Kaivalyadhama - GS College of Yoga

Dr. N. Ganesh Rao

Dr. N. Ganesh Rao is a highly acclaimed and inspiring name in the field of Yoga in India having conducted till date more than 18000 sessions (including specialist Workshops, presentation of Papers in National and International Conferences, Counselling sessions, etc.) in Yoga covering all its aspects, theoretical and practical. He has to his credit a Doctorate in Philosophy and is a Professor and Ph. D. Guide in Yoga and Philosophy. There may not be a better example of philosophy serving practice in day to day life. His other qualifications include Master of Commerce (M.Com.), Master of Arts (M.A. in Philosophy), Diploma in Management Studies (D.M.S.), Diploma in Naturopathy (D.N.), Diploma in Yoga Education (D.Y. Ed)., Madhyama Yoga Siksha Certificate and Specialist Instructor in First Aid and Home Nursing.

Dr. Rao has been associated with multiple Universities and Institutions including being an Advisor to and Member of Board of Studies of Kaivalyadhama, a Member of Board of Studies of Sri Sri University, Bubhaneshwar, a Visiting Faculty in Bharatiya Samskriti Peetham and Centre for Buddhist Studies, K. J. Somaiya Institute, Mumbai University, Kaivalyadhama (Mumbai and Lonavla), Yoga alliance (USA) and ITM (for Western Philosophy). He has served as Secretary of Certification Committee and Technical Expert (Yoga) with QCI, a Member of Selection Panel with ICCR (Indian Council of Cultural Relations).

Dr. Rao has authored and co-edited several books besides publishing a number of Articles in Newspapers / Journals and has recorded CDs for Yoga Nidra and Panchakosha Dharana, Yogic Counselling, Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras and Samkhya Philosophy.

Dr. Rao resigned as a Finance Executive in one of the largest Automobile Companies in the country after a service spanning more than a decade and half.

Dr. Rao has carved a niche for himself in the field of Sports as well which includes a 17-year career as a Professional Football Player and subsequently as Coach at National Level winning many awards and recognition. He has coached more than 5000 youngsters in football.

Dr. Rao has been a regular trekker for the past 25 years in the Himalayas and Sahyadri mountains.

For further details please visit his website www.ganeshraoyoga.com 


Ananda BhavananiYogacharya Dr. Ananda Balayogi Bhavanani

Yogacharya Dr. Ananda Balayogi Bhavanani is Director of the Centre for Yoga Therapy Education and Research (CYTER), and Professor of Yoga therapy at the Sri Balaji Vidyapeeth University, Pondicherry (www.sbvu.ac.in).

He is also Chairman of the International Centre for Yoga Education and Research at Ananda Ashram, Pondicherry, India (www.icyer.com) and Yoganjali Natyalayam, the premier institute of Yoga and Carnatic Music and Bharatanatyam in Pondicherry (www.rishiculture.in). He is son and successor of the internationally acclaimed Yoga team of Yogamaharishi Dr. Swami Gitananda Giri Guru Maharaj and Yogacharini Kalaimamani Ammaji, Smt.Meenakshi Devi Bhavanani.

He is a Gold Medallist in Medical Studies (MBBS) with postgraduate diplomas in both Family Health (PGDFH) as well as Yoga (PGDY) and the Advanced Diploma in Yoga under his illustrious parents in 1991-93. A Fellow of the Indian Academy of Yoga, he has authored 19 DVDs and 23 books on Yoga as well as published more than two hundred papers, compilations and abstracts on Yoga and Yoga research in National and International Journals. His literary works have more than 1500 Citations, with an h-Index of 19 and an i10-Index of 34.  In addition, he is a Classical Indian Vocalist, Percussionist, Music Composer and Choreographer of Indian Classical Dance.

In recent years he has travelled abroad 18 times and conducted invited talks, public events, workshops and retreats and been major presenter at Yoga conferences in the UK, USA, Italy, South Africa, Germany, Switzerland, Canada, Australia and New Zealand.

He is an Honorary International Advisor to the International Association of Yoga Therapists (www.iayt.org), the Australasian Association of Yoga Therapists (www.yogatherapy.org.au), the World Yoga Foundation (www.worldyogafoundation.in) and Gitananda Yoga Associations worldwide  (www.rishiculture.in).

A recognized PhD guide for Yoga Therapy he was recognized as an IAYT Certified Yoga Therapist (C-IAYT) by the International Association of Yoga Therapists, USA in September 2016. It is notable that he is the first Indian to receive this honour.

He is currently member of numerous expert committees of the Ministry of AYUSH including its National Board for Promotion of Yoga and Naturopathy, Scientific Advisory Committee of CCRYN, Expert Committees for Celebration of International Yoga Day and the Yoga & Diabetes program. He is Consultant Resource Person for the WHO Collaborative Centre in Traditional Medicine (Yoga) at MDNIY, New Delhi. He is also EC member and Director Publications Committee of the Indian Yoga Association (www.yogaiya.in) and Board of Directors of the Council for Yoga Accreditation International (www.cyai.org).

Dr. Sat Bir S. Khalsa

Sat Bir Singh Khalsa, Ph.D. is Research Director for the Yoga Alliance and the Kundalini Research Institute, Research Associate at the Benson Henry Institute for Mind Body Medicine, Research Affiliate at the Osher Center for Integrative Medicine, and Assistant Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School. He has conducted research on yoga and yoga therapy since 2001 and is a practitioner/instructor of Kundalini Yoga as taught by Yogi Bhajan since 1971. His research has evaluated yoga for insomnia, chronic stress, and anxiety-related disorders, and in the workplace and public schools.  He works with the International Association of Yoga Therapists promoting yoga research as scientific director for the annual Symposium on Yoga Research and editor-in-chief of the International Journal of Yoga Therapy.  He is author of the Harvard Medical School ebook Your Brain on Yoga, and chief editor of the medical textbook The Principles and Practice of Yoga in Health Care.

Dr. Arthur Brownstein

Arthur Brownstein, MD, MPH, DYED, is a former Assistant Clinical Professor of Medicine in the Department of Medicine at the John A. Burns School of Medicine, University of Hawaii at Manoa. He currently practices primary care medicine at the Hale Lea Family Medicine Clinic in Kilauea, Hawaii, USA, where, in addition to his regular clinic duties, he instructs patients in various aspects of Yoga Therapy. He also lectures on Yoga Therapy at the Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles. He and his wife, Nutan have both completed the D.Y.Ed course at Kaivalyadhama Yoga Institute, he through the G.S. College of Yoga and Cultural Synthesis in Lonavla, and she through the Ishwardas Chunilal Yogic Health Centre in Mumbai. They have both also worked with Dr. Dean Ornish, Clinical Professor of Medicine at the University of California School of Medicine, San Francisco, first person in the world to prove reversal of heart disease without drugs or surgery. Through Dr. Ornish’s Preventive Medicine Research Institute, during a ten year period, Dr. Brownstein and Nutan have helped introduce Yoga Therapy to over 4,000 patients with advanced heart disease.  Dr. Brownstein is also a Diplomate of the American Board of Preventive Medicine and a Founding Diplomate of the American Board of Integrative Holistic Medicine. As a military flight surgeon, he was awarded the prestigious Air Medal by the U.S. Air Force.

Dr. Ulka Natu

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.


Dr. S. N. Pathan

Dr.S.N. Pathan has a unique combination of an excellent academic career coupled with
outstanding achievements in academic and administration. He started his career as a Lecturer & Head, Department of Botany at Padmashri Vikhe Patil College, Pravaranagar. Later on, he served as Principal in Pune for about five years. He then joined as Principal of esteemed Government Sydenham College of Commerce and Economics, Mumbai with Additional charge as Director, Government Sydenham Institute of Management, Research & Entrepreneurship Education, Mumbai. He was subsequently elevated to the prestigious position of Director of Higher Education, Maharashtra state in 1999 till 13th July 2005.

As Director of Higher education, Maharashtra he Steered Higher Education Policies of State and maintained high academic excellence in the State. He encouraged over 1000 colleges to undergo the process of assessment & accreditation by NAAC, thereby bringing Maharashtra to the top in terms of the number of accredited institution in India. He also held additional charge as Vice-Chancellor (Status) of Deccan college, Pune, Post-graduate and Research Institute, Deemed University for 3 years. His knowledge, understanding, vision and administrative acumen in higher education gave him due recognition when he was appointed as Vice-Chancellor of Rashtrasant Tukadoji Maharaj Nagpur University on 14th July, 2005 by his Excellency the Chancellor & Governor of Maharashtra .

for the first time in the history of Maharashtra, Dr. Pathan has the privilege of being the Vice-Chancellor from Muslim community (minority) in the 84-year old prestigious University located at Nagpur.

Born on 1st May 1948 in a remote village in Ahmednagar District of Maharashtra Dr. Pathan completed his primary and secondary education locally and later went on to do his graduation and post-graduation in Botany at Shivaji University, Kolhapur. through Earn and Learn Scheme. He obtained Ph.D degree in Eco-Physiology in 1983 from Shivaji University, Kolhapur. His Achievements and excellence in the subject paved way to become Chairman of Board of Studies in Botany in University of Pune during 1984-47

He has many achievements both on the academic and administrative fronts. Beginning with undergraduate department in a rural college and later on establishment of Post-graduate & Research Centre in Botany outside University of Pune for the first time is a pinnacle in his academic career.

By virtue of his position as Director, Higher Education of the State he worked as Member of Management Council, Academic Council and Senate of all the Non-agricultural Universities in Maharashtra. He introduced for the first time the centralized B.Ed. Entrance Examination at the State level, which was widely appreciated. Dr. Pathan was Chairman of the Committee for new Solapur University (Maharashtra). In recognition of his long academic and administrative experience, he was appointed on various selection & other committees both within and outside the State. He has worked as Chairman of the Peer Team of NAAC, Bangalore for colleges in West Bengal, UGC nominee on Advisory Committee for Academic Staff College, Jai Narayan Vyas University, Jodhpur and is presently a member of the UGC committee to assess the performance of collages with potential for Excellence, UGC Committee to recommend sanction of plan grants to Universities, UGC Committee to sanction funds for conducting add on courses for colleges in Northern India & on many more U.G.C. Committees.

Another aspect of his academic talent found expression through his writings and publishing several research papers in Eco-Physiology, Bio-diversity and Taxonomy of plants in National and International journals. He has also authored six books in Botany. He has also Written a Book entitled “Quality Improvement Programme in Higher Education though NAAC- A Success story of Maharashtra” to provide guidance and insight to the colleges in the country. This book was appreciated by the Hon’ble Chairman of UGC and was released by the Hon’ble Chief Minister of Maharashtra.

He has presented several research papers in International Conferences held in Germany, Japan, U.S.A. & Nepal. He also delivered key-note address in an International Conference at Jakarta (Indonesia). He has also worked with Prof. Zigler in Technical University Munich (West Germany ) and in Royal Botanical Garden Kew London on Computer Taxonomy. Widely raveled, Dr. Pathan was a member of the delegation of Government of Maharashtra to visit various Universities In U.S.A. located at Chicago, Seattle, Philadelphia and St. Louis.

Dr. S.N.Pathan is the recipient of many awards, notably being Ideal Teacher Award from Zilla Parishad, Ahmednagar and very recently FIE Foundation National Award Presented at Ichalkaranji Which carried a citation & a cash prize of Rs. 50.000/-

Having gone a long way in his life facing obstacles at every stage, Dr. S. N Pathan has got soothing support from his wife, Mrs. Jannat Pathan. They are blessed with two daughters & a son who are in the medical profession and are well placed. Dr. S.N. Pathan always seeks his parents’ blessings & draws inspiration to continue his march towards achieving excellence in every walk of life.


Dr. Veena Londhe

Dr. (Mrs.) Veena A. Londhe M.A, Ph.D. (Sanskrit), is a prolific professor of Sanskrit in Nalanda Nritya Kala Mahavidyalaya (till Sept. 2011) and an Hon. Prof. of Sanskrit in Mumbai University (from Jan. 2012). She has been a visiting faculty at Kaivalyadhama, Mumbai & Mumbai University for Yoga Courses. She has had the opportunity to edit three books on Space-Time-Motion.