Welcome to the Inner Domain. My name is Neva and I offer myself as your guide on the journey of Self Discovery, Purification, Empowerment and Fulfillment. As my beloved teacher Maharaji says, “What you are looking for is within you.”
We are based in the Washington DC area. Please view my online schedule for upcoming classes, workshops, immersions, trainings and retreats featuring Ayurvedic and Yogic teachings, as well as other healing modalities. You may also contact us to work with you in your location. We work both individually and in groups.
Life is too short not to explore your ultimate potential for experience and manifestation. Take the first step.
Blessing on your journey. We hope to meet you soon.
My deepest gratitude goes to Prem Rawat (honorary title, Maharji). His wisdom and kindness inspires me daily and has done since I first heard him speak in 1975. The inner experience he helped me feel nside myself, has been my guiding light, passion and grounding. This experience brought to life and understanding all of the great teachings of the ages.
Thank you Maharji
August 8, 2011
Edemir is a Brazilian healer, teacher and intuitive. His mission is to help people regain their power, connect with their Divine essence, and achieve a life of joy and happiness.
Gregory E. Woods, President
Lauren Peterson is a well-respected yoga teacher living, and teaching, in Malibu, Calif. She is a student of Iyengar yoga, and an advanced (fourth series) ashtanga yoga practitioner. Lauren has been featured in the television series Healing Quest, and in Yoga Journal Magazine, for the yoga program she started at the Monte Nido Eating Disorders Center for women dealing with eating disorders. For more information on eating disorders go to: Eating Disorder Referral and Information Center . Lauren is also the creator of "The Yogi's Companion", a yoga practice CD, which was picked "editor's choice" by Yoga Journal Magazine. As well as teaching private and group classes in Malibu, she teaches both ashtanga and vinyasa workshops nationwide.
Svastha Yoga and Ashtanga Yoga
David became certified to teach Transcendental Meditation in 1972 and has been teaching something ever since. In 1998 David traveled to Mysore, India to study with Pattabhi Jois the founder of Ashtanga yoga. David has also spent time with the addvita sage Ramesh Balsekar. I the past few years he has been spending time with A. G. and Indra Mohan in Chennai. David is the first certified Svastha yoga teachert in the area.
David Ingalls found his inner home in eastern philosophy in the early 1970’s and began meditating through the teachings of Maharishi Mahesh Yogi. He delved deep into the mantra based practice of the Maharishi. After spending extensive time with the Guru, David taught transcendental meditation for many years in colleges and various centers of learning on both the east and west coasts. In other words, David began his journey in yoga through the inner limbs prior to exploring the outer more physical level.
In the early 1990’s David’s extensive background and experience in practicing and teaching dance, gymnastics and sports, both to children and adults, lead him to explore the outer levels of yoga via asana. practice. Before asana styles other than BKS Iyengar's method were known on the east coast, David discovered Bikram yoga, as well as Richard Freeman’s Ashtanga yoga through videos and developed a home practice which revealed to him the power and benefit of the physical side of Yoga as a means of establishing and maintaining health and vitality, as well as enhancing inner stillness. He subsequently journeyed to Colorado and practiced with Richard Freeman, a renowned teacher and highly accomplished student of the Ashantga method. In addition, lack of live instruction in the DC area lead him for a time to commute to NY to practice at the Jiva Mukti Center and with Dharma Mitra, until he was urged to go to Mysore, India and study with Pattabhi Jois, student of Sri Tirumalai Krishnamacharya, the founder of Vinyasa of Yoga and teacher of the popular yoga teachers who came early to the west, such as BKS Iyengar and Indra Devi.
In 1999 David opened the first Ashtanga center in Washington DC, AYC, which he ran for 15 years. We can attribute the roots of authentic yoga in the DC area directly to his energy, vision and commitment.
During these years he continued to travel periodically ( 7 times in all) to India, where he began to explore and understand the integration between the outer and inner limbs of yoga, first through the teachings of great Advaita Vedanta scholar Ramesh Balsekar, and later through his study under A.G. and Indra Mohan and their son Ganesh Mohan. Through these teachers who channeled the authentic teachings of Krishnamacharya (father of yoga as we know it in the west), David learned the language and skill to apply all branches of yoga therapeutically in private and group settings. He continues in his commitment to students of all ages and abilities through classes, workshops, and teacher trainings in the USA and abroad.
Healing with Plants – Herbs/Aromatherapy
Sarah Cahill, has been a student of yoga for the past 15 years and a teacher for the last 4. She has completed her 500 hour training under the guidance of her teacher, Neva Ingalls. Sarah loves to share the incredible journey of yoga with others, incorporating aromatherapy, music, breath, and meditation. Her connection to the plants is woven into her teaching as a source of healing and a constant reminder to surrender to the simplicity and beauty of life.
Vedacharya David Frawley (Pandit Vamadeva Shastri) is a western born teacher in the Vedic tradition. In India, Vamadeva is recognized as a Vedacharya (Vedic teacher), and includes in his scope of studies Ayurveda, Yoga, Vedanta and Vedic astrology, as well as the ancient Vedic texts.
In India, Vamadeva’s translations and interpretations of the ancient Vedic teachings have been acclaimed in both spiritual and scholarly circles. He has worked extensively teaching, writing, lecturing, conducting research and helping establish schools and associations in related Vedic fields over the last more than three decades.
Vamadeva sees his role as a “Vedic educator” helping to revive Vedic knowledge in an interdisciplinary approach for the planetary age. He regards himself as a translator to help empower people to use Vedic systems to enhance their lives and aid in their greater Self-realization.
Vamadeva has worked in several different healing and scholarly fields, with some degree of specialization over certain periods of time. Yet he has endeavored to approach each with a degree of specificity, providing both the background philosophy and practical teachings. For a good overview of his work and background, it is best to examine his book Yoga and the Sacred Fire: Self-Healing and Planetary Transformation (2005). Presently Vamadeva is working on new book on the Vedic Yoga.
Phillip Goldberg in his popular book American Veda (page 223) recognizes Vamadeva (David Frawley) as one of the main acharyas of Vedanta-Yoga in the West today, as well as noting his influence in India as a Vedacharya. Note various comments about his work below.
“Those who know (vidvaamsah) will confirm that the works of Shri Vamadeva Shastri are distinguished by their authenticity. This is so because they are based on (1) his personal quest and experience (2) deep dwelling into the texts and (3) oral learning received from many authentic teachers who are experts in their areas of knowledge. Shri Vamadeva Shastri (Acharya David Frawley) has done this great service to many that he has offered access into knowledge that was often hitherto inaccessible to an average western seeker.”
“David Frawley is one of the most important scholars of Ayurveda and Vedic Science today. I have great respect and admiration for his knowledge and the way he has expounded the ancient wisdom of the Vedas.”
“Frawley is an Indian in an American body. The ease with which he enters into the spiritual of the Indian tradition and renders its deeper concepts in terms of modern thought shows an unusual familiarity with this ancient wisdom.”
“Certainly America’s most singular practicing Hindu.”
“David Frawley is a formidable scholar of Vedanta and easily the best known Western Acharya of the Vedic wisdom.”
Pandit and Vedacharya Vamadeva
Vamadeva received a Pandit award as part of a special Brahmacharya Vishvanathji yearly award in Mumbai in 1994. His role as a pandit and Vedic teacher (Vedacharya) has been honored by many groups in India, where he has frequently lectured and taught. These include Swaminarayan (BAPS), Arsha Vidya Gurukulam (Swami Dayananda), and the Chinmaya Mission (Swami Mitrananda). Such a traditional title as a Pandit and Vedacharya implies having written and taught on the four Vedas and Upanishads, which Vamadeva has done in his many Vedic books that include many original translations from the Sanskrit, particularly from the most ancient Rigveda itself, over the last thirty five years.
Acharya Frawley’s work in India was honored in the book The Mind of the Guru, Conversations with Spiritual Masters (Viking, India, 2003) by Rajiv Mehrotra of the Dalai Lama Foundation, Delhi, India, which featured twenty modern teachers, mainly from India, with a foreword by the Dalai Lama. In India in Sept. 0f 2012, as ‘Vedacharya Vamadeva Shastri’, he was made one of the patrons of the Dharma-Dhamma conference hosted by the government of Madhya Pradesh in India for the starting of a new Buddhist university at Sanchi. He was one of the two speakers for the closing plenary session. He has been asked to be a visiting professor to Sanchi university for its department of Vedic studies.
Reviving Traditional Ayurveda
Vamadeva is a proponent of ‘traditional Ayurveda’, the older Vedic or Vaidya approach which incorporates Yoga, Vedic astrology, and Vedanta into its teachings. He is working to revive traditional Ayurveda both in the contexts of modern Ayurveda in India and popular Ayurveda in the western world. He is more than an ordinary Ayurvedic doctor or practitioner but a master educator in the field of Ayurveda and Vedic studies. Vamadeva has helped start a number of Ayurvedic schools and organizations, and his innovative teachings on Ayurveda have been used extensively by Ayurvedic groups throughout the world, including Ayurvedic schools in India. He is recognized as one of the most important Ayurvedic teachers and acharyas today.
Vamadeva’s main teacher of Ayurveda was Dr. B. L. Vashta of Bombay and Pune (1919-1997), note photo left. For ten years he remained under the guidance of Dr. Vashta, visiting him regularly in India. Dr. Vashta, a graduate of one of the first Ayurveda programs in India in 1941, wrote many books on Ayurveda and helped formulate Ayurvedic products for Ayurvedic companies. Vashta was also a leading journalist in the state of Maharashtra and became an important guide for Vamadeva. Vashta taught him the value of traditional Ayurveda.
In America, Vamadeva studied Ayurveda with Dr. Vasant Lad, noted Ayurvedic teacher and author. Vamadeva taught with Dr. Lad at the Ayurvedic Institute in 1983-1986 and has remained on the visiting faculty. Along with Dr. Lad, he wrote the Yoga of Herbs (1986), which was probably the first book published integrating western herbs into Ayurveda. Lad remains an important influence on Vamadeva’s work. They share a similar orientation to Ayurveda and the Vedic sciences.
Vamadeva’s main areas of specialization in Ayurveda are herbal medicine, Ayurveda and the mind, and Ayurveda and Yoga. He has written many books on Ayurveda including the Yoga of Herbs, Ayurvedic Healing (foreword by B. L. Vashta, 1989), Ayurveda and the Mind (1996), Yoga and Ayurveda (1999), Ayurveda, Nature’s Medicine (with Subhash Ranade, 2001), and Ayurveda and Marma Therapy (with Ranade and Lele, 2003). Vamadeva’s Soma in Yoga and Ayurveda (2012) is his longest and most detailed book on Ayurveda in recent years, and opens up a wide field of new applications, as well as deeper Yoga practices, including new secrets of Ayurvedic herbs.
Work with Ayurvedic Organizations
Vamadeva works with Deepak Chopra and has been a faculty member of the Chopra Wellness Center in San Diego since its inception twenty years ago. Note picture of Vamadeva, Deepak Chopra, and Yogini Shambhavi to the left. He has helped with their Ayurvedic and their mantra and meditation programs. Vamadeva is now one of the main master educators and advisors for the Chopra Center University, helping with advanced training and course development.
Recently (2013), Vamadeva has become an Academy Advisor for Kerala Ayurveda, one of the largest and most innovative Ayurvedic companies and educational centers, and helps with their work in India and in the West. He visits their Ayurveda Gram center in Bangalore on a regular basis and contributes to their publications. He will join in special training programs with them.
Vamadeva has been closely associated with the California College of Ayurveda (CCA), founded by his former student Marc Halpern, with whom he helped establish the school twenty years ago. Vamadeva has been a teacher for the Kripalu school of Yoga and Ayurveda, since its beginning. He is one of the four members of the advisory board for the National Ayurvedic Medical Association (NAMA), as well an advisor the Ayurvedic Practitioner’s Association of North America (AAPNA), and the California Association of Ayurvedic Medicine (CAAM). His work aims at improving the range of Ayurvedic education. He received a lifetime achievement award from the National Ayurvedic Medical Association in Nov. 2002.
Vamadeva’s Ayurvedic teachings are represented by a number of associated groups throughout the world, who use it as part of their own trainings. Aldo Lubrano has developed a Spanish version of his teachings, used as part of classroom training in Mexico as well as distance learning throughout the Spanish speaking world.. The Vedic Center, Ruegen, Germany (Maxim and Sergej Kuschpel) has developed German and Russian course versions, which are now developing classroom instruction as well. His work in Brazil is represented by Dr. Jose Rugue and his Sudha Dharma Mandala, who offers extensive training in Yoga and Ayurveda, including classroom and clinical instruction. His work was previously represented in Europe by the European Institute of Vedic Studies under Atreya Smith.
Yogini Shambhavi is a mystic Yogini, guide and teacher rooted in the ancient teachings and traditions of Shakti worship. As an important woman teachers in the Shakti tradition of India and the Himalayas, she aims to draw one to the deeper ‘Yogic Reality’, helping to awaken the universal power of nurturing within us.
Jeneen Piccuirro (aka Zalya!) is an artist, bellydancer, yogi, Buddhist, sound-healer and earth-loving, free-spirited visionary. She has been teaching classes, exhibiting artwork and performing, locally and internationally, for the past 24 years. It is her passion to open others to their true nature through sound, movement and art.
Robert Boustany has instructed yoga classes and seminars internationally for over forty years. He is a physicist, who is known for a details understanding of the anatomy of poses, and offers energetic, and therapeutic reasons for alignments. His background is primarily Ashtanga, Iyengar, Forrest and Sivananda yoga.
David began practicing yoga at a very early age. His older brother Doug was his first teacher. They practiced hatha yoga from whatever books they could find.
David Swenson is recognized today as one of the world's foremost practitioners and instructors of Ashtanga Yoga.
Pat Miller has been teaching yoga since 1974. She studied in India for 3 years with T. Krishnamacharya and for 7 years with his son, T.K.V. Desikachar. Their tradition emphasizes pranayama with asana, and on its own, vinyasa (sequences of asanas), and study of the Yoga Sutras, the ancient exposition of the principles of yoga. She will teach one class on the first chapter of the Sutras, and one on the second chapter, and a class on asana and pranayama as meditation
Lisa Johnson leads the anatomy courses of the Inner Domain 200 and 300 hour yoga teacher tranings.
Revitalize yourself with the oldest system of personal development in the world along with the newest developments in physical fitness. This process is both a journey and a destination. Best of all, you will lose pounds, gain muscle mass, have FUN and find peace.
Lisa is a certified Yoga Instructor registered at the RYT-500 level through the National Yoga Alliance with an extensive background in movement and wellness. She is passionate about health, enabling students to understand and experience their innate ability to bring themselves into balance on every level. Her light-hearted approach to healthy body mechanics combined with mindfulness and spiritual connection fosters a dedicated clientele.
We always get inspired by whoever is in the class and what comes up and what their needs are. We are 'creative creatures' and never stick to plans and rules for long ... it kills the Spirit! Each class is absolutely unique and different from any other. New things come up. We invent and create and the group evolves. I think we are known for our agility and adaptability to the moment, using our back-pack of forty years experience, as and when needed.
Do you know how you will make love to your Beloved three months from now? Our work is a "love affair", with all its ups and downs and uncertainties, that keep it alive and juicy! One could say, "be prepared for some surprising experiences"!
Workshops facilitated by Angela and Victor are among the more unusual in the world. Students develop an entirely new perspective on their yoga. See this article from Yoga Journal
Angela and Victor teach primarily at their Yoga Hall at Eftalou, near Molivos on the Greek Island of Lesvos. Do consider a two or three week workshop with them there this year. For a complete schedule of future workshops taught by Angela and Victor, click on workshops.
Angela and Victor are world-renowned Yoga teachers, having influenced many of the leading Yoga teachers in the West today. They inspire students to reflect inward and reconnect with deep springs of wisdom, energy and creativity that lie within. They invite students to go beyond prescribed techniques of structural movement to allow the creative and intuitive spirit to emerge. Their classes are an oasis for those seeking a more internal and meditative approach and offer a wealth of poetic imager, playful exploration and creative movement... all geared to help students find their way back to their own inner substance, guidance and wisdom.
Angela and Victor began teaching together more than 30 years ago and have been traveling around the world to share with students their understanding of the physical and energetic interplay in yoga. Their approach is more somatics-based than much of what is found in traditional yoga teaching; instead of teaching poses to the body, disciplining the body with external commands, they help their students to enliven their bodies in a way that the Asanas evolve from an inner need to explore further and so unwind old blockages and holdings. While their teaching style is accessible and seemingly formless, they remain devoted to all the tenets of the practice of yoga and emphasize body-mind-spirit involvement in asana.
Angela and Victor van Kooten joined their teaching explorations and started to travel together in 1984, emphasising an inner approach to Yoga without dogma or restrictions and giving voice to a personal, deeply creative practice. Angela has held many Retreats for women and has developed a unique way to access 'lost', injured and traumatised parts of ourselves with healing guidance.
Ed Zadlo D.Ay (Acharya Premanand) is a Certified Ayurveda Practitioner, Integral Yoga-Ayurveda Therapist and Acharya of Yoga/Vedanta, Ayurveda and Vedic Dharma.