Rev. Bruce Shankar FernVice-President
Reverend Bruce Shankar Fern, IYM, M.Ed.,has been not just instructing and studying the teachings of Integral Yoga for several decades but living them in every aspect of his life. He is the first to acknowledge that he is a “work in progress”, and his Faith in God (as the Divine Mother) and Guru acts as his guiding light through all his trials and tribulations. He loves sharing with others the insights he has been blessed with through his study of the yoga scriptures combined with daily prayer, worship, and meditation, and hopes to create a lasting community of those who seek wisdom and knowledge in this course.
Rev. Laksmi Scalise, IYM, E-RYT 500IYM, E-RYT 500
Reverend Laksmi Scalise, IYM, E-RYT 500, is an Integral Yoga Minister and teaches Intermediate and Advanced Hatha Yoga. In 1977 she began studying under Swami Bua Maharaj, whose students she taught whenever he traveled. She studies with Grand Gong Master Don Conreaux and is one of his senior teachers. She is also a Reiki master teacher, dowser, and astrologer. Using pendulums, crystals, and sound mantras, Laksmi performs shamanic chakra balancing and sound healing through the Integral Yoga Wellness Spa.
Rev. Sam Rudra SwartzIYM
Reverend Sam Rudra Swartz, an Ordained Integral Yoga Minister. Also know as ”The Sarge,” is a KAY (Kidding Around Yoga) Trainer, and has a previous ordination as an Interfaith Minister from the All Faiths Seminary, New York City (2004). He is certified in Integral Yoga from Satchidananda Ashram-Yogaville and The Integral Yoga Institute of San Francisco as a Hatha Yoga (2011) teacher, having taken the Accessible-Yoga Teacher Training in San Francisco, as well as a Meditation (Yogaville, 2011), and a Raja Yoga Teacher (IYSF, 2012). His teaching home base is the Integral Yoga Institute of New York and has been fortunate to travel internationally offering classes and training’s. As a minister he has performed wedding ceremonies as well as other life cycle events in many places both locally in the New York/New Jersey area as well all around the U.S.A.
He received his Bachelor of Music in Brass Performance, with a Tuba Concentration from Boston University’s College of Fine Arts Music School in 1996 and is an accomplished musician having performed as a soloist in Carnegie Hall and was an active busker (a street musician). Currently he uses his music training with his voice serving as a prayers leader (a lay cantorial leader) at the Conservative Synagogue of Fifth Avenue in New York City.
Rudra, earned his certification to ”kid around“, as a Children’s Yoga Teacher from Kidding Around Yoga in 2012. He served as a Counselor and Co-Director of Camp Yogaville, at Satchidananda Ashram Yogaville Virginia’s summer camp from 2011 — 2019, where he was bestowed with the loving nickname, ”The Sarge“, for showing an ability to discipline the children in a loving way. He was part of the Kidding Around Yoga Camp in Florida in the same capacity from 2013 — 2016 and led many Kidding Around Yoga training sessions as a trainer in New York and other places both domestically and internationally from 2014 — 2109.
In Sanskrit, sat means truth and sangha means community. Satsang offers an opportunity to come together with the New York IYI’s Three Integral Yoga Ministers, to share spiritual teachings. The philosophy of Integral Yoga is explored through a videotaped talk by IYI’s founder, Sri Swami Satchidananda, followed by an informal discussion. Although spiritual paths may diverge, the act of sharing spiritual teachings with others is inspiring and creates a solid foundation for continued practice. People of all faiths are welcome.
This is an online program.