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Dr. Sarvaananda received her Master’s and Ph.D. in Education from Columbia University. She received her training in chaplaincy through the Department of Chaplaincy Services and Pastoral Education at the University of Virginia Health System. She is a Board Certified Chaplain (BCC) through the Association of Professional Chaplains (APC).  She currently serves as an adjunct chaplain there. As a part of a team of ecumenical chaplains, Mataji helps to care for all patients, families and staff regarding all manner of concerns — from providing comfort, to discussing a dire diagnosis from the view of spirituality. The chaplains are available to serve one and all. Dr. Swami Sarvaananda may be reached for additional information at

Dr Shivani Gupta is an adoring wife, the proud mother of two healthy children, a relentless serial entrepreneur, and scholar of Ayurvedic medicine. Shivani studied business at Babson College in Boston, which is ranked #1 for entrepreneurship. She received her Master’s and Ph.D. in Ayurvedic Studies HUA. Upon completion of her Masters and Ph.D. Shivani created her innovative Modern Ayurveda program and has implemented and shared it as an accessible practice the world over. Her formula of balance that fuses self-care, digestion, inflammation, stress, and metabolism to stay ‘on-point’ remains the basis for her integrative program, utilizing Ayurveda as a daily path to Optimal Health for the body, mind, and spirit. To complement her revolutionary Modern Ayurveda program, Dr Shivani Gupta has founded Fusionary Formulas a revolutionary product-line of ingredients that fuse the east and west.

Dr. Sharmistha Chatterjee

Dr. Sharmistha Chatterjee earned her doctoral degree in Electrical Engineering from Florida Atlantic University. She has several publications to her credit and also serves as a member of review board of several international technology related conferences and research journals. Dr. Chatterjee has been involved in teaching and research for more than 12 years. Currently, she is also the Associate Dean at IHU.

Completed Miami Dade Community College (Medical Campus) 2 year program of pre-requisites for entrance to hospital based nursing program. Completed two year RN Diploma Program at UM Jackson Memorial Hospital School of Nursing 2 year RN program. NLN, State Board and Professional Licensure in 1990.Healthcare Risk Management Certified 2001. Graduate of Sacred Journey Interfaith Seminary (two year intensive education and training program). Ordination as Interfaith Minister 2016. Member of the World Alliance of Interfaith Ministers (AWAIC). Co-founder of Adi Shankara Advaita Ashram (Florida) and Tiruvannamalai Tirumoolar Ashram (India). Graduate of Hindu University of America. Completed Masters of Hindu Philosophy with concentration in Chaplaincy 2017. Practicing as a hospital based chaplain since 2016. Completed one unit of clinical pastoral education (CPE) with Vitas Hospice and currently a chaplain intern in a second unit with the Vitas ACPE program. Currently enrolled in an online course in Religious Literacy with Harvard University. Current Director of Programs for International Hindu University and facilitating the online Chaplaincy programs.

Hindu religious training since 1985 underSri Swami Vijayananda Saraswati (Sri Vijay Raghavan former All India Director of Administration Maharishi Institute of Creative Intelligence, Rishikesh).

Taught the first Yogaand Yoga Nidra classes (lineage: Swami Satyananda Saraswati’s Bihar School of Yoga)for people with HIV/AIDS in Miami at the Body Positive. Also taught Yoga atthe Theosophical Society in Miami and at the Carillon Hotel Health Club, and the Fontainebleau Hilton Hotel Spa on Miami Beach.

Arsha Vidya Gurukulam Saylorsburg, Pennsylvania. Residential education programs in 1999 and 2000 under Sri Swami Dayananda Saraswati,Mahamahopadhyaya Sri Swami Tattvavidananda; Sri Suddhatma Chaitanya; Sri Swami Tadatmananda, Sri SwaminiSaralananda, Martha Doherty, Dr. AshokChhabra and Bobbie Fultz, direct disciple of B.K.S. Iyengar.

Taught BalVihar Youth education program from 2001 – 2012 at The South Florida Hindu Temple.

Ordination Saraswati order 2009 Sri Swami Jyotirmayananda (Yoga Research Foundation, Miami, Florida. Direct Disciple of Sri Swami Sivanandaof the Divine Life Society).

Recipient of the Hindu American Foundation (HAF) Dharma Seva Award 2016.


International Hindu University is a not-for-profit, post-secondary degree-granting institution recognized by the Florida Department of Education and Florida Commission on Independent Education under the authority of Florida State Statutes, Section 1005.06.

Vison of IHU

Uniting ancient spiritual and religious wisdom of the East with the curiosity of the West, IHU is dedicated to the emergence of Hindu Dharma in a world in need of peace, co-existence, and mutual respect. We welcome students of all ages, faiths, disciplines, and degrees to join us in exploring the modern legacy of the oldest religion on earth.

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