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Ashvini Kenyon Gatlin

E-RYT 200, RYT 500, I AM Yoga Therapy™ Facilitator  Kenyon has been teaching yoga and stress reduction since 2001. She is the author of Relax With Life, Applying Yoga Principles To Reduce Stress. Kenyon helps people from all walks of life to live with less stress and more joy. Kenyon is certified RYT 500 I AM Yoga® Instructor, I AM Yoga Nidra™ Facilitator and I AM Yoga Therapy™ Facilitator. She has been teaching at the Amrit Yoga Institute since 2012, studying directly with Gurudev Shri Amritji.  

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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C-IAYT, LMT, KCYT Hansa is an ongoing student of Kripalu Yoga, and now Amrit Yoga, recently receiving the I Am Yoga Nidra Certification. Over the years, she has studied with many teachers who have offered insight and depth into the path of yoga. Hansa developed the belief that the body is the silent communicator of the Spirit. She utilizes yoga, yoga cikitsā, āyurveda, massage and homeopathy as venues to facilitate Spirit connection. She has taught in many locations including universities, hospitals, churches and at other studios, yoga training programs and yoga centers. She has her own studio, PranaYoga and Ayurveda…

Hari Amar

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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…

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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, Shri…

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Indu Heather Eilering

Senior Training Faculty, Amrit Yoga Institute E-RYT 500, C-IAYT, ALC, BS Indu has devoted over a decade to supporting her students and clients in their quest to live healthy, vital, and fulfilling lives and in that process discover who they are. 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, Integral Breath Therapist and Energy Worker to skillfully and compassionately support her students and clients to transform their lives. It is Indu’s love…

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Indukanta Udasin

Indukanta as been dedicated to the Kripalu lineage for over 35 years and that has inspired her to share her passion of yoga as a lifestyle and the music and art as sadhana.  Trained as a classical flautist, she was among the first yogāsana teachers in the greater Cleveland area where she established a support network for all local yoga teachers.  While studying music in India, a profound calling to learn more about the subtle vibrational aspects of sound and its effects on body-mind awoke.  A pivotal point in her life was moving to Kripalu Center in Lenox, MA to…

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Jamie Pragya Marich, Ph.D.

Jamie Pragya 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…

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Jen and Conrad

Jen and Conrad will once again [they moved us to tears of beauty at last year’s Bhakti Sadhana Retreat] lead and share with us Wacapi [Chant Drum Fire] Representing Cheyenne-Lakota people’s heritage and songs

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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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Kalindi Edwina Hoffmann

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

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Kamini Desai, Ph.D

Yogeshwari Kamini Desai, PhD is the Executive Director of the Amrit Yoga Institute. Over the past 30 years Kamini, author of Yoga Nidra: The Art of Transformational Sleep, has created an exciting and unique body of teachings incorporating western psychology, eastern philosophy and science. Considered an expert in Yoga Nidra Meditation, relaxation, yoga therapy and artful living, her practical and accessible teaching style is welcomed worldwide. In 2012 she was awarded the title Yogeshwari (woman of yogic mastery) for her keen ability to bring ancient illumination to the genuine challenges of the human experience. Her teachings have benefitted employees at…

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.

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Laura McKinzie

Laura’s passion and dedication to the practice of yoga was the catalyst to her becoming a Yoga Teacher 15 years ago.  She is an experienced teacher at the 500hr level (E-RYT 500) as well as the founder of It’s a Succulent Life, which inspires people to live their best life now through the practice of Yoga and Yoga Nidra.  She is also the Director of Yoga Teacher Training at Southwest Institute of Healing Arts (SWIHA) in Tempe, Arizona.  Since 2012, Laura has led the 200hr “Unity” Yoga Teacher Training Program at SWIHA, teaching hundreds of students the ancient science of yoga.  She…

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Liam Gillen

Senior Training Faculty An executive career in the hospitality, education and real estate industries has culminated in studying the Integrative Amrit Method (IAM) of Yoga for the last ten years. Liam is a 500 hr certified IAM Yoga® teacher, and an advanced I AM Yoga Nidra™ facilitator. He leads trainings, workshops and retreats focused on the core principles of IAM Yoga and Yoga Nidra.

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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Menka Stacy Piccolo

Stacy Menka Piccolo is currently completing her RYT500 with Meditation in Motion. She has participated in and assisted many programs at AYI including Yoga Teacher Training, Dancing as the Divine Feminine, Wellness Weekend, and Dancing Mindfulness. She has been a resident at AYI for the past two years and has completed the Seva Lifestyle Program, providing service to the community in various departments. Stacy Menka feels extreme gratitude to be on this path of self-discovery and healing. Her spiritual practice revolves around feeling and being with intense Human Emotion in order to discern the appropriate deliberate action to take. Her…

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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…

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Pallavi Erika Brandsma

Pallavi is a certified yoga professional and has been sharing the authentic teachings of yoga since 2006.  For the past 10 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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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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Priti Chanda Klco

Greetings from my heart to yours. I am native to the Colorado mountains. Their wildness and beauty was my first yoga teacher. I am a seeker, adventuress, and explorer, willing to test my limits in order to learn and grow. The sacred, timeless knowledge and practices of Yoga and Ayurveda are among the greatest gifts available to humanity. The power and purpose of Yoga is nothing less than to know who we truly are and to realize it so fully that it becomes our worldly experience. This gift of Yoga is being given to me with utmost loving care by my…

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Radha Sandy Gillen

Radha Sandy Gillen, RYT500, is a deeply creative spirit, artist and designer. She has dedicated the past 19 years to the study, application and sharing of the authentic yogic teachings passed down by Gurudev Shri Amritji.  She is the creator and facilitator of the ‘Be Moved’, ’Chakras in Motion’ and ‘Heart to Art’ workshops which she shares both locally and internationally.  Transformative Workshops for Women have been the focus of her offerings, with Dancing AS the Divine Feminine, Embodying the Divine Feminine and the Goddess Retreat.  Radha is a certified facilitator of the powerful process of Body Mapping, a certified Dancing Mindfulness…

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Ramdas Ormond

Senior Training Faculty Seventeen years ago, Ramdas began his yoga journey. Years as an I AM Yoga® teacher, Yoga Nidra facilitator, dedicated yogi and meditator gives Ramdas the experience to support and understand his students with skillful compassion.

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Renu Diane Zagoria

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 previously in the Advanced Yoga Nidra Training and building on that developed this training. She holds certifications in I AM Yoga® E-RYT 500, I AM Yoga Nidra™,  I AM Yoga Therapy™ and I AM Reiki Master. She is a Senior Teacher of the I AM Yoga Nidra™ Professional Training. Renu has a private practice in Los Angeles as a Certified Life Coach specializing…

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Roshan Kristine Valentine-Miller

Kristine began practicing asana yoga back in 1997, but her understanding of yoga shifted in 2007 when, with one year of sobriety under her belt, she visited Amrit Yoga Institute for the first time. Under the guidance of Yogi Amrit Desai (Gurudev), Kamini Desai, Eric W., and Chandrakant, Kristine experienced first-hand that yoga is so much more than a posture, it’s a map for life, and one that perfectly complements the principles of 12 Step Recovery. Since her initial 200-hour yoga teacher training, Kristine developed a true passion for yoga and dedicated herself to continue learning about the vast offerings…

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.

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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)…

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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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Tom Gillette

Tom Gillette has taught yoga classes most everyday for 32 years. He has owned four yoga studios, directed 34 teacher trainings and certified over 750 yoga teachers. He has been the principle yoga consultant on 7 scientific research projects studying yoga for pain management, yoga for depression, yoga for pre dementia, yoga for bipolar and yoga for stress relief with Butler Hospital, RI Hospital, Brown University and Harvard University. Learn more at tomgillette.com

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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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