Yoga Therapy Classes and Certification: 303-499-2910
Ayurvedic Appointments: 303-443-6923

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Faculty BIOS

RMIYA Core, Associate and Guest Faculty
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   Sarasvati Buhrman, PhD. Pranayama, Meditation, Ayurveda, Yoga Philosophy

Dr. Buhrman is  the Co-founder  and Senior Faculty member of the Rocky Mountain Institute of Yoga and Ayurveda,  Adjunct Professor (Hatha Yoga) at Metropolitan State College, and has also taught at  Naropa University, International Yoga College,  Mount Madonna Center, the Salt Spring Center, and Ananda Seva Center.

She holds  B.S. (College of William and Mary) and M.S. eq (University of Illinois) degrees in biology,  and a Ph.D. in Psychological Anthropology (University of Colorado, Boulder).
A National  Ayurvedic Medical Association-registered Ayurvedic Medicine Practitioner who has been in private practice as an Ayurvedic Medicine Practitioner and Classical Yoga Therapist since 1987,   she was trained and granted permission to practice Ayurvedic medicine by Professor R.P. Trivedi who was Professor of Ayurvedic Medicine at Benares Hindu University.  She has also studied Ayurveda with Dr. Vasant Lad and Dr. Sarita Shrestha, as well as received certification through the Yoga of the Heart Program as a Yoga Therapist for Cardiac patients.

Sarasvatiji met her spiritual teacher,  Sri Baba Hari Dass,  in 1976,  completed Yoga teacher training and advanced Yoga teacher training at Mount Madonna Center in 1979-1980 and continues to study with him at every available opportunity.  She took the vows of a Yogic renunciate in the Vairagi order of North India in 1990.  Her teaching specialties include Yoga History, Philosophy, and Psychology;  techniques of Pranayama and Meditation from Hatha Yoga, Raja Yoga, and classical sattvic Tantra traditions; Classical Yoga Therapy;  and Ayurvedic Medicine.

Appointments are available for consultations at her office in Boulder (5757 Central suite 210) 303-443-6923, In Estes Park (303-443-6923) and Occasionally at TREETOP YOGA in For Collins 303-443-6923

 Dr. Bharat Vaidya, B.A.M.S., M.D. 

Dr. Vaidya is a skilled Ayurvedic physician who received his basic Ayurvedic medical training in Mumbai and received his medical degree in Belgium and comes from an Ayurvedic family who was instrumental in the establishment of modern Ayurvedic universities in India.  He has practiced medicine in India, in Europe, and in the U.S., including obstetrics and gynecology.  He specializes in history of Ayurveda, pharmacology, gerontology, rejuvenation, somatic psychology and other branches of Ayurveda.


  Hansa Knox, R.Y.T. Classical asana, Asana therapy

left the corporate world in 1988 to pursue a career in holistic health, and received her yoga certification at the Kripalu Center For Yoga and Health. She is currently a trainer of Yoga teachers in the Kripalu tradition, serves on the board for Kripalu, and is past president of Yoga Teachers of Colorado. She is the propriator of Gentle Touch Body, Mind, and Spirit Connection in Denver, and her theraputic work integrates yoga therapy, massage, and homeopathy. She is an executive board member of the Yoga Alliance.

Alana Foeller, E-RYT 200, is a personal trainer, a Yoga teacher,and a graduate of RMIYA's 300-hour Yoga Therapy ProfessionalCertification Training Program.  She holds a B.A. in Exercise Science and Adult Fitness from Metropolitan State College, with a minor innutrition, and is currently studying Ayurveda.   Alana is familiar with a number of modern asana styles including Ashtanga, vinyasa, Forrest, Anusara, Bikram,  and Structural,  as well as the Ayurveda-based classical Hatha Yoga system.

Santosh Powell, CYT, was certified as a Yoga teacher by Axis Yoga in 2004, and is a core teacher trainer in the Denver Yoga Institute's YTT 200 program.  He has been teaching drop-in Yoga classes and workshops in Breckinridge and other mountain locations for the last 7 years.  Asana styles he has studied
include Iyengar, Ashtanga vinyasa,  and  classical Hatha Yoga vinyasa, also known as triputi (the union of body, breath, and mind.)  Santosh is also
currently in training at Mount Madonna Center as a pujari, or Hindu priest. He will teach the triputi and ayurveda and asana portions of the training.

Ena Burrud, E-RYT 500, CYTh

Owner Treetop Yoga Therapy, Member IAYT, YA, YTOC, Faculty RMIYA

     Since becoming a yogini since ‘97, Ena has taught over 10,000 hours.  She earned her first certification privately in the White Lotus tradition in 2000.  Other certifications include classical Astanga with Erich Schiffmann, YOGA STUDIES at UC Irvine and Loyola Marymount in LA, YOGA THERAPY from RMIYA and studies Yoga Nidra/ meditation from Ed and Deb Shapiro of Boulder.  She has taught in various trainings and conferences in Southern California and Colorado.  Her primary influences for her personalized teaching style are Sarasvati Burhman Ph.D, Angela Farmer, Gary Kraftsow, Rod Stryker and Sri Vidya Philosophy teacher, Douglas Brooks, Ph.D. 

     Ena grew up in Alabama studying drama and the arts, granddaughter to a tent revival minister, and moved to L.A. in 1990.  She was a professional TV and film actress for 15 years.  She began watercolors in '92, showing and selling her work since.   She was designer and co-owner of Sh'ena Garb yoga accessories '94-'96 in Southern California.  She moved to Colorado in 2006, and opened Treetop Yoga studio.  In 2011, she sold the studio portion of the business moving into private practice exclusively.  Currently, Ena is on the board of directors for Open Stage theater in Fort Collins. The arts and creativity deeply inform her work as a yoga therapist and teacher.  She lives in Fort Collins with her two children and two dogs.

 Terra Rafael , Registered Midwife attended births for 1981-2001, teaching
over 150 midwifery students & apprenticing several in her practice.

She's a Certified Ayurveda Practitioner, and Certified Practitioner of
Arvigo Techniques of Maya Abdominal TherapyT. She's written and published in
several books; her latest book: Ayurveda for the Childbearing Years.  She
created Natural Transitions Magazine, sharing conscious, holistic approaches
to dying, death, and after-death care.  Terra continues her WiseWomanhood
practice, focusing on health for women in all phases of their lives &
working as a Transition Guide for after-death home care.  For more
information see:

 Michelle Corielle, RYT E-200 , is the owner and founder of Harmony  Yoga, a studio in Denver, Co., which  won Best of Citysearch 2007  and was named on Top 5 on the Denver A-List in 2008.  A teacher  whose students continually speak well of her professional caring  and individual attention during asana classes, Michelle will teach  the  Wednesday evening asana instruction portion of the200 Hour Yoga Teacher  Training,  as well as being the assisting teacher in the weekend programs. A former  high school English teacher,  Michelle received her Yoga  certification from  the Community College of Aurora's Teacher  Training Institute for Classical Hatha Yoga in 2003,  is a  certified prenatal teacher, and completed RMIYA's  Professional  Yoga Therapy Training  in 2008. She currently serves as Vice  President of Programs for Yoga Teachers of Colorado.

Ysha (Martha) Oakes, LMT #6965, D. Ayur, Postpartum AyurDoula (PPAD) and Aromatherapist, owner of Sacred Window Ayurveda for Women and Children. She is a certified Maharishi Mother and Baby Practitioner in practice since 1991and founder of the Postpartum AyurDoula training program, . She has practiced Transcendental Meditation and advanced techniques for over 40 years.  She is mother of 3 grown children, all birthed naturally.Ysha is the author of parent's handbook and cookbooks,  Touching Heaven, Tonic Postpartum Care/Recipes with Ayurveda, and numerous articles on the subject.  Her website,, offers free listings for Ayurvedic Doulas and interns, plus a wealth of information for parents and practitioners.

Sonya Bastow, CPPAD, is a certified Ayurvedic Postpartum Doula through the Rocky Mountain Institute of Yoga and Ayurveda. She received her training  with Ysha Oakes and Saraswati Burhman. She is an accompished Ayurvedic doula and has been serving families in the area with Ayurvedic doula techniques for 14 years. She also trained with CAPPA for their Birth doula, Postpartum doula  and the Lactation Educator  programs.  Sonya is devoted mother of two has lived in Boulder with her family since 1993.  

Kate Fotopoulos, CMT, trained with Dr. John Douillard, to learn the hands-on Ayurvedic therapies that have been passed down over thousands of years in India. She edited his two most recent books, Perfect Health for Kids and The Encyclopedia of Ayurvedic Massage. Since completing advanced training at the Ayurveda Retreat and Hospital in Coonoor, India, in 2007-08, Kate has been traveling around the US teaching Ayurvedic massage and offering classes on the principles of an Ayurvedic lifestyle. She also sees private clients and works in conjunction with Ayurvedic doctors to provide detoxification and rejuvenation therapies to their patients. Kate was formerly Interim Director and faculty member of the Boulder College of Massage Therapy.

John O'Hearn, M.D. holistic medicine
received his MD in 1980 & completed an Internal Medicine residency at UNC-Chapel Hill in 1983. He is board-certified in Internal Medicine & Sports Medicine. In 1987, he completed a 2,000 hour physician training program in holistic/integrative medicine at the Himalayan Inst of Yoga Science and Philosophy. He was trained there by Rudolph Ballentine, MD, John Clarke, MD, Swami Rama and many other noted teachers. Dr O'Hearne served as a staff physician & lecturer for the Himalayan Institure & the Center for Holistic Medicine in NYC from 1986-1992. He has been in private practice in Holistic Medicine & classical homeopathy in the Boulder region since then. In addition to teaching classes at RMIYA, he is available for private consultation.

Sarita Shrestha, M.D., B.A.M.S Internal Medicine, Gynecology, Ayurveda
received her medical training at Benares Hindu University, India, and at Gwalior, India, with a specialty in obstetrics and gynecology. She is currently employed in the government hospital in Kathmandu, Nepal, and has published papers in the use of Ayurvedic medicine in the treatment of diabetes and has special training in the management of leprosy, mental retardation, and the use of Yoga Therapy to treat asthma.

Louise Sanchez, M.F.A. Ayurvedic pharmacist
is the Ayurvedic pharmacist for the RMIYA clinic. She received her degree from the University of Colorado at Boulder , and has dedicated her life to her two main interests: art and holistic healing. She has studied Ayurveda for a number of years and is a TM teacher and 35- year student of Maharishi Mahesh Yogi.

Sita Sharan, Pujari Ritual and Mantra
Following the death of her guru Neemkaroli Baba, Sita remained in India for eight years, where she studied Yoga philosophy, meditation, ritual, classical music, and Sanskrit, with several teachers in the north Indian Vaishnava sect of which she is a member. She writes occasional articles for Yoga Journal, and is one of the few women to be trained as a pujari of Hindu rituals such as the Yajna, or fire ceremony.


Nischala Joy Devi Yoga therapy for Cardiac patients
is a yoga teacher who spent 18 years living as a monk in an ashram, spending much of her time developing methods for integrating the healing aspects of yoga with western medicine. She developed the yoga portion of the Dr. Dean Ornish Program for Reversing Heart Disease and served for seven years as Director of Stress Management for that program, and co founded the award-winning Commonweal Cancer Help Program. She is author of The Healing Path of Yoga.

  Alakananda Devi (Ma), M.B.B.S. Alakananda Devi, affectionately known as Ma, was born in 1951 in Melton Mowbray, U.K. and was raised in both the Jewish and Christian faiths. In 1976, Alakananda graduated as a physician from St Bartholemws Hospital Medical College, London University. She then spent five years in Catholic convents and Abbeys, making her novitiate in Holy Cross Cistercian Abbey, England, before travelling to India to study with Father Bede Griffiths at Shantivanam. There she met Sadananda who introduced her to Raghudas Maharaj, the hidden master who was to be her guru. She also met Dr. Vasant Lad, her Ayurveda teacher in Poona in 1980. Through her studies with Dr. Lad, Alakananda became one of the first western physicians to take up Ayurveda, and became one of Dr. Lad's first students.

Alakananda's subsequent adventures during the five years on pilgrimage in India are described in her book Pilgrimage to the Mother. During this time she stayed at many temples, ashrams and shrines, studying yoga, Hinduism, Sufism, Jainism, Ayurveda, Homatherapy and Hindi. Alakananda studied devotional singing with Sadananda and lived as a wandering renunciant or sadhvi. At one point she ran an experimental therapeutic community for psychotic Western youth at Om Yeshu Niketan in Goa, and served as “Physician to the Hippies”. At the conclusion of pilgrimage, she was told by Pujya Ganguthai, a kanya disciple of Upasani Maharaj, and by Kamalabai, the chief disciple of Raghudas Maharaj, “Go to the United States and there make an ashram for Raghudas Maharaj”.

Arriving in the United States with Sadananda, eighty dollars in their pockets and two Indian musical instruments, they travelled to Boulder, Colorado, to found their first ashram in a tipi. Alakananda practiced homatherapy and learned astrology. Moving to Tucson Arizona in 1986, they re-started Alandi Ashram in a two-room, back-alley appartment.

Again moving in 1988 to a remote cabin in the Rocky Mountains, she made numerous Rocky Mountain wildflower essences, becomming the first physician since Dr. Edward Bach—discoverer of flower remedies—to research and make her own flower essences.

In August of 1990 she and Sadananda restarted Alandi Ashram in its current location in Boulder, Colorado. In 1997 the Ashram grew into a residential community, having nine resident members and an additional three full time student participants. In 1998 they began to develop Alandi Ayurvedic Gurukula.

Alakananda is a co-founder,spiritual mother, teacher, Ayurvedic practitioner, flower essence maker and storyteller. She is also an accomplished writer with many published articles. Alakananda has written and is self-publishing her autobiographical trilogy Patchwork Mandala. The first two volumes, Pilgrimage to the Mother, and The Rainbow Bridge, are available and well-loved. Her future book plans include, Ayurveda for Elders and Ayruveda for Couples.

  Swami Mukti Dharma Therapeutic Yoga - Yoga Nidra
is the director of Anahata Retreat center in New Zealand and is a life long disciple of Swami Satyananda of the Bihar School of Yoga. The Bihar School is particularly renouned for its therapeutic application of yoga, and swamiji's specialty is the yoga nidra process, which can be viewed as a yogic counterpart to Western psychotherapy as well as a powerful tool for physical healing and mental quietude

RMIYA Guest Faculty:

Patricia Hansen, M.A., RYT (E-500)

Patricia Hansen, M.A. E-RYT500, is a Yoga therapist, Certified Ayurvedic Practitioner and Lifestyle Consultant and National and International Yoga Teacher and Lecturer. Patricia has been studying and teaching yoga in Denver for over thirty years. Patricia started teaching at the local YMCA in 1967 and in 1969 started teaching at the Jewish Community Center. She developed the first prenatal yoga classes in the early 1970’s. Patricia established first academic yoga classes in America through Metropolitan State College and the University of Denver. She received her master’s in Religious Studies from the University of Denver and her certification as an Ayurvedic Practitioner and Lifestyle Consultant from the Ayurvedic Institute under the direction of Dr. Vasant Lad. Patricia is a past President and founding member of Unity in Yoga International and Yoga Teachers of Colorado; a founding member of National Ayurvedic and Medical Association and International Association of Yoga Therapy; a member of the Ayurvedic Institute in Albuquerque, New Mexico; an executive board member of International Yoga Studies; past President Emeritus of the Yoga Alliance, co-founder, co-director and faculty member of the Rocky Mountain Institute of Yoga and Ayurveda; faculty member of American Yoga College; and currently is sharing her Yoga knowledge and skills by serving on the Board of Sanga, a local non profit yoga educational organization while still serving as a faculty member at Metropolitan State College and maintaining a private Yoga and Ayurvedic practice. Patricia studied with Swami Satchidananda, Yogi Bhajan, Rama Jyoti Vernon and many other teachers. She integrates all the teachings to offer a beautiful yoga experience.

Mangala Warner, M.S., RYT (500) 
has a Master’s Degree in Human Performance (Exercise Physiology) and an extensive background in biomechanics, exercise testing, health research, and programming, She is a certified Structural Yoga Teacher Trainer and Cardiac Yoga Teacher. Her diverse background includes managing university and corporate wellness centers and teaching college level exercise and science courses. She has a private Yoga Therapy Practice and manages a corporate fitness center for Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield

Jnani Chapman, R.N. Yoga therapy for Cancer patients
received her bachelors of science degree in nursing at the University of San Francisco and has for fourteen years served as senior staff member of Commonweal Cancer Help Program (which was featured in Bill Moyers' PBS special on health and healing.) Jnani also teaches yoga to women with breast cancer through the Breast Cancer Personal and Lifestyle Support Program of the University of California, San Francisco, and the California Pacific Medical Center. She is the former executive director of the International Association of Yoga Therapists.

Deborah Quilter, C.Y.T.Deborah Quilter is an author, consultant, and certified yoga teacher. She has written two books, The Repetitive Strain Injury R

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