Purple Stars

Our Gratitude

Our gratitude to all 160+ Contributors to HCI (Om Dollars & US Dollars). We salute all who make things happen at HCI with their Om Dollar and US Dollar contributions. HCI’s 160+ contributors include financial donors, yoga and meditation teachers, visiting HCI faculty, teaching associates, program managers and coordinators, and Board and Resident Faculty.

Board & Resident Faculty Members

Gold Fabric

Kailash Joshi

President and Resident Faculty Member

Kailash Joshi, PhD, retired  IBM division GM, has been engaged in managing  positions and mentoring of entrepreneurs and startups in Silicon Valley . He has also devoted significant time in community  causes and charitable work, He is a co-founder of TiE (www.TiE.org) and AIF (www.aifoundation.org) and  helped build half a dozen  other public service and educational organizations.  Mr Joshi holds a BE degree from IISC, Bangalore, MS degree from Washington  State university, PhD degree from Cornell University and DSc (Hon.) from Garhwal University, India. Mr Joshi draws great satisfaction from ready  access to grandchildren, son, daughter-in-law, and close friends around the world. 

Gaurav Rastogi

Dean and Resident Faculty Member

Gaurav Rastogi is an entrepreneur with twenty+ years of executive experience in Infosys and AI startups.

He is an interfaith Hindu leader, a Dhyana meditation and yoga teacher (ERYT 200), and Founder of (www.livingdeeplyfoundation.org) Living Deeply Foundation. He is the author of two business books, one eBook on meditation, and a running podcast on meditation. Mr Rastogi holds a Mechanical Engineering undergrad from Delhi Technological University (DCE), and an MBA from IIM Ahmedabad. He loves to teach, write and create wonderful things that make the world a better place. His next project is the “Yoga of Living Deeply™”.  He lives in the Bay Area with his wife, son and daughter. 

Mangala Kumar

 Resident Faculty member

Mangala Kumar earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Electrical Engineering from Bangalore University and for over 25 years held Senior Management positions in Product Management, Marketing and Business Development while at Nortel, Siemens Communications and Aspect Communications. She is involved with several Bay are Non-profit community service organizations such as One School at a time (OSAAT.org) and Sukham (sukham.org), and served as Executive Director of India Community Service Center (ICSC) and Senior Director of Programs at India Community Center. She feels very blessed to be able to use her time and energy to serve the community. Mangala lives in the Bay area with her husband and son.

Gold Fabric

Mukund Acharya

Resident Faculty Member and Chair Ananda Corps.

Mukund Acharya, PhD is a social entrepreneur.He co-founded Sukham (www.sukham.org), to promote healthy aging, living well and preparing for life's transitions amongst the Bay Area South Asians. At Stanford Hospital and School of Medicine he works on palliative care design, is a Patient/Family Partner, and the patient voice on three hospital committees. A graduate of IIT Bombay and a Stanford PhD, he had a distinguished 40-year career in Aerospace on three continents as professor, scientist and technologist. One of his greatest joys is to be with his three grandchildren, son and daughter-in-law.

Punit Mahendru

Resident Faculty Member 

Dr Punit Mahendru is a practicing psychologist for over 25 years. She is currently working as a senior staff psychologist at Kaiser Permanente in Fremont, California. She works with adults experiencing mental health concerns. Her therapeutic approach is integrative, hence she combines different evidence-based therapy techniques with alternative and holistic approaches such as mindfulness.

Dr Mahendru did her Ph.D. from Rutgers University in New Jersey and her M.Phil. from National Institute of Mental Health and Neuro-Sciences in Bangalore, India. Dr Mahendru has taught as Adjunct Faculty at several state and private university and colleges in the U.S. In her spare time Dr Mahendru enjoys karaoke singing, gardening, poetry, spending time with family and friends and learning homeopathy.

Naras Bhat

Former Dean & Resident Faculty Member

Naras Bhat, MD FACP, is a doctor, professor, author and leader. As a doctor, he is a board-certified specialist in Internal Medicine, Obesity Medicine, Sleep Medicine, Metabolic Cardiology, Allergy and Immunology, and Biofeedback. He practices integrative medicine at Concord, Antioch, and Walnut Creek, CA. He is a pioneer in detecting and treating coronary artery disease in Indian diaspora. He is one of the founders of South Asian Heart Center. He teaches at Saybrook University, UC Berkeley, and Better Physiology Institute (https://www.bp.edu/). In his spare time, he teaches tennis, skiing, and swimming to his grandchildren, and lectures with his wife on health, happiness and heart disease. 

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