Team Yoga Veda

Jacquelyn Rae

Jacquelyn Rae

Founder

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.

Andy Betancourt

Andy Betancourt

Founder

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’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 asana 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, Project Manager

Brittany began in the healing arts by completing her Bachelor’s Degree in Anthropology where she discovered spiritual health and healing. She is a graduate of Ayurvedic Health Councilor Program at Yoga Veda Institute. Brittany is an Ayurvedic Health Councilor 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.

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

KP Khalsa, Yogaraj, A.D., D.N.-C., R.H., is an Herbalist, Nutritionist, Yoga Teacher and Educator who has been making holistic health approaches palatable to the modern mind for over 45 years.  He is currently the course director at internationalintegrative.com

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. Scott Roos, Ed.D.

Dr. Scott Roos, Ed.D.

Sanskrit & Yogic Studies Teacher

Dr. Scott Roos, Ed.D., is a teacher of Ayurveda, Yoga, Yoga Philosophy, VedicAstrology, and Sanskrit.

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.

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.

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.

Lucy St. John

Lucy St. John

Yogic Studies

After experiencing Unity consciousness in India, Lucy began to practice yoga in 1998. She learned Vedic knowledge from a student of the Shankaracharya lineage. She is a yoga teacher and continuing education provider.

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.