Team Yoga Veda

BRITTANY WOODARD

BRITTANY WOODARD

Dean of Education

rittany 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.

Jacquelyn Rae

Jacquelyn Rae

Founder

Jacky Rae is a certified Ayurvedic Practitioner (NAMA) and Clinical Yoga Therapist (IAYT). 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.

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

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

Ayurvedic Herbology

KP Khalsa, 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 40 years. He was the herbal apprentice of an Ayurvedic master, Yogi Bhajan, for thirty-two years.

Dr. Abdurahaman Poilan

Dr. Abdurahaman Poilan

Ayurvedic Lead Teacher

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.

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.

Marek Sawicki, BA. C-AP. C-IAYT, LMBT (NC Lic. #7858) e-RYT 500

Marek Sawicki, BA. C-AP. C-IAYT, LMBT (NC Lic. #7858) e-RYT 500

Ayurvedic Lead Teacher

Marek Sawicki is a professional instructor and highly trained, experienced clinician in the fields of Ayurvedic Medicine, Yoga Therapy and Medical/Orthopedic Massage with over two decades of experience in his successful private practice Living Alchemy Healthcare, and college/private school venues.

His comprehensive education includes being a graduate of The Ayurvedic Institute of Albuquerque, N.M. under the guidance of Dr. Vasant Lad. This training is reinforced with two years of clinical internship under Dr. Alakananda Devi of Alandi Ayurvedic Gurukula specializing in Internal Herbal Medicine, Clinical Pancha Karma, Digestive Disorders, Parasitology, Women/Men’s Health, and Chronic Pain Management.

Kaya Mindlin, CYT, AWP

Kaya Mindlin, CYT, AWP

Ayurvedic Nutrition

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 Ayurveda

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

Vedic Knowledge

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.

MERCEDES GRANT, RYT

MERCEDES GRANT, RYT

Re-framing Addiction with Ayurvedic Yoga Therapy

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.

Raffaella Breare RYT, RCYT, TMT, RM

Raffaella Breare RYT, RCYT, TMT, RM

Online Student Support

Founder and director of The Balanced Yoga studios, with over 1000 hrs of certified training in Hatha Yoga, Children’s Yoga, Advanced Yoga Studies, Yoga Therapy for Chronic Lower Back Pain and Sciatica, Sound Healing, Reiki Master, Thai Yoga Massage, Understanding and Managing Dyslexia, Ayurveda and continues her Studies today with professional development courses.

Raffaella has a personal history of scoliosis and pregnancy complications which improved significantly with yoga practice. Personal experience and specialised training in back problems, pain and stress management, are fundamental part of her holistic teaching method, reaching people that would not normally go to a yoga class.