I'm the little one tucked up under Sri Gurudev's arm. While this was my first visit to Yogaville, it was not my first time meeting Sri Gurudev. I do remember going to his Connecticut ashram when I was younger than this photo, and I met him even younger than that, but don't remember that meeting. You can see the beautiful LOTUS temple is just a construction site at the time. Also, here is my dad, mum and one of my grandmothers.
Always at your Lotus Feet
I visited Sri Gurudev in Coimbatore, South India back in 2000. I was honoured to be there to celebrate his Jayanthi. I wasn't fully into my yoga journey yet, but oh boy, did that trip plant a seed...
The Saint -- Mother Teresa of Calcutta
One of my greatest heroes and inspirations in life. I can't believe I received her blessings as a young child.
Nalanie Chellaram & Sivakami Sonia Sumar
These two women are my best teachers! I study with them regularly because they live by their words. They have pushed me to teach and serve to the best of my ability. I am forever grateful!
Integral Yoga's Senior Teahers
The middle row of Swamis, plus Satya on the third row second from the right, pretty much sums up the amazing line up of Integral Yoga teachers I've had over the years growing up.
Dada JP Vaswani
My sister, Lakshmi, invited me along to her private audience with Dada Vaswani. It was such an incredible opportunity to ask him some of life's biggest questions. What a soul! Thanks sis!
Swami Swaroopananda of Chinmaya Mission
Swami Swaroopananda was my teacher before he was even a Swami and I was just a little girl. He is a great storyteller and I will never forget receiving his teachings in this traditional method, learning about the Mahabharata and the Bhagavad Gita.
This blind Swami frequently visited my family home. He gifted the family with an ancient version of the Vedas, and it sits at my family temple. I can't read it but my family was wise to have a smaller, English version too.
Successor to Guru Sivaya Subramaniamswamy, Bodhinatha led a travel-study program in India in 2003 that was open to women. (It's an orthodox Hindu monastery by the way). It was an honour to learn about Yoga's Forgotten Foundation: The 20 Yamas & Niyamas in great detail from it's original traditions. (Yes, we learned 20 not 10, who would've thought?).
This is the original patriarch of the Harilela family. It was Dada George that welcomed Sri Gurudev into our home for the first time. He is known to many as a householder saint and was a great spiritual leader of our family. Dada JP Vaswani once touched his feet and called him a saint. There was not a dry eye in the room.
I recently took Matthew Sanford's yoga intensive prior to the first Accessible Yoga Conference. Matthew Sanford is trained in the Iyengar tradition, and has deeply studied the essence of BKS Iyengar's teachings to create a system that works beautifully for those living with paralysis and disabilities. I'm a dedicated Integral Yogi, but this training blew my mind!