The Continuing Education program at Ananda Ashram is led by experienced hatha yoga instructors and by Ashram teachers who were trained directly by Founder Shri Brahmananda Sarasvati. All faculty members have been practicing and teaching for many years. Senior staff instructors have lived in residence at the Ashram, studying and integrating the teachings in their daily life for thirty years or more. This program is designed so that the expertise of each faculty member is transmitted to students in a direct, inspiring, encouraging and transformative way.
E-RYT, Training Director – David has been teaching Yoga since 1994. In New York City he has helped to develop the teacher training programs at both the New York Yoga and the Yoga Sutra Centers and he runs the daily Mysore Ashtanga room at Pure Yoga East. David has studied directly with Sri K. Pattabhi Jois and with his son Manju and other students of the Mysore tradition of Yoga. Currently he is studying with Sri B.N.S. Iyengar of Mysore. He has been a guest teacher and devotee at Ananda Ashram for several years. His goal is to help each person learn Yoga with kindness and truthfulness at his or her own speed and intensity. David is also a classically trained figurative artist and has taught art for over a decade.
Nikki 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 as taught by Sri Krishnamacharya, Sri B.N.S. Iyengar and Sri K. Pattabhi Jois.
Shri Radha, Intoduction to Sanskrit & Yoga Sutras – Radha met her Guru Shri Brahmananda Sarasvati in 1977 and received intensive training from him until his passing in 1993. She served closely as his secretary and assistant, traveling with him and serving as his main interpreter during the final ten years of his life. She lives at Ananda Ashram where she is a life-term trustee of the Baba Bhagavandas Publication Trust and a trustee of the International Schools of East-West Unity (Gurukula). Since 2004, Radha has been graced to further her spiritual education and practice with Amma Sri Karunamayi, both in India and the USA.