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Foundations of Svaroopa® Yoga Teachers


Your Foundations course is led by one of our Primary Teachers, who teaches the poses, breathing practice, anatomy, yoga philosophy and meditation.  She has many years of teaching experience as well as thorough training as a Teacher Trainer plus continuing ed and annual supervision and reviews.  We are confident you will find her to be an excellent teacher and inspiring yogini.

"The teaching is so valuable & effective because it is given by teachers who live what they teach.  This is not theory – it is life!"

“The depth of knowledge and the compassion shown by each of the teachers encourages me to continue on this path.”

ShrutanandaSwami Shrutananda (formerly Vidyadevi), CSYT, E-RYT 500, Australia-Registered Senior Teacher

Svaroopa® yoga's premier teacher trainer, Swami Shrutananda has been studying and teaching with Gurudevi Nirmalananda for 20 years. Having taught on several continents, and the direct support from Gurudevi Nirmalananda, imbues her teaching with depth as well as accessibility. Her background as a research scientist enlivens her understanding of the science of yoga. She travels extensively to lead programs in both yoga and meditation. She communicates with ease, skilled in merging depth, clarity, lightness and humor. Click here to invite her to teach in your home town or call Svaroopa® Vidya Ashram at 610.644.7555.  

Kamala (Michelle) Gross, CSYT, RYT 500

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 an Embodyment® yoga 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: kamalagross@icloud.com | 508.341.6424

Bhakta (Leslie) Johnson, CSYT, RYT 500

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 leslie99johnson@hotmail.com | 612.408.0434  


Your Foundations course is led by two Teacher Trainers, one serving as your Secondary Teacher, focusing on the poses, breathing practice, chant & meditation and your own healing and personal growth.  With years of teaching experience as well as thorough training as a Teacher Trainer, she refines her skills through rigorous continuing ed and annual supervision and reviews.  She teams with one of the Primary Teachers to make sure you have full support in your learning and yogic process.  You will find her to be an accomplished and dedicated teacher as well as an inspiring yogini.

“You will definitely gain inner knowing.  This teacher is supportive and clear and gently guiding you into your Self.”

“The whole Foundations was a thoroughly enlightening & engaging study with teachers that were giving and well trained.”

Swami Prajñananda (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 Gurudevi 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.