David Yogananda Hollander, E-RYT | Director

David has been teaching yoga since 1994 In New York City. He has directed teacher training programs at Pure Yoga,New York Yoga, House Of Jai Yoga, Yoga Sutra And Ananda Ashram. and has been teaching Mysore style Ashtanga yoga since 2005 at East Side Mysore Club. He also teaches hot yoga, Vinyasa yoga, slow flow, restorative yoga, alignment and yin/yang. David currently studies with Manju Jois, Nancy Gilgoff and David Williams amongst others . David has been a guest teacher and devotee at Ananda Ashram for over 20 years. His goal is to create a safe and dynamic environment that allows each individual to reach their own potential. David is also a classically trained figurative artist and drawing teacher.


Nicole Lewitan | Director & Course Facilitator

Nikki received her Yoga Therapy certification from Yoga Vidya Dham in Nasik, India, and her Hatha Yoga Teacher’s certification from Ananda Ashram’s International Schools of East-West Unity (Gurukula), where she is currently director of the School of Hatha Yoga. In addition to living, studying and serving at Ananda Ashram since 2007, Nicole spends her winters traveling abroad. She enjoys the mystery of exploring the unknown and connecting with masters through different cultures and traditions. While in India Nikki studies with Sri V. Sheshadri of Mysore, a distinguished teacher of traditional Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga.

Bharati Devi | Shrimad Bhagavad Gita

Bharati Devi began her studies with Shri Brahmananda Sarasvati (Ramamurti S. Mishra, M.D.) in 1968. She studied the Sanskrit language, Yoga-Vedanta philosophy, meditation and related subjects with him both in Europe and at his Ashrams in the U.S., simultaneously working as his assistant. Under his direction she began teaching in 1971. Bharati was named head of the School of Sanskrit at Ananda Ashram and appointed trustee of the Baba Bhagavandas Publication Trust and the International Schools of East-West Unity by Founder Shri Brahmananda. She also studied with renowned Sanskrit scholar and poet Dr. Ram Karan Sharma from 1997 to 2015.

Kelly Kamm | Advanced Sequencing

Always on the hunt for some deep connection with the invisible forces of magic and spirit, Kelly studied Eastern philosophy and politics in DC, hiked the Appalachian Train, traveled the world, and worked as a stylist in the NYC fashion and music business. When she found yoga she saw it as the confluence of everything she valued and longed for – creation and form, connection to the magical unknown, the fusing of the sacred and the everyday. She opened a studio in Goshen NY in 2006 and sold it a couple of years ago, and now teaches workshops, festivals and teacher trainings all over the globe.