Siri Bani Kaur is CEO and Co-Founder of Kundalini Yoga Boston and You Go Girl Yoga. As a wellness coach, teacher, trainer, author and speaker, she has had the opportunity to learn a great deal of practical and useful tools. Sharing all she has learned and benefited from has become her passion! Siri Bani is committed to helping people of all ages become the absolute BEST version of themselves. She specializes in facilitating quick change from the inside out; dissolving the mental and emotional blocks that keep us stuck in negative patterns so we are able to enjoy a happy, empowered life. This is a life where we enjoy forming uplifting connections and learn to embrace a new way of being.
She is a certified K.R.I. Kundalini Yoga Instructor, a certified Level 2 Radiant Child Yoga Instructor and a certified Level 2 Reiki Practitioner and has been practicing many styles (Kundalini, Power, Flow, Bikram, Ashtanga) of yoga as well as teaching art and yoga for over two decades. In addition to teaching yoga, Siri Bani Kaur is an artist, former art instructor and a field associate in the Art and Education Department at Boston University. She received her BFA from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago and her MFA from The College of Fine Arts at Boston University. She has taught art at Boston University, Monserrat College of Art, the Chapel Hill-Chauncy Hall School and in the Waldorf Schools. She is the former Dean of Faculty at the Chapel Hill-Chauncy Hall School. Siri Bani Kaur is a well-respected member of the Boston community, with experience in creating and managing For-Profit and For-Purpose organizations. As the owner of Kundalini Yoga Boston, in Harvard Square, she cultivated a safe and supportive community environment focused on love, dignity, and service. This powerful “Yoga of Awareness” offers the tools and disciplines for reinvigorating health and mental wellbeing. She has offered free services to homeless, poor, and emotionally-compromised members of the community, in an effort to provide this yogic technology to those who could benefit most. She is a teacher in many capacities, with a love of sharing her knowledge, experience, and inspiration with everyone she meets. The teacher-training program at Kundalini Yoga Boston is the most well-respected in this national yoga community, and speaks to the respect with which she holds the role of teacher and mentor. As former Dean of Faculty, Gallery Director at Chapel Hill-Chauncy Hall School and former dorm-head, Siri Bani used her empathy as a mother, sister, daughter and wife, to address the many needs and challenges with love and compassion. Her strength is developing curriculums and programs, and she has used this skill to create a variety of high school and college classes and programs. Her fundraising efforts have been supported by Gisele Bundchen and other powerhouse women in Kundalini Yoga and the field of feminine power. Everything she does, she does with love, light, and radiance. Her pulse on the emerging demographic of young women in the process of social revolution make her the best person to guide YGGY!
Lydia uses design thinking to help make the world a better place. She is passionate about working with her teams to achieve their unique goals. Her interests lie at the intersection of global development, female empowerment, and innovative media strategy.
Sat Bir is an assistant professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, and the Research Director for the Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health. He conducts basic and clinical research on the effectiveness of yoga and meditation practices. He is also a certified Kundalini Yoga instructor and director of research for the Kundalini Research Institute. For the past 12 years Sat Bir Singh Khalsa has conducted clinical research trials evaluating yoga treatments for insomnia, addiction, back pain, anxiety disorders, post-traumatic stress disorder, and chronic stress, and operated a yoga program in public schools to determine benefits in mental health in adolescents. Dr. Khalsa actively works with the International Association of Yoga Therapists to promote research on yoga therapy and collaborates with yoga researchers internationally. Author of the Harvard Medical School ebook Your Brain on Yoga, Sat Bir Singh Khalsa also has been teaching an elective course at Harvard Medical School in Mind-Body Medicine for nearly a decade. Through the Kripalu Institute for Extraordinary Living, he is the primary investigator for yoga studies establishing Kripalu program efficacy, contributes to yoga teacher training and guest program faculty programs, and convenes yoga research symposia. His research on yoga for mental health in public schools, insomnia, anxiety disorders, and chronic stress, and his Harvard ebook Your Brain on Yoga, and upcoming edited medical textbook The Principles and Practice Yoga in Health Care has established him as a world-renowned yoga researcher, collaborator, author, and speaker.
Lorraine brings many years experience as an accountant to managing the financial functions of the organization, and a desire to work to improve the lives of others. She earned her BS in Biology from the University of Maine and served in the Peace Corps in Tanzania for 3 years. This service fueled her life-long desire to always give what she could to improve the situation; she began by volunteering as treasurer of her kids’ PTO, where she was inspired by others who thought it was important to provide enrichment and resources for all the students in her town, not just the ones in her school. This led to the formation of the Waltham Education and Beyond Foundation, with Lorraine responsible for securing its non-profit status. Lorraine served as treasurer for seven years, and remains on the Board of Directors. It was this experience of organizing and running a foundation that made it easy for her to help with the formation and management of You Go Girl Yoga, Inc.
Julie is a Boston area based designer and artist with over 10 years of experience working with various small and mainstream brands. She is a graduate of the Savannah College of Art and Design and dreams of visiting Savannah on a regular basis, every day. She is also the owner and creator of Lemon Drop Knittery, a small shop where she creates luxurious scarves for yogic practices. In her free time she can be seen carrying on photography projects, collecting jadeite, traveling, spending time with family and friends, and taking the occasional self-portrait on a good hair day.
As an artist, Andi is committed to work that will ultimately help raise the collective consciousness of humanity to its highest possible vibration-one song at a time. On her personal journey, the practice of kundalini yoga and science of sacred sound vibration (mantra) has helped her to consciously move through the blocks that prevented her from expressing her highest creative potential. She has made it her mission to introduce these profoundly transformational tools so all may experience them. By sharing her gifts with the world, she hopes to inspire others to do the same. Life is a symphony, and everything in the known universe is vibrating at its own unique frequency, including you! Your body is a highly sophisticated instrument through which the music of the heart can be expressed. We all have a unique song to sing, and it is up to each of us to sing it. Your voice is your greatest power and it's already yours to share right now.
As a psychotherapist, Rachel Lev specializes in working with women who have self esteem issues, anxiety, trauma, and have survived abuse. She has been trained in mindfulness-based stress reduction techniques and has worked as a yoga instructor in universities, fitness centers, and mental health hospitals. Her education and training include a degree from the University of Massachusetts in Mindfulness-Based-Stress-Reduction, Columbia University in International Trauma Studies, New York University as a Master of Social Work, Sivananada Yoga teacher training, and she is registered with the Yoga Alliance. Rachel is also the founder of Go Girl Yoga. and now joins forces with us, sharing her expertise and wisdom!
In the last three years Preet has undergone a transformation from a self-identified angry, stressed and unwell person to a loving, present and joyful being. Multiple Sclerosis and daily chronic pain have been her teachers in this lifetime. They brought her to holistic health and opened her up to the many creative paths to heal accumulated trauma. Yoga, meditation and reiki have been the crux of her healing and she has seen their power to transform states of being and life circumstances rapidly. She believes that full body, mind, and spirit healing are possible for all. Preet seeks to meet every individual where they are, work with them so that they may feel empowered to listen to their inner voice and blossom together into new healing territory. She encourages students to inhabit their body and breath: to pause, bring awareness, and relax into life. To cultivate joy, compassion, and love for oneself. To connect to spirit, community, and their true selves. She envisions a world where everyone is able to fulfill their healing need, where we build our skills and share freely with one another, where the Queer community and People of Color have equal access to reawakening their souls, where self-healing is not seen as self-indulgent but rather a necessary step for social change. Preet identifies as a healer because she knows that she is healing herself. And by first healing herself, she is able to heal those around her. Her life is built on the belief that if you love yourself deeply enough, this will spill over into love for all. And when you can see yourself as the other, and love all things as yourself, there is no stopping the power this love can bring to the healing of the world. Preet is a KRI Certified Kundalini Yoga Teacher, a certified Yin Yoga instructor through Joe Barnett, and a Master Level Usui Reiki Practitioner. She is currently one of the managers at JP Centre Yoga and sees clients for private yoga and reiki. She also teaches workshops and reiki trainings in the Boston area.
While interning at You Go Girl Yoga, Asha did research and market analysis to prepare for the launch of the company. She is a senior at New York University studying Global Liberal Studies. She’s passionate about using community organizing as a development model in African countries, specifically in Tanzania where her father is from. She loves to cook, garden and travel around this beautiful world.
Fun fact: her mom is Lorraine Moon, our treasurer!
Currently a psychology editor with Springer, Lilith has also served as an editor for other academic publishers and trade magazines, as well as freelance manuscript editing. In addition to being a wordsmith and avid fan of writing in general, she’s a semi-devoted yogi who mostly practices ashtanga and Iyengar around the city she calls home, New York.
Daljot, MA, ELI-MP, KYT, Co-Founder of WELL, is a Certified Professional Coach and Mindfulness Mentor who uses a very effective and partnered process of moving catabolic (destructive) energy to anabolic (constructive) energy. Kundalini Yoga and Meditation help to support the process by providing tools and practices to help move through internal blocks that are creating resistance to your natural abundant thinking and acting. The journey from catabolic to anabolic attitudinal energy will increase physical energy, feelings of purpose and fulfillment, and help you to achieve higher states of consciousness, love, and compassion, contributing to how much success you experience day-to-day. Using coach tools, and her vast resources from personal experience moving through complicated grief and transition, Peggy works with you to achieve more personal freedom, happiness and fulfillment, and the energy to enjoy it.
Dr. Ramdesh Kaur is a KRI Certified Kundalini Yoga and Meditation teacher who has taught throughout the world, from the foothills of the Himalayas to the suburbs of New Jersey. At the age of 9, she contracted a life-threatening illness and fell into a coma. She emerged blind and deaf, but with a renewed vision of the world and her purpose in it. Her sight was restored a few months later, but she is deaf to this day, though cochlear implants in her twenties have given her much of her hearing back. Though her feelings of difference and discomfort in her physical form led to eating disorders and food addictions for many years, her Kundalini yoga and meditation practice transformed her life and has brought her healing, joy, and deep self-love. Her deep understanding of illness and healing gives her a unique perspective of compassion and strength as she teaches.Dr. Ramdesh is the author of The Body Temple: Kundalini Yoga for Body Acceptance, Eating Disorders, and Radical Self-Love, and is also the author of Yoga and Mantras for a Whole Heart with co-author Karan Khalsa. She has many best-selling guided meditation albums that create deeply healing and accessible meditation experiences for all. She is the host of Spirit Voyage Radio with Ramdesh on Unity FM and iTunes, a weekly podcast that brings mantra and meditation to over 300,000 listeners each year, and she is the founder of the Spirit Voyage Global Sadhanas, an online global meditation community of over 25,000. She is a contributing expert on eating disorders and food addictions to Recovery 2.0 with Tommy Rosen, which brings radical recovery to an online community of 50,000. She regularly teaches at Sat Nam Fest and Kripalu. She serves on the Board of Directors of the Sat Nam Foundation and leads their Seva Retreats to India, and is newly appointed to the Board of Directors of You Go Girl Yoga, where she is committed to bringing yoga to people suffering from eating disorders on college campuses. She holds a Doctorate from the Emerson Institute, a Master’s Degree from the Courtauld Institute in London and a Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Virginia. A global citizen and awakened heart, her name means “One who sees the land of God everywhere, in all places and all peoples.”
Odessa is a public health advocate, a world traveler and mother. As a seeker of both social justice and personal joy, she is a firm believer in the saying “If Mama Ain’t Happy, Aint NOBODY Happy”. Odessa utilizes healing practices from many cultures in her daily life and aspires to become the spiritual warrior that life asks her to be.
Sher Levesque, BA, E-RYT 500, is a healing arts practitioner who offers education & empowerment through the modalities of movement, meditation & vibration (energy work). Sher grew up dancing, playing music and spending time in nature as anchors, finding meditation in her teens and yoga in her early 20’s. She has completed yoga teacher trainings in Hatha, Kundalini & Prana Vinyasa and additional trainings in Restorative Yoga, Yin Yoga, Trauma Sensitive Yoga & iRest Meditation. She offers yoga/meditation classes, workshops, yoga teacher training modules and continuing education trainings. Sher also offers crystal & sound energy work sessions, having completed trainings in several forms of energy work. She currently studies at 9 Ways Academia and the Crystalis Institute. She also engaged in a career in the non-profit public health field for over 18 years, working in various client care, management, quality assurance and trainer roles, also offering specialized trauma sensitive yoga classes to clients and staff. For additional information please visit: Saraswati Sounds