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Our Master Teacher

Satguru Nirmalananda Saraswati

As a Saraswati monk, she wears the traditional orange, and has openly dedicated her life to serving others. She was honored with the title "Sadguru" in India in 2016.  Fondly called "Gurudevi," she 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.  Click here for more. 




Vidyadevi Stillman

Swami Shrutananda Saraswati, CSYT, E-RYT 500

Serving as a Teacher Trainer for Svaroopa®  Vidya Ashram, Swami Shrutananda has studied and taught directly with Gurudevi Nirmalananda for over 27 years.  As a swami, she is a yoga monk, having taken vows to devote her life to spiritual development and serving others.  Her previous work as a research scientist has enlivened her understanding of the science of yoga. She travels throughout the US, Canada, Australia and Europe, offering programs to support local classes and teachers.  Shrutananda teaches... Click here for more.


Swami Samvidaananda Saraswati

Being the mother of three young children, she had trained to teach children’s yoga.  Gift certificates from friends introduced Samvidaananda to Svaroopa® yoga classes and private yoga therapy sessions.  After the final Shavasana of her first class, and then her first private session, Samvidaananda “knew she was home.”  A few months later she asked God, “What should I do in my life in addition to being a mom?”  The answer... Click here for more.



Swami Satrupananda Saraswati

Swami Satrupananda Saraswati began practicing yoga and meditation in Calgary Alberta, Canada in the 1990s.  As an undergraduate student, she spent some time in China and Southeast Asia where she deepened her interest in Eastern spirituality.  This pursuit led Satrupananda to... Click here for more.




Swami Prajñananda Saraswati

When she dove into Svaroopa® yoga, Praj~nananda worked as a first-grade teacher in Brooklyn NY.  Simultaneously she was enrolled in a Master’s degree program.  Having experienced Svaroopa®  yoga years before, she knew it would relieve the pressures of... Click here for more.



Teacher Trainers

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