Shiva Rea - 100 Trailblazers in Ayurveda and Yoga

100 Trailblazers in
Yoga & Ayurveda

By Bess O'Connor, Kathryn Drury Wagner, and the Editors of

If you’ve ever been to a candlelight service, you know how the magic works: A glow starts small and gets passed, from person to person, until the whole room is shining. The people we’ve profiled in this special section are remarkable because they are not only the source of a glow—a flame of creativity, knowledge, and wisdom—but they are also conduits, making sure that the flame gets passed along to others.

It can’t always have been easy. For as popular as yoga is now, just a few decades ago it was largely unknown on the global stage. Yoga is now a global phenomenon, making its way into the hearts and minds of millions—across cultures, continents, and religious beliefs. With so many people attuned to yoga’s transformative powers, there is ample reason to hope that the serenity and insights instilled by yoga practice could in fact bring about a more peaceable world.

Yoga’s soaring popularity has generated interest not just in the basic breathing techniques and asanas (physical poses) of the practice, but also in the philosophical and spiritual underpinnings of the ancient practice. It has spawned a growing regard for the principles of Ayurveda, affectionately known as “yoga’s sister medicine.” Today, about 20 million Americans practice yoga, and Ayurveda is one of the fastest growing medical traditions.

We salute the pioneers whose work has contributed so much to our awareness of yoga and Ayurveda. Through dedication, creativity, and innovation, they are together affecting a sea change in our modern habits of mind and body, and in our collective consciousness.

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Ayurveda Polarity Therapist

Amadea Morningstar

Ayurveda Polarity Therapist

Ayurveda for Dogs Founder

Amanda Ringnalda

Ayurveda for Dogs Founder

Wildspirit Yogi

Amy Ippoliti

Wildspirit Yogi

Emotional Healing Yogi

Ana Forrest

Emotional Healing Yogi

Embracer of the World

Sri Mata Amritan­andamayi Devi

Embracer of the World

Yoga Artist

Andrew Sealy

Yoga Artist

Advocate of Ayurvedic Medicine Education

Archarya Shunya

Advocate of Ayurvedic Medicine Education

Baptiste Yoga Founder

Baron Baptiste

Baptiste Yoga Founder

Counterculture Icon

Bhagavan Das

Counterculture Icon

Vedic Astrologer

Brent BecVar

Vedic Astrologer

Soul Kirtan Singer

C.C White

Soul Kirtan Singer

Yoga Healer

Cate Stillman

Yoga Healer

Founder, Cityogi

Celest Pereira

Founder, Cityogi

Storytelling Yogi

Chelsea Jackson Roberts

Storytelling Yogi

Renowned Yoga Instructor

Chuck Miller

Renowned Yoga Instructor

Zen Yogi

Claire Diab

Zen Yogi

Alternative Medicine Doctor

Claudia Welch

Alternative Medicine Doctor

The Goodness Yogi

Cyndi Lee

The Goodness Yogi

International Vinyasa Yoga and Meditation Teacher

Danielle Mika Nagel

International Vinyasa Yoga and Meditation Teacher

Founding director of Floracopeia Aromatic Treasures

David Crow

Founding director of Floracopeia Aromatic Treasures

Pandit Vamadeva Shastri

Dr. David Frawley

Pandit Vamadeva Shastri

Ashtanga Yogi

David Swenson

Ashtanga Yogi

Meditation Teacher

Davidji

Meditation Teacher

Alternative Medicine Advocate

Dr. Deepak Chopra

Alternative Medicine Advocate

Yoga to the Rescue Teacher

Desiree Rumbaugh

Yoga to the Rescue Teacher

Mantra Musicians

Deva Premal & Miten

Mantra Musicians

The Teacher of Teachers

Donna Farhi

The Teacher of Teachers

Jivamukti Founders

David Life and Sharon Gannon

Jivamukti Founders

Ayurvedic Doctor

Dr. Jay Apte

Ayurvedic Doctor

Ayurvedic Physician

Dr. Jessica Vellela

Ayurvedic Physician

Ayurvedic Practitioner

Dr. John Douillard

Ayurvedic Practitioner

Integrative Neurologist

Dr. Kulreet Chaudhary

Integrative Neurologist

Western Ayurvedic Pioneer

Dr. Marc Halpern

Western Ayurvedic Pioneer

Ayurvedic Skincare Creator

Dr. Pratima Raichur

Ayurvedic Skincare Creator

Ayurvedic Physician and Ayurvedic OB/GYN

Dr. Sarita Shrestha

Ayurvedic Physician and Ayurvedic OB/GYN

Medical director at the Chopra Center

Dr. Sheila Patel

Medical director at the Chopra Center

Ayurvedic Healers

Dr. Suhas and Manisha Kshirsagar

Ayurvedic Healers

Integrative and Holistic Practitioner

Dr. Valencia Porter

Integrative and Holistic Practitioner

Ayurvedic Pioneer

Dr. Vasant Lad

Ayurvedic Pioneer

Mama Yogini

Elena Brower

Mama Yogini

Spiritually Fly Yogi

Faith Hunter

Spiritually Fly Yogi

Yoga and Ayurveda Practitioner

Felicia Marie Tomasko

Yoga and Ayurveda Practitioner

White Lotus Founders

Ganga White & Tracey Rich

White Lotus Founders

Golden Bridge Co-Founder and Director

Gurmukh Khalsa

Golden Bridge Co-Founder and Director

Yogic Musician

Guru Singh

Yogic Musician

Complementary Medicine Practitioner

James Bailey

Complementary Medicine Practitioner

Yoga Teacher, Body Positive Advocate

Jessamyn Stanley

Yoga Teacher, Body Positive Advocate

Master Kids

Jodi Komitor

Master Kids' Yoga Teacher

One of the Founders of Yoga Journal Magazine

Judith Hanson Lasater

One of the Founders of Yoga Journal Magazine

The Flexi Foodie

Julie Montagu

The Flexi Foodie

Yoga and Meditation Teacher and Self-Transformation Coach

Karina Mirsky

Yoga and Meditation Teacher and Self-Transformation Coach

Author and Yoga Teacher

Kathryn Budig

Author and Yoga Teacher

Psychotherapist Yogi

Kathryn Templeton

Psychotherapist Yogi

Tantra & Ayurvedic Practitioner

Katie Silcox

Tantra & Ayurvedic Practitioner

KinoYoga Founder

Kino MacGregor

KinoYoga Founder

President of Yoga Anytime

Kira Sloane

President of Yoga Anytime

American Yogic Chanting Vocalist

Krishna Das

American Yogic Chanting Vocalist

Gravity Defying Yogi

Lamonte Goode

Gravity Defying Yogi

Ayurvedic Yoga Specialist

Larrisa Hall Carlson

Ayurvedic Yoga Specialist

Awakening Radiance Yogi

Laura Plumb

Awakening Radiance Yogi

Sanskrit Expert

Manorama

Sanskrit Expert

Guerilla Yogi

Marc Holzman

Guerilla Yogi

Founder of Dancing Shiva Yoga and Ayurveda

Mas Vidal

Founder of Dancing Shiva Yoga and Ayurveda

Healthcare Pioneer and Yoga Instructor

Matthew Sanford

Healthcare Pioneer and Yoga Instructor

Yoga Works Founder

Maty Ezraty

Yoga Works Founder

World Peace Leader

Maya Tiwari

World Peace Leader

Diamond Way Ayurveda Owners

Melanie & Robert Sachs

Diamond Way Ayurveda Owners

Vastu Shastra Practitioner

Michael Mastro

Vastu Shastra Practitioner

Ayurvedic Wellness Practitioner, Yoga Teacher Trainer

Myra Lewin

Ayurvedic Wellness Practitioner, Yoga Teacher Trainer

Iyengar Western Pioneer

Patricia Walden

Iyengar Western Pioneer

Embodyoga Developer

Patty Townsend

Embodyoga Developer

Ashtanga Yoga Instructor

Petri Raisanen

Ashtanga Yoga Instructor

Yoga Teacher

Rachel Brathen

Yoga Teacher

Spiritual Counselor and Yogi

Rama Jyoti Vernon

Spiritual Counselor and Yogi

Ayurvedic Doctor

Dr. Rama Prasad

Ayurvedic Doctor

Ayurvedic Doctor and Author

Dr. Robert Svoboda

Ayurvedic Doctor and Author

Functional Flow Founder

Robyn Capobianco

Functional Flow Founder

ParaYoga Founder

Rod Stryker

ParaYoga Founder

Gaiam Yogi

Rodney Yee

Gaiam Yogi

Meditation Teacher

Roger Gabriel "Raghavanand"

Meditation Teacher

Yogi Mogul

Russell Simmons

Yogi Mogul

Yogi Mystic and Philanthropist

Sadhguru Jaggi Vasudev

Yogi Mystic and Philanthropist

Healthy Hedonism Lifestyle Leader

Sadie Nardini

Healthy Hedonism Lifestyle Leader

Vedic Arts Master

Sanjeev Verma

Vedic Arts Master

Founders of Banyan Botanicals

Scott Cote & Kevin Casey

Founders of Banyan Botanicals

Off The Mat Founder

Seane Corn

Off The Mat Founder

The Dancing Yogi

Shiva Rea

The Dancing Yogi

Therapeutic Yogi

Siri Peterson

Therapeutic Yogi

Devotional Kirtan Musician and Singer

Snatam Kaur

Devotional Kirtan Musician and Singer

The Rock of Yoga

Sri Dharma Mittra

The Rock of Yoga

The Silent One

Sri Siva Sakthi Ammaiyar

The Silent One

Art of Living Founder and Peace Leader

Sri Sri Ravi Shankar

Art of Living Founder and Peace Leader

New Age Yoga Guru

Suneel Singh

New Age Yoga Guru

Kriya Yoga Heir

Swami Shankar­ananda Giri

Kriya Yoga Heir

The Age-defying Yogi

Tao Porchon-Lynch

The Age-defying Yogi

Strala Yoga Founder

Tara Stiles

Strala Yoga Founder

Ashtanga Yoga Pioneer

Tim Miller

Ashtanga Yoga Pioneer

Naturopathic Doctor

Vivek Shanbhag

Naturopathic Doctor

Kemetic Yoga Pioneer

Yirser Ra Hotep

Kemetic Yoga Pioneer

Ishta Yoga Founder

Yogiraj Alan Finger

Ishta Yoga Founder

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