Meet Our Bali 2017 Teacher Training Team
Guru Dass is a direct disciple of Yogi Bhajan (Kundalini Yoga) and Ramesh Balsekar (Advaita/Vedanta philosophy). He began his spiritual quest as a teen in the United States, having his first Kundalini Yoga experience at the Woodstock Festival in 1969. By the time he was 18 he was living in an ashram and teaching Kundalini Yoga. At 20 he had traveled to India and studied with different masters. In the 70’s he pioneered Kundalini Yoga in Spain and Europe.He has trained hundreds of Kundalini Yoga teachers worldwide and inspired many by speaking in a manner that frees the mind and opens the heart.
Guru Dass is the founding director of the International College of Kundalini Yoga. He is a certified KRI Level I and Level II Lead Trainer. He is also one of the founders of IKYTA (International Kundalini Yoga Teacher's Association) and a member of KRI's TTEC (Teacher Training Educational Council). He holds a PhD in Philosophy and Religion, and is a chiropractor and healer.He presently lives in Sweden, and travels the world sharing his knowledge and music. He has recorded numerous mantra and spiritual song CDs. You can find his music in www.spiritvoyage.com
Read more about Guru Dass on http://www.gurudass.com/guru-dass.html
Sat Siri, a former ballet dancer with the Australian Ballet Company, has been practicing Yoga and Meditation for over twenty years and teaching Kundalini Yoga for ten. She was blessed to complete her Kundalini Yoga teacher training under the guidance of Yogi Bhajan in 2003. It profoundly opened her heart. Soon after, she opened the first Kundalini Yoga Studio in Sydney Australia, and has been teaching in Australia, and internationally ever since.Sat Siri teaches and is part of the organizing staff of the KRI Level 1 Immersion course each summer in New Mexico. Watching students become teachers is one of the most profound blessings and inspirations of her life.
Sat Siri’s classes are uplifting, challenging, and healing at a very deep level. She believes it is everyone’s birthright to experience the peace, grace and blessings that awaken with daily Kundalini Yoga and meditation. She currently resides in New Mexico with her husband and daughter. She is a Level 1 KRI certified Lead teacher trainer.
You can read more about Sat Siri on: www.satsiriyoga.com
“All the people who come to do this amazing yoga grow in their practice and in themselves.Kundalini Yoga is the yoga of awareness.” - Balwant Kaur
Balwant has been teaching Kundalini Yoga for over a decade. She comes from a corporate background, having worked in the IT industry for approximately 20 years.She believes that we have lost our connection with ourselves and our environment. Kundalini Yoga has helped her to go within, learning to balance life.
Balwant found Kundalini Yoga in 2002 while recovering from a motorcycle accident and realised that this amazing technology could heal her injuries. Not just physically but mentally and spiritually.
Balwant is a Professional Level 1 trainer and works on teacher training teams throughout Australia. She is also a Radiant Child Yoga Teacher and Sat Nam Rasayan practitioner. According to Balwant it doesn’t matter what you look like, what size you are or how flexible you are, everyone can benefit from Kundalini yoga. It is the yoga for the regular person who has a job, has a family and has commitments. It is a technology that we can use for living a harmonious, healthy and happy life.
She is a KRI certified Professional Level I teacher trainer and part of our Level I team in Australia.
GuruWant / Daphna Dor
GuruWant Kaur (Daphna Dor) has been teaching Kundalini Yoga, with great love, both in her home city of New York, and in Bali, since 1997. She has been focusing the last five years in building the KY community in Bali at Desa Seni, Canggu, where she offers regularly scheduled classes, immersions and retreats. Teaching in this beautiful, international hub, it is her honor to share this amazing healing technology with people from all over the world!
Not long after discovering her love for, and commitment to, the practice of hatha yoga while traveling in India in the early 1990’s, she came across a studio in New York offering kundalini yoga classes. Deeply moved by her connection to Self, Love and Guru, through the practice, she swiftly and organically embraced the path of kundalini yoga to deepen her path, and became a certified Kundalini teacher in 1995. She has had the privilege of studying with a variety of senior teachers, including the master, Yogi Bhajan himself.
Daphna brings to her classes a deep respect for, and incorporation of, the body alignment of hatha yoga traditions while embracing with energy, gratitude and joy the path of transformation and higher consciousness of Kundalini Yoga. She is also a certified Yoga Therapist and teacher of Yin Yoga.
She is an intern in the Aquarian Academy, being trained and mentored by Guru Dass to become a teacher trainer. You can contact her at: firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at +62 8133-828-1050
Rachel Ellery, a UK-trained Osteopath, specializes in teaching human anatomy and movement principles to yoga students/teachers from around the world. Her mantra “educating and moving the world one body at a time” stems from over 24 years of hands on experience and 15 years of teaching. Her passion to help others through touch and movement began while practicing sports therapy in the UK and Caribbean. As part of her natural progression Rachel studied for an honors degree from the British School of Osteopathy, where she graduated in 2000.
Since then, Rachel has practiced osteopathy, taught anatomy, osteopathic technique and other related workshops such as the importance of touch and cueing in the UK, New Zealand, Australia and Indonesia. Based in Bali, the healing capital of Asia, she travels to yoga schools across the globe to educate yoga students in the importance of human and functional anatomy encouraging them to develop their self-awareness, teaching and to enlighten others. She combines her extensive knowledge of sports therapy, osteopathy, pilates, yoga and experience into a unique interactive anatomy and movement class, that is both engaging and fun. As word spread about her detailed holistic approach she has had the privilege to teach with internationally renowned yogis, including: Les Leventhal, Tara Judelle, Kaya Peters, Tanya Capps, Cat Kabira, Emily Kruser, Denise Payn, Bex Tyrer and Tina Nance.