LAAIC Faculty

Talia Sutra

Founder, Director, Lead Teacher

Born in Israel, Talia, along with her family relocated to New York early in her life. Curious by both nature and nurture, Talia was brought up by soulful, caring parents. She was first introduced to yoga and meditation at age 6, when her mom integrated these practices into her lifestyle to beat lymphoma.

Love has always been the flame lighting the way.

Talia sees nothing and no one as external to her studies. With training spanning over two decades, she has learned impeccable skill and technique from masters in the worlds of yoga, dance and the visual arts. Equally, she finds sensitivity, intuition and insight are unveiled through stillness and that ultimately, our greatest teacher is always within.

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.

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.

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.

Dr. Keshava Murthy

Philosophy via zoom

Keshava, born and raised in a south Indian spiritual family, where he had a strong foundation of Spirituality and Yoga, at the 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.Swamy Dayanandaji of Himalayas and underwent a systematic and consisting 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 the Yogic mysticism under the tutelage of Himalayan spiritual Master Swami. VedaBharati at Rishikesh and got initiated into Meditation and Mystic 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 taught more than 100 Yoga Teacher Training and Meditation Teacher Training courses for the seekers across the globe and 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 the modern society.

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

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