Turning to the Mystics for Guidance on Our Spiritual Path


Swami Brahmananda

Swami Brahmananda is Manager of the Sivananda Ashram Yoga Retreat and senior staff of the Sivananda organization. A long-time practitioner of yoga, he regularly teaches yoga philosophy and meditation for the Sivananda Yoga Teacher Training Courses as well as meditation immersion courses. He is a much-loved, inspiring, and knowledgeable teacher.

Mirabai Starr

Mirabai Starr is a critically acclaimed author and translator of sacred literature, who teaches and speaks widely on contemplative practice, inter-spiritual experience, and the transformational power of loss. A leader in the emerging inter-spiritual movement, her works include Saint Teresa of Avila: The Passionate Mystic; Saint John of the Cross: Devotions, Prayers, and Living Wisdom; The Showings of Julian of Norwich; and Mother of God Similar to Fire (in collaboration with iconographer William Hart McNichols). Her book God of Love: A Guide to the Heart of Judaism, Christianity and Islam won the New Mexico/Arizona Book Award.


Sister Greta Ronningen

Sister Greta Ronningen is a professed member of the Community of Divine Love, an Episcopal monastery in the Benedictine tradition located in San Gabriel, California. She is a chaplain who works with adult men and women and young girls incarcerated in Los Angeles. She has been involved with yoga for 35 years and co-created Yoga Works in 1986 with her then husband Yogiraj Alan Finger. Sister Greta lectures and leads retreats based on her master’s thesis, Becoming Beguines: Living Love Both Mystically and Apostolically.


Suba Ramesh Parmar

Suba Ramesh Parmar is an award-winning dancer of the South Indian Bharatanatyam dance style. She is known for grace and dynamism in her expression and movement and is performing regularly at Sivananda yoga centers together with her gifted daughter Madhu Parmar.


Amir Vahab

Amir Vahab, honored as both a peacemaker and virtuoso, is one of New York’s most celebrated and distinguished composers and vocalists of Sufi and folk music. Weaving fiery instrumentals and songs of the historic lands of the Middle East and Central Asia, his work transcends political boundaries while maintaining traditional and mystical sensibilities. Embodying diversity-in-unity, his ensemble's aim is to draw the listener’s attention to the spiritual dimension of existence. Amir teaches and lectures to private and group classes in universities, libraries, museums, and cultural centers and organizes music therapy and sound healing workshops.