Diksha (Rina) McCord
Diksha co-directs Ananda’s Meditation Teacher Training and Spiritual Counselor Training programs. She has a BS in Biology from Jerusalem University, where she was part of a Neurobiology department research team that explored the influence of drugs on the brain. She also earned a BA in Art from Bezalel Academy of Arts, and received a prestigious scholarship from the Japanese government to spend 3 years at the Art University of Kyoto, studying and exhibiting her art work while participating in the Masters degree program.
“The yoga teachings have changed my life in many profound ways, and I feel great inspiration from sharing that wisdom with others. There is such satisfaction in seeing people deepen their own self-understanding, get clearer on what they really want from life—and begin to attain it.”
In addition to her extensive teaching background, Diksha has managed a large retreat center kitchen, written two very successful vegetarian cookbooks (see below) and has expertise in nutrition and Ayurveda (the ancient Indian science of health and healing).