Instructor Directory

We are Yoga Veda Institute—extended to the world for every type of learner & truth seeker.  Our students come to us from every time zone, every culture and career background, every age from 18 to 89.

They have one thing in common: the motivation to take the next step in their lives.

We place student success at the heart of everything we do. Whatever your goal, we want to support your progress. With our open enrollment policy, any student with the motivation to enroll is welcome in our courses.

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Co-Founder & Online Course Director

Jacquelyn Rae, AWP, RYT, CYT

Jacky Rae specializes in Ayurvedic yoga therapy, Ayurvedic cleansing & nutrition.  She serves as director of the Yoga Veda Institute, an international school of yoga and Ayurveda dedicated to promoting conscious & connected living.

Jacky grew up in the state of Michigan in the United States.  At the tender age of 18 she became a borderless globe trotter and has since never looked back.  After living and working in three countries in the Caribbean and still in her mid-twenties her travels took her to the foothills of the Himalaya in northern India. It was during her time in the Himalayas studying ancient yogic philosophy, pranayama, meditation, asana, reflexology and reiki that her eyes were opened to the wonderful teachings of Ayurveda.

During her travels in remote India she became very ill and was treated by an Ayurvedic Vidya (doctor) with no less than miraculous results.  This compelled her to dive into the studies of Ayurvedic therapies and massage at the Braham Yoga, Ayurveda and Natural Healing school in Rishikesh, India. She continued her studies into Ayurvedic Medicine with the San Diego College of Ayurveda, and was awarded the title of Ayurvedic Practitioner. She is a professional member and serves on the membership committee of The National Ayurvedic Medical Association (NAMA) and is a supporting member of the International Association of Yoga Therapists. She spent four years as the Director of Panchakarma at the Monte Vista Retreat Center, a well-known healing center in South Thailand.  Jackie was awarded the title Yoga Sironami by the Vastu School of Yoga, in the tradition of Swami Sivananda. Her teachers, Lal Maharajh and Shivakami (lorrie) Conglose are students of Bharata a direct disciple of Swami Vishnu Devananda and her teachings clearly reflect this beautiful and authentic lineage of Hatha Yoga.

Jacky is currently the program director at Yoga Veda Institute and teaches Ayurvedic Yoga Therapy training courses year round at their “Yoga Villa” location in Ajijic, Jalisco, Mexico.

Jacky serves her community through a holistic approach to yoga education offering a broad based scope of advanced training that far exceeds any current standards. Her passion is bringing the holistic healing aspects Ayurveda back into the traditional teachings of Hatha Yoga.

Co-Founder & Intensive Course Director

Andy Betancourt, RYT

Andy is one of the founding directors of Yoga Veda Institute.  He was born in Venezuela and has always had a strong interest for two things, traveling and understanding the meaning of life.  Luckily for him they are both on the same educational path.  Andy believes that by observing life we can learn the true meaning of our existence.

Andy first discovered the Yogi tradition when at the age of 18 he began taking classes in Venezuela.  It took him many years of practice to finally jump in and commit to yoga and the life style that it has to offer.

After practicing for some time, Andy decided to begin his studies in India and Thailand learning the concepts of deep Yoga philosophy.  He also deepened his knowledge studding Buddhism, acupressure and was certified in the healing practice of Reiki. Andy continues to deepen his practice and believes that you never stop learning. Andy’s deep understanding of the inner workings of the human mind and behavior help him to guide you into a journey of self-healing. He believes deeply in the philosophy of Yoga and its real meaning.  It is through this he understands that no matter how we call it we all do some form of Yoga in different ways and amounts even if we never step a foot on a yoga mat.

Andy’s goal is to share this knowledge with you not only through asana but to give you the tools to understand the true meaning of what it means to be a yogi.  Because the practice of Yoga can be called many names depending on your culture and beliefs, but in the end, everyone has the same goal.  To unite with the energy of creation.

Pregnancy, Birth & Beyond

Kaya Mindlin, CYT, AWP

After encountering yogic teachings in 1999, Kaya abandoned academia and launched over a decade of retreat, tutelage and formal training in Vedic tradition. An IAYT accredited Yoga Therapist, Ayurvedic Practitioner and Teachers’ Teacher, she’s logged over 10,000 hours credentialed study and wor​k in​ Vedic therapies – Restorative Yoga Therapy, Clinical Ayurveda, Yoga​ and Ayurveda for Pregnancy and Postpartum, Vedic Psychology​ and Counseling​, Vedanta Philosophy, and Vedic Astrology.

She has cultivated SRY {Spinal Release Yoga} – a healing yoga that relaxes deep muscle tension and resolves the root of emotional and physical pain. Long-time seekers, healing professionals, experienced yogis and teachers resonate with Kaya’s direct, personalized and gentle tools and her organized but intuitive approach. Her pregnancy and experience raising a sensitive and strong willed child has fueled her love of Ayurveda and Vedic Astrology as means of insight and she ​created her Mayurveda program to support other families with these timeless tools. She works with groups, individuals and teachers in her yoga therapy center in Northern California, where she lives with her husband, a Vedic Astrologer, and their son. Learn more at yogawithkaya.com

Re-framing Addiction with Ayurvedic Yoga Therapy

Mercedes Grant, RYT

Mercedes CA Grant is the founder of Badasana and the creator of the Re/Framing Addiction program.  She holds over 500 hours of certified yoga training through Karma Teachers College, Yoga Veda, Yoga Outreach, Shannon Cluff’s Lead With Love mentorship and the Beyond Addiction program with addictions-recovery specialist Dr. Gabor Mate and Naturopathic Doctor, Sat Dharam Kaur.

A deep, personal history of trauma and addiction has inspired Mercedes to educate and compassionately guide others through their healing journeys. She entwines the ancient wisdom of yoga and Ayurveda with leading-edge physiological research (and humour!), to illuminate the vast self-healing capabilities of the body, mind and spirit.

Conscious Kids Course Instructor

Laura Mcegan, RYT, PRYT

Laura, founder and director of Divine Light Yoga, started her yoga journey at the age of 15 years, with her first and most inspirational yoga teacher, her grandmother, who taught her to be humble and playful in her practice. Originally from the UK, Laura is a long-term traveler and true-adventurer, committed to life-long learning and to sharing her passion and knowledge with others of all ages.

Laura learnt the art of teaching yoga whilst training in India to complete her initial 200-Hour Yoga Teaching certification; Laura continued her learning journey in Thailand where she completed the RYT 300-hour certification in Yin-Yang Yoga with Jivani Yoga and RYT 200-Hour Ayurvedic Yoga in Mexico with Yoga Veda. Learning under the guidance of many inspirational teachers, Laura has developed a teaching style that enables yogi’s of all levels and ages to feel empowered, confident and inspired in their own practice by combining elements of yoga therapeutics, philosophy and Ayurvedic practices to provide a supportive, healing and playful environment both on and off the mat.

With over 16 years experience of working with children and young people in both educational and therapeutic settings across the UK and Asia, Laura has a wealth of knowledge and a true passion to share her experiences. After discovering the healing effects of yoga and mindfulness, Laura traveled to Bali to complete the Registered Children’s Yoga Teacher certification (RCYT 95-Hour) with Yoga Swaha, to learn how to share yoga and mindfulness with children. Laura is dedicated to supporting children and young people to become well-balanced, creative, open-minded individuals by sharing the practices and teachings of yoga and Ayurveda in collaboration with key educational philosophies and teaching methodology.

Yoga Veda Lead Teacher

Dr. Abdurahaman Poilan

Dr. Abdurahaman Poilan started P.V.A. Ayurvedic Multy Specialty Nursing Home at Kannur (South India) in the year 1994, which is a leading Ayurvedic treatment and training centre.

An experienced Doctor, research scholar in the field of yoga therapy and meditation leads our yoga wing. He teaches patients with various yoga postures and meditation which assist in their healing process.

P.V. A the Multy specialty nursing home with all the facilities for the complete nursing care for the inpatients, headed by the chief physician hailing from 160 year old traditional Ayurvedic family.

Graduated from a world renowned Ayurvedic college of Kerala having International exposure. In addition two more experienced doctors available round the clock in the nursing home for the total care of the patients.

Yoga Veda Lead Teacher

Anne Elizabeth Hermans

Anne slowly started her yoga journey at the age of 22 in the Netherlands. While living a hectic life and working in Amsterdam’s fashion scene, yoga was the only time of balance and quietness. After living this life for 6 years there was a point of realization. Something that had been boiling inside for a long time suddenly came out: what am I doing, this is not really my path, but what is? She left everything behind and moved to Vietnam not knowing what life would bring her, but trusting that it would work out in some way, and it did.

She emerged herself in yoga, spending a lot of time at the Sivananda center and ashram, feeling more happy, balanced and peaceful than ever. This led to doing an Ayurvedic Yoga Teacher Training with Yoga Veda in Thailand. She didn’t know what to expect, but definitely not the huge lifestyle change it brought her.

Ayurveda teaches her on the small scale of her own body and mind, to be aware of everything that is going on inside and outside. It teaches the delicate balance of all internal and external things on her balance. This practice makes her realize that everything and everyone in connected. The thing that made her fall in love with this practice is its simplicity, Ayurveda all makes sense and brings us closer to our natural state.

When Anne came back to Saigon she felt like a new, improved version of herself. She wanted to share all that she had learned and started her yoga studio: The Yoga Nest. A few classes a week naturally evolved into daily classes, and then into weekend and week retreats. Anne strongly believes that when you do what you are supposed to do, when you start listening to your inner voice and align with the universe, everything naturally falls into place.

That is what happened and what is still happening since she started following her yoga path. Anne is developing her own practice by doing Vipassana meditation courses, spending time at the Sivananda Ashram and she recently started a 2 year Ayurvedic Yoga Therapist study. Her main goal is to help others find peace and balance within, by teaching soft and self-loving practices.

Yoga Veda Lead Teacher

Nathalie Gajdos

Nathalie Gajdos combines the healing aspects Ayurveda and Yoga with her strong interest in personal development and human behaviour, to offer holistic wellness services on and off the mat. Her search for healing from a long-standing history of depression and anxiety, lead her to Ayurveda, and in so doing she discovered a self-fulfillment previously thought to be unattainable.

It is now her desire to share these teachings with others in search of higher truth and greater collective conscious. She is trained with a 300 hour Ayurvedic Yoga Therapist certification from Yoga Veda Institute in Ajijic Mexico, and continues with ongoing studies in Ayurveda Yoga Therapy with YVI, and as a Yoga Health Coach with Yogahealer.

With passion and dedication, she created High Five Yoga Health & Healing to share her knowledge and deep-rooted beliefs in Ayurvedic healing with a global community. Her approachable, honest and compassionate demeanor empowers those who are ready for change, to use Ayurvedic daily practices to promote a life of ease and fulfillment.

Her love of travel and culture brought her to the beautiful island of Ambergris Caye, in Belize, where she offers online and in-person Ayurvedic consultations, and a variety of health and lifestyle coaching programs, as well as destination retreats that provide a commitment to ongoing support for long-term habit transformation and healthy living that are personalized and attuned with the universal laws of nature.

Through simple lifestyle, nutrition and breath body practices she demonstrates that we can all achieve conscious awareness, connectedness to all things, and a balanced body, mind and spirit that can take us to the next level of existence… Conscious. Connected. Balanced. Find out more about Nathalie at www.highfive.yoga.

Yoga Veda Lead Teacher

Sandra Wohlers

Sandra started her career as an environmental scientist, but soon realized that cleaning up the environment would be an endless task if all the people helping were still sick themselves.  She slowly shifted her focus towards her own health through Yoga and Ayurveda and has finally come back around to helping others to do the same.   She was introduced to Ayurveda by a dear friend in 2012 when she dove into a strict home cleanse routine and diet to pacify her unruly Vata and suffering digestion.  She was soon inspired to deepen her meditation practice through Vipassana and shortly after she did her first 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training with Yandara Yoga Institute where she was instructed by two of her close friends and their musical mother, who together opened her devotional spirit.

Following a few more years of integrating Ayurveda and Yoga more deeply into her personal life, Sandra decided to follow her curious heart to more traditional teachings of Ayurveda in Kerala and Tamil Nadu, India.  She completed a 200 hour Ayurvedic Therapist course in the Nilgiri Mountains in the traditional gurukul education setting where she studied alone with her devoted teacher and Ayurveda practitioner, Samathur Parthipan.  She continued her studies in Yoga at Paramanand Yoga Institute, where she completed her 300 hour YTT.  Upon her return to her new found homeland in Mexico, she decided to continue her studies in the western fashion with The Ayurveda Institute, where she completed the preliminary portion of the Ayurveda Studies Program. She is now in the process of completing the Ayurvedic Yoga Therapist program with Yoga Veda Institute and currently building the foundations of Snehana Ayurveda as her private practice in Valle de Bravo, Mexico.

Sandra is a yoga practitioner and a foodie that loves to find a way to get Ayurveda all up into everything and anyone who asks about it.  Her passion lies in the teachings of Yin Yoga, but believes that a balanced regular practice is the most beneficial.  She is always looking for creative ways to inspire each unique individual to live, shop, cook, eat and reconnect with the environment with loving intentions that balance the mind, body and soul.  She is trained in Hatha, Vinyasa, Yin, Iyengar and Sivananda styles of yoga in addition to the foundation principles of Ayurveda, which has provided a refreshing approach to her existing yoga practice over the last 12 years and her perspective towards life in general.  The seed of passion for Ayurveda that she has grown with love, truth and forgiveness grows deeper with personal practice, sharing and teaching.

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