Himalayan Yoga Teachers
Swami Ritavan Bharati lives a life dedicated to serving H.H. Swami Rama of the Himalayas and Swami Veda Bharati for the past forty-six years. By way of the blessings bestowed following the maha-samadhi of Swami Veda, he now serves as the Spiritual Guide of AHYMSIN (Association of Meditation Societies International), and Ashram Pramukha and Spiritual director of Sadhaka Grama (SRSG) in Rishikesh, India.

By the grace of Swami Rama of the Himalayas, he was conferred the monastic vows of sanyasa (swami) in 2007.

Though he holds many advanced degrees and certifications, he now resides in India giving attention to spiritual life. In addition to his duties as spiritual guide of the global AHYMSIN, for the past twenty years he has taught the practices of the Lineage throughout North America, Europe, Africa, Asia, and Southeast Asia. He also spends much of his time in guiding the International Himalayan Yoga Teachers Association (HYT-TTP) and in training numerous yoga teachers.

Swami Ritavan is gifted in guiding and conducting Silence and Meditation retreats within the cultures of each region. A man of few words, his primary focus is on the inner life. He continues the lineage of his gurus of the Himalayan Tradition serving the Lineage with single-minded devotion.

Swami Nityamuktananda Saraswati (Dr. Christa-Maria Herrmann ( PhD; MA; MEd; DAD; Dip theol; Dip Ed; etc.), German by birth (1945), naturalised British, originally studied Theology; her university studies soon expanded to Education, Psychology, Philosophy and Art and Design (Ceramics). In fact she has never stopped studying and never stopped teaching. Be it in colleges and universities; in workshops and international conferences, in Yoga Institutes and ashrams; or even on Silent Retreats etc. At the centre of her studies and teachings always is the subject of ‘Self-awareness’.

Life in Asia (Australia and America) awakened her interest in Eastern Philosophy (Taoism and Zen) and led to the Zen-arts of Raku (as an artist potter she exhibited worldwide) and Shiatsu (one of several complementary medicines she studied and practiced).

As artist and philosopher merged more and more, a unique combination emerged of deep involvement in Meditation, Sattipahana (mindfulness) and Ngal So; as well as the contemplative practices of Jnana Yoga and Vedanta. Throughout, she worked with several great spiritual Masters among them Zen-Masters, great Siddhas, the Tibetan Lama and Tulku T.Y.S. Gangchen, the great Yogi Swami Maheshananda and H.H. Swami Anubhavananda (Acharya of Vedanta) and M.M. (Mahamadeleschwara) Swami Veda Bharati, disciple of Swami Rama of the Himalayas.

In 1997 she made her Doctorate in Eco-philosophy on the subjects of the Mahabhutas (Five Great Elements) and has since contributed world-wide in conferences and workshops. The wisdom of the of the Mahabhutas, the five Elements, is a universal concept shared by many, if not all wisdom-traditions around the globe; including but by no means only, Yoga Philosophy.

Swami Nityamuktananda continuously travels around the world, sharing wisdom and spiritual practices including meditation and “The Five Elements”. All this from Norway to New Zealand, from Germany to Mexico; from Japan to Ecuador; from Singapore and Australia to Ireland.

She has been teaching especially in two centres in India, for many years: Kaivalyadhama, Yoga Research Institute, Lonavla as well as SRSG (Swami Rama Sadhaka Grama; Rishikesh Himalayas).

In 1997 she was awarded a ‘World-Peace Prize’ for contributions to World Peace (LGWPF/ NGO of UN).

Swami Nityamuktananda is the founder-member of the Council of European Grandmothers; estblished 2015 for reawakening the wisdom and values of the feminine principle, in order to create balance and harmony in all walks of life.

She is the author of several books especially an encyclopedic book on the Five Elements; as well as a simpler version, Simply Five Energy Fields, translated into Italian and German; soon to appear in Romanian and Hungarian.

Ο Dr. Stephen (Stoma) Parker, PsyD, ERYT 500

He is a licensed psychologist with a private practice in Minnesota, USA. Adjunct assistant professor at Saint Mary’s University and at the University of St. Thomas School of Professional Psychology.

He did his doctoral training under Brad­ford Keeney, PhD, a family therapist acclaimed for experi­ence with indigenous healers.

He is a Sanskrit scholar.

In 2004 he assisted in the introduction of the Yoga studies at the Academic Medical Centre at the University of Minnesota.

He has been lecturing on yoga, meditation, yoga psychology etc. in USA, Canada, Holland, Italy, Austria, Hungary, Lithuania, South Africa, Korea, Hong Kong and India.

Pandit Dabral was born near Dehradun, India, in a family of Sanskrit scholars. He holds a doctorate in Yoga Philosophy and Sanskrit from Varanasi, India. A disciple of H. H. Swami Rama of the Himalayas, he has been trained by Dr. Swami Veda Bharati and teaches Meditation and Yoga Philosoply in Asia, Europe and North America.

H. H. Swami Rama sent Pandit Dabral to the United States in 1992, and in 1994 appointed him as Spiritual Director of the Himalayan Institute in Chicago. Trained and authorized by Swami Rama to give initiations, Panditji has initiated many hundreds of people.

Panditji is an experienced teacher in the Himalayan Tradition who is capable of bringing the authentic teachings of the yoga masters to all types of students. People of all ages enjoy his accessibility and humor. His knowledge of Sanskrit and the yoga scriptures is vast and comprehensive yet he is able to explain complex ideas in ways that are easy to understand and apply to daily life. He brings the experiences and knowledge of the Himalayan sages to life.

An inspiring speaker, Panditji guides aspirants in meditation in various centers in North America. He is a senior teacher and coordinator of the HYT-TTP (Himalayan Yoga Tradition, Teacher Training Program) and is also a member of the AHYMSIN Spiritual Committee. He travels internationally to initiate and teach.

Maryon Maass is an experienced Yoga (Himalayan Tradition and Iyengar), a Feldenkrais and, Qi Gong teacher. She lived in Swami Rama Sadhaka Grama (SRSG) Ashram in Rishikesh, India, for several years, training in the subtleties of body and mind, through the observation of the breath, habits and emotions. She returned to California, USA regularly to teach with an inspiring, calm, compassionate manner, and with the intention to increase awareness for self-exploration, and self-healing for her students there. Maryon feels that the journey inward is completely safe, and encourages a gentle view into the window of the universe from where ever you may be looking from.

Her teachers are Swami Veda Bharati, Judith Lasater, Master Hong Liu.

Sofia Foteina-Chatzikokoli

After her graduation from "The American College of Greece" and her studies at the Economic University of Athens, Pedagogics at the Nursery school of Athens, Rudolf Steiner in France, Maria Montessori Method in London, "Self- Awareness", "Minimal Movement" Café Ecole Method by Constantin Foteinas, and "Accompagnonage", the accompaniment of the trans... at the last phase of life- also by C. Foteinas- she continues her studies, since 2010 until today, in India, Rishikesh, with Swami Rama of the Himalayas, Swami Veda Bharati and Swami Ritavan Bharati, and is certified by the "Association of Himalayan Yoga Meditation Societies International" and by "Himalayan Yoga Tradition- Teacher Training Program" RYT 500. The certification is recognized by "Yoga Alliance" and "CYA International".

She is specialized in "Children Yoga" and "Yoga for Pregnancy". Besides Greece, she teaches parents that gather from all parts of the world in Swami Rama Sadhaka Grama Ashram, in Rishikesh, to practice the Himalayan Yoga. She has also taught in Merano and Florence, Italy.

She co-operates in the "Meditation Project" in Swami Rama Sadhaka Grama Ashram, in Rishikesh, where decades of meditations of gradual difficulty are transcribed and translated from English to 27 different languages- as were given from Swami Veda Bharati.

In Athens, she co-ordinates the "Himalayan Yoga Meditation of Hellas" as asked by Swami Veda Bharati.

She has translated in Greek, together with Chryssanthi Foteina-Kissadjekian, Swami Veda Bharati’s book, "The Night Birds"- published by Café Ecole Editions- and are translating now "Kundalini, Stilled or Stirred" also by Swami Veda Bharati.