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Rajashree Choudhury

​Born in Kolkata, India, Rajashree Choudhury started her yoga training at the urging of her parents at age four. She was a five-time winner of the National Indian Yoga Championship from 1979 to 1983.

With over 15 years in the East and 25 years in the West, Rajashree’s special focus has been on the emotional side of yoga and how yoga balances the energy of the human body and impacts not only disease, but also affects the body/mind/soul connection which constitutes vibrant health.

She also helped her husband create the highly successful Teacher Training program after more than ten years of teaching yoga in the United States. She conducts seminars on yoga and personal development worldwide. She also teaches her highly acclaimed and has a DVD Pregnancy Yoga Classes.

Rajashree has appeared on many national television programs in the United States and abroad doing seminars worldwide promoting the countless benefits of yoga. In conjunction with the International Yoga Asana Championships, now in its tenth year, she has founded the USA Yoga Federation, a non-profit organization formed to facilitate her goal of yoga ultimately being accepted as Sport. Most recently her mission is to help women in crisis of all ages and nationalities. She has been active in many charitable organizations over the years including Karma for Kids, dedicated to helping children with cancer, Uprising yoga, helping child victims of sex trafficking, and Parikrama, educating slum children in India.

Emmy Cleaves

​Born in Latvia sometime before 1960, Emmy Cleaves is Bikram's most senior teacher. She began studying under Bikram in July of 1973, and currently teaches Bikram's Advanced Class to senior instructors at the International Headquarters. As a practicing yogini for over 40 years, Emmy brings a priceless combination of knowledge, experience and expertise to her classes. Widely traveled and internationally recognized, she holds a bachelor's degree in law from the University of Bonn in Germany.

And Dr. Bob Cleaves

Dr. Cleaves has acheived an amazing number of things in his life. He is an attorney, (LL.B and J.D.) and was a jet fighter pilot and test pilot from 1950-1986. As a civilian, he maintains the highest aeronautical rating issued by the FAA. He is rated in single and multi-engine land and sea aircraft and has accumulated more than 10,000 hours as pilot-in-command.

Dr. Cleaves represented President Ronald Reagan at the transition of Rhodesia to Zimbabwe in 1980, and later on matters relating to Angola during its civil war. Dr. Cleaves, along with Dr. Ian Player, co-founded The International Wilderness Leadership Foundation which has put on six World Wilderness Congresses around the globe attended by more than seventy nations. Dr. Cleaves has been involved in conservation and antipoaching in southern Africa since 1968 and is regarded as an expert in the use of aircraft in antipoaching.

On April 20, 1997 Dr. Cleaves received the United Nations Earth Day/Earth Fair "International Environment Award."
Was first FAA Aviation Accident Counselor in Western Region, GADO-6, April 1972, and is an FAA Aviation Safety Counselor to date.

The Wilderness Conservancy is dedicated to the conservation of endangered and threatened wildlife and wild places, on land or within the sea. This fundraising event is dedicating proceeds specifically towards saving endangered black rhinos and elephants.