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Faculty

Susan Bass

Susan Bass is a Board Certified Ayurvedic Practitioner and Ayurvedic Yoga Therapist who founded The Sarasvati Institute of Ayurveda & Yoga Therapy and the Sarasvati Mission (a non-profit dedicated to preserving the Vedic Sciences). She has been training people the Vedic traditions for over 17 years.  Susan teaches Ayurveda as Adjunct Faculty at the National University of Natural Medicine (NUNM) and the North Carolina College of Natural Medicine (NCCNM) as well as teaching full time at The Sarasvati Institute (SIAYT).  Susan has taught Ayurveda at OHSU Medical School, University of Portland School of Nursing, and Clark College.

Susan left her career at The Wall Street Journal in 2003 after Ayurveda saved her life as she wanted to share this ancient, sacred knowledge that helped her so much.  Susan studied Vedic Science at The Ayurvedic Institute, The Kripalu School of Ayurveda, and Maharishi University.

Susan Bass, Certified Ayurvedic Practitioner #23853029, NAMA Ayurvedic Yoga Therapist, C-IAYT, E-RYT 500

Hiranyacharya Govardhanam

Hiranyacharya Govardhanam received her Bachelor’s in Ayurvedic Medicine from Dr. NTR Health University, INDIA, in 2011. She is very committed to bringing awareness to ancient Ayurvedic Practice; she is practicing Ayurveda for 8 years and awarded as Ayurvedacharya (Ayurvedic Professional) in India.

As an Ayurvedic Practitioner, she has expertise in Nadi Pariksha (pulse analyses) to understand body type (Prakruti), and an in-depth Pulse study determines abnormality of the body concerns (Vikruthi). She focuses on DinaCharya (Daily Regimen) based on her evaluations to bring wellness in both physical and mental conditions. She believes women’s health is the backbone of the family and provides specialized care for women’s Menopausal symptoms (anxiety, depression, etc.), Chronic pains, Dysfunctional uterine bleeding, PID, Obesity, Geriatric, Infertility, Insomnia and along with G.I. Track and other skin ailments. She worked with a wide range of modalities (Panchakarma, trained in Kerala) to address the individual needs of each client. She recently completed Post Graduation training in Garbhasanskar, a procedure for smooth prenatal and postnatal care along with Music and yoga therapy sessions from Ayurveda perspective.

At the Sarasvati Institute, Hiranyacharya teaches Ayurvedic Pharmacology as well as Pre and Postnatal care. Hiranyacharya is the owner of Adore Ayurveda and can be reached at AyurvedaAdore@gmail.com.

Sarah Gilman

Sarah Gilman-Short, M.D., Ayurvedic Yoga Specialist, 500-RYT

Sarah is a Family Physician at Neighborhood Health Center. She did her training at Oregon Health and Science University, Family Medicine Residency. Sarah is a graduate of the Sarasvati Institute 300-hour program. She teaches Anatomy & Physiology at the Sarasvati Institute.

Joy DuPont

Joy DuPont is an Ayurvedic Yoga Therapist who works with individual clients to help them take back control over their health, life, and wellbeing. Joy holds a BA degree in Anthropology from UCLA. Certifications include: Certified Ayurvedic Health Counselor, AYT-NAMA, C-IAYT,  RYT500, RM

Joy believes profound transformation can happen through small changes and daily practices. Joy has used Yoga Therapy, Yoga Philosophy, Ayurveda, and Reiki to dramatically change her own life from that of imbalance, sickness and pain to health, positive decisions, and better pain management tools!

At the Sarasvati Institute, Joy teaches Ayurvedic Yoga Therapy, Vedic Philosophy, and Case Study Management. Joy is the owner of Crystal Being Wellness and can be reached at joy@crystalbeingwellness.com.

Mamta Bhatt

Mamta Bhatt comes from a long line of Ayurvedic Vaidya’s in Gujarat, India. She has been teaching Vedic Philosophy at The Science of the Soul Center since 2015. Mamta is fluent in five languages, including Sanskrit. 

Mamta derives her strength from practice, inspiration from her culture, her Ayurvedic Vaidya heritage, and the attitude of servitude from her father and grandpa.  She lives and promotes a complete Yogic lifestyle that incorporates the balance of Ayurvedic and Yogic Philosophy in everything we do, from sleeping, to eating, to simple living – a well-oiled healthy lifestyle machine that loops continuously to provide happiness, peace, and most importantly, strength and attitude to overcome adversity. Mamta is also a graduate of the Sarasvati Institute 500-hour program, she teaches Vedic Philosophy in the Sarasvati Institute 200-hour Chakra Yoga Teacher Training program.

Mamta is currently working on an ambitious research project to document the relation between the Sanskrit language and the holistic lifestyle laid out the Ayurvedic and Yogic texts.  Sanskrit is one of the oldest languages in the world and gets Her origin from the sounds heard by ancient Indian Yogis within themselves – in other words, the celestial music sounds differently in different parts of our body, and based on these sounds, the Sanskrit language was scripted. As Yoga and Ayurveda are both scripted in the Sanskrit language, Mamta is researching the language further to understand how the accurate pronunciation and recitation of Mantras could help create a dome of additional protection around our daily Yogic and Ayurvedic practices. 

Anjali Wynkoop

Anjali Wynkoop is a chef and compassionate educator. She focuses on Ayurvedic cooking for rejuvenation and daily balance while emphasizing the fundamental methods and techniques of the kitchen to instill confidence. She taught Culinary Arts and Baking & Pastry for nearly twenty years at Le Cordon Bleu and Oregon Culinary Institute, as well as through community outreach at venues such as Bob’s Red Mill Cooking School and The Kitchen at Middleground Farms.

Anjali provides an individualized approach to cooking for her clients. She is a Certified Executive Pastry Chef with the American Culinary Federation.

A native of India, Anjali grew up alongside wonderful cooks. Her mother, aunts, and grandmother shaped Anjali’s deep interest in food and appreciation for cooking with their emphasis on fresh seasonal meals. Enthusiasm for cooking led Anjali to earn a diploma in Hotel Management and Catering Technology before beginning chef training at the five-star Taj Mahal InterContinental Hotel, in Mumbai. Her culinary journey brought her to Oregon, where she established the ever-popular Indian Cuisine menu at the Intel corporate campus, in Hillsboro, embarked on her career in education, and studied Ayurveda. Anjali is a graduate of the Sarasvati Institute 300-hour program. And, she teaches Ayurvedic Cooking at the Sarasvati Institute.

April Hansen

April Hansen is a Registered Nurse practicing at Heart Spring Health Naturopath Clinic. She has a background in Reflexology, Reiki, Pediatrics, and Trauma Surgery. She has specialized training in Ayurveda, Yoga, and Holistic Health Coaching and believes that helping individuals achieve their highest vitality is her life mission. April is a graduate of The Sarasvati Institute of Ayurveda & Yoga Therapy. She teaches Essential Oils and Marma Therapy at the Sarasvati Institute. April can be reached at AprilAyurveda@gmail.com