Padmashree Dr. Nagendra is the chancellor of Swami Vivekananda Yoga Research Foundation (SVYASA), Bengaluru,India. He quit his high profile career at NASA USA and returned to India and founded SVYASA university — from engineering to human engineering “in search of truth.” SVYASA has published more than 300 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, SVYASA also has Ayurveda and Naturopathy degree programs. For details, visit: http://svyasa.edu.in/
Dr. Nagarathna Ram
Dr.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 Swami Vivekananda Yoga Research Foundation, SVYASA, Bengaluru. She combines her medical training along with her deep understanding 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 adviser and guide for Ph.D students at SVYASA. For details regarding SVYASA, visit: http://svyasa.edu.in/
Sharad Dandekar is on the board of Advisors of Yoga Bharati. Engineer by profession he retired in 2003 from Xerox Corporation. After retiring he completed Yoga Instructor Course (YIC) in 2004. Since then he is actively engaged in promoting ‘Yoga for Positive Health – an Integrated Approach’. He is a registered member of Yoga Alliance at RYT200 level. In 2014 Sharad completed training in ‘Stop Diabetes Movement’ (SDM) program and conducted two camps. Sharad is one of the founding members of the Los Angeles Chapter of Yoga Bharati. Besides having on going Yoga classes the chapter conducts Yoga Instructor Course and Sun Salutation Marathon annually. Chapter also maintains library of books on Yoga and conducts monthly meeting of members Yoga Teachers’ Alumni.
Dr. Kris Murthy
Dr. Kris Murthy is a techno-management specialist living in Bay area and has extensively worked in multinational corporations in technology and hospitality. He has also taught post-graduate courses at universities, and extensively travelled across the globe. He is a managing partner of a healthcare analytics company and is on the advisory panel and board of directors of multiple corporations in USA, Europe and India. He has conducted leadership and technical training programs for senior management, professionals, faculty at universities, post-graduate students, government department heads and educational institutions.
In addition, Dr. Murthy serves as Development Director for Festival of Globe, Silicon Valley, and is an advisor and strategist for several other non-profit organizations in USA and India. He has a great passion and energy to serve the community.
Sachin Deshmukh is a highly sought yoga instructor and meditation expert. Sachin Deshmukh has been trained as a physician in India and holds several degrees and diplomas in holistic medicine, homeopathy, Ayurveda, and yoga therapy. Sachin was born into a family of yoga masters, trained under several monks, and been exposed to diverse vedic traditions and philosophies. Sachin’s approach to holistic medicine combines ayurveda and homeopathy with the classical limbs of yoga, encompassing asana, pranayama, bandha, mudra, kriya, chanting and nada-yoga, along with Transcendental Meditation® and other mental practices. His approach is tailored to the specific needs of his students and clients.
Dr. Ann Debaldo
Dr. 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. Dr. DeBaldo has traveled extensively throughout India with her students to study ancient wellness and healing practices. As a Fulbright scholar living in Pune, India, she worked with the Public Health Foundation of India and developed and administered an academic program in Bioinformatics. 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.
Shunya Pratichi Mathur
Smt. 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
Dr. Naveen Visweshwaraiah
Fulbright Scholar and Doctor of Science, Dr. Naveen Visweswaraiah is the Medical Director of Yogaksema Stress and Lifestyle Clinic in Bengaluru, India. Dr Visweswaraiah is has 20 years of research and clinical experience. As a Integrative Medicine physician and an accomplished yoga researcher, he holds executive positions in different institutions such as the Executive Director of Foundation for Assessment & Integration of Traditional Health Systems [FAITHS], Bengaluru; Consultant at SVYASA Yoga University, Bengaluru. Dr Visweswaraiah has served as a visiting faculty at various institutions of repute such as Harvard Medical School, Mayo Clinic, Center for Brain & Mind at UC Davis, MD Anderson Cancer Center, University of Houston, Center for Brain Research of University of Florida, Center for Mental Health, University of Melbourne, and National University of Singapore.