KaivalyaDhama

Meet Our Teachers

Dr. Sharad Bhalekar Principal In-Charge

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Dr. Sharadchandra Bhalekar is an ayurvedacharya and has done his masters in counselling and Psychotherapy (M.S. con-psy). He has been working as Principal In-Charge at Gordhandas Seksaria College of Yoga & Cultural Synthesis, Kaivalyadhama, Lonavala. 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. Rajeshwar Mukherjee Asst. Director of Research and Registrar

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Dr. Rajeshwar Mukherjee is the Assistant Director of Research at the Kaivalyadhama Institute. He holds double master’s degree, M.Sc. and M.A., in the subjects Physics and Sanskrit respectively. He has earned a Ph.D. degree in the interdisciplinary areas interfacing Physics and Indian Philosophy. He is also concurrently working as the Registrar (I/C) of the GS College. Dr. Rajeshwar travels to different universities and premier institutes delivering discourses and lectures. He has represented in the meet organized by the Ministry of External Affairs, Government of India on Quantum Reality and Theory of Shunya. Having invited to the prestigious Copenhagen Business School at Denmark, he delivered a lecture series. He has authored six books and more than fifteen research articles.

Shri. R. K. Bodhe Asst. Professor

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Shri. R. K. Bodhe is a M.A. (Philosophy & Sanskrit), M. Phil. (Philosophy) Worked as Research Officer, Philosophico-Literary Research Department, Kaivalyadhama, Lonavla, for 30 years. He is invited for delivering talks, workshops at several universities and institutions. In his career of 30 years, Prof. Bodhe has authored several research papers in Traditional Yoga and co-authored several Volumes. Prof. Bodhe is also working as the 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

Dr. R. S. Bhogal Associate Professor

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Dr. R. S. Bhogal is a post graduate in psychology and has many years of research and teaching experience. 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). Dr. 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. He is also a meditation expert with a calm poised temperament.

Dr. Rajani Pradhan Asst. Professor

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Dr. Rajani Pradhan, working as an Assistant Professor, is a sincere student of Yoga and Vedanta. After completing MA in Yogashastra, she has done her Doctorate in Yogashastra from Kavi Kulaguru Kalidasa Sanskrit University Ramtek, Nagpur. She has cleared NET in January, 2018. She is studying Vedanta with Swami Advayananda, Head of Chinmaya International Foundation, Velianad, Kerala and learning Indian ancient Music, Dhrupad with Ustad Shree Bahauddin Dagar. Her prior experience includes teaching at renowned institutes likeSwami Vivekananda Yoga Kendra, Navi Mumbai, Bharatiya Sanskriti Peetham Chinmaya Naada Bindu Gurukula (Chinmaya University) etc.

Dr. Ganesh Rao Chief Advisor – Academics and Training,
Kaivalyadhama

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Dr. N. Ganesh Rao is a highly acclaimed and inspiring name in the field of Yoga in India having conducted till date more than 19000 sessions of 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. 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 is 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 K. J. Somaiya Institute, Mumbai University, 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.

Dr. Neeta Gade
Dr. Neeta Gade Asst. Professor

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Dr. Neeta Gade, Ph.D., did 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 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.

Dr. Bandita Satapathy Asst. Professor

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Dr. Bandita Satapathy is working as a Research Officer, in the Philosophico Literary Research Department of Kaivalyadhama, Lonavala apart from being engaged as a Lecturer in G. S. College, Kaivalyadhama. After 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. 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. Praseeda Menon Asst. Professor

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Dr. Praseeda Menon has been working with the Scientific Research Department, Kaivalyadhama Yoga Institute, Lonavala, as a Research Officer in Psychology since 2013. She is Assistant Professor G. S. College of Yoga and Cultural Synthesis, Kaivalyadhama Yoga Institute, Lonavala, is a member of its Board of Studies and its Board of Examinations. She completed her Ph.D. in Industrial Psychology from Savitribai Phule Pune University. Currently, she conducts collaborative scientific research on the efficacy of yogic practices on overall health and well-being. She is also an Integral Member of the Kaivalyadhama Ashram. She is very passionate about unearthing the scientific treasure in Indian Traditional Knowledge Systems, and unravelling this timeless knowledge to the world.

Mrs. Akshata Badave
Mrs. Akshata Faculty - Psychology

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Mrs. Akshata S. Badave has completed her Masters in Psychology from SNDT Women’s University, Pune. Currently, she is working as a Scientific Assistant in the Scientific Research Department at Kaivalyadhama, Lonavala, and has four years of experience in yoga research. She also teaches yoga and mental health at the G. S. College of Yoga & Cultural Synthesis. Her areas of research include hypertension and other lifestyle disorders with yoga therapy as the intervention. She is also engaged in two AYUSH funded projects on the effect of yoga on pre-diabetics and the effect of Trataka on anxiety. She used to work with school students as a counsellor before joining Kaivalyadhama.

Mr. Ankur Pandey
Shri . Ankur Pandey Yoga Teacher

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Shri. 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.

Ms. Dipali Patnaik Yoga Teacher

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Presently in the role of Yoga Teacher at Kaivalyadhama Institute, holds a Bachelor's degree in Architecture and PG Diploma in Yoga Education. Prior to actively engaging herself in the field of Yoga, she had a career stint of 14 years, in Architecture and Construction Industry. The transition to Yoga came very naturally to her as a response to a pursuit for self discovery and self actualization. Her area of interest is in exploring how Yoga as a philosophy and practice can be a tool for self transformation and rooting oneself more to simplify present day life challenges.

Ms. Vidya Amrute Yoga Teacher

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Ms. Vidya Amrute is working as Yoga Teacher. Holds double Masters Degree M.sc. from SVYASA and MA from KKSU. She has completed PGDYT from KKSU, Diploma in yogic therapy and naturopathy and one year TTC, YCB certified Evaluator and yoga Teacher. She has worked for Embassy of India in Tajikistan and in various Institutes like Institute of Sciences and other Institutes. She has worked for StemRx Hospital, Thane as Senior yoga Therapist. She has made over 700 yoga teachers as was teaching in TTC course for 6 years. Ha been giving Yoga training to Navi Mumbai Police, teaching Yoga at NHP School, training to Physiotherapy students in MGM college.

Ms. Bhamini Purohit Yoga Teacher

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Ms. Bhamini Purohit is working as a Yoga. She has completed PGDYEd from Kaivalyadham in 2019-20. Has done Iyengar therapy course and learnt about prenatal and postnatal yoga and also learnt Ariel yoga. She has worked as a therapist in a studio situated in Kota for one year where she has served offline clients and International clients online. She has also treated people suffering from different kind of diseases.

    Dr. Sharad Bhalekar Asst. Professor

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    Dr. Sharadchandra Bhalekar is an Ayurvedacharya and has done his masters in counselling and Psychotherapy (M.S. con-psy). He is working as Asst. Professor at Gordhandas Seksaria College of Yoga & Cultural Synthesis, Kaivalyadhama, Lonavala. 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. Rajeshwar Mukherjee Assistant Director of Research and Asst. Professor

    Dr. Rajeshwar Mukherjee is the Assistant Director of Research at the Kaivalyadhama Institute. He holds double master’s degree, M.Sc. and M.A., in the subjects Physics and Sanskrit respectively. He has earned a Ph.D. degree in the interdisciplinary areas interfacing Physics and Indian Philosophy. He is concurrently working as Asst. Professor at the GS College. Dr. Rajeshwar travels to different universities and premier institutes delivering discourses and lectures. He has represented in the meet organized by the Ministry of External Affairs, Government of India on Quantum Reality and Theory of Shunya. Having invited to the prestigious Copenhagen Business School at Denmark, he delivered a lecture series. He has authored six books and more than fifteen research articles.

    Shri. R. K. Bodhe Asst. Professor

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    Shri. R. K. Bodhe is a M.A. (Philosophy & Sanskrit), M. Phil. (Philosophy) Worked as Research Officer, Philosophico-Literary Research Department, Kaivalyadhama, Lonavla, for 30 years. He is invited for delivering talks, workshops at several universities and institutions. In his career of 30 years, Prof. Bodhe has authored several research papers in Traditional Yoga and co-authored several Volumes. Prof. Bodhe is also working as the 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

    Dr. R. S. Bhogal Associate Professor

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    Dr. R. S. Bhogal is a post graduate in psychology and has many years of research and teaching experience. 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). Dr. 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. He is also a meditation expert with a calm poised temperament.

    Dr. Rajani Pradhan Asst. Professor

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    Dr. Rajani Pradhan, working as an Assistant Professor, is a sincere student of Yoga and Vedanta. After completing MA in Yogashastra, she has done her Doctorate in Yogashastra from Kavi Kulaguru Kalidasa Sanskrit University Ramtek, Nagpur. She has cleared NET in January, 2018. She is studying Vedanta with Swami Advayananda, Head of Chinmaya International Foundation, Velianad, Kerala and learning Indian ancient Music, Dhrupad with Ustad Shree Bahauddin Dagar. Her prior experience includes teaching at renowned institutes likeSwami Vivekananda Yoga Kendra, Navi Mumbai, Bharatiya Sanskriti Peetham Chinmaya Naada Bindu Gurukula (Chinmaya University) etc.

    Dr. Ganesh Rao Chief Advisor – Academics and Training,
    Kaivalyadhama

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    Dr. N. Ganesh Rao is a highly acclaimed and inspiring name in the field of Yoga in India having conducted till date more than 19000 sessions of 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. 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 is 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 K. J. Somaiya Institute, Mumbai University, 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.

    Dr. Neeta Gade
    Dr. Neeta Gade Asst. Professor

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    Dr. Neeta Gade, Ph.D., did 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 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.

    Dr. Bandita Satapathy Principal In-Charge

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    Dr. Bandita Satapathy is working as Principal In-charge in G. S. College, Kaivalyadhama apart from being engaged as Research Officer, in the Philosophico Literary Research Department of Kaivalyadhama, Lonavala . After 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. 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. Praseeda Menon Asst. Professor

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    Dr. Praseeda Menon has been working with the Scientific Research Department, Kaivalyadhama Yoga Institute, Lonavala, as a Research Officer in Psychology since 2013. She is Assistant Professor G. S. College of Yoga and Cultural Synthesis, Kaivalyadhama Yoga Institute, Lonavala, is a member of its Board of Studies and its Board of Examinations. She completed her Ph.D. in Industrial Psychology from Savitribai Phule Pune University. Currently, she conducts collaborative scientific research on the efficacy of yogic practices on overall health and well-being. She is also an Integral Member of the Kaivalyadhama Ashram. She is very passionate about unearthing the scientific treasure in Indian Traditional Knowledge Systems, and unravelling this timeless knowledge to the world.

    Mrs. Akshata Badave
    Mrs. Akshata Faculty - Psychology

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    Mrs. Akshata S. Badave has completed her Masters in Psychology from SNDT Women’s University, Pune. Currently, she is working as a Scientific Assistant in the Scientific Research Department at Kaivalyadhama, Lonavala, and has four years of experience in yoga research. She also teaches yoga and mental health at the G. S. College of Yoga & Cultural Synthesis. Her areas of research include hypertension and other lifestyle disorders with yoga therapy as the intervention. She is also engaged in two AYUSH funded projects on the effect of yoga on pre-diabetics and the effect of Trataka on anxiety. She used to work with school students as a counsellor before joining Kaivalyadhama.

    Shri . Ankur Pandey Yoga Teacher

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    Shri. 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.

    Ms. Dipali Patnaik Yoga Teacher

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    Presently in the role of Yoga Teacher at Kaivalyadhama Institute, holds a Bachelor's degree in Architecture and PG Diploma in Yoga Education. Prior to actively engaging herself in the field of Yoga, she had a career stint of 14 years, in Architecture and Construction Industry. The transition to Yoga came very naturally to her as a response to a pursuit for self discovery and self actualization. Her area of interest is in exploring how Yoga as a philosophy and practice can be a tool for self transformation and rooting oneself more to simplify present day life challenges.

    Ms. Vidya Amrute Yoga Teacher

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    Ms. Vidya Amrute is working as Yoga Teacher. Holds double Masters Degree M.sc. from SVYASA and MA from KKSU. She has completed PGDYT from KKSU, Diploma in yogic therapy and naturopathy and one year TTC, YCB certified Evaluator and yoga Teacher. She has worked for Embassy of India in Tajikistan and in various Institutes like Institute of Sciences and other Institutes. She has worked for StemRx Hospital, Thane as Senior yoga Therapist. She has made over 700 yoga teachers as was teaching in TTC course for 6 years. Ha been giving Yoga training to Navi Mumbai Police, teaching Yoga at NHP School, training to Physiotherapy students in MGM college.

    Ms. Bhamini Purohit Yoga Teacher

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    Ms. Bhamini Purohit is working as a Yoga. She has completed PGDYEd from Kaivalyadham in 2019-20. Has done Iyengar therapy course and learnt about prenatal and postnatal yoga and also learnt Ariel yoga. She has worked as a therapist in a studio situated in Kota for one year where she has served offline clients and International clients online. She has also treated people suffering from different kind of diseases.

    Shri. Amit Singh Yoga Teacher

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    Shri. Amit Singh is working as a Yoga Teacher at G S College of Yoga and Cultural Synthesis at Kaivalyadhama Yoga Institute. He is holding various degrees in Yoga such as MA in Yoga education, Postgraduate Diploma course in Yoga and short-term courses from various institutions such as 500 hr TTC, and certificate courses. He believes that yoga is a science that has to be experienced and incorporated into life and to be lived. He holds Bachelor of Engineering (Computer science), Master’s in business administration (Marketing and Operations Management). Prior coming to Yoga, he has worked for more than 7 years in various industries such as Marketing research, Information technology. Experiencing the monotony and the afflictions of the life, he inclined towards yoga to find the console and finding his relief there was no going back. His area of interest is practical aspects of yoga such as Asana, Pranayama, Shuddhi Kriyas, and how it can be incorporated to relieve various ailments and diseases.

      Meet our Guest Faculties

      Dr. Ganesh Rao Chief Advisor – Academics and Training,
      Kaivalyadhama

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      Dr. N. Ganesh Rao is a highly acclaimed and inspiring name in the field of Yoga in India having conducted till date more than 19000 sessions of 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. 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 is 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 K. J. Somaiya Institute, Mumbai University, 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.

      Swami Anubhavananda Spiritual Master

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      Swami Anubhavanandaji is a spiritual leader and the direct disciple of Swami Chinmayananda. A scholar in the field of Vedanta and a prolific speaker, Swamiji is revered for his lively discourses on the Bhagavad Gita, Upanishads, Srimad Bhagvatam, Patanjali Yoga Sutras, Panchadasi, Amrutanubhav, Vidyan Bhairav, Vedanta Bhupali, and the Tripura Rahasya. He is the author of many books related to the field of Vedanta and has produced over 2,000 hours worth of discourses for his audio cassettes sold world wide.
      Swamiji is the founder of the Sat Bhavana Trust, whose logo reflects his approach to life: Be Happy or "Mauj Mein Raho.” Swamiji is known for his ability to communicate philosophically complex ideas in a simple and direct manner, he addresses his audience from the heart and transports them to an atmosphere of joy.

      Swami Parmatmananda Founder Acharya of Arsha Vidya Mandir

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      Pujya Swami Parmatmananda Saraswati is a Senior disciple of Param Pujya Swami Dayananda Saraswati, who is an embodiment of knowledge and boundless compassion. Pujya Swami Parmatmanadaji, founder Acharya of Arsha Vidya Mandir, has fervour & commitment towards Vedic view and way of life. Pujya Swamiji’s personal life reflects simplicity and love for everyone.
      Swamiji’s talks reveal clarity about the vision of Shashtras and deep understanding of modern life. His talks are enriched with systematic and rational but lucid presentations with relevant examples. His talks harmonizes his subtle appreciation of contemporary individual, social cultural, and political problems with profound knowledge of Vedanta. His discourses are very lively and one of a kind. Pujya Swamiji has deep sense of concern for the society which gets reflected in his works. Pujya Swamiji’s teaching activities are not confined to spiritual seekers only.

      Shri Sudhir Tiwari Yoga Experts

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      Shri Sudhir Tiwariji received his primary and advanced Yogic and Ayurvedic training under the guidance of Swami Digambar ji, a disciple of Swami Kuvalayananda and his father Shri Om Prakash Tiwari. Sudhir also learnt pranayama and Hathapradipika from his father.
      Brought up at Kaivalyadhama Yoga Institute, Lonavala, India amidst rich traditional yogic heritage of Swami Madhavdasji Maharaj, Swami Kuvalyanandaji and Swami Digambarji, a tradition kept alive by his father and a well known Pranayama master, Shri O. P. Tiwari. Sudhir’s calling came in early 2012 when his father expressed his desire for him to become an instrument to further the message of Swami Kuvalyananda and Swami Digambarji’s by spreading in theory and practice the fundamentals of undiluted yoga. So now he travels all around the world conducting workshops in theory and practice of Yoga as an experiential practice (Asana, Pranayama, Meditation, Chanting) and Ayurveda and with his familiarity of alternative western medicine he also correlates these disciplines. His Mantra, Breathe Positive, Breathe Yoga.

        Meet Our Teachers

        Dr. Sharad Bhalekar Asst. Professor

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        Dr. Sharadchandra Bhalekar is an ayurvedacharya and has done his masters in counselling and Psychotherapy (M.S. con-psy). He has been working as an Asst. Professor at Gordhandas Seksaria College of Yoga & Cultural Synthesis, Kaivalyadhama, Lonavala. 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. Rajeshwar Mukherjee Asst. Director of Research and Registrar

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        Dr. Rajeshwar Mukherjee is the Assistant Director of Research at the Kaivalyadhama Institute. He holds double master’s degree, M.Sc. and M.A., in the subjects Physics and Sanskrit respectively. He has earned a Ph.D. degree in the interdisciplinary areas interfacing Physics and Indian Philosophy. He is also concurrently working as the Registrar (I/C) of the GS College. Dr. Rajeshwar travels to different universities and premier institutes delivering discourses and lectures. He has represented in the meet organized by the Ministry of External Affairs, Government of India on Quantum Reality and Theory of Shunya. Having invited to the prestigious Copenhagen Business School at Denmark, he delivered a lecture series. He has authored six books and more than fifteen research articles.

        Shri. R. K. Bodhe Asst. Professor

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        Shri. R. K. Bodhe is a M.A. (Philosophy & Sanskrit), M. Phil. (Philosophy) Worked as Research Officer, Philosophico-Literary Research Department, Kaivalyadhama, Lonavla, for 30 years. He is invited for delivering talks, workshops at several universities and institutions. In his career of 30 years, Prof. Bodhe has authored several research papers in Traditional Yoga and co-authored several Volumes. Prof. Bodhe is also working as the 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. S. Bhogal Associate Professor

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        Prof. R. S. Bhogal is a post graduate in psychology and has many years of research and teaching experience. 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. He is also a meditation expert with a calm poised temperament.

        Dr. Rajani Pradhan Asst. Professor

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        Dr. Rajani Pradhan, working as an Assistant Professor, is a sincere student of Yoga and Vedanta. After completing MA in Yogashastra, she has done her Doctorate in Yogashastra from Kavi Kulaguru Kalidasa Sanskrit University Ramtek, Nagpur. She has cleared NET in January, 2018. She is studying Vedanta with Swami Advayananda, Head of Chinmaya International Foundation, Velianad, Kerala and learning Indian ancient Music, Dhrupad with Ustad Shree Bahauddin Dagar. Her prior experience includes teaching at renowned institutes likeSwami Vivekananda Yoga Kendra, Navi Mumbai, Bharatiya Sanskriti Peetham Chinmaya Naada Bindu Gurukula (Chinmaya University) etc.

        Dr. Ganesh Rao Chief Advisor – Academics and Training,
        Kaivalyadhama

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        Dr. N. Ganesh Rao is a highly acclaimed and inspiring name in the field of Yoga in India having conducted till date more than 19000 sessions of 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. 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 is 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 K. J. Somaiya Institute, Mumbai University, 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.

        Dr. Neeta Gade
        Dr. Neeta Gade Asst. Professor

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        Dr. Neeta Gade, Ph.D., did 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 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.

        Dr. Bandita Satapathy Asst. Professor

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        Dr. Bandita Satapathy is working as a Research Officer, in the Philosophico Literary Research Department of Kaivalyadhama, Lonavala apart from being engaged as a Lecturer in G. S. College, Kaivalyadhama. After 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. 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.

        Shri. Vivek Tiwari Sr. Yoga Teacher

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        Shri. Vivek Tiwari is experienced Yog Acharya of Kaivalyadham. He has completed his Master Degree in Yog; PG DYED from Kaivalyadhama; DNYS. He is Certified STOTT Pilates Instructor in Mat and Reformer too. He is having 24 years practicing and 21 years teaching experience. He conducted workshops on Pranayama, Meditation, Tratak, Therapy Asana, Stress Management, Back pain, Cancer, Chronic cure and so on. He worked in many different parts of India and abroad. Recently deputed in the Consulate General of India, Saint Petersburg, Russia Government of India. He was appreciated for his outstanding work in the field of Yoga and Indian Culture in Theraputic, Anatomical, Scientific aspect. He is always trying to spread Traditonal Yoga Culture of Kaivalyadham in a scientific way.

        Dr. Praseeda Menon Principal In-charge

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        Dr. Praseeda Menon has been working with the Scientific Research Department, Kaivalyadhama Yoga Institute, Lonavala, as a Research Officer in Psychology since 2013. She is also Assistant Professor and Principal In-charge, G. S. College of Yoga and Cultural Synthesis, Kaivalyadhama Yoga Institute, Lonavala, is a member of its Board of Studies and its Board of Examinations. She completed her Ph.D. in Industrial Psychology from Savitribai Phule Pune University. Currently, she conducts collaborative scientific research on the efficacy of yogic practices on overall health and well-being. She is also an Integral Member of the Kaivalyadhama Ashram. She is very passionate about unearthing the scientific treasure in Indian Traditional Knowledge Systems, and unravelling this timeless knowledge to the world.

        Mrs. Akshata Badave
        Mrs. Akshata Faculty - Psychology

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        Mrs. Akshata S. Badave has completed her Masters in Psychology from SNDT Women’s University, Pune. Currently, she is working as a Scientific Assistant in the Scientific Research Department at Kaivalyadhama, Lonavala, and has four years of experience in yoga research. She also teaches yoga and mental health at the G. S. College of Yoga & Cultural Synthesis. Her areas of research include hypertension and other lifestyle disorders with yoga therapy as the intervention. She is also engaged in two AYUSH funded projects on the effect of yoga on pre-diabetics and the effect of Trataka on anxiety. She used to work with school students as a counsellor before joining Kaivalyadhama.

        Mr. Ankur Pandey
        Shri . Ankur Pandey Yoga Teacher

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        Shri. 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.

        Shri. C. G. Shinde Sr. Yoga Teacher

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        Shri C.G.Shinde is Sr. Yoga Teacher at Gordhandas Seksaria College of Yoga and Cultural Synthesis, Kaivalyadhama . He is a Yoga Visharad, postgraduate in Yoga and Education (M.Edn). Since, fourteen years he has been teaching philosophical, applied, as well as, practical aspects of Yoga and Education at Kaivalyadhama. Co-author of Yoga, Healthy way of Living, (Upper Primary) and Yoga, Healthy Way of Living, (Secondary) Published by NCERT New Delhi, (2015). Yoga Education for School Children,(Kaivalyadhama-2019). He is reputed as a resource person-faculty of Yoga at Shanghai, Wuxi and Busan (South Korea) thought Govt. of India. Prepared Yoga Modules for the KVS, NCERT, Yoga for Middle Age, and Yoga for Adolescence. He has attended National and International Conferences and won the best paper award in the International Conference at Kaivalyadhama

        Ms. Dipali Patnaik Yoga Teacher

        Presently in the role of Yoga Teacher at Kaivalyadhama Institute, holds a Bachelor's degree in Architecture and PG Diploma in Yoga Education. Prior to actively engaging herself in the field of Yoga, she had a career stint of 14 years, in Architecture and Construction Industry. The transition to Yoga came very naturally to her as a response to a pursuit for self discovery and self actualization. Her area of interest is in exploring how Yoga as a philosophy and practice can be a tool for self transformation and rooting oneself more to simplify present day life challenges.

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