kaivalyadhama-facultyL-R (Seated): Dr. Bandita Satapathy, Mrs. Sandhya Dixit, Prof. Gyan Sahay, Dr. B.R. Sharma, Prof. R.S. Bhogal, Prof. R.K. Bodhe, Smt. Shashi Sinha, Dr. Praseeda Menon L-R (Standing): Shri. Bharat Singh. Dr. Gururaj, Shri. Vivek Tiwari, Shri. Rajanish Sharma, Ms. Seema Yadav, Dr. Raghavendra Bhat, Mr. D.D. Kulkarni, Mr. Sandeep Wankhede, Dr. S.D. Bhalekar, Mr. C.G. Shinde  

Principal, Dr. B.R. Sharma, Ph.D.

Dr. B. R. Sharma is presently working as Principal, Gordhandas Seksaria College of Yoga and Cultural Synthesis, Kaivalyadhama, Lonavla. Dr. Sharma received his Doctorate in 1984 (in Bhakti) and specialization in Manuscriptology in 1982. His Ph.D. thesis has already been published by Rashtriya Sanskrit Samsthan, New Delhi. He joined Kaivalyadhama, Lonavla as a Research Officer in Jan. 1986 and worked for 12 years and there after worked as Assistant Director of Research and Head of Department of Philosophico- Literary Research in Yoga for 15 yrs. He is a recognized Research Guide for M.Phil and PhD. students of Lokmanya Tilak Maharashtra University, Pune. He has worked as a Member, Advisory Board,  TKDL Project, Govt. of India, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Department of AYUSH, New Delhi, as well as a Visiting Professor/Resource Person at various Universities/Institutions in India. Dr. Sharma has delivered lectures and Key Note Speeches, conducted workshops on yoga both in India and abroad. To his credit, he has 40 research papers published in proceedings, souvenirs & Yoga Journals and 10 books in collaboration published by Kaivalyadhama (such as Yoga Kosha, Yoga Concordance Vol. (I-VII), and various Critical Editions of Traditional Yoga Texts). He has worked as Managing Editor and Executive Editor for Yoga Mimamsa Journal being published by Kaivalyadhama. He has participated in 12 International and 16 National Conferences/Seminars/Symposia, etc. Dr. Sharma is teaching various courses run by Kaivalyadhama particularly Patanjala Yoga Sutra to D.Y.Ed & Traditional Hatha Yoga to C.C.Y. for the last 25 years.

Prof. R. S. Bhogal is a post graduate in psychology. Also, he is qualified in the NET exam (Organizational Psychology) with 17 years of research experience and twenty years of teaching experience. He was also Managing Editor and Associate Editor of Yoga Mimamsa for 17 years. He is the author of i) Psychophysiology of Traditional Yoga (in Korean) ii) Yoga and Modern Psychology (in English and German) ii) Yoga and Mental Health and Beyond (English). Prof.R. S. Bhogal is credited with a large number of scientific papers and is a recipient of Shivram Apte award of the Fergusson College, Pune, and Bharat Jyoti award by IIFS, New Delhi. Seventeen years of research experience, twenty years of teaching experience and seventeen years as Managing Editor and Associate Editor of Yoga Mimamsa makes him a worthy speaker on Yoga Psychology in India and abroad. He is also a meditation expert with a calm poised temperament.

Prof. G.S.Sahay, M.A.(Sanskrit., Gold Medalist), C.C.Y., Research Officer, Philosophico-Literary Research Dept. , Kaivalyadhama (Lonavla) since 1976 and Lecturer, in Gordhandas Seksaria College of Yoga and Cultural Synthesis since 1977. He has around 35 research papers , as well as, published books as co-editor. Resource person to many Indian Universities and institutions both in India and abroad . Prof. Sahay’s areas of interest include Indian philosophy and Traditional Yoga. He worked as eminent Yoga Expert for TKDL project under the joint auspices of ‘SIR’ Ministry of Health , G.O.I. and MDNIY, New Delhi. 

Prof.R.K. Bodhe , M.A. (Philosophy), (Sanskrit), M. Phil. (Philosophy) Working as Research Officer, Philosophico-Literary Research Department, Kaivalyadhama, Lonavla, since 1984 and delivering lectures for various Yoga courses at Gordhandas Seksaria College of Yoga and Cultural Synthesis, Prof. Bodhe has an extensive experience of thirty years in editing and translating Yogic Texts. Resource person to several universities and institutions, he is author of several original research papers in Traditional Yoga and co-author of several Volumes. His areas of interest include Yoga Philosophy, Applied aspects of Traditional Yoga, Value Education and philosophical bases of esoteric sciences.

Dr.S.D. Bhalekar, B.A.M.S./ P.G.D.P.C., Medical Officer, Kaivalyadhama, Lonavla and Lecturer, at Gordhandas Seksaria College of Yoga & Cultural Synthesis, Kaivalyadhama. Author of a book ‘ Yoga Darpan’ .Dr. Bhalekar has a unique blend of modern as well as traditional approaches to yoga in his teachings and writings. He has conducted many workshops at National and International conferences.

Dr. Praseeda Menon is currently working as Research Officer at the Scientific Research Department of Kaivalyadhama. Her field of for her doctorate was Industrial Psychology. However, apart from her interest in Organizational Behaviour, she has deep interests in all aspects of Indian Psychology, which include but are not limited to Yoga & Buddhist Psychology and Consciousness studies. She believes in blending aspects of science and spirituality in her work in order to adopt a truly holistic approach.

DR. Raghavendra Bhat (Vidwat., M.A., M.Phil., Ph.D.) is working as  Research Officer in  P.L.R.D Having two and half years Teaching Experience in A.A.M.C. Bangalore as a Lecturer (Sanskrit). Attended national and international Conferences /Seminars and presented research papers. His Research articles are also published in reputed journals .i.e.  Ayurveda Mahasammelan Patrika. He has also worked under the C.C.R.A.S- Dept of Ayush, Ministry of Health and Family Well Fare, Govt of India, New Delhi; in 2008   on the topic of Sanskrit ‘The Treasure House of Ayurveda and essential tool to link with Modern Science’.

Dr. Bandita Satapathy is working as a Research Officer, PLRD, Kaivalyadham, Lonavala. Her academic qualification is M. A, M. Phil, Ph. D (Skt.), Certificate Course in Manuscriptology. She has worked as a Research Asst. at the Centre of Advanced Study in Sanskrit, University of Pune and also worked in the project Concordance of Conceptual Upanisadas Term published by C.A.S.S Pune University in Five Volumes. She has published Research Papers in National Journal ‘Aaranyakam’ Araa, Bihar and in annual Magazine, Central Library , BHU. She has presented papers in National and Internal Conferences.

Ms. Seema Yadav is presently working as a research assistant in PLRD of Kaivalyadhama. She is Pursuing Ph.D. from Kurukshetra University, kurukshetra. She is having M.phil (Yoga) ,M.A. (Applied Yoga and Health) M.A. (philosophy), B.Sc. (Zoology, Botany, chemistry). Previously she worked as a junior research fellow in a project entitled Philosophy and Practices Of Hatha-Yoga at Morarji desai national institute of yoga (New Delhi) (Feb. 2009 to July 2011) and also as a guest faculty in the Dept. of Applied yoga and Health D.A.V. College for Girls Yamuna Nagar (HR) for two and half year .Published one paper “PADMASANSWARUPA VIMARSHA” in the Yoga Vijnana, research journal of MDNIY in April-june 2009 issue. Presented Research Paper in the National yoga week-2009 held at MDNIY, New delhi. Attended 5 National conferences and 2 International conferences on yoga.

Mrs. Sandhya R.Dixit, B.Sc. D.Y.Ed. working as Senior Yoga Teacher for over 25 years at various levels on behalf of Kaivalyadhama institutes. Mrs. Dixit also delivers lectures in Teaching Methods  She has also conducted several yoga sessions for industries like L&T, Wartsila, Yoga camps at Agra, Bhopal, Jaipur, Udaipur, Andaman , Delhi. She has visited Russia , Macau and Taipeh (Taiwan) for Yoga Training & Teaching . Her field of interest include yoga teaching & therapy also Shuddhi Kriya techniques. She has also designed a few CDs for Yoga Modules.

Shri. Bharat Singh, B.A. D.Y.Ed. working as Senior Yoga Teacher for over 20 years at various levels on behalf of Kaivalyadhama institutes. He has also conducted several yoga sessions for industries Yoga camps at various places of India. He has visited S. Korea , Holland for Yoga Training & teaching . His field of interest include counseling , Shuddhi Kriyatechniques.

Mr. C. G.Shinde , M.A.(Yoga),M.Edn. D.Y.Edn. & N.D. Working as Yoga Teacher for various courses of the college. Specializes in Teaching Methods in Yoga and has been in teaching profession since 2005. Having a profound interest and aptitude for teaching philosophical aspects of Yoga and Education. He is delivering lectures for various short term courses at Kaivalyadhama viz. School Teachers of Maharashtra State, Govt. AYUSH scheme, Central Govt. School Teachers since 2006.

MR. RAJANISH SHARMA M.A. D.Y.Ed. working as Yoga Teacher and Warden for D.Y.Ed. and CCY Boys students, for a couple of years, at Gordhandas Seksaria college of Yoga & Cultural Synthesis, Lonavla. Also shouldering the responsibility as Boys warden, Shri Rajanish always strives to excel in yoga teaching & training.


Dr. S.K. Ganguly, B.Sc.,D.P.Ed.,C.C.Y., M.P.E.,D.Y.Ed., Ph.D.(Phy.Edn.) Former Asst. Director of Scientific Research in Yoga and Principal , Gordhandas Seksaria College of Yoga and Cultural Synthesis at the Kaivalyadhama. Dr. Ganguly has 40 years of teaching experience in the field of Yoga & Physical Education. He has published research articles and Books on Teaching Methods of Yogic Practices. He is one of the Life members & Governing Body Members of the Institute

Dr. Ramesh Bijlani (Ex. Professor & Head physiology Deptt. At AIIMS (New Delhi) Former professor and Head, Department of Physiology, AIIMS, and has 30 years of  experience in medical research.  Author of more than ten books including “Back to Health through Yoga” and Medial Research,” Dr. Bijlani is devoted worker of eminence at Aurobindo Ashram, New. Delhi . He retired voluntarily to pursue his passion for writing and spiritual path.  

Dr. JPN Mishra , M.Sc. Ph.D. (Professor, Jain Vishwa Bharati, University, Ladnun) Yoga Expert of repute and widely travelled . Dr. Mishra has numerous research papers to his credit. His courteous disposition and scholarly panache is a treat to his audience.

Dr. Anand Gokani M.D., (Diabetologist, Mumbai) Honorary Consultant Diabetologist, Bombay Hospital; Medical Consultant to Castrol India Ltd. , Bajaj Electricals Ltd.,Nicholas Piramal India Ltd, Cathedral & Johm Connon School Mumbai and many other organizations. Dr. Gokani a member of Editorial Board of studies, Kaivalyadhama , Lonavla.

Dr. Ganesh Rao, Ph.D., Yoga Expert and Teacher, Kaivalyadhama Mumbai and Associate Professor at the University of Mumbai. Dr. Rao is psychologist philosopher who tries to explain basic concept of yoga in a profundity and simplicity . He is also on the board of studies of Kaivalyadhama.

Dr. Samprasad Vinod (Director, Maharshi Vinod Yoga Research Institute, Pune) M.D. ,Ph.D,  D.Sc. , Founder, Mg. Trustee of Maharshi Vinod Research Foundation, Pune; Member Research Committee of Kaivalyadhama, Lonavla; He has a rich spiritual heritage from his father, the late Maharshi Nyayaratna Vinod. He has travelled extensively across India, Europe and USA for holding seminars and series of articles in reputed daily newspapers.

Dr. S.D.Pathak , M.S. , Surgeon, Mumbai,  Yoga Teacher from Ambika Yoga Kutir, Author of “Yoga and Its application in different diseases” and “Yoga Therapy manual for Yoga Teachers.”  He has published his new book “Yoga Therapy Through a Doctor’s Eye”. He is examiner and member of Board of Studies for Anatomy and Physiology of Yoga, Kaivalyadhama, Lonavla.

Dr. Ananda Balayogi Bhavanani, (Deputy Director, CYTER, MGMC & RI, Pondicherry) Chairman, ICYER at Ananda Ashram, Pondicherry. A worthy son of the late Swami Gitananda Giri. Dr. Balayogi has a multifaceted personality. Expert in Carnatic Sangeeta and Nritya Dr.Bhavanani combines spirituality with his medical profession, numerous research papers and fine arts. A much sought after speaker on the national and International level . He is popularly known As Young Yoga Scientist.

Dr. B.S.Damle, M.D. & General Physician, Yoga & Ayurveda expert , Yoga Vidyadhama Pune. Dr. Damle is member of Board of studies in Anatomy & physiology of Yoga Practice” of Kaivalyadhama.

Dr. D.R.Vaze, M.D.A medical expert from Indian Army. Dr. Vaze has three books published on Vedic physiology .He has presented his scientific papers on Neurology in Upanishads in 1994 & 1996 in the International Conference at San Francisco. He is visiting faculty and a member of Board of Studies, Kaivalyadhama, Lonavla.