Sankarsana Dasa (Shivanand Sharma) is the Chairman of the Krishna West project in London. He came to London from the Caribbean in 2004 to pursue his studies in actuarial science. After completing his studies he began a career in pensions consulting, but in 2011 he took a sabbatical to explore the timeless teachings of Bhakti Yoga as a monk at the famous Radha Krishna Temple in Central London. During this time Sankarsana studied the practicality of applying the principles of this philosophy in present-day society, while participating in a range of interfaith events to share and exchange perspectives and ideas on relevant spirituality. Today, Sankarsana serves as a core member of the Krishna West London team while furthering his studies in the Philosophy of Religion and Ethics and pursuing a career as a chartered enterprise risk actuary in pensions consulting.
Yadavi devi dasi
Originally from Bulgaria, she moved to London several years ago to study performing arts and pursue her career in film-making. After completing her degree her main focus became scriptwriting and directing and producing her short films. While living and studying in London, she had the chance to associate with the devotees from the UK and serve in the Radha-Krishna Temple in Soho St. Somewhere in the process of searching for her place in ISKCON, she realized that Krishna West was where she belonged to. This realization inspired her to take the initiative and start the project in London.
Currently, Yadavi lives in Los Angeles, USA.
In 2014, after many years of science stuff, Ryan thought to take over the world in his trusty campervan, Rumi. Somehow he ended up volunteering as a WWOOFer on a farm at a spiritual community called Bhaktivedanta Manor, near London (but not too close). After only a month of cultivating vegetables during the day and listening to Bhagavad Gita classes in the evenings, he decided to try and be a monk. After three years of training in ancient Vedic philosophy, Ryan is now using his training as a PhD in biology to delve deeper into the relationships between science, philosophy and life. And after many years of asking how, he’s very much enjoying getting back into the so-called ‘childish’ why questions.
Currently, she lives in Alicante, Spain.