Mandala Yoga's Teachers

Ajeet Kaur

www.kypdx.org
Ajeet fell in love with Kundalini Yoga in 1978. She sought out teachers, studied at the Portland Ashram and began attending Yogi Bhajan’s lectures. Since 1999, teaching Kundalini has become a part of her life’s service. When Ajeet teaches, she holds a nurturing space based in neutrality. In this space students find balance in their minds and bodies, while reducing stress in their lives. Ajeet is certified as a Level 2 KRI Kundalini Yoga Teacher, Level 2 Sat Nam Rasayan Healer, Breathwalk Instructor and a KY TeacherTrainer. It is her intention to help students to help themselves, as together we journey into the Aquarian Age. Teachers open the door, but you must enter by yourself ~ Chinese Proverb

Annick Vidal

Annick's love for yoga began in 1995, after years of running marathons and arriving to a place in her body where she could barely touch her toes. Slowly, she built a strength and flexibility practice that allowed her to work deeply into yoga postures. Since becoming a yoga teacher, Annick has studied with some of the most gifted Masters in the world, including BKS Iyengal, Ana Forest, Tim Miller, David Swenson, Nancy Gilgoff, Beryl Bender, Manju Jois, Richard Friedman, Rodney Yee, Shiva Rae, John Friend, and Donna Farhi.  Annick has earned teacher training in injury prevention and healing and is skilled at offering extra insights into modifications for students who are new to yoga or who are recovering from injuries. Annick’s teaching is based in alignment, strength, flexibility and moving with awareness. She empowers and reminds her students to listen to their own body and likes to challenge people to build their best yoga practice, in a safe and fun environment, with the goal of living a healthier life.

Dianne Barrett

In the 20 years that Dianne has been practicing yoga in New Zealand, Japan, Scotland and the US, she has been most inspired by the Iyengar, Hatha, and Kundalini traditions. As her life unfolds, so has her practice. Her teachings incorporate pranayama, meditation and asana, within a context of contact with Self & surrender. Dianne obtained her 200 hr teaching certification at The Movement Center, here in Portland.

Guru Surya Kaur Khalsa

www.kypdx.org
Guru Surya Khlasa has been practicing Kundalini Yoga since 2002, discovering it at a time of great transition in her life. She feels that yoga helps her to be lighter, happier, more graceful and grateful. She completed her Kundalini Yoga Teacher Training here in Portland in 2009 and feels blessed to teach others. She has completed Level 2 Teacher Training modules Stress & Vitality and Authentic Relationships. Guru Surya has supported and served the Kundalini Yoga Portland community since 2009 and leads Aquarian Sadhana every 3rd Sunday of the month at Awakenings Wellness Center. Guru Surya loves the spiritual name she received, its translation is "The pure princess of the Sun who brings one from darkness to light". She loves teaching series and themes in her classes, and supporting people to reach their full potential.

Heather Beckett

Heather brings over a decade of teaching experience to her classes, with training in Iyengar, Vinyasa & Therapeutic Yoga. Her colorful, celebratory, dynamic style invites students to deeply connect to themselves. Her classes deepen core strength and agility, support the transformation of negative patterns and creation of positive patterns, build and sculpt muscle tone, develop awareness of anatomical systems in motion, cultivate emotions as powerful tools for good, and support connection to Source through movement, breath, and voice. A lifelong facilitator and adventuring spirit, Heather loves to engage the wild creative essence that resides within each person. She believes every human has vital gifts to offer the world, and she passionately loves to help her students cultivate these gifts through yoga. Heather gives thanks to her maverick spiritual teacher Martin Prechtel, her yoga teacher trainers Gloria Goldberg and Todd Jackson, and to the many lineage-keepers who have kept yoga alive. When she's not on the yoga mat, you might find Heather leading MUSE Dance, making big art, or working on a multi-media musical.

Kyla Ferguson

Kyla came to yoga through a lifelong journey of dance and movement expression. Her formal yoga practice began in high school, and in 2005 she began studying Embodyoga in Amherst, Massachusetts. She completed her 200hr training in 2006 and 500hr training in 2010 with founder Patty Townsend. Her practice and teaching are guided by inquiry into the cellular wisdom of the body. Through formal education, Kyla has explored the role of yoga, movement and meditation as factors of resiliency in our challenging world. Her undergraduate thesis looked at yoga and mindfulness as tools in healing and community building. Her graduate thesis explored the use of Yoga Nidra as a stress-reduction technique in the workplace. Kyla feels strongly about bringing yoga practice into the work of social justice, and aims to make her classes accessible and healing for all.

Laurel Clohessy

Laurel Clohessy (Deshpal Kaur) grew up with Kundalini Yoga sprinkled throughout her early childhood. She returned to the arms of this practice following the birth of her oldest son. In 2005 Laurel studied with Gurmukh to become a certified Khalsa Way Prenatal teacher. In 2007, she completed the Radiant Child teacher training with Shakta Kaur, and in 2014 Laurel completed her Level 1 KYTT with Sevak Singh Khalsa. Laurel often incorporates poetry and dance movement into her all-levels classes. It is her joy to share these teachings with others, and she sees the powerful practice of Kundalini Yoga as a compass that can always point us forward, as well as return us to the happiest, truest Self.

Marla Becker

www.marlabecker.com
Driven by an interest in studying consciousness and a sincere desire to help others, Marla has experienced a variety of yoga and meditation styles. She has found herself in love with Kundalini Yoga, because “it works.” By working with specific kriyas and meditations, she has found it possible to target issues in herself and her clients, such as anxiety and depression, experiencing notable results of deepened awareness, calmness and well-being. After 45 years on a spiritual path, she feels that the time is right for her to begin teaching and sharing the experiences and information she has absorbed over the decades. Marla’s own daily sadhana (practice) has created a deeply meaningful impact in her own life, and she feels it is extremely rewarding to help facilitate others in the experience of their own self-exploration and personal awakening. Marla has been a licensed and practicing Marriage and Family Therapist, since 1978. As a yoga teacher, she aims to help others overcome obstacles and maximize their individual potential to live mindfully. Marla completed a KRI Certified Kundalini Yoga Teacher Training in 2014, and is so happy and grateful to be a part of the incredible Mandala Yoga community.

Michelle Barton

Michelle's yoga was born out of the spirit of service. Deeply inspired by her own life journey, and the teachings of Sarahjoy Marsh. Michelle's goal is to make yoga accessible to anyone who would like to experience and enjoy all of the benefits of practice, regardless of physical limitations or past injury. Michelle has advanced teacher training in the area of Therapeutic and Adaptive Yoga. She also has training in PRI inspired yoga, derived from the work of the Postural Restoration Institution of Physical Therapy. She is also a certified teacher of Chinese Essence Qigong, another powerful form of healing movement. Michelle believes that yoga offers valuable tools to help one cope with day to day life. These tools can help relieve stress and anxiety, reduce pain and suffering, improve health and guide you to find unity within and peace of mind.

Dr. Neera Malhotra

Dr. Neera Malhotra has been practicing yoga since 1989 and earned her KRI Kundalini Yoga certification in 2012. She is a professor at Portland State University, and her yoga classes offer her expertise in cultural identity, sexuality, disability studies and trauma sensitive approaches. She delivers Yogi Bhajan’s teachings through her classes and mindfully designs them to ensure that every class is accessible. Neera believes that it is important to live a life that is truly free, that allows oneself to go beyond, by simply daring to live a sustained and optimal level of well-being and joy. Her underpinning philosophy of life is to hold oneself strong, lift up, and continue to thrive while serving one another. Come identify, explore, embrace your sexual self and deepen your spiritual and yogic practices through her meditation and pranayama intensive classes.

Pamela Sery

Pamela started her own yoga practice in 2002, influenced by the joyful teachings of Steve Ross from Maha Yoga in California. She has since studied the masters in many forms: sweating in Bikram, chanting in Bhakti, aligning in Iyengar, stretching in Vinyasa, strengthening in Ashtanga, meditating in Raja, energizing with Shiva Rea, relaxing with Yin, and giggling with Laughter Yoga. In 2009 she earned her 200hr Yoga Alliance Certification, qualified to teach Yoga Sculpt, Yoga for Seniors, Hot Power Fusion, Yin Yoga, and Power Vinyasa. She teaches group classes around Portland, and loves to work with people one-on-one. Classes with Pamela will encourage you to breath, reach and smile!

Sat Daya Singh

A lifelong surfer and avid fly fisherman, since boyhood Sat Daya has found grounding in such activities that call on the power of solitude, movement, and environmental elements, to restore the body and mind. In the midst of a transformative life event, Sat Daya discovered the practice of Kundalini Yoga and experienced a monumental shift. Existing as both a philosophy and discipline for daily guidance and restoration, he fell in love with Kundalini Yoga. Sat Daya's classes are aimed at creating an environment for healing, joy, and self-discovery. His teacher training began with a KRI Level 1 Kundalini Yoga teacher training in Los Angeles, with Harijiwan Singh and Tej Kaur. He soon thereafter completed a Level 2 training called Mind and Meditation, and recently finished the Level 2 training called Conscious Communication. During his time in Los Angeles, Sat Daya dedicated seva as a yoga teacher to homeless teens at the Protection and Direction Center and also volunteered as a night sevadar at the Guru Ram Das Ashram.

Signa Cheney

www.signayoga.com
Signa's journey began with the Hatha Iyengar lineage and teacher Gayna Uransky, and continued with many years of Ashtanga, Vinyasa and Kundalini Yoga. Signa has been teaching yoga since 1989 and is the owner of Mandala. She enjoys helping people experience yoga as a personal and individual path. She considers her own practice a sacred ritual and is passionate about mantra, pranayama, gong and the uses of sound current in yoga practice. Her classes offer a depth of understanding and connection to various lineages, a love of music and sound healing, as well as the experience of years of personal practice and devotion to the path of yoga. 

Vani Kimbrell

www.vaniyoga.com
Vani has been teaching yoga since 2000. She is thankful to many teachers, including Swami Satchidananda and Yogi Bhajan. She is certified in Hatha Yoga through Integral Yoga, Kundalini Yoga through 3HO, and Pre-Natal Yoga through Whole Birth Yoga. Vani is also a certified doula, through CAPPA. These days Vani spends her free time writing poetry, learning from her granddaughter and learning from the at-risk youth she teaches through a local non-profit program called Street Yoga. 

Veronika Vogler

Veronika has been a student of yoga as a way of life for over 15 years. An advanced certified Sivananda instructor and 800 hour trained Dharma Yoga teacher, she currently lives and teaches between Portland and New York City at the world renowned Dharma Yoga Center. In addition to traditional yoga practice, Veronika has spent the last several years studying Cree Native American practices and traveling the world to join in a variety of ceremonies and knowledge exchanges. Veronika's all-level classes offer a dynamic blend of asana, kriya and meditation, with a focus on the breath and heart. She also skillfully shares yoga philosophy and yoga lifestyle teachings.

Wah Khalsa

Wah Khalsa was born into the Kundalini Yoga lineage. She is the daughter of renowned Kundalini Yoga teacher Gurmukh Khalsa. When Wah graduated from her community’s spiritual boarding school in India at the age of 18 as a certified yoga teacher, she was blessed to spend the following two years in New Mexico studying directly under her spiritual teacher, Yogi Bhajan. At the age of 21 she fell into the grace of her family’s yoga business, Golden Bridge Yoga. With Wah you will experience a deep authenticity and realness with Kundalini Yoga. Wah offers her true self, and that is what comes through in her teachings - a real, approachable and modern yogi who tastefully brings fun and funk into a deeply-rooted spiritual practice. You can find Wah teaching weekly classes in Portland, OR or catch her on one of her soulful treks around the world. She also offers Kundlaini Dance at Sat Nam Fest East & West.

Mandala Yoga's Subs

Why Yoga?

Why Yoga?

Yoga is a complete wellness system, that optimizes health and brings peace of mind. Yoga is for everyone - If you can breathe, you can do yoga. We offer a variety of lineages that support your practice to be personalized. We will help you find or deepen, and love your yoga.

Why Kundalini Yoga?

Known as the yoga of transformation, Kundalini Yoga dynamically engages mantra, pranayama, mudra, bhandas and drishti, as well as asana. It is designed to give you potent and powerful results quickly, which is great in today's modern, busy world!