Dr. Adina Riposan-Taylor
Dr. Adina Riposan-Taylor (Saraswati Devi) is the founder of Satya Sattva studio and study group. Adina is life-time committed to self-development practice and study, such as Yoga and Meditation, Qigong and Tai Chi, philosophy and contemplative comparative studies in Buddhism, Hinduism, Shivaism, Sufism, Daoism, and Christianity, as well as self-inquiry and Transpersonal Psychology. She is particularly interested in the impact of these activating and contemplative practices on balancing the human nervous system, the mind-and-body integrated approach to health and development, and the impact on the ageing process.
Dr. Adina Riposan-Taylor is an active researcher in Biomedical Informatics, with extensive experience in both research and translational activities. She is also experienced as an University Lecturer and Bilingual Journalist, which supports her publishing, lecturing activities and workshops presentations. See Adina’s Articles
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Adina is married and she is the happy mother of a 8 years old son, George, who is her life inspiration and the precious treasure of her heart !
Yoga and Meditation experience
Adina has practiced Meditation for 25 years and Yoga for over 20 years, in several countries in Europe as well as in the USA. Her study and practice experience covers a wide variety of yoga branches and styles, such as Hridaya Hatha Yoga, Kriya Yoga, Kundalini Yoga, Jnana Yoga, Raja Yoga, Tantra Yoga, Vinyasa and Ashtanga Yoga.
Adina has completed over 800-hr Yoga Teacher Trainings in several countries and yoga styles. She is a 500-hr Hridaya Hatha Yoga Certified Teacher (recognised under both Yoga Alliance and Yoga Federation certification programs), having studied under the guidance of Sahajananda for over 17 years.
Adina is a member of the Buddhist Palchen Study Group, Jacksonville FL, affiliated to Kunzang Palchen Ling (KPL) Tibetan Buddhist Center, and she has received the Empowerment in Vajrayana Buddhism with Bardor Tulku Rinpoche. The Buddhist name she received on this occasion was Sarasvati Devi.
Qigong, Tai Chi and Daoist studies experience
Adina is also a Wu Style Tai Chi and Qigong Certified Teacher, traditional Tai Chi style transmitted by Tai Chi Teacher Kai Van Bodegom from Nourishing Life and his Chinese Tai Chi Master Yang Cheng Long.
Earlier in her life, since 1999, Adina had studied Taoist Alchemy and a set of Taoist practices with Grandmaster Mantak Chia and his Universal Tao group in Romania, and that sat the basis for her long-time practice.
Adina provides classes and workshops in Qigong and Tai Chi and Daoist Alchemy in multiple locations across Jacksonville, Fernandina Beach and St Augustine area (FL), offering teachings in several styles and forms of Medical Qigong, Daoist Qigong, Buddhist Qigong, and a form of Tai Chi based on the Yang style.
Adina is also involved in researching into the health benefits of Tai Chi and Qigong, as well as particular teaching methods adapted for children, elderly people, and people with physical or neurologic disabilities.
Professional and Scientific Research Biography
Dr. Adina Riposan-Taylor is an active researcher in Biomedical Informatics, with extensive experience in both research and translational activities. She is also experienced as an University Lecturer, which supports her lecturing activities and workshops presentations.
Adina is currently based in the USA, she lives on Amelia Island (Fernandina Beach town, FL) and performs professional activities in Fernandina and Jacksonville area, maintaining collaborations with a number of research institutions in the USA and Europe.
At present, Adina has a new research interest in Integrative Medicine and the integration of Complementary and Alternative practices with mainstream medical research, being enthusiastic about the new approach and the advancements that holistic medicine could bring to the overall medical practice and patient care. She is also committed to the field of Contemplative Neurosciences, and the new approach to understanding the mind and how the contemplative disciplines help developing the human brain, as well as the connection between the mind and body for the overall health improvement and maintenance.
Adina is actively involved in acknowledging the contributions that Contemplative Neurosciences have brought to the mainstream brain research area, and the understanding of how Contemplative disciplines and personal development practices (such as meditation, yoga, qigong and tai chi) can radically improve people’s lives and wellbeing, overall health level and mental health at any age, as well as the awakening of the “Healer Within”.
Since 2007, Adina acted as an Expert Evaluator at the European Commission in Brussels for evaluating EU R&D grant proposals. Since 2004, Adina was selected as a Government consultant for structural funds research and development programs in Italy and Romania (national grant facility programme).
Adina has completed her Post-Doctoral program as a Senior Scientist at Cardiff University, UK (where she held the position of Research Associate). During her post doctoral research, she has specialised in advancing biomedical applications and infrastructures for individualised healthcare – such as computational workflows for disease prevention and ethical prioritization of preventive screening services, ambient assisted living and patient risk management, as well as new paradigms in biomedical data discovery and distributed decision support processes.
Adina had completed her PhD program at the Military Technical Academy (MTA) in Romania (as an Associate Lecturer), where she conducted research activities for distributed data management and network architectures for military-supervised operations in case of catastrophic events (such as evacuation strategies and large-scale rescue operations, and workflow management for paramedical emergency operations within mobile-static distributed environments, requiring intelligent complex infrastructures that could respond to crisis situations).
Adina had also conducted research work in the area of free and open Information Technologies, and has extensive knowledge and experience in the development and management of Open-Source Library Software.
Dr. Adina Riposan-Taylor has co-ordinated several international and national R&D projects during the past 10 years and had active roles in preparing and participating in EU IST research projects. Adina has co-authored and published scientific research papers and articles since 2000, and has written and contributed to the writing of research grants for both the European Commission IST funding framework, as well as for the national development programs in UK, France, Italy and Romania.
During her initial professional career in Romania (her country of origin), Adina had run her own SME company Contact Net Ltd for over 10 years (see Company Brochure, during which she conducted ITC research and development activities, software development, and provided consulting and project management services that led to developing long-term collaborations with many universities and research centers across Europe and the USA (see profile).
International Work Experience
During 2002-2007, Adina had gradually migrated her work base from Romania to the Western countries, where she maintained project-based collaborations, at present having accumulated work experience and project partnerships in France, Italy, Spain, UK, Germany, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, Sweden, Greece, Poland, Czech Republic, Hungary, Russia, Japan, and the USA.