14th Conference – May 1 – 3, 2015, Edison, NJ, USA

Consciousness in Ayurveda & Yoga Conference 2015 Program Schedule



14th International Conference on “Consciousness and Healing in Ayurveda & Yoga” organized by Global Ayurveda Conferences, LLC on Friday to Sunday, May 1 to 3, 2015 at Kiddie Keepwell Camp, Schirber Hall, 35 Roosevelt Drive, Edison, New Jersey 08837, USA.

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Consciousness in Ayurveda & Yoga Conference 2015 Program Schedule


Newark (EWR) Airport about 25 miles from Edison, New Jersey


Courtyard Edison Woodbridge
3105 Woodbridge Ave, Edison, NJ
Phone: 1-732-738-1991
Distance from conference venue: 2.88 miles / 5 minutes drive

Quality Inn
21 Courtland Street, Edison, NJ 08837
Phone: 732-548-7000
Distance from conference venue: 2.66 miles / 5 minutes drive

Comfort Inn
831 Route 1 South, Edison, NJ 08817
Phone: 732-287-0171
Distance from conference venue: 3.39 miles / 7 minutes drive

Red Roof Inn
860 New Durham Road, Edison, NJ 08817
Phone: 732-248-08817
Distance from conference venue: 3.44 miles / 8 miles

Hilton Garden Inn Edison / Raritan Center
50 Raritan Parkway, Edison, NJ 08837
Phone: 732-225-0900
Distance from conference venue: 3.95 miles / 8 minutes drive


Bertrand Martin, M.D., M.P.H. C.Ay. Vevey, Switzerland Psychiatrist was born in 1945 in Vevey (Switzerland). He graduated from the Faculty of Medicine of the University of Lausanne in 1973. He studied Public Health and Nutrition at the University of San Carlos in Guatemala (Master Degree, 1976). The following years, he administered a research project in nutrition in Saudi Arabia and a primary health program in Mali. He returned to Switzerland in 1989 and specialised in psychiatry. Due to his interest for Yoga and the traditional medicine of India, he studied both sciences at the Hindu University of Benaras (BHU), where he followed a one-year course for allopathic physicians (Certificate, 1995). Since 1995, Dr Martin integrates in his private practice the occidental approach of psychiatry, Indian traditional therapies, 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.


    1. Dr. Vasant D. Lad, BAM&S, MASc, Director, Ayurveda Institute, Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA
    2. Dr. Paul Dugliss, M.D., Director, New World Ayurveda, Maine, USA
    3. Acharya Devakrsnananda Avadhuth (Swamiji), Founder of Mahima Institute of Ayurveda and Integrative Medicine, Miami, Florida, USA
    4. Dr. Marc Halpern, D.C., C.A.S., Director, California College of Ayurveda, Nevada City, California, USA
    5. Acharya ‘Shunya’ Pratichi Mathur, Founder, Vedika Global, Inc. San Francisco, California, USA
    6. Swami Sadashiva Tirtha, New York, USA

Vasant Lad, BAM&S, MASc – Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA brings a wealth of classroom and practical experience to the United States. He received the degree of Bachelor of Ayurvedic Medicine and Surgery (B.A.M.&S.) in 1968 from the University of Pune, in Pune, India and a Master of Ayurvedic Science (M.A.Sc.) in 1980 from Tilak Ayurved Mahavidyalaya in Pune. For 3 years, he served as Medical Director of the Ayurveda Hospital in Pune, India. He also held the position of Professor of Clinical Medicine for seven years at the Pune University College of Ayurvedic Medicine, where he was an instructor for many years. Vasant Lad’s academic and practical training includes the study of allopathic medicine (Western Medicine) and surgery as well as traditional Ayurveda. In 1979, he began traveling throughout the United States sharing his knowledge of Ayurveda and, in 1981, he returned to New Mexico to teach Ayurveda. In 1984, he founded and began as Director of The Ayurvedic Institute. Vasant Lad is the author of 11 books on Ayurveda as well as hundreds of articles and other writings. With more than 500,000 copies of his books in print in the US, his work has been translated into more than 20 languages. His books include Ayurveda, The Science of Self-Healing and the Textbook of Ayurveda three-volume set. Vasant Lad presently is the Director of The Ayurvedic Institute in Albuquerque, New Mexico and teaches the Ayurvedic Studies Programs, Level 1 and 2 as well as an advanced program in India each year. Vasant Lad also travels throughout the world, consulting privately and giving seminars on Ayurveda, its history, theory, principles and practical applications.

Keynote Presentation Topic: “The Importance of Consciousness in Ayurveda and Yoga Practice”

Abstract: Ayurvedic Understanding of Consciousness:
a. The foundation of Ayurvedic philosophy—Sankhya’s philosophy—weaves a wonderful journey of consciousness into matter in form.
b. Ayurveda talks a great deal about manas prakruti and manas vikruti. This contributes to thinking of consciousness as mind.
c. Ayurveda says, every cell is a center of awareness in the body. At the cellular level, every cell has intelligence.
Consciousness and Awareness:
a. Consciousness is a product of your education, your culture, your environment.
b. The expansive state of consciousness is awareness, which is samadhi.
Practical Solutions:
a. Disease is the result of accumulated emotions in one’s subconscious. Ayurveda says we have to bring harmony between our conscious and subconscious mind. b. Yoga is a spiritual discipline. Ayurveda is a doshic discipline. Ayurveda brings discipline through dinacharya (daily routine), ritucharya (seasonal change), diet and lifestyle support. Yoga and meditation help provide a cleansing of the subconscious and the unconscious, bringing about radical change, radical mutation, radical revolution in our daily life.

Dr. Paul Dugliss, M.D., Maine, USA practices Ayurvedic Medicine, Ayurvedic Counseling and Internal Medicine. He also is an acupuncturist and practitioner of Traditional Chinese Medicine. He is the former director of Oakwood Healthcare System’s Complementary & Alternative Medicine Center in Westland, Michigan, USA. He also directed the Maharishi Vedic Medical Center in Lexington, KY and the Center for Enlightened Medicine in Ann Arbor, MI. He began studying Ayurvedic Medicine in the mid-1980s and has trained both in this country at Maharishi International University and in Europe at Maharishi Vedic University, Valkenberg, Holland. He has been a member of the Board of Directors of the National Ayurvedic Medical Association and presently serving as a Board of Director of AAPNA – Association of Ayurvedic Professionals of North America, Inc. He is the author of several books including Ayurveda – The Power to Heal, Enlightened Nutrition, Capturing the Bliss: Ayurveda and the Yoga of Emotions, The Myth of Cholesterol, and Yoga & Ayurveda. Dr. Dugliss is the Director and Academic Dean of New World Ayurveda, an organization providing training in this comprehensive system of natural medicine. He has a master’s degree in Clinical and Counseling Psychology and is currently focusing his practice of medicine on Ayurvedic Medicine and Ayurvedic Counseling. Dr. Paul Dugliss received Atreya Award for excellence in practice of Ayurveda in North America from Association of Ayurvedic Professionals of North America in 2012.

Keynote Presentation Topic: “Consciousness Made Practical – Giving Patients Tools for Health”

Abstract: Ayurveda is consciousness-based medicine. Yet, nothing is more abstract and difficult to communicate than consciousness itself. Every practitioner of Ayurveda must have practical, down-to-earth means of communicating the profound nature of this science of life. They must also be able to translate consciousness-based medicine into practical tools that empower patients to heal from the inside out. In this presentation, Dr. Dugliss will provide attendees means and methods of bringing the essence of Ayurveda to the public and elaborate the most useful tools and techniques available for consciousness-based healing.

Acharya Devakrsnananda Avadhuth (Swamiji), Miami, Florida, USA Ayurveda Acharya, Founder of Mahima Institute of Ayurveda and Integrative Medicine, an Acharya in Yogic Medicine, Yogi Devakrsnananda is well versed in the ancient system of Tantric Spirituality and Yogic Philosophy and Healing. He is true to form in his knowledge and background in Ayurveda and is one of the pioneers in bringing the subtle refinement of Ayurveda and Tantric Philosophy to the west. Focusing on the refined presentation of Sankhya Philosophy by the great sage Kapila Muni, Swami Devakrsnananda has integrated the teachings of his beloved Guru Srii Srii Anandamurtijii to further explore the potentials of Ayurveda, for human wellness and elemental existence on a more profound level. Apart from being a founder of the Mahima Institute, Swami Deva is also a lecturer, teacher and soon to be author on various books on spirituality, philosophy, Ayurveda and other self- help, healing and trans-formative topics.

Keynote Presentation Topic: “Five Fundamental Factors & Their Effect on Human Body”

Abstract: The foundation of life, as described in Ayurveda, is based on five fundamental factors and the ability to achieve a state of balance. These five factors are the building blocks of the macro-cosmic universe as well as the micro-cosmic representation in the human body. Sometimes called vibrational frequencies emanating from the cosmic interplay, it is the evolving state of the subtle elements of Tanmatras. Tanmatras are the subtle vibrations transcending the cosmic waves, manifesting on a vibrational level in our realm of existence. The vibrational frequencies of these five elements are the key to the life experiences as well as the keys to liberation. This lecture will help you grasp an understanding of these five elements and the properties of substances within the universal realm. It will provide you an understanding of states of balance, imbalance, and methods to achieve harmony within the human body. When one is able to grasp this wisdom, then liberation on all levels exists and therefore can be achieved.

Dr. Marc Halpern, D.C., C.A.S., P.K.S., Nevada City, California, USA is the founder and President of the California College of Ayurveda. Founded in 1995, the California College of Ayurveda was the first school to become State Approved in the United States. He is also and the author of the popular book, Healing Your Life; Lessons on the Path of Ayurveda. A leader in the profession, he is the co-founder of the National Ayurvedic Medical Association (USA) and the California Association of Ayurvedic Medicine. He also sits on the advisory boards of Ayurveda Journal of Health in the United States and the Journal of Research and Education in Indian Medicine in India. Dr. Halpern’s contributions to the field have earned him the highest level of awards in both countries. He is the author of two textbooks, Principles of Ayurvedic Medicine and Clinical Ayurvedic Medicine. These texts are used at schools throughout the United States. Dr. Halpern has published hundreds of articles in popular journals and magazines of Ayurveda and Yoga and has collaborated with researchers from UC Davis to publish several peer-reviewed papers. He is regular speaker at Ayurvedic and Yoga conferences. A Doctor of Chiropractic, a Clinical Ayurvedic Specialist, A certified Yoga Teacher in the Sivananda tradition, a Specialist in Holistic Medicine, an author and teacher, Dr. Marc Halpern gives 100% to his passion for healing and removing the causes of suffering

Keynote Presentation Topic: The Role of Consciousness in the Healing Journey

Abstract: The healing journey is one that integrates the body, mind and consciousness. While most healing focuses on the body and mind there is no permanent healing without the healing of consciousness. Disease begins when we forget our true nature of spirit. This is the primoridal wound within our consciousness. Now caught up in the drama of existence, imbalances occur in the mind and body leading to suffering. Ayurveda, Sankhya, Yoga and Vedanta provide a complete picture of how to heal this wound and the suffering that results.. This talk will explore the rich garden of knowledge that grows from these roots and how their beautiful flowers of wisdom bring light to the healer and to the patient.

Acharya ‘Shunya’ Pratichi Mathur, San Francisco, California, USA is a traditional scholar, healer, and teacher of Ayurveda and Vedic sciences. Her own classical Ayurveda knowledge stems from 14 years of rigorous, Gurukulam-based training in Ayodhya, India. Acharya Shunya founded the California-based non-profit Vedika Global, a Vedic foundation that supports an awarded, international Gurukulam School of Ayurveda and Vedic Studies, sponsors community welfare initiatives, and delivers charitable wellness through global humanitarian projects. With the founding of Vedika Gurukulam, College of Ayurveda and Vedic Sciences in California, Acharya Shunya is considered a pioneer in reviving the ancient Gurukulam System of Education in Ayurveda, because it is the first school worldwide to return to the traditional Vedic model of in-depth, experiential education, where Ayurveda is taught and lived in its classically pure form, rooted in the ancient Veda and the oral, lineage-based Gurukulam education system. Acharya Shunya is the current President of the California Association of Ayurvedic Medicine (CAAM). Additionally, she is Advisor to AAPNA (Association of Ayurvedic Professionals of North America), Tathaastu Magazine USA, and Yoga Bharati, the U.S. affiliates of SVYASA (Swami Vivekananda Yoga Anusandhana Samsthana) Yoga University. Acharya Shunya also serves on the Council of Advisors (CoA) and Visiting Faculty of Taksha University School of Integrative Medicine, based in Virginia, U.S.A. She was invited to co-chair the International Delegates Assembly at the prestigious World Ayurveda Congress in 2012, a 40-country consortium promoting the global education and practice of Ayurveda. Her work is featured in San Francisco Chronicle, Yoga Journal, and Tathaastu Magazine. She teaches year-round and lectures worldwide. For her trailblazing work in reviving Gurukulam education, Acharya Shunya was bestowed the Mother Padmavati International Ayurveda Award by the prestigious Indian Institute of Medicine; the Nalanda Award for Excellence in Ayurvedic Education by AAPNA; and was honored by AYURA and FERATSM foundations in India.

Keynote Presentation Topic: Ayurveda: Teaching the Path to Self-Realization

Abstract: Āyurveda’s epistemological foundation is anchored in the Vedas and Upanishads, and also linked to the Purānas, Samhitās, and Darshans. Hence, Åyurveda declares that spiritual health is the final destination of all body-mind health initiatives, and must be the underlying motivation of all medicinal undertakings. This is a bold statement to make, but Åyurveda echoes the ancient Vedic Rishis, who declared that abiding health can never be attained, until and unless one realizes one’s own true spiritual Self (Ātman), which is of the nature of pure, undifferentiated consciousness (Brahman). Hence, Åyurveda declares that the ultimate objective of a physically and mentally healthy life is Moksha, which is the peak of spiritual health, culminating in an experiential encounter with one’s own true Self. This is why in Åyurveda, Āyu, or life itself, has four components: body, mind, senses, and consciousness; and efforts at health do not stop with balancing the first three, but culminate in the final, through the recognition of the inner, invisible, conscious being and its liberation from the wheel of birth and death (Samsāra).
Indeed, if indigestion and insanity are physical and mental disorders, the bondage to the cycle of birth and death, and attachment to what is ephemeral and non-eternal and ignorance of that which is eternal and divine within our mortal frame is certainly a spiritual disorder, of which Åyurveda is fully conscious. Thus, Åyurveda directs everyone to overcome this spiritual disorder of “self-ignorance” (ajñānam), by attaining liberation, or Moksha. Åyurveda includes the dharma of self-care for sound physical, mental, and social health, and yet, Åyurveda does not stop here. It proceeds to prescribe and underline the importance of spiritual health, and the need for an unbound, liberated consciousness, represented by the state of Moksha. “To the man of realization, all beings become the very Self, then what delusion and what sorrow can there be for that seer of oneness?” What a profound state of total and positive health this is, first conceived of by the seers of the ancient Vedic medicine of Åyurveda. Thus, Åyurveda is not only an art and science of self-healing, but also self-recovery, as well as profound and complete Self-discovery.

Swami Sadashiva Tirtha

Swami Sadashiva Tirtha, New York, USA has been teaching meditation and yoga for the past 40 years, offering Ayurveda certification & consultations for 26 years, and provides Jyotish & Vastu guidance. His first book, the Ayurveda Encyclopedia was an Amazon #1 bestseller. He also wrote the Bhagavad Gita for Modern Times, a commentary on Gita that explains Krishna’s eternal wisdom with examples from our daily life. His latest book The Stress-Free College Student integrates multiple healing modalities, targeting the college epidemic of 80+% anxiety/stress & 50% dropout rates. Bryant University included his book on their Pinterest bookshelf adjacent to their 50 Books that Changed the World. Swamiji has spoken to the White House Commission on Complimentary and Alternative Medicine Policy as well as numerous international medical schools including Johns Hopkins U. In 1980 Swamiji was recognized as a swami (monk) by his guru in the Himalayas, and in 2010 in the Amazon rainforest 2 shamans recognized him as a natural-born shaman and healer. Swamiji founded the School of Ayurveda (practitioner certification), and offers integrative energy courses in Medical Intuition, Vital Longevity for Seniors, and Stress-Management & Visioneering for Entrepreneurs & College Students. Most recently he began working with VedaPulse, a cutting-edge scan technology that measures western medicine heart-rate variability (HRV) and Ayurvedic doshas, subdoshas, dhatus, srotas, pancha mahabhutas, chakras, aura, and Chinese meridians — all integrated with the HRV. For the first time we can scientifically measure spiritual healing practices from a western medicine baseline.

Keynote Presentation Topic: “Enlightenment & Instant Healing in the New Golden Age”

Abstract: Indigenous cultures around the earth have independently noted we have recently entered a new golden age — the Sat Yuga. Globally, cultures describe this time as an ‘Age of Celebration’ and interestingly, an age where spirit & science co-exist harmoniously. It is a time when ancient eternal wisdom blends with new energy healing tools to help humanity release limiting beliefs and dogmatic life patterns that prevented wellness and enlightenment. Technology measuring consciousness/energy healing 
& thought transformation are now coming to market. 
SubDosha, Chakra, & Aura balance are scanable & 
based on western medicine’s Heart-Rate Variability.
 This integration also allows us to raise the pillars of the new enlightened world using a blending of multicultural consciousness/wellness and cutting-edge science technologies. Those who are awake at this dawn of the new age have the opportunity to review the ancient and modern consciousness/wellness tools, choosing those that evoke instant healing and create an enlightened world based on the universal laws of nature.


    1. Nancy Candea, CYT, E-RYT-500, CPT, Rockaway, New Jersey, USA
    2. Nancy Smith, L.M.T., R.A.A.P., Ring Wood, New Jersey, USA
    3. Priyatarssini Balamurugen, B.A.M.S., M.Sc. (Psychology), New Jersey, USA
    4. MeriLynn Blum, MA, MAT, RYT, New Jersey, USA
    5. Dhananjaya Kumar, Virginia, USA
    6. Ashlesha Raut, BAMS, MD-Ayurveda, NC, HHP, BCIM, RMAS, Illinois, USA
    7. Dhanada Kulkarni, BAMS, Texas, USA
    8. Prashnath Acharya, BAMS, MS-Ayu, PhD (C), Bangalore, India
    9. Vijay K. Jain, M.D., Florida, USA

Nancy Candea, CYT, E-RYT-500, CPT, New Jersey, USA is the director of the International Yoga Therapy Institute, a 1000 hour yoga therapy education school. Her style of teaching reflects what she has learned from many senior-level teachers in the Iyengar, Ashtanga, Anusara and Integral styles of yoga, along with her study of Ayurveda. She is also the founder and director of Yoga Impact and the Training Director of Kula for Karma. Through these not-for-profit organizations, Nancy has taught yoga and meditation in jails, shelters, and cancer treatment centers, and brought yoga to the under-served: inmates, war veterans, the chronically ill, at-risk youth, the homeless, victims of abuse, and addicts. She is an Adjunct Professor of Yoga at the College of St. Elizabeth in New Jersey. After owning a yoga studio in Hawaii for five years, Nancy moved to Boulder, Colorado and taught yoga to professional athletes. She currently directs her basic and advanced yoga teacher trainings and yoga therapist trainings in Greece, Detroit, Northern New Jersey and Boulder, Colorado. Her work has been featured in the Huffington Post, Yoga Therapy Today, Boulder Magazine, and Natural Awakenings.

Presentation Topic:Yoga Therapy in the refuge camps of our backyards

Abstract:Most of the concepts of yoga and Ayurveda are beyond the paradigm of the majority of western demographics, even those who take yoga asana classes. This presentation will feature the communication style that Nancy Candea has adopted while teaching therapeutic yoga modalities to vulnerable and sometimes reluctant clients in jails, shelters, institutions and healthcare centers. Nancy’s blend of science and teaching poetry have inspired inmates to at-risk youth, and those with spinal cord injuries to those who are homeless. We will cover exercise, eating well, relaxation, positive mental processing and dharma. PowerPoint, discussion and asana, pranayama, meditation techniques will be covered.

Nancy A. Smith, L.M.T., R.A.A.P., New Jersey, USA is the founder & director of Essence of Self Ayurveda Wellness Spa for Massage, Yoga and Health. She is a NJ licensed massage therapist and a Registered Advanced Ayurvedic Practitioner through the Association of Ayurvedic Professionals of North America (AAPNA), and a certified Kripalu Yoga Teacher. Nancy Smith has been actively practicing and teaching Yoga and Ayurveda for 13 years.

Presentation Topic: “Pranayama, Yoga and Meditation to Balance the Doshas”

Abstract: This experiential yoga practice will bring the practitioner through various sensations/qualities of the three Doshas-Vata, Pitta and Kapha. Through this direct experience the practitioner will learn how techniques of Pranayama, Yoga and Meditation balance and harmonize the fluctuating doshas of Vata, Pitta and Kapha by the Ayurvedic teaching of like qualities increases like qualities and the action of applying opposite qualities bring balance and harmony. We will begin the class with a check in of how everyone is feeling and practice in a way to end the class feeling refreshed, restored, harmonized and balanced.

Priyatarssini Balamurgen, B.A.M.S., M.Sc.(Psychology), R.A.A.P., New Jersey, USA is an integrative wellness practitioner specializing in Endocrinology and pain management through Ayurveda, Marma, Naturopathy, Yoga & Reflexology. Research scientist at the WISE-World Institute of Scientific Exploration working on Ayurvedic traditional medicine therapies, consciousness, Ayurvedic psychology and energy healing. Master and Instructor in Simplified Kundalini Yoga (Vethathrium), a scientific system of conscious living directed towards Individual peace leading to World peace.

Presentation Topic: “Pathogenesis and Conscious Healing in Ayurveda and Vethathrium – A Comprehensive review”

Abstract: Understanding disease from the root is the key for its management.This review gives an in depth comparision of Nidana-causes of Vyadhi(disease)and healing in ayurvedic doshic philosophy to Vethathrian philosophy and the importance of MIND in the healing process.

MeriLynn Blum, MA, MAT, RYT, New Jersey, USA took her first yoga class 47 years ago and yoga has remained her path ever since. A certified Kripalu Yoga Teacher, a certified YogaRhythmics/Kripalu DansKinetics Teacher, and the creator of the Moving Energy Practice, she remains a continuing student of yoga, psychology and the human experience. For almost 20 years, MeriLynn has been privileged to teach yoga classes, chakra inspired Moving Energy classes, workshops and private students. Her heartfelt mission is to joyfully offer the means by which her students can experience and embrace the healing, wholeness and holiness of their being, and to experience greater health, compassion, love, wisdom and peace.

Presentation Topic: “Transformative Awareness: Attunement to Breath, Sensation and Energy in Yoga Practice”

Abstract: The ability to be exquisitely attuned to the experience of the moment impacts the thinking mind, the physical body, the emotional experience and the flow of energy. By focusing awareness you discover that you do not “have” consciousness, but rather that you “are” consciousness. Mindfulness of breath, movement, and body position in yoga transforms the practice from one of simply doing the postures, to one of profoundly experiencing the essence of being through the posture. In this way the practice of yoga becomes revelatory of the self. This meeting of the self in the moment can become the foundation from which you engage with all of life, on and off the mat. Over time, this way of being brings the philosophical teachings of yoga alive as felt sense truth, and transforms how you relate to yourself, others, and all that is. In this presentation you will practice some simple techniques to begin experiencing this for yourself.

Dhananjaya Kumar

Yogacharya Dhananjaya Kumar, Virginia, USAis an internationally recognized senior Yoga teacher. He has studied, practiced, and taught Yoga and meditation for 25 years; spoken and written extensively about Yoga therapy; and has created 70 documentary films on Yogic healing for a number of health conditions. He is also a writer and poet, and has traveled to over 50 countries.

Presentation Topic: “Seven Keys to Healthy Body-Mind”

Abstract: (1) origin and manifestation of dis-ease; (2) breath as the bridge between body and mind; (3) prevention is better than cure; (4) integrating complementary therapies; (5) perception beyond senses; (6) positive attitude and creative lifestyle; (7) discipline and self development.

Ashlehsa Raut

Ashlesha Raut, BAMS, MD-Ayurveda, NC, HHP, RMAS, BCIM, Illinois, USAis a consulting Ayurvedic practitioner and Nutritional Consultant with more than 15 years of experience in the field of Ayurveda, Healthcare and Integrative medicine. She is a Registered Ayurvedic Specialist (RAS) and Board Certified in Integrative Medicine (BCIM). Ashlesha holds BAMS, MD-Ayurveda from Mumbai University, India. She earned the distinctive honor, a gold medal, for her MD thesis. Ashlesha completed her N.C. (Nutritional Consultant) and HHP (Holistic Health Practitioner) with High Honors in USA. She also completed her ‘Second Degree Reiki Program’ in USA. She is a recipient of the prestigious ‘Shiromani Award’ by Indian Board of Alternative Medicines for her contributions towards alternative medicine. She is passionate about teaching Ayurveda and is also a faculty at many Ayurvedic colleges in USA. Ashlesha has been presented by the North America award of “Charaka” in recognition of her excellence in Ayurvedic teaching in North America. She is a founding member of CAC (Council for Ayurveda Credentialing). Presently, she is a Secretary AAPNA, Director of Ayurveda at “Ayurveda For Healing” and “Main Street Yoga” where she practices Ayurveda, and is actively involved in promoting Ayurveda globally.

Presentation Topic: Exploring Paths to “Swasthya (Consciousness at center)”

Abstract: Ayurveda is a consciousness based medical science. For thousands of years Ayurveda and Yoga has been integrating body, mind and consciousness for achieving Swasthya. In Ayurveda, the health is defined as “Swasthya”, the Sanskrit word “Swasthya” is very unique which is made up of two words – “Swa” and “sthya”; where “Swa” means consciousness and “sthya” means seated in oneself. Hence “Swasthya” is nothing but when the consciousness is centered in itself. When the “consciousness” is not in its center it results in creating imbalance – which is “Aswasthya”. This imbalance manifests into ill-health, disease which can be seen at Koshic levels such as Body, Prana, Mind and Budhi (intellect). The tendencies of mind and outward tendencies of Indriyas are the main cause of imbalances. Even Acharya Patanjali says “Chitta vritti nirodaha” – which means controlling the outward tendencies of mind to achieve the union with higher consciousness. There are many ways and paths for achieving balance and harmony i.e. Swasthya at all levels. One such method is “Nadi shoddhana Pranayama”. We will explore in this presentation the influence, effects, scientific evidences, clinical insight of this very powerful yet simple Pranayama for achieving “Health” = “Swasthya”.

Dhanda Kulkarni

Dhanada Kulkarni, BAMS, Texas, USA working as a ayurvedic specialist and Master Yoga Therapist, Founder of Soham-AyurYoga,LLC. Vedic Astrologer and Vastu Consultant. Dhanada has been very active in promoting Ayurveda and other ancient Indian sciences at various forums in the USA over the last 13 years. She serves on the board of several organizations including AAPNA, and Kalidas Sanskrit University of Maharashtra, India. Also she has been on faculty for many Ayurveda and Yoga organizations. She is board certified from American Alternative Medical Practitioner (AAMA) in USA. She is board Certified in American integrative Medicine BCIM from (AAIM) in USA. She has a natural flair for a life devoted to the study and practice of Indian ancient sciences. Added to this she has an inborn eagerness to serve all and a feeling of unity with all mankind. She studied 5 years of bachelor’s degree (B.A.M.S.) in Ayurveda from India. She is a certified Pre and Post Natal Exercise Specialist from American Fitness Professionals and Associate (AFPA), USA. Dhanada has been honored with many international awards such Jivaka, Dhanvantari and Patanjali award by AAPNA for her Ayurveda and yogic research. Dhanada has been an international keynote speaker, presenter and integrated medicine panel expert for many organizations. She is also known from presenting ayurvedic solutions on various media groups such as radio Azad, EBC Radio, Asia TV.

Presentation Topic: “Consciousness- the underlying unity in diversity of healing”

Abstract: Many people have spiritual or religious experiences at some point in their lives. A person may experience anything from a spiritual epiphany, to a sense of the divine, to a communion with God, Brahman, Nirvana, or the Universe. These experiences vary drastically, and are unique to each individual, though many commonalities do exist. If so, then what is that unity which binds us all in this grand single culture of Vedantic Holistic system of India? That is Spirituality. Call it God or call reality or consciousness. Ayurveda, Yoga and spiritual lore is the one that brings unity among all these diversities and thus forms the foundation of healing systems of Indian culture. There are various paths for human kind for healing approach of Vedantic Holistic system. Understanding of role of consciousness in these various paths can be confusing –for this purpose one has to understand the basic unity among these methods. The underlying unity is- mastering the mind or experience the consciousness or reality or the supreme self is the true form of mankind to know the ultimate healing or well-being. Ayurveda and yoga recognizes that there is this consciousness, at the base of everything and everything is nothing but the manifestation of same consciousness. Just as the thread through a string of pearls! As quantum physicist see the whole thing as a wonderful play of energy similarly Vedantic Holistic system (Ayurveda and Yoga) principles are based on this pure consciousness. We will learn and understand how different paths of these healing sciences merge towards this reality or pure consciousness or goal of life. This “unity in Diversity of healing” forming the core of Vedic Indian culture offers a cohesiveness among various practices. With this catholicity of understanding, when person follow any one or more of these paths, they allow true healing, harmonious, total growth of personality and dimensions of humanity.

Prashanth Shivarudraiah

Prashanth Acharya, BAMS, MS-Ayu, PhD (C), Bangalore, India 2012: PhD scholar – panchakarma in degenerative disorders of intervertebral discs from Maharashtra University: 2001: MS-Ayurveda (Master of Surgery in Ayurveda, Shalya tantra) Rajiv Gandhi University of Health Sciences, Bangalore; 1997: BAMS. He is Founder Director-ARTH-An Ayurvedic Health Centre, Ayurveda Panchakarma Centre, Bangalore, Founder & Managing Trustee-Atreya charitable Trust, Doddaballapura, Bangalore, Founder & Medical Director-Atreya Ayurvedic Medical College, Hospital & Research Centre, Doddaballapura, Bangalore, Founder & Former Director-Isha Diagnostics, Bangalore, Promoter-SAVB-ayurvedic pharma company, Recipient of the Karnataka State Award ‘Nada Chetana’ for excellence in Ayurveda, Recipient of ‘Atreya’ award in the AAPNA Conference at Las Angeles, USA in 2012 and Recipient of ‘Dhanwantari’ award in the AAPNA Conference at Boone, USA in 2014

Presentation Topic: “Role of Manas (Consciousness) in the Manifestation & Management of diseases”

Abstract: Manas (consciousness) plays a major role in any disease. it plays a major role in manifesting of any disease and similarly plays a major role in the process of cure of the same.

Vijay Jain

Vijay K. 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 and founding medical director of International University of Yoga and Ayurveda, Inc. and board of director of Association of Ayurvedic Professionals of North America, Inc.

Presentation Topic: “Abhyasa (Practice) & Vairagya (Non attachment) Tools for Spiritual Seeker”

Abstract: Patanjali in Yoga Sutra describes two techniques for not identifying with the Vruttis of the mind. These are Abhyasa or Discipline or practice and Vairagya or non-attachment or “let go”. Discipline or practice should not be a forced or required habit. It should come from within. Same way, non-attachment should not be confused with aloofness or “don’t care” attitude. It should be practiced with all passion and compassion. In this brief discussion, we will discuss how these tools are misunderstood in both Yoga and Ayurveda and how we can practice them by understanding the deep meaning Sage Patanjali describes them.


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.



Penni Feiner & Sheryl Edsall, New Jersey, USA Kirtan is a form of devotional call and response chanting which roots goes back over 500 years to India. It is a practice of Bhakti Yoga (yoga of devotion). The singing is accompanied by musical instruments and rhythmic drumming and the audience is encouraged to participate by chanting, clapping, and dancing. You will not be able to resist the urge to join in! In its heartfelt expression kirtan can induce profound states of meditation, bliss and ecstasy. Other side effects may include opening of the heart, and building a deeper connection to you, others, and the Divine. In Kirtan we bring our voices and intentions together to cultivate Shakti (Divine energy), allowing each participant to bring more love, freedom and creativity into their life. Chant has been described as the beating of the heart of the soul and offers a connection to the heart and the divinity that lies within.