Vedya (Joan) Boikess
An experienced yoga practitioner, Vedya took her first yoga class in 1976 and has actively practiced yoga since 1993. She is a graduate of the Yoga Yoga Hatha Teacher Training Program Levels 1 and 2 (500 hours), and the Yoga Yoga Kundalini Teacher Training Program at the 500-hour level. She is a registered yoga teacher with the Yoga Alliance (E-RYT 500) in both Kundalini and Hatha yoga.
Vedya has also studied restorative yoga with Judith Lasater, Ph.D and is a Relax and Renew trainer. Vedya is an iRest Yoga Nidra certified teacher and continues to study with iRest founder, Richard Miller, Ph.D. She is well versed in yoga fundamentals, lifestyle, philosophy and the techniques of Hatha and Kundalini yoga. She has also studied yoga with Donna Farhi, Mirka and Gary Kraftsow, Paul and Suzee Grilley and Gurucharan Singh Khalsa, Ph.D. Vedya has taught over 2900 public yoga classes.
Vedya was trained in the fall of 2007 by the master teachers of Sai Maa Lakshmi Devi to give Sai Maa Diksha, the physical transference of divine light energy directly into the brain. Since then she has received further training at five Sai Maa Healing and Transformation Intensives, adding additional powerful healing energy to the Diksha. In December, 2010 she completed the Journey of Profound Healing with Sai Maa – a life changing experience! For more information on receiving Diksha from Vedya, please visit the Class Information section.
Vedya’s given name is Joan, but she goes by her spiritual name in the Kundalini tradition, Vedya Kaur, which means “Princess of Divine Knowledge.” Whenever you remember to call someone by their Kundalini name you are helping to advance them on their spiritual journey.