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Govardhan School of Sustainability

Yachneet Pushkarna, holds an MBA in International Business from Grand Ecole in France. He has over 16 years of international exposure across 3 continents in pharmaceuticals (Sanofi Aventis), Media (Agence France Presse), product and business development (for Reliance Industries). Currently he is CEO of Govardhan Eco Village Wada, An ISKCON project for Environmental sustainability and Rural development. An UNWTO award winning project in Asia on Eco tourism, sustainability and Spirituality in Environmentalism. He is currently spearheading various Education, Healthcare and Rural engagement programs for Govardhan Ecovillage.

– Yachneet Pushkarna, CEO of Govardhan Eco Village

Mr. Nimai Lila Das, Chief Sustainability Officer, ISKCON Govardhan Ecovillage graduated from the prestigious Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore with a Master’s degree in Electrical Engineering in 2007. After working with Tata Motors and L&T, he joined the Govardhan Ecovillage(GEV) to enhance its sustainability initiatives. Mr. Nimai Lila Das oversees the activities of the Govardhan School of Yoga in the capacity of a Head Philosophy teacher and his areas of expertise include Bhagavad Gita, Yoga Sutras and Meditation techniques. He is also the core faulty in the Bhaktivedanta Vidyapitham, a Vedic seminary at GEV that aims to find ancient approachs to modern day issues.

– Mr. Nimai Lila Das, Chief Sustainability Officer

Rakesh Panda is a graduate from IIT Kharagpur – one of the top engineering institution in India. He joined as a senior scientist at the same institute in the field of molecular biology. He has been a faculty for college graduates across India for the last 5 years, giving motivational speeches in different educational organisations Currently, he is a program director at Govardhan Ecovillage, an UN award-winning retreat center and wisdom village. He travels abroad to present environmental sustainability initiatives at universities, like Yale, Princeton, UPITT etc. He is the Executive Head of SOS

– Rakesh Panda, Program Director

Monika Rudzinskaite is a graduate from the University of Edinburgh, one of the top 20 universities in the world, having been awarded MA degree in Humanities with distinction. She is an Overseas Sustainability Officer and Program Coordinator at Govardhan Eco Village. She has recently gone to the US, connecting to such universities as Yale, Vassar College, Princeton, LMU etc. She has also been giving various talks on sustainability, most recent one in the Circular Economy Conference at the Birkenfeld Environmental Campus in Germany, the greenest university in Europe. She also regularly presents and conducts workshops at GEV on the topics of culture of sustainability and inner sustainability. She is also a life skills coach.

– Monika

Govardhan Ayurveda

Dr. Sasikumar Nechiyil. B.A.M.S, M.D [Ay.] has played a key role for leading all the institutions of Nechiyil. After taking degree B.A.M.S from Kottakkal Ayurveda College. He completed post-graduation M.D [Ay.] from Jamnagar Ayurved University in Rasasastra. He is the disciple of Late. Krishnankutty Vaidyar, Kannankulangara who was an authority of Rasasastra and Sidha system. He got guidance from Late. Abu Vaidyar, Ferok, who was well known for Sidha treatment and Visha chikitsa [Toxicology including snake bite treatment]. Dr. Sasikumar Nechiyil has mentored both Late. Dr. Sanjay Pisharodi and Dr. Sreejith Ayyappath in their quest to become Ayurveda Experts.

– Dr. Sasikumar, B.A.M.S, M.D [Ay.]

Late Dr. Sanjay Pisharodi Globally renowned Ayurveda expert, Late Dr. Sanjay Pisharodi was a holistic health practitioner, specialized in Palliative medicine and Hospice care from Cardiff University (UK) and University of California (USA). He was qualified in several alternative therapies – Ayurveda, Traditional Chinese Medicine, Yoga, Naturopathy, Sujok, Pranic healing and Medical Astrology, making way for a practice of integrated holistic medicine. Born into a family of traditional Ayurveda physicians of Kerala, he was introduced to studying the art of Traditional Indian healing called Ayurveda after which he went on to specialize in Palliative Oncology in the modern stream of medicine.

– Late Dr. Sanjay Pisharodi, Ayurveda Expert

Renowned Ayurveda expert Dr. Sreejith Ayyappath B.A.M.S, M.D [Ay.] is a holistic health practitioner specialized in all types of Ayurveda treatments. Born into a traditional Hindu family in Palakkad district of Kerala, Dr. Ayyappath had a special inclination towards this holistic system after he was introduced to studying the traditional Indian healing called Ayurveda, after which he went on to master this art. Specialized in Panchkarma, traditional Kerala Nadi-pariksha techniques and special Kerala treatments, Dr. Ayyappath aims to carry the legacy left behind by the Late Dr. Sanjay Pisharodhi and inculcate the same principles in Govardhan Ayurveda laid down by his predecessor.

– Dr. Sreejith Ayyappath, B.A.M.S, M.D [Ay.]

Dr Srikanth Chakrala (Srivallabha Das) has been an Ayurvedic practitioner for over 16 years now. Nurturing a desire for serving the society through holistic health care right from his childhood, Dr Chakrala pursued his BAMS & MD (Ayur) from Dr NTR University of Health Sciences. His expertise is in the field of Dravya Guna (Ayurvedic Pharmacology) which involves identification of herbal plants and formulation of disease-specific medicines. He was personally mentored by Late Dr. Sanjay Pisharodhi, world renowned Ayurvedic doctor and author of a commentary on Acharya Vagbhata’s Ashtanga Hrdayam. With a view to deepen his understanding of Panchakarma for modern lifestyle related diseases, he had also undergone training in Vaidyaratnam (Thrissur, Kerala) in the ashtavaidyan tradition of Panchakarma.

– Dr Srikanth Chakrala, Ayurvedic Doctor

Dr. Sudheesh Krishnan studied Ayurvedic science from Nangelil Ayurveda Medical College, Ernakulam, Kerala. After completing studies, he did Internship Training in National Research Institute for Panchakarma from where he studied all Panchakarma Therapies as well as special Keraleeya Panchakarma Treatments. Later, he also got special training in Jalookavacharana (LEECH THERAPY), Raktha Moksha (Blood Letting Therapy), Agni Karma (CAUTERISATION THERAPY) etc. Dr. Sudheesh had an outstanding academic career. After completing his bachelor’s degree, he also did special course on Keraleeya Panchakarma Therapy from renowned Ayurveda Centre In Kerala, Vaidhyaratnam Ayurveda Foundation, Thrissur. He has also worked In Kerala Ayurveda Hyderabad Branch and in Nuayurveda Clinic, Mumbai.

– Dr. Sudheesh Krishnan, Ayurvedic Doctor

Dr. Rajshree completed BAMS in Ayurveda from Seva Sangh’s Ayurved college, Ganeshwadi, Panchavati, Nasik, Maharashtra. After that she did PGDHHM (hospital and healthcare management) at Symbiosis, Pune. After completing her education, she worked as a Medical officer for seven years in the government sector wherein she handled many emergencies, was part of the team that successfully conducted many deliveries and did some field work as well. She met Dr. Sanjay Pisharodi (HG Shyamvallabh Prabhu) who was MD of Govardhan Ayurveda; and was inspired by his studies, interest and dedication towards Ayurveda and decided to join him at Govardhan Ayurveda.

– Dr. Rajshree, B.A.M.S

Govardhan School Of Yoga

Aarti is an eternal student, a preacher of traditional yoga who holds a Master’s Degree in ‘Yog-Shastra’. She is also a QCI certified Level II Yoga Teacher under Government of India-AYUSH Ministry. Aarti’s first acquaintance with Yoga came at quite a young age with Yoga Vidya Gurukul, Nashik (Swami Satyananda lineage-Bihar School of Yoga) where she enrolled for Pranayama course, after which she had a longing to deepen her knowledge, especially in ancient, scriptural & traditional practices of Yoga and went on to doing almost all the courses offered by the institute and many more including Prenatal Yoga, Kids Yoga, Yin Yoga, Ashtanga Yoga etc. from institutes all over the country.

– Aarti, Yoga Coach

Anmol believes that yoga is all about challenging your limits and reaching new stages of physical and mental strength. He has a unique dynamic way of teaching yogic practices with a big smile & positive attitude. It is more to be experienced than explained! Students stay inspired even during intensive training due to his joyful nature & sense of humor. He has stayed and completed his classical & advance yoga training from multiple yoga institutes under the guidance of great teachers from Yog Vidya Gurukul, Trimbakeshwar, Sivananda Yog Vidya peetham, Kerala, Mysore, Rishikesh.

– Anmol, Yoga Coach

Mr. Nimai Lila Das, Chief Sustainability Officer, ISKCON Govardhan Ecovillage graduated from the prestigious Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore with a Master’s degree in Electrical Engineering in 2007. After working with Tata Motors and L&T, he joined the Govardhan Ecovillage(GEV) to enhance its sustainability initiatives. Mr. Nimai Lila Das oversees the activities of the Govardhan School of Yoga in the capacity of a Head Philosophy teacher and his areas of expertise include Bhagavad Gita, Yoga Sutras and Meditation techniques. He is also the core faulty in the Bhaktivedanta Vidyapitham, a Vedic seminary at GEV that aims to find ancient approachs to modern day issues.

– Mr. Nimai Lila Das, Chief Sustainability Officer

Govardhan Rural Development

Anand Gosavi has experience of 21 years in the field of technical education for rural youth. He has been the principal of Vigyan Ashram at Pabal for 5 years and now he shares his experience in giving the same knowledge to the youth in and around Wada taluka. He has 3 publications to his credit on Basics of Rural Technology.

– Anand Gosavi

Youth Counselor and Project Manager- Rural Education, Govardhan Rural Development. Graduated as Masters in Science from Institute of Science, Mumbai and Bachelors of Education. Since the beginning of Rural Education at Govardhan Rural Development. He is coordinating various educational activities in Palghar district such as Bal Samskar varg,Mobile Science Van, Coaching classes, Teachers training program, Career guidance seminars, Charitra vikas, Medical camps in schools, Gita champion league, Garmin pradnya vikas, science and environmental camps, character building programs in nearby villages for youths etc.

– Sudhir Madhav Das

A marine engineer by profession has served the Indian Navy. But his heart was for the welfare of the rural youths. So thus he joined the Bhaktivedanta Kaushal Vikas Kendra since its inception in 2016. Since then he has been tirelessly working for the rural youths.

– Vikas Srivastava

Pushpa Hoshangadi is B.Sc. tech in Polymer technology, but a teacher at heart, and teaches in Gopals Garden High School. She has been instrumental in setting up the educational programme in Aanganwadi's and 3 Zilla Parishad schools, and form a team of local teachers. She trains the team of 8 primary school Zilla Parishad teachers in Pedagogy and Lesson planning.

– Pushpa Hoshangadi

Mukund Dhanawade is a pharmacist by profession, but after a short stint with pharmacy sector, he dedicated his life for the welfare of the rural community. He heads the operations of the Govardhan Rural Development Program. Through culture of perseverance and kindness he has reached many villages and has expanded the programme since he joined in 2014.

– Mukund Dhanawade

Qualified Dental surgeon with a degree from Nair Dental hospital. Working as a consultant dentist in Bhaktivedanta hospital. Also holds a degree in Psychotherapy and Counselling. Has been serving as a Counsellor since past 20 years. Coordinates the Women Empowerment program of Govardhan Rural development project which supports 1800 rural women working to empower them economically and socially to become entrepreneurs and organize various skill development workshops for them such as stitching, tailoring, handicrafts, incense making and also various food products. Organising medical health hygiene and sanitation awareness camps in the villages for rural women and children especially free dental camps and general check up camps.

– Dr. Sandhya Subramanian

Anita Iyer is a travel consultant along with diploma in Yoga and diploma in Muktangan Integrated Teachers Education. She has been assisting in forming the team of Aanganwadis teachers.She trains these teachers regularly in Lesson planning and Pedagogy. Being a yoga trainer she also conducts Childrens Yoga sessions for these teachers.

– Anita Iyer