently, she launched Yoga Warrior Tales, an adventure-based mindfulness program for kids. 
    Currently, Sheena serves as a Visiting Assistant Professor at Muhlenberg College in the Sociology and Anthropology department, where she teaches introductory and advanced sociology courses covering social and cultural movements. Her current research project Omwashing Yoga: Weaponized Spirituality in India, Israel and the US scrutinizes the application of yoga and mindfulness around the globe, particularly by far-right governments who use yoga to advance their colonial and ethnonationalist agendas. Rather than propagate narratives that glorify yoga’s ancient past, Sheena works to curate healing justice offerings through frameworks that recognize yoga’s oppressive layers and its liberatory potential; she envisions a futuristic yoga that centers collective freedom and embodies political action by centering humanity, all living beings, and Mother Earth. 
    Sheena is grateful to call Philly home and to be in relationship with healers, artists, cultural workers, and grassroots groups that work to abolish the carceral state and free all political prisoners. Visit www.sheenashining.com to learn more about her passions and values and to connect for a deeper yoga experience! 
    Prof Jayadev
    Prof Jayadev

    CLASS DESCRIPTION

    Giving Back Is Yoga

    SPEAKER BIO

    Prof Jayadev is an Indian philosopher, humanitarian activist, and the founder of Deenabandhu Trust in Chamarajanagar (outside of Mysore), Karnataka, South India, which runs an orphanage for 100 children who have absolutely no other place to go, as well as elementary and high schools with a high-quality education for local underserved community. Yoga Gives Back has partnered with them for the last ten years supporting more than 150 children and youths. Prof. Jayadev puts “Giving Back” as core value to guide children at his orphanage and schools and lives in Gandhian Way of simple and environmentally-friendly living, seeing the highest truth of life as Gandhi lived it.
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    Neil Dalal PhD

    SPEAKER BIO

    Neil is an Associate Professor of South Asian Philosophy and Religious Thought at the University of Alberta, with a joint appointment in the Philosophy Department and the Religious Studies Program. He received his PhD in Asian Cultures and Languages from the University of Texas at Austin, where he specialized in Indian Philosophy and Sanskrit textual studies, and his MA in East-West Psychology from the California Institute of Integral Studies. He has also spent approximately four years studying with monastic renouncers (saṃnyāsins) and traditional scholars (paṇḍits) in India.
    amara 
    Amara Miller
    SPEAKER BIO
    Amara's areas of teaching and research include cultural sociology, complex organizations, and social movements. Her work spans a range of areas that examine and analyze mechanisms and impacts of social change and transformation. How is inequality produced and maintained through the conflux of cultural, organizational, and institutional systems, as well as embodied in the lives and everyday experiences of individuals and groups? How do marginalized actors engage in collective mobilization to resist and undermine social boundaries?
  • Jai Uttal is a Grammy nominee, kirtan artist, multi-instrumentalist, and ecstatic vocalist. He is considered a pioneer in the world music community with his combined influences from India and American rock and jazz. Jai has been leading, teaching, and performing World Music and kirtan—the ancient yoga of chanting or singing to God—around the world for close to 50 years, creating a safe environment for people to open their hearts and voices.

    He grew up in New York City and lived in a home filled with music. Jai began studying classical piano at the age of seven, and later learned to play old-time banjo, harmonica, and guitar. At age 17, he heard Indian music for the first time, and two years later moved to California and studied under the famous sarod player, Ali Akbar Khan. Jai later began taking regular pilgrimages to India, living among the wandering street musicians of Bengal, and singing with the kirtan wallahs in the temple of his guru, Neem Karoli Baba.

    Jai has emerged as a leading influence in the Bhakti tradition. He considers devotion to be the core of his musical and spiritual life, and he whole-heartedly shares his passionate heart through his voice and songs. Jai creates a safe environment for people to open their hearts and voices.

    For this special kirtan performance, no previous experience is needed. This is an exploration and expression of the heart and the spirit.

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