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Meet the 2014 Ojai Yoga Crib Teachers

We are so grateful to our Teachers!

How do I Choose My Teachers?

At the Crib, we do not ask our teachers to give us detailed class descriptions. Instead we invite them to show up and share what is fresh and appropriate for the yogis who land in their classes. The titles serve as general headers of what might happen. So we encourage you to pick classes based more on a sense of connection with a teacher than a class title.

The Crib has remained intimate and small through the years because we believe that the experience of Yoga happens in the magic of relationship. We encourage the teachers to feel free enough to show up as they are for real and we hope you will also feel safe to do the same.

Here you will find descriptions of the teachers and links to their websites, videos and books for further investigation.

Take a look at an overview of the schedule to help you design your flow.

If you are taking the Thursday Immersion, we ask that that you pick 1 teacher and an alternate. For the Main Event, we ask that you pick 5 top choices.

We try to provide some direction below, and we are more than delighted to talk with you and design the perfect schedule together. Meeting you is one of the reasons we host this event every year, so do not hesitate to call us.

  • Kira: 8O5.798.17OO
  • Betsy: 8O5.272.5622

Who is teaching a Thursday Immersion?

  • Erich Schiffmann: Freedom Yoga
  • Saul David Raye: Atma Yoga
  • Sean Johnson and the Wild Lotus Band: Bhakti Immersion
  • Michaela Boehm: Wild Woman's Way
  • Jessica Magnin: The Heart's Dharma ~ Seed of the Soul
  • Melina Meza and Baxter Bell: The Medicine of Love ~ Investigations into the Practices of the Sacred and Scientific
  • Ravi Ravindra: The Yoga of Krishna

Read More about the Immersions.

Good Combinations

Just like when you create a good meal, we recommend pairing spicey teachers with mellow ones, selecting favorites and trying someone new.

It is incredibly difficult and tricky to label teachers by "Levels". As many of you know, the ability to sit and relax can be more difficult and "advanced" than the ability to bring your toes to the back of your head. So we have done our best to generalize styles and approaches. All teachers of course could fall in any of the categories.

How much asana?

If you do not want to move at all, we suggest signing up for Ravi's sessions. If you want sessions in which you do not do any physical yoga postures but might incorporate some movement like dance, qi gong and breathing or chanting practices, we suggest signing up with John, Michaela and Jennifer.

If you want to do as much asana and physical movement as possible during your Crib Weekend, we suggest feeling into practicing with Dana, Saul and Sean.

If you are looking for sessions that will blend breath, meditation, asana and some discussion, investigate Patricia, Kira, Laura, Erich, and Richard, Zubin, Jessica, Arturo, Melina and Baxter.

Of course, mixing and matching is recommended.

To Sink in and Connect

Erich Schiffmann is Love. And when you are with him, you realize that you are too. His practice will most likely be a combination of easy effective asana, meditation and a talk.

To Investigate and Feel

Patricia Sullivan generously offers powerful subtle details of the internal movements of the body allowing for personal insight and revelation.

Laura Tyree's creative play with mantra, mudra and vinyasa directs you toward the deep and powerful source of healing within.

Arturo Peal's mastery of how the body works weaved with his capacity for the Mystery make him a very special teacher. He provides the safe container for personal exploration.

To Get in There

Zubin Shroff's long and sincere relationship with the pracitces yoga and meditation compel him to share the teachings in pursuit of an honest awareness with the whole self.

Ravi Ravindra's astounding facility with the spiritual traditions of East and West allow him to weave a deep and powerful understanding of the meaning of the texts.

Melina Meza's ernest and compassionate concern for your well being compel her generosity with the Ayurvedic wisdom of nourishment and well being. She is a wellspring with a bubbling curiosity.

Richard Rosen seems to be a bit of a yoga dork, and we could not be more excited. His session is sure to reveal new insights into the practices as well as deep within you.

Baxter Bell, MD's facility with the modern and sacred methods of healing create a comprehensive and powerful space for full body insight. He will satisfy the needs of the intellect and the longing of the heart.

For Subtle Exploration

John Hickey's deep reverence for and intimacy with the meridian system of the body allows the rivers of qi to be revealed within us. His kindness and compassion hold us tenderly.

Kira Ryder loves to play with yoga experiments in the realm of the breath, with the possibility of connecting to the Source from where all these teachings have come.

To Connect with the Shakti

Michaela Boehm offers the model, space and techniques to connect to and express the powerful wild feminine in each of us.

Jessica Magnin follows the magic of exchange in the heart towards alignment. Through the truth of her words and skill of instruction you will feel a deep resonance within and your place on the planet.

Jennifer Prugh's capacity for the whole life qualifies her for big work on this planet. She will inspire your heart's spectrum to broaden to allow for more of everything to flow.

For Bhakti High

Saul David Raye is a generator of warm fuzzy love. Soft and groovy and deep he holds the space to connect inside and dance and celebrate our beautiful lives.

Sean Johnson's bhakti-vinyasa practice will invite you to dive into your soul and allow your Self to wash up on the shores of your heart. His classes are accompanied by the funky grooves and mystic melodies of The Wild Lotus Band, Alvin and Gwendelyn.

Dana Flynn electric combination of creative sequencing, the best music ever and her soulful wisdom give you permission to let your love light shine bright. Magic takes guts and Dana shows you hers.

Click on the teachers' names to meet everyone. Pay attention to whom you feel drawn. Allow your instincts to help you pick. Connect in if you would like help.

Erich Schiffmann

Erich Schiffmann has been practicing yoga for over 40+ years. He is his own teacher and gently encourages you to do the same. He is the author of one of the best modern books on yoga, 'Yoga: The Spirit

and Practice of Moving into Stillness' in which he writes, "Yoga is a way of moving into stillness in order to experience the truth of who you are...It's a matter of listening inwardly for guidance all the time, and then daring enough and trusting enough to do as you are prompted to do." He films, edits and produces his own collection of yoga videos, “The Backyard Series”.

Erich's Teaching Schedule:

  • Thursday Immersion: Practicing and Teaching Freedom Style Yoga
  • Saturday 2:30pm: Freedom Style Yoga
  • Sunday 9:30am: Freedom Style Yoga

Patricia Sullivan

Patricia Sullivan's teaching springs from a broad study of the yogic tradition. Breathing practices, Sutra study, directing the flow of energy through the body, and meditation happpen in her classes. Her style is non-dogmatic and

non-judgemental. She emphasizes process rather than end result, curiosity rather than "knowingness", and always brings to her classes a feeling that yoga is not only a vehicle for self transformation, it's fun.

Patricia's Teaching Schedule:

  • Friday 9:30pm: Pelvic Organization ~ Touchstone to Pure, Grounded Presence
  • Saturday 9:30am: Upper Back and Shoulder Organization ~ Expressing from our Innermost Heart
  • Sunday 9:30am: Central Axis ~ Conduit to Integrated Clear Mind

Ravi Ravindra

Ravi Ravindra, PhD is a spiritual visionary, scholar, and leading international speaker on religion, science, and spirituality. A native of India, he emigrated to Canada

and is Professor Emeritus at Dalhousie University, in Halifax, Nova Scotia, where he served for many years as a professor in three Departments: Comparative Religion, International Development Studies, and Physics. He was a Member of the Institute of Advanced Study in Princeton, a Fellow of the Indian Institute of Advanced Study, and Founding Director of the Threshold Award for Integrative Knowledge. He was a member of the Board of Judges for the presitigous Templeton Prize for Progress in Religion. Ravi’s spiritual search has led him to the teachings of J. Krishnamurti, G. Gurdjieff, Zen, and a deep immersion in the mystical teachings of the Indian and Christian traditions.

We adore Ravi Ravindra. You feel that you are receiving teachings directly from the Source. Facile between the Eastern and Western Traditions as well as within the field of Science, his lectures are generously and richly woven with poetry, heart and soul. He is a true Yogi.

Ravi's Teaching Schedule:

  • Thursday Immersion: The Yoga of Krishna
  • Saturday 9:30am: The Yoga of Shiva
  • Saturday 2:30pm: The Yoga of Patanjali
  • Sunday 9:30am: The Yoga of Christ

Laura Tyree

Teaching since 1990, Laura Tyree's personal approach to the eight-limb path, japa and meditation practice, and the study of ayurveda, anatomy,

physiology, and psychology all blend beautifully with her life experience and teaching skills. Introspection and sincerity along with her warm humor encourage students to utilize the practice to deepen their awareness, and to open to their unique beauty and strengths. Her studio, Dragonfly Yoga Studies, is her home base. Laura’s love of music and chanting led to the release of “Amma Bhakti” CD in 2007.

Laura's Teaching Schedule:

  • Friday 9:30am: Fluid Stability
  • Saturday 9:30am: Letting the Truth Move You

Arturo Peal

Arturo Peal, Founder of Body Studies, has spent over 20 years inspiring and educating yoga teachers, body workers, and movement specialists across the globe through

his classes in Anatomy, Kinesiology, and Therapeutic Touch.

With a unique gift for translating complex scientific concepts into tangible, applicable teachings for his students, he raises awareness of how their own bodies work. His trainings have been held at world-class training centers including Integral Yoga Institute (NYC), Himalayan Institute (NYC), Yogaville Virginia, City University of New York Graduate Center, White Lotus Foundation (CA), and Mar de Jade (Mexico).

A Certified Yoga Therapist and Craniosacral Therapist, Arturo also holds a Master’s degree in Traditional Chinese Medicine and has extensive clinical experience working with injuries and limitations. He orients his classes to meet the needs of students who must modify their yoga practice due to injury, illness, or the natural processes of aging. He draws inspiration from his own teachers Erich Schiffman, Paul Grilley, Leon Chaitow, Richard Miller, and Gil Hedley.

Since 1998, Arturo has crafted the curriculum and co-lead the Therapeutic Yoga Teacher Trainings with collaborator Cheri Clampett. His diverse background provides him with the ability to help students and clients to fully understand the multidimensional nature of the human body.

Additionally, Arturo holds a B.F.A. in Music and a fourth-degree black belt in Aikido that provide him with the opportunity to incorporate music and martial arts into his rich and nurturing classes and private sessions.

Arturo's Teaching Schedule:

  • Friday 9:30am: Connection to the World ~ Unlocking the Shoulder Joint
  • Friday 2:30pm: Connection to the Earth ~ Unlocking the Hips and Booty
  • Saturday 2:30pm: Emotions, Meridians and Movement ~ Fluid and Safe in the Lower Back

Saul David Raye

Saul David Raye is an internationally acclaimed teacher, healer and spiritual activist known for his empowering and transformational approach to yoga, healing and spirituality. Saul’s teaching draws on he depth of Yoga tradition, Bhakti, Tantra and all forms of

universal light, love and wisdom.

Through the grace of his teachers and guides he is able to bring alive the ancient wisdom teachings for modern seekers. The depth of Saul’s teaching allows students to connect deeply with their own authentic power, spirit and truth. A pioneering and inspiring presence in Yoga’s evolution in the west, Saul holds certifications in Yoga, bodywork and energy healing is an ordained minister and musician who infuses his classes with healing music and chants. He has been on the faculty of International conferences and festivals for years, has taught regularly at Esalen Institute and has presented alongside many luminaries in the Spiritual world including Ram Dass and Deepak Chopra. Saul shares this work through teacher trainings, workshops, classes, sacred journey's to ancient power sites and music.

Saul's Teaching Schedule:

  • Thursday Immersion: Atma Yoga
  • Friday 9:30am: Atma Yoga
  • Saturday 9:30am: Atma Yoga
  • Sunday 9:30am: Atma Yoga

Melina Meza

We love Melina's willingness to stand on her feet, share her heart and look you in the eyes. Her engagement with the world is truthful, open and curious. And we are so happy to welcome her to the Crib this year.

Melina has been exploring the art and science of yoga and nutrition for over 18 years. She combines her knowledge of Hatha Yoga, Ayurveda, whole foods nutrition, and healthy lifestyle promotion into a unique style called Seasonal Vinyasa. Her devotion to yoga and eating well, to teaching and nutritional counseling, and to traveling and experiencing different cultures combine to create a colorful and hopefully enlightening perspective from which to share that which she loves about yoga in its entirety. Meza is the author of the Art of Sequencing books and Yoga for the Seasons – Fall Vinyasa DVD. Learn more about Melina here:

Melina's Teaching Schedule:

Baxter Bell, MD

Baxter Bell, MD, has been actively deepening his understanding of yoga and relaxation since making the stress-reducing move from a career as a busy family doctor to that of a yoga teacher and medical acupuncturist.

He is a graduate of the Piedmont Yoga Studio’s 18-month Advanced Studies Program, and has since become Director of PYS’s Deep Yoga Program, teaching the Experiential Anatomy, Yoga Technique, and Yoga Methodology portions of the training. He is also on faculty for several Teacher Training programs around the country, including the Therapeutic Yoga Teacher Training program at the Niroga Institute in Berkeley, CA.

Baxter has studied extensively with Rodney Yee, Patricia Walden, and Erich Schiffmann, and has recently been influenced strongly by the work of TKV Desikachar and Donald Moyer. Baxter is featured in Yoga Journal’s DVD, “Yoga for Stress,” and has written articles for Yoga Journal, Yoga for Everybody, and International Journal of Yoga Therapy. He also blogs for Yoga for Healthy Aging, and Doctor’s Orders, for Yoga Journal. Baxter is involved in the integration of therapeutic applications of yoga with Western medicine, lecturing to health care professionals around the country, as well as adding Hatha yoga asanas and pranayama to his care of patients in his medical acupuncture practice.

Baxter teaches public, corporate and specialty Back Care yoga classes in Oakland, Berkeley, Petaluma and Novato, California, as well as workshops and retreats around the country and internationally. He teaches a healing, nurturing style of Hatha yoga, balancing our desire for action with our need to quiet the mind, emphasizing the qualities of curiosity and meditation in the practice. His students say they appreciate his clarity of instruction and playful sense of humor.

Baxter's Teaching Schedule:

Jessica Magnin

We love seeing Jessica's bright heart in her twinkling eyes. Her spark and experiences inspire us to allow our breath to meet the obstacles that naturally present themselves on our paths.

We first met in Switzerland in 2013, and we are so happy she is joining us at the Crib for the first time.

In 2012, Jessica began Practice for Compassion, a small grassroots project in Luang Prabang, Laos. Practice for Compassion is heartfelt foundation rooted in Jessica’s Being. Through sharing the teachings of yoga and meditation, Jessica has discovered a young, tender mutual exchange of the heart with the people of Laos which has forever transformed her and her life. Today, close to 30 Lao teenagers are studying their 'hearts desire' gifted by the donations offered through Practice for Compassion.

Jessica has been teaching internationally since 1996. Her offerings integrate precise biomechanics within the threads of ancient heart wisdom. Rooted in the Tantra Hatha Yoga tradition, the practices are a seamless flow of balanced movement choreographed by the intelligence of the breath guiding you to a place of remembrance and connection with your inner Source. Jessica is founder of O2Yoga Breathe Life, a yoga and meditation school in Geneva, Switzerland.

Yoga is the path that is responsible for her inner radiance and what has lead her to follow the deep calling of her heart and her Soul. She is passionately dedicated to guiding others uncover their light and joy and their path to their heart.

Jessica's Teaching Schedule:

Richard Rosen

Richard Rosen began his study of yoga in 1980, and trained for several years in the early 1980s at the BKS Iyengar Yoga Institute in San Francisco. In 1987 co-founded the Piedmont Yoga Studio in Oakland, California,

he still teaches today. He is President of the board of the Yoga Dana Foundation which supports Northern California teachers bringing yoga to underserved communities.

Richard has written three books for Shambhala, The Yoga of Breath: A Step-by-Step Guide to Pranayama (2002), Pranayama: Beyond the Fundamentals (2006), and Original Yoga: Rediscovering Traditional Practices of Hatha Yoga (2012); he’s also recorded a 7-disc set of instructional CDs for Shambhala titled The Practice of Pranayama: An In-Depth Guide to the Yoga of Breath (2010). Richard lives in a cottage built in 1906 in beautiful Berkeley, California.

Richard's Teaching Schedule:

  • Friday 2:30pm: Original Yoga
  • Saturday 2:30pm: Original Yoga

Michaela Boehm

Michaela Boehm is among the most gifted counselors and teachers to be found globally today. Born and raised in Austria, Michaela received degrees in

Psychology from the University of Vienna and received further extensive training in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Hypnosis, NLP, and Yoga. Upon moving to the United States in 1994, Michaela quickly became counselor to the stars in Hollywood, California, working with the world’s best-known celebrities, including actors, producers, writers, musicians, and international business founders. Michaela began studying with David Deida in 1997 and in 2007 began co-teaching with him, focusing on women’s empowerment in the 21st Century. Michaela is currently the only counselor in the world personally trained and authorized by David Deida.

Recently, Michaela began making available her unique services to those outside the Hollywood elite, offering women’s workshops, couples intensives, relationship counseling, and co-ed trainings.

Michaela's Teaching Schedule:

Sean Johnson

Yogi and kirtan musician Sean Johnson is the founder of Wild Lotus Yoga in New Orleans. He is also the founder of Soul School-- an interdisciplinary yoga and spirituality teacher training

program that focuses on bringing soul and imagination to the art of teaching yoga, and the BHAKTImmersion-- a bhakti yoga intensive and kirtan training held in New Orleans twice a year.

Sean’s teaching seeks to weave the emotional power of bhakti yoga with the sensuality of hatha yoga to free the spirit and bring more love, creativity, and depth to our lives. His playful classes focus on opening the heart through ecstatic chant, storytelling, mythology, creative vinyasa flows, mystical poetry, and enchanting music. All of Sean’s sessions at the Crib will be accompanied by the live soundtrack of The Wild Lotus Band, percussionist Gwendolyn Colman and bass/guitar player Alvin Young.

Sean and the band are regarded as one of the guiding voices in western kirtan music and teach and play at venues worldwide including yoga conferences, retreat centers, yoga and music festivals, and studios small and large. They are the first kirtan band to ever play The New Orleans Jazz Festival. Sean and the band’s music has appeared on Nettwerk/Nutone Records, White Swan, and Sounds True. Sean also co-curates Putumayo World Music's cd compilations designed for yoga practice which features the band's music as well as inspiring songs from a variety of global cultures. Sean loves Ojai and is grateful and happy to be a part of the Crib family.

Sean's Teaching and Performing Schedule:

Dana Flynn

Recognized throughout the yoga community as a true “teacher’s teacher,” Dana Flynn brings an ecstatic expression of movement, music and community to her practice and her students, as the co-founder of Laughing Lotus Yoga Centers and Lotus Flow Yoga.

The former stockbroker, restaurateur and MTV personality turned a life in the limelight into a spiritual transformation, studying with legendary yogis: Jivamukti’s Sharon Gannon in New York and master teacher Rodney Yee in California. Fiercely innovative and independent, Dana honors and knows well the ancient traditions and codified asana systems of the yogic practice. During her many years of study, she “wanted to explore what it meant to move like herself. That was my greatest longing.” Dana and Co-Founder Jasmine Tarkeshi channeled over 6 years of organic movement experimentation into the creation of the Laughing Lotus Yoga Center and Lotus Flow Yoga. Lotus Flow Yoga, is infused with a dynamic Dervish-like energy of dance, song and joyous revelry. “It is fresh, inspired and alive.”

With studios located in Manhattan’s Flatiron District and in San Francisco’s Mission District, Laughing Lotus is now home to more than just a studio; it’s a diverse community of creative, spirited, and playful yogis; a school for teachers and where you’ll find Dana Flynn, the “Janis Joplin of Yoga.” Dana has appeared in The New York Times, Yoga Journal and on Good Morning America and the TODAY Show.

A founding teacher of the Crib 12 years ago, Dana is like no other. Her sessions are packed with creative electric sequences, music and deep powerful inisght designed to move the mountain range of your heart.

Dana's Teaching Schedule:

  • Friday 9:30am: Magic Takes Guts
  • Saturday 9:30am: Magic Takes Guts
  • Sunday 9:30am: Magic Takes Guts

Jennifer Prugh

Jennifer Prugh is a yoga practitioner and teacher, an artist and photographer, a writer, business owner and a mom.

The owner of ‘Breathe, Los Gatos,’a yoga studio, tea house and wellness center that offers over 100 classes a week for every level of practice in Silicon Valley. Founder of the Yoga Alliance certified RYT 200 and 500-hour ‘Joy of Yoga’ teacher trainings, she is passionate about guiding students toward discovering what is possible in life when we bring our whole selves to each moment.

Jennifer leads yoga adventures all over the world and supports the Tibetan Children’s Education Foundation by enthusiastically encouraging people to sponsor the education of children, particularly in developing countries. A professional artist with a master’s degree in Art and Consciousness Studies, she was an associate professor at Cogswell College where she taught storytelling, mythology and creativity for eight years.

She began teaching yoga in 1999 and following the death from cancer of her greatest mentor, her father, Jennifer left higher education to teach yoga exclusively, in the words of Joseph Campbell, “following her bliss.” A practitioner for 23 years, she took refuge in 2010. She lives with her husband Will, their six year old son, Liam and their golden retriever, Hobbes.

Jennifer's teaching scheudle is:

  • 2:30pm Friday: Path of Heart Breaking Open
  • 2:30pm Saturday: Path of Heart Breaking Open

John Hickey

John Hickey is a licensed acupuncturist and has been practicing shiatsu massage and traditional Chinese medicine since 1980. He is one of the founders of the Santa Barbara College of

Oriental Medicine (SBCOM), where he taught and served as the academic vice president from 1985 until 2001. John has a black belt in Shotokan karate and also teaches tai chi and qi gong.

John Hickey is Lulu Bandha's Doctor of Chinese Medicine. We have been working with him for over a year at his private Shiatsu Rincon practice and know our selves much more deeply and intimately because of his love, care, wisdom and generosity. His style looks to the more ancient teachings before Communism removed the feminine from the medicine.

John shares the rich poetry of the Chinese Medicine in a clear understandable way.

John's Teaching Schedule:

  • Friday, Saturday and Sunday mornings from 7:00 to 8:15am: Gentle Qi Gong and Mediation
  • Friday 9:30am:Becoming a Real Human: The Wholeness of Yin and Yang
  • Saturday 2:30pm: Touching Qi ~ Shiatsu for Yogis

Zubin Shroff

We first began to be in conversation with Zubin in 2011 with the production of his recent book of photographs and interviews, Modern Yogis.

We enjoy his capacity to dynamically hold questions and apparent opposites

with sincerity and humor. And his relationship with light and truth allow us to see more clearly.

Zubin's relationship with yoga began with watching his grandfather, Rutton, practice daily and eventually started his own practice at the age of 12 through copying his mother's asana practice. About twenty year's later, the breathing practices of yoga allowed Zubin to survive and eventually recover from a near fatal accident when he fell 100 feet during a photo shoot, breaking his back, arm and hands.

Zubin continues his photography practice and serves as the Director of the Piedmont Yoga Studio in Oakland California. He and his wife live in Fairfax, California.

Zubin's Teaching Schedule:

  • Saturday 9:30am: Seeing into Stillness

Kira Ryder

Kira Ryder, along with an amazing team, is one of the hostesses of the Ojai Yoga Crib. She takes inspiration from the incredible beauty and intimacy of the Ojai Valley in which she is fortunate to live.

Fascinated by the opportunities of Relationship, her teaching style has evolved to help cultivate an understanding of the practicality and global necessity of Self Love. With attention to the subtle currents, Kira aims to be the FAT to allow your flavor to come through and be tasted. She is the original Den Mother of Lulu Bandha's.

Kira Teaching Schedule:

  • Thursday Immersion: Primal Longings of the Heart
  • Friday 9:30am: Self Awareness is a Group Endeavor
  • Friday 2:30: Tuning Our Instruments of Perception ~ Belly, Heart and Mind

Annie Besant

Annie Besant, the second president of the Theosophical Society, arrived in Ojai in the 1920s looking for a place that would be healing to Krishnamurti's younger brother.

She purchased two large parcels of land at the gateways into Ojai for the purpose of establishing sacred space for inner work. This makes Annie Besant our Valley's first spiritual conservationist and much of how Ojai looks and feels today is because of her. Some of you will be practicing up at Krotona, Ojai's Theosophical Society (TS) Campus, and one of the parcels of land she preserved.

Born October 1, 1847, she left her husband over religious differences to work for the rights of the working class, women and children in London. Her early ideas of educational reform to allow the child to follow her interests as a means of learning are still current.

In 1890, she met HPV Blavatsky and turned more of her attention to the inner realm. And she continued her commitment to participating in the shepherding of justice in the physical realm working tirelessly on independence movement of India from British rule.

She passed on September 20, 1933 in Adyar, India. Learn More.

And so while she is not technically teaching any classes this year at the Crib, we are deep in debt to her work. Without the efforts of the TS, the sacred teachings of India might not have been as accessible as they are today. Her care and love of Krishnamurti helped nurture a great teacher and her recognition of Ojai as special, helps us be here today. Thank you dear Annie.

Jiddu Krishnamurti

The teachings of Krishnamurti perfume the air of Ojai as strongly and as sweetly as the orange blossoms and sage. His call to find our own path to Truth was most clear in his teachings on Beauty which he felt very close to in this sacred valley.

Several of our practice locations are tied directly to him including the Krotona Theosophical Campus, the Krishnamurti Foundation Library and the Ojai Retreat Center.

Ravi Ravindra's intimate relationship with Krishnamurti pours out in his teaching and Erich Schiffmann used to hitch hike up to Ojai from Laguna to hear Krishnamurti speak. Our dear sister Uschi went to Oak Grove, the Krishnamurti School, and met him many times as a little girl. Juna and other crew members also attended Oak Grove and so have been educated in the spirit of trusting the inner experience over external authority.

"Love is where I am not." ~ Krishnamurti

A Few Krishnamurti Resources

Dr. Anuradha Choudry

We first encoutnered the delightful Dr. Anuradha Choudry last year on YouTube as we were looking for help with our Sanskrit. We wrote to her and within very little time, we were new old friends. She is returning to the Ojai Yoga Crib for her second year.

We could not be more exctied. Her sessions will explore the transformative power of sound and mantra, blending her passion for sanskrit, mantra and the psychology of the vedas.

Dr. Anuradha Choudry is presently a Research Associate at the Centre for Indian Psychology, Jain University and an Adjunct Faculty at the Department of Psychology, Jain University. She is also a Visiting Fellow at the Development Foundation that is looking at alternative approaches to development based on the Indic paradigm. A graduate from the Sri Aurobindo International Centre of Education, Puducherry, she completed her Ph.D in Sanskrit from Pondicherry University, on Vedic Psychology to understand its practical application in our daily lives.

Following that, she was a recipient of the prestigious Erasmus Mundus Scholarship (European Union Commission, Sep 2007 – 2008) for an M. Litt in Crossways in European Humanities at the Universities of St. Andrews (Scotland) and Bergamo (Italy). In 2003, she also received a UN related scholarship for a Diploma in Human Rights from the Summer University of Geneva (Switzerland). Recently, along with Dr. Vinayachandra B. K., she has edited a book titled ‘Perspectives on Indian Psychology’, published by Jain University Press in addition to many articles that have been published at national and international levels.

She has also been a resource person for Auroville International Netherlands, the School of Philosophy in Ireland, UK and Australia, Companie Prana in France, as well as for the Yoga Congress of the European Union of Yoga in Zinal, Switzerland in 2011 and 2013. Passionate about Sanskrit, she has conducted several spoken Sanskrit classes in India and abroad and has participated in many workshops that encourage peace and harmony within various international youth groups. Her firm belief in the power of sounds to enhance internal and external peace inspired her to organize a global event on Human Oneness called Ekataa on 1.1.11.

Anuradha's teaching schedule is:

  • Friday 2:30am: Transformative Power of Sound and Mantra
  • Saturday 2:30pm: Transformative Power of Sound and Mantra

See the Schedule of Classes

We are so excited about the playlist of teachers this year. Each brings a rich and particular viewpoint and expression of the practices of yoga. You will not be able to make a "bad choice."

When you purchase your ticket, you will have the chance to handweave your own schedule, picking who you want to practice with on what day.

You will be able to practice with your favorite teacher as much as s/he is teaching.

See the Mother Schedule.


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