Hari Kiran


Hari Kiran Vadlamani ( Hari) is a Chartered Accountant by qualification and a serial entrepreneur, having been involved in four ventures in Technology and Energy sectors.

He is deeply passionate about Art, Philosophy and Indian Cultural Heritage and is a DharmicIndic Liberal.

In 2015 he transformed himself into a Social Entrepreneur pursuing the preservation, protection and promotion of Indian Heritage. He founded INDICA ( www.indica.in)  and NICE (www.niceorg.in) , both not for profits in the area of Cultural Education and Entrepreneurship.

Hari brings in an entrepreneurial mindset to his work of delivering indigenous knowledge as a service, product or an experience by incubating a portfolio of ideas, rapid prototyping, absorbing failures, applying a three horizon framework, thinking of scale etc.

Having the mindset of a venture investor, Hari is focussed on backing passionate individuals. He encourages, enables and empowers them to discover, nurture and express their creative potential. He believes in transforming the narrator and not the narrative.

A strong advocate of pluralism, Hari envisions a vibrant ecosystem of diverse set of players and ideas and seeks to build the enabling infrastructure.

Hari believes that Indian thought and the indigenous way of life from various global traditions have solutions to some of the key challenges we face today, especially sustainability, happiness, well-being and peace. He is working on developing the requisite institutional mechanisms that can transform a billion global consumers into conscious thinkers, entrepreneurs, leaders and most importantly seekers.

He has developed a unique six dimensional integral strategy for pursuing this vision.

Vinayachandra Banavathy


Dr. Vinayachandra Banavathy is the Director of Indica Yoga, an Indic Academy platform that offers authentic, immersive and transformative yoga experiences across the world. He holds a PhD on psychological insights in the Vedas from Pondicherry University, besides Master’s in Sanskrit, English, Yogic Science and Applied Psychology. He is a dedicated teacher who travels across the world conducting courses, lectures and workshops on a unique blend of Yoga, Psychology and Sanskrit. His publications include a report on Standardization of Yoga Terminologies for WHO; a book co-edited with Dr. Anuradha Choudry titled ‘Perspectives on Indian Psychology’, published by Jain University Press, another book co-authored titled ‘Happiness: Indic Perspectives’, published by Development Foundation, besides a few articles, papers, booklets on Yoga, Indian Psychology, Culture and Spirituality.

Jayaraman Mahadevan

Guest Faculty

Dr. Jayaraman holds a PhD in – Sanskrit from the University of Madras (2006-2010). He creditably completed his under graduation (Education, Philosophy, English Literature) and post-graduation (Sanskrit) with gold medal and first rank in both the degrees. He underwent traditional Gurukula education, in Vedas and Shastras (1998-2005), in Veda Vijnana Gurukulam, Bengaluru, under Pracarya Kotemane Ramachandra Bhat. He served the research department of Krishnamacharya Yoga Mandiram, Chennai, in the capacity of Assistant Director (2010-2015) initially and later as Director (2015-2021). Thus far, he has published 14 books and 14 peer reviewed Journal articles and numerous popular articles on Yoga and Sanskrit literature in English, Tamil and Sanskrit languages. He is also involved in developing immersive learning methods of Yoga texts. ‘Yogasya Bhasha’ a four part self-learning material on Sanskrit and Yoga, ‘Yoga-vaisharadi’ – a searchable web-repository on classical texts of Yoga are a few of his noteworthy contributions in recent times. His workshops on “Tantrayukti – Ancient Indian thesis/text construction methodology” are well received. His passion also lies in composing Sanskrit poetry on contemporary themes.

Datta Prasad


Datta Prasad is a certified Yoga Therapist from the prestigious SVYASA Yoga University, Bangalore with more than a decade of rich and varied experience of working in the field of Yoga with many renowned & reputed organizations.

Yoga for him is a Spiritual journey, a lifelong passion & an ever-inspiring vocation. He strongly believes – yoga is a life-transformative art & science with huge capabilities to radically transform individual lives as well as organizations to reach their fullest potential.

Sophia Ann French

Editor & Curator

Sophia Ann French is the Editor & Curator at the Indica Center for Yoga Studies and Indica Center for Ayurveda Studies. She has been practising hatha yoga for over 15 years and she is a regular practitioner of Vipassana. She is also studying Vedanta with the Chinmaya International Foundation, she is a certified Sivananda Yoga teacher and was the founder and editor of India's first online magazine on Yoga and Vedanta. As Editor & Curator at Indica, she ensures we develop and maintain authentic connections with yoga teachers, institutes, vaidyas, etc, so that we can connect and collaborate to bring you the best of Indian knowledge systems and the lineages that support these systems.

Anuradha Choudry

Guest Faculty

Dr. Anuradha Choudry, is guest teacher at Indica Yoga.


Dr. Mayur V Kaku

Guest Faculty

Fondly called as ‘Yogic Neurosurgeon’ by his patients and well-wishers, Dr Mayur Vinaykumar Kaku is an accomplished neuro surgeon and yoga practitioner. He is Complex Brain and Spine surgeon at PES Medical College Speciality Hospital, Kuppam and Head of Department Yoga and Neuroscience. With a profound interest and belief in the power of Yoga as a healer for many aliments, Dr Mayur has been practicing yoga for the last 20 years and is an accredited and practising Yoga Therapist from SVYASA University. He believes with conviction in leveraging the powerful blend of Eastern Healing and Western Medicine practices for holistic treatment. He runs an Online Yoga Class called Brahma Muhurta Yoga – to help people tune into their best neuroendocrine status and remain free from diseases while achieving long life ! Dr Mayur V Kaku has treated many patients with brain and spine problems like Parkinson’s disease, Stroke, Dementia, Spondylosis of Neck and Back, Sciatica and chronic illness, without SURGICAL INTERVENTION, ONLY THROUGH PRINCIPLES OF YOG AND NEUROSCIENCE.