Our Team – Guru Ram Das Center Europe
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Shanti Shanti Kaur Khalsa, PhD C-IAYT
Shanti Shanti Kaur, Espanola New Mexico USA is the Founding Director of the Guru Ram Das Center for Medicine & Humanology. She directs the International Kundalini Yoga Therapy Professional Training. A Kundalini Yoga teacher since 1971, she is a Lead Trainer for Level 1 / 2 Kundalini Yoga teacher training, a Medical Family therapist, and a charter member of the International Association of Yoga Therapists.
Atma Jot Kaur Güdel C-IAYT
Atma Jot Kaur is from Goettingen, Germany and has been a Kundalini Yoga teacher since 1986. Her life is deeply rooted in the teachings of Yogi Bhajan and in the therapeutic application of Kundalini Yoga. She teaches internationally as the European Representative for the Guru Ram Das Center for Medicine & Humanology and as a KRI certified Professional Teacher Trainer Leve 1 / 2. Atma Jot Kaur studied Indology, Religious Studies and Law and practices as a Kundalini Yoga Therapist, a naturopath and Gestalt therapist.
Hari Kirin Kaur Khalsa, MD C-IAYT
Hari Kirin Kaur, Millis, Massachusetts USA started in health care as a nurse’s aide in 1976. Practicing as an obstetrician gynecologist for 14 years, she gained a unique perspective on health care. In search of her own stress reduction, she began practicing Kundalini yoga and meditation in 2003, becoming a teacher in 2007. She serves as volunteer faculty at U Mass Memorial Health Care where she participates in the Integrative Health Academic Interest Group.
Jai Dev Singh Khalsa, CAS
Jai Dev Singh is a Kundalini Yoga teacher and Ayurveda Practitioner. As a Clinical Ayurvedic Specialist he served as the Clinical Director at the California College of Ayurveda, as well as the director of the college’s Pancha Karma Center.
Japa Kaur, DOM C-IAYT
Japa Kaur is co-author of the textbook Enlightened Bodies; Exploring Physical and Subtle Human Anatomy. She is a Doctor of Oriental Medicine combining traditional acupuncture with herbal and nutritional medicine, numerology and energy healing. She travels and teaches as an Kundalini Yoga Teacher Trainer. She has a passion for helping people to awaken their own internal ability to self heal and to train professionals how yoga and meditation work.
Guru Parkash Kaur Julie Staples, PhD
Julie Staples received a doctorate in Cell and Molecular Biology from St. Louis University. Her research for the past 20 years includes studies with populations world-wide on the benefits of yoga and mind-body medicine. She is Adjunct Assistant Professor at Georgetown University, a certified Kundalini Yoga teacher. She is the author of the Yoga chapter in the textbook Fundamentals of Complementary and Alternative Medicine.
Sat Bir Singh Khalsa, Ph.D.
Sat Bir Singh received his doctorate in human physiology and neuroscience at the University of Toronto and has conducted research in neuroscience, biological rhythms, sleep and sleep disorders for over 30 years. For over 10 years he has been fully engaged in basic and clinical research on the effectiveness of yoga and meditation practices in improving physical and psychological health. He is a certified Kundalini Yoga Teacher, practicing this lifestyle for 40 years. He is currently the Director of Research for the Kundalini Research Institute, Research Director of the Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health and an Assistant Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School in the Department of Medicine at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston. He is a board member of the Guru Ram Das Center for Medicine & Humanology.
Sherry Brourman is a physical therapist for nearly 50 years, and a yoga therapist for almost 20. She is the author of Walk Yourself Well and Using Yoga Therapeutically. Sherry’s work is a system fueled by a passion for both feeling and seeing the grace of fluid movement. In this system, all of the koshas (layers of being) and all of the gears (structural body) can be witnessed in one movement. Whether a footstep or one asana, the information is all there, visual, and teachable. Sherry teaches at yoga teacher trainings, yoga therapy mentorship programs and physical therapy seminars internationally.
Marlysa is a physiotherapist and yoga therapist with over 15 years of experience working with people suffering with chronic pain conditions.
She is an Assistant Professor in Yoga Therapy and Integrative Health Sciences at Maryland University of Integrative Health and holds an adjunct position at Emory University, where she teaches the integration of yoga and mindfulness into physical therapy practice in the DPT program.
She is the author of Understanding Yoga Therapy: Applied Philosophy and Science for Well-being, co-editor of Yoga and Science in Pain Care: Treating the Person in Pain as well as several peer-reviewed articles.
Marlysa has been involved in the professionalization of the field of yoga therapy through the educational standards committee of IAYT, which helped to define the competencies for the field, and in characterizing the yoga therapy workforce through research. Her research interests focus on defining the framework and explanatory model for yoga therapy based on philosophical and neurophysiological perspectives.