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

Angelle St. Pierre

www.angellestpierre.com
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.

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.

Greg Allen

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 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.

Julie Serafina

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 Anastasia

www.inspiredyoga.com
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

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 (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 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!

Rachel Robinson

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.

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.

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!