Faculty and Staff

Prof. R.K. Bodhe is a M.A. (Philosophy & Sanskrit), M. Phil. (Philosophy) Worked as Research Officer, Philosophico-Literary Research Department, Kaivalyadhama, Lonavla, for 30 yrs. At present working as Asstt. Director of Research & Head in the same Deptt. Also 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. Also working as Associate Editor of Yoga Mimamsa. His areas of interest include Yoga Philosophy, Applied aspects of Traditional Yoga, Value Education and Philosophical bases of esoteric sciences

Prof. R.K. Bodhe

Dr. Bandita Satapathy is working as a Research Officer, in the Philosophico Literary Research Department of Kaivalyadhama, Lonavala. She is also engaged as a Lecturer in G. S. College, Kaivalyadhama. Completing her M. A, M. Phil, Ph. D in Sanskrit, she is involved in doing researches in the areas of Yoga. Dr. Bandita has undergone courses on Manuscriptology from Pune University and short term Courses in Computational Linguistics, from the Department of Linguistics, Deccan College Pune. Earlier she worked in the Center of Advanced Study in Sanskrit, University of Pune and at Sri Jagannath Sanskrit University, Puri, Odisha in research positions. She has delivered lectures on ‘Sanskrit Phonetics’ at the Central University of Tibetan Studies, Sarnath, Varanasi. She has published Research papers in National Journals ‘Aranyakam’ Araa, Bihar, in Yoga Mimamsa of Kaivalyadhama and in annual Magazine, Central Library, BHU. She has also presented papers in National and International Conferences.          

Dr. Bandita Satapathy

Dr. S.D.PathakM.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. S. D. Pathak

Mr. Ankur Pandey, (M.A. Yoga) from Uttarakhand Open University, working as a Yoga Teacher.  Completed Diploma in Yoga Education (D.Y.Ed.) in 2013 in Kaivalyadhama Yoga Institute, Lonavla. Having experience of working as a Yoga Teacher at Jawahar Navoday Vidyalayas in Gandhinagar and Kinnaur for 3 months each and worked in Kendriya Vidyalaya (INS Shivaji), Lonavla for 1 academic year . Also worked as a Warden in G.S.College of Yoga and Cultural Synthesis for one and half year. Now working in G.S.College of Yoga as a Yoga Teacher since Feb’2016.

Mr. Ankur Pandey

Mrs Debasri Ganguly, BA, PGDYT. Working as office assistant at Kaivalyadham G.S College Of Yoga & Cultural Synthesis as part of team responsible for coordinating of different courses. She also conduct yoga practical class for group as part of different project undertaken by Kaivalyadham and Yoga lesson plan on adoc basis. Prior Joining here she worked as Office assistant at Silvassa for 2 years(UT).
Mrs Debasri Ganguly

Dr Bhalekar, Ayurvedacharya and Master in  counselling and Psychotherapy (M.S. con-psy) has ben working as an Principal I/C at Gordhandas Seksaria College of Yoga & Cultural Synthesis, Kaivalyadhama., Lonavala. He also worked as a Residential Medical Officer at Health care center, Kaivalyadhama and made many yoga therapy modules and introduced successfully in thousands of patients. He has been teaching the subjects- Anatomy-physiology of Yoga, Yoga therapy, Yoga and Mental Health, Yoga -Ayurveda for yoga courses.

Author of books, “Pranayama-mudra and meditation” and “Anatomy-Physiology of Yoga”, Dr. Bhalekar has a unique blend of modern as well as traditional approaches to yoga in his teachings and writings. He has conducted profligate workshops at National and International conferences.
Dr. S. D. Bhalekar

Acting Principal

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. R. S. Bhogal

Dr. Raghavendra Bhat (Vidwat., M.A., M.Phil., Ph.D.) has worked as a Research Officer in Sri Venkateshwara Vedic University Tirupati, for one  Year in field of Manuscripts Editing, Original text editing and Publishing the same, Organizing the Research Programs Etc

Worked as a Sanskrit lecturer in Atreya Ayurvedic Medical College Bangalore,   For two hand half year and worked as a Member of Anti-Ragging Committee, Member Of Disciplinary Committee, Cultural Co-Ordinater, Class Teacher Etc.

Dr. Raghavendra Bhat

Mrs. Rajani Pradhan, working as lecturer at G. S. College of Yoga and Cultural Synthesis, Kaivalyadhama is a sincere student of Yoga and Vedanta. After completing MA in Yogashastra she has submitted her Doctorate thesis to Kavi Kulaguru Kalidasa Sanskrit University Ramtek, Nagpur under the able guidance of Dr. B. R. Sharma, Principal, G. S. College, Kaivalyadhama. She has cleared NET in January, 2018. She is studying Vedanta with Pujya Swami Advayananda,  Head of Chinmaya International Foundation, Velianad, Kerla and learning Indian ancient Music, Dhrupad with Ustad Shree Bahauddin Dagar. She has been teaching Yogashastraat various institutes since last five years includingSwami Vivekananda Yoga Kendra, Navi Mumbai, affiliated to SVYASA Bangaluru; K.J. Somaiya Centre for Buddhist Studies, University of Mumbai; Bharatiya Sanskriti Peetham, K. J. Somaiya affiliated to Kavi Kulaguru Kalidasa Sanskrit Univ. Nagpur;Chinmaya Naada Bindu Gurukula (Chinmaya University) etc.

Mrs. Rajani Pradhan

Mrs. Sayali Vartak has an M.com from Pune University and is currently working as an Office Executive , in G.S.College of Yoga and Cultural Synthesis. Having experience of more than 12 years in Banking, Financial Services and Administration, she is looking after all the administrative activities of college. Her role involves entire process of admissions, registration of students, record maintenance, preparation of annual reports of all the courses conducted and the academic correspondence. Dealing with multifarious tasks, she provides administrative support to ensure efficient operation of the college office.
Mrs. Sayali Vartak

Brig(Retd) Suhas Dharmadhikari, has served in the Army for 36 years and retired as Brigadier. An alumnus of Satara Sainik School, NDA and IMA.

An Artillery officer handled all types of guns including BOFORS. He handled the Bofors guns in the Siachen Glacier and during the Kargil operations.Commanded 33 Medium Regiment equipped with 130 MM Russian Guns. A graduate of Defence Services Staff College, Wellington and MSc (Defence Studies), Madras University.

BA(Eco, Socio, Pol Sc, Eng), Graduate Mass Communication, PG Dip Video  Programming – News and Current Affairs from Nagpur University. Taught Communication to mgmt students at Dept of Mgt, Nagpur Univ in 2000-01.Handled the state of art UAVs, WLRs, MBRLs and Prithvi Missiles while in the Army.

After retirement served as Chief Exec Administration, Maihar and Manikgarh Cement. Passionate about YOGA and has played all indoor and outdoor games- chess to boxing. Plays Golf regularly.

Writes for HITVADA and pursues studies in Astrology.

Presently  at Kaivalyadham, Lonavala as Honorary Consultant Operations and Registrar (GS College of Yoga and Cultural Synthesis) since Feb 2014.

Brig (Retd) Suhas Dharmadhikari


Dattatraya D. Kulkarni is working in the field of neurophysiology and neuropsychology of yogic concept since 25 years.

His main area of interest is signal detection theory and psychophysics. His current area of research is bio-electrical activity of yoga practices and nostril dominance. He has attended various National and International conferences.

Publications: More than 25 research papers of both National and International standard.

D. D. Kulkarni

Dr. Praseeda Menon is Ph.D.  in Industrial Psychology from University of Pune. Currently working with Kaivalyadhama Yoga Institute, Lonavala, as Research Officer in Psychology & Teaching Faculty in Research Methodology.Served as visiting faculty in Human Resource Management for the BBA course at ISB&M, Pune  in 2009.Worked with Wipro BPO Solutions Ltd., Pune, from 2003-2006.Worked as a trainee copywriter in Notre Advertising, Kolhapur, in 1996

Dr. Praseeda Menon

Mr. Anukool Deval is working as Yoga Teacher in G.S. College of Yoga & Cultural Synthesis from April 2016. He conducts Practical Classes and lectures on Teaching Methods for Yogic Practices. Prior to this, after completing his Diploma in Yoga Education (DYEd), he worked as Yoga Teacher for Kaivalyadhama Mumbai for 6 years. He has conducted Yoga Classes for  Mumbai Police Commandos and also in Corporate Sector with companies like Motilal Oswal Securities Ltd., Bank of America, The Oberoi Hotel, ONGC, Syntel Inc.,GlaxoSmithKline, etc. He has conducted workshops in Singapore Sun Festival and lectures on Basics of Yoga in Real Yoga Institute, Singapore in 2010.

Mr. Anukool Deval

Ms. Neeta Gade, after completing her graduation in Chemistry, in Pune University and BNMS (Naturopathy), has worked as Yoga Teacher and Naturo-therapist in Institute of Nature Cure and Yogic Science, Bhosari one year. She has completed Diploma in Yoga Education (D.Y.Ed.) in 2001 in Kaivalyadhama Yoga Institute, Lonavla. She has completed 4 months Internship after the course. She has worked as Yoga Teacher in Symbiosis deemed University for a year. She has worked in University of Pune 11.5 years as Yoga Teacher, she has conducted regular classes of University students and employees, she conducted 13 certificate courses of Yoga, in University with collaboration of   Kaivalyadhama and she has also conducted theory lectures in Teaching Methods and practical for certificate course.  She has completed Masters in Sanskrit, in 2008 from University of Pune and submitted (PhD in Meditation) in 2018. She has been working as Yoga Teacher, B.A. Yoga coordinator since 4 years in G. S. College, Kaivalyadhama. She is conducting lectures of Schools of Yoga and practical for B.A. Yogashastra.

Ms. Neeta Gade



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. N. Ganesh Rao, Ph.D., Holistic Yoga Master and Therapist is a visiting faculty at Kaivalyadhama and Professor at K. J. Somaiya’s Bharatiya Sanskriti Peetham. Dr. Rao is a Ph. D. Guide, a psychologist and a philosopher with profound knowledge in Yoga Philosophy. He is Advisor to Kaivalyadhama, Mumbai and Member of 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. 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. Kala Acharya is the Director of K.J. Somaiya Bharatiya Sanskriti Peetham since its inception in 1989. She is a versatile Sanskrit scholar with outstanding merit, having received four Gold medals including the Chancellor’s medal for M.A. in Sanskrit. She has been honoured by the Government of Maharashtra as ‘Sanskrit Pandita’ (outstanding Sanskrit scholar) in 1994.

Dr. Ulka Natu, has worked as a consultant gynaecologist in Thane for the last 22 years and is the Co-Director of Nest Hospital in Naupada. In 2000 she received a Diploma in Yoga from Ghantali Mitra Mandal, Thane, and in 2004 she qualified for an Advanced Diploma in Yoga from the University of Mumbai. With Ghantali Mitra Mandal, Thane, she is the Director of its Prajnana Yoga Anusandhana Kendra and the Chief Health Advisor of its Niranjan Yoga Swasthya Kendra. She has assisted in the conduct of a number of health-oriented yoga camps and programs organized by Ghantali Mitra Mandal.