Program Directors

Khurshed Batliwala

Khurshed Batliwala

He is a multi-faceted personality. His first love is Spirituality and he meditates daily – ever since he took his first Art of Living course way back in 1992.

More than 20 years ago, he had developed a severe back issue and was advised surgery to resolve it. He refused surgery and chose to take the alternative therapy route. He received treatments from Dr. Kapil Mathur, an osteopath from London, and these helped him tremendously. Contrary to what his doctors had said, he was up and about in a few weeks and surgery was completely avoided. However, lower back pain still plagued him.

He was introduced to Craniosacral therapy at the Art of Living Bangalore ashram and was amazed at how effective a simple, gentle touch could be. He took treatments over a few months and all remnants of his back issues vanished. Over the years, he frequently resorted to taking CST treatments for almost any health problem that would crop up from time to time.

Inevitably, his innate curiosity lead him to learn CST. He formally studied with a school based out of Australia. He then honed his theory and technique by learning from many teachers from all over the world. He has professionally given treatments to hundreds of people and helped alleviate their pain.

Along with Dinesh Ghodke and Dr. Ankita Dhelia, he has co-created the Integrated Craniosacral Therapy Practitioner Training Program for the Sri Sri Centre of Healing Arts. This program uniquely combines the lore of CST which is itself more than a century old, with modern medical concepts and ancient Indian Spirituality.

He has been certified by the Bach Centre, UK, as a Bach Flower Remedies Practitioner and a Trainer of Bach Centre approved Level 1 training for the Bach Flower Remedies.

He is a prolific speaker and has been invited on various national and international fora. He is known for his warmth, wit and wisdom. He brings to the table a smooth blend of ancient Indian spirituality with cutting edge science and technology.

He enjoys gaming and has created the board game Mumbai Connection, loves cooking, is fond of music and plays the piano, and has made a music CD called Sri Symphonic Bhajans with B. Prasanna. He loves animals, enjoys reading, movies and theatre with happy endings, and long walks.

From childhood, he wished to help people be healthy, happy and live in harmony with nature. He graduated from IIT Bombay and realized he could fulfil his dream by being an Art of Living teacher. For over two decades, he has travelled all over the world teaching the Art of Living series of courses on Self Development to thousands of people.

Dinesh has been into fitness for as long as he can remember. He knows only too well what a muscle injury can mean to a person who loves to exercise. Dinesh, inevitably, had a shoulder injury which he carelessly neglected, hoping it would get better by itself. Unfortunately, it escalated into a frozen shoulder putting a virtual stop to his workouts. He was advised all sorts of medication and invasive surgery.

Dinesh Ghodke

Dinesh Ghodke

Dr. Kapil Mathur, an osteopath friend visiting from London worked his magic on the errant shoulder and almost miraculously relieved the injury in less than an hour. Of course, Dinesh wanted to learn how Kapil managed the cure.

After doing some research, Dinesh decided to learn Craniosacral Therapy which is a part of Osteopathy that doesn’t require an in-depth knowledge of human anatomy and physiology. Dinesh being an engineer thought this would be a great place to start.

He completed his formal certification from a school based out of Australia. He then continued his training with highly skilled practitioners from around the world. His decades long practice of meditation served to develop a profound sensitivity and the delicate touch required from a Craniosacral Therapist. He has helped hundreds of people feel dramatically better in a just a few sessions of CST.

Along with Khurshed Batliwala and Dr Ankita Dhelia, he created and has been teaching the Integrated Craniosacral Therapy Practitioner Training Program through the Sri Sri Centre of Healing Arts.

Ankita Dhelia

Dr. Ankita Dhelia

Dr. Ankita Dhelia (MBBS, MSc Osteopathy, Diploma in Craniosacral Therapy) is in charge of the Osteopathy department at the Sri Sri Ayurveda Hospital, Bengaluru.

She is a consultant Osteopath and has treated hundreds of people from all over the world for issues ranging from Migraines to Fibromyalgia, sports injuries to disc abnormalities, and hormonal imbalances to gastrointestinal disorders. Her success rate is incredible, and her patients have a great regard for her.

She used to apprentice with a neurosurgeon, and was strongly inclined towards being a surgeon. Her firm belief was that Allopathy is the only way to treat diseases, and all other alternative healing modalities were inferior because they were not scientific evidence-based. Her concepts were shattered when she came across some very sick people who were pronounced incurable by conventional medicine miraculously regaining their health. They were getting treated by Craniosacral therapy and Osteopathy. Her interest in these sciences rose, and she went ahead to learn Osteopathy at Sri Sri University with some of the best Osteopaths from across the world. While studying Osteopathy, she completed a diploma in Craniosacral therapy as well.

She realised that allopathic medicine mainly helped with symptomatic relief, and usually did not address the root cause of the issue. Her knowledge of Osteopathy and CST, combined with her MBBS training, makes her a potent and much sought after healer.

Her treatments are preventive as well as curative. She is interested in research, looking for the cause of the disease and is always finding new and creative ways to treat an issue with an amalgamation of body work, home remedies, EFT, Bach flower remedy, mudras, exercises and whenever required, allopathic medicine.

She is exceptionally well-versed with the nuances of human anatomy and physiology, and a knack for good diagnosis. She loves learning new healing modalities and is pursuing courses on Neurokinetic Therapy and Advanced Osteopathy Manipulative techniques.

She is an Art of Living teacher and a meditator.

She is the Program Director of Sri Sri School of Healing Arts and has made monumental contributions to help create the Integrated Craniosacral Therapy Practitioner Training Program.


Abhiram Viswanathan

Abhi was an avid sportsman and has studied visual media and communication. He stumbled upon the Art of Living series of Self Development programs and has been full-time with the organisation for over a decade. Being happy and bringing a smile to people around him has been his mission statement for as long as he could remember.

He always loved bodywork – people would comment he has “good” hands when he would give them massage. He had never formally learned anything body related, he would just be guided by his intuition and became very good, simply through practice.

In 2010, a friend who had serious back injuries and was advised surgery, chose the alternative therapy route and managed to cure themselves through a technique called CST. Abhi was utterly intrigued by this non-invasive form a therapy and decided to learn it when he got the chance.

When Art of Living’s Sri Sri Academy of Healing Arts was established and offered the Craniosacral Therapy training, Abhi was one of the first to enrol. His gentleness and intuition made him a brilliant therapist, and soon he was giving treatments to scores of clients.

He is an Art of Living teacher, and loves teaching. It was natural that he soon became a trainer with Sri Sri Academy of Healing Arts. He instinctively knows what a student requires to understand a tough concept or manage a tricky hold. This along with his combination of gentleness and crazy jokes bring a unique vibrancy to the classes he teaches.

Lalit is a fitness enthusiast and his life revolved around the gym. He has a powerful physique that is the result of years of exercise and discipline. One day, while he was doing a routine workout, he felt some lower back pain. He make the mistake of ignoring the pain, thinking it to be something minor and continued with his vigourous workout. The pain quickly deteriorated and in less than an hour was excruciatingly bad. He actually needed the help of a few people to get him back home.

An MRI revealed a slip disc in his lower lumbar region and the devastating news that he would never be able to do the kind of exercise he was used to. He would need to forget about the gym. It was so bad that doctors advised him not even to bend forward. He was desperate and heartbroken. He truly loved his workouts.

Lalit Yadav

Fortunately, he knew Bawa, Dinesh and Dr. Ankita Dhelia. They insisted that he come to the Art of Living Bangalore Ashram and rest there instead of at home in Gurgaon. He made the painful journey from Delhi to Bangalore and almost collapsed when he reached the ashram. His osteopathic treatments from Ankita and CST from Bawa and Dinesh started right away. Within a few weeks, he was amazed at the extent he had recovered.

His sense of his body was heightened through the experience and he totally cleaned up his diet. He is gymming once again and boasts his usual 16 inch biceps.

He wanted to learn what healed him, thinking that it would be of such great help to anyone who was into fitness and had suffered an injury. He formally completed his training and is now a teacher and a tutor with Art of Living’s Sri Sri Academy of Healing Arts.

He is a simple, fun-loving person and brings that aspect to the classroom along with his finely ingrained sense of discipline. His clients and students swear by him, and CST has become his third love – the gym and his wife occupying the first two slots. What’s his first love you may ask – he just smiles enigmatically and keeps silent.

Rima Engineer

At an Art of Living gathering, she met a CST practitioner who was talking about treating a major head injury with CST, and how well it worked. She found out that CST was a holistic gentle touch technique and became quite intrigued by how a “gentle touch” could help heal a serious head injury.

She had completed her bachelor’s in psychology and was seeking out a healing modality that she could resonate with. The thought of becoming a CST practitioner lodged itself in her head.


A series of coincidences led her to formally learn CST from a school based out of Australia. As she continued to give sessions to her clients, she would often be amazed at how profoundly effective CST could be in bringing about a transformation in people’s health. Her practice complemented her Art of Living teaching perfectly and when she got to know that Art of Living was starting its own CST school, she promptly volunteered to be a tutor and to her delight was accepted.

Her knowledge of CST deepened and matured as she assisted Bawa, Dinesh and Dr. Ankita Dhelia who were teaching the Foundation training through the Sri Sri Academy of Healing Arts.

CST has made her realise the miracle that the human body is, and how potent and powerful the resources the body has to heal itself, given half a chance. She is thrilled to be able to give the precious gift of health to her clients and students.

She loves dancing, music and art, writes the occasional couplets of poetry and has a belly bursting with laughter (and pizza). She effortlessly makes people feel at ease around her and this enables them to learn quickly and enjoyably. Her innate liveliness and bubbling joy make her a much sought-after tutor and trainer.

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