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"Without volunteers, we'd be a nation without a soul"- Rosalynn Carter

Arva Yoga is grateful for the service of fabulous yoga teachers who have served on the platform!

Volunteer Teachers

(In Alphabetical Order)

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Dr Ashlesha Raut

B.A.M.S.(India),
M.D. Ayurveda (India)
N.C. (Nutritional Consultant)
HHP (Holistic Health Practitioner)
RAS (Registered Ayurvedic Specialist)
BCIM – Board Certified in Integrative Medicine,
(American Association of Integrative Medicine)

Vaidya Raut is passionate about teaching and promoting Ayurveda and is an Ayurveda faculty at many colleges in North America. She has been presented by the North America award of “Charaka” in recognition of her excellence in Ayurvedic teaching in 2012. She is a ‘Second degree Reiki healer’. Vaidya Raut was also awarded a prestigious ‘Shiromani Award’ by Indian Board of Alternative Medicines for her contributions towards the integrative medicine in the industry. Vaidya Raut is an integrative Ayurvedic practitioner, Nutritional consultant and a holistic health educator. She is a third generation Vaidya who is classically trained in Ayurveda from Mumbai University, India. She earned the distinctive honor and a gold medal for her post graduate dissertation work. She has been practicing Ayurveda for more than a decade and has been an integral part of the Ayurveda healing community with a mission towards providing a Holistic Path for Wellness and Optimal Health through Ayurveda and integrative medicine.

Vaidya Raut has been an authorized teaching faculty for CPR/AED for Professional Rescuers and lay responders and First Aid training programs at the American Red Cross Heartland Chapter in IL, USA and has won recognitions for her voluntary contributions on community health and safety at the American Red Cross. She has conducted a large number of workshops, authored publications, participated in talk shows, and presented research papers in the field of Ayurveda.

She holds a position as a “Secretary” of AAPNA (Association of Ayurvedic Practitioners of North America) and also an Executive committee member AAPNA.  She is a Life time member of NIMA (National Integrated Medical Association-India), founder and core member at CAC (Counsel for Ayurveda Credentialing) and holds many advisory positions in various Ayurveda holistic health organizations.  She is a Director of Ayurveda at Main Street Yoga, Bloomington and founding Director of Ayurveda for Healing and is actively involved in practicing and promoting Ayurveda in the country.

*Vaidya = Ayurvedic Doctor

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Neelam Samant

Neelam offers over 20+ years of corporate business experience from several Fortune 100 & 500 organizations. 11 yearsof that experience comes from her pivotal Finance and IT Senior Leader role & partnership with the C-Suite executives.During that tenure, Neelam managed and coached many internal teams, individual contributors, and Senior Leaderswithin the companies. Her business experience includes Financial Analysis, Portfolio Planning, and InformationTechnology Strategic Planning. Neelam also serves as a peer coaching Pod Coach for George Washington University’sCenter for Excellence in Public Leadership (GW CEPL). Neelam serves the community as a Coach for SocialEntrepreneurs, BIPOC leaders, Veterans, and Students.

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Shraddha Chandwadkar

Shraddha Chandwadkar is a dynamic and accomplished individual with a diverse background that spanspatent analysis, executive leadership, real estate entrepreneurship, and spiritual practices.As the Executive Program Director at Arva, Shraddha demonstrates exceptional leadership skills andstrategic vision. She oversees and strategizes the successful execution of various programs and projects,playing a pivotal role in the organization's operations. From calling prospective volunteers toestablishing new partnerships and engaging with existing partner organizations, she ensures the smoothfunctioning of initiatives while also contributing to fundraising efforts.

Neelam is committed to support conscious and authentic leadership transformations in her clients through a whole human development approach. She is a deep listener and meets every client where they are in their journey. She creates a safe, judgment-free, and curious coaching space where the clients can openly explore their challenges, ways of being, beliefs/blocks, and feel engaged to create possibilities to move forward and transform, one session at a time. Neelam helps her clients to develop their way of being and become authentic and effective leaders that take performance and outcomes at the next level. She nurtures and honors the trusting relationships that she builds with her clients.

Sneha Jhanb

Sneha Jhanb, a Certified Mindfulness Teacher, expertly utilizes an array of transformative tools such as tarot, sound healing, and meditation to guide parents towards discovering their inner truth and fostering compassion. As a self-published author, Sneha is dedicated to democratizing mindfulness practices for all. She passionately shares her insights and resources through her website
mindfulcommune.com.


Outside her mindfulness endeavors, Sneha thrives in the dynamic world of the gaming industry, embodying the essence of being multi-passionate. Based in Atlanta, GA, she shares her life with her loving husband, two energetic boys, and a cherished furry
companion.

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VAI HARIDAS

200 RYT Multi-style Yoga and Certified Ariel Yoga Teacher

My name is Vaibhavi and I am the founder and President of Arva Yoga.
I am a yoga enthusiast and my love for yoga started when I was a child growing up in India. I was a "Rope Mallakhamb" Player- meaning I not only did yoga at competitions but did poses on a suspended rope! 

With a firm belief that teaching others is the best way to reinforce your own learning, establishing this non-profit is my small attempt in this world.

VIBHA MISTRY

Vibha was born and raised in London, UK with Bhakti yoga and Mantra chanting as part of her everyday life. Her keen interest in the human body led her to graduating with a Bachelor of Science in Biology from Brunel University. After moving to Pennsylvania, Vibha secured a position in HR at the County of Bucks, where she was the Wellness Coordinator for all 2,000 employees. She completed her 200 Hour Yoga Teacher Training in July 2019 under the guidance of Alexis Ridge-Simek and Joe Simek at Dragonfly Yoga Studio. She also completed a course in “Mantra and the Dynamics of Sacred Sound” at the Himalayan Institute. Outside of Yoga, Vibha teaches Bollywood dance, allowing others to experience their own joy through movement. She is a certified level I Reiki practitioner, under the direction of Valerie Haag at Rainbows of Healing. In 2020, at the start of the pandemic, Vibha began teaching a chair yoga class. This class continues to this day, keeping people connected remotely, up and down the country. Vibha has learned and taken comfort in spiritual and religious teachings from around the world. In her journey in life, she has found that yoga has supported her immensely in aligning with her true path.

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PALAK MULJI

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My name is Palak Mulji. Yoga has been a way of life for me since my childhood. I grew up in India and have been practicing yoga and meditation from my childhood years. Being a practicing physical therapist and working with musculoskeletal issues, I felt deeply inspired to become yoga teacher to help individuals to maintain strength, flexibility, and an overall better quality of life. I hold a doctorate degree in physical therapy, and my specialty is working with people who suffer from vestibular and balance disorders. I have a special interest in pranayama and breathing exercises and I believe it has greater benefits to have a sound mental health and a greater immunity. I enjoy my life with my husband and two boys. In my spare time I enjoy hiking, painting, cooking, and gardening. Yoga has been a way of life for Palak since childhood. She grew up in India and has been practicing yoga and meditation from her childhood years. Being a practicing physical therapist and working with musculoskeletal issues, she felt deeply inspired to become yoga teacher to help individuals to maintain strength, flexibility, and an overall better quality of life. Palak holds a doctorate degree in physical therapy, and her specialty is working with people who suffer from vestibular and balance disorders. She also has a special interest in pranayama and breathing exercises and believes it has greater benefits to have a sound mental health and a greater immunity. She is a mother to two boys as well. In her spare time, she enjoys hiking, painting, cooking, and gardening.

Partner Organizations

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Tejgyan Foundation (TGF) was established with the mission of creating a highly evolved society through the all-around self-development of every individual that transforms all the facets of his/her life. The motto of Tejgyan Foundation is 'Happy Thoughts'. This motto was chosen since 'Happy Thoughts' are thoughts of self-realization, thoughts that motivate one to get rid of all other thoughts and raise collective consciousness. A 'Happy Thought' does not merely signify positive thinking. It is the thought which helps us to achieve liberation from all other thoughts. A Happy Thought is the purest of human desires to be liberated from all desires. The very purpose of the Tejgyan Foundation is to work as the transformative agent to raise global consciousness, so that new vistas of a highly evolved society, that is waiting to appear, begin to manifest on Earth TGF is a 100% volunteer organization. The Foundation has more than 20,000 self-driven volunteers People from all walks of life, such as doctors, scientists, educationists, businessmen, senior citizens, and housewives. The Foundation also has Trainers with extensive corporate and international experience. With the motto of spreading 'Happy Thoughts,' the Foundation has published more than 200 books and CDs/DVDs on various topics, from self-help to self- realization. The Foundation has centers all across India as well as the United States, Europe, and Asia- Pacific. The Foundation undertakes projects for self-development catering to various audiences such as children, school students, youth, women, senior citizens, teachers, doctors, the police force, and prisoners. TGF programs are tailored to address the specific needs for these varied target audiences.

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Kriya Yoga International Organizations (http://www.kriya.org) represents an authentic and unbroken lineage of Kriya Yoga Masters starting with Babaji Maharaj and including such spiritual giants as Yogiraj Shri Shyamacharan Lahiri Mahashaya, Swami Shriyukteshwar Giri, Shri Bhupendranath Sanyal Mahashaya, Paramahamsa Yogananda the author of Autobiography of a Yogi, Swami Satyananda Giri, Paramahamsa Hariharananda and Paramahamsa Prajnanananda. Kriya Yoga International Organizations comprise of three Mother Centers (headquarters) - Prajnana Mission (headquartered in Jagatpur, Odisha, India), Kriya Yoga Institute (in Homestead, Florida, in USA), and Kriya Yoga Centre (in Tattendorf, Austria). These organizations run and maintain several ashrams. In India there is Hariharananda Gurukulam at Balighai, near Puri and several other ashrams. In USA, there are four ashrams - Kriya Yoga Institute in Homestead, Florida, Temple of Harmony in Joliet, Illinois, Tempe of Peace in Lakewood, Colorado, and Temple of Compassion in Brenham, Texas. In addition, there is the Temple of Divine Love in Sao Paulo Brazil. In Europe there are two ashrams in Tattendorf, near Vienna in Austria and in Sterksel, near Amsterdam in The Netherlands. In Australia the ashram Kriya Yoga Vidya Mandir is in Lisarow NSW, near Sydney. In these ashrams and regions there are more than one hundred monastics and more than forty Yogacharyas (household teachers) who serve the mission of the Masters. These ashrams conduct several spiritual programs throughout the year. Videos like this one are from such events which comprise of discourses by our teachers (monks and householders), chanting and devotional singing, studies of scriptures, and various celebrations. Transcript

Yoga Festival Volunteer Partner Teacher and Organizations

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June 22, 2024 Festival Yoga Sessions

 

Sun Salutations by HSS

Vinyasa Flow by Geoffrey Tough of Invert Your World

Yin Yang Yoga by Kristin and Mindy of Nourishing Storm

Chair Yoga and Mantras by Yoga by Vibha

Yoga for Women's Health by Palak Mulji

Movement and Meditation by Terri Palacio of Evergreen Studio

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