LAAIC Faculty

Talia Sutra

Founder, Director, Lead Teacher

Born in Israel as Talia Peretz to a large family of Mizrahi Jewish refugees, Talia along with her immediate family relocated to New York early in her life. Talia was brought up by soulful, caring, deeply spiritual parents and was first introduced to yoga and meditation at the age of six, when her mother integrated these practices into her lifestyle to beat lymphoma. At age eleven, Talia became vegan and this decision shaped her spiritual development since. With training in physical disciplines spanning nearly three decades, she has learned impeccable skill, precision and technique from masters of many practices and lineages. Talia gave herself the name Sūtra as a kind of Self Initiation after a deep intuitive calling at the age 22, at the beginning of her teaching journey. Her haṭha yoga teachings are mostly based upon the Ghosh lineage, which she has been teaching for nearly 15 years. Equally, Talia teacher from a deep place of intuition and knowing and has developed her own methods, particularly in the field of backbending, which she has shared with thousands of her students world wide. Talia founded the yoga school Love and And All is Coming in 2018 after coining the phrase and popularizing it for nearly a decade prior. She teaches people of all ages and backgrounds haṭha yoga, meditation, mantra and non-dual philosophy. She currently lives in Tel Aviv with her husband, artist Ezra Baderman and their two children Akiva and Elisheva. She is grateful to all her teachers over the years, in particular, Dr. Keshava Murthy. 

Tony Lupinacci

Lead Teacher

I began my practice over a decade ago in an attempt to metabolize deep grief and to understand the human condition through my own. After countless hours of practice + self study I began to shed the protective layers of my personality. I found myself thinking less and feeling more. I know now that our true nature is to love and to move from a space of open hearted compassion. I aim to get students back to this simple truth.

In my classes, elements of Ashtanga, Kundalini, Gosh + Katonah Yoga are woven together to create a rigorous inward exploration of the self. I also use vedic meditation, mantra and kriya as tools to reach higher states of consciousness through the physical form.

My goal is for practitioners to leave with a stronger connection to themselves and to all sentient beings.

Dr. Keshava Murthy

Philosophy via zoom

Keshava, born and raised in a south Indian spiritual family, established a strong foundation of spirituality and yoga at an early age. Propelled by this early spiritual foundation and highly inspired by the teachings of enlightened masters, he started to pursue the study of Sanskrit, yoga and philosophy.

Later, he found his Spiritual Master, a distinguished teacher of Vedanta, H.H.Swami Dayanandaji of the Himalayas and underwent a systematic and complete training in his Rishikesh monastery for 5 years. He studied Sanskrit, the Upanishads, the Bhagavad Gita- the Original source book of yoga and philosophy, under the guidance of swami Dayanandaji and his senior disciples.

He also had an opportunity to study yogic mysticism under the tutelage of the Himalayan spiritual Master Swami Veda Bharati in Rishikesh and got initiated into his Meditation and Mysticism tradition.

Keshava, later continued his academic pursuit and earned his M.Sc. and PhD in Modern psychology. He presented his Doctoral thesis on Emotional Intelligence, Spiritual Intelligence and their interactive effect. He continued his Sanskrit study further and earned his M.A in Sanskrit and also got an M.A Degree in Advaita Vedanta philosophy. He also obtained his M.Sc. Degree in Yoga and natural healing.

Keshava has been teaching yoga philosophy, meditation and pranayama, therapeutic yoga, principle teachings of original tantra, Sanskrit language and poetry, and Vedic mantra chanting in various academic settings and yoga teacher training centers.

He has taught in more than 100 yoga teacher trainings and meditation teacher training courses for seekers across the globe and has acquired over 3000 hours of teaching experience.

He is committed to bring a perfect blend of ancient yogic spiritual wisdom, Advaita Vedanta and modern scientific principles of psychology and quantum physics in his teachings, in order to bring peace and harmony in modern society.

Kamala and Jahnavi

Sanskrit and Yoga Sutra chanting

Sisters Kamala and Jahnavi were born and raised in a spiritual environment where they were immersed in the practices of meditation, yoga, Sanskrit and mantra recitation. They spent a large part of their childhood and teenage years in the Himalayan foothills of Rishikesh, and have lived in India for more than eight years. Kamala holds an MPhil in Sanskrit and Indian philosophy from Oxford University and has studied Sanskrit traditionally in Karnataka, India. Jahnavi has practiced Sanskrit mantra recitation from early childhood and studied this practice in Rishikesh, Varanasi, and Karnataka with traditional teachers. She holds a diploma in Hindustani Classical vocal music, in addition to being an artist, designer and yoga instructor.

Kamala and Jahnavi are the co-creators of Samādhi Collective, an online space and community dedicated to spirituality and self-growth through Sanskrit language, mantra recitation, yoga philosophy, music and art. Their Sanskrit language and mantra chanting sessions place special emphasis on correct Sanskrit pronunciation, creating sound vibrations that have a positive effect on mind, body and environment. Together, the sisters share their experiences and classes to bring these ancient traditions and practices into our daily lives in an accessible and enjoyable way.

Dr. Rose Erin Vaughan

Anatomy via zoom

Rose Erin Vaughan is a Yoga teacher, Bhakti Yogi, Acupuncturist, Myofascial Therapist, and Anatomy specialist. She serves others with a blend of traditional and alternative healing methods. She holds a Master of Science in Acupuncture and a BS in Biology. She has done numerous trainings in Ashtanga, Vinyasa, Dharma Yoga and Mind Body Centering and has studied over 1000 hours with Sri Dharma Mittra.

Her Story: “I study the art of science – human biology and the Art of Tantra – understanding reality and consciousness through the physical and symbolic. I arrived in NYC in 2003 after teaching yoga for a couple of years in southern USA where I am from. I came here to live with my then teacher, Bhagavan Das. I am a Bhakti. My other spiritual teachers include Amma, Dharma Mittra, Geshe Michael Roach. Since age 11, reading many philosophies, I devoted my life to the service of others. I am here to help you on your path. I began Yoga practice in 1996. I have studied and practiced Myofascial based healing since 2000. I developed the Science of Meridians practices and Teacher Training as a way to develop Yoga into a deeper and more real physical, emotional and spiritual practice. Rather than transcending the body, we go into the body through specific channels and observe all kinds of emotions.

Nidhi Pandya

Ayurveda via zoom

Nidhi Pandya is a New York based third generation Ayurvedic practitioner working globally. She was
indoctrinated into Ayurveda at birth, as her grandfather was an Ayurvedic healer. The principles are
deeply etched in her psyche.
Her mission is to bring Ayurveda back to being a timeless and universal science. Ayurveda today, is
overwhelming and mystical for most but when done right, it can made comprehensible to a fifth grader.
She says that Ayurvedic principles can allow you to unravel the code of the universe. It is all about the
eco-system of the body. Understanding it and keeping it regulated is health.
She is a faculty at the Shakti School of Ayurveda and writes for Ayurveda and Health Tourism Magazine
(India’s number one Ayurveda magazine).
She has conducted events for The Chopra Center, Google and several other organizations. She has also
been a guest on the TV Show, Family Today with Maria Mirkovich and been on a dozen podcasts. Her
clientele includes celebrities like Gabriella Wright, Tara Emad and Rachel Brathen.

Talia Sutra Tony Lupinacci Dr. Keshava Murthy Kamala and Jahnavi Dr. Rose Erin Vaughan Nidhi Pandya

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