what to expect

  • daily asana class and japa meditation
  • learn how to play the harmonium and kartals
  • study of sacred Bhakti texts
  • traditional morning Bhakti sadhana in the temple room
  • daily guru-puja (prayers to the teachers)
  • seminars and discussion on Bhakti wisdom and philosophy
  • deep immersion in Bhakti lifestyle practices

Dhyana Masla brings the depth of inquisition into her teaching, offering an opportunity for the audience to cultivate intimate relationships with their multi-faceted Humanness while simultaneously taking a step back, a step deeper into the Truth of WHO and WHAT we really are; beyond the stories, the fears, and the limitations. She is the co-founder of Stanton Street Yoga in the Lower East Side of Manhattan as well as co-director of Yoga @ The Bhakti Center. Her teaching style is a unique blend of challenging yet nourishing  Vinyasa inspired sequencing with fluid movements and powerful breath. After studying Ayurveda extensively with her father in Florida, Dhyana received her degree at Naropa University in Psychology and Traditional Eastern Arts with a focus in Yoga. Born and raised on the path of Bhakti Yoga, she weaves her background of Western Psychology with her experience and knowledge of eastern mysticism to bring a holistic approach to living a balanced and empowered life.

Syama Masla was raised in a family of Bhakti yogis and now serves as the director of Yoga at The Bhakti Center. She teaches weekly yoga and meditation classes as well as 200 hr yoga teacher trainings 3-5x per year. She was given formal initiation in the Gaudiya Vaishnava tradition by Radhanath Swami in 2014. Syama is a life long vegetarian and lover of animals. In her classes she places a strong emphasis on tapping into the rhythm of breath as it guides movement. With over 1000 hours of certification in both Hatha and Vinyasa yoga, she keeps the practice rooted in its tradition and uses creative sequencing, inviting her love of dance and rhythm.

Kaustubha Das has a special way of making the teachings and practices of yoga very approachable and relevant. He serves as Senior Educator & Creative Director of The Bhakti Center. Between the ages of 21 and 34 he lived as a Vaishnava monk, traveling and studying in ashrams in India and America. He teaches Bhakti-yoga philosophy and meditation, which he has practiced for over 30 years in the Gaudiya Vaishnava tradition.

Doyal Gauranga is a lover of music and kirtan who finds his deepest spiritual connections through musical prayer. Having spent 10 years living in ashrams on both the East and West coasts, he now lives in Brooklyn with his wife and serves as the Program Director at The Bhakti Center. Doyal also serves as an Event Chef for The Bhakti Center and hosts regular cooking classes at Stanton Street Yoga. In 2017 he completed his 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training from Supersoul Yoga. Alongside his services, he studies Social Work and Mental Health Counseling at CUNY Hunter.

Jaya Jagannath (Jaya) is a leader in the Wisdom department at the Bhakti Center. After 13 years, he has recently left the quietism of monasticism to share the timeless wisdom, scholarship, and relevance of the tradition’s sacred text  through song, seminars/webinars, workshops, and regular philosophy classes. He’s also a very active in the Bhakti Center’s kirtan events as a gifted and devoted musician.

Jai Giridhari is married to Syama. Raised in the U.P. of Michigan. It wasn’t until I lived in the U.P. (Utter Pradesh) of India that I understood my calling. A Yoga teacher and a preacher! My whole life I’d been looking for a cause, something to believe in. Years of collegiate sports tuned my body but left my heart feeling empty. Years of Theater Trained my mind, but made me wonder who I really was. Years of Healing Arts stabilized my lifestyle but my heart still yearned for more. So I decided to become a monk! Enter my trip to The U.P. of India. Staying in the monasteries my heart was satisfied, my mind at peace, my body lost some weight, but my purpose was clear. Share these wonderful teachings! Blessed by so many wonderful teachers such as HH Radhanath Swami and a few close mentors, I aspire to live a simple life with high thinking. I’m grateful to share their wisdom in a most accessible way.


Philosophy and Lifestyle on the path of devotion

with Dhyana Masla, Syama Masla, Kaustubha Das, Doyal Gauranga, Jaya Jagannath Das & Jai Giridhari

dates – weekends of:
• september 8 & 9
• september 22 & 23
• october 6 & 7
• october 13 & 14

time – 7:30am – 5:00pm

location – the bhakti center / room 2w & 3e

admission – $1500 / early bird: $1250 (till June 1st)

registration – contact Syama at yoga@bhakticenter.org

This course is designed to take dedicated students deeper into the path of Bhakti Yoga; the yogic path of devotion and love. We will dive into the lifestyle and philosophy of Bhakti Yoga, as well as the practical ways in which we can apply them into our lives. You will develop a steady sadhana and be equipped with the sangha (spiritual community), practices, & knowledge to take your spiritual life to the next level.

During the training, you will experience the transformational effects of Bhakti through Kirtan, Japa Meditation, Vedic Study and spiritual friendships.  Our staff will consist of teachers who are not only scholars of the teachings of Bhakti Yoga, but have also committed their lives to the practices as taught by His Divine Grace AC Srila Bhaktivedanta Prabhupada. The goal of the Bhakti training is to bring individuals closer to the Divine through the practices of Bhakti.


– Yuga Dharma: yoga for this age (Nama tattva)
– The Nine Processes of Devotion
– Prasad: Sattvic Cooking & Offerings
– In depth study of verses from Bhagavad Gita
– Sanatan Dharma: Eternal Nature of the Soul
– Principles of Purity: Sattvic lifestyle
– Service attitude
– Conscious Communication
– Pathways to Love: 6 Loving Exchanges as described by Rupa Gosvami
– Who is Srila Prabhupada
– The ultimate destination of the soul
– The Art of Dying
– Sri Chaitanya, humility and Qualities of a Devotee
– Guru Tattva: The Essence of Guru


– The Journey Within by Radhanath Swami

PRE-REQUISITE CLASS: (or take within one year of graduating)

Bhakti 101 : Teachings 


  • $1,000 Non-refundable deposit due upon acceptance
  • First 5 Students $1250 (must be paid in full)
  • Full Tuition $1500
  • Full Tuition is due ONE week prior to school start date
  • $1,000 deposit is forfeited upon cancellation
  • Refund window closes 3 weeks prior to school start date; all monies forfeited thereafter