Shashank - New River Wellness Institute
Project Description

Yoga Instructor
Shashank was born and raised in India in a family that exposed him to many highly spiritualized souls growing up. That, along with good parental training, instilled deep rooted Sanskaras which turned him to follow a Yogic path while still pursuing a professional career that spanned for over three decades. He moved to the United States after finishing college from India, made his home here and acquired a couple more degrees to enhance his professional life. He retired from GE a few years ago, is happily married and enjoys life practicing and teaching Yoga and spending time with friends, his two sons and six grandchildren.

Shashank is a certified Yoga Teacher/Trainer with ERYT 500/T500 accreditation from Yoga Alliance (National organization setting standards for teachers and students based on ancient Yogic philosophy). He has sound understanding of Yoga from his younger days in India and continual study and adaptation of yoga principles to personal life. Since he started teaching in 2001, he has had over 6,000 hours of teaching experience in conducting workshops, teaching Pranayam (Breathing) and Meditation, and popular styles of Yoga such as Ashtanga, Vinyasa flow, Yin Yoga, Family and Children Yoga, Hatha Yoga etc.. The high points of his teaching years in Cincinnati, Ohio, include a couple of live performances on two separate occasions at a celebratory forum of 800 to 1000 people in auditoriums. Furthermore, he has acquired over 1,400 hours’ experience in conducting Teacher Training Programs to certify Yoga Teachers.

While growing up in India, Shashank was exposed to teachings of Swami Kripalvananda (after whom the Kripalu Center was founded in Massachusettes by Amrit Desai in 1983) and has had the good fortune to either train from, or conduct Teacher Training with, Indu Bhardwaj, Larry Schultz, Doug Swenson, Lilias Folan, Rod Stryker and Paul Grilley. His best moment was when his Guru Baba Hariharananda initiated him in the practice of Kriya Yoga in 1992. Shashank’s teaching reflects the message from his Guru and his successor Swami Prajnananandagiri (his current Master) that we remember God in every breath and try to realize Divinity (Ya) in every Activity (Kri) – which is the essence of practicing Kri-Ya Yoga.