Team Yoga Veda

Andy Betancourt

Andy Betancourt

Founder & Director

Andy has always had a strong interest in 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, B.A., E-RYT 500, AHC

BRITTANY WOODARD, B.A., E-RYT 500, AHC

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, C IAYT, AP

Jacquelyn Rae, C IAYT, AP

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

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, AP, KPJAYI Authorized Level 2

Kate O'Donnell, AP, KPJAYI Authorized Level 2

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, BSc, BAMS, MD, PGDG & C

Dr. Abdurahaman Poilan, BSc, BAMS, MD, PGDG & C

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, C-IAYT, AHC

Dr. Shreejan Sita, C-IAYT, AHC

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., AP

Dr. Scott Roos, Ed.D., AP

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, ap

Terra Raffael, ap

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.

Marek Sawicki, B.A. C-AP., C-IAYT, LMBT, E-RYT 500

Marek Sawicki, B.A. C-AP., C-IAYT, LMBT, E-RYT 500

Subtle Body Anatomy, Art of Assessment, Clinical Internship

Marek Sawicki is a professional instructor and a highly trained and 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 in 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.

Christine Devlin Eck, AP

Christine Devlin Eck, AP

Birth & Beyond

Christine is the Director Sacred Window Center and one of its Instructors. She has a background as an Ayurvedic Practitioner, Educator, Group Facilitator and Birth and Postpartum Doula. She is also a busy mother of 4 boys, most of whom have been brought into the world using the principles we teach. She describes Ayurvedic Postpartum Care as truly powerful and transformative, and the missing link in modern postpartum care.

Julia Fishman, AP

Julia Fishman, AP

Birth & Beyond

Julia is an educator, an entrepreneur, an intuitive visionary, an Ayurvedic Practitioner, Ayurvedic Postpartum Doula, yoga teacher and an active Avatar Master. She loves to make learning of profound wisdoms fun, accessible, easy to digest and applicable to life. Guided by a commitment to pragmatically improving the world, Julia spends the majority of her time traveling around the country and facilitating consciousness training courses for people and families from all walks of life and from all over the world.

Ashlee Wilkin, AP, CMT

Ashlee Wilkin, AP, CMT

Birth & Beyond

Ashlee has been fascinated and inspired by birth, babies, and pregnant mama bellies since she was a little girl. Growing up, she witnessed the birth miracle of baby animals many times at her mom’s Veterinary hospital. This and other life experiences planted the seed for her life-long interest in birth work. She is passionate about transforming our cultural perspective on pregnancy, birth, postpartum, and parenting by bringing back ancient wisdom for the modern family. Ashlee currently has a thriving practice, working with midwives in Northern California to provide Ayurvedic prenatal and postpartum care.

Charlotte Senseney-Sternkind, CAPA, LMT, MTI

Charlotte Senseney-Sternkind, CAPA, LMT, MTI

Birth & Beyond

Charlotte was led to this work by Spirit as she came up with a business name during meditation. The teacher who trained her called one day and said she had been informally calling her students Ayurdoulas. That is how her deeper journey as a postpartum doula began after years of being a birth doula and prenatal massage therapist. She fully believes in supporting the mama and her experience of growing, birthing and nurturing life on this earth.

Elanie Beckett

Elanie Beckett

Student Support

Elanie is all about balanced, holistic health and wellness. She started her journey into natural medicine more than 20 years ago when she realized how disconnected we as the human race have become from our true nature and our place in the universe. Qualifying as a Reiki Master, incorporating Usui and Tibetan Reiki in 2011 was just the start of her quest to discover TRUE healing through Ayurveda and yoga.

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