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Board of Directors-Trustees (Current 2016)

sarkar - Trustee

Dilip Sarkar, MD, FACS, CAP

Chairman of Board 2014, Life in Yoga Institute (Director term until April 2021)

Dr. Sarkar is one of the foremost experts in Yoga Therapy who combines his 40-year experience in Conventional Medicine with his extensive knowledge of Integrative Medicine, including Ayurveda and Yoga Therapy. After 25 years of practice as a Vascular Surgeon, Chief of Staff at Portsmouth General Hospital and Associate Professor of Surgery at Eastern Virginia Medical School in Norfolk, Virginia, Dr. Sarkar retired from practice after suffering a heart attack and undergoing by-pass surgery in 2001. Since then, he developed a profound interest in Ayurvedic medicine and Yoga Therapy, devoting considerable time to the study of these ancient treatments and wellness philosophies in Virginia and in India. He has completely reversed the damage in his cardiovascular system and is on no medications. Dr. Sarkar was recently appointed as a Board member at the International Association of Yoga Therapists (IAYT). He serves on several local and national healthcare boards as: Founding Member, National Ayurvedic Medical Association (NAMA) and Member of its Research and Standards Committee; and, Fellow, American Association of Integrative Medicine (AAIM). He is a certified Ayurvedic Practitioner, and continues to practice and teach classes in Yoga Therapy, Mind/Body Connection, Ayurvedic wellness, Integrative Nutrition, and Integrative Medicine.


Narayanan - Secretary

C. Rajan Narayanan, PhD

Executive Director, LIY Institute and Foundation; - (Institute Director Term until April 2021, Foundation Trustee until Aprl 2019)

Dr. Narayanan is one of the founders and inspiration behind the formation of Life in Yoga Institute and Foundation. He has developed the Life in Yoga 5 by 3 by 1 Approach, and the techniques of CRE breath, Dance Yoga, Gentle Yoga, Chandogya Upanishad Meditation and several mudras like the AtmaVyakta Mudra, BrahmaVyakta Mudra, etc. He has also translated and written a commentary on the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali. He has studied Yoga techniques from Maharishi Mahesh Yogi Institute, Satchidananda Ashram of Yogaville (Virginia), and Swami Bua of New York. He is also a Reiki master and Pranic Healer and has been trained by Dr. Vasantha Krishnaswamy of Chennai, India. In December 2009, SVYASA (Vivekananda Univ) honored him for his innovative and original contributions in the field of yoga. His current area of research is in the area of measurement of Naadis of yoga using EAV instruments. In his approach to analysis he views the impact of yoga in five areas: musculo-skeletal system; bio-chemistry; genetic expression; vitality; immunity.


Billes - Director

Marsha Billes, DO

Director, LIY Institute - (Institute Director Term until April 2019)

Dr. Marsha Billes is a dedicated and compassionate Family Physician who has been successful at combining traditional and integrative medicine to reduce chronic disease and promote wellness. She is Board Certified in Family Practice, and Integrative Medicine and she is also Certified by the International Association of Yoga Therapists. She has been using Yoga Therapy and Measured Yoga Therapy in her practice as an additional modality for assessing the health of her patients- both individually as well as teaching chair yoga therapy in a group for the past three and a half years.
Dr. Billes graduated from Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine in 1989 and did her Internship and Family Practice Residency at Beaumont-of Farmington Hills in 1990-1992. She was also Chief of Staff at Beaumont-Farmington Hills (previously known as Botsford Hospital) in 2003. She continues to serve as an Associate Clinical Professor through MSU-COM. She thoroughly has enjoyed teaching medical students and P. A students and she has spent 26 years in private practice. Dr. Billes has also been a National Speaker on Diabetic Neuropathy and treatment with forms of methylated folate. She currently practices at The Beaumont Weight Control Center in Canton , Michigan as well as supervising the Wellness Program at Envision Health -a program which she actually helped develop.
She is also doing Integrative Medicine consults there in addition to using Yoga Therapy. These techniques have helped lower blood pressure, stress and hemoglobin a1c levels as just a few benefits that Yoga as Medicine can provide.
Dr Billes also serves as a Director on the Board of Life In Yoga Institute and she continues to work with Dr Rajan Nayarayan using the Biowell machine which uses photonic imagery to assess stress, vitality and energy levels and organ system balance using pre and post readings with Yoga therapy techniques.
She is very excited about sharing these various modalities which have been life changing for her patients and have enhanced her life personally.


Solanki - Trustee

Bipin Solanki, MD,FACS

Director, Life in Yoga Institute (Term through April 2019)

Bipin Solanki, MD, retired in 2016 after 45 years of practice, was a practicing Surgeon in Jackson Heights, New York. He has a deep interest in Yoga as Medicine. He is a regular practitioner of yoga and seeks to bring it into main stream medicine. He graduated from the B J Medical College, Gujarat Univ, Ahmedabad, Gujarat, India in 1971. He completed residency at Montefiore Hospital in Bronx. He specialized in General Surgery and Vascular Surgery, and was affiliated with Mount Sinai Hospital of Queens.


Nanavaty - Trustee

Uday Nanavaty, MD

Director (Term through April 2019)

Dr. Uday Nanavaty is a pulmonologist in Maryland with practices in Laurel and Catonsville and association with a number of hospitals in the area. He is also specialized as in internal medicine, sleep medicine and critical care. He received his medical degree from Baroda Medical College and has been in practice for more than 20 years. He is a regular practitioner of yoga and approaches his practice from the holistic perspective of Integrative Medicine.


Selvan - Trustee

Selvan Senthamil, PhD

Director, Life in Yoga Institute (Term through April 2018)

Dr. Selvan is a research scientist in Rockville, Maryland. Prior to taking up this position as Vice President of Research and Development, he was Research Associate Professor, Scientific Director, Melanoma Translational Research Program in the Department of Medical Oncology in Jefferson Medical College at Thomas Jefferson University. He is also a regular practitioner of yoga, has been involved with VYASA Los Angeles, and has been active in research for IBS with yoga therapy. He believes in yoga, having been a significant beneficiary himself, and would happily pursue a full time career in yoga therapy research, except for the need to pay his bills. His paying job interest is: Cancer Immunology and Immunotherapy: Cancer vaccine, and Dendritic cell and NK Cell-based therapy; Immune-monitoring; Tumor-specific antigens recognized by T cells; Tumor-escape mechanisms; GLP/GMP-Cell-based therapeutic product manufacturing and FDA regulations; Animal models. He has a number of publications in this field.


Mangat - Trustee

Harpal Mangat, MD

Director, Life in Yoga Institute (Term through April 2018)

Dr. Harpal Singh Mangat is a family medicine physician practicing at the Clarksburg Medical Center in Clarksburg, MD, which he runs with his wife, Dr. Harminder Kaur. He is an ardent believer in alternative and complementary medicine. His dedication to yoga therapy is so significant that she has allocated a room in his practice for yoga therapy with Life in Yoga.


Gupta - Director

Vipin Gupta, MD

Director, Life in Yoga Institute (Term through April 2017)

Dr. Vipin Gupta is a physician specialized in Gastroenterology and Hepatology, practicing in Broward County, Florida. He is affiliated with Broward Health Coral Springs, Broward Health North and Northwest Medical Center. Dr. Gupta graduated from the J.J.M Medical College, Rajiv Gandhi Institute of Medical Sciences, Davangere, Karnataka, India in 1997. He is deeply interested in traditional systems of health from India. His dedication towards it has resulted in an offer to host a yoga therapy and learning center in a facility owned by him. Life in Yoga plans to further both research and training in this facility from Fall 2016.


Tiwari - Director

Subodh Tiwari, CEO, Kaivalyadhama Yoga Institute

Director, Life in Yoga Institute (Term through April 2017)

Mr. Subodh Tiwari, now CEO, serving at Kaivalyadhama Yoga Institute since 1997 has turned around the Institution from a high quality, low-profile institution with low funding to a well-financed operationally successful institution. Kaivalyadhama is known in the field of yoga therapy because of its founder Swami Kuvalayananda, who was an early scientific investigator on the physiological impact of yoga. By his professional training he is a lawyer and a business manager. However his core training is in yoga learned at the institute where his father Om Prakash Tiwari has served as the Secretary of the organization for several decades. Besides bringing operational efficiency to the institution, he has been an important factor in promoting yoga in schools in India. He works closely with the AYUSH and Education ministry of Government of India and also with the Government of Maharashtra. In 2016 he introduced continuing medical education for physicians in India.


Brecken - Trustee

Brecken Chinn (Swartz), PhD

Trustee, Life in Yoga Foundation (Term through 2015)

Dr. Brecken Chinn (Swartz) is a Communications Faculty at Curry College in Milton, MA. She leads a weekly class in gentle yoga for about 10-12 students per week. In her own words: "I came to Life in Yoga in 2005 when I could barely walk due to a neuromuscular problem diagnosed by my orthopedist as MS. Life in Yoga not only provided the tools for me to walk again, but has become the underpinning for my entire experience of Yoga and of Life itself. I would gladly offer what I have to allow others to experience the benefits of Yoga in its fullness."


Suma - Trustee

Suma Venkatesh

Trustee, Life in Yoga Foundation (Term through 2015)

Ms. Suma Venkatesh is a dedicated Life in Yoga teacher who has practiced yoga for over 7 years. With her MBA degree she is a business analyst working as a consultant for Amtrak, having previously spent many years at Marriott. She active contributes to the mission of Life in Yoga both with her teaching and raising funds. In her own words: "I hope to share the wonderful results of correct breathing techniques, meditation for better living and an understanding of the why's of life to everyone I can meet."


Ashim - Trustee

Ashim Dey

Trustee, Life in Yoga Foundation (Term through 2015)

Mr. Ashim Dey, while teaching yoga as community in Clifton, VA, every weekend, works for the Treasury Department. He is a graduate of the Indian Institute of Technology. He has been a practitioner of Yoga for about 25 years. He has been committed to bringing the benefits of yoga to society both by his service as a high level teacher and also mobilizing donation resources for Life in Yoga's mission. In his own words:"I like to reach out to more people with the true understanding of yoga and its benefits. With appropriate resources, I like to establish more yoga lesson plans in specific subjects and organize more classes and retreats in the DC metro area and beyond."


Lisa - Trustee

Lisa Hegewisch

Trustee, Life in Yoga Foundation (Term through 2015)

Mrs. Lisa Hegewisch is a yoga teacher who has been practicing yoga for 22 years. In her own words: "I have made yoga a priority in my life. My daily practice consists of pranayama, asana, chakra balancing, and meditation. I have found a way to incorporate yoga into my life as well as being a wife and mother of 4 children ranging from 5 years to 15 years. I want to especially focus on our youth. I want to encourage our school systems to incorporate yoga into the curriculum. It is important to bring yoga to our technology based society. I also hope to help the obesity issue affecting our country by reaching out to our local communities."


Satyabandhu - Trustee

Satyabandhu Arya

Trustee, Life in Yoga Foundation (Term through 2015)

Mr. Satyabandhu Arya is a self-employed individual in Delaware, who is devoted to Yoga. He is dedicated to spreading the knowledge of yoga as enunciated by the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali. In his own words: Assist this organization to achieve the mission and vision it stands for with whatever small abilities I have."


Hitul - Trustee

Hitul Thaker

Trustee, Life in Yoga Foundation (Term through 2015)

Mr. Hitul Thaker is an employee with the Federal Government. He has been a regular practitioner for over 6 years now, while having also practicing in his young age. He has been a supporter of Life in Yoga's mission. In his own words: "Promote Health and Healing benefits of YOGA, and Build strong LIY Foundation for benefiting Yogic life style for anybody who wishes to improve their lives through Yoga."


Kaur - Trustee

Harminder Kaur, MD

Trustee, Life in Yoga Foundation (Term through April 2017)

Dr. Harminder Kaur is a practicing physician. She has her family medicine practice at the Clarksburg Medical Center in Clarksburg, MD. She has been a long time practitioner of yoga, and has been a significant personal beneficiary. Her dedication to yoga is so significant that she has allocated a room in her practice for yoga and is actively involved with Life in Yoga to bring patient access to yoga therapy.


Mohan - Trustee

Mohan Tirumale

Trustee, Life in Yoga Foundation (Term through April 2019)

Mohan Tirumale is an IT Professional with an MBA, while also service the community as a a yoga teacher in his neighborhood in Herndon, VA. In his own words: "I am a volunteer at LIY and currently help with marketing/advertising, event management, enabling distant learning as well as maintaining LIY facebook page. Would like to help in setting the direction and spreading the quality work done by LIY to many individuals who can benefit from realizing the deeper aspects of life."




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