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; The Soul of Leadership; and What are you Hungry for?. Read a free excerpt from The Soul of Leadership here.
Dr. Chopra will participate in the Seduction of Spirit and Journey into Healing portions of the training.
Director of Chopra Center University, Senior Teacher Trainer, and Vedic Master
Teresa Long is the Director of Chopra Center University. She oversees all of the Chopra Center's teacher trainings and certification courses and is the worldwide liaison to our global network of more than 1,800 certified instructors. Teresa is the daily touch point along their journey to become certified instructors, and her nurturing team is their support system once they have been certified.
As a Vedic Master and certified Ayurvedic consultant who has completed every teacher training the Chopra Center offers, Teresa's wisdom, gentle spirit, and guiding support helps students on the Teachers Path successfully complete their certifications so that they can share the knowledge of yoga, Ayurveda, and meditation in their communities.
With her extensive background in holistic nutrition, Teresa loves to teach cooking classes to Chopra Center guests and students in her community. She also hosts several classes and meditation groups to parents and children in the San Diego area.
Program Development Manager at Chopra Center University and Vedic Master
Trista Thorp is the Program Development Manager at the Chopra Center for Wellbeing and a Vedic master educator, certified in Primordial Sound Meditation, Seven Spiritual Laws of Yoga, and Perfect Health: Ayurvedic Lifestyle. She teaches at the Chopra Center’s instructor certification programs, events, and weekly classes at the Perfect Health program. She also works closely with Chopra Center University Advisory Board members and other master educators in curriculum development. For six years, Trista apprenticed under the Chopra Center’s co-founder Dr. David Simon, co-facilitating the Healing the Heart workshop. She continues to facilitate Healing the Heart, in the footsteps of her former mentor.
Trista’s passion and commitment to gently guiding people on their inward journey through emotional healing is evident in her work as a teacher at the Chopra Center, and in her role of inspiring and empowering people to follow their dharma on the Teachers Path with Chopra Center University. Trista is devoted to inspiring and empowering others to live a life of fulfillment, joy, and dharma.
Vamadeva Shastri (David Frawley)
Master Educator and Advisory Board Member
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.
Yogini Shambhavi Chopra
Yogini Shambhavi is one of the most important and dynamic women teachers of the deeper aspects of Yoga coming out of India today. She is noted for her clear, direct, and uncompromising expression, and her ability to inspire seekers from every walk of life. She unfolds the bliss of well-being through rituals, mantra, and meditation, drawing one to the deeper “Yogic Reality,” awakening the universal Shakti power within us.
Yogini Shambhavi holds an ancient Shakti yogic spiritual lineage from the Himalayas as Devi Shakti Tantra. She is a co-director of the American Institute of Vedic Studies, Santa Fe NM, along with Pandit Vamadeva Shastri (David Frawley) and joins him in his international teaching work in Yoga, Ayurveda, Vedic astrology, and Vedic Studies.
Shambhavi offers personal consultations in Vedic astrology for select students. She helps us connect with the Shakti of the planets as a divine grace into our lives. She has authored two books on the Mother Goddess (Yogini Unfolding the Goddess Within, Yogic Secrets of the Dark Goddess) and two special CDs of chants and mantras (Yogini Bhava, Shakti Mantras Invoke the Divine Within, Jyotir Bhava, Shakti Mantras for the Nine Planets).
Roger Gabriel (Raghavanand)
Master Educator of Vedanta
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 United States, he met and became friends with Deepak Chopra. Since then, Roger has assisted Deepak with numerous training programs, seminars and workshops, taught over ten thousand people on all continents to meditate and assisted in training hundreds to be teachers of meditation, Ayurveda and yoga.
Roger has been blessed to have met and studied with great teachers in India and the West. In 2006, Roger received his spiritual name Raghavanand from Shree Satuwa Baba Maharaji, an Enlightened Master of the Vishnu lineage, in Varanasi, India. Roger has studied energy work with Sai Maa Lakshmi Devi and incorporates some of this in his practices.
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. 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. When not in his Ashram in India, he lives in Carlsbad, California.
Chopra Center 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 lie 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).
Sheila Patel, M.D.
Medical Director at the Chopra Center
Dr. Sheila Patel is a board-certified family physician who earned her M.D. at the University of Wisconsin Medical School and completed her residency in family medicine at Ventura County Medical Center in Southern California. For more than a decade, she had been practicing full-spectrum family medicine (from prenatal care and deliveries, to ER coverage, and inpatient and outpatient primary care for all ages) in a variety of settings. She now provides care as a Chopra Center staff physician and certified instructor, as well as maintaining an outpatient family medicine practice in the San Diego area.
Dr. Patel's integrative healing approach combines the best in conventional Western medicine with the wisdom of ancient healing traditions. Dr. Patel's special interests include preventive medicine and mind-body medicine with an emphasis on Ayurveda, using tools such as meditation, yoga, and nutrition to achieve balance. She believes that the best way to achieve wellness is to integrate all of the knowledge available to us, including the tools of modern conventional medicine and the practices of traditional healing systems.
Valencia Porter, M.D., M.P.H.
Integrative Medicine Director and Vedic Master
Dr. Porter is a Vedic Master and Director of Integrative Medicine at the Chopra Center. A graduate of USC – Keck School of Medicine, she is board certified in both General Preventive Medicine and Integrative Holistic Medicine and also has a Master’s of Public Health degree with a focus on Environmental Health. Dr. Porter was the recipient of a Bravewell Collaborative scholarship for the prestigious Fellowship in Integrative Medicine at the University of Arizona and was also a Research Fellow at Scripps Center for Integrative Medicine and the National Institutes of Health. Beyond allopathic medicine, Dr. Porter has received extensive additional training in many complementary healing modalities including Ayurveda, medical acupuncture, meditation, yoga, Healing Touch, herbal and nutritional supplements, and mind-body medicine which she combines in her medical practice at the Chopra Center. She is passionate about utilizing lifestyle tools within an Ayurvedic framework to help her patients achieve optimal health and find more fulfillment in their lives.
Dr. Porter believes that one of the most important roles of a doctor is to teach and enjoys sharing her knowledge with healthcare practitioners, patients, and the public. She lectures regularly at the Chopra Center’s weekly retreats, Journey Into Healing mind-body workshop, and for Chopra Center University’s Teacher Training Programs in Yoga, Meditation, and Perfect Health. She also lectures nationally and has published articles and chapters in many areas of health and healing. As adjunct faculty in the Department of Family and Preventive Medicine at UCSD School of Medicine and the University of Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine, she also educates medical students, residents, and fellows.
Edie is a Chopra Center educator, assisting Chopra Center guests on their journey to balance using ancient, timeless techniques. She is passionate about guiding guests toward the experiences of peace of mind, increased energy, conscious choice making, increased productivity and joy in their lives.
As a Chopra Center Certified Vedic Master Educator since 2007, she has been joyfully guiding guests in the Seven Spiritual Laws of Yoga, with an open heart and a bit of laughter.
In addition to the above experts, our Teacher Training Faculty will lead portions of the curriculum, so students can benefit from a wide range of expert skills, approaches, and techniques.