Lead I AM Program Facilitators

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Kamini Desai, PhD

Yogeshwari | Director of Education

Over the last 20 years, internationally known Kamini Desai, PhD. has created an exciting and versatile body of teaching, combining western psychology and eastern philosophy. Kamini’s experiential teaching style has been welcomed in over 10 countries around the world. Her proven system of Professional Energy Management has benefitted employees at Sony, KPN Telecom, Mars Confectionery and in the Netherlands government. She is developer of core curriculum of the Amrit Yoga Institute and currently serves as Director and Lead Teacher of the Amrit Method of Yoga Teacher Trainings Level I and Level II as well as the Amrit Method of Yoga Nidra Professional Training with Gurudev.

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Chandrakant John Hiester

Yogacharya | Senior Lead Teacher

Chandrakant John Hiester is a preacher’s son, a Vietnam era veteran and a graduate of Rutgers University. He has distilled more than three decades of practice and study with Gurudev into simple, engaging teachings designed to help you enter the next level of your practice. In 2008, Gurudev bestowed upon Chandrakant the title of Yogacharya, preceptor of Yoga. This is the same title Bapuji bestowed on Gurudev in 1972.

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Nirali Lauren McCrea

Assistant Director of Education

Nirali has consistently practiced and studied yoga for over 10 years, which she has integrated into her daily life. Having completed two separate 500 hour certification trainings, she skillfully blends intuitive insight with gentle humor to experientially guide students into the heart of yoga. Nirali has served on the staff of the Yoga Teacher Training and Yoga Nidra Professional Training at the Amrit Yoga Institute since 2010, and currently works to enhance the quality, presence and delivery of its in-house teaching staff. Additionally, she has accompanied Yogi Desai and Kamini Desai, Ph.D. on domestic and international travels since 2009 as an assistant teacher during seminars. Today, she continues to deepen her education, exploration and practice of yoga and the art of integration at the Amrit Yoga Institute.

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John Vosler

Senior Lead Teacher

For over twenty years, John Vosler has had a passion for teaching how our thoughts and emotions affect our bodies. He has a degree in Human Development and certifications in multiple healing modalities. As a senior teacher at the Amrit Yoga Institute, he speaks internationally on the profound healing benefits of the ancient meditation practice of Yoga Nidra. John has a successful holistic health practice in Los Angeles. He has worked with executives, athletes, celebrities, mom’s and other professionals attracted to John’s unique combination of intuitive awareness, understanding of the mind/body/spirit connection and expansive knowledge of physiology and the science of meditation. His infectious humor and compassionate heart make growth a joy filled experience.

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Abhay Scott Arena

CEO, Lead Teacher

Abhay lives and works at the Amrit Yoga Institute as the CEO and is a student of Yogi Amrit Desai and his daughter Kamini Desai, Ph.D and was introduced to the spiritual path in 1984 by his mother when he was 14 years old. In 2008 Yogi Amrit Desai was introduced to Abhay by his Sister. Abhay is most proud of his graduation from Amrit Yoga Institute as a 500 hour yoga Level I & II and Yoga Nidra instructor in compliance with yoga alliance standards in 2009 and 2010.

A University of New Haven alumnus and Graduate of Charter Oak State College, Abhay has instructed over 3,500 students in Yoga and Environmental and Safety issues and has a knack for connecting with people in an honest and heart felt way.

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Kalindi Edwina Hoffman

Lead Teacher

Kalindi is a student of life on the path of love. Throughout her life she has passionately been committed to exploring the art of healing and self-mastery. Having trained at the Amrit Yoga Institute she has experienced the profound and transformational aspects of yoga as taught by Yogi Amrit Desai and Kamini Desai. For the past three years she has devoted herself to giving what she has received. Currently, she is the organization’s Director of Relations, one of its lead teachers, and program manager and assistant teacher for the Amrit Yoga Teacher Training. Kalindi is a powerful yet gentle teacher with the keen ability to connect understanding and direct experience with both skill and heart. She has a degree in Childhood Education and Development and holds an RYT-500 certification from Yoga Alliance.