Our Board of Directors
, a monk since 1975, is the president 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.
serves as the interim executive director of the New York Integral Yoga Institute. She has worked in the financial services industry for more than 15 years and has provided business risk consulting services to the top ten 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.
Reverend Shankar Bruce Fern
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.
, a former book publishing executive and best-selling author, is certified to teach Integral Yoga Beginner and Intermediate Level classes. She has taught weekly classes and worked in a variety of capacities at the Institute since 1999. In addition to directing the Yoga At Work© program, she is the founder and director 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 serves on the implementation team and governing board of the Integral Yoga Therapy Certification program and on the Integral Yoga Global Network.
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.
is an IYI RYT 200, and certified gong player under Gong Master Don Conreaux. Her focus is healing through the merging of sound and Yoga. A former dancer with the Philippine Dance Co. of NY, Leda studied Fine Arts at Pratt. She co-founded ArenaStudiosNYC and Arena Production, LLC, serving as executive creative director, and curator. Leda was co-founder, co-creator,executive producer and artistic director of Black & Blue Ball Inc. She was the artistic director and set designer on Asian Diaspora projects by producer-directors Carrie Preston and Kate Rigg. She is a member of Time’s Up Now, #MeToo.
grew up in the Modern Dance world in New York City and danced professionally before transitioning to the fitness industry in the 1980’s. Mary spent 20 years teaching group fitness, personal training and managing boutique aerobic studios before founding Aerobics At Work. Aerobics At Work offered a variety of group fitness classes and wellness seminars to Fortune 500 companies in New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Boston and Washington DC. In 2010 Ms. Conway-Spiegel founded Partnership For Student Advocacy, a non-profit whose mission was to raise funds for students in closing schools that were located in impoverished underfunded districts/neighborhoods; PFSA closed in 2014. Currently, Mary is a full-time parent to her three emerging-adult-children.
John Jivada Bartlett
is a designer, an activist, an educator and a yoga teacher. He first came to yoga while practicing it with his mom as a child and then while studying at New York’s Fashion Institute of Technology, he took a yoga class that led him to discover Integral Yoga. Jivada spent many years experimenting with different yoga practices but, after losing his husband to cancer, found his way back to IYI, where he found solace and healing. Jivada then took the IYI Teacher’s Training and began to teach at IYI and feels he has found his spiritual home.