Connect. Discover. Serve.
The North American Gurukul (NAG) is a nonprofit organization established to support the awareness and growth of Satyananda Yoga® throughout North America in order to enhance the health, well-being, & human potential of individuals and society.
NAG, (pronounced “nahg”), founded in 2004 with the blessings of Paramahansa Niranjanananda Saraswati, provides a forum to connect the Satyananda Yoga® community, discover the many benefits of Satyananda Yoga® and serve the communities in which we live.
The North American Gurukul, Inc. is a trusted leader and catalyst for raising the awareness of Satyananda Yoga® in North America. We foster the growth of a collaborative community of Satyananda Yoga teachers, studios, practitioners, and residential centers across North America that offers multiple pathways for individuals to connect to and discover the benefits of Satyananda Yoga. Our community engages in service to others and applies yogic principles to daily life. We realize greater physical and mental health, spiritual growth, inner peace, and are better able to cope with life’s challenges. Our tradition contributes to the peace, prosperity and, ultimately, the betterment of the world in which we live.
What is your Vision for the growth of Satyananda Yoga® in North America? Click here to share your vision with the North American Gurukul.
The Board of Directors and Advisors of NAG are a diverse mix of internationally renowned leaders and devotees of the Satyananda tradition. The following board members are actively engaged in NAG’s development.
- Beverly Roberts Singh (Swami Atmarupa Saraswati)
- Jacquie F Talbott
- Nim Short
- Gloria DeNeito (Shivamaya)
- Swami Satyadharma Saraswati
The board considers candidates for board membership on an ongoing basis. Interested candidates are encouraged to volunteer with NAG for a period of time prior to formal consideration for board membership. Click here for volunteer opportunities.
Swami Atmarupa Saraswati
Beverly Roberts Singh, CRNA, BA, AYT, E-RYT
North American Gurukul Board President
Beverly Roberts Singh received Mantra Diksha and her spiritual name, Atmarupa, in 1995 from Swami Niranjanananda in Rikhia, India. Atmarupa was initiated as a Karma Sannyasin in 2001 in Munger, India. In 2007, in Rikhia India, Swami Niranjanananda Saraswati initiated Atmarupa as a Poorna Sannyasin, making her Swami Atmarupa Saraswati. Through her devotion to the growth of Satyananda Yoga® in the United States, Atmarupa founded the North American Gurukul in 2004 and served as an advisor to the board prior to her current board membership. She is one of 22 Bihar Yoga emissaries named to represent the yoga teachings of the Bihar School of Yoga. She is the Education Director of the sole provider of Yogic Studies and Teacher Training courses in the Satyananda tradition in North America, currently licensed under the Satyananda Yoga Academy of Australasia. Atmarupa is also the Founder and Director of the Atma Center, an award winning Satyananda Yoga center that opened in Cleveland Heights, Ohio in 1997. She is the first Level Two Accredited Satyananda Yoga® teacher in the USA, accredited since 2003.
Prior to following her passion for yoga teaching, Atmarupa was a certified registered nurse anesthetist for over 25 years and taught anesthesia for 10 years at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation. Her medical background and her experience teaching thousands of yoga students over the past 12 years give her the insight to create yoga programs that support and improve the health and well-being of virtually any student.
Atmarupa is a registered member of the International Association of Yoga Therapists and is registered with the Yoga Alliance at the E-RYT 500 hour level. She has studied over 100 hors of Anusara Yoga and completed Facilitator One training in YogaKids®. She continues an in-depth study of yoga, often traveling internationally to both study and teach.
Jacquie F Talbott, J.D.
North American Gurukul Board Secretary
Jacquie has years of experience as a development director as well as many years of fund-raising experience in non-profit management. Jacquie holds a J.D. from Case Western Reserve University, a B.A. from State University of New York at Oneonta, and New York Permanent Teaching Certification from St. Bonaventure University.
Nim Short, BS
North American Gurukul Board Treasurer
Nim is Senior Vice President and Business Manager for theExchange Traded Funds Division of First Trust Advisors L.P., where she has worked for over ten years. She is currently involved with product development, marketing, sales and national accounts. Nim has represented First Trust at a variety of sales conferences around the country speaking about financial services. In addition, she has been instrumental in building the firm's women's program aimed at mentoring, growing and developing team talents. Prior to her financial services experience, Nim worked as a merchandise buyer supporting retail expansions for a national department store. Nim holds a Bachelor of Science in Business and Communications from the University of Illinois at Urbana/Champaign.
Swami Satyadharma Saraswati
North American Gurukul Board Advisor
Swami Satyadharma Saraswati is an eminent Yoga teacher who has spent over 30 years in India with her guru, Paramahamsa Satyananda Saraswati. She is an Acharya (authority) in the Satyananda lineage and teaches Yoga and advanced meditation techniques throughout the world. She played a key role in the development of Bihar Yoga Bharati, the first government accredited university dedicated to Yoga and is a member of the Yoga Education Council. She spends part of the year teaching at BYB in India and part of the year touring overseas. In 2002 she was appointed as one of three ambassadors representing the Satyananda Yoga tradition internationally.
Swami Satyadharma takes a special interest in advanced concentration and meditation techniques derived from the ancient Vedic texts. She is the author and editor of several Bihar School of Yoga books and publications. Born in the United States, she has lived in India since 1975.
Gloria Nieto, JD
North American Gurukul Board Advisor
Gloria Nieto (Sivamaya) received mantra diksha in 1971 and was initiated as Karma Sannyasin by Paramhansa Satyananda in 1986.
Sannyasi Sivamaya was born in Bogotá, Colombia. She met Paramahansa Satyananda in 1971 and has been dedicated to the Satyananda mission in Colombia and the world ever since. Sivamaya worked with Satyananda Ashram Colombia and with Swami Niranjananananda from 1972 to 1982 and has spent long periods of her life in India, close to the Masters. In 2004 Sivamaya was nominated by Paramhansa Niranjanananda as one of the 9 Guardians of Yoga for Satyananda Yoga Academy Europe. She is currently helping with the development of the Yogic Studies at Satyananda Yoga Academy in Colombia, where she also teaches.
Prior to her full time devotion to the Masters, Sivamaya practiced law and served as the Colombian Ambassador to India. Sivamaya is a member of the Board of Directors and Academic Board of Academia de Yoga Satyananda, Colombia.
Sivamaya received her Law Degree in 1965 with Especializatión in Labour Law and Family Law in 1965 and 1977 respectively from Pontificia Universidad Javeriana, Bogotá.
Lynn Kennedy, BA, M.Ed, LSW
ASYT-2, E-RYT 500
Executive Director, North American Gurukul
Lynn Kennedy has been a yoga since 1998 and a yoga teacher since 2001. She is a level 2 accredited Satyananda Yoga® Teacher and holds a Diploma of Satyananda Yoga Teaching.
Lynn joined The Peace Corps in 2008 and taught yoga in the Philippines to Filipino locals and fellow Peace Corps volunteers alike. She was able to combine service and yoga and witnessed the powerful impact.
In addition, Lynn has taught yoga in prison, schools, centers, the workplace, in social service programs and in therapy. Most recently she has seen the positive results of yoga while working with incarcerated youth.
Lynn holds a B.A. and M.Ed from Cleveland State University.