Speakers at the 5th International Yoga Festival & Health Expo

Nirmala Raniga

Founder of Chopra Addiction & Wellness Center, Nirmala Raniga has also established 5 Opioid Agonist Therapy (OAT) Clinics serving patients across BC’s Lower Mainland, plus a residential treatment center that she co-founded with renowned author and alternative medicine advocate, Dr. Deepak Chopra. Drawing on her more than 30 years experience, skills and commitment to treat all people with respect and dignity, she is passionate about sharing timeless wisdom tools for mind body health, deeper life fulfillment and emotional healing. She was a 2008 nominee for the YWCA Women of Distinction Awards and nominated for the 2008 Celebration of Business Excellence Award. Nirmala is a Chopra Certified Master Educator of Primordial Sound Meditation, Seven Spiritual Laws of Yoga and Perfect Health Ayurvedic Lifestyle. Nirmala has made appearances for television, radio and live events internationally. To date she has released two meditation albums: The Divine Healing Mantra; and, Meditation: An Introduction. She is also blogs on BC’s The Province and is the host of “Journey of Healing” on Joy TV.


Yogacharini Maitreyi

Yogacharini Maitreyi was given many titles like Yoga gem ,Yoga Chemmal (expert) and Yoga acharini (guide) since 1997 in India, for creating awareness about the science and art of Yoga and Classical Sattvic Tantra, internationally.

She is a Practical Mystic and speaker who has presented in over 25 conferences worldwide for over 22 years and has trained over 50 corporations in self and stress management and enlightened leadership. She brings a calm and lightness to the teachings & classes and encourages people to tap into play.

When in Vancouver, she trains teachers & healers in the Arkaya teacher training. This is a self awareness and self discovery program and to know more go to https://www.facebook.com/events/1836234139818876/

She also facilitates teacher trainings in India https://www.facebook.com/events/1105050606251134/

She has over 100 published articles and poems in newspapers, magazines and international journals. To know more about her go to http://www.arkaya.net/founders-profile/.

Jandy Anderson

Sharing transformational and meditative work with others is a great joy for me. I’ve had a superb privilege in my life to study with the creator of the Dalian Method, Mada Eliza Dalian, since 2001. I am honoured to have been trained by her to facilitate her method and to instruct others in meditation and group workshops. Although I’ve gone to university, gotten a degree and had a successful career in the social service industry working in many roles coaching, helping, training and leading others, nothing compares to the deep meaningfulness of the work of looking deeper inside to understand who it is that is here on this journey and why. With the master keys of the Dalian Method and meditation, and with waking up consciousness moment by moment the world opens its heart and each experience becomes a wonder and a delight.

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Sherien Hossny

Bio in her own words: I stumbled on my first yoga class 12 years ago when I was late for my dance class. I decided to try it and was instantly hooked. I had the best night’s sleep in a long time.

I was leading a stressful lifestyle as a realtor working 12-hour days with late night business dinners. I was fueled by a smoking and coffee addiction. It seemed glamorous from the outside and it was what I thought I wanted. But I knew something had to change. The thing is I didn’t know how to go about it.

Feeling lost, I took my first trip to the bottom of the Himalayas and completed my first 200 Yoga Teacher Training (YTT) hours in traditional Hatha yoga.

I came back to Dubai only to find out my whole life was going to change – I lost both my partner and my father. I felt overwhelmed and battled physical weakness and depression. I got sick and couldn’t train.

Doing what I knew best I decided to fight back. But I had to figure out how to fight life when I was depressed and physically challenged. I knew it would require a different approach. I questioned if I could fight by surrendering, by accepting.

I turned to the mat to stay sane. I delved deeper into the yogic tradition, its spirituality and philosophy. What started as a physical practice turned into a journey of self discovery. I learned to accept myself and practice self love. Like a baby learning to crawl again, I learned to listen to my body, to trust the process and connect.

A few years later, I decided to continue practicing and studying in India and the United States. I finished another 300 hours of YTT followed by different training programs and workshops in Vinyasa, Yin, anatomy, alignment and energy healing.

Seeing a lot of people go through a similar journey silently, I finally took a leap of faith and decided to share what I’ve learned along the way. I want those who feel vulnerable to feel safe and free from judgement – to believe they have the courage to take that first step.

I am passionate about helping others progress in their journey of self mastery and inner strength; helping you listen and connect to your body’s wisdom. Breath by breath we will align our thoughts and feelings in movement. It’s a dance that’s in rhythm with your inner power and in line with your true purpose.

We all have the ability to go on this journey of self-discovery. So whether you’re a beginner, returning after an injury or are an experienced yogi, you can expect to be challenged, energized and gain insight in a way you didn’t think you could.

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