The word Namaste is an ancient Sanskrit greeting which means "I honor the place in you where the entire universe dwells. I honor the place in you that is of light, love, truth, peace and wisdom. When you are in that place in you, and I am in that place in me, We Are One."
Namah Shivaya BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Yoga Acharya Tej
International School Director - USA, India, and Japan
Acharya Tej was born and raised in India and brings the authentic teachings of Yoga practiced in India for thousands of years. His Guru and inspiration of yoga is Swami Sivananda, a revered saint and sage who in 1936 founded the Divine Life Society in Rishikesh, India.
Acharya Tej has served on the Yoga Alliance Committee for best practices of yoga schools.
He has formulated this unique and authentic Teacher Training program in Dallas, Texas bringing the teachings of Yoga as taught for centuries in India.He has been practising and studying Yoga for more than26 years . He studied with the Sivananda Yoga tradition in New Delhi, Rishikesh and in Uttarkashi in the Himalayas. Yoga Acharya Tej is committed to spreading the teachings of this healing science to all. He also serves as an Instructor at the International Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Center in New Delhi, India. He earned a Bachelor of Science with a Postgraduate specialization in Communication Electronics, and was inducted as a Member of the Institute of Electronic and Telecommunication Engineers of India. He is Vice Chairman of Ekoankar Foundation a non-profit charity organization supporting impoverished children with a primary education in India
NS Master Teacher, Director Namah Shivaya - India, Japan | Lead Trainer- Teacher Training in New Delhi, Gurgaon, Tokyo
Aya was born and raised in Japan, and has settled in India. She was initiated to yogic path through Sivananda Yoga Tradition in California, USA and completed her 200 and 500 Hour Teacher Training Certification in 2012. She is a Yoga Alliance Registered Teacher (E-RYT 500) and is also a Certified Pre Natal Yoga Teacher. Aya has a lot of International teaching experience in different countries including US, Vietnam, India and Japan. Having worked in the corporate sector in leading Japanese Multi National companies for many years, her work field expanded in US, Paris and Tokyo. Aya discovered her true passion and for her continuous spiritual journey, and she served in Yoga Ashrams for 10 months for establishing her own intensive and holistic practice of Yoga and teach Yoga multinational students as Karma Yoga (seva) and finally moved to India in 2013. She sincerely practices yoga with the belief that every single act is yoga and yoga is a beautiful tool to purify our heart and glow our true self. Her intention for yoga class is to heal the body, mind, emotion and nurture the soul. She graduated LL.B in Osaka University, and currently a student of MSc Yoga at Svyasa University.
Evelyn Van Antwerp
NS Master Teacher, School Director& Lead Trainer Namah Shivaya Dallas, Texas USA
(M.S. Ed, E-RYT 500)
Evelyn started practicing yoga many years ago because of its benefits for the back and neck difficulties she was experiencing, and soon discovered that the benefits were far greater than just addressing her physical well-being. For Evelyn, yoga has become an avenue for self-knowledge, self-love, awareness and physical well-being. Evelyn has a Masters in Curriculum, with sixteen years in education teaching students and adults, becoming a certified yoga instructor was the perfect choice for her. Evelyn has studied with Yoga Acharya Tej Monga, Judith Laseter, Leslie Kaminoff and Amy Matthews.
She received her 200-hour and 500-hour Yoga Alliance Certification through Namah Shivaya Yoga. Since yoga is very much a personal experience and one based on levels of ability, her endeavor is to teach to the needs of individual students by modifying poses. Her classes are designed for both newcomers and seasoned practitioners. Each class focuses on proper alignment and breathing techniques, with an emphasis on core body strength. Her goal as an instructor is for all of her students to experience the full benefits of yoga.
NS Master Teacher, Lead Trainer Dallas, Texas USA
Scott’s yoga studies began in September 1991, when he was seeking a more holistic approach to ending medical issues. His early years were spent under the study of Myna Moon, a long-time follower of Swami Sivananda and Mahavatar Babaji. As his practice increased over the decades, his medical symptoms diminished. He earned his 200 hour yoga teacher training and later both a 500 hour and a 1,000 Master Teacher Training from Namah Shivaya in Dallas and recognized as a Yoga Acharya.
Of the three paths to realization, Karma Yoga has been a central part of Scott’s life for more than two decades, as he has served in varying roles and responsibilities for several North Texas animal, health and religious organizations, including 14 years as a religious education instructor. He continues to bring accessible and affordable yoga to the Mesquite and Terrell communities and also teaches for the City of Mesquite, Texas, weaving into his classes the philosophical, scientific and spiritual aspects of a yoga practice. Scott continues his yoga studies, and has making a 3 ½-year commitment to the study of Kriya Yoga with Pramahansa Yogananda’s Self Realization Fellowship. When he’s not teaching yoga, Scott fights heart disease and stroke for the American Heart Association.
Tina Gurupashna Vaughn
Director Namah Shivaya USA, Lead Trainer Cape Cod, MA, USA
Tina is originally from India and is a certified Vedic Meditation, E-RYT 200 , 500 CYT, YACep, Yoga teacher, who graduated from Namah Shivaya Yoga Teacher Training. She grew up with the wonderful influence of Yoga and Meditation. She is overjoyed to see the amazing awareness and growth of yoga in the US and that people are benefiting from this incredible practice.
Following the path of yoga in her life, she is a board member of a non-profit organization called Ekoankar Foundation that sponsors underprivileged children in India to get a primary education.
She also volunteers as a translator for a Buddhist monk who comes to the U.S. to give talks on peace and compassion. With his Blessing, she had the privilege of meeting His Holiness the Dalai Lama. Tina is currently teaching Gentle Yoga and Meditation classes. She also offers Meditation Workshops at local yoga studios in Massachusetts. Tina’s kirtan group, Namah Shivaya Kirtan (call and response chanting) is dedicated to bringing kirtan to the local community.
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Naho sarted her Yoga journey a decade ago in USA when she was in collage, since then she has learned and experienced different lineage of Yoga including Anusara Yoga, Sivananda tradition in Kerala India. But naturally her practice directed into Ashtanga Yoga. While vigorously teaching Yoga in Tokyo for 6 years in renowned studios, she travelled to practice Ashtanga in Mysore. Now she moved to Delhi, deepening her Ashtanga practice to its intermediate level and learn more of Indian Philosophy.
visiting teachers in Gurgaon & new delhi
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