Yoga & Health II Series

The suggestions or ideas offered during this series are not meant to replace medical advice.
We encourage participants to follow up with their primary care practitioners before starting any alternative holistic regiments.

When it comes to our health, the best offense is a good defense

Over seven classes, a panel of renowned experts will guide you in strategies for gaining and maintaining optimal health. You will be provided with the information, inspiration, and specific practices to strengthen your immune system, calm your mind, and build resilience to stress and disease.

Why This Program and Why Now

We’ve all been through a lot over the past year! The pandemic has changed our way of life, challenging our physical health, peace of mind, and well-being. We may think there’s not much else we can do, but there is.

We must be vigilant; we need to do what we can to strengthen ourselves to help prevent disease through powerful natural means. There is a wealth of natural proven ways to amplify your health and well-being.

The Integral Yoga Institute of NJ has again brought together another set of world-class speakers who will share their expertise and information based on science.

This course will keep you inspired and provide tips, information, and practices to defend yourself against disease, anxiety, and stress.


Saturdays 1:00 – 2:30pm

Each week the Director of our NJ Integral Yoga Institute, Margabandhu, will lead us in a 25 minute revitalizing and calming pranayama (breathing) practice. He will be then followed by our Guest Speaker for the day!:

.February 6: Psychological Effects of the Pandemic: a Buddhist Psychologist Approach to Well Being with Zen Master WuKwang/Richard Shrobe

February 13: Inflammation, the true story of when we need it, when we don’t
with Dr. Amrita Sandra McLanahan, MD.

February 20: The Health Benefits of Herbs with David Christopher, MH.

February 27: Recovering from COVID, Rebuilding the Immune System and one’s Vitality with Viktoras Kulvinskas

March 6: Introduction to Meditation with Reverend Paraman Barsel

March 13: Integrative Biologic Dentistry, A Holistic Approach to Health & Wellness with Dr. Phil Mollica, DDS

March 20: GRAND FINALI: How Raja Yoga can Help with our Stressful Lives with Rev. Lakshmi Barsel, Ph.D. and One Woman Show with Janice Hardgrove

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Hourly Schedule

Every Saturday 1-2:30 PM EST


Feb 06 2021


1:00 pm - 2:30 pm

Local Time

  • Timezone: America/New_York
  • Date: Feb 06 2021
  • Time: 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm



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  • David Christopher
    David Christopher
    Master Herbalist

    David W. Christopher MH was raised in the simple ways of natural health by his father, the famous herbalist, Dr. John R. Christopher, MH. ND. David’s interests grew beyond his university study and in 1974 he focused on the discipline of Herbology. In 1979 he became a Master Herbalist and the director of The School of Natural Healing. Today, thousands safely apply the Christopher methodology thanks to his directorship. David is an international lecturer and was instrumental in establishing England’s College of Herbs and Natural Healing. He is the author of An Herbal Legacy of Courage and various articles on herbs and nutrition have been published in many magazines. David and his wife Fawn host a weekly radio program, “A Healthier You.”

  • Dr. Amrita McLanahan
    Dr. Amrita McLanahan
    Yogaville's Attending Holistic Physician

    Amrita (Sandra) McLanahan, M.D., is a nationally recognized authority on preventive medicine, nutrition, stress reduction and primary family health care. As Director of Stress Management Training at the Preventive Medicine Research Institute for twenty years, she worked with Dr. Dean Ornish to document the benefits of dietary change and stress management to prevent and treat cardiovascular disease and cancer. Dr. McLanahan is the author of the book Surgery and its Alternatives: How to Make the Right Choices for Your Health and is the medical consultant for the book, Dr. Yoga.

  • Dr. Phil Mollica
    Dr. Phil Mollica

    Dr. Phil Mollica is considered a pioneer in the development and integration of oxygen/ozone application in dental medicine. Dr. Mollica was introduced to ozone in 1997 and developed the standard of care in ozone dentistry, as we know it today. Dr. Mollica has earned three doctorates in dentistry, integrative medicine and naturopathic medicine from University of Medicine and Dentistry, New Jersey and Capital University of Integrative Medicine, Washington D.C. respectively. He also earned a master’s degree in Human Anatomy from Fairleigh Dickinson University School of Dentistry. Dr. Mollica is the founder and President of the American College of Integrative Medicine and Dentistry (ACIMD). Dr. Mollica is a full Professor of Integrative Biologic Dental Medicine. He has earned his Accreditation and Mastership within the International Academy of Oral Medicine and Toxicolgy and is currently Chairman of the Periodontal and Associated Soft Tissue Committee. Dr. Mollica is board certified in Integrative Medicine, Naturopathic Medicine, Oro-Facial Pain, and Integrative Biologic Dental Medicine. He travels the world and trains doctors in ozone therapy and Integrative Biologic Dentistry. He is an international lecturer, trainer, author and serves on numerous boards. Dr. Mollica is an editor on a number of scientific journals. He is currently serves as the Vice-President of the American Academy of Ozone Therapy. He is in private practice in Saddle Brook, New Jersey with his wife Dr. Karen Rockefeller-Mollica.

  • Janice Hardgrove
    Janice Hardgrove

    Multi-talented, Janice is a composer, singer, keyboard player, award winning baker, and yoga teacher! Her warmth, unbelievable voice, and original songs that stick with you, are sure to uplift your day!

  • Margabandhu Martarano
    Margabandhu Martarano

    Margabandhu Martarano has served as Director of the New Jersey IYI, at the request of Sri Swami Satchidananda, for over 50 years. Margabandhu is a Senior Certified Integral Yoga Instructor, proficient in all aspects of Yoga, having learned directly from Swami Satchidananda in the early years. He currently sits on the Integral Yoga Teachers Council and is sought after for his opinion and advice on many topics yoga and health related. His long term focus and present concern is teaching Pranayama for health of body and mind as well as nutrition, cleansing techniques and understanding all the benefits of an Integral Yoga hatha class.

  • Rev. Lakshmi Barsel
    Rev. Lakshmi Barsel
    Integral Yoga Minister

    Rev. Lakshmi Barsel, Ph.D. is a senior disciple of Sri Swami Satchidananda and a long-time member of Satchidananda Ashram-Yogaville. She is also a senior Integral Yoga minister and yoga instructor. She teaches Hatha Yoga Levels 1 & 2, gentle yoga, meditation, raja yoga, karma yoga and on-going scripture classes. For many years she served the Ashram as the Director of Program Development and now volunteers as the Director of the Satchidananda Prison Project. With the help of her husband Rev. Paraman Barsel, she has developed Correspondence Courses on the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali and the Bhagavad Gita to assist prisoners in their understanding of these sacred scriptures.

  • Rev. Paraman Barsel
    Rev. Paraman Barsel
    Integral Yoga Reverend, Prominent IY Speaker

    Reverend Paraman Barsel has been a disciple of Sri Swami Satchidananda since 1970. He has served as president of Yogaville West, the Washington D.C. and New York Integral Yoga Institutes, and Yogaville East in Connecticut and has served on the Board of Trustees and Spiritual Life Board of Satchidananda Ashram-Yogaville, Virginia. He was co-coordinator of the LOTUS Dedication. Paraman was an editorial consultant on Inside the Yoga Sutras and Inside Patanjali’s Words by Rev. Jaganath Carrera as well as several of Sri Swami Satchidananda’s works including the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali and To Know Your Self. He helped to design the first Integral Yoga Hatha Basic Teacher Training program, and has taught meditation workshops, Jnana Yoga, Raja Yoga and the other branches of Integral Yoga for many years. He was ordained into the Integral Yoga Ministry in 2007. In addition to teaching he currently helps with the Ashram Prison Project and, with his wife, has co-hosted hundreds of Sutra Study Gatherings in their home for many years.

  • Rev. Viktoras Kulvinskas
    Rev. Viktoras Kulvinskas
    Health Advocate, Enzymatic Food Specialist

    Viktoras Kulvinskas, MS in Theoretical Mathematics and Nuclear Physics, has been a Health Educator for more than 50 years, best-selling author of Survival In The 21st Century plus eight other popular books, co-founder of Hippocrates Health Institute with Ann Wigmore and prominent speaker on heath and anti-aging benefits of live, highly enzymatic foods. He presently lives in· Montezuma, Costa Rica. Viktoras has been a long time friend and mentor for our director, Margabandhu.
    Often sharing from ‘another zone’, Viktoras has his own unique and engaging way of
    sharing critical information on health and well being. This time Viktoras will share his
    findings on Survival Strategies for the 2020s with the use of enzymatic plant based
    nutrition, fermented foods. supplements and 7 day indoor micro-green and sprout salads.

  • Zen Master Wu Kwang
    Zen Master Wu Kwang
    Buddhist Master Teacher, Psychological Counselor

    Zen Master Wu Kwang, (Richard Shrobe, LCSW) is guiding teacher of the Chogye International Zen Center of New York and lives in New York with his family. Before he began practicing Zen he studied intensively with Swami Satchidananda, living with his wife and children for four years at the Integral Yoga Institute in New York. He has a Master’s degree in Social Work and did six years of postgraduate study in Gestalt, including training with Laura Perls. He has been director of a drug program, and has served as an instructor in psychiatry and Gestalt therapy. He started practicing with Zen Master Seung Sahn in 1975 and was given inka in 1984. He received dharma transmission on August 1, 1993. A former professional musician, his undergraduate training was in music theory, and he also studied with jazz pianist, Barry Harris. Currently he has a private practice in psychotherapy specializing in the Gestalt approach. He has written three books: Open Mouth Already a Mistake, Don’t Know Mind: The Spirit of Korean Zen, and Elegant Failure: A Guide to Zen Koans, all available from


  1. Susan Krcmar

    how can I register for individual sessions?

    • Premajyothi Devi

      Hello Susan. Just getting to know my way around the new website and saw your message. When you click on Register on the front page, the next page look to right list and look near bottom of list for ‘Category’. Click on ‘workshops’ which is second sub listing. This will bring you to page where each individual workshop is listed. Click on REgister box under the title of the workshop you wish to take. Please note, Dr Smokey Santillo requested that we change the title of his talk for this Saturday, October 24 to Controlling your Detoxification. Transitioning to a new diet. The text within the registration area has not been changed to reflect this. Still learning how! Hope this helps. I can be reached at 201-306-1247. Peace and JOY, Premajyothi

    • Premajyothi Devi

      Hi Susan. Sorry I just saw your question.
      On the front page of our website, are our featured programs. clicking on the right arrow will let you move from one featured program to the next with a one to two week range. When you see something you are interested in click on the Register button and it will bring you the page where you first get additional information and then another register button to pay via PayPal.
      Now we only have two sessions left. To make it even easier for you here are the links you can you for additional information and to register if you so wish.

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      March 20: