• Devaki Soupios

    Ananda minister and yoga teacher, Devaki Soupios, teaches yoga on Friday mornings from 10:00 – 11:00 am at East West Bookshop.

  • Murali Venkatrao

    Murali Venkatrao is the Director of Yoga Teacher Training at the Ananda Institute of Living Yoga. The Institute is an RYS 200 and RYS 300 registered school. Born in India, he practiced yoga there he was eight years old. Murali has studied different variations of Hatha Yoga both in India and the US. He has been teaching Yoga for the past 14 years. Formerly a Software Architect at Microsoft, Murali is currently pursuing his PhD in Yoga at Prashanti Kuteeram in Bangalore, India.

  • Michelle David

    Michelle David teaches the Hatha Yoga Intensive, plus ongoing Ananda Yoga Classes, specialty yoga workshops such as the Yogasana series, and the popular Superconscious Living course. She is an experienced meditation teacher and assists with the Raja Yoga Intensive as well. As a sideline, Michelle is the building and planning coordinator for the Temple facility.

  • Hailey Abby

    Hailey and her husband Zach manage the Ananda Farm on Camano Island. They also teach Raja Yoga at the Bothell Meditation Temple. Hailey also teaches yoga at the Bothell Meditation Temple.

  • Zach Abby

    Zack and his wife Haily manage the Ananda Farm on Camano Island. They also teach Raja Yoga at the Bothell Meditation Temple. 

  • Cindy Gottfried

    Cindy is a member of the Ananda Sevaka Order and co-leads the Ananda Choir. 

  • Robyn Mattis

    Robyn served in the Ananda Family Ministry for many years, teaching Sunday School for the younger children and running a program for teenage kids as well. She is a member of the Ananda Sadhaka Order and has practiced daily meditation for many years. Robyn is the co-leader of the Ananda Joyful Arts Council. 

  • Nayaswami Nivritti Steenstra

    Nivritti co-founded the Seattle East West Bookshop in 1989. For several years in the 1990s she served as manager of Ananda’s publishing company, Crystal Clarity, at Ananda Village in California.

    Nivritti has taught meditation for more than 30 years and is a certified Ananda Yoga teacher.

    As a former school teacher and administrator, she was well-prepared to help launch the Ananda Living Wisdom School in Shoreline, WA. Now, having launched the school and brought it to its present location, she is co-director of the school and spends half her time living at the Ananda Farm on Camano Island. Nivritti is an ordained Lightbearer of Ananda Church of Self-Realization.

  • Nayaswami Padma McGilloway

    Padma is the co-spiritual director of Ananda in Washington State, with her husband, Hriman.

    Padma moved to Ananda Village in 1973 where she helped publish Swami Kriyananda’s books. She also served as a teacher and counselor. Padma and Hriman raised their son and daughter at Ananda Village.

    While managing Crystal Clarity Publishers, she worked closely with Swami Kriyananda during some of his most prolific years of writing. For nearly 26 years, she coordinated the offering of publishing rights to Swami’s books to publishers into different languages.

    In her classes and talks, she weaves spiritual teachings with memorable stories. Padma also coordinates study programs for Kriya Yogis. She is an ordained Lightbearer and Kriyacharya of Ananda Church of Self-Realization.


  • Nayaswami Hriman McGilloway


    Hriman is the co-spiritual director, with his wife Padma, of Ananda in Washington State. Hriman moved to Ananda Village in California in 1977, where he served as financial director for the worldwide Ananda work. He later managed the Expanding Light guest retreat at Ananda Village.

    In 1993, Swami Kriyananda asked Hriman and Padma to serve as directors of Ananda in Seattle. Hriman’s early studies in Catholic theology give him a profound respect for the shared truths of all religions, and the practical benefits of Raja Yoga.

    Audiences at his Sunday services and classes appreciate his gentle humor and practical insights for living, drawn from the ancient yoga teachings. Hriman is an ordained Lightbearer and Kriyacharya of Ananda Church of Self-Realization.

  • Nayaswami Suryadas Holliman

    Suryadas and his wife Chandi have lived at Ananda’s spiritual community in Lynnwood for over twenty years. He was born and raised in Los Angeles and moved to the northwest in the mid-eighties. After working in the electrical industry as a technician, manager and systems engineer for more than thirty years, he now does administrative work at Ananda Meditation Temple and Living Wisdom School Washington.

    Suryadas teaches ‘How to Meditate’ and other spiritual ‘Art of Living’ classes. His primary interests are meditation, simple living and the arts. In his spare time, he enjoys painting and reading history, science and literary fiction. He was deeply moved by the book Autobiography of a Yogi when he first read it in 1991, and has been a disciple of the great spiritual leader Paramhansa Yogananda ever since. Suryadas enjoys sharing the teachings of Paramhansa Yogananda and his direct disciple, Swami Kriyananda (the founder of Ananda) with those who are interested

  • Nayaswami Chandi Holliman

    Chandi Holliman is the Living Wisdom Preschool founder and has been a Pre-School teacher for 16 years. She holds holds the Education for Life teaching certification, Ananda Yoga and Meditation Teacher certification, and is also a Sharing Nature with Children Trainer. Her diverse background includes South Seattle Food & Hospitality Chef Certification. 

    Chandi has practiced meditation for over twenty years. She is a life member of the Ananda Sevaka order and is a co-leader of the Ananda Washington family ministry. She has a strong devotional temperament and enjoys communing with God in Washington’s beautiful natural environments. She teaches the Fullness  Meditation Series at East West Bookshop and she especially loves sharing meditation with families and children.

  • Tyagi Christy Johnston

    Tyagi Christy Johnston Christy Johnston is an Ananda teacher and minister. She and her husband, Rick (who co-manages East West Bookshop) came to Ananda Seattle in 2004 from the Ananda center in Santa Rosa. Christy is the director of the Healing Prayer Ministry and coordinates resident activities at the Ananda Community in Lynnwood. She is a graduate of both Yoga Teacher Training and Meditation Teacher Training from Ananda and teaches classes in metaphysical healing, affirmations and related subjects.

    Her past career focus and college degree has been in human development and some of her many interests and talents include working with pets, plants, inspiring others to rally around projects, and helping others be more organized.
    Christy suggests that those new to meditation and yoga approach their practice with greater feeling, extending that into a deeper awareness in all daily activities. She suggests that “we use these practices to foster lifestyle transformation and to learn to see past the little things of daily life into the vastness that is your true self. It’s about taking the time to notice your own joy, peace, and innate nature. Self-discipline reminds us that we can be our own best friend, giving ourselves good advice!”

  • Tyagi Rick Johnston

    Tyagi Rick Johnston has been teaching meditation and other classes for as long as he has lived in Seattle, and before that in Santa Rosa, CA! Rick is the senior member of the management team at the East West Bookshop and is one of the founders of the CSA of Ananda Farms (with its subscription food-growing coop and two locations, including Camano Island!)

  • Nayaswami Jamuna Snitkin

    Jamuna joined Ananda in the early 1970s. For many years she co-managed the first East West Bookshop in Menlo Park, California. Since 1996, she has offered personal counseling and taught classes at the Ananda in the Seattle area.

    Her warmth and openness characterize her “Say Yes to Life” attitude. Her teaching specialty is speaking about ways to bring spirit into work and personal relationships. She is an ordained Lightbearer of Ananda Church of Self-Realization.