Our Board of Directors

Our Board of Directors

Swami AsokanandaSwami Asokananda, 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.

Hamsa Amy ChoHamsa Cho 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.
Shankar Bruce FernReverend 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 LemorinNora 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 SgammatoChandra/Jo Sgammato, 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.

Vijay WilanskyVijai 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.

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