Our advisory board is comprised of world-renowned experts in meditation, yoga, and Ayurveda who combine academic knowledge with real-life experience to provide a superior learning experience to students of our university. Having embodied the teachings of the Chopra Center, these individuals live by the principles they teach, infusing their lessons with wisdom gained from personal experience. They are dedicated to continually expanding their knowledge and creating an engaging learning environment conducive to sharing their expertise and passion with our students.
Deepak Chopra, M.D.
Co-Founder of the Chopra Center
Deepak Chopra is a world-renowned authority in the field of mind-body healing, a best-selling author, and the founder of the Chopra Center for Wellbeing. A global force in the field of human empowerment, Dr. Chopra is the prolific author of more than fifty-five books, including fourteen bestsellers on mind-body health, quantum mechanics, spirituality, and peace. His most recent books include The Happiness Prescription; Reinventing the Body, Resurrecting the Soul; and The Soul of Leadership. Read a free excerpt from The Soul of Leadershiphere.
Dr. Chopra will participate in the Seduction of Spirit and Journey into Healing portions of the training.
Vamadeva Shastri (David Frawley)
Pandit Vamadeva Shastri (David Frawley) is a Vedic teacher or acharya working internationally to promote Vedic knowledge. He is noted for his ability to integrate Ayurveda, Yoga and Vedic astrology into a single system for raising consciousness that can be easily understood and applied today. His work has been honored in India and in the West.
Vamadeva is the author of over thirty books published in twenty languages over the last thirty years. He has authored many articles and several sets of Vedic course materials. A student of the Sanskrit language, he has translated ancient Vedic texts, including the Rigveda and Upanishads. His recent book Mantra Yoga and Primal Sound is regarded as one of the best available texts on mantra, and includes the practice of mantra meditation. He also teaches Vedantic meditation based upon the teachings of Ramana Maharshi.
Vamadeva is an advisor for several Ayurvedic and Yoga groups and institutions. He has worked with many spiritual and healing organizations worldwide. He has taught at the Chopra center since its inception nearly twenty years ago. The nature of his work and teachings, and other Vedic connections, is explained on his website.
Ayurvedic Physician and Master Educator
Dr. Suhas Kshirsagar is a world-renown Ayurvedic physician & educator from India born of a traditional Rig-Vedic family. He holds a M.D. in Ayurvedic Medicine, with a Gold Medal from the prestigious Poona University in India.
Dr. Suhas is one of the most academically accomplished Ayurvedic physicians in US, who has traveled worldwide popularizing Ayurvedic Medicine, setting up clinics, offering courses for both medical professionals and the layperson, and has provided Ayurvedic consultations for thousands of patients.
He is an internationally acclaimed motivational speaker and a visiting Professor at various Ayurvedic Schools & Universities worldwide. He has been featured in numerous radio and television shows.
He is an experienced Clinician & an insightful Medical Astrologer, who adds tremendous value to his clients and students alike.
He is an internationally acclaimed researcher, author, formulator and consultant to various nutraceutical companies. He is the lead formulator of Zrii, NutriiVeda , Accell & Purify.
He often shares the stage with motivational speakers like Deepak Chopra, Tony Robbins & Wayne Dyer.
He is currently the Director of "Ayurvedic Healing" an Integrative Wellness Clinic in Santa Cruz, California.
Master Educator and Vedic Master
Claire Diab is an International Yoga Therapist, health & wellness expert, and inspirational speaker who has been teaching throughout the world for more than twenty-five years. She has co-developed the Chopra Center's Seven Spiritual Laws of Yoga Teacher Training courses with co-founders, Drs. Deepak Chopra and David Simon.
Claire is the founder of the American Yoga Academy in West Orange, New Jersey, and a professor of Asian Studies at Seton Hall University. She has taught fitness and wellness programs to the Navy Seals as well as to the firefighters of New York City and New Jersey. She continues to write a bi-monthly column about yoga for Firelife.com, which is the largest website community for firefighters around the world. Claire has recently been chosen as the Executive and Professional Woman of the Year for 2012 by the National Association of Professional Women.
She makes health and wellness fun and practical, teaching people powerful yet simple techniques to add into their daily lives. Claire’s special ability to teach the many techniques of yoga, meditation, mind/body medicine, and Ayurveda has helped thousands of people live healthier and more peaceful lives.
Claire has written many yoga manuals and workbooks on health and wellness, and she has produced, directed, and starred in seven yoga DVDs: Yoga for Weight Loss; Yoga for Firefighters and Athletes; Zen and Yoga; Creative Yoga; Breathe, Move, Meditate; Sun Moon Series; and Sun Salutations for Everyone (with Chair Yoga).
Roger Gabriel (Raghavanand)
According to the Nadi Jyotishees, Roger spent his last life living in Kerala in South India. But, as a result of certain misguided deeds, it became necessary for him to reincarnate, this time in England, where he spent his formative years. In an attempt to rectify his accumulated karmic debts, he decided on a more service-to-humanity lifestyle, this time around.
Roger first learned meditation in the early 70’s, which instantly became his passion and he soon trained to be a meditation teacher with Maharishi Mahesh Yogi.
In the early 1980s, Roger began studying Ayurveda the ancient Indian system of healthcare. While helping to establish centers for Ayurveda and meditation in the US he met and become friends with Deepak Chopra. Over the next 18 years, Roger assisted Deepak with numerous seminars and workshops, taught over ten thousand people on all continents to meditate and trained hundreds to be teachers of meditation and Ayurveda.
Roger has met and studied with great teachers in India and the West. In 2006, Roger was very fortunate to be initiated by both Sai Maa Lakshmi Devi and His Holiness Satuwa Baba Maharaji in Varanasi, India. Receiving his spiritual name of Raghavanand, he became part of both the Shiva and Vishnu lineages of the Vedic traditions.
Roger has traveled extensively in India, and offers seminars and workshops to share his experiences and the knowledge he has gathered over the years. As time permits, he involves himself with charity programs in India and takes like-minded seekers on tours to some of his favorite pilgrimage sites there. When not traveling, he lives in Boulder, Colorado.
Brent BecVar, M.S.
Director of the Vedic Counseling Program, Chopra Center for Well Being
Brent BecVar has worked in direct association with Deepak Chopra and the Chopra Organization for more than twenty-two years. With more than 30 years experience as a psychotherapist, educator and astrologer (over 20 years as a Vedic astrologer), Brent BecVar has studied with respected Vedic Science masters in this country and India.
Between 1991-1993, Brent served as Guest Administrator and Acting Director of the Maharishi AyurVeda Health Center in Lancaster, Massachusetts. In 1993, in association with both Dr. Chopra and Dr. David Simon, Brent established and supervised the Sharp Center for Mind Body Medicine Residential Program in Del Mar, California. He was among the first Certified Instructors of Primordial Sound Meditation and Perfect Health/Ayurvedic Lifestyle and continues to serve as an educator, counselor, and Director of the Vedic Counseling Program for the Chopra Center for Well Being since 1999.
Brent BecVar received a Master’s Degree in Education and Psychology from the University of Kentucky and has worked as a psychotherapist and University Administrator. He was trained as a Certified Yoga Instructor by Swami Satchidananda and the Integral Yoga Institute in 1970 and has taught and been immersed in Vedic studies for over 40 years. He is a long-standing member of the American Council of Vedic Astrologers and enjoys the confidence of an international clientele. For more information regarding Vedic Astrology, click here.
At onsite certification programs, portions of the curriculum will be lead by Advisory Board members in addition to Teacher Training Faculty.