FACULTY

The Foundation of Wisdom


JAI is a team of specialized members who have created an international platform of world-class knowledge and education. We provide the global community with tools to develop self-knowledge, authenticity, compassion, transformation and wisdom. Our educators have integrated their wisdom through their professional experience, education, and applied skills, with over 20 years of practice, teaching and mastery. Our goal is to provide education excellence through focused training from the best roster of Doctors, Educators, Healers and Therapists in their specialized field of practice.


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Dr. Pradeep Kumar

Dr. Kumar is a graduate from The Mind-Body Medical Institute at Harvard University, and is a Pediatrician from India. Currently he is practicing and teaching Acupuncture, Meditation and Mind-Body Medicine at Mc Master University and surrounding areas. During 13 years of voluntary work with his wife Karen, Dr. Kumar’s search deepened, and placed him firmly on a mystical-spiritual path. His spiritual connection continues to this day in a radically different way, which he calls Biological Transformation. His integrative practices are uniquely healing and informative to allow the deep exploration of the self and of others.

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Dr. Indu Arora

Dr. Indu Arora is a Registered Ayurvedic Clinician, Membership Director of the Association of Ayurvedic Professionals of Northern America, Board member of the World Movement of Yoga and International Advisor to World Yoga Council. She has a Doctorate in Alternate Medicine (MD) and Awarded with Yoga Shiromani and Yoga Bhaskar. She has a Grand Parenting E-500 T-500 from Yoga Alliance and is registered Yoga Therapist. Dr. Arora is pursuing her PhD. in Metaphysical Sciences from University of Metaphysical Sciences, CA.

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Margo Uma Gal

Margo Uma Gal is a seasoned Teacher and Therapist with over 30 years of Yogic practice. She is an Ayurvedic Practitioner under the teachings of Dr. Vasant Lad in S.F.N.M., and Dr. S. Joshi at the Kalidas University in India. On the forefront of the Western fusion of Ayurveda and Yoga, Margo was instrumental in developing a premiere Ayur-Yog program with Dr. Vasant Lad in the late 1980’s, and was the Director and Founder of the Yoga Mandir Studio in Sante Fe, New Mexico in 1992. Margo currently practices & teaches Ayurveda in Toronto.

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Matra Majmundar

Matra Majmundar is an Occupational Therapist and Educator of Pre-Natal Yoga at the Stanford/Lucile Packard Children’s Health University in California. Her specialized integration of Therapeutic Yoga, Yoga for Spinal Care, and Occupational Therapy has been taught at Stanford University and various community health environments. She has worked as a research therapist at the R&D department of The Veteran Hospital in Palo Alto, and is a published author of several in-depth Yoga research articles. Her specialization in rehabilitative therapy includes the practice of Yoga for the prevention of heart disorders at the Cardiac Therapy Foundation in California. For the past 30 years, Matra has presented at National and International conferences and has integrated Therapeutic Yoga in acute, clinical research and social wellness settings. She currently sits on the board of the IAYT.

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Prasad Rangnekar

Prasad began Hatha Yoga training at Yoga Vidya Niketan, Mumbai at the age of nine while studying Yogic scriptures with his mother during that time. His intensive training in Pranayama and Breathing techniques were gifted from The Kaivalyadham Yoga Institute, India; The World’s oldest Yoga school. Through his on-going dedication to the path of Yoga, Prasad was awarded the title of ‘Yoga Shiromani,’ “The Crown Jewel of Yoga,” by the Sivananda Ashram in Kerala, after the completion of his Training.

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PRACTITIONERS

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Alvaro Esteban

Alvaro is an International mind-body practitioner, yoga instructor, educator and artist. His journey began as a child, through movement, breath and energy, during his study of martial arts. As a teenager, he then commenced the study of yoga, dance and somatic techniques. Alvaro’s interest to learn more about the energetics and mechanics of the body, impassioned him to travel to International shores and study with masters of yoga and health. His expertise and skilled knowledge was then applied in various holistic healing centers, where he was able to empower others through teaching and applied yoga therapy. As a seasoned musician who leads group meditations and mantra practice, Alvaro maintains a multi-disciplinary approach, with continued study and teachings from various traditions under the guidance of accomplished masters.

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Billy J. Gekas

Billy has had an interdisciplinary and holistic teaching practice since 2007. He is an experienced, registered & certified: Reiki Master Teacher, received Master Initiations from Carol Newman and acclaimed Reiki Master & author Brett Bevell; Yoga Teacher, trained through Sananda Yoga with Ananda Shakti Saraswati; Ayurvedic Practitioner, trained with multiple Doctors & Vaidyas in India and North America, such as The Centre for Ayurveda & Indian Systems of Healing (CAISH), and currently under the mentorship of Dr. Amruta Athale; and is an Alchemical Medical Qi Gong Educator, currently under the mentorship of internationally acclaimed Sifu Sat Chuen Hon of the Dragon Gate Taoist Linage.

Billy has also been trained in Biodynamic Agriculture through the Pfeiffer Centre in New York, and is currently an academic through the University of Toronto, focusing his thesis on Ecological Theology. He is also known for his story of overcoming “terminal” cancer through traditional holistic means, and lovingly supports others through their cancer journeys. Billy’s vocation is to support others in their continual evolution, healing & curative journeys through education and training.

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Dr. Sairupa Krishnamurti

Dr. Sairupa is a GTA based licensed Naturopathic Doctor (CONO). She is also an Ayurveda and Yoga Practitioner, and a gentle self-care advocate. She is passionate about offering heart-centered healthcare to support you to establish and sustain vibrant health. Sairupa believes that self-care can help us to resurface after times of loss, prevent burn out when life feels too heavy, and impact us to feel better more consistently. She has a general family practice with special interests in reproductive health, fertility, pregnancy, post-natal- care, paediatrics, mental health, stress, hormones and digestion.

Sairupa received training in Ayurveda from the Center for Ayurveda and Indian Systems of Healing, and Naturopathic Medicine at The Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine. She has completed Yoga teacher training programs with Heather Greaves, and The Vidya Institute. Additionally, she’s done training in paediatrics, pregnancy and labour support. She gave birth to her own daughter at home, and she’s passionate about gentle Naturopathic and Ayurvedic birthing and post-partum practices. As a trauma informed practitioner, Sairupa aims to provide non-judgmental healthcare from an anti-oppressive model that welcomes all types of individuals, families, relationships, and genders. As part of her integrative approach to medicine, she is so excited to support you to cultivate or rediscover your inner wisdom and your personal tools for sustainable, vibrant longevity and health.

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Johar Singh

Johar is a Yoga Educator, Ayurvedic lifestyle counsellor, teacher trainer, and coach. He holds degrees in Psychology, Religious Studies, and Education from the University of Toronto – and has received teaching certifications from the Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health, the American Institute for Vedic Studies, and the Anand Prakash Yoga Ashram. He is committed to helping teachers become more skillful through an integrative approach to teaching the art and science of yoga.

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Rian Scott

Rian graduated from Eight Branches Academy of Eastern Medicine as a Registered Acupuncturist and Traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioner, (R.Ac | R.TCMP). Rian’s practice focuses on providing holistic care and education to those seeking to heal and restore their well-being naturally. After graduating from Eight Branches, Rian has furthered his studies in Japanese Acupuncture specifically Shakujyu Therapy which emphasizes gentle needling techniques to restore the bodies ability to heal itself.Traditional East Asian Medicine is very effective at treating pain, digestive issues, mental/emotional states, insomnia, fatigue, skin conditions and more. To see if Traditional East Asian Medicine can help you, call for a free 15 minute consult.