Swami Jaidev Bharati (Dr. Justin O’Brien) a leading disciple of Swami Rama of the Himalayas, is a pioneer in the exploration of consciousness. A former Catholic monk who studied in Israel, Jordan, and the Netherlands, he was a major lecturer as his ground-breaking theology took thousands to deep insights in their spiritual quests. In 1972 he met his Guru while he taught theology at Loyola University of Chicago. He helped Swamiji establish the Himalayan Institute and its graduate school and helped create international yoga conferences in England, Japan, India, Nepal, and the States. He holds a Doctoral degree in the Philosophy of Consciousness, a Doctorandus in Theology, and Masters degrees in Philosophy and Religious Studies. He was Senior Research Fellow in Holistic Medicine at the University of London Medical School, Director of Education at London’s Marylebone Health Clinic, and Professor of Philosophy at the University of Minnesota. He took vows of renunciation on the banks of the Ganges River in 1999. He is author of Walking with a Himalayan Master, The Wellness Tree, A Meeting of Mystic Paths, Superconscious Meditation and several others.
Ma Devi (Theresa King, M.A.) is a life-long practitioner of spirituality. A former vowed religious, she studied theology in Europe for two years, coming home to be initiated by the saint Swami Rama of the Himalayas in 1972. Serving as his personal assistant for twelve years, she also established the Himalayan Publishing House where she designed and published thirty-eight books and numerous periodicals. She worked with Gurudev in Japan, England, India, and Nepal where she taught and co-directed international conferences. Past spiritual director at Seattle University’s Master of Ministry Summer Program, she founded Yes International Publishers at Swami Rama’s request and continues to publish books on personal growth, yoga, and spirituality. She edited the award-winning The Spiral Path and The Divine Mosaic and has won national awards for her poetry. Devi brings deep insight to others from a life interwoven with direct spiritual experiences and love of the Tradition.
Nandini (Nancy Avery) is a certified gentle and beginning hatha yoga teacher. A native of Portland, Oregon, she is the manager of Yes International Publishers. Nandini enjoys photography and serves as a photographer for IHT. Nandini lived in the Institute's ashram as a resident for several years. She is an enthusiastic human being that loves to engage life in all aspects!
Vaishalee Ballolla is a lifelong student of yoga spirituality and wellness. She was initiated into the Himalayan Tradition in 2007. She became a certified hatha yoga teacher from IHT also in 2007. She teaches gentle, beginning, intermediate and advanced hatha yoga at IHT. She is the mother of three beautiful daughters who share her love of yoga. She is committed to her daily practice of raja yoga and also loves to garden and cook. She serves as treasurer of IHT’s board of directors.
Samantha Boileau found her home at IHT after exploring various styles of yoga in the Twin Cities. IHT taught her a scientific, yet practical way to integrate yoga into life so that we can learn to be comfortable in our body, attain a peaceful mind, and learn control over both. Sam's goal is to inspire others to start their own personal practice so that they may impart the wealth of yoga knowledge onto others!
Kaitlin (Durgaya) Fuller was initiated into the tradition in 2004 after her pilgrimage to India with IHT. She has been teaching yoga for 15 years and is a certified teacher for IHTs Beginning and Intermediate classes. Kaitlin is a licensed Wildlife Rehabilitator specializing in songbirds. She volunteers at the Wildlife Rehabilitation Center in Roseville. The loves of her life are her husband Joel and daughter Autumn.
Dr. Ian Grunberg is a chiropractor practicing in St. Paul. A graduate of Northwestern College of Chiropractic, he has treated thousands of patients and a multitude of conditions! He is a faculty member of Northwestern College, a member of the Minnesota Chiropractic Association, and is on the faculty of IHT.
Carol Halonen found her way to IHT in January 2005 and fell in love with beginning Hatha. She studied under Ma Devi and was certified to teach in 2010. She enjoys teaching childrens' yoga. Carol has a BA in Communication from St. Catherine's University. After a 30 year career in the corporate world, she is exploring a 'retirement' career in education.
Dena Jackson came to IHT in 2002 as a certified yoga teacher searching for a true “yoga home” after she had studied hatha yoga and meditation for several years. She was then initiated into the Himalayan Tradition and became a certified hatha teacher at IHT. She teaches beginning, intermediate and advanced hatha yoga and Superconscious Meditation I at IHT. She serves as vice-president of IHT’s teachers association.
Andrew Korsberg was initiated into the Himalayan Tradition in 2008 and has been practicing traditional yoga under the guidance of Swami Jaidev and Ma Devi ever since. Andrew enjoys spending time with his wife and young son, and he was honored to have Swami Jaidev bless his marriage ceremony, which was held at the former IHT ashram gardens on Summit Avenue. He also enjoys bicycling, traveling, and being in nature. He likes to explore symbolism, philosophy, and traditional spirituality from around the world. He teaches beginning hatha classes for IHT.
Lila Leland was initiated into the Himalayan Tradition in 2001 after searching for an authentic spiritual path. She traveled to India to further explore this ancient tradition in 2004 and 2006. She is a certified IHT Gentle and Beginning Hatha teacher. Recently retired, loves to spend time in nature, cooking vegetarian foods and reading.
Angie Murray has been a practitioner of yoga for over 15 years. She became an initiate in the Himalayan tradition in 2006, She is certified to teach both Beginning and Intermediate Hatha yoga. She enjoys bringing a lightheartedness yet mindful attitude to her classes.
Julia Phillips has been a student and teacher at IHT for several years. Her sunny smile and eagerness to help makes her always welcome. A greatly loved teacher of hatha yoga, she also sews the breathing sandbags and the meditation cushions for IHT. Julia is a certified beginning and intermediate yoga teacher.
Kate Poole was initiated into the Himalayan Tradition in 1998. She began teaching hatha in 2000 and teaches Beginnging, Intermediate and Advanced classes. Kate delights in being able to share the Tradition’s wisdom with others.
Yogiraj Prem Prakash has studied with teachers from various lineages and now co-directs Vermont’s Green Mountain School of Yoga. His writings on yoga have appeared in several publications. He is author of Three Paths of Devotion, Yoga American Style, and Universal Yoga: The Bhagavad Gita for Modern Times from Yes Publishers.
Diane (Daya) Seeley found the love of yoga in 2000 and has been teaching hatha yoga classes in and around her hometown since 2002. She was initiated into the Himalayan Tradition in 2007 and later became certified in both Classical Hatha Yoga and Superconscious Meditation. Diane lives with her husband and 3 cats on a hobby farm tending small organic flower and vegetable gardens while photographing nature, architecture and the simple beauty of life itself.
Manuraj (Maynard Speece) was initiated in the Himalayan Tradition in 1973 and has studied yoga ever since. A past member of the Marine Corps, chair of the MN Chemical Dependency Association Ethics Committee, Marketing Director of the chemical dependency treatment hospital New Beginnings, board member of Affirmation Place and Cornerstone, legislative lobbyist for patient concerns, and Assistant Director of the MN Teamsters Service Bureau, he also served as Transportation Coordinator at the Greater Twin Cities United Care. Currently he directs Community Outreach, a non-profit organization that operates the detox centers at Hastings and Brainerd, MN. Manuraj is one of the main teachers for the Institute.
Lorraine Wells was initiated into the Himalayan Tradition over thirty five years ago by Sri Swami Rama. Her work experience includes business, massage therapy, and health coaching. She teaches Gentle and Beginning level hatha and has been a contributing artist for several Yes International Publishers works.
Alida Winternheimer has been a student at IHT for several years, attending classes and teacher training. She is an avid writer and a mother. She is a certified beginning, intemediate and advanced hatha teacher.