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Niroga Institute Staff
Bidyut Bose, Executive Director
Bidyut 'B.K.' Bose is the founder and Executive Director of Niroga Institute. Bidyut earned his Ph.D. in Computer Science from University of California, Berkeley and spent many years in research and development in Silicon Valley. He has multiple patents to his credit, and has presented at international conferences and at universities around the world. Having learned yoga and meditation from his father since he was a child, and later with monks in the Himalayas, he longed for greater integration of his personal and professional life. Inspired since childhood by the twin ideals of self-realization and selfless service, he founded Niroga Institute in 2005, and his research interests have now shifted to the scientific application of TLS and developing cost-effective architectures for lasting social transformation.
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Judy Dunlap, Programs Director
Judy Dunlap has had a long time interest in Eastern philosophies, and in the East’s body/mind/spirit or holistic approach to healthful living and evolving consciousness. A student of the philosophy of Vedanta, she is currently on the Board of Directors of the Vedanta Society of Berkeley, Ca. Three years ago she was introduced to yoga through Bidyut’s classes, and has experienced the holistic therapeutic value of yoga first-hand. Judy enjoys the challenge of start-ups, and is a co-founder of Niroga. For over 10 years, she was Director of Operations for a small software company. She received her BA in Anthropology from U.C. Santa Barbara and her MBA from Golden Gate University.
Angela Urata has worked in nonprofit administration and finance for over twenty years. She was Deputy Director and the Finance and Administrative Manager for two international nonprofits. She has served as Board Treasurer for a nonprofit that teaches media literacy tools to youth and has volunteered at the San Francisco women’s jail, teaching conflict resolution skills. Angela enjoys bringing together her experience in nonprofit management, commitment to social justice and passion for yoga’s potential to heal individuals and transform communities. As a 200-hour certified yoga instructor, Angela is teaching yoga at a Senior Center for Japanese Americans. She is continuing her studies in yoga therapy.
Danielle has been teaching dance and yoga to youth and adults for over 12 years. Her desire to share sustainable, dynamic tools for resilience and youth development drives her work, which has included integrating yoga into humanitarian assistance and violence prevention programs in Colombia and teaching yoga classes in vulnerable communities in the US, Colombia, and Brazil. Danielle earned her Masters in Public Administration from the Monterey Institute of International Studies in 2009. She is now a Program Manager at the Niroga Institute and teaches regular yoga classes to at-risk children and adolescents.
Antonia Fokken is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist/Art Therapist, a Certified Yoga Therapist and an Anusara-Inspired Yoga Teacher. Antonia is happy to merge 12 years of experience in the field of mental health with her love of yoga and meditation, which started about 14 years ago. After completing a 200 hour Anusara Immersion/Teacher Training at Yogakula in Berkeley in 2004-2005, Antonia completed a 500 hr Advanced Teacher Training Program with an emphasis in Yoga Therapy, through Ananda Seva Mission in Santa Rosa. She is currently teaching weekly adult yoga classes at Mountain Yoga in Oakland, Yogakula in Berkeley, and the Albany YMCA. She has a BA from San Francisco State University in Psychology, an MA in Art Therapy and Marriage and Family Therapy, and 2 years of training in Bioenergetics, a form of somatic psychotherapy. Antonia is a program coordinator with Niroga Institute and teaches Niroga classes at Alameda County Juvenile Hall and other sites.
Nichole Gonzalez, Program Manager, Yoga Therapy Training