Around 70 people including Yoga Teacher Training students of 2016, Yoga Teachers who completed their training from 2014 and 2015 batches, Children and parents of Yoga Bharati classes attended Yoga Teacher Training inauguration program on Sunday March 13th at BayVP temple Milpitas. The chief guests were Swami Tattwamayananada of Vedanta Society SF, Dr. Prasad Kaipa, the CEO advisor and coach, and Yogashree N.V.Raghuram, the spiritual founder and chairman of Yoga Bharati.
The program started with a peace chant and was followed by a beautiful yoga formation for a music in Raag Kedar. This was followed by Gita chanting of 16th chapter by the Bhagavad Gita class students — both adults and children.
After children's program, Anil Surpur, the president of Yoga Bharati gave a welcome speech followed by a wonderful panel discussion conducted by Ashwini Surpur, the Executive Director of Yoga Bharati where the three luminaries were given questions on various aspects of yoga and spirituality as applicable to health, world peace and to the economy and sustenance of the material world. The panelists gave a sumptuous food for thought for all the new and graduate yogis in the audience.
The panel discussion was followed by Certificate award ceremony conducted by Savitha.Nanjangud, the Director of Yoga Education. The graduate students of Yoga Therapy Training and Yoga Teacher Training received the certificates and blessings from the three chief guests.
Madhavi Jain, the Joint Director of Yoga Teacher Training gave vote of thanks. Youth Yoga teacher Sushant.Thyagarajan was the MC of the program.
Thanks to many volunteers who helped in the event.
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Bio of the Chief Guests:
Swami Tattwamayananda, currently the Minister- in -charge of the Vedanta Society of Northern California, will be conducting the lecture series. He served in various centres of the Ramakrishna Order in India as editor, publisher, and teacher of Sanskrit, Advaitic texts such as Sri Shankaracharya's commentaries on the Prasthanatraya and Indian philosophy. Before coming to the United States in January, 2012 he was teaching Sanskrit, Vedantic scriptures and Indian philosophy at the Training centre in Belur Math, the headquarters of the Ramakrishna Mission, Kolkata, India. The Swami has received traditional education in Sanskrit and Vedantic scriptures and is frequently invited for lectures on Yoga, Vedanta, and traditional Hindu scriptures.
Yogashree 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 is trained under some of the most renowned exponents of yoga such as Prof Satyanarayana Sastry and has been practicing yoga since early childhood. He is instrumental in introducing yoga therapy in a neurological clinic in Germany and starting yoga therapy in hospitals in Italy, Turkey, and China. He has traveled to several countries in Asia, Europe and America, giving discourses and stress reduction programs based on yoga.
Dr. Prasad Kaipa has been an advisor and coach focusing on innovation and leadership since 1990 for about 120 C-level executives in Global Fortune 500 companies. Prasad coaches them to channel their creativity to come up with innovative decisions, products, and services. He assists clients in becoming effective in managing people as well as oneself (personal mastery) in exploring innovative, and strategic decisions. 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.