Dr. Aparna Ramaswamy is a Bharatha Natyam dancer & teacher whose first doctoral research was on Natya Yoga – linking the practices of Bharatha Natyam to the principles of ashta angayoga as described in Patanjali’s Yogasutra. As a counselor and educator, Dr.Ramaswamy utilizes yoga and meditation in counseling people with depression, anxiety and other mood disorders. She completed her second doctorate on the role of yoga meditation in cultivating mindfulness, humility and empathy in counselors. She is a Faculty at Johns Hopkins University, teaching counselors to incorporate yoga meditation in counseling. She is the current Education coordinator at Sri Siva Vishnu Temple, Maryland.