Nayaswamis Dharmadas and Nirmala

Dharmadas and Nirmala worked closely with Swami Kriyananda for 35 years beginning in the 1970s and have taught yoga and meditation on three continents.

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Chaitanya Mahoney

Chaitanya Mahoney has been a life member of Ananda since 19–. He has lived in many of the communities in the U.S.A. and performed his light bearer and ministerial duties in all of them.

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Nayaswami Jayanti Manning

Jayanti is a long-time disciple of Paramhansa Yogananda having met Swami Kriyananda in 1969 and studied Yogananda’s teachings under his guidance for 41 years.

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Nayaswami Bhavani Ghirard

Nayaswami Bhavani has served as an Ananda Lightbearer minister since 1982. She is past director of the Ananda Yoga Teacher Training Program at Ananda Village and now directs the program here in Sacramento.

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Brahmacharini Chandrika Westerinen

Chandrika has taught Paramhansa Yogananda’s teachings of the yoga science for over 20 years. She also manages the office and and temple during the week.

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Brahmacharini Victoria Hansen

Victoria leads the Healing Prayer Ministry and has developed the Prayer Council, a group of 25 dedicated prayer givers who pray daily for others and the SOS Prayer Group, a group of 60 others who pray for people in crisis.

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Bryan Coleman Salgado

Dr. Bryan Coleman Salgado has practiced yoga asana for more than 40 years, and is a physical therapist. He is privileged to live in the Ananda community since 1997, and was recently ordained as a minister. He is a professor of physical therapy at Sacramento State, and has taught the anatomy, physiology and contraindications/precautions to Ananda Yoga teachers.

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Thomas Cerussi

Tom has been a disciple of Paramhansa Yogananda for 35 years. His has a clear, concise and warm teaching style integrates the ancient teachings of yoga into daily life.

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Jean Corry

Jean Corry has been practicing yoga for six years and teaching since receiving her 200 RYT in 2015. Jean was attracted to yoga because of the deep mind, body, and spiritual connection and strives to share this uplifting experience with her students.

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Claudia Funari

Claudia has also been an avid student of yoga for over 14 years. She discovered yoga after suffering from a debilitating and painful nerve condition. Because of the balancing, healing and restorative power of yoga, she now enjoys skiing, biking and even rock climbing.

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Lan Gluckman

Lan has been teaching yoga at the Ananda Center since 2005. Her students love her gentle and welcoming teaching style. She is a skillful guide into the stress-relieving quality of the yoga postures for all ages.

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Astara (Brenda) Gustin, Ph.D

Blending the art and science of yoga and meditation to raise awareness, health and wellness are created from within. Enjoy entering the deep vibration of transcending peace and expansion into your radiant light as you practice yoga (union) with Astara.

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Prasanna Hankins

Prasanna has been practicing yoga since 1998 and specifically practicing Ananda Yoga since 2004.  She took her Yoga Teacher Training in 2016 as well as specialized training in Restorative Yoga and Seniors and Bone Strength.  Prasanna incorporates her understanding and experience as a devotee, teacher, and healer into her yoga classes.  She also teaches yoga to […]

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Hanuman Craig Gahlbeck

Hanuman Craig Gahlbeck has studied the teachings of Paramhansa Yogananda for more than twenty years. He first met Swami Kriyananda in 1995 and soon after became a disciple of Paramhansa Yogananda.

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Yoko Macahilas

I have been teaching yoga at a local hospital since 2006 to patients and employees as my service. Though it may not be the most spiritual nor ideal environment for practicing yoga with occasional loud overhead speaker announcing “code blue in room so and so”, it has been a source of great joy for me to share Ananda Yoga there.

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Theodora Wilner

Theodora Wilner, MA, RYT, HC has been practicing YOGA since the 70’s and has been teaching YOGA for 17 years. She received her YOGA Teachers Training through Ananda from Maria McSweeney in 1998.

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Beata Tyminski

Beata Tyminski is certified Ananda Yoga instructor, RYT200. Her love for Yoga started after experiencing gentle style offered by Ananda Yoga.

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