Your Tour Guide Team

Every great journey needs an experienced guide

James has lived in India for extended periods of time for up to a year since 1989 and has led over a dozen yoga and ayurveda retreats to India since.

James Bailey, LAc, Dipl OM, Dipl Ayu, ERYT500
Tour Guide, Founder Sevanti Adventures

James has been to India 16 times since living in India for a year in 1989. He has lead many yoga and ayurveda retreats to India since, helping hundreds of people to fulfill their dreams to experience sacred India. As a solo traveler in his 20’s, James travelled much of India for a year by train, bus, and by foot. He lived in intentional communities, took Hindi immersion courses in the Himalayas, stayed in ashrams, random $2/night guesthouses, hiked the mountains of Nepal, nearly died of parasites, visited the Dalai Lama in Dharamsala, survived the 2005 tsunami at Ammachi’s ashram in Kerala, practiced yoga and meditation, slept on cement floors in countless train stations, studied Ayurveda with his teachers, and fell in love with a country and people that are as diverse as any place on the planet.

As a young pre-med student, James was redirected to the natural healing methods of Ayurveda and Chinese Medicine because of his travels in India and Africa in his mid 20s. Healed of malaria with traditional African medicine, healed of his parasites by Ayurveda and Tibetan Medicine, his experience of India would forever change his understanding of the human experience as well as the nature of medicine and healing.

James is a third generation healer, doctor of oriental medicine, acupuncturist, ayurveda physician, yoga teacher trainer who has been living yoga and ayurveda for 30 years. He practices ayurveda, acupuncture, and wellness counseling to guide patients towards their true nature of well being. His formal clinical training includes 4 years (4000 hours) of studies in Oriental Medicine under the well known Dr. Daosheng Ni and Dr. Maosheng Ni (37th generation Taoist ptiests and Oriental Medicine doctors) and in Ayurveda under such luminary teachers as Dr. Vaijayanti Apte, Dr. Subash Ranade, Dr. Avinash Lele, Dr. Vasant Lad, and many Ayurvedic doctors and therapists in Kerala, south India where he spends time teaching and studying each year.

James teaches yoga, yoga psychology, ayurveda and meditation workshops and yoga teacher trainings worldwide. He is a contributing editor and former columnist for Yoga Journal, Light on Ayurveda, LA Yoga magazine and other wellness magazines. He served as an active Board member of the California Association of Ayurvedic Medicine (CAAM), and is founder of Sevanti Institute and Sevanti Adventures.

Tanya Boigenzhan

Guest Yoga Teacher, Assistant Tour Guide. Tanya is a lover of the outdoors, travel, music, tennis, rock-climbing and writing, Tanya shares her life with her son, River (a big fan of baseball and Ganesh!), her partner Chris (The Fireman), and his 2 teenage girls.

Tanya Boigenzhan, E-RYT500
Guest Yoga Teacher, Assistant Tour Guide

Tanya Boigenzahn is honored to share her life in the pursuit of dharma, health and wellness for all beings. She is the founder of Devanadi School of Yoga and Wellness as well as Thai Yoga Bodywork, LLC, empowering people with authentic and time-tested tools and teachings to help reach their highest potential. With 25+ years on the mat, she is a multi-certified yoga teacher honored to study with Yogarupa Rod Stryker, Pandit Rajmani Tigunait and Indu Arora and is a ParaYoga® Level 2 Teacher, Yoga Therapist, Ayurvedic Yoga Specialist, Thai Yoga Bodywork Therapist, Certified Healing Touch Practitioner and Reiki Master. She was selected by Origin Magazine as one of the top 100 Yogis Changing the World in their “Powerful Leaders” issue. Tanya is also affiliated with the Himalayan Institute and is a featured teacher on www.YogaInternational.com.

As a long-time wellness educator, Tanya uses this experience to help deepen students’ knowledge of the traditional practices of healing and wholeness. Annually, she offers intensives and retreats to Thailand, India, Costa Rica and other areas in the world with rich healing traditions to go deeper and study with masters. With travel as a passion, you will often find her chanting with Buddhist monks, cooking a curry with her son, or discovering a long lost healing technique when abroad.

Tawny Sterios

Guest Yoga Teacher, Assistant Tour Guide. Tawny brings her love for India and her lighthearted presence to the needs of each guest on tour.

Tawny Sterios, E-RYT500
Guest Yoga Teacher, Assistant Tour Guide

Tawny was guest yoga teacher and assistant tour guide for Sevanti Adventures on the 2014, 2016 and 2017 tours. Co-founder of mBODY Yoga in San Luis Obispo, CA. Tawny has been teaching yoga since 2003 and is certified in both Kundalini and Hatha Yoga, with a very personal experience in Prenatal Yoga. Tawny was featured in Yoga Journal in 2010 and 2011. In 2011 and 2012, Tawny was one of a select group of national instructors invited to teach yoga at the White House for Michelle Obama’s anti-obesity initiative. The gift of yoga keeps giving to her and she enjoys bringing it back to her students full circle.  Her teaching style is very approachable and accessible to students of all levels. In addition to teaching weekly classes in Hatha, Prenatal & Postnatal Yoga, she teaches in LEVITYoga’s 200HR Teacher Training Programs twice a year. Tawny holds a monthly Women’s Circle and teaches on the annual Journey to India Retreat each February where she feels blessed to have the opportunity to immerse herself and others in yoga and the beauty that is India. www.tawnysterios.com

Kuldeep and Ritu Singh

Travel Agents and Tour Guides. Kuldeep and Ritu are our Post-Retreat Tour guides and heart adopted Indian family.

Kuldeep and Ritu Singh
Travel Agents, Post-Retreat Tour Guides

We are so honored to have Kuldeep and Ritu Singh support our tours. Kuldeep and Ritu serve as our Indian travel agents and advisors, helping to organize the more complicated and dynamic Post-Retreat Tour up north. They also join us for the tour up north, and guests absolutely love them! They know everything India travel related, and they are a joy to be around. Their travel company is one of the best, so if you are planning to arrive early or stay on after our tour is complete, Kuldeep and Ritu can help you with just about anything including accommodations, airfare, luxury bus, private car, and rail ticketing, local guides, etc. You will find them at reliablevacation.com and their new site mystiquejourneys.com