Murali Venkatrao was born in India and lives now in the Seattle area. His is an active life balancing a creative and committed career in technology with regular visits to his family in India. Added to his dedication to the path of yoga, Murali shares in a creative, insightful, and playful style for which students are most appreciative. Murali directs the Ananda Yoga Teacher Training program with Michelle Marshall.
Michelle Marshall serves as an instructor and assistant director for the Ananda Yoga Teacher Training program. She teaches both Ananda meditation and Ananda yoga, including on-going classes, workshops and the Hatha Intensive program. Michelle appreciates the many opportunities she has to share the benefits of yoga, meditation and teaching with students at Ananda.
Christy Johnston teaches the Meditation Level 1 classes and yoga at the Lynnwood Community. She enjoys the opportunity to help people find the joy and calmness in these practices that she herself has found. She lives at the Ananda Community with her husband Rick.
Justin Maggart teaches Ananda Yoga and meditation in Bothell at the Meditation Temple and in Seattle at East West Bookshop. As an experienced Spanish and English teacher, Justin dynamically leads classes that help students understand and daily practice the teachings of Raja Yoga.
Prem-Shanti Rider serves Ananda at the Meditation Temple in Bothell on staff and is a Tyagi member of the Nayaswami Order. She also serves part-time at the Living Wisdom School in Shoreline. Prem-Shanti’s smiling presence has been part of Ananda since moving to Ananda Village in 1988.With her husband Larry she has also lived at Ananda communities in Portland, OR, and Seattle, WA. She and Larry also founded and operated the Ananda Retreat Center in Rhode Island for many years. Her delightful voice and radiant good cheer have touched many hearts everywhere she goes. Prem-Shanti is an ordained Lightbearer-Minister of Ananda Church of Self-Realization.
Buddy Wilson teaches Meditation level I and assists with the Raja Yoga course. After several years practicing meditation under Theravada, Mahayana and Zen traditions, Buddy found a personal resonance with the devotional, energy-centered and highly practical approach of the ancient Yoga masters that is taught at Ananda. He now joyfully shares his love and enthusiasm for this meditation practice through teaching.
Michael Dennis has enjoyed helping people as a licensed massage therapist for many years. Several years ago he added the practice and teaching of hatha yoga to his repertoire of healing techniques, and very much enjoys working with students in Ananda Yoga classes at East West Bookshop in Seattle.
Lorie Gail teaches yoga classes at the Ananda temple in Bothell. She specializes in deep relaxation classes. One of her greatest joys in teaching a yoga class is helping others find the peace and joy she has found through her practice. Her gentle manner of teaching creates a safe and supportive environment which allows each student to release and relax into the poses. Through these gentle poses each student’s natural energy and balance will be restored and they can discover their own inner radiance.
Rashmi Dave - Helping people achieve more healthful lifestyles as a personal coach, Rashmi felt drawn to the teaching of yoga, which she had practiced since early life. Rashmi shares her love of yoga in it’s traditional meditative form at Ananda and at East West Bookshop in Seattle. She appreciates being an instrument in helping people find their center through the practice of yoga.
Tuquynh Tran completed her teacher training from the Ananda Institute of Living Yoga and is a Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT 200) with Yoga Alliance. Her focus is to cultivate a safe environment to practice yoga, as well as create a positive outer and inner experience for her students. Tuquynh strives to live a balanced, meaningful life as she walks the yogic path.