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Murali Venkatrao was born in India and lives now in the Seattle area. Murali has studied different variations of Hatha Yoga both in India and the US. He has been teaching Yoga for the past 14 years. Added to his dedication to the path of yoga, Murali shares in a creative, insightful, and playful style for which students are most appreciative. Formerly a Software Architect at Microsoft, Murali is currently pursuing his PhD in Yoga at Prashanti Kuteeram in Bangalore, India. Murali directs the Ananda Yoga Teacher Training program with Michelle David.



Michelle David serves as an instructor and assistant director for the Ananda Yoga Teacher Training program. She teaches both Ananda meditation and Ananda yoga, including on-going classes, workshops and the Hatha Intensive program. Michelle appreciates the many opportunities she has to share the benefits of yoga, meditation and teaching with students at Ananda.


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Nancy Callan discovered hatha yoga through pre-natal yoga classes when pregnant with her first child. Later, after experiencing the joy and benefits of Ananda Yoga, she went on to complete her teacher training through the Ananda Institute of Living Yoga. She is inspired to help others use the practice of asana (yoga poses) to develop not only flexibility, strength and wellness but also an awareness of the connection of the physical body to inner qualities such as peace, calmness and joy.


Taught by Lynne Steele

Lynne Steele has been practicing yoga for more than 15 years, and is a RYT-500, E-RYT-200 and certified Ananda Meditation Teacher. Her energetic, enthusiastic and caring approach helps beginning and experienced yoga students find their own personal expressions of joy, harmony and balance in body, mind and spirit. Lynne leads classes at the Ananda Meditation Temple and at other locations in the Seattle area.Lynne lives in Bothell with her husband and 3 large dogs, who constantly remind her how to live with love and ever-new joy.


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Sandhya Banda began her yoga training in India at a very young age. She is now a certified Ananda Yoga teacher. She finds that the practices of Hatha Yoga and meditation anchor, balance, and help her navigate the challenges that life poses on a daily basis. She is grateful for the invaluable teachings of ancient wisdom and is thankful for inspiring guidance from teachers in the West as well as the East. Sandhya is motivated by the self-empowering transformation that can happen through the practice of Yoga and cherishes the opportunity to share and learn through teaching yoga.


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Sita Tocco is a certified Ananda Yoga Teacher and Ananda Meditation Teacher. She is registered with Yoga Alliance as a RYT-500. Although she has practiced yoga for over twenty years, Sita has been a dedicated student of Ananda Yoga since 2014. Though all yoga brings physical benefits to the body, Sita appreciates how working deeply with the breath, affirmations, pranayama, and calm awareness, Ananda Yoga deeply benefits mind and spirit.

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Gaby Selden is a certified Ananda Yoga Teacher by the Ananda Institute of Living Yoga and a registered yoga teacher with the Yoga Alliance. Gaby has completed Level II Himalayan Sound Therapy training with Suren Shrestha, a leading practitioner of the ancient art of vibrational healing using Himalayan singing bowls infused with healing intention.




Heidi Marks was drawn to yoga, not just as a practice for physical rejuvenation and wellness, but as a vehicle to better understand how consciousness interacts with the physical world. Her motivation as a yoga teacher is to support students in their journey toward stress reduction, increased ease of movement, better health for happier ageing, and spiritual growth. Heidi is continuing her studies toward the 500-level, including advanced training in teaching meditation and pranayama, and she is totally intrigued by the power of mudras. In addition to being a yogi, she has degrees in chemistry and environmental design, is a food safety professional, a WA state registered Reflexologist, artist, and is a publisher of body|mind|spirit books.


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Lorie Gail specializes in gentle and restorative yoga. She is a Certified Level One Ananda Yoga Therapist, Ananda Meditation teacher, and has completed Relax and Renew training with Judith Hansen Lasater, Integrative Restoration – iRest Level I Yoga Nidra training with Richard Miller, and Mind Body Solutions Opening/Adapting Yoga for Disabilities training with Matthew Sanford. One of her greatest joys is helping others find peace and joy through yoga. Take Lorie's Restorative Yoga class on the 2nd Friday of every month .


Christina Riegel discovered yoga a couple of years after moving to Seattle in 1998. After almost 16 years of trying different yoga styles, and always feeling like something was missing, she finally found her yogic home at Ananda. The yoga community at Ananda a living example of what yoga is all about. Christina finds inspiration through Ananda Yoga’s firm roots in the ancient art and science of yoga. Now a certified Ananda Yoga teacher, Christina is honored to guide students to experience for themselves the amazing benefits of yoga for the body, mind, and spirit.



Suzi Wright is a C-IAYT Ananda Yoga Therapist (Certified International Association of Yoga Therapists) and E-RYT 200 Yoga Teacher (Yoga Alliance Experienced Yoga Teacher). She teaches Yogasana workshops and substitutes at the Institute of Living Yoga in Bothell in addition to owning and teaching at Yoga Sunshine (http://www.yogasunshine.org/). She loves the healing power of yoga and works privately with students to develop personal healing plans. She has worked with clients with various needs, including stroke recovery, cancer treatment support, living with severe spinal cord injury, recovery from knee surgery, working through insomnia, healing IBS, diabetes, finding balance with bi-polar disorder, shifting reactions with PTSD, among others. Suzi also carries certifications as a Meditation Instructor and Restorative Yoga Teacher.