Program Faculty

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Kamini Desai, PhD

Yogeshwari | Director of Education

Over the last 20 years, internationally known Kamini Desai, PhD. has created an exciting and versatile body of teaching, combining western psychology and eastern philosophy. Kamini’s experiential teaching style has been welcomed in over 10 countries around the world. Her proven system of Professional Energy Management has benefitted employees at Sony, KPN Telecom, Mars Confectionery and in the Netherlands government. She is developer of core curriculum of the Amrit Yoga Institute and currently serves as Director and Lead Teacher of the Amrit Method of Yoga Teacher Trainings Level I and Level II as well as the Amrit Method of Yoga Nidra Professional Training with Gurudev.

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Chandrakant John Hiester

Yogacharya | Senior Training Faculty

Chandrakant John Hiester is a preacher’s son, a Vietnam era veteran and a graduate of Rutgers University. He has distilled more than three decades of practice and study with Gurudev into simple, engaging teachings designed to help you enter the next level of your practice. In 2008, Gurudev bestowed upon Chandrakant the title of Yogacharya, preceptor of Yoga. This is the same title Bapuji bestowed on Gurudev in 1972.

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Nirali Lauren McCrea

Assistant Director of Education

Nirali has consistently practiced and studied yoga for over 10 years, which she has integrated into her daily life. Having completed two separate 500 hour certification trainings, she skillfully blends intuitive insight with gentle humor to experientially guide students into the heart of yoga. Nirali has served on the staff of the Yoga Teacher Training and Yoga Nidra Professional Training at the Amrit Yoga Institute since 2010, and currently works to enhance the quality, presence and delivery of its in-house teaching staff. Additionally, she has accompanied Yogi Desai and Kamini Desai, Ph.D. on domestic and international travels since 2009 as an assistant teacher during seminars. Today, she continues to deepen her education, exploration and practice of yoga and the art of integration at the Amrit Yoga Institute.

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John Vosler

Senior Training Faculty

For over twenty years, John Vosler has had a passion for teaching how our thoughts and emotions affect our bodies. He has a degree in Human Development and certifications in multiple healing modalities. As a senior teacher at the Amrit Yoga Institute, he speaks internationally on the profound healing benefits of the ancient meditation practice of Yoga Nidra. John has a successful holistic health practice in Los Angeles. He has worked with executives, athletes, celebrities, mom’s and other professionals attracted to John’s unique combination of intuitive awareness, understanding of the mind/body/spirit connection and expansive knowledge of physiology and the science of meditation. His infectious humor and compassionate heart make growth a joy filled experience.

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Jagdish Tom Buckland

Senior Training Faculty

Jagdish is a certified E-RYT 500-hour Amrit Yoga Instructor, an avid disciple of Gurudev Shri Amritji, and student of asana and scripture. If you talk to him, you will discover that his heart resides in Nada or Mantra Yoga. A musician and sound recording engineer, he has loved sound from early childhood and has incorporated it into his daily practice. In 2012 he was honored by Yogi Desai with the title of Nada Brahma. These days you will find him travelling between his home in Rhode Island which he shares with his wife Jaya Jennifer Buckland, frequently chanting and teaching at Santosha Yoga Studio there as well as in Salt Springs, FL at The Amrit Yoga Institute for the Amrit Method of Yoga Immersion & Certification programs.

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Chitra Marie Bailey

Senior Training Faculty

“Chitra” Marie Bailey, Psy. D. is a senior faculty member at the Amrit Yoga Institute in Salt Springs, Florida where she is a trainer in the Amrit Method of Yoga Therapy and Amrit Method Yoga Nidra Professional Trainings. She has a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology and spent 16 years in her first career as a psychologist. She holds several Amrit Method certifications including I AM Yoga (ERYT-500), Yoga Nidra, and Amrit Yoga Therapy. She is a certified member of the International Association of Yoga Therapists (C-IAYT). A Yogi through and through, Marie fell in love with the Amrit Methods when she first met Gurudev and his daughter Kamini in 2009. Marie is a practicing Yoga Therapist, Yoga Nidra facilitator, and Yoga teacher. She currently calls Jacksonville, FL her home.

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Priti Chanda Klco

Senior Training Faculty

Priti Chanda Klco celebrates 14 years of study under the direct guidance of Gurudev and Kamini this year. She was fortunate to live and serve at AYI for more than four years, including in the role of Executive Director. For Priti, I AM Yoga reawakened and sustains a deep, embodied knowing that life is intelligent and self-balancing. This knowing infuses every interaction and inspires constant exploration and application of yogic teachings in daily life. Priti is trained in I AM Yoga, Yoga Nidra and Body
Psychology, as well as certified in Thai Yoga Therapy (Ritam School of Healing Arts and Marma Chikitsa (Ayurvedic Institute). She enjoys a full-time practice of sharing these teachings through individual sessions, classes, workshops and retreats and as a Senior Teacher and trainer for AYI

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Renu Diane Zagoria

Senior Training Faculty

Renu has been studying with Gurudev and Kamini since 2003. She holds certifications in I AM Yoga (E-RYT 500), I AM Yoga Nidra and is an I AM Reiki Master. She is a senior teacher in the I AM Yoga Nidra Professional trainings at AYI and in LA. With a degree in Special Education, Renu has always had a passion for children and is very proud of her part in helping develop the I AM Kids Yoga Nidra for the Advanced Yoga Nidra training as well as creating the Yoga Nidra Retreat for Kids at AYI. She’s a certified Life Coach using the I AM methods in her private practice in LA to help clients manage the stress in their lives. Committed to sharing these teachings, with her deep understanding, yet gentle approach she also does workshops and retreats.

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Ashvini Kenyon Gatlin

Lead Teacher

Kenyon has been teaching yoga and stress reduction since 2001. She is the author of Relax With Life, Applying Yoga Principles To Reduce Stress. A popular speaker and teacher, Kenyon helps people from all walks of life to live with less stress and more joy. Kenyon is certified RYT 500 Amrit Yoga Instructor, Amrit Method Yoga Nidra Facilitator and Amrit Method Yoga therapy. Kenyon has been teaching at the Amrit Yoga Institute since 2012, studying directly from Gurudev Yogi Amrit Desai.

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Abhay Scott Arena

Lead Teacher

Abhay lives and works at the Amrit Yoga Institute as the CEO and is a student of Yogi Amrit Desai and his daughter Kamini Desai, Ph.D and was introduced to the spiritual path in 1984 by his mother when he was 14 years old. In 2008 Yogi Amrit Desai was introduced to Abhay by his Sister. Abhay is most proud of his graduation from Amrit Yoga Institute as a 500 hour yoga Level I & II and Yoga Nidra instructor in compliance with yoga alliance standards in 2009 and 2010.

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Kalindi Edwina Hoffman

Lead Teacher

Kalindi is a student of life on the path of love. Throughout her life she has passionately been committed to exploring the art of healing and self-mastery. Having trained at the Amrit Yoga Institute she has experienced the profound and transformational aspects of yoga as taught by Yogi Amrit Desai and Kamini Desai. For the past three years she has devoted herself to giving what she has received. Currently, she is the organization’s Director of Relations, one of its lead teachers, and program manager and assistant teacher for the Amrit Yoga Teacher Training. Kalindi is a powerful yet gentle teacher with the keen ability to connect understanding and direct experience with both skill and heart. She has a degree in Childhood Education and Development and holds an RYT-500 certification from Yoga Alliance.