Vijay Jain, M.D. brings more than 30 years of experience in General Surgery and 10 years of focused study of integrative medicine to his engaging integration of traditional/Western medicine with ancient medicine and well-tried systems of healing from different cultures. He has studied mind/body medicine with Dr. Deepak Chopra, MD; yoga therapy from Vivekananda Research Center in Bangalore, India; courses in Ayurveda medicine with Dr. Sunil Joshi in Nagpur, India; and courses in Integrative Medicine with Dr. Andrew Weil in Tucson, AZ.
In addition to his surgery practice, Dr. Jain lectures on Ayurveda principles and practices and how to create optimal health. Recently, he has become interested in the science of graceful aging as it relates to holistic practices. At present, Dr. Jain is the Medical Director of Mind Body Wellness Center, Flagler Beach, Florida and conducts all Panchakarma programs. He is a founding director of International University of Yoga and Ayurveda. Dr. Jain is also Board member of Association of Ayurvedic Professionals of North America, Inc. (AAPNA). Website: http://www.mindbodywellnessflorida.com/
Shekhar Annambhotla, is a classically trained Master Ayurvedic Specialist (Vaidya), licensed integrative bodywork and massage therapist, registered yoga instructor and certified Pranic healer who has been practicing and teaching Ayurveda worldwide since 1988. His passion and love for Ayurveda fuels his vision for the development and growth of Ayurveda, including creating and implementing high quality education and training programs in the West. It is Shekhar’s mission to bring Ayurveda to the forefront of healing arts.
Shekhar began his eight-year course of study in Ayurveda at the age of 17, first at Nagarjuna University in Andhra Pradesh, India (1982-88) and then at Gujarat Ayurveda University in Gujarat, India (1988-91), where he earned his Doctorate Degree in Ayurveda. He is also a Licensed Integrative Bodywork and Massage Therapist (LMT) and an Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher (E.R.Y.T.-500) with the Yoga Alliance and an instructor of therapeutic Hatha Yoga, having completed training at the Swami Vivekananda Yoga Research Center in India. Shekhar is also a certified Pranic Healer, a certified Reiki Healer and a certification in Energy Medicine. From 1992 – 1994, Dr. Shekhar worked as an Associate Professor at N.K.J. Ayurvedic College (Gulburga University), Bidar, Karnataka State, India. From 1994 – 2001, Shekhar has the opportunity to serve at Maharishi Vedic Schools and Universities in The Netherlands, Austria, Hungary, Italy, Germany, France, Switzerland, Great Britain, Ireland, Portugal, Spain, Belgium, Trinidad, Guadeloupe, Jamaica (Caribbean Island), Colombia (South America), Canada, and the U.S.A. During his extensive travels, he delivered lectures and offered consultations on Ayurveda for health professionals and for the general public. He gave several newspaper interviews and radio talks on Ayurveda and was also interviewed on BBC’s Breakfast Television. Since 2002, Dr. Shekhar has been the Founding Director of Ojas LLC, Ayurveda Wellness Center, in Pennsylvania, USA. He is the Founder, President and Chairman of the Board of Association of Ayurvedic Professionals of North America (AAPNA) (www.aapna.org). He is Founding Director of Global Ayurveda Conferences, LLC, USA. Shekhar served on the Board of Directors for National Ayurvedic Medical Association (NAMA) from 2005-2010. He has taught ayurveda courses in many prestigious universities in the United States including University of Pennsylvania (UPENN), University of Medicine & Dentistry in NJ (UMDNJ), Hershey Medical School, Jefferson Medical School, University of Penn Nursing School, and others. He was awarded the “Tathagat International Excellence Award 2011” in Dubai and received the award “Ayurveda Khandantara Sthapanacharya” Award for promoting ayurveda around the globe. He is on the editorial board for Light on Ayurveda Journal, MA, USA