Main Office:
20445, Prospect Rd, Suite #1
San Jose, CA-95129
(Visit by Appointment only)

Vision: May we nourish to see a healthy humanity and a peaceful world !

Mission: A holistic understanding of yoga to one and all !

Yoga Bharati is a non-profit, voluntary organization with a vision of enhancing Health (physical), Happiness (mental), Knowledge (intellectual) & Peace (Spiritual) in life through a holistic approach to yoga. Yoga Bharati brings a wealth of knowledge about yoga through Yoga Teacher’s Training course from Vivekananda Yoga Research Foundation, VYASA, Bangalore, India.

VYASA is one of the premier Yoga Universities and yoga research institutes in India with its rich background in research on yoga’s healing effects for various ailments. VYASA has 25 years of yoga research background and has produced more than 150 research papers in various International Journals; many of them are PUBMED Indexed. In affiliation with VYASA, Yoga Bharati offers Yoga Therapy Training Course to yoga teachers who gain extensive knowledge on yoga’s therapeutic applications so they can provide yoga as a complementary therapy modality to people with different lifestyle disorders such as back pain, diabetes, hypertension, Anxiety and depression, Cancer, etc.

We conduct yoga classes, workshops, retreats, and programs aimed at creating awareness about yoga and its philosophy. Our mission is to build awareness regarding the ancient Indian philosophy and its relevance to the entire humanity. Our goal is to build a team of motivated volunteers to achieve our mission and vision. We invite learned yoga Gurus from India and also ask local experts to conduct discourses, camps and workshops.

What is Yoga?
Developed in India, yoga is a psycho-somatic discipline with its roots going back over 5,000 years – a thought developed by the Hindu sages in the quietude of the forest and caves. This thought process developed into a grand vision of Vedanta as ideas poured into India’s cultural basket from every corner, in every millennia and by every passionate yogi. Sages called it Sanatana Dharma – the eternal wisdom. Today, most yoga practices in the West focus on the physical postures called Asanas. However, yoga has much deeper aspects where it helps promote health and happiness at the individual level (Vyashti) to the social level (Samashti). The deeper one delves in the study of yoga, the more one discovers of the diversity and richness of its traditions. The word “yoga” means “union”. Traditionally, the goal of yoga has been union with the Absolute, or Brahman, or in other words, Realization of the Self or Atman.

The benefits of yoga include improved physical fitness, mental clarity, greater self-understanding, stress control and general well-being. The beauty of yoga practice lies in its versatility, allowing practitioners to focus on the physical, emotional, intellectual, spiritual, or a combination of all these aspects of health and well being. Yoga Bharati welcomes you to discover the treasures of yoga and to join us in our mission of promoting yoga and related activities in the United States of America and around the world.

 


Board of Directors

Yogashree N.V. Raghuram (Chairman)

Yogashree N.V. Raghuram
Chairman and Spiritual Founder, Yoga Bharati

raghuramjiYogashree N.V.Raghuram is the Chairman and Spiritual Founder of Yoga Bharati and Professor of Yoga Philosophy in Swami Vivekananda Yoga Research Foundation (SVYASA), Bangalore India. Sri N.V Raghuram of SVYASA is trained under some of the most renowned exponents of yoga such as Prof Satyanarayana Sastry of Bangalore India and has been practicing yoga since early childhood.

He is instrumental in introducing successfully yoga therapy in a neurological clinic in Germany and starting yoga therapy training and practice in front line hospitals in Italy and a center each in Istanbul Turkey and China. He has traveled to several countries including Germany, Austria, Switzerland, England, USA, Indonesia, Malaysia, Japan, Sri Lanka, Singapore and conducted Yoga therapeutic and corrective courses (for ailments such as bronchitis, asthma, back ache, eating disorders, sleep disorders etc) and hundreds of stress reduction programs based on yoga in several countries across globe.

He also guides and assists Ph.D. students in their intensive research on yoga related subjects. He has specialized yoga philosophy based counseling.

A glimpse of his expertise are :

  • Bhagavad Gita
  • What are Bhakthi, Gnana, Raja, Karma yogas?
  • Patanjali’s Yoga Suthra
  • Therapy through yoga
  • What is Hindu Dharma
  • Upanishads
  • Bhaja Govindam by Sri Shankaracharya
  • Applying Hindu values for a harmonious family
  • Getting over challenges bringing up children in USA
  • Yoga courses for personality development in children
  • Help for ailments

Swami Bodhananda Saraswati

Swami Bodhananda Saraswati
Board of Directors, Yoga Bharati

bodhanandaSwami Bodhananda is highly respected in America and India as an accomplished teacher of Vedanta and meditation. He was born in Mattatur, Kerala, 36 miles from Kalady, the birthplace of Adi Sankaracharya. After completing his undergraduate work in economics, he fulfilled his aspirations joining the Saraswati order as a brahmachari—one of ten sannyasa orders established by Adi Shankaracharya.

Presently, Swami Bodhananda is the Spiritual Founder and Director of 11 organizations and ashrams under the umbrella of the Sambodh Foundation, New Delhi, India; the Bodhananda Research Foundation for Management and Leadership Studies, Trivandrum, Kerala, India; and The Sambodh Society, Inc., his American organization. Swami Bodhananda is the author of several books: Meditation: The Awakening of Inner Powers, The Gita & Management, Self Unfoldment in An Interactive World, a monograph titled, “Rishi Vision”, etc.

For more info visit: http://www.sambodh.com

Dr. Prasad Kaipa

Dr. Prasad Kaipa
Member, Yoga Bharati Board of Directors

pkaipaDr. Prasad Kaipa is Executive Director, Center for Leadership Innovation and Change (CLIC), Hyderabad, India. Dr Kaipa is engaged in working with CEOs and senior executives in advisory and coaching capacity for past 19 years. For over a decade Dr. Kaipa has advised CEOs and coached Executive Teams in the areas of Innovation, Business Transformation, Decision Making, Strategic Thinking and Personal Mastery. Some of his clients include HP, CISCO, Disney, Adobe, Apple, Xerox, Boeing, Mastek, BAE Systems Mastek and Navteq. Dr.Kaipa is a visiting faculty at the Indian School of Business and part-time faculty at the Saybrook Graduate School.

He has deep exposure to Hindu spiritual literature like Vedas, Upanishads and brings this rich eastern value into the business world. Dr. Kaipa conducts Practical Vedanta sessions in the San Francisco Bay Area.

More about him can be read at: http://www.prasadkaipa.com

Dr. Manohar Shinde

Dr. Manohar Shinde
Board of Director, Yoga Bharati

shindeDr. Manohar Shinde is a retired psychiatrist specialized in eating disorders of children and adolescents. Dr. Shinde worked with the Eating Disorder Institute of California (EDIC) for numerous years and also taught at universities. He is also an eminent Hindu scholar and currently heads a think tank group.

Anil Surpur

Anil Surpur
President, Yoga Bharati

AnilSAnil Surpur is one of the founding members and currently the President of Yoga Bharati. Anil is an Engineer by profession. He has completed B.E from Karnataka University and MBA from All India Management Association (AIMA).

He has undergone BKS Iyyengar yoga training, Chennai in 1986 and has been practicing Yoga since then. He has completed Yoga teachers training (YICC, VYASA) in 2003 and has been faculty for YICC course since then. Anil is registered Experienced Yoga Teacher (ERYT) with Yoga Alliance (YA).
He is currently holding Engineering Senior Management position at Fusion-io in San Jose, CA.


Board of Advisors

Dr. H.R. Nagendra

Dr. H.R. Nagendra
Vice Chancellor, SVYASA, Bangalore
Yoga Bharati Advisory Board Member

nagendraDr. Nagendra, a former space scientist at NASA, returned to his native India, changing, as he says, from engineering to human engineering “in search of truth.” According to him, the search for ultimate truth through external means (science) did not take him far enough and that is why he chose to dive deep into his own consciousness in search of reality through yoga. He then proceeded to combine the best of East with the best of West as Swami Vivekananda envisioned. In 1975, Dr. Nagendra established Swami Vivekananda Yoga Research Foundation (VYASA), which has published more than 150 research papers on Yoga and its applications, apart from being a unique Yoga Therapy Health Center and a Yoga University training students in the field of Yoga.

Dr. Nagendra is the Vice Chancellor of SVYASA university, Bengaluru and he is also on the Board Member of Advisors of Yoga Bharati.

Dr. Nagarathna

Dr. Nagarathna
Yoga Bharati Advisory Board Member

nagarathnaDr.R.Nagarathna, MBBS, MD, FRCP (Edinburgh), FICA (USA) is the Chief Yoga Therapy Consultant and Dean of the Division of Yoga and Life Sciences at SVYASA. She combines her medical training along with her deep nderstanding of yoga in leading the health center. She heads the therapy division for asthma, diabetes, hypertension, heart disease, cancer and other ailments. Dr. Nagaratna serves as an advisor and guide for Ph.D students at SVYASA..

Dr.Ann DeBaldo

Dr.Ann DeBaldo
Yoga Bharati Advisory Board member

debaldoDr. Ann C. DeBaldo has a background in Microbiology and a Ph.D. in Medical Science and has worked for years in the field of traditional wellness and healing practices with affiliated institutions in India.

Since 1985, Dr. DeBaldo has traveled and worked extensively throughout India and has studied the culture and religions of South Asia with special emphasis upon ancient wellness and healing practices, meditation, and Vedanta. In 2004-2005 she was a Fulbright scholar living in Pune, India where she worked with the Public Health Foundation of India and developed and administered an academic program in Bioinformatics. A long-term collaborator with a number of groups in India including sVYASA, she has hosted and participated in International Yoga Conferences, including sponsorship of an International Conference on Yoga and Health that was held at USF in 2000. In addition to her collaborative research on the topic, Dr. DeBaldo has a certificate in Wellness Counseling and Mind-Body Consciousness from the Institute for Transpersonal Psychology, CA, and a Yoga Instructors Certificate from sVYASA. She has lead student study abroad groups to destinations such as India, as well as learning journeys for adult explorers to Tibet, Nepal and Peru, and faculty development trips to India, Asia and other parts of the world.

Dr. Naveen Visweshwaraiah

Dr. Naveen Visweshwaraiah
Yoga Bharati Advisory Board member

naveenFulbright Scholar, Dr. Naveen Visweswaraiah is a consultant Integrative Medicine physician and an accomplished yoga researcher. Dr Visweswaraiah is Yoga & Naturopathy physician with 20 years of research and clinical experience.

Dr. Visweswaraiah is the Head of Clinical Services of Yogaksema-Stress & Lifestyle Clinic, Bengaluru, India.

He holds executive positions in different institutions such as the Executive Director of Foundation for Assessment & Integration of Traditional Health Systems [FAITHS], Bengaluru; Joint Director of Research, SVYASA Yoga University, Bengaluru; and Medical Director, Mahabodhi-Yogaksema Himalayan Retreat Center, Leh-Ladakh, India.

Dr Visweswaraiah has served as a visiting faculty at various institutions of repute such as Harward Medical School; Mayo Clinic; Center for Brain & Mind, University of California, Davis; MD Anderson Cancer Center, University of Houston; Center for Brain Research, University of Florida; Center for Mental Health, University of Melbourne; and National University of Singapore.

Gajanan R Kulkarni

Gajanan R Kulkarni
Yoga Bharati Advisory Board Member

grkulkarniProfessor G.R. Kulkarni is Chairman of the Board of Cybernetic Research Labs. Professor Kulkarni has been a member of the Indian Administrative Services, Professor of Business Policy at the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad (IIMA) and Chief Technical Adviser at the United Nations Development Program. At IIMA he was the Dean for many years. Prof. Kulkarni graduated from the University of Bombay and the Harvard Business School and currently serves as a member of the Executive Council of Doon University.

Ms Pratichi Mathur

Ms Pratichi Mathur

Board of Advisors, Yoga Bharati

pratichiSmt. Pratichi Mathur : ‘Shunya’ Pratichi Mathur is the founder of Vedika Global, a not for profit organization in Berkeley California, where she offers 5 year degree in Ayurveda. At Vedica Global, she offers free Ayurveda Sanghas or public lectures, and low cost Ayurveda wellness clinics. Pratichi is an author of many publications, and has been featured in San Francisco Chronicle, Tathaastu Magazine, and Yoga Journal and serves on the board of several professional organizations serving Ayurveda and allied Vedic sciences including the California Association of Ayurvedic Medicine. For details, visit: www.vedikaglobal.org

Ramakrishna Gadam

Ramakrishna Narayanaswami

Ramakrishna Narayanaswami

Member, Board of Advisors

NarayanSwamiDr. Narayanswamy is the Chairman & Managing Director of CSM Software Private Limited, Bangalore, India. He is also the President & CEO of CSM Software USA, LLC, with over 200 employees in both companies, with projects on engineering in Indian, US, japan & Germany comapnies in the auto and aerospace fields. He is the Engineer, founder-president of engineering analysis & software company, involved with veda teaching and practice, closely involved with Malibu temple from the earliest planning days since 1977 to the present day. He practices yoga for the past 15+ years and has conducted theory and practice sessions on yoga & surya namaskar for the past 3+ years. He has worked with Raghuramji and Dr. H R Nagendra, the Vice Chancellor of SVYASA and has attended many workshops & sessions on yoga at SVYASA & Yoga Bharati. Please visit www.rnarayanaswami.net for more information

Venkatram R

Venkatram R

Dr R Venkataram, (PhD in Thermal Engineering) was Professor, Dept of Mech Engg, BES College of Engineering, Fifteen Years teaching experience at B I T, Bangalore. Assistant Professor, Dept. Mech.Engg. & Director, Industrial Consultancy & Research Centre Bangalore Institute of Technology. More than 13 paper presented in National and International Symposiums. He holds a membership in different institutions like Member and Institute of Engineers (India), Member, combustion Institute (Indian Section). He worked as a Registrar at Vivekananda Yoga Research Foundation.

Raghav Ram

Raghav Ram

Yoga Bharati Advisory Board Member

raghavramSri. Raghav Rao has worked in the area of Agricultural Biotechnology R&D for over 28 years in the US and is now working both at Colorado State University and in various Biotech Companies. Prior to coming over to the US, he worked at Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore and Bhabha Atomic Research Center, Mumbai.

He developed interest in Indian Philosophy and religious books at an early age. Inspired by his brother N.V. Raghu Ram, he is pursuing the works and teachings of Swami Vivekananda and Sri Ramakrishna Paramhansa. He is married to Sushma Ram, also in Biotechnology and blessed with a wonderful son, Rajeev Ram – who is an accomplished professional tennis player.


National Committee

 

Title Name Email
President Anil Surpur president @ yogabharati.org
Secretary Ramu Narayanaswamy secretary @ yogabharati.org
Treasurer Savita Joshi treasurer @ yogabharati.org


SF Bay Area Chapter

Title Name Email
President Anil Surpur president @ yogabharati.org
Outreach Siddu Rati workshop @ yogabharati.org
Yoga Therapy Savita Joshi therapy @ yogabharati.org
Yoga Teacher Training Savitha Nanjangud/ Madhavi Jain yic @ yogabharati.org
Yoga Therapy Education Ashwini Surpur yic @ yogabharati.org
Yoga Bharati, SF Bay Area Contacts
Yoga Bharati, SF Bay Area Contacts

20445, Prospect Rd, Suite #1
San Jose, CA 95129

General information info @ yogabharati.org
Workshops and classes workshop @ yogabharati.org


LA Chapter Committee

Title Name Email
President Rajendra Kelkar la_president @ yogabharati.org
Vice President Kartik Chandrasekaran la_vp @ yogabharati.org
Secretary Sanjay Punde la_secretary @ yogabharati.org
Treasurer Lakshmanan Suryanarayanan la_treasurer @ yogabharati.org
Liaison Sharad Dandekar la_liaison @ yogabharati.org
Web Coordinator Sanjay Punde la_webcoordinator @ yogabharati.org

General information

Yoga Bharati, LA Area Contacts
General information la @ yogabharati.org

Detroit Chapter Committee

Title Name Email
President Seetha Ramu detroit @ yogabharati.org

San Diego Committee

Title Name Email
—- General Information ybsandiego @ yahoo.com