Murali Venkatrao was born in India and lives now in the Seattle area. Murali has studied different variations of Hatha Yoga both in India and the US. He has been teaching Yoga for the past 14 years. Added to his dedication to the path of yoga, Murali shares in a creative, insightful, and playful style for which students are most appreciative. Formerly a Software Architect at Microsoft, Murali is currently pursuing his PhD in Yoga at Prashanti Kuteeram in Bangalore, India. Murali directs the Ananda Yoga Teacher Training program with Michelle Marshall.
Michelle David 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.
Nancy Callan discovered hatha yoga through pre-natal yoga classes when pregnant with her first child. Later, after experiencing the joy and benefits of Ananda Yoga, she went on to complete her teacher training through the Ananda Institute of Living Yoga. She is inspired to help others use the practice of asana (yoga poses) to develop not only flexibility, strength and wellness but also an awareness of the connection of the physical body to inner qualities such as peace, calmness and joy.
Lynne Steele has been practicing yoga for more than 15 years, and is a Registered Yoga Teacher and certified Ananda Meditation Teacher. Her energetic, enthusiastic and caring approach helps beginning and experienced yoga students find their own personal expressions of joy, harmony and balance in body, mind and spirit. Lynne leads classes at the Ananda Meditation Temple and at other locations in the Seattle area.Lynne lives in Bothell with her husband and 3 large dogs, who constantly remind her how to live with love and ever-new joy.
Sandhya Banda began her yoga training in India at a very young age. She is now a certified Ananda Yoga teacher. A lawyer by profession, she finds that the practices of Hatha Yoga and meditation anchor, balance, and help her navigate the challenges that life poses on a daily basis. She is grateful for the invaluable teachings of ancient wisdom and is thankful for inspiring guidance from teachers in the West as well as the East. Sandhya is motivated by the self-empowering transformation that can happen through the practice of Yoga and cherishes the opportunity to share and learn through teaching yoga.
Michelle Phua fell in love with yoga in 1997 when she took a pre-natal yoga class when pregnant with her oldest child. She has practiced many styles of yoga over the years, but has a special love for Ananda Yoga. She discovered Ananda Yoga during a particularly challenging period in her life and found that her practice helped her to find strength, equanimity, and even joy throughout the difficulties. Ananda Yoga has been such a gift to Michelle that she feels a great deal of joy sharing the blessings of this practice with others.
Gaby Selden is a certified Ananda Yoga Teacher by the Ananda Institute of Living Yoga and a registered yoga teacher with the Yoga Alliance. The Ananda Institute of Living Yoga was founded over sixty years ago by Swami Kriyananda, a direct disciple of Paramhansa Yogananda, author of the spiritual classic, Autobiography of a Yogi (published 1946). She has completed Level II Himalayan Sound Therapy training with Suren Shrestha, a leading practitioner of the ancient art of vibrational healing using Himalayan singing bowls infused with healing intention. Suren is originally from Khandabari, Nepal.
Samara Spitzer was born a seeker, and was lead to yoga in her teens. In her early-20s, her interest in yoga expanded into a full-blown passion when she discovered the heart-opening focus of Anusara Yoga and the alignment focus of Jivamukti Yoga. She continued her spiritual journey into her mid-20s, learning Vipassana meditation, studying Buddhist Psychology at Naropa University, and teaching spiritually-focused dance. When she found the uplifting and enlightening teachings of Ananda & Kriya Yoga, Samara knew that she’d found her home. Today, Samara is passionate about her work behind the scenes at Ananda, and finds joy in teaching yoga at Ananda and in correctional facilities with Yoga Behind Bars.
Lorie Gail specializes in gentle and restorative yoga. She is a Certified Level One Ananda Yoga Therapist, Ananda Meditation teacher, and has completed Relax and Renew training with Judith Hansen Lasater, Integrative Restoration – iRest Level I Yoga Nidra training with Richard Miller, and Mind Body Solutions Opening/Adapting Yoga for Disabilities training with Matthew Sanford. One of her greatest joys is helping others find peace and joy through yoga.
Shaefeather Windsong is a certified Ananda yoga instructor, certified group fitness instructor and reiki practitioner. Shae says, “I want to share, teach and inspire others in ways that would help people on their journey and help myself at the same time. Over the years my practice evolved into yoga teaching, fitness teaching and reiki healing. If I had to describe my teaching style, it would be a flow of positive energy, smiles and cheerful instruction.” Learn more about Shae at www.windsongwellnessandyoga.com/.
Valentin Razmov: Originally from Bulgaria, Valentin moved to the US for graduate studies in computer science and engineering, and found his calling in teaching and coaching. Today, this inspiration to share and empower leads him to engage regularly with audiences in a variety of subjects and settings – software project development and leadership at the university level; chess (and analytical thinking) at both elementary school and online; yoga at East-West Bookshop; and occasional short meditations and yoga practices to college students of engineering. The results have been transformative to his students. Deeper insights about life and the interdependence of everything; wisdom from many spiritual traditions; and a calmer and more positive outlook even in the face of difficult challenges. A number of his students find ways to come back for more.
Suzi Wright is a C-IAYT Ananda Yoga Therapist (Certified International Association of Yoga Therapists) and E-RYT 200 Yoga Teacher (Yoga Alliance Experienced Yoga Teacher). She teaches Yogasana workshops and substitutes at the Institute of Living Yoga in Bothell in addition to owning and teaching at Yoga Sunshine (http://www.yogasunshine.org/). She loves the healing power of yoga and works privately with students to develop personal healing plans. She has worked with clients with various needs, including stroke recovery, cancer treatment support, living with severe spinal cord injury, recovery from knee surgery, working through insomnia, healing IBS, diabetes, finding balance with bi-polar disorder, shifting reactions with PTSD, among others. Suzi also carries certifications as a Meditation Instructor and Restorative Yoga Teacher.