Guest Profiles

Ross Thompson - Classical Guitarist

According to Ayurveda & Yoga and Voice America features the music of Ross Thompson, a well-known accomplished classical guitarist on the faculty of the San Francisco Conservatory of Music preparatory division. Ross studied music at the Conservatory of Music in San Francisco, completed his Master’s degree there and at the Royal College of Music in London, UK. His dedication and excellence as a professor of guitar has earned him an honorary seat dedicated in his name in the San Fransisco Conservatory of Music, Caroline H. Hume Concert Hall. In addition to performances of repertoire and original work, Mr Thompson has taught classes throughout the world including Germany, Argentina, Peru, Uruguay and South Korea. He plays selections from his CD’s “Dreaming” and “Winter’s Book” in the background music of all According To Ayurveda & Yoga videos. “Ross Thompson Publications” (ERT) printed music catalog includes over one thousand pages of original compositions and a discography of seven recordings. The entire catalog of printed music is available for download at http://issuu.com/ertpublications www.rossthompson.com CLICK ON THE PHOTOGRAPH TO REACH HIS SITE.

Dr. Satya Narayana Das - Vedic Philosopher And Teacher

Dr Satya Narayana Dasa is the director of the JIVA institute of Vedic Studies in Vrindavan, India. As a child he was drawn to the spiritual traditions of his homeland and after receiving a postgraduate degree at  IIT Delhi and working in the US as a software engineer for four years, he returned to India to dedicate himself to Bhakti Yoga. He studied the formal systems of Indian philosophy under his gurus Shri Haridasa, Shastri Maharaja and Swami Shyama Sharana Maharaja for over twenty five years. He has earned four Shastric degrees, a law degree and a PhD in Sanskrit from Agra University in India. Dr Satya Narayana was honored by the President of India in 2013 for his extraordinary contribution to Vedic culture and philosophy worldwide.  He has translated ancient Vedic Philosophy texts and published with commentary which articulate the metaphysics and theology of Vaisnavism. He teaches Vedic Philosophy in India, Europe and USA and is visiting professor at Rutgers University NJ, USA. PLEASE CLICK ON THE PHOTOGRAPH TO VIEW THE SITE www.jiva.org

Dr. Raghavan Ramankutty - Ayurvedic Physician

An Ayurvedic physician was brought up and educated in India. He began his education in ayurveda at nine years and studied medicine nationally and internationally for over 14 years. He was trained in the unique Dathathreya heritage’s pulse diagnosis and ayurveda pharmacology tradition. He has practiced ayurveda over 46 years in India, Germany, UK, UAE and Sweden. He owns an Ayurveda therapy center in India, and is building the world’s first ayurvedic emergency care hospital. He has successfully managed critical and chronic disease in all branches of ayurveda. and now specialized in chronic neuromuscular diseases. He has recently opened a clinic in Monte Negro. He is a member of the Medical Council of India (MCI), Global Association of Physicians of Indian Origin (GAPIO), European Ayureda Medical Association (EURAMA), USA National Ayurveda Medical Association (NAMA) and British Association of Accredited Ayurvedic Practitioners (BAAAP) PLEASE CLICK ON THE PICTURE TO ACCESS http://dathathreya-ayurveda.com/

Dr. C.V. Ravindranath - Businessman And Vedic Philosopher

Dr. CV Ravindranath Ph.D. in management and in philosophy was born in Sri Lanka and began his career in hotel management. He is presently CMD of Krishna Jewels, Krishna Beach Resort, Kairali Books and Managing Trustee of Shivoham Temple of Consciousness in Kannur, Kerala, South India. Since 2001 he has been writing and publishing, poetry, prose and short stories. He received The International Poet of Merit award from ISP (USA) His works are taught at leading universities word-wide. His best works are Premanjali (poetry) The Secret of Secrets (prose) and Neelachela (short stories). His research works are Transcendence of Consciousness to Highest Realms of Truth through Yoga and Meditation for Universal Harmony (2006) at Madurai Kamaraj University, The Importance of Spiritual Intelligence in Business Management (2014) at The Open International University, The Prospects of Meditative Techniques in Transforming Socio–Personal Domains of Fundamentalism (2013) at Kannur University. PLEASE CLICK ON THE PHOTOGRAPH TO VIEW THE SITE http://www.kairalibooksonline.com/

Geoff Lawton - Permaculture Expert

Geoff Lawton is an internationally renowned permaculture designer, teacher and consultantin over thirty five countries. His consultancy work includes Greening the Desert project of Masdar City, United Arab Emirates,rehydration strategies of Hadramaut and Yemen deserts and redesigning of an army ammunitions manufacturing plantas an eco industrial park for the US Army Corps of Engineers. He directed and rebuilt a village project for Kurds in Iraq using fifty three straw bale houses. He has produced thousands of active permaculture designs in all climates around the world. The UN, government agencies and aid organizations as well as development companies and individuals use his expertise on permaculture science design. Geoff has established a network of global education centers and demonstration sites linked by some of the largest permaculture websites in the world. Geoff established the Permaculture Research Institute and two websitesto network mainframe information worldwide. PLEASE CLICK ON THE PHOTOGRAPH TO CONNECT TO THE SITE http://www.geofflawton.com/sp/13753-sales-page OTHER WEB LINKS www.permaculturenews.org, www.geofflawton.com

Karta Purkh Singh Khalsa - Alternative Healing Expert

Karta Purkh Singh Khalsa, Yogaraj (Ayurveda), DN-C, RH, CAP, LMT, NCTMB, CC, has over 40 years of experience in alternative medicine, and is one of the foremost alternative healing experts in North America. He is a state certified dietitian and nationally registered herbalist, nationally certified massage therapist, a certified education provider for The National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork and the Florida State Board of Massage Therapy and senior editor for The Harvard University Natural Standard. Khalsa is president of the American Herbalists Guild, director of the National Ayurvedic Medicine Association and is a respected teacher, writer and lecturer who has presented at over 200 national conferences and is featured in 15 DVD continuing education courses. He has authored or edited 30 books, including his latest, The Way of Ayurvedic Herbs. Khalsa is a professor at Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and faculty member in the Botanical Medicine Department of Bastyr University and National College of Natural Medicine, where he trains naturopathic medical students. Khalsa served as Senior Research Scientist and Chief Medical Formulator for Yogi Tea for 30 years. PLEASE CLICK ON THE PHOTOGRAPH TO CONNECT TO THE SITE http://www.internationalintegrative.com/

Yogacharya Harish Mohan - Traditional Yoga Therapist

Yogacharya (yoga teacher) Harish Mohan is a traditional yoga therapist working at the JIVA Institute in Faridabad, Haryana, India. He has practiced yoga for over 30 years, it has been an integral part of his life since childhood. Yoga is a continuous learning process of self-awakening and realization for him, a path which began with his guru Padamshri Bharat Bhushan. As a yoga teacher, he organizes camps for children, young people and aging adults, and does workshops on stress management. He has been honored by the “Public School Welfare Society” and received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the “Resident Welfare Society” for his services to social welfare and education. He recently published a book "Prerak Kathayen” a series of inspirational stories related to yoga, published in Hindi by www.jiva.com which has had excellent reviews. He writes articles for newspapers and for "Paramayu" an Ayurveda based Magazine. His aim is for everyone to stay healthy by practicing traditional yoga. PLEASE CLICK ON THE PHOTOGRAPH TO CONNECT TO THE WEB-SITE FOR BOOKS www.jiva.com

Dr. Partap Chauhan - Ayurvedic Physician

Dr. Partap Chauhan is founder of JIVA Ayurveda based in Faridabad, near Delhi, India. JIVA has a school where young students can learn Vedic principles and as well as courses in Ayurveda, Dr. Chauhan offers on-line, telephone and personal consultations. When he started the world’s first on-line Ayurvedic tele-medicine in 1995, he was a pioneer. JIVA now employs more than one hundred and fifty Ayurvedic physicians in their call center which serves over five thousand patients a day. This not only brings health solutions to local communities, but puts the people in charge of their health. Dr. Chauhan runs television health shows on five major channels and his programs are viewed by millions of people in India and overseas. Dr. Chauhan travels all over the world bringing the message of Ayurveda to ordinary people. He has won National and International Awards for his services to Ayurveda and the “United Nations’s World Summit Award” in 2003 for his Teledoc project on rural medicine. PLEASE CLICK ON THE PHOTOGRAPH TO CONNECT TO THE WEB-SITE www.jiva.com

Jaya Devi Ph.D. - Sanskrit Scholar

Jaya Devi has a PH.D. in Sanskrit. Originally from Belgium, Jaya found her spiritual home in India as a disciple of Sri Satyanarayana Dasa Babaji, the founder-director of the JIVA Institute of Vaishnava studies in Vrindavan, U.P. India. For the past ten years she has been secretary of the JIVA institute where she manages the library, coordinates seminars, cultural activities and runs inspirational workshops and projects for women in India and Europe. Even though strongly drawn to Indian culture, she was unable to accept the common beliefs about women, questioning whether they were actually rooted in Vedic teachings. Her book “From Taj to Vraj” reveals the feminine nature of the soul and its relationship with the Divine. In the book her philosophy comes to life as she shares her personal journey where she found the true meaning of love and happiness. Her inspiration is to facilitate modern women in honoring feminine spiritual qualities and in recognizing their inner strengths as women. Click on Jaya’s photograph to connect to her web-site www.spiritualfemininity.org She can be found on Facebook.

Terra Rafael - Ayurvedic Practitioner

In her career as a midwife Terra Rafael attended hundreds of home deliveries between 1981 and 2001, was a teacher of over one hundred and fifty midwifery students and apprenticed many in her practice. In 2001 she retired and certified as an ayurvedic practitioner through Alandi Ayurveda Gurukula, and became a certified practitioner of “Arvigo Techniques of Maya Abdominal Therapy.” She founded holistic health practices “WiseWomanhood” in 2001 in Lafayette Colorado and “Roots of Wellness Ayurveda” in Boulder, Colorado. She currently serves on the Colorado Ayurvedic Medicine Association board and teaches at “Sacred Window for Maternal Child Health”. She has written for several related publications and “Ayurveda for the Childbearing Years” is her latest book. Terra has two grown up and married children and two grown stepsons living in California. She and her husband Victor live in Lafayette, Colorado with her stepson who is in middle school. Her hobbies include photography and poetry. Clicking on Terra’s photograph to order her book. Terra’s web-sites www.wisewoman.com on Youtube www.youtube.com/wisewomanhood You can order her book at the Amazon link http://www.amazon.com/Ayurveda-Childbearing-Years-Terra-Rafael/dp/0557147034

Ann Holaday - Ayurvedic Professional

Ann Holaday, an ayurvedic professional whose passion is to tell the world about the amazing powers of ayurveda and yoga. She was born, brought up and educated in Britain and now lives in Washington State. She has three grownup children and two grandsons. Her career was in radiation therapy where she was an educator, manager and practitioner. She is the author of “The Mountain Never Cries,” and a teacher of English as a Second Language. She has been married twice, widowed twice and since the death of her second husband has traveled the world. She has lived in Puerto Rico, New Zealand, India, Britain and US. Ayurveda found her in India when she was captured by the timeless knowledge of life. She studied under Dr David Frawley and Dr Vasant Lad in the US, and JIVA Institute and Ayurveda College in India. She is a professional member of NAMA and AAPNA. She is founder of According to Ayurveda and Yoga, an international association for the furtherance of ayurveda and yoga through education. annholaday@ataytv.com, Facebook - According To Ayurveda & Yoga, Ann Holaday at Linkedin

Melanie Sachs - Ayurvedic Spa Specialist

Melanie Sachs trained as an occupational therapist in the UK and pursued her interest in nutrition in the USA until she graduated from the Ayurvedic Institute in 1988. She and her husband Robert became directors of Diamond Way Ayurveda, a company which provides Ayurvedic Health and beauty consultations to spas and educational institutions worldwide. “Diamond Way” means “our path to the highest joy is through helping others” Over the last twenty years they have focused on the integration of Tibetan and Indian Ayurvedic Wellness techniques to bring deep benefits of sacred healing to students, clients and the beauty industry worldwide. Through her writing and teachings, Melanie demonstrates that we can discover personal happiness and lasting radiance by following ayurvedic diet and lifestyle principles and natural skin care to achieve inner and outer beauty. They have co-authored “Ayurvedic Beauty Care” and “Ayurvedic Spa”, educational DVD’s and written numerous magazine articles. http://www.lotuspress.com/ http://www.diamondwayayurveda.com/

Dr. Acharya Jaimini - Sitar Player - Music Therapist

“Dr. Acharya Trigunateet Jaimini is a well known “Sitar Maestro” and Ph.D of extraordinary education and experience, with a lifetime of dedication to traditional Indian music. He is recognized internationally as a performer with exceptional skill and has been selected three times as the world’s record holder, in “World Amazing Book of Records”. In the India & Limke Book of Records he received a special honor as “The Youngest Sitar Performer with the Toughest Mathematical Rhythms”. He is the Ph.D resident guide to music students and research scholars at the “University Grant Commission” where he lectures and demonstrates at music research seminars. In conjunction with Italian guitarist D Turi he developed contemporary fusion music for background scores in fashion shows in Berlin, Germany. He developed a special technique in music therapy for the treatment of mental disorders using particular sitar musical arrangements, and is well known in psychiatric circles for his work in this area. Dr Jaimini is on Facebook https://www.onepoint.fm/acharyajaimini/ KICK ON PHOTO TO VIEW SITE

Sonia Masocco - Phytotherapist

After a successful career with an Italian fashion company and many years of travel, Sonia Masocco now studies and practices natural healing modalities. She qualified in Aromatherapy, Reflexology and Massage Therapy from the “International Therapy Examination Council” and studied Clinical Aromatherapy and Herbology. She completed the Ayurveda and Gurukula Program at “Ayurvedic Institute” in Albuquerque, New Mexico and in India. Sonia is a professional member of the “National Association of Holistic Aromatherapy” the “American Herbalist Guild” the “National Ayurvedic Medical Association” and the “Association of Ayurvedic Professionals of North America”. Sonia maintains a private Phytotherapy practice in Albuquerque where clients and students are educated in the use of plant medicine. She teaches her passion for integrative medicine worldwide and at the University of Mexico where students have experience in Herbalism, Ayurveda, Aromatherapy, Lymph Drainage Therapy and Food as Medicine. For more information please visit: www.soniamasocco.com

Madan Thangavelu Ph.D Molecular Genetics - University Of Cambridge, UK

Madan was born in 1959 in Trivandrum Kerala, India. He holds a Bachelor’s in Agriculture and a Master’s in Plant Breeding and Genetics from Haryana Agricultural University, India. As an Inlaks Foundation Scholar his Ph.D. was in Molecular Genetics and post-doctoral research in plant, fungal, bacterial and human cancer genomics. His current research is the development of single DNA molecule and single cell techniques for genome analysis. He is a Leverhulme Foundation Research Fellow at the Medical Research Council Laboratory of Molecular Biology and Research at MRC- Cancer Cell Unit and Department of Oncology, University of Cambridge. In this capacity, he developed approaches of single DNA molecule and single cells for analysis of dynamics and genome variation and Molecular Copy Counting technique. These techniques provide insights into the highly plastic nature of the nuclear and mitochondrial genomes and the epigenome and ways to map and describe the dynamics of DNA changes in aging and human disease including cancer, cardiovascular, metabolic and various inherited diseases. The techniques point to uncertainty in biology which calls for complementary approaches for appreciating human health and disease particularly in the highly intractable areas of human aging, psychosomatic diseases and complexes where direct approaches are unlikely to yield results. He was Consultant to MRC and involved in business development activities on behalf of MRC Technology and for Cambridge Genomics Ltd.

Vaidya Urvashi Chhimwal - Ayurvedic Physician

Urvashi is an Ayurvedic Professional devoted to spreading the message of Health and Wellness through Ayurveda. She began her studies in Ayurvedic Health Sciences in 2006 at the Rishikul Govt. Ayurvedic P.G. College in the holy city of Haridwar. one of the oldest and most renowned Ayurveda Colleges in India. In college she was always amongst the top scorers the apple of her teachers’ eyes. Urvashi has attended several National & International Seminars on Ayurveda presented many scientific papers and published articles in National level Health Magazines. Also has had an interview published in a leading Hindi Newspaper. After six years of continuous hard work acquiring practical and theoretical knowledge of Ayurveda, she moved to New Delhi where she learned more practical aspects of Ayurveda including Naadi Vigyan under the guidance of Vaidya Acharya T.C. Sharma. She worked as Ayurvedic Practitioner in a famous Delhi based Health Clinic. She is now working at “Himalaya Drug Company” which is an established scientific and evidence based Herbal Company where she provides patient consultations for “Himalaya” Customers in the entire region of Delhi, Haryana, Punjab, J & K and H.P.

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