Dr. Shekhar Annambhotla, B.A.M.S., M.D. (Ayurveda), RYT, CMT, earned a Bachelor of Ayurvedic Medicine & Surgery degree from Nagarjuna University, Andhra Pradesh in 1988 and Doctor of Medicine in Ayurveda degree, with specialization in Kaya Chikitsa (Internal Medicine) from Gujarat Ayurved University in 1991. Dr. Shekhar traveled extensively throughout Europe, the West Indies and North America for seven years, practicing and teaching Ayurveda. He is also a Registered Yoga Teacher with Yoga Alliance, a Certified Integrative Bodywork and Massage Therapist, and is a faculty member of various Ayurveda schools throughout the USA. He serves on the Board of Directors for National Ayurvedic Medical Association (NAMA), USA, is Founding Director of Association of Ayurvedic Professionals of North America (AAPNA), USA, and is the founding Ayurvedic Medical director of International Institute of Integrative Medicine, Tangutur, Andhra Pradesh, India. Dr. Annambhotla lives in Lehigh Valley, Pennsylvania, with his family.
Prashanti de Jager - Has a strong background in the Vedic Sciences from studies in India and has several degrees from the University of Michigan. He has travelled extensively studying Vedic, Tibetan, Western and Ethno-Indigenous forms of inquiry into the structure of the world around us. Prashanti is now on the board of the California Association of Ayurvedic Medicine, on the staff at the Rishikesh College of Ayurveda, and has been helping to direct a large Ayurvedic organic herb project in India and the U.S. since 1993
Alakananda Devi, MB, BS, is a British trained physician who travelled to India in 1980 where she met her teacher, Dr. Vasant Lad, and was among the first Western physicians to study Ayurveda. She is principal of Alandi School of Ayurveda, a traditional gurukula, in Colorado, and is known for her insightful Ayurvedic articles. She has written several articles for Light on Ayurveda Journal, including an innovative veterinary study on cats and Ayurveda.
Jay Glaser, MD is board certified in internal medicine and works as a hospitalist at the UMass Health Alliance Hospital in Leominster, MA. He is medical director of the Lancaster Ayurveda Medical Centers since 1988, promoting Ayurveda through his courses, workshops and publishing. After earning his MD degree from the University of Colorado School of Medicine, he served his internal medicine residency and fellowship at McGill University's Royal Victoria Hospital in Montreal. Dr. Glaser has published many scientific articles on the physiological effects of Ayurveda and Transcendental Meditation.
Jaisri M. Lambert, Ayurveda Educator and Consultant, has studied and practiced Ayurveda since the 1980’s. Her main mentor is Vaidya Vasant D. LAD, respected Ayurvedic teacher, author and practitioner, with whom she was fortunate to complete a 12-year apprenticeship study. Other beloved mentors are Dr. Robert Svoboda from Texas and Dr. Thricovil Sukumaran from Kerala.
Jaisri is one of the first western women to teach Ayurveda, at a time when even yoga was not well known. Now in her sixties, she lives between California and British Columbia, and travels to teach Ayurveda to delighted students internationally. Jaisri offers clinical supervision for advanced students of Ayurveda.
Jaisri originated “Turiya Therapy”, a hands-on bodywork science for gentle release of unresolved emotions within the connective tissue, under Dr. Lad’s guidance in Sankhya and Marma. Turiya Therapy is a safe and profound process of realizing and transcending the root causes of our ‘dis-eases’ by still-point awareness of the breath and cellular memory.
Jaisri has authored many articles and presentations on Ayurveda, and is known for her clarity, humor, compassion and inspiration. Jaisri’s specializations are pulse assessment, herbal formulations, panchakarma and marma. Of particular interest to her is breast cancer education, according to the Ayurvedic perspective.
Her family tradition of volunteerism and innovation is now channeled mostly into supporting Vedic education, especially for westerners. She is a mother and grandmother, and is bilingual in French and English.
Dr. Subhash Ranade - is an international lecturer and educator. He has retired as Professor and Head of the Dept. of Ayurveda, Pune University. He has written more than 70 books on Ayurveda which have been published in Marathi, English, Japanese, Italian, Spanish, Polish and Spanish languages. He is the Chairman of the International Academy of Ayurveda, Principal of Ashtang Ayurveda College in Pune, India, is visiting professor to the colleges of Ayurveda in the U.S. as well as those in Germany, Poland, Australia, Italy, and Japan. He is Honorary Consultant for the creation and building of Veda Klinik, a new 400 bed Ayurvedic hospital in Charlottenhohe, Germany which will open in fall of 2003.