KUNDALINI YOGA THERAPY FACULTY & STAFF
Shanti Shanti Kaur Khalsa, PhD, C-IAYT, YACEP, brings the ancient teachings of Kundalini Yoga into modern medicine. She has taught Kundalini Yoga since 1971 and began to teach people with chronic or life-threatening illness in 1986, during the AIDS epidemic. She is founding director of the Guru Ram Das Center for Medicine & Humanology, with the mission to bring Kundalini Yoga into healthcare. She is a Certified Kundalini Yoga Therapist, a Medical Family therapist, and a KRI Certified Kundalini Yoga mentoring lead trainer for Levels 1 and 2. Dr. Khalsa is a charter member of the International Association of Yoga Therapists and served on the team that developed IAYT Educational Standards for Yoga Therapy Training. She developed and directs the accredited 1,120-hour Kundalini Yoga Therapy Professional Training, in 48 countries. Her Kundalini Yoga program for people living with HIV is featured in the book, Yoga as Medicine by Timothy McCall, MD. And her groundbreaking work in Kundalini Yoga Therapy is in Yoga Therapy and Integrative Medicine: Where Ancient Science Meets Modern Medicine.
Atma Jot Kaur, C-IAYT
Atma Jot Kaur Guedel is from Goettingen, Germany, and has been a Kundalini Yoga teacher since 1986. Her life is deeply rooted in the teachings of Kundalini Yoga, especially those for women, and in the therapeutic application of Kundalini Yoga. She teaches internationally as a KRI certified Lead Trainer Level I and II and European representative for the Guru Ram Das Center for Medicine & Humanology. Atma Jot Kaur studied Law, Indology and Religious Studies and practices as a registered naturopath and Gestalt therapist, specialized in psychotherapeutic support. Consultations online and in-person in her practice for Kundalini Yoga Therapy in German and English.
Hari Kirin Kaur Khalsa, MD
Hari Kirin Khalsa, MD, C-IAYT, has been serving in health care since 1976, as a nurse’s aide, then a registered nurse who decided to go on to medical school. Midpoint into a busy career, she found yoga and meditation for her own stress reduction. She became a kundalini yoga teacher in her community, tandem with her medical practice. She began studying yoga for health recovery with Dr. Shanti Shanti Kaur in 2010 and completed the yoga therapy training in 2019 while coming on board as faculty. She serves as volunteer faculty for the University of Massachusetts Medical School. In her lifelong participation in healthcare, she has been honored to witness the triumph of the human spirit. Her current mission is to empower this unique inner strength, via awareness and lifestyle change.
Japa K. Khalsa 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 International Kundalini Yoga Teacher Trainer and inspirational speaker. As a second-generation physician she has a special passion to help the current health care system by helping people to awaken their own internal ability to self-heal and to train professionals how yoga and meditation work.
Siri Bhagvati has been working in the field of health sciences and yoga for over 15 years. She is a teacher of Kundalini Yoga, a Professional KRI Teacher Trainer and works as a Kinesiologist and Bowen Therapist. She lives in Melbourne, Australia and is the co-owner of Kundalini House, a Complementary Health Clinic and Yoga Studio. She and her sister opened the business in 2006 with the vision to create a center where people could be supported to meet their health and wellbeing outcomes with yoga and a wide range of body and talking therapies, including acupuncture, psychology, and yoga therapy. (www.kundalinihouse.com.au)
Since 2014, Siri Bhagvati has focused on Yoga Therapy with the Guru Ram Das Center and is a member of the faculty team. She has been successfully running specialized courses for people in the recovery of trauma, PTSD and illness and is building a team of Kundalini Yoga therapists and teachers to offer therapeutic courses in clinics, organizations and healthcare centers within her city.
Yoga Therapy and bringing yoga into the health system is a passion for Siri Bhagvati and is so happy to be working within the team of the Guru Ram Das Center. She is a specialized trainer for Kundalini Yoga and PTSD and is a teacher within the faculty for the Foundation modules.
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.
Jai Dev Singh Khalsa, CAS
Jai Dev Singh is a yogi and Kundalini Yoga teacher. His innovative Yoga and Ayurveda courses have been studied by thousands of people throughout the world. His flagship teachings are offered through The Complete Course of Ayurveda, The Radiant Body Home Course, Unlocking the Life Force, The Sweetest Love, and The Life-Force Academy. Jai Dev Singh is a Clinical Ayurvedic Specialist and previously served as the Clinical Director at the California College of Ayurveda, as well as the director of the college’s Pancha Karma Center. Jai Dev Singh serves on the board of the Guru Ram Das Center for Medicine and Humanology and is a partner at Floracopeia, Inc.
Julie Staples, PhD (Guru Parkash Kaur)
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, and the past Board President of the Guru Ram Das Center for Medicine and Humanology. She is the author of the Yoga chapter in the textbook Fundamentals of Complementary and Alternative Medicine. Her new book Reclaiming Life After Trauma will be released in Spring 2018.
Siri Amrit Singh
Siri Amrit Singh Khalsa is an outcome-driven leader with experience in organizational management and strategy, and in spearheading financial and accounting operations across various organizations. He graduated with Honors with a B.S. in Business, with a focus on Accounting and Economics. Siri Amrit Singh lives in Vancouver, BC with his wife Nirinjan Kaur, and their two sons.
Ann Marie Johnston
My first real connection with Yoga came through ‘the breath’ – and ever since connecting with the breath has been a major focus on my life and now my teaching. Having noticed the personal improvement in my own health, I wanted to better understand why Yoga works the way it does. So I undertook a 500 hour Yoga Teacher Training in 2012. I have since gone on to study my Level 1 in iRest Meditation, 50 hrs of Yin Yoga, an additional 150 hours post grade and a weekend of Trauma Sensitive Yoga training from the Trauma Centre. The Yoga I practice and teach is breath-centered and mindful. I keep myself busy full time as the Founding Director of Yoga For Better Health and Global Yoga Therapy Day.