Chopra Center University: Faculty

Chopra Center University: Faculty

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Primordial Sound Meditation

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 Leadership here.

Dr. Chopra will participate in the Seduction of Spirit and Journey into Healing portions of the training.


 

Teresa Long

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.


 

Trista Thorp

Certification Program Manager at Chopra Center University and Vedic Master

For the past four years, Trista Thorp has apprenticed under Dr. David Simon, co-facilitating the Healing the Heart workshop at the Chopra Center for Wellbeing. In addition, she is one of the master meditation instructors at the Chopra Center for Wellbeing where she teaches weekly classes on Higher States of Consciousness.

Trista's passion and commitment to meditation is also evident in her work around her community where she offers free group meditations on a weekly basis and ongoing meditation trainings.


 

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

Yogini Shambhavi Chopra

Master Educator

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).


 

Claire Diab

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.


 

Edie Flaiz

Vedic Master

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.


 

Perfect Health

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 Leadership here.

Dr. Chopra will participate in the Seduction of Spirit and Journey into Healing portions of the training.


 

Teresa Long

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.


 

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Suhas Kshirsagar BAMS, M.D.

Ayurvedic Physician and Master Educator of Ayurveda

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 Pune University in India.

He is an accomplished Ayurvedic physicians, who has traveled worldwide popularizing Ayurvedic Medicine, setting up clinics, training health professionals and has provided Ayurvedic consultations for thousands of his patients.

He is an internationally acclaimed motivational speaker, experienced Clinician, researcher & an insightful Medical Astrologer, who adds tremendous value to his clients and students alike.

He is currently the Director of "Ayurvedic Healing" an Integrative Wellness Clinic in Santa Cruz, California.


 

Claire Diab

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

Board-certified in both General Preventive Medicine and Integrative Holistic Medicine, Dr. Porter has an integrative approach that incorporates many areas of health and healing, including Ayurveda, medical acupuncture, biofield (energy) therapies, and functional medicine.

As a medical student at the Keck School of Medicine at the University of Southern California, she began to explore complementary and alternative medicine. After training in pediatrics and child neurology, she completed a residency in Preventive Medicine at U.C. San Diego as well as a master's degree in public health focusing on Environmental Health at San Diego State University. Dr. Porter also completed a fellowship as a Bravewell Collaborative scholar at the renowned Program for Integrative Medicine at the University of Arizona with Dr. Andrew Weil. Before coming to the Chopra Center, Dr. Porter served as a physician and researcher at the Scripps Center for Integrative Medicine in San Diego.


 

Trista Thorp

Certification Program Manager at Chopra Center University and Vedic Master

For the past four years, Trista Thorp has apprenticed under Dr. David Simon, co-facilitating the Healing the Heart workshop at the Chopra Center for Wellbeing. In addition, she is one of the master meditation instructors at the Chopra Center for Wellbeing where she teaches weekly classes on Higher States of Consciousness.

Trista's passion and commitment to meditation is also evident in her work around her community where she offers free group meditations on a weekly basis and ongoing meditation trainings.


 

Edie Flaiz

Vedic Master

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.


 

Yoga

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 Leadership here.

Dr. Chopra will participate in the Seduction of Spirit and Journey into Healing portions of the training.


 

Teresa Long

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.


 

Claire Diab

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).


 

Danielle Mika Nagel

Studio Director, Chopra Yoga Center Vancouver

Danielle Nagel is a certified yoga teacher with over a decade of teaching experience in the U.S. and Canada. She completed her initial Yoga Alliance Teacher Training under the guidance of certified teachers in the styles of Ashtanga, Anusara and Iyengar. She is certified in all three programs from the Chopra Center of Wellbeing in Carlsbad, CA, including Primordial Sound Meditation, Perfect Health Ayurvedic Lifestyle Program and the Seven Spiritual Laws of Yoga.

Danielle is honoured to be a part of the first Chopra Yoga Center in Vancouver, BC. Prior to CYC, she has helped manage yoga, health and wellness studios and develop specialty programs. She is delighted to develop programs such as Chopra Yoga's signature Yoga Barre class and the Chopra Yoga Hot Hatha Series. "I was 19 years old when a good friend of mine sent me Deepak's book, the Seven Spiritual Laws of Success. His books and teachings have been a big influence in my life, especially during the more difficult times. To now be a part of the opening of the first center, is truly a blessing."

Danielle is originally from Los Angeles and moved to Vancouver in 2009. In addition to yoga, she has taught vocal, dance and fitness classes in California, Hawaii and Washington and is certified by the American Counsel on Exercise as a Group Fitness Instructor. She was trained in Cechetti ballet in Los Angeles and was also certified in Mat Pilates. She is currently an Ambassador for Lululemon Athletica Robson and has been featured on international and regional television shows, commercials and radio broadcasts.

Prior to her yoga career, she performed professionally in Broadway shows (Cats, Miss Saigon, Beauty and Beast and The Hunchback of Notre Dame) for six years in Germany.


 

Roger Gabriel (Raghavanand)

Master Educator of  Vedanta

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.


 

Trista Thorp

Certification Program Manager at Chopra Center University and Vedic Master

For the past four years, Trista Thorp has apprenticed under Dr. David Simon, co-facilitating the Healing the Heartworkshop at the Chopra Center for Wellbeing. In addition, she is one of the master meditation instructors at the Chopra Center for Wellbeing where she teaches weekly classes on Higher States of Consciousness.

Trista's passion and commitment to meditation is also evident in her work around her community where she offers free group meditations on a weekly basis and ongoing meditation trainings.


 

Edie Flaiz

Vedic Master

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.


 

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Brent Cesare

Certified Instructor of Seven Spiritual Laws of Yoga

Brent Cesare lectures regularly at the Yoga Teacher Trainings on Anatomy and Physiology and is also a Lead Educator at the Chopra Center for Wellbeing, where he teaches weekly classes. In addition to his work at the Center, Brent is also a Doctor of Physical Therapy. He is owner and director of Zenergy Physical Therapy, a healing studio integrates many mind-body techniques such as yoga therapy, meditation, and Ayurveda bodywork.

 


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.