Board of Directors

Vanashree Gadam, Board President
BAMS Ayurvedic Doctor

Vanashree Belgamwar, our president, is trained in India and holds a BAMS (Bachelor of Ayurveda medicine and surgery) degree. She is also trained in 'Nadi pariksha', a unique way of pulse diagnosis where your pulse can tell how healthy you are and what diseases you are prone to in the future.
Globalization of Ayurveda is her main goal! She strongly feels that people all over the world should be benefited by this ancient holistic science.

Vanashree has given many talks around the twin cities about Ayurveda.She mostly works with organic stores and yoga studios to spread awareness about this way of natural and healthy living.

Asavari Manvikar, Board Vice President
BAMS Ayurvedic Doctor

Asavari Manvikar is a classically trained Ayurvedic doctor who has earned her Bachelor, and Master’s degree in Kayachikitsa (Ayurveda Medicine) from a prestigious, Pune University, India. She is a leading Ayurveda expert in the Twin Cities area in Minnesota. She is a very passionate educator and has been organizing regular workshops on various topics of Ayurveda and yoga to increase awareness regarding holistic approach to health and wellness. She has been practicing yoga and Ayurveda for more than 15 yrs. She developed a graduate level course ‘Ayurveda Medicine’ and has been teaching the course for over 5 years at the University of Minnesota’s Center for Spirituality and Healing. email: manvikar_asavari [at]

arcia Meredith, Board Treasurer
Ayurvedic Practitioner/Nurse Practitioner

Marcia Meredith has been a registered nurse for 39 years and a 2002 graduate of the University of St Catherine nurse practitioner program. She is a 2006 graduate of the two-year program at the Ayurvedic Institute in Albuquerque, New Mexico and a grateful student of Dr. Vasant Lad. She studied with Maya Tiwari of the Wise Earth School of Ayurveda from 1998 – 2004. She acknowledges Alakananda of the Alandi Ashram in Boulder, Colorado for her wisdom and teachings. Along with teaching in the community and presenting workshops on Ayurveda topics, she offers Ayurveda health consultations and Ayurvedic treatments at her Ayurveda health care practice, Health Through Ayurveda in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Marcia has a deep passion for Ayurveda with its gentle, natural medicine approach. website: Health Thru Ayurveda
Marcia is also the founder, along with Asavari Manvikar, BAMS, Masters in Ayurveda, of the Minnesota Institute of Ayurveda, a gurukula educational institution here in the Minneapolis. To find out more about the school please visit our website:

Mary Langfield, Board Outreach

Certified Holistic Health Coach, Yoga Teacher, Certified Ayurvedic Specialist

Mary is a Certified Holistic Health Coach, Yoga Teacher, Ayurvedic Specialist, Energy Worker (Reiki and Thai Massage), Homeopathy Student and seeker of truth – physical, emotional, spiritual. She has always loved and needed physical activity in her life. However, when she found the spiritual teachings of yoga that is when she finally felt whole.Mary earned her 235 and 500 Hour RYT with Devanadi Yoga and continues to study with her teacher Yogarupa (Rod Stryker) and one day hopes to become Parayoga certified. In the meantime, she tries her best to weave in all the aspects of yoga & Ayurveda she has learned into her classes, workshops, and one-on-one private Mary Langfield, LLC

Elizabeth Persico, Board Secretary

Elizabeth has been practicing and teaching yoga for over 17 years and ayurveda for four. She is a Yoga Alliance 500-hour registered yoga teacher (RYT), an Ayurvedic Yoga Therapist from the California College of Ayurveda and also an Ayurveda Yoga Specialist from the Himalayan Institute. She practices and provides yoga nidra, Reiki and Aqua Yoga classes. She holds a Master’s of Science in International Organizational Management focused on non-profits. She is an international explorer and has lived and worked in England, France and Japan. She started Prajna Yogi, LLC after ending a 20 year corporate marketing career. website: Prajna Yogi

Laurie Endris, Board Outreach

Yoga & Ayurveda Wellness Consultant & Bodywork Practitioner

Laurie has over 1100 hours of formal training in Yoga & Ayurveda and she is a Reiki Master. Laurie studied with David Frawley earning certifications as an Ayurvedic Lifestyle Consultant & as a Yoga & Ayurveda Wellness Consultant from the American Institute of Vedic Studies. She has a background in Kundalini Yoga & completed her Yoga Therapy training and certification in Nashik, India at Yoga Vidya Gurukul University. The Gurukul teaches classical Indian Yoga, Naturopathy & Ayurveda. In 2011, she founded Svasti Yoga in Minneapolis where she practices Ayurvedic massage & bodywork & teaches continuing education programs in self-care for helping professionals. website: Svasti Yoga

Faye Berton- Board Member
Smitha Ganta - Board Member

Practicing Professional Members
(Ayurveda and Yoga)

Dorothy Jordan
Kundalini Yoga Instructor (IKYTA)

Rachel Costello

Ayurvedic Practitioner

Veena Haasl-Blilie CAP, CAE, MA, HYTTTP

Suzanne Vani Devi Howard

Certified Ayurvedic Practitioner
Certified Advanced Sivananda Yoga Teacher
Certified Panchakarma Technician
Certified Yoga of Recovery Specialist
Certified Massage Therapist

Marilyn Carver
Yoga Teacher, Ayurvedic Yoga Specialist

Irene Genelin
Yoga Teacher, Ayurvedic Yoga Specialist

Nora Beckjord
Yoga Ayurveda Specialist, Ayurveda Therapies, massage, shirodhara and Reiki

Julie Welle
Yoga Instructor and Ayurveda Specialist
wellejulie [at]​

Cassandra Roberson
Owner of Shakti Clinics of Oriental Medicine. Yoga Therapist

Lynn Hasel

Certified Ayurvedic Medicine Provider. RYT 500

Tammy DeCenzo
Yoga Instructor and Ayurveda Specialist

Nora Gordon MPH, CHWC

Big River Yoga

Lucy Pirner
LPC, E-RYT (500) Ayurvedic Yoga Specialist in training

Ann Swanson
500 hour RYT, Ayuryoga training from Ayurvedic Institute

Chantelle Ebben
Ayurvedic Health Counselor, RYT 500

Paul Busch

Kirsten Huntley Goode

AYS, RTS 200

Rachel Lyn Durga

General Members

Yuliya Siarchenia


Annie Aldag

Leela Ugargol
Traditional Usui Reiki Master Teacher
Teaches Reiki classes and gives Reiki treatments
Soul Communication / Reiki Classes / Past Lives