Alisa trained at SVYASA University whose website states as its objective:
“To provide for instruction and training in yoga and spiritual lore as propounded by Swami Vivekananda, the famous Indian … [guru] who heralded the grandeur of Sanatana Dharma (the laws of creation) in the West through his epoch making speech in the Parliament of Religions on September 11, 1893.”
During her stay there, Alisa was particularly influenced by:
Professor H. R. Nagendra, Vice-Chancellor of SVYASA, whose teachings were very inspiring particularly, those concerning the Bhagvad Gita and karma yoga.
Professor N.V.C. Swami, Dean of Academics, who clarified the relationship between ancient yogic teachings, particularly Patanjaliss Yoga Sutras, and modern science.
Dr. R. Nagarathna, M.D. Dean of the Division of Yoga and Life Sciences and head of the 160 bed residential yoga therapy health home at SVYASA. She transmitted a deep appreciation of the capacity of ancient yogic practices to cure some modern medical diseases.
Sri N. V. Raghuram, senior yoga instructor, whose counseling at a very difficult time enabled Alisa to complete her training.