Nicolai Bachman, MA, RYT
Nicolai has been teaching Sanskrit, chanting, yoga philosophy and Ayurveda since 1994. He has a knack for synthesizing and organizing complex topics into simple and understandable presentations. His education combines informal, traditional study with the academic rigor of university classes. He has studied extensively at the American Sanskrit Institute, the Ayurvedic Institute, the American Institute of Vedic Studies and the Vedic Chant Center. He holds an M.A. in Eastern Philosophy, an M.S. in Nutrition, and is RYT500 certified. Nicolai has authored several Sanskrit book/CD learning tools including 108 Sanskrit Flash Cards, The Language of Ayurveda, and by Sounds True, The Language of Yoga (2005) and The Yoga Sutras: An Essential Guide to the Heart of Yoga Philosophy.
Edwin Bryant, Ph.D.
Edwin Bryant received his Ph.D in Indic languages and Cultures from Columbia University, taught Hinduism at Harvard University for three years, and is presently the professor of Hinduism at Rutgers University where he teaches courses on Hindu Philosophy, Bhagavad Gita, Sanskrit, Yoga, and other related subjects. He has received numerous awards and fellowships, and is the author of six books and dozens of articles. Edwin’s Penguin World Classics translation of the Srimad Bhagavata Purana, which is the traditional source for the story of Krishna’s incarnation, is aimed at the general public interested in Hinduism, as well as the yoga community. His translation of and commentary on the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali (North Point Press, a division of Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 2009) is specifically dedicated to contributing to the growing body of literature on yoga by providing insights from the major pre-modern commentaries on the text with a view to grounding the teachings in their traditional context. Edwin has been personally involved with yoga as an initiated practitioner in a traditional Vaishnava sect who has practiced bhakti yoga for 25 years, a number of them in India.
Lou Benson, RMT
Lou Benson has been studying the anatomy, physiology and kinesiology of the 3-dimensional moving puzzles we call our bodies for over 28 years, first as an athlete and amateur bodybuilder and beginning in 1990, as a student of massage therapy. She has developed and taught beginning and advanced courses in anatomy, bodywork, and movement awareness for massage therapists and yoga teachers for many years. Lou is a certified practitioner of both Aston Patterning and Kinesis Myofascial Integration (KMI). She has also had extensive training in orthopedic work for soft tissue injuries, with an emphasis on myofascial and neuromuscular applications. Lou maintains a private practice in Cambridge, MA, where she still loves working with the puzzles of posture, movement, injury, and the deep, restorative healing Swedish massage can provide. Lou’s goal as a therapist and teacher is to infuse her work and that of her students with increasing sensitivity, specificity, curiosity and consciousness.
Originally from Madrid, Spain, Carlos Pomeda has 35 years of experience in the study, practice and teaching of the yoga traditions. He received formal, traditional training in yoga during almost 18 years as a monk of the Sarasvati order, 9 of which he spent in India, in the Siddha Yoga Ashram, studying and practicing under the guidance of Swami Muktananda and Gurumayi Chidvilasananda. During this time he learned the various systems of Indian Philosophy, immersed himself in the practice of yoga and became one of the senior teaching monks of the tradition – teaching meditation and philosophy to tens of thousands of students around the world. He combines this experience and traditional training with an academic background that includes two Masters’ degrees: one in Sanskrit from UC Berkeley and one in Religious Studies, from UC Santa Barbara. Carlos currently lives in Austin, Texas, and has recently created a set of 6 DVDs titled “The Wisdom of Yoga,” a series of practical workshops on the history, philosophy and practices of the yoga tradition. As a teacher, Carlos is known for his love of the Indian yoga traditions, his insight, his humor, his deep empathy with his audiences and his ability to convey the deepest scriptural teachings in a way that is clear, meaningful and applicable. For more info, visit www.pomeda.com.
Gessner Geyer teaches The Neurobiology of Human Learning for Lesley University’s doctoral program in Educational Leadership, and he was a pioneer in applying research findings on neuroplasticity for the benefit of students. He has been a keynote speaker and yoga teacher at Yoga Journal’s national conferences, and he has taught educators, healthcare professionals, and corporate executives internationally. His work has been featured on PBS, ABC, and many other media outlets. He is a certified teacher of Kundalini Yoga and has studied Vipassana Meditation with Jon Kabat-Zinn, Sharon Salzberg, Larry Rosenberg, and Lama Yeshe. Gessner is a graduate of Columbia University and holds two graduate degrees from Harvard University.