Shekhar Annambhotla, BAMS, MDAyurved, LMT, Pennsylvania, USA has been practicing and teaching ayurveda worldwide since 1988. He began his eight-year course of study in ayurveda at the age of 17, first at Nagarjuna University in Andhra Pradesh, India (1982-88) and then at Gujarat Ayurved University in Gujarat, India (1988-91), where he earned his Doctorate Degree in Ayurveda. He is also a Licensed Integrative Bodywork and Massage Therapist (LMT) and an Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher (E.R.Y.T.-500) with the Yoga Alliance and an instructor of therapeutic Hatha Yoga, having completed training at the Swami Vivekananda Yoga Research Center in India. Shekhar is also a Certified Pranic Healer, a Certified Reiki Healer and holds a Certification in Energy Healing. From 1992 – 1994, Shekhar worked as an Associate Professor at N.K.J. Ayurvedic College (Gulburga University), Bidar, Karnataka State, India. From 1994 – 2001, Shekhar had the opportunity to serve at Maharishi Vedic Schools and Universities in The Netherlands, Austria, Hungary, Italy, Germany, France, Switzerland, Great Britain, Ireland, Portugal, Spain, Belgium, Trinidad, Guadeloupe, Jamaica (Caribbean Island), Colombia (South America), Canada, and the U.S.A. During his extensive travels, he delivered lectures and offered consultations on Ayurveda for health professionals and for the general public. He gave several newspaper interviews and radio talks on Ayurveda and was also interviewed on BBC’s Breakfast Television. Since 2002, Shekhar has been the Founding Director of Ojas LLC, Ayurveda Wellness Center, in Pennsylvania, USA www.ojas.us. He is the Founder, President and Chairman of the Board of Association of Ayurvedic Professionals of North America (AAPNA) www.aapna.org. He is Founding Director of Global Ayurveda Conferences, LLC, USA www.globalayurvedaconferences.com. Shekhar is a co-founding director of International University of Yoga and Ayurveda, Inc. (IUYA) www.iu-ya.org. Shekhar served on the Board of Directors for National Ayurvedic Medical Association (NAMA) from 2005-2010. He has taught ayurveda courses in many prestigious universities in the United States including University of Pennsylvania (UPENN), University of Medicine & Dentistry in NJ (UMDNJ), Hershey Medical School, Jefferson Medical School, University of Penn Nursing School, and others. He was awarded the “Tathagat International Excellence Award 2011” in Dubai, received the award “Ayurveda Khandantara Sthapanacharya” Award for promoting ayurveda around the globe, “Pragathi” Award for Promoting Ayurveda Globally and MTC Global Award 2015 “Outstanding Corporate Award: Healthcare and Community Service”. He is on the editorial board for Light on Ayurveda Journal, MA, USA and was recently appointed as a Board of Advisor for AYU international journal from Gujarat Ayurved University, Jamnagar, India.