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Nayaswamis Daiva and Gangamata

Nayaswami Daiva has spent his adult life studying, practicing and sharing the timeless teachings of Self-realization, as taught by Paramhansa Yogananda. He has lived within an Ananda community since 1985, enjoying the friendship, support and inspiration found through living with other like-minded individuals. Daiva has spent the years exploring the application of deep spiritual experience and understanding to daily life.  Nayaswami Gangamata is joyful and inspired in all that she does. In sharing the teachings of Self-realization, as taught by Paramhansa Yogananda, she offers a blend of philosophy and personal experience based in her decades of living at Ananda, and…

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Nancy Alder

As a certified Ananda Meditation Teacher, Nancy Alder brings two decades of personal meditation practice through Buddhist, Hindu, and Gnostic schools. As a nonprofit manager, she brings 15+ years of experience building harmony in organizations by developing systems and relationships that facilitate authentic engagement and meaningful impact. Nancy’s unique background enables her to offer techniques and inspiration for both your journey inward and for weaving the threads you find into your outer life.  To learn more about her personal journey and customized sessions for individuals and teams, visit www.InnerWoven.net.

Pooja Copley

Pooja Copley grew up in Calcutta India. She did her Bachelors Degree in Physics and Masters in Management from University of Calcutta India. She felt insecure and disappointed by the temporary nature of career, relationships and human feelings. She started an active meditation practice in 2005 and went to Sarada Mission in India (part of the Ramakrishna Mission ashrams). She came to America to work as a Software Engineer with her twin sons, nine years old at the time. Here she found Ananda and began practicing meditation on a daily basis. She is a founding member of Ananda Laurelwood and…

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Hanuman Kent Baughman, BSN

Hanuman is the co-founder of Ananda House in Gaston, OR, an adult foster care home based on the principles of Swami Kriyananda’s  12 Precepts of Evening Hospice.  Hanuman is a Certified Hospice and Palliative Care Nurse, as well as a Certified End of Life Practitioner trained by the Metta Institute. For more information about Ananda House, see www.anandahouse.org Hanuman received his BSN from Washington State School of Nursing. He has been an Ananda member since 1981, and has served in the ministry for the past 27 years. After graduating from Palmer Chiropractic College in the San Francisco Bay Area, Hanuman and…

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Dr. Stephanie Mines

Dr. Stephanie Mines is a neuropsychologist whose unique understanding comes from her academic research as well as her extensive work in the field. Her stories of personal transformation have led many listeners to become deeply committed to the healing journey. Dr. Mines understands shock from every conceivable perspective. She has investigated it as a survivor, a professional, a healthcare provider, and as a trainer of staffs of institutions and agencies. Her blend of Western and Eastern modalities offers the best of both paradigms. She is devoted to ending the lineage of shock and trauma for individuals and the world. To…

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Jagadeesh Franklin

Born to musical parents, Jagadeesh was drawn to music, which became his inspiration and focus during his teenaged years. He later chose a career as a clinical lab scientist at the University of Washington Medical Center. Midway through that career he found his spiritual family, Ananda, after reading Autobiography of a Yogi, by Paramhansa Yogananda. His new-found spirituality led him to hospice work, an M.A. Psychology degree at Antioch University and four years as a mental health counselor. Jagadeesh is an Ananda minister and Ananda Meditation® instructor, who has lived and taught in several Ananda centers in the U.S.

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Shanta Franklin

Shanta’s search for deeper meaning led her to Ananda Assisi in Italy, where she became a disciple of Paramhansa Yogananda and was certified in Ananda Yoga®. Feeling the guidance to learn English in America, she came to Ananda Village as a Karma Yogi at the Expanding Light Retreat, where she renewed her Ananda Yoga teacher training in English and began teaching. In 2014 she became an Ananda Meditation® instructor, taught meditation at the Expanding Light to individuals and groups, and went on to receive training in spiritual counseling, as originally taught by Swami Kriyananda.  In 2017, she completed training in Restorative Yoga.…

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Makara (Stephen J. Hopson)

Makara is Stephen’s spiritual name.  It means 1/2 sea creature (dolphin!) and 1/2 terrestial (not from this world!).  He is a former Wall Street stockbroker, bestselling author of “Obstacle Illusions,” the first deaf instrument rated pilot in the world (2006), and now on a quest to help awaken others to their true spiritual potential.  Makara is a Dolphin Ambassador, spiritual way-shower, Reiki Practitioner and a Shamanic healer.   He also leads retreats in Hawaii with wild dolphins.   When people spend time with him, they strongly resonate with his powerful vibration, which has been known to uplift, empower and inspire them…

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Dana Lynne Andersen

Dana Lynne Andersen is a multimedia artist, writer, playwright and teacher who has taught and exhibited on three continents. Her paintings have been featured on the covers of books, magazines and calendars. Her artwork, as well as her visionary thinking, has been explored in newspapers, radio and television. Dana has a Master’s Degree in Consciousness Studies from John F. Kennedy University.  She  is known as a loving and inspiring teacher, a “Vesuvius of creativity” and as an “important visionary for the consciousness community.”  She is the founder and creative director of The Academy of Art, Creativity & Consciousness with a center near Assisi, Italy as…

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Jacob MacLeod

Jacob MacLeod moved from Illinois to Portland in 2008. He has been involved at Ananda Laurelwood since its inception in May of 2011. He has been practicing meditation for 8 years and is a certified meditation and yoga teacher. He supports the development of the Laurelwood campus and the community in many areas: building maintenance and construction, the kitchen, and the garden. He completed a permaculture design course in 2011 and helps lead our permaculture efforts. Jacob has developed a program called “Growing Dharma,” in which he helps students learn how to use their own intuition to harmonize gardening and…

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Dr. Lowell Chodosh

Dr. Lowell Chodosh has been a naturopathic physician since graduating from the National College of Natural Medicine (999NCNM) in Portland in 1992. He holds an undergraduate degree in biology and a Master’s from Oregon College of Oriental Medicine. He has been a licensed acupuncturist since 1996. Lowell has developed a system of assessment and treatment called “Resonance Based Medicine.”  Lowell has been on his spiritual quest for 28 years. Lowell combines his spiritual practice and personal experience with his 22 years of practicing natural medicine to help people heal and transform their body, mind and spirit.

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Shannon Hallberg

Shannon Hallberg has enjoyed well over 20 years in the study of embodiment – first as a contemporary dancer then later as a somatic educator and massage therapist. She holds a BFA in Dance from NYU Tisch School of the Arts and is Certified as a Laban Movement Analyst through the Laban/Bartenieff Institute of Movement studies in NYC. She holds a Certificate in Healing Arts from The Windemere Institute of Healing Arts in Decorah, IA completing her Oregon massage licensing requirements at the Oregon School of Massage in Portland. She continues somatic study of Embodied Anatomy and Developmental Movement Patterns…

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Peter Jordan

Peter Ishwar Jordan, Yoga Therapist,C-IAYT; Yoga Teacher, E-RYT 500 began practicing yoga in 1969 after reading the classic book “Autobiography of a Yogi” by Paramhansa Yogananda. That was the beginning of a life-long study of Yoganada’s teachings and affiliation with his disciples in both Ananda and Self-Realization Fellowship. In 2012, he retired from IBM as a Software Engineer and has dedicated his life to Yoga and sharing its benefits with all! Peter has completed over 2,000 hours of formal yoga training. He is certified in multiple 200-hour trainings in Power Vinyasa, Power Fusion, and CorePower Hot Yoga. He has had…

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Donna O'Neill

Donna O’Neil, E-RYT 500, C-IAYT is a yoga teacher with 20 years of experience in teaching yoga and leading workshops and retreats. First certified by Ananda in 1995, she is also trained in Therapeutic Yoga and certified as a Meditation Teacher through Ananda Yoga®. She finds that her students are her best teachers and keep her interested every day in coming to her classes.  Donna sees Yoga as a never-ending, joyful process of unfolding to your true Self. Donna is a registered member of the Yoga Alliance (for Yoga Teachers) and the International Association of Yoga Therapists (for Yoga Therapists).

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Lila Martin Bergroth

Facilitating functional, playful movement experiences is Lila’s talent and joy. Supporting her clients return to their natural state of Well Being is her passion. With over 20 years experience facilitating movement experiences and playing in the field of mind body wellness, Lila has taught movement at universities, studios, health clubs, churches, corporations, retreats & conferences nationwide. Lila has been a certified Bodyworker, Healing Touch and Reiki practitioner since 1994, and her most recent passion since 2010 is teaching clients to become their own Hands–off Bodyworker®. Using MELT Method simple self-treatment techniques, Lila’s classes help clients gain confidence and tools to…

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Stephanie W. Schaaf

As an avid student of the body in motion, Stephanie brings her life-long love and fascination for movement to her practice. She has been a certified Pilates teacher since 1998, a professional dancer and choreographer, a graduate of the Masters Program in dance and movement education from Stanford University and holds a certificate in Embodied Anatomy and Yoga from the School for Body-Mind Centering®. She has studied with many leaders in the fields of healing movement, experiential anatomy, yoga, meditation, dance performance and improvisation. Stephanie began her training in Pilates and rehabilitative movement at the renowned Sports Medicine Clinic of…

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Amy Saha

My name is Amy, and I’m from the suburbs Portland, OR. I am married and have the coolest and smartest daughter in the world. It was during a month-long Artist in Residence and yoga retreat at the Ananda Center Laurelwood that I was introduced to Awakening Arts. I loved it so much that I flew to Italy 2 months later and stayed for 3 months taking the Awakening Arts Academy’s ‘Transformative Arts Certification’ program. I returned from Italy 6 months ago and am deeply honored to have the opportunity teach. I have consciously cultivated creativity at various times in my…

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David Seybert

David is a Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT 200) with the Yoga Alliance, as well as a certified Ananda Yoga and Ananda Meditation teacher.  David also teaches taiji and qigong. When he’s not teaching, he serves as the Director of Group Retreats & Guest Services at Ananda Laurelwood. David has been on a spiritual path since several awakening experiences in his teenage years.  In college, he pursued a B.A. degree in Philosophy, with a special interest on Eastern religions. He also began to study meditation: learning taiji, qigong and yoga and living in a Zen Buddhist monastery. Later, while working and raising…

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Hosanna White

Hosanna White is a tender of the sacred fire in the temple of the universe, using her fiery vision and warm heart to keep the fires of transformation bright. She trained in Transformative Arts, graduating in 2015. She now works with “Nature’s Mystery Awareness School”, guiding people into a powerful, direct communion with nature.

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Susan Brochin

I have been seriously practicing hatha yoga and meditation for the last 22 years. My practice and teaching began in 2000 at East West books and has evolved since then into a more physical practice of Vinyasa. I also believe in and teach the more inward and healing practices of Restorative, Yin and Yoga Nidra. My passion for yoga translates to many age groups and populations from kids to seniors and all the ages in between including yoga at some local corporations and schools. Since I have been a classroom teacher for several years, combining both worlds was easy.  It…

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Sangeet Bachan Kaur

Krista “Sangeet Bachan Kaur” Kolibri is a teacher of integrative arts, empowerment coach, and creative consultant. She holds a Master’s of Educational Studies specializing in experiential education and alternative epistemology. Krista has also trained in shamanism, meditation, yoga, and theater performance. She has led classes for a variety of age groups at museums, non-profits, and universities across the U.S.

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Miriam Rodgers

Miriam is a Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT 200) with Yoga Alliance and is a certified Ananda Yoga teacher. Miriam joined Ananda Center at Laurelwood and the Cities of Light program in the spring of 2013 after many years with Ananda, serving as Swami Kriyananda’s nurse. Personally trained by Swami Kriyananda through daily contact across fourteen years, Miriam brings a depth of understanding and a richness of joy to Ananda Center at Laurelwood. She helps guide every aspect of Ananda Laurelwood as retreat director. Over the past 20 years, she has served on three continents, US, Italy, and India, teaching meditation and…

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David Eby

David Eby, founding cellist for the internationally acclaimed band, Pink Martini, has an active performing and teaching career on the West Coast. He performs with the Oregon Symphony and Portland Cello Project, teaches at Lewis & Clark College, and is the Cello Teaching Artist for the El Sistema inspired Bravo Youth Orchestra.From 2001-2013 he served as music director for Ananda Worldwide, conducting choirs and orchestras of meditators. He was recently featured in the Hollywood film, Finding Happiness, and continues to explore and share the connections between music and consciousness that become present in inspired performance. His bi-weekly blogs appear on his website, DavidEbyMusic.com.

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Peter Copley

Peter Copley is an Certified Ananda Meditation and Yoga Teacher. He went to Edger Cayce’s Ashram as a teen ager and ever since was interested in Meditation. He studied for his Masters of Divinity in METHESCO and served as an assistant minister at First United Methodist Church in Lancaster Ohio. He has been studying yoga philosophy with a personal practice of meditation since childhood. He has worked in sales, construction and transportation. After several years as the Project Manager at Ananda Laurelwood he took a position managing School Bus transportation for a local school district. He practices remaining centered through every…

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Aumkara Newhouse

Aumkara Newhouse, a certified Ananda Meditation and Yoga teacher, is a former aerospace industry engineer (MSc Metallurgical Engineering), and has been helping people unlearn non-helpful habits through yoga and meditation for decades. In addition, he is the developer of Meridian Charging Therapy a no needle acupuncture modality of bodywork. Aumkara also practices Jin Shin Jyutsu, a Japanese healing art and is certified in a muscle-based chiropractic modality, Myotonic Facilitation.  Helping create the Ananda Laurelwood campus, hiking, cycling, cooking, publishing poetry, singing and music fill out the rest of his time along with strong a daily practice of yoga and meditation.…

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Geri (Shubatani) Grubbs, Ph.D

Geri (Shubatani) Grubbs, Ph.D., LCSW, is a psychotherapist and Jungian Analyst practicing in Woodinville, WA, and Gaston, OR.   She has been practicing depth psychology since 1987 and is an experienced workshop and seminar leader.  Geri is a graduate of the C. G. Jung Institute, Zurich, and a member of the C. G. Jung Institute of Seattle.  In addition to analytic dream processing, Geri is a certified meditation teacher and specializes in sandplay therapy, bereavement, PTSD, and spiritual emergence.  She has published a book entitled, “Bereavement Dreaming and the Individuating Soul.”   Geri is available for Jungian analysis or spiritual-oriented therapy, and sandplay…

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Laurie Marshall

Laurie Marshall is a certified art and social studies teacher with 35 years’ experience in project-based learning, including making murals and dramas with children in public, independent and Waldorf-inspired charter schools.  She trains teachers in meeting standards using creativity, project-based learning, bio-mimicry and multiple intelligences. The author of 8 books and 11 plays, her work in using visual art and storytelling to build consensus, train leaders, prevent conflict and clarify values has served NASA, the Army Corps of Engineers, UNICEF, the U.S. Botanical Gardens, the U.S. Senate, prison inmates, hospice patients, and inner city students.

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Meera Grace Hoon

Meera Grace Hoon, M.A., RYT 200, is the founder of Inner Awakening Writing Center, a journaling and meditation program based in Southern California. She is a former journalist and sexual assault counselor, and originally created her journaling program for her sex trafficking survivor clients. A long-time meditator and yogi, Meera is passionate about helping others empower themselves through Self-discovery. She teaches her program nationally at retreat centers, yoga studios, universities, high schools, a home for pregnant women and mothers, a home for developmentally disabled adults, among many other places. She has undergraduate degrees in journalism and American studies, a master’s…


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