Assistant Teachers

Acharya Sodashi Devi (Sonia Foscoli)

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In 1987 I developed a sudden urge to start meditating. I purchased a “how to meditate book” and proceeded to sit cross-legged, staring at a candle and counting from one to ten and then back to one, over and over again. Thankfully, I had mentioned my new activity to a recent acquaintance who invited me to join her meditation group, which met twice a week in a member’s living room. That definitely sounded more interesting than counting numbers on my own!

After about two weeks of attending these meetings it was excitedly announced that the teacher was coming through town and would be holding class. I had no idea what a teacher did or what “class” was, but the excitement was contagious and I was happy to participate. The impact of that first Kuṇḍalinī Sādhana class changed the course of my life. I knew without a doubt that I would always be a spiritual student and that I had found my practice.

Since 1991 I have had the honor of sharing my life and spiritual journey with Swami Khecaranatha, the director of Heart of Consciousness. He initiated me as a teacher in this lineage in 2003 and has given me the opportunity to teach open-eye classes at the center. I am deeply grateful for his unending support in my effort to recognize and abide as the divinity within.


 Acharya Rudra (Peter Leopold)

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I have a BA in religious studies from UC Berkeley, certifications in yoga, medical chi gong, and various bodywork and healing modalities. I have lived for four years in an urban ashram studying and practicing with my teacher Swami Khecaranatha and have spent extended time in meditation retreat.

In 2011 I was initiated into the teacher-training program by Swami Khecaranatha, and was formally initiated as an acharya in the Rudrananda Pantha, in January, 2017, participating in an all-day ceremony conducted in Ganeshpuri, India.

I have recently completed a Doctorate in Chiropractic and am now practicing that profession. In my free time I enjoy training Muai Thai, playing the banjo, and soaking in hot springs.