Gobinday Yogic Health was conceived in 2007 by a Kundalini Yoga teaching community who wanted to offer classes by donation, to everyone. We wanted to remove any physical or financial barrier to yoga. Kundalini Yoga for all served in this manner until the pandemic shut down of 2020. Over the years, its teachers gained further training in teaching yoga therapeutically for people with health conditions and recovering from trauma.
We took the pause of the pandemic to formally structure ourselves as a nonprofit, leveraging the donation model to find a way to be fully sustainable, with the idea of paying it forward for yoga classes. Historically, we have had yoga fundraisers for the Worcester County Food Bank and the Interfaith Hospitality Network. We literally know how to turn yoga into food.
Shiv Antar Kaur
Founder & Yoga Teacher
Andrea Rigiero, Shiv Antar Kaur, has been serving as a certified kundalini yoga teacher, by donation, in the greater Worcester area since 2007. She has studied the therapeutic approach to teaching, offering chair yoga classes at UMass inpatient and outpatient departments for 2 years. She is a gentle and kind teacher. Her mission is to share this ancient technology with all individuals who seek personal growth & inner peace.
Hari Kirin Khalsa
Founder, Yoga Teacher & Yoga Therapist
Hari Kirin Khalsa, MD, C-IAYT, has been serving in health care since 1976, as a nurse’s aide, then a registered nurse who decided to go on to medical school. Midpoint into a busy career, she found yoga and meditation for her own stress reduction. She became a kundalini yoga teacher in her community, tandem with her medical practice. She began studying yoga for health recovery with Dr. Shanti Shanti Kaur in 2010, and completed medical yoga therapy training through the Guru Ram Das Center for Medicine and Humanology in 2019, joining their faculty. She serves as volunteer faculty for the University of Massachusetts Medical School and is a member of the American College of Lifestyle Medicine. In her lifelong participation in healthcare, she has been honored to witness the triumph of the human spirit. Her current mission is to empower this unique inner strength, via awareness, stress reduction, and lifestyle change.
Kundalini Yoga Teacher
Kundalini Yoga Teacher & Founding Member
Bachandev Kaur/Anne Renzi began practicing Kundalini Yoga in January of 2014. Bachandev/Anne served the public for over twenty years as a Massachusetts State Trooper and retired amidst health conditions likely exacerbated by chronic stress including Breast Cancer and Graves Disease (hyperthyroidism). Just a few weeks after retirement Bachandev/Anne “stumbled” into her first yoga class, a drop-in, by donation Kundalini Yoga class in Worcester, and immediately felt drawn to this practice. As she continued to attend classes her love for Kundalini Yoga and her Worcester yoga community grew and deepened and the practice and people became an integral and healing part of her life. Bachandev completed training to become a Kundalini Yoga teacher in 2017 and has since completed further therapeutic trainings with the vision and goal of sharing the tools and technologies of this transformative yoga which she considers a gift. Bachandev has a special love and interest in mantra and the sound current used in Kundalini Yoga and aspires to share this along with all other aspects of this practice for the holistic benefit of others.
Christine Croteau/Nam Nirmal
Kundalini Yoga Teacher & Founding Member
Christine Croteau/Nam Nirmal is a RYT 200 who has been practicing and teaching Kundalini Yoga/ Meditation for 12 years. She holds a MA in Social Rehabilitation Counseling/Disability Studies. Her teaching is informed by a multidisciplinary approach to life and draws upon all faiths especially Zen Buddhism and Catholic Mysticism. She has personal and professional experience in healing from addictions, trauma, pain/chronic illness and diabetes. She is also an Aunti/ Artist/Endurance Athlete/Activist/Community Organizer/Vegan-GF Cook/Outdoor Adventurer/and person thriving with Type 1 Diabetes. One of her passions is to bring yoga and meditation to undeserved populations.
Nutritionist & Founding Board Member
Gioia Persuitte is an epidemiologist that specializes in nutrition, lifestyle and behavioral interventions, and chronic diseases including diabetes, metabolic syndrome, obesity, and Inflammatory Bowel Disease, among others. She has designed and conducted lifestyle and behavioral interventions for over 10 years. Much of her work has focused on behavior science with an emphasis on permissive and not restrictive dietary patterns as well as small, targeted behavior change that has additional collateral effects on other components of diet and lifestyle. Gioia’s vision is that all individuals have access to science-based nutrition data and that the distillation of this information is easy to understand and culturally competent to ensure all individuals are empowered in their food and lifestyle endeavors.
Nicole Grace Frizzo
Founding Board Member
Nicole is a social justice advocate by day; she works for a nonprofit raising funds to help survivors of domestic violence gain access to services (therapeutic, legal, etc) they need, at no cost to them. After practicing various forms of yoga throughout her life, Nicole discovered Kundalini Yoga in 2016. She felt immediately connected to the practice because of the integration of the physicality with mantra and meditation. Nicole is a Usui Shiki Ryoho Reiki Master and Teacher and is trained in Yoga for Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. Nicole is passionate about human and animal rights, and providing access to holistic paths of health, wellness and healing for all.