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

Swami Shrutananda (formerly Vidyadevi), CSYT, E-RYT 500

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

Studying and teaching directly with Swami Nirmalananda for 19 years, Swami Shrutananda has taught students on several continents and at multiple levels of experience. Her previous work as a research scientist enlivens her understanding of the science of yoga. She communicates with ease, skilled in merging depth, clarity, lightness and humor.


Swami Sahajananda (formerly Kusuma), RN, CSYT, E-RYT 500

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

Teaching yoga since the 1970’s, Swami Sahajananda left full-time nursing job to in 2004 to become a Teacher Trainer. Swami Sahajananda brings a compassionate and accepting presence to the classroom along with her depth of understanding and experience. She enjoys supporting people from a vast range of ages, abilities and body types.


Swami Samvidaananda (formerly Rukmini)

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

In addition to teaching yoga, Swami Samvidaananda 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. Swa,o Samvidaananda is a Certified Svaroopa® Yoga teacher, Advanced Svaroopa® Yoga Therapist, Meditation Teacher and Meditation Group Leader, with 16 years of teaching experience.


Swami Praj~nananda (formerly Chiti)

A teacher at heart, Swami Praj~nananda brings her enthusiasm and vibrancy into the classroom. A lifelong seeker of “something more”, she is finding that as her own Self through Svaroopa® yoga. Grateful to Swami Nirmalananda, Swami Praj~nananda is dedicated in serving others as a Foundations Teacher Trainer. She sees the Foundations training as the first boarding stop on the train to the Self! She is overjoyed to have the opportunity to share the gift of Svaroopa® yoga with new teachers, just as she was given that gift in her first Foundations.


Michelle (Kamala) 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


Leslie (Bhakta) 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 a trainer for the Embodyment® Yoga Therapy course. At her home studio, Yoga at The Well in Minneapolis, MN, she offers weekly yoga classes, Workshops & Weekend Retreats, Svaroopa® yoga therapy & Vichara sessions, and teaches Svaroopa® Vidya meditation. You may invite Bhakta to teach Foundations in your home town; contact her directly at Turn on Javascript! | 612.408.0434


Weekend Workshop Leaders

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Cayla (Mangala) Allen


Yogeshwari (Lissa) Fountain



Lissa (Yogyananda) Fountain