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Nirali Lauren McCrea

Finding solace in yoga as a young teen, Nirali began practice and never turned back.  Her experience of yoga revolutionized after meeting Yogi Amrit Desai in 2006, commencing her spiritual journey into the inner depths of yoga. Inspired to move to the Amrit Yoga Institute in 2009, her annual involvement in the I AM Yoga® Teacher Training began. She currently serves as Assistant Director of Education under the direct guidance and mentorship of Kamini Desai, Ph.D, training teachers and overseeing the development and reach of education at the Amrit Yoga Institute. Having completed two separate 500-hour certification trainings, she skillfully blends…

Hari Amar

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Gurudev Shri Amritji

Founder, Spiritual Director, Pioneer of Yoga in the West Gurudev Shri Amritji is the first carrier of the Lord Lakulish and Kripalu Shaktipat Lineage to the West. Over the years his charismatic presence and powerful teachings of this Lineage of Prana have spread worldwide. His teachings through this Shaktipat Lineage ignited the fire that began the initial renaissance of the Inner Dimension of Yoga in the 20th century. In the last 58 years, Amritji has founded some of the largest yoga and health centers in North America. Today there are more than 10,000 yoga, yoga nidra and yoga therapy teachers, teaching the…

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Kamini Desai, Ph.D

Executive Director of the Amrit Yoga Institute, Yogeshwari 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…

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Chandrakant

Yogacharya, Meditation in Motion™ Lead Revealer Chandrakant is a senior teacher and seminar leader at the Amrit Yoga Institute in Salt Springs, Florida. He prepares, presents and leads professional trainings both nationally and overseas in the Integrated Amrit Method, Amrit Yoga, Amrit Yoga Nidra and the Quantum Breath Meditation, as well as a variety of other yoga and stress-reduction based programs. For the last eight years, Chandrakant has been instrumental in developing and presenting programs for the Amrit Yoga Institute. As a student and practitioner of yoga and meditation with Yogi Amrit Desai for almost forty years, his experience has given…

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John Vosler

Senior Training Faculty 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, California. He has worked with executives, athletes, celebrities, moms and other professionals attracted to John’s unique combination of intuitive awareness, understanding of the mind/body/spirit connection and expansive knowledge of…

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Chitra Marie Bailey

Senior Training Faculty “Chitra” Marie Bailey, Psy. D. is a senior faculty member at the Amrit Yoga Institute in Salt Springs, Florida where she is a trainer in the Amrit Method of Yoga Therapy and Amrit Method Yoga Nidra Professional Trainings. She has a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology and spent 16 years in her first career as a psychologist. She holds several Amrit Method certifications including I AM Yoga (ERYT-500), Yoga Nidra, and Amrit Yoga Therapy. She is a certified member of the International Association of Yoga Therapists (C-IAYT). A Yogi through and through, Marie fell in love with the Amrit…

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Diane Renu Zagoria

Senior Training Faculty Renu has been studying the Integrative Amrit Methods with Gurudev and Kamini since 2003. With a degree in Special Education and a minor in Psychology Renu has always had a passion for children. She was instrumental in developing the I AM Yoga Nidra™  kids curriculum as well as creating the I AM Yoga Nidra™ Retreat for Kids at AYI. She holds certifications in I AM Yoga®, I AM Yoga Nidra™, is a Reiki Master and has completed the I AM Yoga Therapy™ program. She is a Senior Teacher of the I AM Yoga Nidra™ Professional Training at AYI and LA. Renu has a private practice…

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Indu Heather Eilering

Senior Training Faculty, Amrit Yoga Institute E-RYT 500, C-IAYT, ALC, BS Indu has devoted the last 10 years to support her students and clients in their quest to live healthy, vital, and fulfilling lives. Her previous experience owning a yoga studio and current role at the Amrit Yoga institute has allowed her to utilize her skills as an Amrit Yoga Teacher, Yoga Therapy Practitioner, Yoga Nidra Facilitator, Ayurvedic Lifestyle Consultant, and Energy Worker to skillfully and compassionately support her students and clients to transform their lives.

Priti Chanda Klco

Senior Training Faculty

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Hasu Marney Coulter

Senior Training Faculty Hasu is an intuitive and knowledgeable Yogi. For more than 20 years, she has shared a flowing practice which creates self alignment and attunement, based on teachings from her own life experience, Kripalu Yoga, Amrit Yoga, and Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapy. The focus is on exploring sensation through movement and stillness, while drawing on the breath as a tool for transformation, allowing you to explore your inner edges and thresholds with willful practice and mindfulness; learning how to trust, accept, experience peace with ourselves and life, by deepening the connection with the vital life force, and adding a…

Jaya Buckland

Senior Training Faculty

Liam Gillen

Senior Training Faculty

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Kalindi Edwina Hoffman

Senior Training Faculty Trained at the Amrit Yoga Institute, Kalindi has experienced the profound and transformational aspects of yoga as taught by Yogi Amrit Desai and Kamini Desai. She is devoted 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 is an RYT-500

Ashvini Kenyon Gatlin

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Ramdas Ormond

Senior Training Faculty

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Chef Craig Cavaluzzi

Chef Craig has been practicing his culinary skills for more than forty years and has been combining his cooking skills, along with staff mentorship on the spiritual aspects of cooking, at the Amrit Yoga Institute for the last two years. He has worked in a variety of restaurants, large and small, and catered for myriad occasions with his own company, Healthy Meals Catering. A great majority of his time and experience has focused on and specialized in vegetarian cuisine. It is Chef Craig’s view that any sincere individual who utilizes fundamentals, through time and application, will progressively improve and expand their culinary skills.

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Dr. Brian Healy

LMT, DOM, AP #3241 Brian Healy (aka Murari) is a licensed Doctor of Oriental Medicine, Acupuncture Physician and Medical Massage Therapist. He has been a holistic health professional for over twenty years and a yoga teacher and student of Yogi Amrit Desai’s for thirty years. His unique talents have helped many thousands of people lead happier, healthier and more fulfilling lives. • Florida licensed, nationally certified Acupuncture Physician and Doctor Of Oriental Medicine • Award winning Medical Massage Therapist licensed since 1994 • Certified Kripalu Yoga Teacher with over 20 years experience teaching ongoing classes, workshops and retreats in several styles…

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Devarshi Steven Hartman

ERYT, Founder of Pranotthan Yoga School, former dean of the Kripalu School of Yoga and former Director of Professional Trainings at Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health.  Devarshi has been a yoga student and teacher for over 40 years. Devarshi is the creator of two best-selling audio series The Essence of the Bhagavad Gita, and Satori – Simple Secrets to Inner Peace produced by Nightingale-Conant.  Devarshi lives in Palm Springs, CA and leads workshops and retreats around the country, teaches Pranotthan Yoga Teacher Trainings at the 200-hour, 500-hour levels and maintains his private practice in Life Coaching and healing Bodywork.  Devarshi is currently committed to making a…

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Pallavi Erika Brandsma

Pallavi is a certified yoga professional and has been sharing the authentic teachings of yoga for over a decade. For the past 9 years Pallavi has dedicated herself to intensive self-study and contemplation at the Amrit Yoga Institute under the direction of Gurudev Shri Amritji.

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Radha Sandy Gillen

Radha is a deeply creative spirit, artist and designer. She is the creator and facilitator of ‘Chakras in Motion’ and ‘Music & Movement Meditation’ workshops that she shares internationally. She embodies the teachings of yoga and is proud to be an emissary of the Amrit Yoga lineage.

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Durga Patricia Carroll

For five decades yoga has been a close companion and drawn her to many beautiful teachers, including Gurudev Shri Amritji. Later in life after Kripalu yoga teacher training, she found herself benefiting from taking and giving Enlightenment Intensive Retreats every 3-6 months. In July 2004, she received her EI Masters Training Certification from Lawrence Noyes, a long time student of EI originator Charles Berner (Yogeshwar). Taking self-inquiry retreats has become a way of life. It is deeply evolving her own consciousness while allowing her to be in service facilitating the work for others, which she says is “like watching the…

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Zorg Ztocouc

(Oxford University, Sanskrit, Kashmir Saivism), a Google consultant, digital composer and master didjeridoo player studied tantra with Swami Lakshmanjooin Kashmir. He trained as a teacher of TaKeTiNa with Reinhard Flatischler and in Cuban Bata drumming and jazz. He creates huge digital-sonic spaces for meditation, as in his “Cosmic Chanting” piece below.

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Susanne Goldenstein

Susanna Goldenstein is an electrifying hand-percussionist, performing Persian-style solo and ensemble drumming for over 25 years in the San Francisco Bay Area, nationally and internationally. A professional travel photographer and longtime project manager for Genentech, Susanna teaches heart-centered individual and group drumming.

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Jamie Marich, Ph.D.

Jamie Marich, Ph.D., LPCC-S, LICDC-CS, REAT, RYT-200, RMT travels internationally training on topics related to EMDR therapy, trauma, addiction, expressive arts and mindfulness while maintaining a private practice in her home base of Warren, OH. She is the developer of the Dancing Mindfulness practice and co-creator of the Yoga Unchained approach to trauma-informed yoga. After personally benefitting from Amrit yoga as part of her continued commitment to her own healing, Jamie completed the Posture of Consciousness Level I training at Amrit Yoga Institute in 2018. Jamie is the author of EMDR Made Simple: 4 Approaches for Using EMDR with Every…

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Partha Bose

Sitar maestro PARTHA BOSE is distinguished for performances in all 5 continents and his ability for communicating with listeners anywhere in the world, including major international festivals & reputed universities. A holistic approach to music finds Bose a frequent visitor at more than 40 YOGA and MEDITATION VENUES over USA/Canada/Europe. He was invited by the Government of India to lead a Cultural Delegation to African countries on the historic occasion of Golden Jubilee of India’s Independence. Partha Bose conceives MUSIC as the language of the SOUL which REMINDS US OF OUR SHARED HUMANITY.A recipient of numerous awards & titles, with…

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Carol Lampman

Holistic Therapist Certified Breathwork Instructor Advanced Clinical Hypnotherapist Certified Release Therapist A rare and unique individual, Carol’s natural healing presence along with her therapeutic sensitivity and remarkable wisdom inspire ideals of love, compassion and faith from deep within us. Her presence attracts and honors individuals seeking personal transformation, higher awareness and healing. She is a dynamic teacher and mentor known for creating safe and sacred spaces for the process of healing and growth. Carol is an acknowledged speaker and educator, and has presented programs, trainings and workshops for the public in the US, France Italy, Spain, Venezuela and Israel. She…

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Indranil Mallick

Tabla virtuoso INDRANIL MALLICK blends power, speed and a unique tonality as he makes the pair of percussion drums indulge in a magical dialogue with the SITAR. Widely acknowledged as a leading TABLA-PLAYER of his generation, Indranil’s reputation has spread across India, USA, Canada & Europe. His recent collaboration with Miles Davis Electric Band reflects his creativity in the area of WORLD MUSIC. Talent, virtuosity and youthful dynamism blend in perfect proportion to project INDRANIL MALLICK as a leading TABLA-PLAYER of his generation. Intensive training since the age of 5 under eminent masters including uncle MONTU MALLICK, Prof DHABOL BANDYOPADHYAY,…

Satyajit Joel Peters

Satyajit Joel Peters is a 500 hour certified Professional level experienced Pranakriya and Kripalu Yoga Teacher; Certified Yoga Dance Teacher; Yoga Therapist; certified IAM Yoga Nidra Teacher/ Facilitator. He has been a professional yoga teacher for 13 years and practicing yoga since the 1970s. He has been a Principle based coach and facilitator for 30 years and teaches to share his love of yoga and coaches life Principles to help the flowering of human consciousness.

Laura Holmes

Laurie Holmes is a professional massage therapist, LMT and energy worker with 34 years of experience; Certified Transformative and Clarity Coach, Mentor and published Author of Becoming Human: The Story of You and Me and How we Came to Be. She is excited to share the Understanding that totally changed her life.

Lorri Carpenos

Lorri Carpenos is a professional licensed Marriage & Family Therapist (LMFT) with over 30 years of experience. She is a 3-Principle Therapist with 30 years of experience helping clients find peace of mind and open hearts. She has Co-authored 3 books, the most recent is “The Secret of Love” for relationships of all kinds. She enjoys her yoga practice.

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Stuart Sovatsky, Ph.D

Scholar-in-Residence Stuart (Piyush) Sovatsky brings a heart-centered wealth of knowledge through his own personal experience of our lineage as well as a lifetime of experience as a leading psychologist, bestselling author, researcher and lecturer. Degreed in Religion from Princeton University with contracted publications with Columbia University Press and SUNY Press, Stuart has created events with The Office of the Dalai Lama, Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, BKS Iyengar and Robert Thurman. Widely respected for 45 years of clinical experience with “spiritual emergence” and as a pioneer of “incarceration yoga” recognized by Ram Dass Prison Ashram, he is an Acharya (spiritual leader)…