12th Conference – Dec 12 -14, 2014, FL, USA

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12th International Conference on “Spirituality and Healing in Ayurveda & Yoga”, organized by Global Ayurveda Conferences, LLC on Friday to Sunday, December 12 to 14, 2014 (3 days) at The Hindu Temple of Central Florida, 1994 Lake Drive, Casselberry (Near Orlando), FL 32707, USA.


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The nearest major airport is Orlando Sanford International Airport (SFB / KSFB). This airport has international and domestic flights from Sanford, Florida and is 11 miles from the center of Casselberry, FL.

Another major airport is Orlando International Airport (MCO / KMCO), which has international and domestic flights from Orlando, Florida and is 19 miles from Casselberry, FL.


Anil D. Deshpande, M.S., M.B.A., Florida, USA is an entrepreneur and a real estate developer based in Orlando, Florida. He has 40 years of commercial, industrial and residential development and construction experience. From 1972 to 1983 he was involved in a wide range of commercial projects including hospitals, office buildings, hotels, institutional buildings, prisons and industrial plants. He served as a project manager of the Orlando International Airport. Mr. Deshpande co-founded Park Square Homes in 1984, growing it to be the 69th larges home builder in the United States, with sales of over 1200 homes in 2004. Mr. Deshpande has been involved in commercial projects in central Florida and India. Mr. Deshpande is a founding Board Member of Seaside National Bank and Trust based in Orlando. He also is a partner in two IT firms. Mr. Desphpande has been involved with many arts and philanthropic foundations both in the United States and India. He started the India Study Center at the University of Central Florida in Orlando. He has been on the Boards of the Indian Chamber of Commerce, as well as the Hindu Society. He established a Family Foundation and contributes to many activities in India and the United States in the areas of Education and other social interests. Mr. Deshpande has a B.S. degree in Civil Engineering from M.S.U. in Baroda, India and M.S. degree in Construction Management from the University of Florida. He also has a Executive MBA from Harvard Business School. Mr. Desphpande resides in Orlando with his Chitra. They have two daughters and one son.


1. How Yoga and Ayurveda Connect You to Your Inner Healer – Yogi Amrit Desai, Salt Springs, Florida, USA
2. Spiritual Foundation of Ayurveda & Yoga – Dr. Gururaj Mutalik, M.D., Orlando/Sarasota, Florida, USA
3. Self Realization Through Ayurveda – Dr. Vijay Jain, M.D. Palm Coast, Florida, USA
4. Where spirituality begins all Equations in Ayurveda go to Zero – Dr. Shanmugamurthy Lakshmanan, PhD, Boston, Massachusetts, USA

Yogi Amrit Desai, Florida, USA is a world-renowned yoga master, seminar leader and author in the field of yoga and holistic living. He began teaching yoga in 1960 and is one of the earliest pioneers that brought yoga to this country. In 1966 he established the Yoga Society of Pennsylvania. By 1970, he had trained 50 yoga teachers and more than 2,500 students participated in the in-depth teachings he provided. It became one of the largest yoga centers at the time in America. In 1970, Gurudev experienced a kundalini awakening that completely altered the way he practiced and taught yoga. Out of this experience, he developed the inner dimension to the practice of yoga and called it Kripalu Yoga, Meditation in Motion. In 1971, he founded Kripalu Ashram Program Center in Sumneytown PA. This center grew to 65 resident staff. In 1976 he opened a Kripalu program center in Summit Station PA which grew to be 170 volunteer resident staff and in 1983 it grew into the Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health in Massachusetts. This became one of the largest spiritual and holistic health centers in North America with 350 volunteer resident staff. Kripalu yoga became so widely adopted that today there are more than 6,000 certified yoga teachers and hundreds of thousands of practitioners all over the world. Gurudev has been repeatedly honored both in the U.S. and abroad with rare titles such as Doctor of Yoga by H.H. Jagadaguru Shankracharya and the Vishwa Yoga Ratna awarded by the President of India. Gurudev was repeatedly invited by the European yoga teachers association in Zinal, Switzerland to train more than 700 yoga teachers annually throughout Europe, China, Russia, Japan and Canada. Most recently in 2014 Gurudev was honored with International Yoga Grand Master by H.H. Jagat Guru Amrta Suryananda Maha Raja of the Portugese Yoga Confederation, an award that has only been conferred upon two others: BKS Iyengar and Dr. Nagendra. In 2000, Gurudev founded and continues to teach at the Amrit Yoga Institute in Salt Springs Florida, where the dominant focus is on meditative awareness. This added dimension extends the benefits beyond the body, creating new possibilities to widen the range of therapeutic applications and opportunities for healing professionals and anyone on the path of self-discovery.

Keynote Presentation Topic: “How Yoga and Ayurveda Connect You to Your Inner Healer”

Abstract: Yoga and Ayurveda are sister sciences. If you understand yoga, you will understand the core values, practice, and therapies of Ayurveda. Yoga begins with the inward focus of meditation and Ayurveda begins with the restoration of balance within your body; which we call vata, pitta, kapha and sattva, rajas, and tamas. These are all forms of energy/prana. Prana is the link to your soul, the true self that you are. You cannot practice yoga or Ayurveda without connecting to prana, to your soul within. Prana can be used for evolution or to reinforce unconsciousness. When we identify with the ego-mind, we move further from the evolutionary process and into the collective unconscious. Pragnya Aparadh in Ayurveda refers to the heavy abuse of the body, the inability to discriminate between what is good for the body and what is not. Consciousness and prana link to Source that restores health and balance in vata, pita and kapha constitutions. Being established in this Source is what Ayurveda calls Swasthya. External symptoms or the effects of ama in the intestines, organs, and tissues continues to increase under stress. Ayurveda relieves these effects. Yoga practice removes the hidden cause creating the symptoms. Both are connected to Source. You can say that yoga works on the inside out and Ayurveda works from the outside in.

Dr. Gururaj S. Mutalik, M.D. F.A.M.S., Florida, USA comes from an orthodox Vedic family in Karnataka, India. His father was a renowned Ayurvedic physician and Vedic scholar. Dr. Mutalik is an internationally known physician. He has served as a Professor, Chair and Dean at one the oldest medical schools in India, Director general of Health services, Maharashtra state and Director of Various offices in World Health Organization (WHO) at Delhi, Geneva and New York. Later, he worked as Chief Executive Officer(CEO) of IPPNW International Physicians for Prevention of Nuclear War – during 1990’s. IPPNW received Noble Peace Prize in 1985. Preserving his Vedic heritage, Dr. Mutalik has continued to be a student and scholar of Vedanta and Ayurveda studies. While working as a director of comprehensive Health Care in WHO SEARO, he was an earnest advocate of Ayurveda-Yoga and significantly contributed for recognition by WHO of Ayurveda as a legitimate discipline of health sciences. This led in early 1980’s for launching a clinical trial of Ayurveda treatment of Rheumatic Arthritis, at a center in Kerala India, under WHO sponsorship. With his worldwide perspective derived from his working at World Health Organization, he brings unique insights to the deliberations on what constitutes the essence of spiritual foundation of Yoga and Ayurveda. He lives a simple spiritual life at Sarasota, Florida. Presently he is devoting his time to building a world class web project called Ancient Indian Wisdom sponsored by Jijnyasa Foundation for Education and Research, Orlando, Florida, Which includes a major section of Ayurveda and Yoga.

Keynote Presentation Topic: “Spiritual Foundation of Ayurveda & Yoga”

Abstract: Ayur-Veda and Yoga are two ancient Indian wisdom disciplines, organically and inextricably intertwined, founded on a common and firm spiritual base. The edifice of their body mind meld is raised on the bed rock of spirituality. The oft repeated statement reads: (शरीरमाद्यं खलु धर्मसाधनम्) looks at the indispensability of wellness and health as a means to attain a critical level of spirituality.
By the same token the scope of Ayur-Veda is a discipline promulgated to attain all the Purushartha’s.
Aayuh kamayamanena Dharmartha-sukha-sadhanam (आयुःकामयमानेन धर्मार्थ-सुख-साधनम्)
Ayurvedopadesheshu vishyah paramarthatah/ paramadarah (आयुर्वेदोपदेशेषु विषयः परमार्थतः/परमादरः)|)
Charaka defines the fundamental premise of Ayur-Veda:
Dharmartam, nartha-kamartham, Ayurvedo Maharshibhih (धर्मार्थं,नाऽऽर्थकामार्थं,आयुर्वेदो महर्षिभिः||)
Prakashito Dharmaparaih, icchadbhih sthanm-aksharam (प्रकाशितो धर्मपरैः इच्छद्भिः स्थानमक्षरम्॥)
The great Sages anchored to Dharma, propounded Ayurveda as a gateway for spiritual attainment sthanam-aksharam, intentionally prioritizing Dharma practice and promotion. The discipline was not intended to promote artha and kama. Patanjali the founder of Yoga defines the practical foundation of Yoga in similar terms. Here again the precepts and practices of yoga rest on the eight pillars of inner spirituality, commonly known as eight limbs – Ashtanga of yoga.
Yama-niyama-aasana-pranaayaama –dharanaa –dhyaana –samadhayo ashtau angaani (यम-नियम-आसन-प्राणायाम-धारणा ध्यान -समाधयो अष्टौ अङ्गानि). In contemporary society there are many distortions of these twin doctrines, traditionally set goals and values. These holistic value- frame guidelines are derived by Ayur-Veda and Yoga from Vedas, for ensuring a healthy body-mind combine, as an instrument for practice of Dharma. It is common practice to rave about the miracles of modern medicine and the progress we have made in conquest of communicable diseases, reduction of morbidity and mortality and increase in longevity that we have attained. But behind this apparent progress, lies an ever progressive reductionism – a disconnect paradigm which treats patients as an object and not a subject. Commercialism has displaced holistic compassion, converting in its wake a noble profession of a Vaidya into a gross trade. In this scenario, Ayur-Veda is equated to herbal medicine and Yoga, as a street corner body work-shop. These and many other connected issues will be discussed in this key note presentation.

Dr. Vijay Jain, M.D. Florida, USA brings more than 30 years of experience in General Surgery and 10 years of focused study of integrative medicine to his engaging integration of traditional/Western medicine with ancient medicine and well-tried systems of healing from different cultures. He has studied mind/body medicine with Dr. Deepak Chopra, MD, Yoga Therapy from Vivekenanda Research Center in Bangalore, India and courses in Ayurveda medicine with Dr. Sunil Joshi in Nagpur, India and courses in Integrative Medicine with Dr. Andrew Weil in Tucson, AZ. In addition to his surgery practice, Dr. Jain lectures on Ayurveda Principles and Practices, and how to create Optimal Health. Recently, he has become interested in the science of graceful aging as it relates to holistic practices. At present, Dr Jain is Medical Director of Amrit Ayurveda for Total Well-being and conducts all Panchakarma programs and founding directors of International University of Yoga and Ayurveda, Florida, USA.

Keynote Presentation Topic: “Self Realization Through Ayurveda”

Abstract: According to Ayurveda we are the end result of all our experiences metabolized in the past. In order to experience (experiencer) an experience (object), the process of experience (mind) has to be in the present moment. However, either because of preconditioned past or partially perceiving the experience, the totality of experience is not experienced. In addition, an ego mind leads to over indulgence in the material world that leads to a rajasic mind. Loss of connection to the true Self leads to choice making which is not of benefit to the mind body. This is defined as “pragynaapradh” in Ayurveda. By gradually calming the mind with yoga, pranayama, pratyhara (withdrawal of too much input from the environment ) and proper foods according to the constitution, one can move from Rajasic to Sattvic mind. By aligning the macro and microcosm, Ayurveda transforms less refined state of being in to sattvic state by paying attention and adapting to ongoing changes in the diurnal cycles and seasonal shifts. Purity in Ayurvedic sense, is the ongoing effort to purify the tissues (Dhatus) of accumulated impurities in order to make living both more comfortable and more optimal. Through dietary, lifestyle and purification techniques, one can achieve physical purity. A self care (Swadhya) is supported which includes pranayama and meditation and thus Ayurveda works on mind and consciousness. Such a reconnection between individual consciousness and consciousness in the external environment is the experiential basis of Satva which leads to Moksha and freedom. Ayurveda maintains living in a society and material world but with awareness and choice.

Dr. Shanmugamurthy Lakshmanan, PhD., Massachusetts, USA is a Research Scientist at Wellman Center for Photomedicine, Harvard Medical School, Massachusetts. His research focus is on Nanotechnology and Siddha- Ayurveda Photomedicine. He is a distinguished Scientific Advisor for the World Institute for Scientific Exploration and the Head of the Indian Division of Sciences. He is also the Editor-in-Chief of two peer reviewed international journals: 1) Ancient Science and 2) Ayurveda. Dr. Lakshmanan is also the Chair of the the Research and Development division of the Association of the Ayurvedic Physicians of North America(AAPNA-Harvard branch). Inspired by Sage-Scientist Vethathiri Maharishi’s effort towards bridging Physics with Philosophy, he established the World Community Service Center-USA in 2005. In the past he has organized several international conferences, workshops and seminars. He also introduced ancient agriculture and food technology via community vegetable gardens and community kitchen concepts in the United States. For the past twenty years he has been working on a paradigm shift theory using Ancient Indian Science that has potential to revolutionize the education curriculum of India and eventually the whole world. As part of this study he uses a new technique called biomagnetic induction method to raise Kundalini enregy. He has carried out in-vitro experiments and clinical studies on biomagnetic induction. Recently he received the Aryabhatta Award from AAPNA for his break through research in Ayurveda. Before taking his academic carrier Dr. Lakshmanan had personal training with many great Sage-Scientists of India including Yogiraj Vethathiri Maharishi, Sri Rajarajeswari Swamigal, Sri. Yogeshwara Pramahamsar, Sri. Sorubananda Swamigal, Sri. Sathyamoorthy and many more Sadhus and Sanaysis. He is now building ancient Science curriculum with the help of his MIT and Yale collaborators. He has so far conducted thousands of courses on ancient science and promoted it worldwide. He is associated with many organizations in the world that work for World Peace. He is a scientist, philosopher, editor, author, poet and farmer.

Keynote Presentation Topic: “Where spirituality begins all Equations in Ayurveda go to Zero”

Abstract: All equations in Ayurveda should go to zero. Though it is a stand alone ancient paradigm science, Ayurveda is closely associated with the immune system of the body and neuro-psychological factors of the brain.. According to principles of Sapta Dhatus, food consumed by and individual is converted into three types of Gunas which are directly associated with the psychological aspect of human mind(from an eastern sense).. The nature of Gunas is not only connected to food but also to several other factors such as rest, work, sex and thought force. Thought force can be tuned by certain inner engineering techniques such as Chakra attunement, bio magnetic inductive Kundalini raise etc. which reduces mental frequencies keeping it close to zero to nullify the Left Hand Side of the proposed equation.. This talk will reveal the connection between Ayurveda, Chakras and zero frequency consciousness. A clear knowledge about the Science of Ayurveda can guide to ultimate wisdom that will merge spirituality and science.


1. Patanjali Meditation Science, or how to pacify the mind and open the doors of Enlightenment – Dr. Bertrand Martin, M.D., M.P.H., C.Ayu. Vevey, Switzerland
2. The Importance of Spirituality for Maintenance of Health & Wellness – Dr. Shekhar Annambhotla, B.A.M.S., M.D.-Ayurveda, L.M.T., E.R.Y.T.-500, R.M.A.S., Pennsylvania, USA
3. Mindful Eating: Prana and Sattva via Food – Kristen Schneider, R.Y.T., C.A.P., Orlando, Florida, USA
4. Engage with the Sacred Power of Food – Lisa Joy Mitchell, R.Y.T., Raleigh, North Carolina, USA
5. Happiness and the power of intuition as a path to health well-being – Ambika Devi, M.A., E-R.Y.T., Jensen Beach, Florida, USA
6. Legal Guidelines for Ayurvedic & Yoga Practitioners – Anne Moore, JD, RYT-500, Englewood, Florida, USA
7. Vedic-Sanskrit: The Technical language of Ayur-Veda – Dr. BVK. Sastry, Ph.D., Sarasota, Florida, USA
8. The Art of Living Happiness Program – Dr. Kamsella Chetty, M.D., Durban, South Africa & Toronto, Canada
9. Ayurveda: Molecular Medicine of Spiritual Healing – Dr. Rahul Sharma, Ph.D., Baton Rouge, Louisiana, USA
10. Laughter Yoga – Michele Jain, R.Y.T, P.Y.T, C.H.C, R.A.L.C. Palm Coast, Florida, USA
11. Crucial role of Energy Medicine in Psycho-Spiritual Syndromes (Every spiritual aspirant/health care practitioner should know) – Dr. Richa Joy Gundlapalli, M.D., Houston, Texas, USA
12. Human body – The link between medicine and spirituality – Dr. Nilesh Korde, BAMS, MD(Ayu), Goa, India
13. Role of ideal behavior in achieving elevated spiritual status – Dr. Gaurav Desai, BAMS, MD(Ayu), Goa, India
14. Symbiohealth: A Complete Healthcare System – Dr. Gopal Basisht, M.D., Orlando, Florida, USA
15. Time to restructure Ayurveda: In focus Artarv Updhatu – Dr. Ghan Shyam Vatsa, BAMS, MD (Ayu), New Delhi, India
16. As we are in our body so too we are in our lives – Sybil Nance, E-RYT-200 , CYT-800, IAYT, North Carolina, USA
17. Ayurvedic Psychology, The Role of Awareness in Healing, Carlo Monsanto, M.S., R.A.P.C. Miami, Florida, USA

Dr. Bertrand Martin, M.D., M.P.H., C.Ayu, Psychiatrist/Psychotherapist, Vevey, Switzerland graduated from the faculty of medicine of the University of Lausanne in 1973. He specialized in Public Health in Guatemala where he obtained a Master Degree in 1976. He then administered development and research programs in Saudi Arabia and Mali. He came back to Switzerland in 1988. He then undertook a specialization in psychiatry and psychotherapy and opened a medical practice in Lausanne. Due to his interest for Yoga which arose at the age of thirteen, he decided to formally study Ayurvedic medicine and Yoga at Banaras Hindu University (BHU) which unites under the same direction, allopathic and ayurvedic Dr Martin treats his patients with therapies integrating allopathic medicine, ayurvedic medicine, meditation and Yoga. He currently gives seminars on Ayurveda and meditation.

Presentation Topic: “Patanjali Meditation Science, or how to pacify the mind and open the doors of Enlightenment.”

Abstract: The word meditation covers a great number of techniques around the world. Patanjali has in his Sutras the practical knowledge on how to take the path to enlightenment. It is described in a concise form and can be considered as a summary for students receiving a practical teaching by a Master. This text is not understandable if one has not experienced its content, at least partially. This presentation will unfold the practical knowledge on how to practice Patanjali meditation and what are the expected results.


Gopal Basisht, M.D., Orlando, Florida, USA has been practicing medicine in the field of rheumatology in Orlando, Florida since 1976. For the last many years, Dr. Basisht’s opinion of current healthcare system is “Unsustainable in the long run”, primarily because; it is a disease management system and uses only “offense strategy” against disease. Dr. Basisht proposes a balanced system called “Symbiohealth” which uses a strategic combination of Allopathy (Offense strategy) and Ayurveda (Defense strategy). In last two years, with the help of almost a hundred Ayurvedic scholars in Indian Ayurvedic medical schools, Dr Basisht is working on bringing an on line new edition of Charak Samhita. Samhita is expected to be on line in 2015.

Presentation Topic: Symbiohealth: A Complete Healthcare System

Abstract: This talk is about a healthcare system, which is focused around the health of people to provide more effective treatment for disease, decreases toxicity to medicines, is cost effective and creates a healthier populace. This is against the current system, which is focused around disease management and has resulted in increased incidence of diseases, increased incidence of toxicity to medicines, and skyrocketing healthcare cost. The system is called Symbiohealth and uses strategic combination of allopathy and Ayurveda. Modern medicine or allopathy has state of the art diagnostic tools, surgical procedures and medicines with targeted effect on diseases representing the “offense “ strategy but lacks “defense” strategy. It has defense tactics in the form of vaccination and recently has been developing the mitigating factors for diseases with unknown etiology. We all know that no war or competitive sport can be won without an excellent defense strategy and good offense strategy. We can not win war against disease with only offense strategy.

Dr. Shekhar Annambhotla, B.A.M.S., M.D.-Ayurveda, L.M.T., R.M.A.S., E.R.Y.T.-500, C.R.H., C.P.H., a classically trained ayurvedic specialist, licensed integrative bodywork & massage therapist, registered yoga instructor, and certified Pranic healer has been practicing and teaching ayurveda worldwide since 1988. His passion and love for ayurveda fuels his vision for the development and growth of ayurveda, including creating and implementing high quality ayurvedic education and training programs in the west. It is Shekhar’s mission to bring ayurveda to the forefront of healing arts. With your support and encouragement, ayurveda will be accepted and integrated as a key complementary science to modern health care.

Presentation Topic: “The Importance of Spirituality for Maintenance of Health & Wellness”

Abstract: Spirituality is the key element of ayurveda and yogic sciences. For holistic health practitioners, cultivating and maintaining a spiritual practice is beneficial to success in helping others heal. Experienced healers understand that healing the whole person involves balancing him or her on all levels: physical, psychological, emotional, energetic, and spiritual. Only by taking all of these realms into account can the healer help his or her clients achieve everlasting balance. The same could be said for living. One needs to understand that everything in his or her life – be it vocation, relationships, or spiritual practice – is connected and part of that same life. When all of these things are working together, in unison, the MAGIC begins to happen!! This isn’t to say that there is a one-size-fits-all spirituality. Each individual’s way of framing meaning around his/her life and expressing gratitude for it is up to that individual. In its purest form, spirituality comes from the heart and provides the healer with a higher purpose, giving greater meaning to his/her work. Devoting one’s cause to something – anything beyond oneself – be it God, humanity, or the earth and her inhabitants – provides the healer with a powerful energy source that sustains his/her mission for far longer than could any material motivations. In yoga, ayurveda, and the healing arts, in particular, uniting one’s spiritual practice and vocation is crucial; one’s spirituality and one’s inner “calling” are synergistic: they go hand in hand. Coming from a place of gratitude and compassion, and possessing an ability to help others heal in some way, shape, or form, a healer’s potential is limitless. Clients feel this at a visceral level – the extra thought that goes into cooking a healthy meal for one’s client, or placing a warm hand upon their back, guiding them gently deeper into a pose. When one’s vocation and entire life is infused with spirituality, the possibilities are limitless.


Kristen Schneider, Orlando, Florida, USA is a graduate of UCF and Kripalu School of Ayurveda. She has traveled extensively and lived in Asia, China and India specifically. Kristen interned at the Chakrapani Research Center in Jaipur, India in 2013 and studied Pulse Analysis with Dr. Lad. Kristen owns Ayurveda Orlando in Lake Mary where she’s fostered and educated a lovely community of clients. Kristen leads Ayurveda educational workshops via Happy Healthy Dosha. Kristen is rooted in the Central Florida yoga community. She teaches at Full Circle Yoga in Winter Park, Guruv Yoga in Lake Mary and leads corporate, private and video classes.

Presentation Topic: Mindful Eating: Prana and Sattva via Food

Abstract: Prana is our life force. It’s powerful, necessary and delicate. We can gain prana through our food. Whole, freshly made meals cooked with love and eaten with care and gratitude help us obtain maximum prana. This prana gives us vitality, clarity and energy. Overly processed foods, “dead foods”, foods prepared in a state of anger or mindlessness, eaten in haste, in a rush and without gratitude can deplete our prana. Without prana we can feel fatigued and fall ill easily.Food can also strengthen or weaken our Sattvic nature. To feel Sattvic is to feel clear, content and calm. Whole foods like vegetables, fruits, grains and legumes create a Sattvic quality in the body and mind. Meat, spicy/fried foods and heavy/junk food disturb our mind/body and interrupt our Sattic nature. How and what we eat not only effects our body but also influences our mind. Learn how to nourish your mind and body. Gain tools to strengthen your Prana and feel Sattvic.


Lisa Joy Mitchell, North Carolina, USA is author of Sacred and Delicious: A Vegetarian Cookbook Inspired by Ayurveda. This book, celebrating the healing power of food and spices, will be released in 2015 (date TBA). Lisa is a writer and public speaker focused on food, health, and spirituality. She has facilitated meditation sessions since 1988. She is an Ayurvedic cooking teacher and wellness mentor, and she began studying Ayurvedic cooking with Dr. Vasant Lad in 1998, when she first participated in panchakarma programs at The Ayurvedic Institute in New Mexico. She has been mentored by Vaidya Ed Danaher, and she has spent time in India and the U.S. with the Ayurvedic pulse masters Pankaj Naram and his wife, Smita Naram, who is also a renowned Ayurvedic cook. In addition, Lisa also works with her husband, Dr. Thomas K. Mitchell, a chiropractic physician and Ayurvedic practitioner. Prior to entering the wellness field, Lisa had a 25-year career in journalism and public relations, serving a diverse array of nonprofit and corporate clients.

Presentation Topic: Engage with the Sacred Power of Food

Abstract: You may have heard the statement “food is sacred,” but have you explored this truth for yourself? Cookbook author Lisa Joy Mitchell shares the journey of self-discovery she undertook through cooking for family and friends. In her conference session, Lisa describes how to embrace cooking as a spiritual practice, and she discusses the impact of the food we eat—not only on the body but also on the mind and spirit. Lisa shares practical tips about how to apply ancient Ayurvedic principles to modern Western cuisines and how to use spices to balance the doshas when preparing favorite American foods. For those new to Ayurveda, she offers guidelines for making an easeful transition to an Ayurvedic diet and lifestyle. Participants in Lisa’s sessions have the opportunity to awaken to the sublime joy in cooking and eating healthful food.


Ambika Devi, M.A., E-R.Y.T., Florida, USA is a life-long Yogini who has been teaching many styles of yoga and meditation since she was a teen. Over the years many masters have infused her mind, body and spirit with their knowledge and love. Her passion is to deliver the true meaning of Yoga as a life-philosophy and teach the true purpose which is to release students from the confinement of the mind and give them an ease in the meditative state that carries into all aspects of life. As a result, she has many mystical ways to invite you into the timeless state of being.Ambika Devi is currently completing her Doctorate dissertation in Vak-Yoga at the Yoga-Samskrutham University where she is partnered with her professor Dr. B.V.K. Sastry as an educator and curriculum specialist in the Yoga-NEXT movement. Vak-Yoga is a unique method of using a harmonization of voice and breath which launches students quickly into the deep-trance-state of meditation. Ambika Devi’s holds a Master’s in Yoga Vedanta Education from the Hindu University of America. In addition her undergraduate degrees include a BFA and Teaching Degree from UArts, a BS in Astrology from NorthStar College of Astrological Studies and a title in TCM Meridian Therapy. She is a Reiki III High Master and a Shiatsu Master of Soku Riku. Her additional training includes a certification in Oriental Meridian Therapy, Reflexology, Hypnosis and NLP.Ambika Devi’s current work weaves Vedanta philosophy into every aspect of service, teaching and healing sessions. She believes that we honor our connection to the Great Divine through daily practices and that the breath and our sound hold the secret to being fully inspired, happy and healthy. This is expressed in everything she teaches and her daily practices of: giving thanks to the earth and sky, morning chants and deep meditation. She loves her morning walks in nature and inspired Yoga practice. Ambika Devi is a life-long Yogini who has been teaching many styles of yoga and meditation since she was a teen. Over the years many masters have infused her mind, body and spirit with their knowledge and love. Her passion is to deliver the true meaning of Yoga as a life-philosophy and teach the true purpose which is to release students from the confinement of the mind and give them an ease in the meditative state that carries into all aspects of life. As a result, she has many mystical ways to invite you into the timeless state of being.

Presentation Topic: Happiness and the power of intuition as a path to health well-being

Abstract: Yoga is a philosophy of life that gets us out of our minds and into the cosmic flow of making good choices by not choosing. A body in happiness and harmony chooses the health practices that promote happiness and wholeness. Yoga practices help to create more freedom in the body, mind and spirit. When we experience a sense of freedom, we then have a sense of being infinite. When we are in this timeless state of being we experience Pratyahara — a crossing of the bridge and becoming the witness. This is Meditation—where there are no perceived boundaries and things happen synchronistically. When things seemingly just happen for the highest good we become blissful in a true state of happiness.


Anne Moore, J.D., RYT-500. Florida, USA received her Doctor of Jurisprudence from West Virginia University in 1989 and is a licensed attorney in Florida and West Virginia. Ms. Moore is also a Registered Yoga Instructor, with her 500 hour certificate in holistic yoga. Ms. Moore teaches yoga in both Florida and West Virginia as well.

Presentation Topic: Legal Guidelines for Ayurvedic & Yoga Practitioners

Abstract: Starting your own Ayurvedic or Yoga business can be a dream come true; figuring out how to set up your business within the limits of the law can be a nightmare! In this presentation you will learn about various legal entities, the pros and cons of each, and what you need to know to set up your own successful ayurvedic or yoga practice — while protecting yourself and your family.


Dr. B.V.VenkataKrishna Sastry, Ph.D., Sarasota, Florida, USA (aka BVK Sastry) hails from a south Indian Vedic orthodox family at Bengaluru, Karnataka. He has formal education in science, engineering and management disciplines. He has a doctoral degree in Sanskrit, with specialization for research in Vedic traditions and Dharma-Shastra’s. Dr. Sastry inherits a family heritage of five generations in Vedanta,Yoga, Dharmashastra and Sri-Vidya practicing traditions. He is family-trained in traditional Vedic studies, priestly services, Vedic-astrology and allied disciplines of Vastu, Yoga and meditation practices. Dr. BVK Sastry has contributed to many print and digital publications through International Sanskrit Research Academy, founded by him in 1990’s. He is an online programs developer and educator in the areas of many Indian traditional disciplines. Dr. Sastry is a passionate researcher in South Indian secret yoga traditions. He is the current master of Vak-yoga (Spiritual linguistics), a long time dormant tradition of studying Samskrutham as Vedanga, Mantra-Yoga and Shabda-Brahma darshana. This dormant tradition is encrypted in Paninian Samskrutham grammar ‘Ashtadhyaya’ and commented by Patanajlai as Shadanushasana Vak-yoga. Vak-Yoga holds the key to unfold the secrets of living traditions and practices related to Srividya, Tantra, Mantra-healing in Ayurveda. Yogopanishad’s works provide further practice guidance. Dr.Sastry is an avid Researcher in Samskrutham and Yoga traditions, an Educator, a Language Technologist, a Visionary working to unify Jnanam and Vijnanam for loka-samgraha. Dr. Sastry has travelled widely across the globe, published hundred plus articles, many conference presentations, developed on-line teaching courses, participated and organized many international conferences. He is working to establish Yoga-Samskrutham University in Florida, USA with the mission: Fostering Yoga-Samskrutham Language Excellence, an effort to transform local Gurukul to Global University.

Presentation Topic: Vedic-Sanskrit: The Technical language of Ayur-Veda

Abstract: Ayurveda suggests use of Vedic ‘Mantra’ chants at prescribed time as one of the practicums to be explored by a Vaidya in addressing health care issues. This paper explores the plausible reasoning that might have guided incorporation of such esoteric thoughts and practices, necessitating Vaidya’s to learn and use Vedic –Sanskrit, as a part of systemic-training for practicing the art of Health and Healing services. Three technical Vedic-Sanskrit terms: Prarkuti, Dosha, Pancha maha-bhoota are explored in this paper, in the backdrop of the triad of disciplines: Ayurveda, Yoga and Astrology in relation to the concept of health. These three terms, conveying foundationally interconnected concepts, are used commonly across the triad of disciplines, yet having discipline –specific unique perspective. The analysis is concluded by highlighting the exquisite interconnectedness of the basic concepts, a common spiritual foundation across these three disciplines using Sanskrit as a common technical language and need to study these disciplines in a total perspective. This highlights the importance of studying Language as an essential ancillary discipline in order to fully comprehend fully the spirit of Ayurveda and Yoga. The highlight will also make pointers to explore how sounds of language can exert beneficiary effect on acquirement of life-balance (health) and imbalance (disease).


Dr. Kamsella Chetty, M.D., Durban, South Africa & Toronto, Canada trained as an allopathic doctor in Durban, South Africa at the now Nelson R. Mandela School of Medicine. She was passionately pursuing a career in Dermatology until the universe had a different path for her. She started to question why her patients were only getting worse. Was there another way to heal the body? Then Ayurveda happened, and the rest is history. She is now a volunteer teacher with the Art of Living Foundation.

Presentation Topic: The Art of Living Happiness Program

Abstract: An interactive workshop, teaching participants simple Suksham Yoga, Breathing Techniques, Guided Meditation, discussion on the mind and body connection and an opportunity for questions and answers.


Dr. Rahul Sharma, Ph.D., Baton Rouge, Louisiana, USA holds PhD in Life Science and diploma in yoga education from universities in India. Rahul is life time vegetarian and practicing yoga since his childhood. Spiritual yoga came from his upbringing in the family deeply rooted in vedic values and greater understanding of physical wellbeing came later coinciding with his career as Medical Scientist. He is especially interested in dynamics of energy in the body and neurological effects of yoga. Rahul combines the ancient wisdom of his upbringing with deep understanding of modern science. His knowledge of Hindi and Sanskrit allows him to explore the ancient literature in the original script. He is the founder of Live Like Yogi and promoting yoga as a part of life style inspired from ancient vedic sciences. Rahul is a Molecular Biologist studying the disease susceptibility markers at genome level and identifying new diagnostics and therapeutics targets. Rahul is deeply interested in understanding the relationship of genetics in the Ayurvedic diagnosis and interventions, and providing the advance molecular evidences to support the principles of Ayurveda.

Presentation Topic: Ayurveda: Molecular Medicine of Spiritual Healing

Abstract: Our well-being is the cumulative outcome of the genes we inherit from parents and our life style influencing their expression. Since the structure of DNA was discovered, this blueprint of life has been extensively explored for advancement of modern medicine. Despite the fast developing genome sequencing technologies, we have not yet integrated the genetic constitution as routine practice in modern medicine, however, in the Ayurveda, predisposition to various diseases/disorders as well as the selection of a preventive and curative regime is primarily based on phenotypic assessment of a person, which is a direct reflection of one’s genetic constitution. Thousands of years ago ancient scientists (Yogi / Vaidya / Rishi) designed the Ayurvedic diagnostic system based on individuals’ genetic makeup and disease condition, and never patented it. These physiological, metabolic and psychological constitutions of individual are termed as “Prakriti”, the ultimate consequence of the relative proportion of three entities (Tri-doshas: Vata, Pitta and Kapha). Vata, Pitta and Kapha are not only genetically determined (Shukra Shonita), but also influenced by environment (Mahabhuta Vikara), lifestyle (Matur Ahara Vihara) as well as by the age of the transmitting parents (Kala-Garbhashaya) and maternal diet. Genome wide differential expression among Prakriti types has been found to be significantly associated with core biological processes like ion transport, metabolic regulation and immune response, and simple yogic practices such as Pranayama and meditation have been found to significantly alter the gene expression of circulating immune cells. Pranayama has also been found to regulate the gene expression in a range of life problem such as stress management, hypertension, Leukemia and chronic organ failure. We are also studying the role of genomics in disease susceptibility and several genomic regions have been found to be associated with the individual’s Prakriti. Strong affiliation of genetics to the Ayurvedic tri-dosha suggests that Ayurveda is the pioneer of molecular medicine, and this spirituality based medical science has the capacity to change our gene expression, thereby directly influencing our body physiology. However, association of the Dosha and Prakriti to the genome sequence across the ethnicity is yet to be investigated by the whole genome sequencing. Genome sequence based disease susceptibility markers in combination with Ayurvedic Prakriti determination need to be explored further for developing personalized preventive life style and personalized medicine. However, medicine is very unlikely to be needed if a personalized yogic and spiritual life style is followed based on DNA, prakriti and dosha.


Richa (Joy) Gundlapalli, M.D., F.A.A.P., Houston, Texas, USA is an International speaker, Board certified physician and Integrative practitioner. She is Deputy Head of the Energy Medicine Department and DABSEM Specialist (Depression, Anxiety, Burnout, Sleep, Energy Management) at BICH, BElife Institute for Higher Consciousness. She is mentored directly under Master Del Pe, modern sage, visionary and social transformer. Trained in Ayurveda, Acupuncture, Nutrition, Yoga sciences, Martial Arts and Modern medicine, she brings a unique intuitive medicine practice to her international clientele. She is sought after by corporations and universities for “Stress management” and “Balance Life Strategies”. She believes in collaboration and teamwork among various disciplines to align with the evolution of humanity. She sits on many national and international boards, including non-profit organizations. She has received many Leadership Excellence awards for her unwavering service as world server and social entrepreneur. She founded 501c3 non-profit organization, AshajyothiUSA, serving special needs and orphan children. She travels internationally teaching workshops and empowering people from all walks of life to “Live their greatest Life.” During her free time she likes ballroom dancing, rock climbing, stand-up paddling and learning about the invisible world.

Presentation Topic: Crucial role of Energy Medicine in Psycho-Spiritual Syndromes (Every spiritual aspirant/health care practitioner should know)

Abstract: Psycho-spiritual syndrome is triggered by the different internal forces and inner fires, which are stimulated during meditation or practicing yoga. This affects the human energy system. Side effects of the process are unknown to many spiritual practitioners, physicians and psychologists. Integrative Health includes physical, emotional, mental and spiritual well being. Many Ancient and Modern health care practitioners are not experts in the field of Quantum medicine/Chakra medicine. When I measure the chakras and auras with Clairsentient tools, I notice an imbalance even in meditators and spiritual lineage affiliates. Sadly they are not aware of what impedes their Spiritual advancement and higher initiations.
– Learn about Auras and Chakras and their significance in Spiritual growth and higher initiations
– Importance of Spiritual health and well-being
– Prevention of Spiritual imbalances and its repercussions
– Discuss the five major psycho-spiritual issues and solutions
– Evaluation and Solutions for Psychic
– Purging syndromes, etc.

Michele Jain, RYT, PYT, CHC, RALC, Palm Coast, Florida, USA has her degree in Business Administration from the University of Cincinnati. She was first introduced to yoga in 1988. In 2001, Michele resigned from her corporate position in order to pursue her study of Yoga. In 2001, Michele received both her 200 Hour Teacher Training Certification and her 500 Hour Professional Yoga Therapist Certification from Integrative Yoga Therapy. In 2006, Michele received an additional 500 Hour Yoga Teacher Certification from Shiva Shakti Synthesis. Michele is also a Certified Laughter Yoga Instructor. She also completed and received her certification in Amrit Yoga Teacher Training in September 2011 and Amrit Yoga Nidra Facilitator certification in October of 2011. Michele operated Yoga on the Square for five years while she lived in Jamestown, KY. Michele has continued her studies of Yoga and Ayurveda. In August of 2014, Michele received her certification as an Ayurvedic Lifestyle Consultant from Amrit Yoga Institute and International University of Yoga and Ayurveda.

Presentation Topic: Laughter Yoga

Abstract: There is a well established link between the body and mind. Whatever happens in the mind happens in the body. Notice that if you are sad or depressed these emotions show in your face and body. So even if you are unhappy, behaving or acting happy will bring to your mind a state of happiness. Laughter Yoga was founded in India in 1995 by Dr. Madan Kataria, a medical doctor, while doing research on “Laughter the Best Medicine” for a health journal. In his research he discovered many modern scientific benefits of laughter on the human body and mind. One of the most important discoveries he made was that the body cannot differentiate between real and fake laughter. He invited a group to test this out with him and asked this group to act out laughter with him. Everyone was skeptical at first, but all it took was for one person to get things rolling and the laughter began contagious. He and his wife, Madhuri Kataria, both yoga practitioners noticed the similarities between laughter and Pranayama exercises. They incorporated these elements into some simple stretching exercises and what resulted was Laughter Yoga, a blend of yogic deep breathing, stretching, and laughter exercises that cultivate childlike playfulness. Hearty group laughter has many positive effects on our minds and body: It reduces stress, releases endorphins or feel good hormones, increases immunity, provides oxygen and a form of aerobic exercises, increases circulation and improves your social connections. Most importantly is the reduction of stress, the known cause of over 85% of our common illnesses. Laughter is nature’s counter to stress. They are physiological opposites. No sense of humor is required.

Nilesh Korde, BAMS, MD-Ayu, Goa, India is presently working as a Professor and Head of the department of Sharir Rachana in Gomantak Ayurved Mahavidyalaya and research centre in Shiroda Goa, with experience of 21 years. He has run two clinics in Goa for more than 20 years, has attended various conferences, presented numerous papers and been involved in research activities. Dr. Korde traveled around India delivering lectures and has been an examiner at both undergraduate and post graduate levels. He has also been delivering lectures on health promotion in India and abroad and is the chairman of a spiritual trust, The Sai Swadhyay Samiti.

Human body – The link between medicine and spirituality

Abstract: Science has its base in philosophy. Philosophy projected outward becomes science and science moving inward finds its roots in philosophy. When human intellect goes inward in search of spirit, it reaches in the realms of philosophy but when goes outward to explain the phenomenon of material nature, it ramifies into various branches of science.
Human being is a combined manifested form of sprit and nature and as such medicine which concerns the human body should act as a bridge between philosophy and science, where both the disciplines can interplay. Ayurveda being a secular science is not attached to any dogma or sect but applies the different views of philosophy explaining the various phenomenon of the mysterious human nature.Its special quality is it does not separate man- physical, man-psychic, man-spiritual,giving a holistic approach to medical philosophy. It has taken into account the higher dimensions of human personality.
Ayurveda seated in firm foundations of philosophy applies its various aspects in elaboration and evolution of science of medicine. Hence philosophy stays not a subject of mere speculation but plays active role to prove its meaningful practical utility in science. “To eradicate the disease one has to find its root and for that one would need to understand the origin of man, because the same factors which produce man cause also his disorders”. The paper is aimed at simplifying the established connection between spirituality and medicine. And to emphasize on the need to combine therapeutics based on the physical as well as spiritual aspects, by which an attempt towards delivering a complete treatment can be made. This will also open up a discussion towards understanding the spiritual involvement in certain disorders.

Gaurav Desai, BAMS, MD-Ayu, Goa, India is presently working as an Assistant Professor and has more than 8 years clinical experience in the field of Ayurveda. He has participated in various international conferences and presented papers.

Role of ideal behavior in achieving elevated spiritual status

Abstract: Quest for spiritual elevation has been eternal for humans. This has been achieved through both physical and mental abstinence. To achieve greater control over the mind, thereby allowing human beings to be elevated spiritually, the ancient treatises have laid down set of ideal behavior. This elevated state of being has been the ultimate aim of Ayurveda. Looking at the exponential increase in disorders in general and mental disorders in particular, this paper aims to emphasize the importance of following ideal behavior and to open up a dialogue about the necessity of following the same thereby provide insights into the role played by ideal behavior in aiding spirituality.

Sybil Nance, E-RYT-200 , CYT-800, IAYT, North Carolina, USA has taught Yoga for 18 years. She originally took up teaching yoga as a part time job while raising her 3 children in Portland Oregon. Co-founded Flow Yoga studio in Hood River Oregon in 2003. Sybil has also contracted her services to various Teacher Training schools both in the USA and internationally over the years. Sybil started to refine her offerings in 2010 when she pursued deeper training in Yoga Therapy. A graduate of Susi Hately’s school Functional Synergy (Calgary Alberta) Sybil now has a successful Yoga Therapy practice and partners with holistic healers and health care practitioners helping her clients out of pain. Sybil recently moved to Charlotte NC and continues to expand her teachings and offerings in the South East.

As we are in our body so too we are in our lives

Abstract: Sybil will explore and teach integrative techniques to assist and highlight how Yoga Therapy can be less of a templative approach and more of a synergistic healing space interweaving the principles of Ayurveda with the bio-mechanically pure movements living with in every body. How the body Breathes,how the muscles hold tension and joints move freely or not is so very unique to each and every body and can serve as a road map to the Spiritual, and emotional holding patterns in the client we are working with. As we free up space in the physical body so the space is available for the Ayurveda universal principles to present themselves. This presentation will have some physical practice, some discussion as well as a chance for all participants to practice and play with the processes and guidelines offered.

Carlo Monsanto, M.S., R.A.P.C., Miami, Florida, USA has a multi-cultural background, with roots in Europe, the Americas and Southeast Asia. Carlo studied with Swami Hridayananda in The Netherlands and with the Vice President of the Sivananda Ashram in Rishikesh, India, before founding the School for Research in Yoga and Ayurveda in 1993. With a B.A. in Health Science and a Master’s in Ayurvedic Psychology, Carlo has directed the Foundation Indian Systems of Medicine in The Netherlands and has worked with/presented at numerous national and international conferences in the USA, Europe, the Caribbean and in India. Based on his experience as a researcher, guide and teacher, Carlo has co-founded the Conscious Intelligence Institute (Miami, FL) and guides the awakening and sustaining of conscious awareness, integration and healing at all levels. This is the basis of Sattvavajaya chikitsa or Ayurvedic Psychology, a specialization that integrates various approaches towards psychoneuroimmunology and the awakening of individual and group consciousness. Carlo invites you to discover your own inner potential.

Ayurvedic Psychology, The Role of Awareness in Healing

Abstract:Ayurvedic psychology describes in detail how fully conscious awareness acts as an unchanging reference, relative to which any activity can be directed and integrated through discernment. We can observe how the chaos and unbalance in the way we relate to ourselves and our social environment, results from traumatic experiences. These mostly happen between the ages of zero through six and are reinforced by experiences during adolescence and adulthood. The mechanisms that protect us from feeling hurt, namely fear, sadness and rejection, tend to confuse our memories, which upsets our belief-structure and the way we experience reality. When we suppress our inner felt natural urges, these seek to express through our emotions and or are released through our physical body as healing responses. We can therefore say that any imbalance or disease is multidimensional in its etiology. Ayurvedic psychology offers to expand an individual’s capacity to be fully consciously aware and discerning during any activity. This enhances a person’s ability to recognize and understand how what s/he thinks, feels and senses structures his her mind. Consequently the individual can reinvent his her mental-emotional framework, which rewires the brain to recreate his her lived experience (karma) and perceptions of wellness and sickness. What’s more, this process reshapes one’s cultural myths, values, goals, beliefs and meaning, but also automatically rebalances the doshas, leading to integration in nine different experiential domains (emotional states, memories, bilateral, time, etc.)


Daniel J. McNeff, C.E.O., Legally Mine, Inc. is the C.E.O. of Legally Mine. In addition to running his own businesses for the last 20 years he has served as The Senior Vice President of one of the Nations largest financial services company for 15 years. He is a published author with one book and many magazine and newspaper articles. He has been married for 31 years is the father of 8 children and grandfather to 12 so far. Mr. McNeff has conducted hundreds of seminars and is responsible for helping thousands of people protect their assets, and reduce their tax liabilities.

THE POWER IS IN YOUR HANDS: Stop Lawsuits – Lower Taxes

SYNOPSIS:Lawsuit Protection and Prevention
• How will incorporating help prevent lawsuits? Or will it help at all?
• How business owners should be structured: C-corps, S-corps, FLP’s, LLC’s, etc.
• Learn how to use legal tools that can protect 100% of a business owner’s professional and personal assets from lawsuits, liens and levies. Statistically not even one in 100,000 are using these tools in the right way.
• Will a living trust help prevent lawsuits? If not why have a living trust?
• How to protect a business, property, retirement funds and assets in the event of a judgment in excess of liability insurance or exclusion in a policy.
• Which state laws provide the greatest asset protection? A business owner may live in one state but use the superior law of another state to his or her benefit.
• Lawsuit protection strategies most advisors are unaware of. Only 780 of the more than 1 million practicing lawyers in America claim lawsuit protection as one of their specialties.
Tax Reduction and Estate Planning
• What is the best business structure for income tax reduction
• How to use corporate resolutions for income tax reduction
• The strengths and pitfalls of the “S” Corp.
• How to use income shifting as means to income tax reduction.
Through this course attendees will truly understand exactly how, why and where legal entities should be used for both lawsuit prevention and income tax reduction. The course is given in plain English and when done most attendees understand the proper use of legal tools for the first time in their lives.


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