Program Faculty

  • Mas Vidal

    Mas Vidal

    Yogi, mystic, and practitioner of Ayurveda, Mas has become an influential teacher, speaker, and author of Ayurveda, Yoga, and Vedantic philosophy. His diverse background includes athletics, therapeutics, science, ecology, all of which he integrates into a dynamic synthesis that has lead him to become an innovative voice in the field of integral yoga and Ayurveda. He offers unique certification and educational programs internationally and maintains an active counseling practice that embraces Vedanta, Ayurveda, and Vedic astrology. His approach is influenced by the lineages of Paramahansa Yogananda of the Self Realization Fellowship and Swami Jyotirmayananda the last direct disciple of Swami Sivananda, and in 2014 he appeared in the triumphant film Awake, The Life Of Yogananda. In 2017 his innovative work in the field was published, Sun, Moon & Earth: The Sacred Relationship of Yoga & Ayurveda is now available in over 15 countries and continues to inspire many to live an evolutionary life. As director of Dancing Shiva, an educational organization based in southern California, he promotes health, wellness, and societal reform by means of embracing universal spirituality, individuality, and a natural approach to lifestyle. In 2019 Mas launched MoreLife Market,  an e-commerce online superstore that provides premium ayurvedic products for yoga practitioners and lifestyle enthusiasts.

    As an Ayurvedic Practitioner, Mas maintains an active clinical consulting practice in southern California and internationally. Over the years he has seen all types of patients-clients for various reasons ranging from acute intestinal disorders to many common diseases of our time such as weight loss, diabetes, respiratory disorders, digestive issues, skin problems, anxiety, and nervousness, poor sleep, emotional issues, and general lifestyle counseling. Through medical astrology (Jyotish), his consultations place a strong emphasis on identifying the mental-emotional causes of imbalance to the doshas and developing practical lifestyle guidelines to enable the individual to restore balance and perfect health. In each consultation, his recommendations include simple lifestyle suggestions related to diet, herbs, an astrological presentation of the birth chart, exercises, and therapies, or other modalities that may be beneficial to your specific issues.

  • Johanna Bennett

    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 through the higher awareness and cultivation of Prana. 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 as well as level 1 & 2 in Jyotish from the Academy of Vedic Arts and Science. Additionally she is trained at Reiki levels 1 and 2 and 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 from CSUN and an MA in Yoga Studies from LMU. She is a lifetime student of Sanskrit and Classical Indian Philosophy, having received her certificate in Yoga Philosophy from LMU Yoga Studies.

    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.

    As an Associate Professor in the Kinesiology Department at Santa Monica College, Johanna teaches beginning, intermediate and advanced yoga to young college aged adults. Her classes focus on āsana (yogic postures as meditation in action), prānayāmā (breath work), mantra chanting, mauna (silence), visualization and concentration techniques to invoke stillness, and enter into meditative states. In addition, Johanna is a visiting teacher and lecturer with the Kerala Ayurveda School in Fremont, California bringing the union of the sister sciences of Yoga and Ayurveda to students of Ayurvedic Medicine. Johanna's training in Ayurveda & Yogic and Religious scholarship aids her in bringing context of the cultural worldview in which Yoga emerged through food, views on mental and physical health and historical, cultural and linguistic backgrounds of the Yoga practice. Johanna travels annually to India, a homeland of the Yoga tradition, in order to sustain and continue the deepening of study and practice to bring back to her students in the US. Johanna has learned from the Iyengars in Pune, Maharashtra, Jain Yoga from the Jain Vishva Bharati University in Ladnun, Rajasthan, and the International School for Jain Studies in New Delhi, Masterji Vishwanath of Mysore, Kaivalyadhama in Lonavla, Maharashtra, Hatha Yoga in Rishikesh at Parmarth Niketan, and at the Sivananda Yoga Ashram in Kerala, India. She continues her Ayurveda and Philosophy studies with Drs. Robert Svoboda, Dr. Sumit Kesarkar and Dr. Kavitha Chinnayan.

    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.

    A devotee of Santana Dharma at the heart of all matters, Johanna has found her lineage home in the path of the Yogini through Shakta Tantra, and is an initiate into Sri Vidya Upasana and other practices.

  • Professor Gunvant Yeola

    Professor Gunvant Yeola

    Professor Dr. Gunvant Yeola is the Principal and Head of the Department of Kayachikitsa (Ayurved medicine) at Dr. D. Y. Patil College of Ayurved and Research Center, Pune, India. He is Director of International Academy of Ayurved, Pune, India. He is a Consultant at TanMan Ayurvedic Research Center, Bhukum, Pune. He is M.D.; Ph.D. in Kayachikitsa (Ayurved) from Pune University and M.A. in Sanskrit. He is having 20 years of teaching experience and is a Post Graduate teacher/guide. 15 students completed PG under his guidance and 6 students are doing research work. He is a recognized Ph. D guide in Kayachikitsa of Maharashtra University of Health Sciences, Nashik, Tilak Maharashtra Vidyapeeth (University), Pune, and Dr. D. Y. Patil Vidyapeeth, Pune (Deemed to be University). He is a Board of Studies member (BOS) of Maharashtra University of Health Sciences, Nashik and Dean of Ayurveda at Dr. D.Y. Patil Vidyapeeth, Pune (Deemed to be University).

  • Dr Abhijeet Sarjerao Shirkande

    Dr Abhijeet Sarjerao Shirkande

    He is the owner of Shree Vishwangad Ayurved, Panchakarma and Yoga Clinic, Sahakar Nagar, Pune. He is an associate Prof. Dr. D Y Patil College Of Ayurved & Research Center, Pimpri, Pune, and the recently appointed as the Secretary for the International Academy of Ayurved. He has been invited as guest speaker for International Seminars internationally several times and was invited as a guest speaker and chairperson for UNESCO conference March 2021, Portugal.

  • Dr. Yogesh Damodar Kutte

    Dr. Yogesh Damodar Kutte

    Dr Yogesh Kutte (M.D Ayurved Rachana Sharir) is a member of the International Academy of Ayurveda.

    • Designation: Associate Professor, Dr. D. Y. Patil College of Ayurved & Research Centre, Pimpri, Pune - 18 (Maharashtra, India)
    • Clinical Experience: Working as Private Ayurved Physician & Panchakarma Consultant in Pune since 10 years
    • Areas of Interest: Musculoskeletal disorders, Male/Female Infertility
    • Teaching Experience to International Students: Have taught Marma Basics & Marma Chikitsa to several International students in last 6 years
  • Dr. Sachin Kotalgaonkar

    Dr. Sachin Kotalgaonkar

    • Ayurvedacharya (BAMS) / Ayurveda Vachaspati in Panchakarma (MD in Panchakarma)
    • Former Secretary and a lifetime member of IAA
    • International consultant of Ayurveda and Panchakarma
    • Consulting and Visiting Physician at AMAYUR, Lisbon (Portugal)
    • Consecutive experience of three years for teaching, consulting, organizing the learning & training process for the students from Dancing Shiva School of Ayurved and Yoga, USA and Shuddha Dharma Mandalam, Brazil from 2015 to 2018 in Pune city
    • Consecutive experience of about four to five years for teaching, consulting, organizing the learning & training process for the students from different parts of the world viz., Romania, Italy, France, Austria, Germany, Netherlands, etc.. Completed post-graduation i.e. M.D. (in Panchakarma) from the well-recognized institute- Dr. D. Y. Patil College of Ayurved and Research Centre, Pune (State of Maharashtra) in 2018.
  • Dr. Sandeep Pandurang Shirvalkar

    Dr. Sandeep Pandurang Shirvalkar

    B.A.M.S 1995 University of Pune, India / M.D. 2000 University of Pune, India / D.Ayu.D. 2005 Tilak Maharashtra University, Pune, India

    • Practicing Ayurved Medicine & Panchakarma at “Rigved Ayurved Clinic” Pune, India, with Clinical experience since 1995.
    • Ex Professor (Dept of Dravyaguna) at Shree Ayurved College, Nagpur, MS, India & Tilak Ayurved College, Pune, MS, India.
    • Teaching experience of 18 yrs.
  • Sam Geppi (Sadasiva)

    Sam Geppi (Sadasiva)

    Sam Geppi (Sadasiva) is the author of "Yoga and Vedic Astrology" and The Ascendant-108 Planets of Vedic Astrology". He is the founder of the American Academy of Vedic Art and Science - which offers level 1-3 Certification programs in Vedic Astrology. Currently, the Academy has more than 120 students enrolled. Sam is certified level 1 and 2 through ACVA and CVA and was hired by Dattatreya Shiva Baba to teach the first Astroved Vedic Astrology Certification Program in 2010.

  • Michael Mastro

    Michael Mastro

    Michael Mastro is North America’s leading expert of Vastu Shastra. For over 40 year, Michael has used Vastu for his clients worldwide to align their home and workspaces to optimize productivity, success and wellbeing. He designed and built the first Microsoft building and many buildings for The Boeing Company employing the principles of Vastu. Corporate clients include The World Bank, NASA, Oracle, Microsoft, Nordstrom, Amazon, Boeing and Intel.

    Michael has been a teacher of yoga and meditation techniques since the early 1970’s. He has co-authored three award-winning books on Vastu: Altars of Power and Grace (Balanced Books Publishing), The Way of Vastu (Balanced Books Publishing), and Making Room for Mr. Right (Simon & Shuster/Atria). 

    Besides presenting Vastu at the United Nations, he has taught Vastu courses at the Chopra Center and Bastyr University. Michael presented Vastu on the Doctor Oz Show and co-authors articles on the Doctor Oz Expert site and on Chopra.com. Michael was named one of the Top 100 Trailblazers in Yoga and Ayurveda in the World by Spirituality and Health Magazine. 

  • Dr. Supriya Gugale

    Dr. Supriya Gugale

    Dr Supriya Gugale is practicing in Pune as a Ayurveda consultant in Women health and Pregnancy, since last 23 years. Has got special interest in pregnancy and antenatal care, Beejasanskara, Garbhasanskar and post natal care, Baal sanskar.

    Dr. Supriya Gugale is internationally certified labor Doula. Visited as a faculty for conducting lectures  at The Israeli Centre of Ayurveda, TelAviv. She presented research paper on Garbhsanskar in World conference of Ayurveda and Yoga at Dubai, London, Leiden. Recently visited to Brazil twice and conducted workshops on women health and Garbhasanskar.

    Dr. Supriya Gugale has been conducting workshops for the would be mothers since last 18years. Almost 3100 women being benefited by the workshop. Dr. Supriya arranging Tanushree Garbhsanskar Snehmelava every year since last 9 years. Almost 9000 people attended this event and benefitted with real values of love, happiness and peace.

    For PhD a special project on the mothers who have a history of abortions is been worked out. With the positive result the project is a real success.The best award  achieved is a smart, healthy, intelligent, sanskari  child  in every mother’s lap.

  • Dr. Mahesh Sabade

    Dr. Mahesh Sabade (BAMS and MD) is an accomplished Ayurveda Consultant w/ specialization in Panchakarma. He is successfully running ayurveda clinic in Pune along with working as an Honorary consultant at SPP Pune University Health Centre for last fourteen years. Under the banner of IAA, he along with a team of doctors of IAA is successfully running a residential Ayurveda - Panchakarma treatment Centre in the outskirts of Pune. He heads the activities at the ayurvedic restaurant at the center. Dr. Sabade also completed tenure of Honorary Ayurveda Consultant on the Panel of doctors for the State Governor of Maharashtra.

    To his credit are many articles, research paper and case reports published in India and abroad. He is also a co-author of a book - 'Ahaar the scientific diet'. Propagated Ayurveda in form of practice/education/presented paper in Brazil, Hong Kong, USA (Vedika Global), Israel (Broshim Univ) etc.

    Dr. Sabade is a proud recipient of awards such as Dharam Hinduja Scholarship, International Educators Award (USA), Ayurveda Bharati etc.

  • Dr Sanjeev Gosavi

    He has graduated from the renowned University of Pune in 1991. He is a registered medical practitioner & practicing Ayurvedic medicine & therapies for last 24 years. He is a faculty member of International Academy of Ayurveda.He has also successfully completed courses in Doctor of medicine (Alternative medicines) from Indian board of alternative medicines.Yoga training from national institute of naturopathy, Pune . Had undergone specialized Varmam training in South India. Extensively studied and practicing the Ancient Varmam science.

    He has travelled to Europe for propagation of Ayurveda & was responsible for setting up Ayurvedic treatment clinic in Warsaw, Poland. He has successfully treated large number of patients suffering from chronic ailments. He had also written articles in various newspapers & magazines. He had conducted various seminars & lectures related to ayurvedic beauty therapy. He is also practicing as Ayurvedic lifestyle management consultant in Pune.

  • Dr. Meghana Kulkarni

    Educational Qualification: BAMS, MD (OB - GY AYURVED), B.A. (SANSKRIT), M.A. (INDOLOGY)

    Dr. Meghana P. Kulkarni is a consulting Gynecologist and obstetrician AYURVED at AJINKYA NURSING HOME PASHAN, PUNE. She is a member of INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY OF AYURVEDA. She has presented several papers in International Ayurved conferences in Leiden, The Netherlands and Dubai. She has written various articles on ayurved and yoga. She has visited Barcelona, Spain to teach the post graduate ayurved students of Europe as IAA Faculty member.

  • Dr. Abhijit Jinde

    Dr. Abhijit N Jinde An ardent follower of Ayurveda and clinical practitioner for more than a decade has inherited the interest of medicine from his father who is an allopath Pediatrician.  He is a strong follower of the core principles of Ayurveda and strongly believe that the future of medicine for humanity will be Integration of the conventional and traditional system to offer what is best as per the stage and condition of the disease. He is dedicated to uphold his belief. 

    QUALIFICATION: B. A. M. S University of Pune; M.D. (Ayurveda) Utkal University 

    PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE: Director and chief physician at Sukhayu Ayurveda Clinic-Specialized practice in musculoskeletal disorders, cancer care, lifestyle diseases, skin disorders. Ayurveda Consultant for DSD Care (Diabetes, Skin & Digestive disorders) at

    Vishwanand Kendra is Pune’s first Yoga Ayurved Naturopathy multispecialty clinic. Strategic project advisor and Chief consultant at Tanman Ayurvedic Research centre, Bhukum. Pune. A residential retreat and hospital facility integrating organic food restaurant, Ayurveda, yoga meditation and much more. Anchor visiting faculty at Vedika Global, Emeryville California, USA. Consultant for the Ayurvedic department at Seokjeong Wellpark Hospital, Gochang, South Korea. Conceptualized and designed the entire project incorporating Ayurveda in rehabilitation of cancer patients.

    Member and senior teaching faculty of International Academy of Ayurveda. Teaching faculty & Coordinator to University of Pune in conducting Diploma courses In Proficiency in Panchakarma  at Vishwanand Kendra, Pune. 

    SOCIAL ACTIVITIES: Chairman of AYURA foundation a registered charitable organization. Honorary Physician for (SRPF) STATE RESERVE POLICE FORCE training centre Wanowrie,  Pune. 

    AWARDS AND HONOURS: He was awarded ‘International Educator Award’ in 2013 in recognition of his contribution in the teachings and mentoring the students at Vedika Global Org. USA.

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