Vedic Conservatory's

Mukti Michael Buck

Founder/Director of the Vedic Conservatory

International Teacher/Mentor

Mukti is the Founder, Director and senior teacher of the Vedic Conservatory. He is celebrated as an accomplished instructor’s instructor in the art of Vedic Thai-Yoga Bodywork. His 2007 induction into The World Massage Hall of Fame praised him for his career of unconditional loving service to humanity, bhakti yoga, as demonstrated through more than 17 years of continuous traveling and teaching. Mukti has shared his gifts at the best yoga centers, massage schools and health resorts nationally and abroad, teaching over 1000 hours each year in a different city each weekend. Mukti has issued initiating certificates to nearly ten thousand pupils in 7 countries. He has also documented over 13,000 private sessions.

His previous professional background includes graduation from The Swedish Institute NYC in 1984, the advanced program at The Ohashi Institute in NYC in 1985, and The Anma Institute in San Francisco, CA in 1986 and in 1996 Mukti achieved Level Three Instructor status with The International Thai Therapy Association [I.T.T.A]. Mukti is a member of ABMP and a certified instructor with Thai Healing Alliance International [T.H.A.I.] and is New York and Florida state licensed. Mukti is a certified Revelation Breathing Coach and Tratak Meditation Initiator.

At age 20 Mukti accepted TM initiation by Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, at age 22 Mukti received Shaktipat Transmission personally from Swami Muktananda and at age 24 Mukti was ordained by the renowned Sanskrit scholar A.C.Bhaktivedanta Swami Srila Prabhupada into the Gaudiya Vaisnava Sampradaya [lineage] as a Hare Krishna monastic and was instrumental in opening several yoga and meditation centers worldwide.

Serafima Di



As founders of Family KungFu School in Russia, Moscow, I have been training Kung Fu for kids and adults for over 17 years.

Aside from a teacher of KungFu and supporting families and offering VC courses throughout Russia, Serafima is The Vedic Conservatory's officer of public Relations and Promotional Affairs and is dearly loved in Russia and America by hundreds of students for her dedication and personal care.

As a personal interest, Serafima also presents classes in Moscow for Couples on preparing to become successful Parents and has adapted technology from her VC studies to support pregnant women. She ve been studied with Mexican midwife Angelina Martinez Miranda. And Okai Ryutaro (Shiatsu)- the founder of Dento Shiatsu Igaku School, Hakko Dentoryu Yawara.

Her Vedic Thai Yoga sessions are full of smooth techniques and work with BioFiled, Energies and Chakra System. Also she has private work with women, working on Feminine Energy and increasing Sexual Health.
Serafima's quote:

"What is the difference between VTY and other types of Assisted Stretchings?

VTYB is an excellent Practitioner-Receiver communication and good clean energy exchange too. Also when conversing, I don’t use the word ‘therapist’ or ‘client’. These terms are too socially and officially misunderstood. For example, a receiver can take only that what he or she exactly needs. When you come to VTYB to get answers to your questions - expect that you will find what you have been looking for."

Serafima's Education also includes degrees from The University of Foreign Languages. And Teacher Degree.

David Brandt

VC Teacher,


Hi, I’m David Brandt, for ever a student of the healing arts. I’ve enjoyed practicing massage therapy and Vedic Bodywork since 2010 in a variety of different yoga studios, chiropractic offices, spas and home settings. With breath, consciousness and precise rhythmic compressions, I offer up a unique massage born out of a desire for healing rather than indulgence. I have the pleasure of working with a wide variety of clients from diverse backgrounds and age groups all with different body types. I also have the joy and privilege of teaching for the prestigious Vedic Conservatory the methods taught by Mukti the director and founder of the VC..

My passion for the healing arts started as a young boy living in Missouri. During my summers in grade school I would spend the days hanging with mom, a home health nurse, traveling with and assisting her on house visits. It was during this time that I first witnessed some of the most practical expressions of loving kindness I’ve ever seen. I would watch as she tended to the wounds of the dying with such tenderness, humility and compassion, praying with them, bringing peace and love to departing souls. It is this love she embodies that compels me to share myself in similar ways ultimately surrendering to my highest potential.

For me this would manifest first as a teenager volunteering at a local hospital, then professionally in 2000 as an orderly/assistant in the radiology department, later (in 2002) as an Emergency Medicine Technician and eventually (in 2010) as a Licensed Massage Therapist.

Ekaterina Terekhova

VC Teacher


Kerry Tice



Kerry’s passion for movement, learning and teaching began in early childhood and has driven him into a career of movement and teaching, a subject near to his heart. With over 5,000 hours teaching yoga, Kerry has trained hundreds of instructors across the nation. He holds the highest level of registration through Yoga Alliance, E-RYT500. Kerry graduated in 2015 from the Yoga University of Florida (RYT-500) with a specialization in Yoga Therapeutics.  

Yoga studio owner and director, Kerry has presented thousands of hours training new yoga instructors. His yoga studio, CircuSoul Yoga provides classes to the public and is host to many master trainers and instructors. Kerry first started studying Vedic Thai Yoga after his first Thai Yoga workshop in 2011. He has been a diligent student, taking and hosting several Vedic Thai Yoga trainings each year at CircuSoul Yoga. Kerry is a graduate of Sunshine Massage School in Chiang Mai Thailand where he studied Traditional Thai Massage.

Kerry is a father of three young children who all love to move, play and flow. He is a life-long student who is always sharpening his tools, and diving deeper into the study of all movement, especially Vedic Thai healing.

David Dhanvantari Tietje

VC Teacher

Dallas, TX

David unexpectedly found yoga in 1994 while receiving chair massages at Whole Foods. He started practicing daily, attended classes at Ananda and Unity Church of Dallas and while taking “The Artist’s Way” workshop, began teaching his 'art of yoga' at Unity. He received his 500-hr Yoga Teaching Certification in 2005 through Namaste’ International and in 2006, a friend invited him to attend a 3-Day Vedic Thai workshop.

Upon discovering this 'new' and ancient bodywork, David found a purpose that had always seemed elusive and he promptly attended school to receive his massage therapy license.

Lauren Ward


Since Lauren was a young child, she’s always wanted to be a helper. Even at a very early age, she would often rub her grandparents head, hands, and feet just to provide them comfort and relaxation from their aches & pains. Experiencing a significant amount of medical trauma in the Western medical approach, she decided to seek alternative options for healing and balance.

Yoga Christy Thorndill


Christy has studied with Mukti since 1999, practicing Thai-Yoga for 11 years as a companion to her Yoga Teaching and Personal Training practice. Christy has a joyful spirit and a true passion for sharing Thai-Yoga techniques with the world, and is excitedly planning many travels to teach both Thai-Yoga and Therapeutic Hatha Yoga in the coming years......