Our Board of Directors
Swami Asokananda, a monk since 1975, is the president and spiritual director of the New York Integral Yoga Institute, as well as one of Integral Yoga’s foremost teachers. While he enjoys sharing the practical wisdom of the Yogic philosophy (especially that of the great Indian scripture the Bhagavad Gita), he also loves his practice of Hatha Yoga and is one of our primary instructors for Intermediate and Advanced Hatha Yoga Teacher Training. He has served as president of Satchidananda Ashram–Yogaville and currently serves as co-chair, with Swami Ramananda, of the Integral Yoga Global Network.
Hamsa Cho has worked in the financial services industry for more than 15 years and has provided business risk consulting services to Top 10 U.S. banks. She has completed the Living Yoga training program in Yogaville and various Integral Yoga–based teacher trainings. She currently teaches Yoga and meditation classes and enjoys sharing Yoga in corporate environments. She has practiced Yoga and mindful movement for more than 30 years.
Manu Dawson, C.Y.N.Th., a leading exponent of natural living and integrative healing, has been trained in clinical nutrition, homeopathy, and herbology. Manu is the nutrition educator and nutrition consultant for Integral Yoga Institute, offering nutrition workshops on various topics on a monthly basis and private nutrition consultations by appointment.
Reverend Shankar Bruce Fern serves as the chairman of the Board of Directors of the New York Integral Yoga Institute and is one of the ministers of the Global Integral Yoga Ministry, where he and the other ministers conduct weddings, baby namings, house blessings, and memorial services. He’s also the president of Change-Ready Solutions, a training/consulting firm dedicated to helping organizations grow strategically, value diversity, and practice inclusion. Reverend Shankar has been a devotee of and serving Sri Swami Satchidananda for several decades and has been guiding the NYIYI and Satchidananda Ashram and its leaders as a teacher, coach, and counselor.
Nora Nirmala LeMorin has been a devotee of Swami Satchidananda for more than 25 years and has taught Integral Hatha Yoga throughout Westchester all that time. She has lived at the New York ashram, taught Hatha classes and workshops, including Yoga for Children, through the Teacher Training program, and served on the Board of Directors. Nirmala is grateful for any and every opportunity to serve her beloved Sri Gurudev and cherished sangha. Having walked across the U.S. and worked in a traveling circus in France, she finds that being a suburban mom and Yoga teacher is her wildest adventure to date.
Chandra/Jo Sgammato, a former book publishing executive and author, serves as the executive director of the New York Integral Yoga Institute, where she has worked in a variety of capacities since 1999. In addition to overseeing all operations at the Institute, she directs the Yoga At Work© program. She is also the founder of IYI’s Yoga At School™ program, whose mission is to bring the life-affirming, peace-enhancing, health-nurturing benefits of Integral Yoga into New York City schools. Chandra is certified to teach Integral Yoga Beginner and Intermediate levels and teaches regularly at Integral Yoga Institute.
Vijai Wilansky is the founding partner of a law firm and has been its trial counsel for more than 30 years. He was the director of the Upper West Side Integral Yoga Center for 18 years and has taught teacher training at both Integral Yoga Institute and Harlem Yoga. He has been practicing Yoga and meditation for more than 45 years and has been influenced by Rodney Yee and Carrie Owerko as well as other Yoga luminaries with whom he has had the privilege to study. Vijai has completed a four-year course of study at the Ohashi Institute and is certified as an Ohashiatsu practitioner.