The Staff

  • Yogi, mystic, and practitioner of Ayurveda, Mas has become one of the most influential yoga and Ayurveda teachers in the world and offers unique certification training programs throughout the USA, Asia, and India. Mas enjoys teaching integral yoga classes, offering health and wellness lectures and giving workshops that embrace core Ayurvedic principles. His work is primarily influenced by the lineage-based traditions of India, with prominence to the teachings of Yogananda and Sivananda. In 2014 he appeared in the triumphant film “Awake, The Life Of Yogananda” and as an Ayurvedic practitioner, he maintains an active international counseling practice that includes yoga and Vedic astrology. He is the founder/director of Dancing Shiva Yoga Ayurveda, an international non-profit educational organization and center based in Southern California.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Under Mas Vidal’s direction DSYA has been recognized internationally for developing a strong balance between the mind-body relationship and the spiritual principles emphasized in both yoga and ayurveda. Mas Vidal strongly encourages education in a practical sense and as a way of life in his dynamic yoga classes (see schedule). The center is aligned with various notable institutions of health and wellness, spirituality and higher learning throughout the United States, Europe and India and maintains interaction in the areas of consulting, research and providing educational materials.

  • Yogini Johanna Bennett

    A yoga teacher and ayurvedic counselor based in Los Angeles, California. Her teaching focuses on healing by encouraging a deeper connection to nature and life itself. Johanna's formative studies began with a broad discipline rooted in academic scholarship, yoga and bodywork practicum and energy healing. She is trained at the 200-hour level from the Center for Yoga/Yoga Works and at the 500-hour level from Dancing Shiva Yoga and Ayurveda. She also carries certification from the American Institute of Vedic Studies as a Yoga and Ayurveda Therapist. She is trained at Reiki levels 1 and 2 with Patti Penn Reiki Master at Pause in Joy, in Los Angeles. In addition, Johanna is also a certified Pancha Karma therapist having completed training and clinical internship at Dancing Shiva Yoga and Ayurveda. Johanna has a BA in Religious Studies and Asian Studies, and has done post-baccalaureate work in Asian Studies. She is a student of Sanskrit and Classical Indian Philosophy, studying with Joel Bender and with Dr. Tracy Tiemeier at LMU translating the Tiruppavai, devotional Tamil Alwar poetry.

     

    Johanna is a senior Yoga and Ayurveda teacher at Dancing Shiva and serves as a main faculty member for the advanced programs, workshops and semi-private tutorials for the Yoga and Ayurveda Teacher Certification and Lifestyle Enhancement Program.

    She also teaches beginning and intermediate Yoga as a part-time adjunct faculty of Santa Monica College in the Kinesiology Dept. In addition, Johanna is a visiting teacher and lecturer with the Kerala Ayurveda School in Seattle, Washington bringing the union of the sister sciences of Yoga and Ayurveda to students of Ayurvedic Medicine. Johanna also teaches weekly classes in Mantra and Meditation in the Los Angeles area.

    Johanna’s yoga classes are integral in nature. She teaches an alignment based system of Hatha yoga with a strong focus on detoxification of mind and body through Ayurveda, asana and pranayama as tools to clear away blockages impeding spiritual progress. Her knowledge of Ayurvedic concepts of Marma therapy, the 7 dhatus (tissues) and Chikitsa (therapy) broaden her scope of teaching asana. And her love of jnana yoga (study) coupled with bhakti devotional yoga is at the heart of her teaching focus. She feels this approach allows her students to understand and learn about the yoga and Ayurveda tradition that they are practicing while simultaneously experiencing their own self-realization and healing.

     

  • Natalie's gratitude and appreciation for working at Dancing Shiva is reflected in her joyfulness and positive attitude. She enjoys helping everyone on their journey to health and wellness. Natalie enjoys many forms of wellness practices from fitness, to nuitrition, bodywork, yoga and ayurveda. She was certified in Swedish Massage by the San Francisco School of Massage and the Shiatsu School of Massage in Santa Monica, CA. She has also completed her Yoga and Ayurveda certifications at Dancing Shiva at both the 200 hour and advanced levels in addition to the Pancha Karma Technician certification. Natalie currently serves as our program coordinator and as a therapist for ayurvedic treatments in our clinic. She is a gem of wisdom and shines bright with the light of inspiration, encouraging all who cross her path to live a lifestyle of health, abundance, peace and love.

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  • Sonika is an Ayurvedic doctor with a BAMS degree (Bachelor in Ayurvedic Medicine and Surgery) and ran her own Ayurvedic Clinic and Panchakarma Center in Mumbai (India) for 4 years from 2006 to 2010 . She specializes in Panchakarma which includes Nasya, Basti ,Vamana, Virechana and Raktamokshan, and also does  Abhangya, Swedana Shirodhara , Pinda sweda , Netra basti , Kati, Janu and shiro Basti , Nadi Parikshana. Additionally she is a certified cosmetologist and has provided many patients with positive results with issues related to skin and hair.


    Educational Qualifications:

    March 1998 -  Passed the ICSC examination (Delhi State Board) from
    Jammnabai Narsee School, Juhu, Mumbai.

    February 2000 - Passed the HSC examination (Maharashtra State Board) from Vivek College, Mumbai.

    May 2005 - Passed Final Year B.A.M.S (Bachelor of Ayurvedic Medicine & Surgery) from Dr. D.Y Patil Ayurvedic Medical College and Research Center, Pune. (Stood 4th in Collage)

    Completed Rotating Internship in 2005 from;
    G.T. Hospital – 3 Months
    Karla (PHC), dist- Pune  – 3 Months
    Smt. K.G.M.P Ayurvedic Medical College – 6 Months

  • Sarah is the Dancing Shiva Program Coordinator and enjoys inspiring students to study yoga and ayurveda and to follow their dharma. She began her yoga journey in 2005. Her devotion to yoga and the desire to share with and give back to the world are what motivates her. Her emphasis is on mindfulness-creating integrity within each pose that can be carried beyond the mat into daily life.