HEART OF YOGA PRESENTERS

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Radhanath Swami


Spiritual leader
Author


About Radhanath Swami:

One of the world’s most revered Bhakti teachers, Radhanath Swami spends half the year overseeing spiritual social action programs from the Radha Gopinath Temple in Chowpatty, India, the other half caring for an international community of students and followers. Author of The Journey Home and The Journey Within


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Raghunath Cappo


Spiritual teacher
Yogi
Kirtaniya


About Raghunath Cappo:

Ex-punk, ex-monk, husband, father of five, inversion ambassador, bent on Bhakti, detox junkie, evolution assistant, coalesced by kirtan, cacao consumer, puranic story teller, reciter of Gita, potential excavator, beyond birth and death. He is prana hunter, animal friendly, transcendence in training, born to give - to live today; full contact fighter, devours durians, loves to chant, likes a challenge, servant of the servants, harmonium hugger, conscious of Krishna. He is co-founder of Supersoul Yoga and Supersoul Farm in Chatham, NY. In 2015, Raghunath released the kirtan CD Krishna Kirtan: Music as Meditation.


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Rukmini Walker


Spiritual teacher
Interfaith Activist


About Rukmini Walker:

Rukmini Walker is a teacher of bhakti yoga. She is an activist in interfaith dialogue and women’s spiritual empowerment. At the age of sixteen, she met her guru, A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada and began a lifelong study of bhakti yoga, living and teaching in yoga ashrams in India, Canada and the US. She is the founder of the Urban Devi collective held in NYC at the Bhakti Center and the Urban Devi blog. The kirtan artist, Gaura Vani is her son.


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Joshua M. Greene


Spiritual teacher
Author


About Joshua M. Greene (Yogesvara):

After 13 years in ashrams of Europe and India, Joshua returned to New York and taught Hinduism and Holocaust history at Hofstra University until retiring in 2013. He lectures on journeys to enlightenment at universities and yoga studios nationwide. His books include Here Comes the Sun: The Spiritual and Musical Journey of George Harrison, Gita Wisdom, and Swami in a Strange Land. His classes, lectures, and discussion are available on the podcast, Gita Wisdom Teachings.


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Elyce Neuhauser


Yoga instructor
Dancer


About Elyce Neuhauser:

A dedicated yogini for over 20 years and teaching since 2006, Elyce, an ERYT-500, is passionate about sharing the living practice of yoga. In addition to teaching classes both in the studio and at festivals, she also leads 200 and 300 hour level teacher trainings, workshops and retreats.  Since 2009 Elyce has been teaching yoga and ecstatic dance at the Omega Institute for Holistic Studies in Rhinebeck, NY.  Elyce believes that yoga is a lifelong practice both on and off the mat and she continues to study with and assist her teachers.


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Dan Dowd


Horticulturist
Landscape architect


About Dan Dowd:

Master horticulturist / landscape architect Dan Dowd leads our nature walks. For the past twenty years, Dan has been arborist for Lehman’s Plant Health Care on Long Island.


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Denise Mihalik


Sound healer
Musician
Yoga instructor


About Denise Mihalik:

Denise's life work has been to study the effects of vibration on body, mind and spirit. Once exposed to the vibrations of devotional chant, her heart opened to the path of Bhakti. Her mission is to facilitate an openness to Source through vocal expression and sound.


About the workshop:

This special Nepali sound healing tradition offers special protocols and techniques that guide the mind and body to a quiet space so that participants can tap into a place of nourishment, healing and deep listening.

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Yadunath & Ekantha


Yadu: Improv performer
Ekantha: Professor


About Yadunath and Ekantha:

Yadunath (Joe DeGise II) is a writer, performer and director with the legendary improv group Chicago City Limits. He conducts workshops that help develop confidence, trust, listening, creativity and mindfulness. His wife Ekanta (Beth DeGise) is a professor of statistics at New York University, and often assists him in these workshops.


About the workshop: this is a fork; this is a spoon

In improvisation, like yoga, meditation and almost anything we do in life, we must be mindful and in the moment. Through improv games and group exercises we'll sharpen our focus and concentration, and have a blast doing it.

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Daniel Cordua


Yoga Teacher
Massage Therapist


About Daniel Cordua:

Daniel Cordua is a well known yoga teacher, educator, collaborator & massage therapist throughout the Philadelphia area & co-owner of the healing sanctuary & creative space, Palo Santo Wellness Boutique. His journey towards a healthier body, steadier mind and more open heart has drawn Daniel to not only study & teach dynamic vinyasa yoga, but yoga philosophy and ancient yogic texts – especially bhakti yoga, or the yoga of devotion.  He leads workshops, teacher trainings, and retreats nationally & internationally.

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Giaco Yanez


Yoga Teacher
Photographer


About Giaco Yanez:

Giaco is a Jivamukti Yoga teacher and the official photographer for this year's Heart of Yoga retreat.

Full bio coming soon.

The Heart of Yoga kirtan band

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Ilan Chester


Musician
Composer


Ilan Chester (Havi) is an Israeli-Venezuelan singer, songwriter and musician and recipient of two Latin Grammy awards: the 2010 award for Best Folk Album and the Academy’s 2017 “Lifetime Achievement Award.” His fascination with India’s wisdom texts has inspired him to compose a repertoire of contemporary music to accompany traditional mantras and devotional songs. His works include devotional albums Symphony of the Soul and Bhakti.

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Ray Ippolito


Musician
Animal Activist


Ray Ippolito, multi-instrumentalist & producer, has performed and recorded all over the world with such incomparable artists as Mickey Hart, Jai Uttal, Michael Franti, Krishna Das, the Spin Doctors, the Mayapuris and many more. As a dedicated animal activist and educator, Ray weaves his devotion of compassion for all life within every note he offers. Ray is the director of Strategic Partnerships and Advocacy for the Catskill Animal Sanctuary in upstate NY.

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Rick Frires


Physician
Musician


Rick is a full time emergency physician and medical director of a Cleveland, Ohio emergency room. Rick has practiced meditation and yoga since the late 60’s, and is a devotee of Neem Karoli Baba. His Bhakti path also involves the practice of kirtan playing bass guitar and singing, and he has accompanied Krishna Das, Jai Uttal, Shyam Das, Shantala, Gaura Vani, Prema Hara, Sri Kirtan, and many other Bhakti kirtan wallahs. His own kirtan group, “Enchanted Hearts” has lead kirtan in the Cleveland area for the past seven years.

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Madhuri Pura


Kirtaniya
Meditation coach


Madhuri Pura Dasa (Madhu) is a 22-year-old world-traveling meditation coach and RYT 500. After living in a monastery for over 4 years and recently graduating, he now takes the sacred knowledge of Bhakti yoga and shares it around the globe.