FACILITATORS OF THE RETREAT
RAMANJIT Garewal is a Master of yoga and has been teaching classical, traditional and the art of Hatha yoga for more than 20 years. He presently teaches at The Yoga House, a destination for the health conscious in Mumbai, India. His teachers have been: Life, Nature and the Universal Self present in all of us. Thirst, hunger, longing, to know the Self, to realize the Divine, by attaining kaivalya (liberation) have pulled him to yoga.
VANDANA Hegde has been a student of yoga since she was a child. Being brought up in a household of yoga practitioners she had the opportunity of learning from gurus who were specially invited home to impart their wisdom on yoga. This made her realise, at a very tender age, the oneness of humanity. She later went on to do her post-graduation in Yoga Shastra. Her key areas of work include assisting in stress management through yoga and counseling. She has been teaching yoga for the past 11 years in Mumbai and presently teaches at the L. H. Hiranandani hospital, Powai. Her other interests include listenting to music, and reading autobiographies.
GRAZILIA Khatri is a homoeopath, nutritionist and a wellness coach. She endorses yoga as a way of life. She is also trained in Pilates from UK based Michael King. She is the Editorial Advisor to Complete Wellbeing Magazine. Her style of yoga includes a blend of all the different aspects of yoga that have appealed to her from the different schools that she has been exposed to. Having done her graduation in medicine, she realized that the limitations of mainstream medicine are many and yoga in synergy with other complementary therapies can help in both, prevention as well as cure.
S. Venkateswaran (‘SV’ for short) is a finance professional with over thirty years of industry experience. He is now a sought-after motivational speaker and channels his energies towards helping people discover happiness in their lives. SV has a distinct style of getting ‘fundamental truths’ across in a subtle manner that connects with the audience. He is an acknowledged facilitator in Rotary meetings. He has a unique ability of contextualising the wisdom of ancient spiritual texts. He is the creator of ‘The Magic of Mind Power’, a series of programmes designed to enhance performance at a personal, professional and oraganisational level.
KAMNA Desai is a clinical dietician, sports nutritionist and diabetes educator with 11 years experience. She topped the Mumbai University while graduating in Food Science and Quality Control. She works as a corporate dietician, advising and planning cafeteria meals and overseeing the kitchen hygiene. She has set up a forum for dieticians in Mumbai known as Nutrition Quest which is a CNE (Continuous Nutrition Education) program. She firmly believes that “Let food be thy medicine; only when you eat healthy, you stay healthy”. She loves to tend a garden in her spare time. Her hobbies also include experimenting with crochet and handicrafts.
Therapists from METTAA Foot Spa: The massages at the retreat are by therapists from this unique spa, where sightless magic is offered. Every therapist at Mettaa is a visually impaired individual who has been expertly such that their hands see even further than eyes. Mettaa is a Pali word that translates as “loving kindness”. Reflexology is the act of applying pressure to the feet with specific finger, and hand techniques on “reflex points” that relate to specific organs and glands in the body. A session with these therapists is guaranteed to reduce stiffness, improve immunity and accelerate mental, physical and spiritual healing.