Ananda Deviika’ Ma graduated from the University in Belgrade, in Yugoslavia , with a degree in Theoretical Physics, which inspired her to further her research in the domain of spirituality. She received her spiritual initiation in 1977 and decided to dedicate her life to serving others as an Acharya, or spiritual teacher. She became a Sannyasini, or yogic nun, in the Northern Indian Tantric tradition under the guidance of her Guru, Shrii Shrii Anandamurti. She spent three years training in India and then came to the United States and Canada where she has taught many people the practices of Sahaja Yoga. She is the Founder and Program Director of Ananda Ananda Wellness Institute of Yogic Wisdom & Ayurveda, Inc,.
Gaya Shelton-Ostadi, E-RYT 500, Yoga Therapist
Gaya's study of classical yoga began in her twenties. In the ensuing decades asana, meditation and spiritual practice have grounded her life. Her interest in the physicality of asana can be traced to her early years as a professional modern dancer. Her intense willingness to bring awareness to the sensations of asana can be traced to her lifetime immersion in the Diamond Heart work of AH Almaas. Gaya is a Yoga Therapist and came through the Ananda Wellness Institute's (formerly Ananda Seva Mission) Yoga Teacher Training herself and has labored in love as she has spent over 3000 hours teaching asana to students.