Team Yoga Veda

Andy Betancourt

Andy Betancourt

Founder & Director

Andy 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’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.

Andy’s goal is to share this knowledge with you not only through Ayurvedic and yogic philosophies but to give you the tools to understand the true meaning of what it means to be a yogi.

BRITTANY WOODARD

BRITTANY WOODARD

Dean of Education

Brittany began in the healing arts by completing her Bachelor’s Degree in Anthropology where she discovered spiritual health and healing.  Brittany is an Ayurvedic Practitioner and certified yoga instructor. She is the Dean of Education and Student Director at Yoga Veda Institute and is deeply devoted to Ayurveda and yoga.

Jacquelyn Rae

Jacquelyn Rae

Admissions & Compliance

Jacky Rae is a certified Ayurvedic Practitioner and Certified Clinical Yoga Therapist. She specializes in Ayurvedic yoga therapy, Ayurvedic cleansing & nutrition and is the co-founder and acting director of Yoga Veda Institute.

As an expert in both Ayurveda and Clinical Yoga Therapy, the importance of creating a comprehensive curriculum that not only combined these two often distinct fields of study but integrated them seamlessly was the vision behind Yoga Veda Institute.

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.

KARTA PURKH SINGH KHALSA, A.D., D.N.-C., R.H.

KARTA PURKH SINGH KHALSA, A.D., D.N.-C., R.H.

Ayurvedic Herbology, Panchakarma, & Chikitsa Teacher

Karta Purkh Singh Khalsa, “KP” , Yogaraj (Ayurveda), A.D., D.N.-C, R.H., has over 50 years of experience in holistic medicine, and is one of the foremost natural healing experts in North America. Khalsa is President Emeritus of the American Herbalists Guild, director emeritus of the National Ayurvedic Medical Association, and is a respected teacher, writer and lecturer.

Dr. Resmi V. Rajagopal, BAMS, MS (Ayurveda Gynec) PGDYN

Panchakarma

Dr. Resmi is an Ayurvedic Docrtor from Kerala, India.  She received her Bachelor’s degree from Pankajakasthuri Ayurveda Medical College and her Master’s degree from Jamnagar college in Ayurvedic Gynecology & Pregnancy Care.  She has presented scientific papers in national and international seminars and published research papers in renowned journls and has a diploma in Yoga & Naturopathy.  She is experienced in clinical, surgical, para surgical and emergency practices and specializes in treating women with hormonal problems and infertility issues.

Kate O'Donnell

Kate O'Donnell

Ayurvedic Nutrition

Kate O’Donnell is the author of three Ayurvedic Cookbooks, including The Everyday Ayurveda Guide to Self-Care, The Everyday Ayurveda Cookbook: A Seasonal Guide to Eating and Living Well and Everyday Ayurvedic Cooking for a Calm, Clear Mind: 100 Sattvic Recipes. She is a nationally certified Ayurvedic Practitioner and the founder of the Ayurvedic Living Institute. An authorized Ashtanga yoga instructor, she teaches yoga in Boston and Portland, Maine, and still travels to India annually for study.  

Dr. Abdurahaman Poilan

Dr. Abdurahaman Poilan

Ayurvedic Lead Teacher

Hailing from a 180 yrs old Ayurvedic family and having an experience of 34 yrs in Ayurveda, Dr. Poilan graduated from a well known Ayurvedic university in India, V.P.S.V. Ayurvedic college in Kottaka, Kerala.  He also holds a post graduate diploma in Guidance and Counseling.    

Dr. Poilan has visited more than 19 countries, conducting Ayurvedic seminars, workshops and consulations.  He runs the PVA Ayurvedic Hospital in Kerala, India, a multi-specialty Ayurvedic nursing home, providing rejuvenation therapy, purification therapy, and treatment for various ailments such as joint pain, ulcers, infertility, etc. He also conducts Ayurvedic and yoga trainings, specializing in Ayurvedic massage and panchakarma therapy.

Dr. Shreejan Sita

Dr. Shreejan Sita

Chikitsa Instructor

Dr. Shreejan Sita PhD. is a 30+ year yoga veteran based in USA. She is an Author as well as a program director of Shri Jasnath Asan.

Dr. Scott Roos, Ed.D.

Dr. Scott Roos, Ed.D.

Sanskrit & Yogic Studies Teacher

Dr. Scott Roos, Ed.D., “Teacher Scott” studied Ayurveda at both the Wellpark College of Natural Therapies in New Zealand and the Ayurvedic Institute in New Mexico with Dr. Vasant Lad.  His experience in Jyotish comes from years of study with master Jyotishi Hart DeFouw.  Dr. Scott completed his 500 Viniyoga teacher training with Gary Kraftsow in the Vinyoga tradition of Krishnamacharya.  In addition to studying Sanskrit at the Ayurvedic Institute and at the Vedic Vidya Institute, Teacher Scott studied upper division Sanskrit at UC Berkeley for two years.  He also studied Yoga Sutras and Yoga Philosophy with Hart DeFouw, Gary Kraftsow, Chase Bossart, and Srivatsa Ramaswami.  Teacher Scott has been practicing Yoga, Ayurveda, & Jyotisha and has been teaching these subjects along with Sanskrit and Yoga Philosophy for over 19 years.

Terra Raffael

Terra Raffael

Women's Health Teacher

Terra Rafael is a positive and inspirational holistic women’s health practitioner, writer, and instructor on women’s health, focused on helping women find balance and guiding practitioners to creatively utilize effective tools for women’s health.  Terra Rafael is a Registered Midwife and attended births for over 20 years. After studying several years with various Ayurvedic teachers, she graduated from Alandi Ayurvedic Gurukula as a Certified Ayurvedic Practitioner. Terra now writes and continues her individual work with women through her practice, WiseWomanhood – Holistic Women’s Health and Writings.

Sacred Window Studies

Sacred Window Studies

Postnatal Ayurveda

The Center for Sacred Window Studies was born out of the commitment to bring further into the world the teachings of Ayurveda and Postpartum Care. They recognize a real need for parents and babies to reconnect to these ancient concepts, which can address common difficulties postpartum.Each team member from the Center for Sacred Window Studies came to this work through contact and study with the late Ysha Oakes, who founded the original Sacred Window School. Her wisdom and heart informed so many, and we honor her work and her memory.

Kaya Mindlin, CYT, AWP

Kaya Mindlin, CYT, AWP

Ayurvedic Nutrition Teacher

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.

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

Amy Uma Thompson BA. C-AP, LMBT, CAPPD.

Amy Uma Thompson BA. C-AP, LMBT, CAPPD.

Prenatal & Natal Teacher

Uma Thompson is a Certified Ayurvedic Practitioner, Pancha Karma Clinician and Ayurvedic Postpartum Doula. She is also a Licensed Massage Therapist and Certified Yoga Instructor and Herbalist. She has been practicing holistic health care for almost two decades.

Rebecca Lane

Rebecca Lane

Co-Collaborator with Conscious Kids Collective

Rebecca Lane is a yoga nidra/meditation expert and founder of Breathe People, an online resource that teaches the foundations of breathwork and meditation to the masses.  She specializes in using these techniques for deep emotional release for both adults and children. Rebecca is also a collaborator with Yoga Veda Institute’s Conscious Kid’s Collective. 

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