These are the bios of the illustrious speakers at this year’s online Conference
Andrew Foss, PhD, MSc, MA (Oxon)
Andrew is an Oxford Physics graduate and has a PhD in Computing Science and has published in Nature and other leading journals. He is a trained scientist who researches and teaches Vedic Astrology. Andrew is the President and co-founder of BAVA and has been studying and teaching Vedic Science for 30+ years.
He is the author of Shri Jyoti Star, the leading computer software for Vedic Astrology and the popular book and e-book series Yoga of the Planets.
He writes, consults and teaches and lectures. He offers tuition and courses for beginners and the most advanced. www.vedicsoftware.com
Komilla is the co-founder and Chairperson of BAVA. She is the author of Vedic Love Signs, Lunar Nodes – Crisis and Redemption, Vedic Astrology and Essentials of Vedic Astrology. Komilla also writes a Vedic Column for Transit and has had many articles published in the Mountain Astrologer, AA Journal and The Lodge Quarterly.
Komilla runs regular Vedic Astrology courses in the USA and India. www.Komilla.com
Gordon is a long time student of Vedic Astrology and teaches BAVA’s Beginners Course. Gordon specialises in mundane astrology and has written many articles on world affairs for the Gochara magazine that are published on the BAVA website. https://www.bava.org
He supplies Vedic books for BAVA and leads a study group in London. Contact him GWBrennan@aol.com
Barry has been practicing Vedic astrology since 1987. He has visited and studied in India on 4 occasions and has spoken numerous times at the American Council of Vedic Astrology Conferences in Sedona, AZ since 1999 and also the British Association of Vedic Astrologers in London since 2006. He has been involved in Vedic culture since 1973 and is a long-time meditation and yoga teacher and a published poet. He has had many Vedic astrology teachers including Komilla Sutton, Marc Boney, Robert Koch and has taken a number of mini-seminars from Sanjay Rath. In the last seven years he has moved away from his speciality in Investment and Mundane astrology to his fascination with the psychological and spiritual dimensions of Vedic astrology.
He is the author of five books on Vedic astrology including the 2018-2020 Vedic Almanac series, Finding Your Blind Spots Using Vedic Astrology, Signs of Life from the Astrological Zodiac: The Spiritual Dimensions of Planets, Signs and Houses in Vedic Astrology and Mysteries of Saturn and Capricorn: Mastering the Energies for Growth and Transformation. They are all available through Amazon.
He has been teaching Vedic astrology specialized courses online since 1995 on various specialized topics including Investment Astrology, Dashas, Transits, Personal Finance, Health, Longevity and Death, Nakshatras, The Spiritual Dimensions of Vedic Astrology, Secrets of the Houses, Relationships and many more.
In his consultations, he focuses more on the emotional and mental patterns in the chart and their impact on consciousness which can create waves of illusion blocking you. A good consultation should help you witness the play of karma so that you are not gripped by it; you can transcend it and realize your own Divinity, becoming the commander of the planets and not the victim.
Barry Rosen also operates a blog on Facebook under Barry Rosen and also Astro-Yoga and his professional astrological website is www.appliedvedicastrology.com
Sonal is an astrologer, speaker and writer and is a student of Pandit Sanjay Rath.
She is currently the Resident Jyotish at one of London’s Oldest Esoteric Bookshops, Watkins Books.
During 2013, Sonal launched Divine Astro Essences – a line of Astrological Aromatherapy products using the traditional wisdom of Ayurveda, Astrology and principles of Aromatherapy. Products ranges include 100 per cent pure moisturizing oil blends that provide deep nourishment to the skin and promote emotional well-being as well as altar oils, sacred oils, and Astrological Body and Room Mists.
Using the principles of Aromatherapy and the ancient wisdom of planets and Astrological influences, twelve Astrological blends were created. Each of these twelve-unique hand-made oil blends is a high-vibrational, mantra-infused formulation, tailored to the placement of Sun, Moon or Ascendant.
For more go to www.CircleofDivine.com or Visit Watkins Bookshop. She runs a Youtube Channel (CircleofDivine) and runs courses in Vedic Astrology at the Astrological Lodge of London, UK. (www.CircleofDivineAstrology.com)
Vijaya has been a member of the British Association for Vedic Astrology (BAVA) since 2004 and has been a regular speaker since 2011.
She is a practising Vedic astrologer based in London and studies Jyotisha & Mantra Sastra with her Jyotish Guru Pandit Sanjay Rath. She is also a student of Vedanta under the tutelage of Swami Paramarthananda of Arsha Vidya Gurukulam. https://vijayajyoti.com/
Visti Larsen began studying Western Astrology in his spare time during his secondary education, a journey he began upon hearing the mention of the word ‘Ascendant’. He has been studying Astrology since an early age, beginning with Western Tropical Astrology and since migrating to Vedic Astrology or Jyotish. During his higher studies Visti came under the tutelage of Pt. Sanjay Rath, belonging to the tradition of Shri Achyutananda Dasa.
Setting his higher studies aside temporarily, he travelled to attend and present papers at several conferences and workshops across the USA, UK, Serbia and India. Studying solely through the Shri Jagannath Center, Visti was among the youngest selected to be a teacher by his Jyotish Guru and has spent considerable time at Jagannath Puri, Odisha as well as New Delhi learning personally with his guru. Completing a Bachelor’s Degree in Linguistics, he has since dedicated all his time to teaching and practicing Jyotish. Under this tutelage, he has since earned the title of Jaimini Scholar after completing the five year Jaimini Scholar program. Following his completion of the program, his proficiency and dedication to the program entitled him to be the caretaker of the Maharishi Jaimini Krtam Upadesha Sūtra and the head of the Jaimini Scholar Program.
Being taught in the ancient ways of the Parampara besides Jyotish Visti has been educated in several aspects of ancient Vedic knowledge, comprising topics of philosophy, Mantra Shastra, Sanskrit, Upasana and allied fields. The ancient texts that he learned, and relies on, are that of Gita, Upanishad, Purana and Veda.
Attempting to imitate his Guru’s every word and gesture, his understanding, academic and systematic approach to the topic has earned him much appreciation within the Jyotish spectrum. He, like his teacher, is a strict follower of the ancient teachings and a promoter of Sanatan Dharma, encouraging vegetarianism, a spiritual and holistic lifestyle. Having a background in other religious philosophies, he enjoys bridging the gaps between different schools of thought and understanding the truths that unite all religious philosophies.
His teaching style is clear, thorough and systematic. Having a passion for teaching, his dedication for the topic becomes evident as he creates the building blocks for his students to climb. His students are located in several different countries, comprising mainly the continents of Europe, the Americas and South-east Asia, whilst his cliental represents almost all corners of the globe. Besides his efforts within the Jaimini Scholar Program, he runs RAMA, the Regional Academy for Mantra and Astrology wherein he holds courses and monthly webinars on various topics of Jyotish.
Presently he is active with performing Jyotish consultations, translating and decoding ancient Jyotish scripture for publication.
Paul is the President of the Leeds Theosophical Society. He has studied Jyotish with leading gurus since 2005.
Paul has spoken several times at the BAVA Conference. He is a Jaimini and Parasara student under Pandit Sanjay Rath, and also studies Bhrigu astrology.