Joni Patry
FEATURED FACULTY
Joni Patry lives in Dallas, Texas is one of the most recognized teachers and Vedic astrologers in the world. She was a faculty member for ACVA, CVA and Instructor for online certification programs, published many books, journals and appeared on national and international television shows.  As the keynote speaker for international conferences, she has a Japanese website, and teaches in Turkey and India. She has been awarded the 2015 Jyotish Star of the year and Dr B. V. Raman’s Janma Shatamanothsava Award Jyotisha Choodamani.   She publishes an online astrological magazine, Astrologic Magazine http://astrologicmagazine.com/ and has an online University for certification, the University of Vedic Astrology. http://universityofvedicastrology.com www.galacticcenter.org
Komilla Sutton
FEATURED FACULTY
Komilla Sutton is the co-founder and chair of the British Association for Vedic Astrology. She is on the faculty of the American College of Vedic Astrology. Komila is a council member of the Astrological Association of Great Britain. As an internationally renowned consultant, Komilla is also a teacher and lecturer. Indian born, Komilla Sutton is one of the pioneers in creating opportunities for Vedic Astrology to be more accessible for western readers. Komilla is the author of the following books: The Nakshatras - The Stars Beyond the Zodiac The Essentials of Vedic Astrology Lunar Nodes - Crisis and Redemption Personal Panchanga and the Five Sources of Light Vedic Love Signs Indian Astrology Komilla lectures worldwide, you can email her for her current schedule.
Sam Geppi
FEATURED FACULTY
Sam Geppi (Sadasiva) is the author of "Yoga and Vedic Astrology" and "The Ascendant-108 Planets of Vedic Astrology". He is the founder of the American Academy of Vedic Art and Science - which offers level 1-3 Certification programs in Vedic Astrology. Currently the Academy has more than 250 students enrolled. Sam is certified level 1 and 2 through ACVA and CVA and was hired by Dattatreya Shiva Baba to teach the first Astroved Vedic Astrology Certification Program in 2010.
Jeffrey Armstrong
FEATURED FACULTY
Jeffrey is the founder of VASA, The Vedic Academy of Sciences & Arts. Previously a western astrologer for 7 years, he began his studies of Vedic astrology with M.K. Gandhi in 1973. He is a member of ACVA, a Mentor to VFA Vedic Friends Association. Being well versed in Vedic knowledge, he is a renowned keynote speaker at many Universities, conferences, Yoga festivals and on Radio & TV around the world. Jeffrey has degrees in History & Comparative Religion, Psychology and Literature/Poetry and worked in Silicon Valley for 7 years as an executive and 10 as a motivational speaker. Jeffrey and his Dharma Patni Sandi Graham reside in Vancouver Canada. He is known for his consistent astrological accuracy, transcendental wisdom, deep insight, and empowering counseling. When put to an unprecedented test of accuracy on the FOX TV show “Exploring the Unknown” hosted by the publisher of the Sceptic’s Magazine, Jeffrey scored an incredible 80% accuracy, defeating the sceptics and validating the accuracy of Jyotish.
Dr. Andrew Foss, Ph.D.
FEATURED FACULTY
Dr. Foss has a PhD in Computing Science and is also an Oxford physics graduate with publications in Nature and other leading scientific journals. He is the author of the acclaimed book Yoga of the Planets. He has more than 40 years experience studying and teaching the Vedic wisdom around the world. He is the Founding President of the British Association of Vedic Astrology, Editor of the BAVA Journal Gochara, has completed the Jyotisha Pandita training in Parashara Hora Shastra and is a Certified Jaimini Scholar, the highest professional certification in Vedic Astrology. He has developed the unique, easy and powerful software Shri Jyoti Star that has become the first choice among the leading Vedic Astrologers around the world.
James Braha
FEATURED FACULTY
In 1986 James Braha altered the world of astrology when he wrote the first easily understandable and accessible book on Hindu/Vedic astrology, Ancient Hindu Astrology for the Modern Western Astrologer. It is widely recognized as a modern classic, and Robert Hand, the world’s foremost Western astrologer, called it a masterpiece. James is known for his ability to explain complicated astrological and spiritual concepts in the simplest, most digestible manner. James Braha studied Hindu/Vedic astrology with two highly respected teachers in India; R. Santhanam of Delhi, scholar and translator of numerous ancient Jyotish texts, and P. M. Padia in Bombay. James maintains an international practice from his home in Longboat key, Florida and has given classes and workshops all over the globe. He is the recipient of many awards, including the Jyotish Kovid and B. V. Raman Jyotisha Choodamani. He has done podcast interviews and teaching sessions with Anuradha Sharda, Kapiel Raaj, Saptarishi Astrology Magazine, Bhabajeet Kalita, Robert Kosmar and others, which can be seen on YouTube. James’ 2006 book Living Reality; My Extraordinary Summer with Sailor Bob Adamson is a detailed account of hosting the Australian spiritual master in his home. Seekers came from all over the U.S. to hear Bob’s talks during his five-week stay. Living Reality has been called “A modern classic representation in the field of non-duality.”
Alan Annand
FEATURED FACULTY
Alan Annand is a Canadian astrologer and former tutor for the British Faculty of Astrological Studies. He studied with Hart de Fouw and is a graduate of the American College of Vedic Astrology. He’s written several astrology books, includingKala Sarpa and Parivartana Yoga, as well as a New Age Noir mystery series (Scorpio Rising, Felonious Monk, Soma County) featuring an astrologer.
Ronnie Gale Dreyer
FEATURED FACULTY
Ronnie Gale Dreyer is an internationally known astrological consultant, lecturer, and teacher based in New York City. She has lectured for national and international groups and conferences, and conducts ongoing classes and webinars. Ronnie is the author of several books, which have been translated into multiple languages, and has contributed to numerous anthologies including the chapter “Indian Astrology,” which she co-wrote with Dr. Nicholas Campion in Religious Transformation in Modern Asia. She is Guest Lecturer for the Sophia Centre at the University of Wales and holds an M.A. in South Asian Languages and Cultures from Columbia University.
Dennis M. Harness Ph.D.
FACULTY
Dennis M. Harness is a professional astrologer who holds a doctorate degree in Counseling Psychology. For more than twenty-five years, Dr. Harness has studied both Eastern and Western techniques of astrology. He presents workshops on Vedic Astrology and Transpersonal Psychology throughout the world. He is the author of The Nakshatras: The Lunar Mansions of Vedic Astrology, which is published by Lotus Press. Dr. Harness is currently working on a new book titled The Karmic Code: The Predictive Planetary Periods of Vedic Astrology.
Matteo Zacchino
FACULTY
Matteo was born in San Remo, Italy on June 1st, 1980. The Italian Riviera beach town sits 20 minutes East from the Principaute du Monaco, on the bordering Italian coastline. Raised as a traveler and gradually enlightened with mystic knowledge since early childhood by his mother’s teachings, he learned about the possible hardships of a spiritual path. Within the ups and downs of life, his creative curiosity to overhaul things, people and situations grew larger with time. Inspired by the mysterious forces of the governing laws of Nature and its inevitable energetic unfoldments, it is now his mission to share the ancient healing systems he discovered and adopted through his very own life’s experiences. A Yoga instructor with strong anatomical expertise, his style of teaching is thorough and technical yet spiritually focused in its foundations. Inspired by the ancient knowledge of Vedic Astrology, he privately develops custom programs for students but also offers various yogic anatomy and spiritual alignment workshops.
Mally Pacquette
FACULTY
Mally has been involved in the fitness industry for over thirty five years. Her career began as a USPTA tennis professional for 20 years and then she began running marathons. YOGA remained her constant passion and became her focus after years of learning the subtleties of the body speaking to you. Certified in Ashtanga, Hatha, Kundalini and also as a Yoga Therapist, Mally has pursued connecting with individuals to inspire and guide them to health and wellness through a balanced lifestyle of breath, movement and inner sanctum for a deep soulful path, mally-smudge-2016Mally’s entire life has been deeply entrenched with indigenous cultures.
Zeffi Kefala
FACULTY
Currently residing in Sedona, Arizona, and Athens, Greece, Zeffi Kefala is internationally accomplished as a Spiritual Counselor, Medical Intuitive, Tantric teacher, Reiki Master, and Healer whose work takes her to Europe, Asia, and the United States. Her unique blending of all the traditions brings us more connected to the universal truth, which resides within all of us.
Barry Rosen
FACULTY
Barry Rosen has been practicing Vedic astrology and consulting since 1987 and has specialized in practical applied techniques to isolate and address issues regarding karmic patterns. His focus in these consultations is helping the client understand how much of our karma grips us through emotional and mental patterns that tend to form self-defeating beliefs. He then provides practical prescriptions to help individuals transcend these obstacles and move through their karma. Barry has been speaking at ACVA conferences since 1999 and in London at BAVA since 2006. He is a long-time teacher of meditation and yoga since 1976 and applies Vedic astrology to the financial markets through his business, fortucast.com and does consultations at www.appliedvedicastrology.com He can be reached at barry2@fortucast.com or through his business office at 928-284-5740.
Ruth Hartung
FACULTY
Owner & Director of 7 Centers Yoga Arts, Sraddhasagar (Ruth Hartung) has been course leader for over 70 month-long teacher trainings since 2001. Initiated by Swami Niranjanananda with the Bihar School of Yoga, she has integrated the trinity of the teachings of Yoga, Ayurveda and Jyotish as foundation for 7 Center’s 200/300-hour yoga teacher trainings. She has served as President of the International Yoga College, founded by Rama Jyoti Vernon, her mentor and teacher and has been a practitioner of Vipassana Meditation as taught by S.N. Goenka for the past 20 years. Currently she is leading an outreach project with Farashe Yoga studio in Ramallah, West Bank to train Palestinian yoga teachers to serve in their community and refugee camps.
Pundit Samavedula
FACULTY
Pandit Sharma Samavedula was born in 1971 in Manindragar, Madhya Pradesh, India into a family of South Indian Brahmans. His father is Brahma Shri Samavedula Trinadha Lakshmi Narasimha Murty, a Sama Veda Pandit and an expert in Shri Vidya (Shri Vidya Upasaka – A pandit who performs Shri Vidya pujas and yagyas). Pandit Sharma is a 6th generation Sama Veda pandit and a Shri Vidya Upasaka. He began his training in the Vedas at age 7 taught by his grandfather, the late Brahma Shri Samavedula Narayana Shastri, who was a renowned Sama Veda Pandit that received an award from the President of India. His grandfather was employed by the Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanam in Andhra Pradesh, India. In 2002, he founded the Vedic Yagya Center located in Vijayawada, Andhra Pradesh, India and Fairfield, Iowa. His Center offers to individuals, organizations and businesses Vedic yagyas (sacred ceremonies), homams (ancient fire ceremonies), and pujas as prescribed in the Vedas and Shastras, the holy Indian scriptures. By utilizing the sound vibrations of specific Sanskrit mantras, these performances can help alleviate many problems of our modern times.
Alex Trenoweth
FACULTY
Alex Trenoweth is a London-based astrologer and frequent visitor to India where she is Secretary General and Vice Principal of Kirshnamurti Institute of Astrology (KIA), a school with over 600 currently active students and many illustrious alumni. She is the author of “Growing Pains” and “The Wolf You Feed”, both titles from The Wessex Astrologer. Alex was named "Astrologer of the Year, 2015" and was given an honorary PhD from KIA for her innovative research.
Ksanati Nakshatra
FACULTY
Kṣaṇāti is a Graduate of the Ayurvedic Institute. Kṣaṇāti Studied Jyotish with Simon Chokoisky, Mahadev Levine, as well as Dr. Vasant Lad, founder of The Ayurvedic Institute in Albuquerque, NM. Kṣaṇāti Teaches Courses and Webinars with The Organization Saptarishis Astrology Centered Out of Mumbai, India. Kṣaṇāti Currently Practices in His Hometown of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Kṣaṇāti Most Passionate Topics Include How to Improve Our Planetary Karma with Ancient, Contemporary, and Ayurvedic Remedy. Kṣaṇāti Also Does Much Research in The Area of Vedic Astro Cartography, and How to Use Geography for Our Greatest Prosperity, Love, and Spiritual Evolution.
Laura DesJardins
FACULTY
Laura has been a professional Astrologer for the past 40 + years. She is a nationwide, multi-media personality, having been interviewed by CBS Radio, The NBC's "Today Show" and she has had articles in "People Magazine," "Orange Coast Magazine," the "Orange County Register" as well as three feature articles in the "Los Angeles Times Business Section." Laura has held "Staff Astrologer", positions at various radio stations and national magazine publications, and was a lecturer consultant to the exclusive "Golden Door Resort & Spa." Laura has also lectured with the Norwegian Cruise Lines, Princess Cruise lines and the Celebrity Cruise Lines. In addition, she is the author of "Time Passages," which was made into a report writer called "Midpoint Keys" by Matrix Software. Laura has been interviewed by the Learning and Discovery Channel on a show called "Prophecies The Millennium and Prophecies of Nostradamus, She presently is the director of Southern California Astrological Network, which she founded in 1986 and was the former director of the Michigan Astrological Association. Laura recently lectured at Astrological Conferences in Belgrade Serbia, Istanbul Turkey, as well as Kolkata, India.
Laura Harness
FACULTY
Laura S. Harness, MA, MT-BC has a Masters degree in Integral Counseling Psychology from the California Institute of Integral Studies and is a board certified Music Therapist. She is a Jungian therapist who works with indigenous healing practices and is a sacred land guide for spiritual healing retreats in majestic red rocks of Sedona. AZ.
Sherene Vismaya, M.A.
FACULTY
Sherene Schostak, M.A. is a Jungian analyst,  and astrologer in private practice in NYC and San Francisco for the past eighteen years consulting, writing and teaching. She specializes in depression, shadow work, anxiety, creative blocks, eating disorders, and relationships. Sherene has pioneered her own unique approach to Jungian and somatic healing modalities combined with her background in metaphysics inspired by her yearly pilgrimages to India.  She is the co-author of  Speculation Now; Transpersonal Astrology: Explorations at the Frontier, & Surviving Saturn's Return (McGrawHill). She holds a Master's Degree from New York University in Clinical Psychology, a Masters in Developmental Psychology from Pace University and post-graduate work in psychoanalytic studies from The New School and ISAP (Jungian Institute), Zurich. She has been the resident astrologer for Elle Magazine for the past decade. Sherene teaches classes and workshops internationally.
Naomi C. Bennett
FACULTY
Naomi C Bennett has practiced astrology since 1970 and was President of the Astrological Society of Austin, TX. She has a B.S. in Psychology, an 11 year career in computer sales with Fortune 500 companies and 15 years as a real estate investor. She teaches astrology as a branch of sacred geometry and advises clients. She has authored Foundations of Astrology in 2014 and she has published two works of Carl Payne Tobey, who was her astrology mentor.
Holly Zacchino
FACULTY

I have a passion for seeing women step into their feminine power through movement, intention and ritual. What inspires me is the feeling of connection, empowerment and sensuality that Goddess Yoga brings to women that practice. There can be huge shifts and releases though this practice, and then usually inspires a path of looking deeper into really embodying our feminine more fully in our lives.

Swami Sankarananda
FACULTY
Swami Sankarananda is a peace pilgrim. After not finding happiness in what many called a successful business career he turned within and took a path which led him to disciples of H.H. Swami Sivananda. During sadhana with his guru in the Himalayas he was inspired by the parivajaka tradition and greatly influenced by the examples of Swami Sivananda's disciples along with Peace Pilgrim. He took his monastic vows and returned to the USA in 2013, beginning a two year pilgrimage for peace on foot with a coast to coast walk from January 1, 2014. When the walk ended he was offered an rv to continue traveling while living and sharing the way of peace - and in early 2018 was called to the Sedona, Arizona area to help a classical Yoga Ashram take root there. He now stewards DivineGraceYogaAshram, offering support to seekers of Peace. www.divinegraceyoga.org
 
Dr. Denny Thompson
FACULTY
Dr. Denny Thompson is a Chiropractic Acupuncturist, a holistic philosopher and Ayurvedic Medicine practitioner. He has been in practice for almost 30 years. Dr. Denny’s post-graduate studies include Applied Kinesiology, Acupuncture, energy psychology, and Vedic Medical Astrology. Dr. Denny is also the author of 4 books. “Ayurvedic Zone Diet”, “The Twelve Ways of Love”, and “The Yoga of Relationships and the Twelve Ways of Love”. His next work is “Relationship Medicine” soon to be published.
Mas Vidal
FACULTY
Yogi, mystic, and practitioner of Ayurveda, Mas has become one of the most influential yoga and Ayurveda teachers in the world and offers unique certification training programs throughout the USA, Asia, and India. Mas enjoys teaching integral yoga classes, offering health and wellness lectures and giving workshops that embrace core Ayurvedic principles. His work is primarily influenced by the lineage-based traditions of India, with prominence to the teachings of Yogananda and Sivananda. In 2014 he appeared in the triumphant film “Awake, The Life Of Yogananda” and as an Ayurvedic practitioner, he maintains an active international counseling practice that includes yoga and Vedic astrology. He is the founder/director of Dancing Shiva Yoga Ayurveda, an international non-profit educational organization and center based in Southern California. Under Mas Vidal’s direction DSYA has been recognized internationally for developing a strong balance between the mind-body relationship and the spiritual principles emphasized in both yoga and ayurveda. Mas Vidal strongly encourages education in a practical sense and as a way of life in his dynamic yoga classes (see schedule). The center is aligned with various notable institutions of health and wellness, spirituality and higher learning throughout the United States, Europe and India and maintains interaction in the areas of consulting, research and providing educational materials.
Eve J. Mendoza
FACULTY
Eve became a serious student of Astrology over 20 years ago. In 1994, she met her first teacher who led her to the feet of Jyotish Shastra (more commonly known as Vedic Astrology.) She continued her studies in India where she devoted the next 10 years to serving her teacher and assisting in the every day maintenance of a Charitable Trust. Eve has also been instructed in the art of Mantra as well as Ayurveda, (the ancient Indian medical system). She returned from India in 2010 and has been offering readings ever since at the request of her teacher.
Manoj Chalam
FACULTY
These days people call Manoj a “spiritual stand up comedian” but he often falls flat on his face and that keeps his ego in check. Manoj uses an entertaining story telling style using Hindu/Buddhist deities in his workshops to illuminate deep Vedanta philosophy and help people in their hero’s journey. An Indian-born scientist with a PhD in Chemical engineering from Cornell University, Manoj helps individuals find their archetypes in Hindu Yogic deities and teaches the 5 practices to work with their archetype as a Vedantic practice. He has also compiled a book on the symbolisms of Hindu and Buddhist deity archetypes. Manoj is in the business of story telling to inspire people. And podcasts / you tube videos is the new compelling media to tell stories. Manoj was interviewed recently by the Ram Dass foundation for their podcast on "The Deities". Manoj is also being filmed for 108 hours for a new podcast series "Murtis for the 21st Century".
William R. Morris, PhD, DAOM, LAc
FACULTY
Will Morris began his professional astrological life in 1977 when he left the road as a musician to rely solely upon readings for a living. He worked as an itinerate astrologer at any café that would allow it in the bohemian environs of Venice, CA. In the 1980s, he earned a doctorate in Chinese medicine, furthering his interest in medical astrology. Seeing the need to delimit astrological research from the conventional evidence based practice, he pursued a PhD in qualitative research. He has combined astrology in the clinic using herbs and acupuncture for more than 28 years, guided by Jyotish and early European techniques of astrology. Hi book, Cycles in Medical Astrology is an attempt to build astrological tools that transcend sidereal and tropical concerns.
Julie Swietlik
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Simon Chokoisky
FACULTY
Simon's work to prove astrology in the real world includes pioneering techniques for contest prediction, compatibility, as well as helping people find their true purpose in life. In addition to four books on Dharma published by Inner Traditions, Simon is the author of Sanskrit Without Stress and Decoding Your Life Map With Vedic Astrology. Simon taught Sanskrit and Medical Jyotisha at the Ayurvedic Institute in New Mexico, and can currently be found traveling planet earth.
Richard Fidler
FACULTY
Richard Fidler is a professional astrologer and teacher. His astrological career began in the early 1990’s, while still in his teens. Friends started to insist on paying for astrological interpretations, and it just never stopped. During the mid 1990’s Richard joined the Pretoria Lodge of the Theosophical Society, taught astrology there, and became the librarian. This provided a rich and constant exposure to a great variety of metaphysical paradigms, practices and teachers. Richard started out on his astrological journey with conventional modern western astrology, but then began exploring Jyotish in 1997, gradually integrating Jyotish into his methodology. He now uses Western and Vedic astrological methods side by side in his practice. Through his writing, lectures and workshops he has been instrumental in bringing knowledge and awareness of Jyotish to the South African astrological community, and beyond. In 2011 Richard spent several months in India on a personal astrological pilgrimage, to connect with Jyotish at its source after years of self study. He has since visited India several times to learn and teach. In 2014 Richard was awarded the title of 'Jyotish Martanda' on an honorary basis from the Calcutta based Krishnamurti Institute of Astrology. He currently serves on this organization's organizing committee for their periodic international conferences which attract leading astrologers from every part of the world.
Bill Sinclair
FACULTY
Bill began studying Vedic Astrology in 2002 with Ronnie Dreyer and continues his studies under the guidance of Komilla Sutton. Bill has a Master’s Degree in Clinical Social work and holds a Level 1 Jyotish Certification from the American College of Vedic Astrology. He was also awarded the Jyotish Shastri Diploma from Komilla Academy of Vedic Studies in Chandigarh, India. For the last 5 years Bill has been lecturing and teaching. He has been on the faculty of United Astrology Conference (UAC) 2018, Fresh Talents of Jyotish Conferences in India and San Francisco, British Association of Vedic Astrology (BAVA) in London, Sedona Vedic Astrology (SVA) Conference and the Annual Jyotish Conferences at Sivananda Yoga Farm in Grass Valley, California.
Sunilee Jani Pawar
FACULTY
Myself Sunilee Jani pawar from Mumbai India.I am into traditional jyotish and did "Jyotish Bhushan" degree at Mumbai.I am fortunate to get my Maternal uncle as my Mentor. At present I am into Astrology And Vastu consultations and spiritual healing,as well as i teach vedic jyotish online and offline. My website is planettosoul.com. YouTube channel is Planet To Soul Astrology. Achievements...I Have been rewarded by Ashirpatram(Blessing letter)from Jagad Guru Adishankaracharya Karvir pith for spreading of jyotish knowledge.
Keiko Ito
FACULTY
After studying western Astrology from a young age, Tokyo-based Keiko started learning Vedic Astrology in 2003 with her teacher, Komilla Sutton. Traveling regularly to India with Komilla to deepen her Vedic knowledge, Keiko has been part of the faculty at the Fresh Talents of Vedic Astrology in India and USA, the BAVA Conference in London, UK, the Annual Vedic Astrology Conference at Sivananda Yoga Farm in California and the Sedona Vedic Astrology Conference in Sedona, Arizona, USA. She regularly holds Jyotish-themed workshops at Sivananda Yoga Tokyo Center and various locations in Japan, is a full-time translator in four languages and a Vedic astrologer with clients in Japan and worldwide.
Kenneth Miller
FACULTY
Kenneth D. Miller, MA, is a lifelong student of astrological matters and practicing astrologer in San Diego, California. He received his Master’s Degree (History of Astrology) from Kepler College. He holds the title of Jyotish Kovid from the Council of Vedic Astrology, Jyotish Medha Shree from the Indian Council of Astrological Sciences, and a few other titles/certificates to boot. In addition Kenneth has made a study of Hellenistic, Medieval, Renaissance, and Modern astrologies. He is one of the few professional astrologers with a working knowledge of all five of these traditions.
David Cochrane
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David is a popular speaker at international astrology conferences, author of two astrology books, past President of the International Society for Astrological Research (ISAR), current research director for ISAR, the 2018 winner of the prestigious Regulus Award for Discovery, Innovation, and Research, co-founder of the Avalon School of Astrology, and the lead programmer for two of the leading astrology software companies: Cosmic Patterns Software and Matrix Software. David has a MA degree in Research and Evaluation Methodology and he works with academics, business people, and professionals around the world on developing astrological products and services and research projects. David has collaborated with dozens of astrology on a wide range of projects. David was a full-time professional astrologer from 1972 to 1981. He interviewed and consulted over 10,000 people. He developed a system of astrology which has evolved since then into what is now known as Vibrational Astrology. There is a Vibrational Astrology Conference in early April of every year in Gainesvile, Florida. David has also made over 300 youtube astrology tutorial videos on a wide variety of astrological topics.
Jaya Lakshmi & Ananda Yogiji
FACULTY
Jaya Lakshmi and Ananda are Oregon based musical artists in the genre of mantra music and heart songs. As inspired singer/songwriters, they are best known for their English devotional lyrics infused with vedic mantras but are also well known for their enchanting acoustic kirtans. They both play guitar and harmonium while weaving vocal melodies. In addition, Jaya Lakshmi plays keyboard and Ananda captivates audiences via the bansuri flute. They are known for their powerful blend of modern and ancient soundscapes that touches the heart and invokes a meditative connected state.
Monique Parker
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It is tradition to call upon the blessings of the patron deity of Jyotish Shastra—Lord Ganesh—widely revered as the remover of obstacles, patron of arts and sciences and the ‘Deva’ of intellect and wisdom. As the God of beginnings, he is honored at the commencement  of any endeavour for its unhindered accomplishment. Monique will teach Ganapati-prarthana from the Taittirīya-samhitā in traditional call and response with adherence to the six grammatical rules of Vedic chant. Vedic chanting or Adhyayanam is considered the oldest unbroken oral tradition in existence and has been declared an intangible heritage of humanity by UNESCO. The ancient Indian culture and Brahmin priests devoted their lives to maintaining these sacred sounds and enacting Vedic rituals to ensure that the texts were transmitted with accuracy and fidelity from one generation to the next. 
Kari Field
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Kari Field (Anandashree) is a San Francisco based Vedic Astrologer. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Women’s Studies and has been studying and practicing astrology since 1990, as well as reading Tarot cards since her childhood.

Kari has studied under Vedic astrologers Pt Sanjay Rath, Hart de Fouw and Krishan Lal Mantriji. She returns regularly to India to continue her astrological research, music study, and to serve her spiritual teacher, Mata Amritananda Mayi Ma in Kerala  

Kari upholds the tradition that Vedic Astrology is more than just a predictive tool.  It is a method of uplifting the mind which offers extraordinary understanding of karmic patterns and cycles in life.  Her consultations integrate creative and practical remedial methods, restoring balance and empowering the individual to live a healthy and productive life. 

Kathy Simonik
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Kathy, a native Chicagoan relocated to Sedona in early 2019. She has over 15 years teaching experience and is Certified in Anusara Yoga™, ERYT 500. She brings a nurturing, therapeutic-style into her classes. She sees students privately and offers public classes in Sedona. She has been leading Yoga Teacher Trainings for over 10 years.

Jim Simonik
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Jim and his wife Kathy have been doing yoga for over 17 years. Jim started 3 weeks after Kathy started doing yoga. Jim has been doing remodeling for over 30 years and his body was always in pain. After just a couple of months the back pain went away and never returned and he started feeling better physically, mentally, and spiritually. He continues to teach yoga at Awakenings Yoga Studio in Sedona. Jim and Kathy owned 2 yoga studios in Illinois called Pulsation Yoga with 26 teachers. They have just recently moved to Sedona in Feb. of 2019. Students can be healed almost immediately if they stuck with consistency. Yoga works, you just have to do it!