Mandala Yoga's Teachers

Greg Allen

Greg Allen first discovered the practice of yoga in 2009. He completed a Vinyasa RYT-200 training in 2013 and a KRI certification in Kundalini Yoga in 2016. Greg has enjoyed a consistent and devoted yoga practice since 2009. His dual training and certifications give a spiritual depth to his practice of postures and meditation. Grounded in years of consistent, personal practice, Greg teaches from a place of humility and invites students to an experience of their own inherent wisdom. In addition to teaching yoga, Greg is a gifted musician.

Kyra Anastasia
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. 

Dianne Barrett

In the 25 plus 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 Yoga 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 in 2012 at The Movement Center, here in Portland.

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 earned her 200 hr in 2011 and has advanced teacher training in Therapeutic and Adaptive Yoga. She has additional training in PRI inspired yoga, derived from the work of the Postural Restoration Institution of Physical Therapy. Michelle is also a certified teacher of Chinese Essence Qigong, another powerful form of healing movement. She 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.

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 Yoga 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, and he brings the sound healing current with 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 (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.

Ajeet Kaur
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

Gurusurya Khalsa
Gurusurya 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. Gurusurya has supported and served the Kundalini Yoga Portland organization since 2009 and continues to show up in various ways for the community. Her name, Gurusurya 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 loves the opportunity to support people in reaching their full potential.

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.

Vani Kimbrell
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. 

Laura Li Fong Yee

Laura offers sound healing and gong meditation from a place of gratitude, drawing from her practices in breath, sound current, yoga, prayer and meditation. She values community, communication, connection, and inclusivity, and strives to create a class experience that will leave participants feeling connected, grounded and whole. Laura has been drawn to the healing arts for many years and has worked in the nursing profession since 2004. She became a Level 1 Certified Kundalini Yoga Instructor as taught by Yogi Bhajan, in 2016 and had the honor of learning gong techniques with Don Conreaux, one of the five original Kundalini Yoga Teachers designated by Yogi Bhajan. Laura also completed an immersion training with crystal bowl sound healer, Shalom Mayberg in 2019.

Maya Luna

Maya Luna (Tara Akasha Kaur), born and raised in Denmark, has been on her yoga and movement journey since the age three. 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.

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.

Mia McManuis

Yoga has been a large part of Mia’s life for the past 10 years. She completed a KRI Certified Kundalini Yoga teacher training in 2014. Her practice has helped her to grow stronger, more flexible and fearless, both in yoga practice and in daily life. Yoga inspires her to live each moment mindfully. During her classes, Mia reminds students to listen to the voice of wisdom within, and connect with a sense of calmness, harmony and balance. She aims to offer practices that will enhance and deepen your senses, bring you into your center, and rejuvenate you to feel whole, and filled with life force and joy.

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. She is grateful for her teachers and guides. In 2009 she earned her 200-hour Yoga Alliance Certification, with additional trainings, and is qualified to teach Yoga Sculpt, Yoga for Seniors, Hot Power Fusion, Yin Yoga, and Power Vinyasa. Based in Portland, Oregon, she's been guiding group and private yoga classes, workshops, and international retreats for 10 years. Classes with Pamela will encourage you to breath, reach and smile.

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.

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 Yoga, 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. 

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