Kofi Busia

Kofi Busia

Busia
Kofi Busia
Guest Teachers & Artists
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Kofi Busia first encountered yoga as a student at Oxford University, England, and went on to study directly and regularly with B.K.S. Iyengar at the Ramamani Iyengar Memorial Yoga Institute in Pune, India, where he earned advanced certification. He has taught yoga, Sanskrit and Indian philosophy professionally for more than forty years. Kofi is currently based in Santa Cruz, California, teaching ongoing classes at Yoga Center Santa Cruz.

Pandit Satya Narayana Charka

Pandit Satya Narayana Charka

Charka
Charkaji
Ashram Teachers & Artists
Dance
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Pandit Satya Narayana Charka is a distinguished Kathak dance performer, choreographer and teacher of international acclaim. His gurus include Pandit R.K. Shukla, Pandit Shambhu Maharaj, Shrimati Maya Rao and Pandit Birju Maharaj. Pandit S.N. Charka has won many prestigious awards, including first place in the All-India Dance Competition. Over the last 35 years, he has presented numerous traditional dance recitals as well as dance dramas, bringing myth to life for today's audiences.

Sifu Ken Lo

Sifu Ken Lo

Ken
Ashram Teachers & Artists
Hatha Yoga
1

Sifu Ken Lo Xing Gui, Wu Mei Pai Grandmaster, is the 7th generation head of the Wu Mei Pai Martial Arts lineage. He has studied Martial Arts since 1963, and Wu Mei Pai under Grandmaster Hsieh Peng and Maha Yoga under Swami Shivom Tirth Maharaji since 1973. He also studied Feng Shui, Chinese astrology, face and palm reading, and Oracle under Master Suern Gwoo, Chinese poetics under Dr. Lo Wai Lik, and calligraphy, painting and Tea Arts under Master Luo Chien Wu since 1985. He began studying Tibetan Buddhism with Geshe Michael Roach in 1995.

Jennifer Schmid-Fareed

Jennifer Schmid-Fareed (E-RYT)

Schmid
Jennifer Schmid
Guest Teachers & Artists
1

The ancient path of yoga continues to inspire Jennifer and transform her life. Using the natural expression of movement supported by the breath, she believes that all forms of practice can be gentle when proper knowledge and presence is applied. She enjoys integrating meditation, pranayama, chanting and sound healing into her teaching, as she has found these to support the student both on and off the mat. Jennifer studied at Ananda Ashram for ten years, since 2006, and also holds degrees in both Psychology and Communication.

Elizabeth Vomero

Elizabeth Vomero

Elizabeth
Ashram Teachers & Artists
Hatha Yoga
1

Elizabeth Vomero was inspired by a meeting with Shri Brahmananda Sarasvati to begin an intense study of Yoga. She studied with Yogi Cidakasa, Ramesh Lahiri, received RTA certification from Paula Heitzner and continues to study Kriya Yoga under Swami Prajnanananda.

Dalien (Daniel McBride)

Dalien (Daniel McBride)

Dalien
Guest Teachers & Artists
1

Daniel McBride, RYT, is adjunct professor of Yoga at Montclair State University. He has presented lectures, yoga and stress management workshops, sound healing sessions and performances at venues such as Daughters of Israel, Greystone Psychiatric Hospital, Price Waterhouse, Omega Institute and New Life Health Expo. He uses a synthesis of Iyengar, Vini-Yoga and Anusara inspired yoga styles and is known for his "extended shavasana" (deep relaxation), playing native flutes, gongs and other meditative instruments.

Vasant Lad, B.A.M. & S.

Vasant Lad, B.A.M. & S.

Lad
Vasant Lad, M.A.Sc.
Guest Teachers & Artists
Ayurveda Studies
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Dr. Vasant Lad is a preeminent Ayurvedic Physician and Professor of Ayurveda who founded the Ayurvedic Institute in Albuquerque, NM, in 1984. Prior to that he had served as Professor of Clinical Medicine at the Pune University College of Ayurvedic Medicine. He holds a Master of Ayurvedic Science (M.A.Sc.) degree. Respected throughout the world for his knowledge, Dr. Lad is the author of many articles and books including Ayurveda: The Science of Self-Healing and Textbook of Ayurveda, Vol.

Frannie Faith

Frannie Faith

Faith
Frannie Faith
Guest Teachers & Artists
1

Frannie Faith is a singer-songwriter, certified in Yoga Nidra and Power of Awareness Meditation and as a Reiki Healer Level 2. She brings meditation, mindfulness and music together to open hearts and heal. A lifelong meditator and a professional performer, Frannie has two music CDs of original songs, Artist of the Heart and Bring Up the Vibration. She also has a new CD, Peaceful Places, featuring guided meditations, yoga nidra and chant.

Krishna Devi

Krishna Devi

Krishna
Krishna Devi
Ashram Teachers & Artists
Music
Sanskrit
7
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Krishna Devi is a Kirtan musician and Bhakti Yogini. She was initiated into the spiritual practice of Sanskrit chanting by her Guru Shri Brahmananda Sarasvati, who taught the Sanskrit language as the "science of vibration." Krishna Devi regards chanting as a gateway into meditation and believes that chanting the sacred sounds allows an opening of one’s heart. She leads Kirtans and teaches workshops at Ananda Ashram; she is also a published author of Kirtan Angels and has recorded and produced several albums.

Nikki Lewitan

Nikki Lewitan

Nikki
Nicole Lewitan
Ashram Teachers & Artists
Hatha Yoga
1

Nikki Lewitan is certified in both Hatha Yoga and Yoga Therapy. She received her Yoga Therapy certification from Yoga Vidya Dham in India and her Hatha Yoga teacher's certification from Ananda Ashram. She has lived and taught at the Ashram since 2007 while studying yogic scriptures and practicing meditation with several teachers who have deeply influenced her life. Nikki serves as Director of Ananda Ashram Yoga and is also co-director of their annual Yoga Teacher Training program.

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