Ananda Yoga instructors

Heidi Noh-Kuhn is Co-Director and Lead Trainer of the Ananda Palo Alto-Scotts Valley School of Yoga & Meditation, which offers 200 hour Yoga Teacher Certification and Meditation Teacher Certification, in compliance with Yoga Alliance.

She developed and leads the popular program: Yoga & The 12 Steps, which weaves together the teachings of yoga and the spiritual foundation of the 12 Steps, providing concrete tools for integrating these into everyday life.

Heidi's warm and engaging teaching style allows students to relax and dive deeply into the essence of yoga and meditation and absorb the benefits of these powerful practices. She teaches weekly classes on yoga, meditation and the spiritual life and offers private sessions for individual support.

  Heidi
     
Divya Love is an Ananda Yoga Teacher and certified Meditation Instructor. She is the founder of Wise Yoga and That Wise Life™, where she blends therapeutic yoga, meditation and life and wellness coaching to support and empower women with chronic illness and health challenges. She has a special affection and affinity for teaching seniors and the disabled. She is gifted in blending yoga, pranayama, affirmation and meditation to draw each individual deeply inward to the truth of their wholeness. When Divya is not teaching, she enjoys communing with Nature, traveling and writing.   Divya
     
Sneha Kanneganti is a certified Ananda yoga instructor who endeavors to live the principles of yoga in her everyday life. She uses pranayama, affirmations and visualizations to deepen the experience of yoga by calming the breath and relaxing the mind. When not at the many Ananda events and classes she can be found enjoying her work as a Senior UX Researcher at a company in San Jose. She has a Masters in Psychology from a University in India and a Masters in Information Science from Cornell University. Besides yoga, Sneha enjoys reading, dancing (she’s taking swing dancing lessons), listening to podcasts (she would love to swap recommendations!) and sitting by the ocean.    Sneha
     

Rose Atwell is an Ananda Yoga Teacher and certified Meditation Instructor and has taught adults, teens, and children for 12 years. She is also a teacher at the Living Wisdom School where she teaches music and theater arts. She graduated from UCSC with a BA in Theater Arts and loves to combine creativity and music with her spiritual practice.

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Erica Kellogg is a yoga and health enthusiast, and a great advertisement for the uplifting qualities of yoga practice. Her profession is as teacher with the Education for Life School, as well as a graduate, herself, having attended LWS from the beginning of her schooling. She and her husband, Craig, teach early childhood education at Living Wisdom School in Palo Alto, California. She has a passion for travel and the diverse and beautiful cultures of the world. When out of the classroom, she is often adventuring and serving in her local community or around the globe.   Erica
     

Doug Andrews, E-RYT 500, is the founder and director of Ananda Sangha of the Redwoods. Doug’s classes are popular for the way in which he interweaves the physical practice of Hatha Yoga with the timeless teachings of Raja Yoga. In addition to his classes at Ananda, Doug also teaches at a residential drug and alcohol recovery center in Scotts Valley. His private teaching also includes a weekly class for developmentally disabled young adults and their families and caregivers. In addition to his role as a yoga instructor, Doug is also an Ananda Lightbearer serving at both Ananda Scotts Valley as well as Ananda Palo Alto. He is the science teacher at Ananda’s Living Wisdom School in Palo Alto.

  Doug
     
Hannah Isaacson is a Hatha Yoga teacher and a certified Meditation Instructor. Inspired by yoga since the age of 18, her creative, playful approach make her classes fun, as well as a relaxing and centering experience. She is passionate about helping people tune in to their highest potential and find peace in the midst of this busy world. Hannah loves to be outdoors and connect with nature, and she is a student herself, working toward her degree in Transpersonal Psychology.   Hannah
     
Suman Brar has been a yoga practitioner for over fifteen years, and balances her love for yoga with a management career in the Tech Industry. In her classes, she uses a joyful, calming teaching style, integrating asana, breath work and meditation to balance mind and body. She has a passion for fitness and sharing the mind-body connection. She has run marathons and done week-long cycling trips. Suman loves to dance and performs regularly with a small theatre troupe. Certified Ananda Yoga Teacher, BA Psychology, PMP (Project Management Professional)   Suman
     
Shantika Bernard, CMT, PhD, RYT 200
Shantika brings love for present centered awareness, and playful attention to details that create ease and stability in our body. Her classes help students build a practice for strength with kindness, without exhausting or injuring ourselves. Gentle and attentive ways to develop and engage true core strength help us heal from injury, care for the spine and joints, and energize our whole system. Shantika specializes in Trauma Therapy and Relational Somatic Psychotherapy in a private practice in Los Altos.
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Nicole DeAvilla, E-RYT 500, RPYT, RCYT
One of the pioneers in prenatal yoga teacher training, Nicole served on the Yoga Alliance Committee that wrote Prenatal Yoga Standards, as well as on the International Association of Yoga Therapists Accreditation Committee. She has a background in Sports Medicine Research, chiropractic physiotherapy, dance, track, writing and parent education.

 

  Nicole
     

Adriana Buenaventura, E-RYT 200, Certified Ananda Yoga Therapist
After years of working as a Marketing professional in the Health industry, Adriana became a certified Ananda Yoga teacher who practices yoga with a therapeutic approach as a path towards physical, mental and spiritual healing. She currently devotes her time to teaching people how make life changes to attain their fullest potential. Her uplifting and joyful teaching style, ability to help students of all levels, compassion and understanding allow her to effectively teach diverse groups in the San Francisco Bay Area such as children, seniors and individuals with challenging health conditions. She is fluent in both in English and Spanish.

  Adriana
     

Sharmila Barbara Hoffman, M.A., RYT 200, Certified TEAM level 4 Trainer/Therapist
Sharmila is a certified Ananda Yoga Instructor, who has been practicing yoga for the last several years. She has a private practice as a Marriage and Family Therapist in Palo Alto, where she works with adult individuals and couples to change negative and destructive thinking and habits and to reduce or eliminate anxiety, stress and depression.
She teaches beginning yoga, as well as offering yoga and meditation to people suffering from stress and anxiety who would like to find greater peace, balance, and joy in their lives.

  Sharmila
     
Michelle Valteau started yoga classes as a means to play and engage with her children, but soon developed a deep interest and commitment to yoga as a lifestyle. Michelle teaches beginner to intermediate yoga to all ages -- from children to seniors. She has a BS in Kinesiology, specializing in Fitness, Nutrition, and Health and her MA in Leadership. She is especially interested in working with individuals recovering from trauma, mental illness, addictions, and abuse. She loves using yoga as a tool to help her students achieve a sustainable, healthy lifestyle.    Michelle
     

Amanda West, RYT 200, CPA
Amanda loves using Ananda Yoga to balance the demands of her corporate career. With a background in training for athletic events such as marathons, cycling centuries and triathlons, Amanda enjoys empowering others through her coaching practice and teaching yoga. Her strong belief in the benefits of yoga for body, mind and spirit led her to become a certified Ananda Yoga instructor.

  Amanda