Annelies Richmond - international teacher and teacher trainer of personal development, meditation, yoga, and leadership programs for the Art of Living Foundation. She is currently the director of Teacher Training for the Art of Living Foundation USA, and is Director Emeritus of Yesplus USA. Previously, Annelies danced professionally for 15 years, the last half of her career was spent dancing for the Metropolitan Opera in NYC. She pioneered the initiative to bring mindfulness, yoga and meditation programs by the Art of Living - the YES! For Schools program - into the public school system in NYC in 2005. It has now grown to serve 13,000 young people across 10 states. She has also been integrating Yesplus, the Art of Living’s university program on service, leadership and mindfulness, into universities across the USA, which has begun with much success in several universities. She derives her inspiration to empower others and her teaching abilities from her teacher, Sri Sri Ravi Shankar.