FacultyHilary Garivaltis, AHC, RYT. Founder and Director. Hilary has trained and taught the introductory levels of Ayurvedic medicine since 2000. As the Founder and former Dean of the Kripalu School of Ayurveda, Hilary had the opportunity to work along side many of the leading teachers of Ayurveda throughout the country and in India. She has been responsible for educating hundreds of people from all walks of life. Through her unique experience she has honed the skills of curriculum refinement to meet the needs of the new student as well as the advanced student. In the spirit of collaboration and upliftment of the Ayurvedic community, Hilary has always been known for building great partnerships both in America and India. The faculty chosen to teach the Fundamentals of Ayurveda: Tools for Healthy Living™ are among the best that Hilary has had the opportunity to work with over the course of the past ten years. Additional adjunct faculty will continue to be included as the curriculum naturally grows.
Adjunct Faculty: The adjunct faculty will be either teaching live (L) in the classroom or in video (V) or live webinar (W) format depending on the class location. See each program for faculty details.
|Dr. Gerard C Buffo, MD, Ayurvedic Practitioner, FACR completed his undergraduate education at Columbia University and his medical training at SUNY Stonybrook. He currently serves as a faculty member and researcher at the University of Hartford in their Health Science Department. Former CEO and President of CT Valley Radiology PC, and Chapter President of the American College of Radiology he remains an advisor and emeritus member to both. He has served on numerous medical boards and is an invited lecturer to both local and national symposia. His interests are in elder care, autism and alternative medicine. He recently completed training and national certification in Ayurvedic Medicine studying at the Ayurvedic Institute in Albuquerque NM, and Kripalu in Lenox MA. He teaches a course in Ayurveda for undergraduates at the University of Hartford and sees private patients at the office of the New England Integrative Health Associates in West Hartford and Ananda Yoga and Wellness Center, Southampton NY.
He is the proud father of 3 adult children and is married to Jean Ann for 31 years. He resides in Simsbury CT.
He believes that pathway to health is accessing the power of healing within, live according to natural laws, mindfully embrace present awareness and love.
|Satya Narayana Dasa, PhD, is the author of 15 books related to Indian culture and philosophy. Founder of the Jiva Institute of Vaishnava Studies to promote Vedic culture, philosophy, and Ayurveda through education, he regularly teaches classes on Hindu philosophy, the Sanskrit language, and ancient Indian sciences for scholars from around the world. He has initiated a program for preservation, translation, and publication of ancient Indian works of science and wisdom, and serves as a visiting professor at the State University of New Jersey, Rutgers, and American Hindu University. Winner of many honors and awards, he maintains an office in Vrindavan, India. www.jiva.com Video and live in certain locations|
|Sunil Joshi, BAMS, MD (Ayu), is a world renowned Ayurvedic physician from Nagpur, India. He serves on the advisory board of the Chopra Center for Well Being and has spoken at Columbia University, the National College of Naturopathic Medicine, and the National Institutes of Health in Washington DC. Currently, Dr. Joshi is involved in supporting the expansion of Ayurveda throughout North America, Europe, and South Africa, focusing a majority of his time teaching and practicing at his two primary centers in India and Albuquerque, New Mexico. Video, Web-cast and live in certain locations|
|Pamela K. Myers AyP, LMT, eRYT 500- Certified Ayurveda Practitioner and Educator, Licensed Massage Therapist, Reiki Master/Teacher, Registered Yoga Teacher and practices Ortho-Bionomy. (Specializes in pre and perinatal care) Advanced Ayurveda training January 2008 with Jiva Institute in Faridabad and Ashram in Vrindavan India (interviewed by New Delhi TV~ Ayurveda from a Western point of view), Kripalu Yoga Center for Yoga and Ayurveda, Xi Yuan Hospital (Beijing- Qigong training), Mali, West Africa (cultural and spiritual journey) brings wide variety into her practice. As Directress of the Anahata Center and practitioner, the focus is to connect individuals with teachings that support in a self healing process- through Ayurveda methodologies (consultations and classes), Massage Therapy, Reiki, Yoga (includes pranayama and meditation) and Drumming. Pamela is a member of the National Ayurvedic Medical Association and actively volunteers time to serve on the NAMA committees.
Chicago - live classroom faculty
|Jessica Richmond, LMHC, is a psychotherapist and Vedic Psychology Consultant. Jessica studies people's behavior and their mind. She specializes in empowering her clients by teaching them tools to manage any kind of unstable mental state from anxiety to depression to anger, and grief. Her clients report a sense of relief as Jessica guides them to see the root cause of their problem. Her work spans from helping drug addicts to those with relationship issues to mood disorders to grief. She also offers professional trainings for psychotherapists and Ayurvedic practitioners. She attributes her knowledge to her teacher, Dr. Satyanarayana Dasa, the pioneer of Vedic Psychology, who taught her how to apply the concepts to her own mind before she helped any client. Today Dr. Dasa and Jessica blend Vedic and Western psychology, teaching people around the world in workshops about how to understand, control, and ultimately transcend their mind. www.jiva.org/psychology|
|Anusha Sehgal Parivallal BAMS, MD (Ayu) is an Ayurvedic physician from the Boston area, who journeyed to India in 1998 to study Ayurveda. She has a masters in Ayurvedic pharmaceutics and has done an academic fellowship at Boston University focused on integrative medicine.
Dr. Anusha has taught the principles as well as the practice of Ayurveda to medical students, researchers and general health seekers both in India and the US. Apart from her passion for teaching, she has also been involved in a few controversial research projects regarding Ayurveda which resulted in revision of quality and standards of Ayurvedic medicine worldwide. Dr. Anusha has also worked with Osher Center of Integrative Medicine, Boston; BMC Department of Integrative Medicine, Boston; Defense Research & Development Organization (DRDO, India; Madras Diabetes Research Foundation (MDRF), India; and L'Oreal Research and Innovation, India. She is also a member of National Ayurvedic Medical Association and an National Accreditation Board for Hospital (NABH) assessor for Ayurveda hospitals in India. Web-cast and live in certain locations
|Dilip Sarkar, MD, FACS, CAP., is one of the foremost experts in Yoga Therapy who combines his 45-year experience in Conventional Medicine with his extensive knowledge of Integrative Medicine, including Ayurveda and Yoga Therapy.He serves on several local and national healthcare boards as: President, Board of Directors, American Heart Association, Hampton Roads, Virginia, Chairman of it's Mission Committee and My Life Check; Life Member, National Ayurvedic Medical Association (NAMA) and Member of its' Standards Yoga Subcommittee; President, Board of Directors, International Association of Yoga Therapists (IAYT); Fellow, American Association of Integrative Medicine (AAIM) and Chairman of the Board, Life in Yoga Institute. He is a Certified Ayurvedic Practitioner and continues to practice and teach classes in Yoga Therapy, Mind/Body Connection, Ayurvedic Wellness, Integrative Nutrition, and Integrative Medicine. Currently, he is the Chairman, School of Integrative Medicine, Taksha University, Hampton, Virginia.Video, web-cast and live in certain locations
|Bart Staub, AP, is an Ayurvedic Diet & Lifestyle Consultant and Kripalu Yoga Teacher. He loves to educate, inspire and motivate his clients to achieve optimal health. Whether working with an acute or chronic problem, Bart offers simple effective and affordable solutions. Over the past 10 years, Bart has practiced Ayurvedic Medicine in India, Europe, and America. He teaches and consults primarily in the Mid-Atlantic region, Northeastern India and online. In his free time he reads, writes and researches about current global health perspectives from his home in South Central Pennsylvania. North Carolina/Costa Rica|
|Dominic Tambuzzo, Ayurvedic Practitioner and Bodyworker. Dominic discovered the healing art and science of Ayurveda (System of alternative healthcare and healing) during his travels in India in 2011. There he obtained an Ayurveda Massage Therapist (AMT) certification at the Ayuskama Institute of Ayurveda in Dharamsala. He has since continued to broaden his skills, acquiring various other Ayurveda Bodywork certifications and techniques in North America, notably at the Kripalu School of Ayurveda.
Fascinated by the richness and depth behind the 5000 year- old holistic discipline, Dominic recently completed a 500 hour certification as an Ayurveda Practitioner and Lifestyle Consultant (Naturotherapy) and offers private consultations by appointment.