Mandala Yoga's Teachers

Marla Becker
Marla Becker found herself in love with Kundalini Yoga, "because it works.” Driven by an interest in studying consciousness and a sincere desire to help others, Marla has experienced a variety of yoga and meditation styles and has found over time, many Kundalini Yoga meditations and kriyas she can use herself and with her psychotherapy clients, to target issues with notable positive results. Such as, anxiety and depression, relationship issues, trauma and grief. Kundalini Yoga results in deepened awareness, calmness and well-being. After over 45 years on a spiritual path, teaching and sharing the experiences and information she has absorbed over the decades is extremely fulfilling. Marla’s own daily sadhana practice has had deep and meaningful impact in her own life, and she feels it is extremely rewarding to help facilitate others on their journey of self-exploration and personal awakening. Marla has been a licensed and practicing Marriage and Family Therapist, since 1978. As a yoga teacher, her desire is to help others work through inner obstacles, maximize their individual potential and fully embrace being themselves in this lifetime.

Erik Blender
Erik has been teaching meditation, mantra & breath practices since 2015, and loves to put it all together with a vigorous kundalini class. His classes include a diverse range of breath practices, sound current, energetic kriyas, and melodic mantra for all to join right in. Erik sings and plays live mantra music in class with guitar, gong, Tibetan bowls and other sound healing instruments. In addition to teaching Kundalini Yoga, Erik is a singer & song-writer in the healing music group OmTara & a co-founder of an annual yoga and sound-healing festival, called Resonance. Erik feels that a large part of his Sat Nam, or true path, is assisting others in finding or deepening their awakening practice, their dharma, and their service to the Earth. His classes humbly aim to be an opportunity for a deep journey into yogic practice, Self, consciousness and awakening to the Divine.

Signa Cheney
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, kirtan and the use 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. 

Laurel Clohessy

Laurel Clohessy 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.

Ajeet Kaur
Ajeet fell in love with Kundalini Yoga in 1978. She sought out teachers, attended historic lectures and studied at the Portland Ashram. 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

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 with her spiritual community. 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. 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 Kundalini Dance at Sat Nam Fest East & West. Wah is presently on maternity leave and will hopefully return to our teaching community in Fall 2020.

Guru Surya Khalsa
Guru Surya 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 all five of the Level 2 Teacher Training modules and is now part of the Aquarian Trainer Academy, supporting new teachers. Guru Surya has supported and served the Kundalini Yoga Portland organization since 2009 and continues to show up in various ways for the community. Her name, Guru Surya Kaur Khalsa, means a "pure princess of the sun, who brings one from darkness to light". She feels it is her destiny to humbly achieve this, and she is grateful for the opportunity to support people in reaching their full potential.

Maya Luna

Maya Luna was born and raised in Denmark, and has been on her yoga and movement journey since childhood. A Modern Dance instructor & choreographer, certified Kundalini Yoga teacher and certified Yoga Nidra facilitator, experiencing the world and the sacred divine through movement is what ‘simply makes sense.’ She found her yoga home about 13 years ago, when she ‘accidentally’ walked into a Kundalini Yoga class. A midwife of positive change, she loves to laugh, dance in the rain, find expansive exquisite vistas to sit and dialogue with her ego, and travel the world in seva, doing Karma Yoga. Other interesting aspects of her life include: Certified NLP Master Practitioner, Facilitator & Coach, trained as a Home Birth Midwife, owned her own small Doula business. Her favorite phrase is: “Oh! I didn’t know that! … teach me.” So much to learn and so much to experience in this life time, living in awe and beginner’s mind is what she seeks.

Anandjot Singh

Anandjot took his first yoga class 45 years ago and has been on a path of spiritual growth ever since. A certified teacher in Kundalini Yoga, he has been meditating daily for over 15 years. Anandjot's yoga experience also includes over 30 days of White Tantric Yoga, 11 summer solstices and 3 winter solstice celebrations. His daily sadhana practice is central to his life and creative passions. He attends Summer Solstice in New Mexico every summer to recharge and renew his life-long commitment to yogic living. Anandjot applies the lessons of yoga to all parts of his life: spirit, mind, body, relationships and business. He is currently working on a book which addresses mindful thinking and the relationship between personal and organizational excellence. Anandjot teaches from a place of humility and creates a space for students to access their connection to the universe and their own inner teacher.

Eva Villalobos

A lifelong seeker, Eva began dancing and experiencing yoga at a young age. Throughout her life, she has studied wisdom traditions and various movement arts. She began her yoga journey in earnest after a dance-related injury, at the age of 19. She found deep healing in the practice of yoga, and discovered it to be a reliable path to joy and self-acceptance. In 2014 Eva completed a 300 hour teacher certification in Hatha, Vinyasa, Yin and Restorative Yoga. In 2017 she completed a KRI level one Kundalini Yoga teacher certification. Her primary teachers include Gurmukh, Erica Jago, Gabrielle Roth and Tara Brach. Eva’s classes weave together indigenous intuition with eastern wisdom, guided movement and soulful music, to awaken the true freedom nature within.

Veronika Vogler

Veronika has been a student of yoga as a way of life for over 15 years. An advanced certified Sivananda instructor, 800 hour trained Dharma Yoga teacher, and a long-time practitioner of kundalini practices, Veronika 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 classes are often challenging and deeply informative. She skillfully shares yoga philosophy and yoga lifestyle teachings in her classes and usually offers a complete warm-up, dynamic kriya and transformative meditation. 

Mandala Yoga's Subs

Isabel Falcon

Isabel Falcon was born and raised in Uruguay, and came to the US in 2008. She believes her dharma this lifetime is to be of service. Isabel discovered yoga in 2008, and is devoted to the practices of yoga, self-discipline and humility. Her passion for yoga has lead her to become certified in various modalities, including Barone Batiste tradition, meditation from Paramahansa Yogananda, Bikram Yoga and Kundalini Yoga. On the mat, Isabel is inspired by her own life journey and uses her practice to work through the many obstacles that come with this human form. Through her classes and private instruction, she offers a sacred and safe space for anyone who seeks to emerge into a profound and deep personal experience, while working towards the bliss of true spiritual union. Her intention is to hold space so that we may return to the ever present higher self and our deeply united consciousness. 

Dr. Neera Malhotra

Dr. Neera Malhotra's meditation practice began early in life, at the age of 12. Her mother gave her a mantra, a set of empowering words that she was taught to recite internally, for inner healing and building courage. This experience impacted and inspired her for life. Neera is a certified Kundalini Yoga Instructor since 2016, and is presently in training to complete a 500-hour advanced level training in Kundalini Yoga and Meditation. Neera offers trauma-sensitive yoga, primarily focusing on meditation and pranayam, for building resiliency, trust and healing. In the day time, she teaches at Portland State University and focuses on intersectional topics such as identity, trauma, meditation, resiliency and social justice. She has a doctorate in Education and specializes in universal design and trauma-Informed teaching and learning, using Interpersonal Neurobiology. Neera also volunteers as a yoga teacher for Living Yoga.

What to Know Before a Yoga Class?

Yoga is for everyone - If you can breathe, you can do yoga. This 4 minute introductory video helps you arrive to class prepared for a positive yoga experience.

Why Kundalini Yoga?

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