Pandit Birju Maharaj

Pandit Birju Maharaj

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Pandit Birju Maharaj
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Pandit Birju Maharaj is a recipient of India's highest civilian award, Padma Vibhushan, and is the prime teacher of the legacy of the Kalka-Bindadin tradition of Kathak Dance. A multitalented singer, master of numerous percussion instruments and the most outstanding exponent of the Lucknow Gharana, he has proved his excellence as a guru, performer and choreographer. He is assisted by Saswati Sen, herself an accomplished dancer of the highest caliber, along with his dancers and musicians from "Kalashram", New Delhi, India.

Michael Braudy

Michael Braudy

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Guest Teachers & Artists
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Michael Braudy is a violinist internationally recognized for his performance and teaching of Western classical, Celtic and Indian classical music. A versatile improviser, he regularly collaborates with poets, storytellers and dancers. Michael’s teaching encourages ease in playing. He has studied Western violin with Raphael Bronstein and Dorothy Delay and Indian Music with Acharya Roop Verma, Pandit V.G. Jog and Pandit Krishna Bhatt. He records Celtic and Indian music. Visit his website for more information.

Laurice D. Nemetz

Laurice D. Nemetz

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Laurice D. Nemetz
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Laurice D. Nemetz , MA, ERYT, ADTR is a certified and registered experienced-level yoga teacher, a member of the Academy of Dance/Movement Therapists Registered and a Licensed Creative Arts Therapist. She is co-President of the YTA (Yoga Teachers’ Association) and has been Chairperson of the nominating committee of the American Dance Therapy Association. Lauri has degrees from Wellesley College and a Master’s degree in Dance/Movement Therapy from Goucher College. She has also taken the course Functional Anatomy for Movement and Injuries at Mt.

John Guth

John Guth

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John Guth
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Guitarist and composer John Guth has toured and/or recorded with many well-known musicians including Bob Gibson, Tom Paxton, Mimi Farina, Susanne Vega, Peter Allen, Judy Collins and the Paul Winter Consort. He was onstage guitarist for Big River on Broadway. His music is on the Grammy winning audio book production of Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire as well as the other Harry Potter audio books. John Guth is also a singer and songwriter. At present, his main activities revolve around his recording studio in Valley Cottage, NY.

Carrie Schneider

Carrie Schneider

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Carrie Schneider
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Carrie Schneider is a New York City based yoga teacher who teaches challenging yogasana classes designed to awaken practitioners to their true nature. She is the author of American Yoga (2003) and Yoga Within (2001). Her teaching is informed by her long-time practice and by trainings with yoga masters Richard Freeman and Rodney Yee. Carrie's articles on Yoga have appeared in Yoga Journal and other prestigious magazines. Visit her website for more information.

Bhavani Lee

Bhavani Lee

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Bhavani Lee
Guest Teachers & Artists
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Bhavani Lee was raised in an ashram environment and exposed to yoga and meditation practices as well as great masters of music and dance early on. She studied classical Indian dance, flamenco, contemporary dance and martial arts and trained at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in NYC and with Pt. Birju Maharaj and Pt. Satya Narayana Charka, renowned Indian dance masters. More recently, Bhavani has worked in choreography and performance for fashion shows, in film and theater, including as a principal dancer in the worldwide production of Cirque du Soleil's Dralion.

Tracy Verma

Tracy Verma

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Tracy Verma
Ashram Teachers & Artists
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Tracy Verma has been a yoga practitioner for 40 years and is a student of Indian culture and music, with much inspiration from her husband, Acharya Roop Verma, and Pandit Sharda Sahai (tabla). Her spiritual and yogic training was from Shri Brahmananda Sarasvati and Dr. Edith Epstein. She also has a background in Western music. She founded the Catskill Choral Society Girl Choir, sings with the Catskill Choral Society, and teaches yoga at Hartwick College and the Atma Lotus Center in Oneonta, NY. As a tamboura player, she has accompanied her husband and recorded numerous CDs.

Arjun Verma

Arjun Verma

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Ashram Teachers & Artists
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Arjun Verma, sitarist, began performing at the age of seven. He is a student of his father Acharya Roop Verma and of Maestro Ali Akbar Khan, with whom he studied for eight years. Arjun has performed in the U.S., Europe and India, including at the United Nations in Geneva, Prague Castle in the Czech Republic and the Fillmore in San Francisco. He teaches Sitar and North Indian classical music at the Ali Akbar College of Music in California. Visit his website for more information.

Shri Radha

Shri Radha (Radha Gaines)

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Shri Radha (Radha Gaines)
Ashram Teachers & Artists
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Radha met her Guru Shri Brahmananda Sarasvati in 1977 and received intensive training from him until his passing in 1993. She was his secretary and assistant, traveling with him and serving as his main interpreter during the final ten years of his life. She lives at Ananda Ashram where she is a life-term trustee of the Baba Bhagavandas Publication Trust, director of the George Leone Publication Center and a trustee of the International Schools of East-West Unity (Gurukula).

Elias Lopez (Subrahmanya)

Elias Lopez (Subrahmanya)

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Elias Lopez (Subrahmanya)
Guest Teachers & Artists
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Elias Lopez is an environmentalist at heart who combines his love for nature with his love for yoga. Born and raised in Mexico, he enjoys bringing inspiration from his roots to his yoga practice. He infuses his classes with music and with careful attention to alignment through breath and heart, and views yoga as a journey to live well and love fully. Elias is honored to study with John Friend, Jim Bernaert, Ellen Salltonstall and Jackie Prete. He loves to create a fun, safe and sacred place where students are empowered to achieve their full potential.

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