Faculty, Staff & Hosts

Amadea Morningstar

Core Faculty

Founder, Ayurvedic Self Care Education courses, and Ayurvedic Cooking Intensives. Amadea Morningstar, BS (nutrition), MA (counseling), RPE (polarity education), RYT (Integral yoga) is the author of Easy Healing Drinks. She leads the series, Dynamics of Ayurvedic Nutrition, which includes Marma Mind Mahagunas, Mood & Food, and Adapt Recipes for Individual & Cultural Needs. A student of Tibetan Buddhist yogis HE Garchen Rinpoche, the Venerable Traga Rinpoche, and Tulku Nyima Gyaltsen Rinpoche, she is grateful for her early Ayurvedic training with fine teachers, including Drs. Vasant Lad, David Frawley, and Sunil and Shalmali Joshi.

As an Integral Yoga teacher, Amadea weaves this lineage into her work with Ayurveda.

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Core Faculty

Andrea Lites Perry, BA, MBA, Registered Yoga Teacher®500, Certified Svaroopa® Yoga Teacher, Certified Svaroopa Vidya® Meditation Teacher, and Certified Vichara Therapist, facilitates reflective listening experiences and pranayama in the Dynamics of Ayurveda series. She also provides online teaching assistance for Amadea within this series. Andrea has been working with Ayurveda in her own life for the past two decades.


Andrea LItes Perry serves as the new Educational Outreach Coordinator; she can be reached at info@amadeamorningstar.net for questions about APTYI’s courses. Welcome Andrea!


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Faculty, Guest

Yoga Therapist Reverend Manjula Spears, CYT, E-RYT 500 has been one of Integral Yoga’s foremost trainers of Yoga teachers since 1993. She holds certifications to teach all levels of Hatha Yoga, pranayama, and meditation with a deep interest and extensive training in Yoga therapeutics. She last joined Amadea to teach Accessible Yoga in Santa Fe in 2017. She can be reached at https://www.yurtyogaathens.com/



Faculty, guest

Deva Khalsa ignited the Ayurvedic nutrition and cooking portion of the ASCE trainings in 2010 - 2014. She is an Ayurvedic Health Educator (California College of Ayurveda), a certified Kundalini Yoga Teacher Trainer, and certified hypnotherapist.

Deva co-taught the Work with Menopause Skillfully workshops with Amadea, and is featured on the APTYI training video of the same name. A guest faculty member in the 2009 Cooking Intensive and host with Amadea in the 2011 Cooking Intensive,  Deva can be reached directly at deva@thecleanse.com.




Faculty, guest

Sam M. Hitt, served as lead garden faculty for APTYI’s Cooking and the Garden workshops. A long-time pioneer in the fields of organic gardening and protection of the earth, Sam teaches us directly in the garden he has maintained since 1984. Founder of the non-profits Wild Water Shed (2002 – present) and Forest Guardians (1989 – 2000) and past owner of Ecological Pest Management (1982 – 1989), he currently operates Santa Fe Succulent Garden (www.santafesucculentgarden.com) and sells through the Santa Fe Farmers Market. He is a graduate of U.C. Santa Cruz’s agricultural apprenticeship (1975) and St. John’s College (1970).

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Iza Bruen-Morningstar grew up in the foothills of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains in an Ayurvedic household and has spent much of her life in New Mexico and the intermountain West. She holds an MFA from Iowa State University, and is currently pursuing a Masters in clinical mental health counseling at Southwestern College, with a focus on healing trauma with children. Her day job is with Reading Quest.  Iza is a guest speaker on trauma, addiction & polyvagal theory.


Audio visual tech support. Tim Blair creates, edits and produces APTYI’s educational DVDs. His most recent video is the excellent Work with Menopause Skillfully 9 hour series for NAMA PACE credits. He is the founder of OtherSide Wisdom Works documentary company, and can be accessed at OtherSideWisdomWorks.com. He is also active in the healing arts as a massage therapist (LMT).


Lian Blair, Audio Visiual Creative Staff


Video support

Among her many professional roles, Lian Blair is a vital part of Other Side Wisdom Works, as a producer, co-director and camerawoman, creating educational DVDs and audio CDs for APTYI and other groups.



Staff, traveling teaching assistant

Sarah Michelle Sarasvati serves as a traveling faculty assistant for APTYI in Ayurvedic Polarity Therapy and Ayurvedic Nutrition. A graduate of APTYI’s 2008 Ayurvedic Nutrition certification course, she is a registered polarity practitioner (RPP), licensed massage therapist (LMT) and Kripalu Certified yoga teacher.

Our Hosts

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In Glad Memory:

Vaastu Host, ASCE graduate, remarkable human
Santa Fe, NM