About Atmaram and Kashi
Atmaram is the Co-director of the non-profit corporation, Kashi Nivas Shiva Meditation Ashram, in Ann Arbor, Michigan. He began practicing yoga and meditation in 1970 and received Shaktipat, the spiritual awakening, from Mahamandaleshwar Swami Shankarananda Saraswati in 1975. He also met and studied with the great meditation master, Swami Muktananda of Ganeshpuri, India. Atmaram studied Integral Yoga with Swami Satchidananda, and later received Hatha Yoga instructor certification from Swami Vishnudevananda, both disciples of Swami Sivananda Saraswati of Rishikesh.
Atmaram has been singing and accompanying the practice of Bhakti Kirtan (chanting) for over 40 years, facilitating chants at ashrams, temples, retreats, yoga studios, festivals, and homes around the US, Australia, and India. He sings and plays harmonium, tambura, dotar, and kartals with the Ann Arbor Kirtan and the Indian music group Sumkali. He has had the honor of accompanying in concert master tabla players Pandit Samar Saha and Anuradha Pal, sarodist Doctor Rajeev Chakrabarti, as well as the renowned Khyal singer Sugata Marjit, classical Bengal vocalist Shrimati Madhumita Saha, and classical Hindustani vocalist Parag Ray.
Kashi is the Co-director of the non-profit corporation, Kashi Nivas Shiva Meditation Ashram, in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Kashi first met Mahamandaleshwar Swami Shankarananda (Swamiji) in Australia in March of 2011 and received Shaktipat, the spiritual awakening shortly after. Inspired by her awakening she was a resident of the Shiva Ashram, Mount Eliza, Australia for three years.
Under Swamiji's guidance she became an adept facilitator of his unique method of Self-inquiry, the Shiva Process. She is also a graduate from the Shiva Yoga Meditation and Hatha Yoga Teacher Training programs. Kashi is a devoted kirtan singer and was an integral part of the Shiva Ashram chanting group in Australia.