Slava Surya Kolpakov is originally from Krasnoyarsk, a city in Siberia, Russia. He has lived in the United Stated since 1996.
Slava is a yoga philosophy teacher, author, neuro-musculoskeletal bodyworker, and founder of multiple holistic health businesses.
He grew up in the Soviet Union with yoga-practicing parents, and met his teachers, Swami Satchidananda and Swami Asokananda in 2000 in New York City.
Slava has been a yoga teacher since 2002, completing several Integral Yoga certifications, and 750-hour Structural Yoga Therapy training in 2005.
He started teaching yoga at the Integral Yoga Institute, in NYC, in 2002, and was given the name Surya by his yoga teacher, the late Yoga Master Swami Satchidananda, the founder of Integral Yoga.
In 2017, Slava wrote Threads of Light (available on Amazon), a book of yoga stories and practices, born out of the stories he shares in his yoga classes and workshops.
He is a guest instructor at multiple Yoga Teacher Trainings around San Diego, CA, and Boston, MA, and teaches on Yoga Philosophy, Vedanta, the Yoga Sutras, Understanding Bhagavad Gita, the Upanishads, History and Origins of Yoga.
In addition, to his yoga background, Slava has been a Neuromuscular Therapist and Thai Massage Therapist since 2005. He has been leading Thai Massage Trainings since 2009.
For many years (2007-2018), Slava owned and managed East West Massage Center in Boston, MA, a massage clinic with 20 massage therapists and two locations, working with athletic teams in Boston (including Harvard University and Boston College athletics), and many other people with injuries and chronic pain. Slava sold East West Massage in 2018 to move back with his family to San Diego, CA. East West Massage website has been taken down, but the videos below feature some of Slava's work.
He is a faculty instructor at the International College of Holistic Studies (ICOHS) in San Diego. He teaches Eastern Methods (Thai Massage, Tui Na, Acupressure, and Ayurvedic applications) and an online course that Slava designed for ICOHS: Holistic Healing Applications (complementary medicine methods for treathing common chronic illnesses).