Our Master Teacher

Swami Nirmalananda Saraswati

As a Saraswati monk, Swamiji wears the traditional orange, and has openly dedicated her life to serving others. Swamiji teaches Downingtown Yoga & Meditation Center's meditation programs, during which she makes the highest teachings accessible to everyone, guiding them to the knowledge and experience of their own divine essence. She shares her incredible knowledge in a personal and life-embracing way, through her humor as well as her caring presence.



Teacher Trainers

Vidyadevi Stillman

Vidyadevi (Cathy) Stillman

Teaching YTT, ATT, Yoga Therapist & Meditation Teacher Trainings, and leading Weekend & Half-Day Workshops & Mandali Travels Programs.

Vidyadevi has been studying and teaching directly with Svaroopa® yoga originator Swami Nirmalananda for over 20 years. Her experience with students on several continents and direct support from Nirmalananda imbues her teaching with vast experience. Her previous work as a research scientist enlivens her understanding of the science of yoga. She travels extensively to lead retreats and trainings in both yoga and meditation. She communicates with ease, skilled in merging depth, clarity, lightness and humor. Her travels to India and personal retreats deepen her understanding and experience of the promise of yoga. Click here to invite her to teach in your home town or call us at 610.644.7555.  

Kusuma (Karobi) Sachs

Teaching YTT, ATT & Yoga Therapist trainings, and leading Weekend & Half-Day Workshops & Mandali Travels Programs.

Karobi began exploring yoga in the late 1970's. She became a Svaroopa® yoga teacher in 2000, joined the teacher training team in 2002 and left her nursing job to devote herself full time to Master Yoga in 2004. Through her on-going training with Swami Nirmalananda and her yearly travels to India, Karobi has acquired a depth of understanding and experience about yoga which she brings to her teaching. Karobi brings a compassionate and accepting presence to the classroom. She enjoys demonstrating how Svaroopa® yoga benefits and supports people from a vast range of ages, abilities and body types. Click here to invite her to teach in your home town.

Bhakta (Leslie) Johnson, CSYT, RYT 500

Leading Foundations, Half-Day Workshops & Mandali Travels Programs.

With her compassionate and patient approach. Bhakta easily communicates the knowledge and experience of yoga. She began teaching Svaroopa® yoga after completing Foundations in 2002 and now serves as a Foundations Teacher Trainer, Leading Teacher, DTS Mentor and SATYA Enrollment Coordinator. At her home studio, Yoga at the Well in Minneapolis, MN, she offers weekly yoga classes, Half-Day Workshops, Svaroopa® yoga therapy & Vichara sessions, and also teaches Svaroopa® Vidya meditation classes. You may invite Bhakta to teach Foundations in your home town; contact her directly at Turn on Javascript! | 612.408.0434

Kamala (Michelle) Gross, CSYT, RYT 500

Leading Foundations, Half-Day Workshops & Mandali Travels Programs.

Kamala (Michelle) Gross began taking and studying Svaroopa® yoga in 1997 and opened Westborough Yoga Studio in 2002. As well as teaching weekly classes, Kamala is a full time Svaroopa®  yoga and Embodyment® therapist, as well as a meditation teacher. She is excited to help spread the practices of Svaroopa® yoga beyond her local community. She is committed to helping others find what this style of yoga has to offer and create a community of teachers. Invite Kamala to teach in your home town: Turn on Javascript! | 508.341.6424

Rukmini (Maria) Abbruzzi

Team teaching in Meditation Teacher Trainings and leading Half-Day Workshops & Mandali Travels Programs.

In addition to teaching yoga, Rukmini Abbruzzi serves as Teachings Assistant to Swami Nirmalananada. She brings her heart to everything she does, offering these ancient and profound teachings in a way that is easily understood, making it easy for you to apply these yogic and meditative tools and to experience your own Divine Essence. Rukmini is a Certified Svaroopa® Yoga teacher , Advanced Svaroopa® Yoga Therapist, Meditation Teacher and Meditation Group Leader, with 16 years of teaching experience.

Weekend Workshop Leaders

Click here for more info on these faculty members as well as the many programs that they offer:

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