2016 Kriya Yoga Congress Presenters

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Roy Eugene Davis

Ordained by Paramahansa Yogananda in 1951, Roy Eugene Davis has initiated truth seekers for more than 60 years in North America, Europe, and India, and is the only disciple of his guru who is actively teaching.
Ellen Grace O'Brian Yogacharya Ellen Grace O'Brian is the Spiritual Director of the Center for Spiritual Enlightenment (CSE) with headquarters in San Jose, California, serving seeking souls since 1981. Yogacharya O’Brian was ordained to teach in 1982 by Roy Eugene Davis, a direct disciple of Paramahansa Yogananda who brought the teachings of Kriya Yoga from India to the West. Yogacharya O’Brian received the Human Relations Award from the Santa Clara County Office of Human Relations in 2008 recognizing her contribution to positive human relations and peace in Santa Clara County. She is the founder and President of Carry the Vision (CTV), www.CarrytheVision.org, a community nonprofit organization dedicated to nonviolence education, helping people discover the potential of ahimsa in all walks of life. She is Vice Chair emeritus of the Board of Trustees of the Council for a Parliament of the World’s Religions. Author of several books and CD lessons on meditation and spirituality, she is also the host of The Yoga Hour, a weekly radio program on the Unity.fm network, reaching over 122 countries with inspiration and practices from the yoga tradition. www.CSEcenter.org
Furio Sclano

Furio Sclano has been a disciple of Roy Eugene Davis since 1997 and was ordained by him in 2005. 
Along with Claudio Massettini, Barbara Zanella, and Swami Nirvanananda, he runs Associazione Centro Kriya Yoga Stella, the main Italian kriya yoga group affiliated with Center for Spiritual Awareness. Furio presents seminars and lectures all over Italy, Switzerland, and, occasionally, the United States. He has translated into Italian 10 books written by Roy Eugene Davis and has also shared his own insights in The Spiritual Solution to Life's Problems (Italian language - available from Marco Valerio Editore).
Harald Reiske

Yogacharya Harald Reiske is the director of the Kriya Yoga Centre Germany in Passau/Germany.  It is a meditation center in the spiritual tradition of Kriya Yoga which serves people from all faith backgrounds who are seeking Self-Realization. He was ordained to teach in 1989 by Roy Eugene Davis, a direct disciple of Paramahansa Yogananda.   Since that time he has been teaching Kriya Yoga, meditation, and principles of a holistic life style all over Germany. He also is director of the Kriya Yoga Academy Germany which is an educational branch training people in yoga practices, yoga philosophy, and meditation. He and his wife, Marlies, are representatives of Roy Eugene Davis and translators of his books “The Path of Light” and “Paramahansa Yogananda as I Knew Him” as well as publishers of the quarterly German newsletter “Transcendence.”  www.kriya-yoga.de
Marty Wuttke

Martin Wuttke is a pioneer in developing Neurofeedback therapy and has over 30 years of research and application in both neuroscience and the yogic science of consciousness. Marty was affiliated with Ridgecrest Hospital and Woodridge Psychiatric Hospital from 1984 – 1995, where he designed and directed the first inpatient Neurofeedback program in the US. He then went on to implement meditation and Neurotherapy programs on a larger scale, eventually leading to the establishment of The Wuttke Institute of NeuroTherapy with affiliated centers in the USA and Europe. His offices are in Carpinteria, California, where he is in private practice treating clients, conducting research on the brain and consciousness, and leading Kriya Yoga meditation groups. www.neurotherapy.us
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Cynthia Ambika Copple, Master Ayurveda speaker, author, and mentor, is an Ayurvedic Consultant in Santa Cruz, California, Director of Lotus Holistic Health Institute and President of Lotus Herbs. She is Co-Founder and past President of the National Ayurvedic Medical Association (NAMA), and Co-Founder and past Dean of Mount Madonna Institute College of Ayurveda. She was trained in Ayurvedic pulse diagnosis and the use of Ayurvedic healing herbs by Ayurvedic master, Dr. R. P. Trivedi, of Hathras, India. Her teachers include Ayurvedic physicians and doctors Vasant Lad, Pankaj and Smita Naram, and Sunil and Shalmali Joshi. She has practiced and studied yoga and meditation for the past 20 years. www.lotusayurveda.com
Suhas G. Kshirsagar, BAMS, M.D.

Suhas G. Kshirsagar, BAMS, M.D. (Ayurveda) is a world-renowned Ayurvedic physician and educator from India born of a traditional Vedic family. He holds an M.D. in Ayurvedic Medicine, with a Gold Medal, from the prestigious Pune University in India. Dr. Suhas has traveled worldwide popularizing Ayurvedic Medicine, offering courses for both medical professionals and laypersons, and has provided Ayurvedic consultations for thousands of patients. He is an internationally-acclaimed motivational speaker and a faculty member at various Ayurvedic Schools worldwide as well as researcher, formulator, and consultant. He often shares the stage with motivational speakers such as Deepak Chopra, Tony Robbins, and Wayne Dyer. He is currently the Director of Ayurvedic Healing, an Integrative Wellness Clinic in Santa Cruz, California. www.ayurvedichealing.net
Dr. Manisha Kshirsagar, BAMS, DY&A

Dr. Manisha Kshirsagar, BAMS, DY&A (Ayurveda) graduated from Pune University, India, with a Bachelor’s degree in Ayurvedic Medicine and Surgery. She also trained at the Indian College of Naturopathy and is a certified Yoga Instructor from the renowned Kaivalyadham University in India. Dr. Manisha has been teaching and practicing Ayurveda and Yoga for more than fifteen years. She is a faculty member at Kerala Ayurveda Academy, Maharishi University, Mount Madonna Institute College of Ayurveda, and several other Ayurvedic institutions. She is the author of the award-winning book,”Ayurveda: A Quick Reference Handbook.” She is currently the Co-Director at Ayurvedic Healing, an Integrative Wellness Clinic in Santa Cruz, California. www.ayurvedichealing.net
Acharya Shunya Pratichi Mathur

Acharya Shunya Pratichi Mathur is a tradition-based, classically-trained scholar, healer, and teacher of Ayurveda and Vedic sciences. She is the Founder of Vedika Global, Inc., a California-based non-profit Vedic foundation that supports an award-winning international School of Ayurveda and Vedic Studies, sponsors community welfare initiatives, and delivers charitable wellness through global projects. She is also the current President of the California Association of Ayurvedic Medicine (CAAM). www.vedikaglobal.org
 Yogashree Prof. N.V. Raghuram Yogashree Prof. N.V. Raghuram, is the Director (Spirituality) at VYASA International (International Wing of S-VYASA Yoga University, Bangalore, India). He is also the founder and Chairman of Yoga Bharati, an international organization dedicated to spreading the traditional wisdom of Yoga and Spirituality through its academic programs and other Yoga-based initiatives. He is involved with several international Yoga research projects such as M.D. Anderson Cancer Research Center in Houston, USA, and KWA neurological clinic in Germany. He is the president of DISHA – an NGO promoting Value Initiatives in Educational Institutions in Bengaluru, India; he guides institutions such as Vedika Global, an Ayurvedic school in Berkeley, CA; Youth for Seva, Bengaluru, India, a NGO working on education and health initiatives of the downtrodden in the Southern part of India. He has conducted over 100 Yoga Teacher Training Courses, over 500 Corporate Stress Management Workshops, and Yoga Therapy Workshops in India and across the globe. He has been an invited speaker at many International Conferences on Yoga Research, Health, Education, Spirituality and Indian Culture and Ethos. www.yogabharati.org
Swami Nirvanananda

Swami Nirvanananda was initiated into Kriya Yoga in 1982 after reading the “Autobiography of a Yogi” by Paramahansa Yogananda. After traveling in India, in 1992, in the holy city of Jagannath Puri, he took the final monastic vows of sannyas and became Swami Nirvanananda Saraswati. Having grown up as a musician, he travels extensively throughout Europe, the United States, and India like a wandering monk, chanting Bhajans, and inspiring audiences with devotional music from all spiritual traditions. By merging the teachings of Kriya Yoga with the devotional aspect and helping a school of children of the Lepers’ Colony in Puri, Swami Nirvanananda expresses unity in the diversity of many paths and religions, all leading to the same goal: Universal Love and Oneness with Spirit. He became a Minister of CSA in 2010. www.nirvanananda.org
Steve Oda
Steve Oda began his musical education at the age of seven, learning to play slide guitar and then jazz guitar. His love of creativity through musical expression led him to the classical music of North India and the sarode. His practice started earnestly with Ustad Aashish Khan in 1971, and then in 1973 he became a disciple of Aashish's father, the legendary musician, Maestro Ali Akbar Khan, one of India's treasures. In 1996, he received a prestigious Canada Council Artist's Grant to pursue intensive studies at an advanced level with Ali Akbar Khan. Steve moved to the San Francisco Bay area in 1998 and served as Executive Director of the Ali Akbar College of Music in San Rafael, California for a two year period. He currently resides near San Francisco actively teaching and performing the beautiful music of North India. www.steveoda.com