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
Angelle holds teacher certifications in Prana Flow Yoga and Kundalini Yoga, and has been practicing yoga since 1998. Her approach to teaching is inspired by an understanding that we all have the capacity to become the source of the peace we seek. She is committed to helping students access and strengthen inner wisdom through a complete yoga practice that includes asana, pranayama, yoga philosophy, mantra, mudras and meditation. Her heart-centered teaching style is informed by her 14 year practice as a massage therapist, which has kindled a deep understanding of how to help people relax, tune into their bodies and inner landscapes, and access their innate healing capacity.
An internationally known musician, Bibi McGill is also an acclaimed yoga teacher, wellness educator, and health food entrepreneur. Since discovering yoga in 1998, Bibi has traveled around the world extensively studying numerous Classical 8 Limb Yoga Systems including Ashtanga and Kundalini Yoga. Bibi's Yoga is a practice that challenges the body while supporting spiritual growth within each and every student. While not teaching yoga, Bibi enjoys advocating for world betterment, organic gardening, sustainable living, kayaking, and crafting new recipes of Bibi Kale Chips to satisfy the palates of health minded snackers.
Colleen is honored to share the gifts of yoga. Colleen’s classes cultivate strength, flexibility, endurance, and compassion. She teaches Vinyasa, Yin, Restorative/Gentle, Prenatal, Kids Yoga, Hot Yoga, and Hatha Flow Yoga. Neurology, psychology, and physiology intersect with the ancient wisdom of yoga to inspire Colleen’s classes. Informed by an education Master of Arts in Teaching degree and her own practice, Colleen creates a safe space for her students to discover and celebrate themselves on their mats. Off the mat, Colleen enjoys gardening, competing in triathlons and playing music. She especially enjoys singing.
Began her journey in 2007 and has healed a number of personal emotional and physical traumas using the tools of pranayama, Kundalini Yoga, Hatha, Vinyasa, Yin Yoga, Bikram and Reiki. Dayaljoti first experienced Kundalini Yoga in 2014 at Mandala. She fell in love with this practice because of it's emphasis on sound current and transformative capacity. She completed her KRI Level One Kundalini Yoga Teacher certification in June 2016. Dayaljoti strives to walk in the path of yoga daily, grounded in awareness and in connection with the spirituality and sense of union with the Divine that yoga has opened for her. As a long-time classical vocalist, Dayaljoti has experienced an awakening within herself and in her voice through the use of mantra. Her goal as a teacher is to elevate her students and hold space for you to connect with your own inner wisdom and guidance.
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.
Greg (Jaskaran Singh) found the practice of Kundalini Yoga and Meditation in 2009, while studying philosophy at Lewis and Clark College. He became a regular at the meditation group, took to the practice like a fish to water, and has been consistently practicing since. In 2013, Greg completed Yoga Union's 200hr Vinyasa Teacher Training Course with Annie Adamson, Uma Diana Hulet and Natalie Gildersleeve. He found this heart-centered, alignment-focused style of yoga to be an enriching compliment to his Kundalini Yoga practice, and discovered the profound joy of connecting to a community of yogis. Greg is grounded, humble and devoted in his practice and loves sharing yoga with others.
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 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.
Dr. Hari Dass Singh Khalsa has taught Kundalini Yoga since 1976 and has been a Kundalini Yoga Teacher Trainer since 1998. His classes are usually challenging, with little explanation and teacher talk. He delivers Yogi Bhajan's teachings and creates space for you to have your own experience. Hari Dass has a successful chiropractic practice, Khalsa Pain Relief Clinic, P.C. since 1982, and has taught anatomy for yoga instructors of many different backgrounds since 1996.
Jarmila began studying yoga in 1977.
The following twenty years were filled with intensive trainings, teaching and
social service through yoga organizations. In her association with yoga she
circumnavigated the globe, living in seven different countries. Having studied with movement pioneers such as
Irmgart Bartinief, Betty Jones and Anna Halpren, Jarmila’s approach is rich and
diverse. Jarmila teaches children
movement as an empowerment experience and through this nurtures her
students‘ self-esteem and kinetic sense. She has over ten years of pre-school
and kindergarten classroom experience, and over twelve years experience
teaching yoga and movement to children. She has directed yoga-based preschool and
kindergarten programs in Cyprus, Australia, and here locally at New Day School,
an Ananda Marga based school in West Portland.
Over the past eleven years Jarmila has taught yoga to children locally in
establishments such as Willowbrook Arts Camp, Multnomah Art Center, West Hills
Montessori School, Sellwood International School, and Portland Public Schools.
Julie's love of yoga began in 1995 where she discovered the practice of Ashtanga, while living on the island of Maui. Her passion for yoga was immediate and she describes yoga as something she could not live without. As the years went by Julie tried many different traditions of yoga, finding her home in alignment based practices. Her primary teacher is Michele Loew, and with her she earned a 200 hr RYT certification in 2010. Julie has also completed 60 hrs of study with Doug Keller, a pioneer of Yoga as Therapy. She found her passion for Therapeutic Yoga after experiencing healing from years of chronic pain. Julie shares that yoga has not only strengthened her physical body, but has fortified her whole being and strengthened her ability to know and listen to her heart. She finds beauty in the space between movements, where we are able to find silence and peace. For her students, she hopes they leave class feeling more connected to spirit, body, and the infinite wisdom of the heart.
Kyra discovered the power of yoga in the aftermath of a ski accident as a teenager. After healing her body through the practice, she felt a calling to share the gift of yoga with others. She has been teaching yoga for over 16 years and her yoga studies have taken her across the United States, to Central America and India. Prior to moving to the West Coast, she served thousands of students as the owner of three yoga studios in Washington DC. Kyra teaches a physically challenging class, promoting a mindful awareness of the breath in this moment. Her intention is to inspire others to discover their own sense of adventure and tap into their joy, both on and off the mat. Kyra is also an Ayurvedic and Holistic Health Counselor and meets with students one on one to help improve their lives and health.
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.
Lexa Gillespie, ERYT200 and RYT500, first came to her mat in 2009. She deepened her practice after battling and triumphing cancer in 2012. Inspired by her own journey of healing, she decided to help others find their innate healing tools within. This led to her receiving her 200hr through Yogaful Day in Athens, GA and her 300hr through Asheville Yoga Center in Asheville, NC. She also holds certifications in Barre, Omschooled Kids Yoga and Yoga Nidra. In early 2016 Lexa participated in an Ayurveda, yoga and meditation immersion in India. She views the expansive practice of yoga as a way to be present in all parts of life, with gratitude and acceptance. Her progressive, breath-oriented style is from the standpoint of a compassionate heart, and she emphasizes mindful release through movement. By weaving creative sequencing, Yoga Nidra, mantra and mindfulness techniques together, Lexa creates a meaningful class, intentionally inspiring your yoga practice from your mat out into the world.
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'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 (Param Jyoti Kaur) has been practicing yoga since 1989 and was introduced to Kundalini Yoga in 2002, in New Delhi, India. As an academic, she teaches at Portland State University within the University Studies Program. In designing her yoga classes, Dr. Malhotra weaves in her expertise in sexuality, cultural identity, 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 practice through her meditation and pranayama intensive classes. Neera has recently completed her KRI Certified Kundalini Yoga Teacher Training (2016), and is extremely grateful to be part of the incredible Mandala Yoga community.
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!
Rachel Robinson (Hari Avtar Kaur) is a KRI certified Kundalini Yoga teacher and certified also in Khalsa Way Prenatal Yoga, both under master teachers Gurumukh, Tej, Gurushabd and Harijiwan from Golden Bridge in Los Angeles. Rachel has been practicing yoga for over fifteen years and teaching yoga since 2008. She is passionate about empowering people, especially mamas-to-be, to step into the elevated consciousness of the Age of Aquarius, create more clarity, self awareness, acceptance and grace, so that we all may step into our spiritual potential and lead by example with our unique strengths and create a more peaceful world.
Teaching yoga since 1989, 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 is the owner of Mandala and 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 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.
Willow (Sukhjot Kaur) has spent her life as a seeker and healer, both personally and professionally. Creating a nurturing and loving space for others to experience themselves as worthy of a healthy, happy and prosperous life, is most important to her. The space Willow holds is nonjudgmental and honoring of where you are on your personal journey. Willow has found a committed personal practice of Kundalini Yoga to be a powerful pathway to experiencing her own healing and truth. A steady practitioner for over 11 years, she now enjoys teaching this beautiful practice to others. Willow is a KRI Certified Kundalini Yoga Teacher and Certified Holistic Nutrition Advisor. She also loves taking her yoga practice into nature. ”It’s an honor to serve you at the sacred Mandala Yoga space, Sat Nam.”
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