Jivasuji (Pradeep Kumar) teachings are called Naturality or Sahajta. Naturality is 'to live according to our nature' and 'walk our own path'. The core of his teachings is about the fear of death (and life) and how we can experience the realm beyond death which frees from fear and allow us to live full life.
Born in 1956, Jivasu was trained as a pediatrician in India. While living in Sivananda ashram, Rishikesh with his wife (his teacher) he experienced his first awakening. Eventually the process culminated in the realization that death is not the end of life. Only the mind and the body die but consciousness is immortal.
He conceived Expansiveness meditation (Braham dhyan) and the Breath of dissolution (Kalajayi pranayam), two elements of the Naturality teachings. He is author of many books including: Meditation: A Path of Relaxation, Awareness and Expansion of Awareness, Naturality, Science of Naturality, Offerings in Longing and Love and From Death to Immortality.
Currently Jivasu is teaching courses about Naturality (Sahajta) and fear of death and life in Canada, India and other countries. To know more about him please visit www.samagrapath.com and www.naturalitypath.com
Jivasu Ji will be conducting 2 hour workshops every day of the festival. Topics covered by Jivasu Ji during the International Yoga Week 2015 will be:
Samadhi - The experience of Non-Dual and Naturality Spirituality, Health and Self-Realization Science of Self-Realization Yoga - The Path from Death to Immortality Meditation: A Path of Relaxation, Awareness and Expansion of Awareness Living with Peace, Passion and Bliss Awareness-Bliss-Compassion - ABC of Life
Suhas Tambe, born in India,is an MBA (Indiana University) who practices and teaches Yoga, and works in finance. In 1993, the author met his guru, a Yoga master, who had learned the practices of a secret system related to Patanjali's Sutras. This secret knowledge had been passed from master to disciple for generations. For over twenty years, Suhas has studied his guru's unpublished writings, extensively researched its many unexplained concepts, and constructed a contemporary presentation for today's readers which he captures in his highly acclaimed book - The Making of a Yoga Master(see amazon link here)
The father of two grown sons, and blessed with five grandchildren, he lives in Shaumburg, Illinois with his wife Vibha, an attorney.
Shri Suhas Tambe will be conducting Yoga Sutra workshops over the first 3 days of the International Yoga Week. This is a cumulatively 10 Hrs module, based on his path-breaking book "The Making of a Yoga Master". The book brings to you a new sequence to sutras that reveals Raja Yoga as a sound holistic theory and a clear road-map with well-defined milestones. It is the most exciting introduction of Yoga Sutra to the newcomers and a great value-add for the Yoga teachers.
The workshop is thoroughly modern, the narrative structured around power-point presentation, the exposition visual and contemporary and the treatment intense, yet fluid enough for every participant to take home a valuable experience and launch a meaningful yoga journey.
Roshan is the founder president of Rishikesh Yog Peeth(www.rishikeshyogpeeth.com). He is an E-RYT 500 yoga teacher and a well-known expert in the field of yoga philosophy. His simple and contemporary style of delivering deep philosophical concepts endears him to his students. His vision is to make the essence of yogic heritage available to all in an accessible and effective format.
Roshan Singh will be holding two very important interactive sessions during the International Yoga Week. One will be on 'Tantra: The Genesis of Yoga'. Tantra is said to be the original spiritual science that originated in India. Yoga is said to be a part of the broader Tantra ritual. To understand Yoga, it is important to know about Tantra and its teachings. Roshan Singh Ji will conduct a synergistic session on Tantra and how it relates to the genesis of Yoga.
The other lecture that he will be on 'Sankhya Philosophy'. Sankhya is one of the earliest philosophical schools of thought in India, attributed traditionally to Rishi Kapila. An understanding of this philosophy will help provide the listeners clarity on the history and purpose of humanity.
Dr Kathy Kangarloo (Ph.D. in Esoteric Studies) is the founder of "emerging Om" in Tustin California/USA.
She has taught and practiced yoga, Reiki, and meditation for over 25 years in the United States and across the world. During years in India, particularly while studying in a Reiki hospital in Madras, Kathy learned of the boundless opportunities offered by this practice. She then developed "Yukt Yoga" which is a combination of Hatha yoga, deep breathing, soft movements, Mindful meditation, Qi- Gong and Reiki. Yukt Yoga dedicated to healing in all its forms: spiritual, emotional, mental, and physical.
What is "Yukt Yoga"?
Dr. Kathy believes that yoga is not about touching your toes or bending your knees. It is about touching many hearts in the world. Yukt yoga is based on compassion, kindness and devotion. Yukt yoga is the strength of male energy combined with the softness of female energy. It is the union of God and the Goddess. It is the merge of Yin and Yang...it is the sacred link between Shiva and Shakti...it is all about bringing balance to your daily life. It is practical and simple. The foundation of "Yukt Yoga" is the law of Ahimsa or non-violence. Non- violence towards the self and others, in thoughts, words and action. "Yukt Yoga" is not only an exercise , it is a way of life. It is the art of communication with the universal life force energy through full body movements... You cannot do it...you can only be it!
Classes during International Yoga Festival : Duration 90 minutes:
Classes offered at the conference will be based on the healing principals of "Yukt Yoga":
1-We begin the session by deep breathing to bring the mind home, to release it and relax
2-Chanting 108 sacred "OM" to open the chakras and to expand the aura (the field of energy around each individual...your sacred space)
3-Learning the 7 major mudras for abundance of healing &happiness.
4-Qi- Gong movements to get rid of stagnant energy and to welcome a fresh flow of energy to your body, mind and soul
5-Fluid movements based on the poses of Hatha yoga
6-Forgiveness prayer for individual and world peace
7-Corps pose in silence for rejuvenation &Renewal in all levels: physical, emotional, mental and spiritual
8-We finish the session with powerful positive affirmations
Born in Southern California in 1973, Mykal loved to draw animals as a young child,
specifically focusing on owls. Upon graduating from Otis College of Art & Design,
he went to work for Warner Bros. Pictures as an art director in feature film
advertising. After many years of deep exploring and opening to his inner Self,
Mykal was inspired one day in 2003 to begin expressing his inner universe, through
paintings that reflected his intrinsic passion for the Divine Radiance and Beauty
that we all are, as Human Beings.
The experience that Mykal will offer at the festival consists of four parts. They are:
1-An introductory talk about the vibrational centers in the body, their significance and how they support us in our daily lives and experiences.
2-The viewing of my paintings titled "Light- Seven: Sacred Portraits of the Chakras", which would be displayed via projection
3- Free-form movement to open the body and activate its energy channels and
4- A guided meditation journey through the vibrational centers ofthe body, accompanied by live, soul-inspiring music.
Natwar is an expert in the field of Yoga therapy and Naturopathy. He did his PG Diploma in Yoga Education from Rajasthan University, Jaipur and Diploma in Yoga Therapy and Naturopathy from Gandhi National Academy of Naturopathy, Delhi. He has worked in close association with Kaivalyadham, Lonavala to implement Yoga education programs in schools as part of an Indian government initiative. He deepened his understanding of asanas and their therapeutic benefits under the guidance of Swami Rudradev Gowda, a direct disciple of BKS Iyengar. He is currently working as a Yoga therapist and Naturopath in Jaipur, India.
At the International Yoga Week 2015, Natwar will be conducting 2 interactive sessions on Yoga Therapy
Akhilesh Pandey hails from Rishikesh and his interest in Yoga began since his childhood. Although a graduate from the Commerce field, Akhilesh did not find fulfillment in life and had a feeling of detachment for the material world. Through a friend's recommendation he found mental, physical and spiritual fulfilment through Yoga. Akhilesh has now been a professional Yoga teacher since 2005. His working experience has taken him to many parts of the world and he has taught Yoga at various wellness retreats including Ananda in the Himalyas. Akhilesh's approach to Yoga is very holistic and down to earth.
Akhilesh will be conducting early morning Hatha Yoga, Pranayam and Shatkarma sessions during the week long programme.
Deepti is a visiting faculty at Rishikesh yog peeth. She completed her RYT 200 training in Hatha Yoga at Rishikesh Yog Peeth. She has been teaching at Yog Gugu, Noida for the past 4 years and has also had a stint at JP Sports Club, Noida. She loves focusing on alignment and in giving scientific explanations for the effects of yogic postures. She mixes different styles and structures classes as per the specific requirements of the students.
Deepti will be conducting evening Hatha Yoga, Pranayam and Meditation sessions during the week long programme as well as holding a few meditation sessions during the festival..
Deepa is a resident yoga instructor at Rishikesh Yog Peeth. She has done M.A. in Economics and PGDBA in Finance. After completing 200-hour yoga teacher training in Hatha Yoga at Rishikesh Yog Peeth, she has done Diploma in Yoga Education (D.Y.Ed) from Kailavyadham Yoga Institute, Lonavala. She loves to focus on traditional approach of yoga and aims to make this ancient practice available to everyone.
Mukta is a trained yoga instructor from the Bihar School of Yoga in Munger, Bihar which is the world's first yoga university and has been associated with various important institutions like the Vishwa Bharati Yoga Sansthan, Delhi as well as the Sewa Niketan, Bhagalpur, Bihar. Mukta conducts yoga classes for people from all walks of life. Mukta loves motivating people, especially the younger generation, to understand the benefits of yoga from a very young age.
Mukta will be conducting evening Hatha Yoga, Pranayam and Meditation sessions during the week long programme.
Sherri Baptiste, who pioneered Baptiste Yoga and is the author of 'Yoga with Weights for Dummies' will be personally supervising the yoga sessions during the International Yoga Week 2015 .
During her sessions you can learn vital tips for sequencing postures and developing seamless transitions while skillfully and carefully practicing a flowing series of breath-based yoga postures. Practice includes warm-up, warm-down and a final guided meditation. Discover how to enhance physical and mental strength, balance, flexibility and tone, while cultivating energy, a beautiful body and an inspired state of being.
This workshop includes postures for:
Sequencing: sequential warm up and transitions Awakening your core: bondas and arches Building your foundation: standing postures Breathwork: a variety of techniques Warm down: deep release technqiues meditation: mindfulness insights and guided meditation practice
Charley Hiroshi Miyamoto has had an interesting life. He started as a member of the staff in the famous 1970s UK Rock music group called "Emerson, Lake & Palmer" where was a percussion artist. Miyamoto visited India many times since the 1980s and started playing music at various Ashrams during the sat sangs. Miyamoto then produced many Peace Concerts in Japan, the most famous of them being the Peace concert of Maruki Art Museum as well as various music concerts in support for Nepal, Afghanistan, Philippines, Tibet etc. These days he lives in Dehradun and is working on spiritual mind care music with which he is experimenting at many hospitals. He will be playing live at the International Yoga Week 2015..
Yogi Dr. Amrit Raj is a fourth generation Ayurvedic Doctor and Certified 500 Hours Yoga Teacher from Yoga Alliance USA. Yogi Dr. Amrit Raj has visited given lectures, seminars, and classes on Ayurveda and yoga in such places as the United Nations, , Various Hindu Temples, Yoga Studios, Ashrams and Spas. He is a Honourary visiting professor in Dinacharya Ayurvedic Institute in New York. Yogi Dr. Amrit Raj has been featured onrelaxdoc.com giving a stress management series to oncologists in the United States. Outside India he provides spiritual retreats and Yoga Camps only whereas in India he provides spiritual and Ayurvedic lifestyle consultations at the Arogyadham Center. In 2008 he was the key speaker at the Punarnava Ayurveda & Yoga International conference . He is the founder of Maa Yoga Ashram in Rishikesh (Himalayas) where he conducts Yoga and Ayurveda Retreats
Dr Amrit will be conducting open sessions on Ayurvedic Nutrition and Wellness during the meals at the International Yoga Week and he will guide you through the specific foods for different Doshas (body types).
"The Vina Maharaj School of Music which is known for its expertise in the instruments sitar, tabla, harmonium and flute. Every evening before dinner you will get to witness the musical prowess of the artists of this institution. Participants will get to witness all forms of Indian classical music - from vocalists to instrumentalists. Classical instrumentalists on display during the festival will include Sitar players, Table players, Sarangi players among various other ancillary instrumentalists presenting the audience with a collection of rhythms and symphonies from across the length and breadth of India."
BHUWAN PRASAD - Bhuwan Prasad is the founder of the Nad Yoga Trust in Rishikesh and also manages the Veena Maharaja Music School. Bhuwan is himself a professional classical Indian Musician with mastery in playing the sitar. He has graced many audiences with his music in India and abroad. He participates in many charitable projects in Rishikesh and collaborates with Yoga and awareness for mankind