Who are we
All of us feel the motivation, respect and committed to share the millenary teachings of Hindu Philosophy, currently in development and boom in the West, from the most authentic perspective, without adulterating or mixing concepts and through teachers of Hindu origin, widely and deeply educated in their fields of study (Yoga, Hindu Philosophy, Ayurveda and Vedic Astrology).
My name is Victoria Prieto and I am the Director and Coordinator of JAGRUTI®. I was born in Spain. I am specialist in Tourism and International Relations with two university degrees, as well as studies in Public Relations and Protocol. I have worked in the United Nations, UNDP in Ecuador and UNHCR in Spain. Moreover, I have supported the government of Spain (Ministry of Foreign Affairs) and Ecuador ( Provincial Government of Carchi). I have also worked in other private agencies related to Travel and Hospitality industries. Since two years ago, I am living between Spain and India, specially between Madrid and Rishikesh (World Capital of Yoga and one of the seven most sacred places for Hindus). During this time, my growth has been mostly personal, introducing to my life the wisdom of Hinduism and its Philosophy through great Hindu masters, as well as specific teachings such as Traditional Yoga, Ayurveda and Astrology, all from a Vedic approach. I got a Yoga Teacher Certificate (International Yoga Alliance) that served as a base and stimulus to continue learning. This intense introspection and analysis have led to JAGRUTI® and the desire to share this knowledge in a beautiful, deep and authentic way. My goal is to serve as a "bridge" to approach them through Hindu scholars and experts in different disciplines to people motivated to understand and feel them from a genuine, pure and passionate perspective.
Manoj Sharma is the spiritual, cultural and philosophical guide of JAGRUTI®. He is the essence of this project, giving to each experience a deeper and more authentic personality, full of beauty and learning. At the academic level, he has been studying and living for 10 years in Parmarth Niketan Ashram in Rishikesh (the largest and most international ashram), learning and getting an intense knowledge in Yoga, Meditation, Sanskrit and Hindu Philosophy through Vedic texts and great masters. He got a Sanskrit Degree and Sanskrit Master from Uttarakhand Sanskrit University, as well as a M.A in Yoga from Open University of Uttarakhand (India) and M.A in Vedic Astrology from Komilla Foundation (California-US). At the professional level, Manoj is Yogacharya (Traditional Yoga Teacher), Pandit (Master in Hindu teachings and Philosophy), and Pujari (Expert in performing Hindu rites and ceremonies), as well as Vedic Astrologer. For several years, he has been teaching Yoga, Philosophy and Meditation to groups from different parts of the world in Rishikesh as well as performing many Hindu ceremonies for them. He has carried out several workshops and sessions during the summer of 2017 in different parts of Spain (Malaga, Alicante, Oviedo and Madrid), as well as guiding cultural, spiritual and philosophically groups in trips to India. He has also worked in October and November of 2017 as a Yoga and Meditation teacher for exclusive sessions at different Yoga schools in Beijing and Tianjing (China). Manoj's commitment to JAGRUTI® is absolute and he is the soul of this project.
Other great experts in various disciplines and people committed to share this knowledge from the most authentic classical approach, maintaining its original and fascinating beauty, collaborate with JAGRUTI®:
Doctor Vikas Suryavanshy is Secretary-General of Yoga Medical Association. He is also Secretary-General of World Academy of Traditional Medical Science (both Organizations are registered by State Government). He is the founder and director of Acharya Ayurveda & Yoga Clinic and the Acharyakulam International School of Yoga. He is also the Coordinator of Uttarakhand Open University. He uses to offer Teacher Training Courses (TTC) in Yoga and Ayurveda Courses, both certified by University of Uttarakhand (Government Institution). He has a Master Degree in Yogic Science, Master of Philosophy in Yoga and Naturopathy, Doctor of Philosophy in Yoga. He is a “Yoga International Alliance” Ambassador (India´s first International Yoga Alliance).
Doctor Vashuda V. Suaryavanshy is a renowed Ayurvedic Doctor in Rishikesh. She got Diploma of Panchkarma from WATS (Rishikesh-Uttarakhand); Bachelor of Science from Chinmaya Degree College (Haridwar-Uttarakhand); Bachelor of Ayurvedic Medicine and Surgery (BAMS) from Gurukul Kangry Rajkiya Ayurvedic College (Haridwar-Uttarakhand). Moreover, she has more than 8 years of working experience as Ayurvedic Medical Officer (nowadays working in Government Hospital of Ayurveda in Rishikesh). She has also more than 8 years as teacher of Ayurveda, Yoga Anatomy and Physiology for Teacher Training Courses (TTC). Vashuda also makes great studies to diagnose the Individual Ayurvedic Physical Constitution (Prakriti) to know in the most accurate way what Ayurvedic treatment to prescribe to the patient. Vashuda has also studied and keep up to date on advances in allopathic medicine (Western) in order to offer the best results when Ayurveda can not treat a disease.
Vinod Sharma, brother of Manoj, also lived and studied in Parmarth Niketan for 10 years and is an expert in Sanskrit (Bachelor and Master in Sanskrit by Uttarakhand Sanskrit University) and Nada Yoga (Yoga of Sound), as well as musician of Harmonium (traditional Hindu instrument) and Yogacharya in Hatha Yoga. Vinod is part of JAGRUTI® collaborates in workshops and Yoga sessions, as well as Hindu ceremonies such as Pandit. He is currently living between India and China, where he works as a Yoga teacher at the Yanji School in Shanghai.
We all share the desire to show these teachings from their original and genuine source, thus trying not to lose the essence of these deep and millenary knowledge that is not only alive, but even more spread and active than ever.
Neha Lohia and Shailendra Chaubey collaborate with JAGRUTI® as teachers in Yoga and Ayurveda with alternative and innovative visions:
Neha Lohia is a film producer by profession and Yogini from heart (Yoga practitioner), focusing her life on introspection and personal knowledge. He is a specialist in Advanced Neuro-Linguistic Programming, as well as in Transformational Holistic Nutrition, Karma & Bhakti Yoga (ISKON-Mumbai) and Woman Awakening Techniques (Adishakti). She is a member of OSHO Community (Pune-India) and the Founder and Director of the NGO Rasta (Mumbai-India), as well as Founder and Director of the production company Go Yoga. Neha was the first person, after Victoria and Manoj, to support JAGRUTI® and to become part of this team. She also designed the logo of this project. She is pure heart and energy!
Shailendra Chaubey is a Doctor in Ayurveda, specialist in Energy Sciences and Ancestral Therapies, Founder and Director of the School of Ayurveda and Clinic My Inner Dimension (Mumbai-India). Shailendra combines Yoga and Ayurveda in her sessions, workshops and retreats. He is currently a consultant at Awasthi Clinic, Prabhadevi, Dadar (w), Mumbai. It also prepares Yoga teachers in Anatomy and Human Physiology. Recently, he has created along with Neha a series of videos for the GoYoga society to analyze and explain unexplored perspectives of Yoga. Shailendra is a scholar in India in Holistic Medicine. He is currently in charge of the Department of Doctors and Therapists in Ayurveda at the prestigious Halani Health Care Sion Center, Mumbai. In it, they offer and study ancestral treatments, using traditional treatments in a contemporary context.