Ananda Yoga instructors

Vivekadevi 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.

Vivekadevi’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.

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.

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.

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
Kylie Dang is a certified Ananda Restorative Yoga Teacher and medical intuitive energy healer with a fulltime practice in Santa Clara. She has been practicing different forms of yoga since 2004 and has now found her calling in Ananda Yoga. She creates a safe and protective environment in her yoga classes so students can be completely present in the moment. Here they can tune into their breath, feel what happens inside and accept themselves as they are. Her experience with energy healing helps her to guide students in clearing blocked channels. Kylie enjoys teaching a softer, slower and healing form of yoga, e.g. Gentle, Yin and Restorative. What she would like her students to take with them is a sense of connection with their Higher Selves; she believes they can find that through breathing. Kylie is very passionate about teaching beginning students and working with them as they discover yoga. She believes yoga can change every aspect of one’s life.    Kylie Dang

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.



Adriana Buenaventura, E-RYT 200, Certified Ananda Yoga Therapist
Adriana supports her clients in calming anxiety and finding calmness in the midst of their busy lives and many responsibilities. A certified Ananda Yoga Therapist and Meditation Teacher, Adriana is a long-time meditator and practitioner of ayurveda, yoga and various healing techniques. She draws on her own inspiring journey of recovery from anxiety due to emotional and physical trauma. Adriana touches her clients with her peaceful and joyful demeanor and inspires them to be the very best with their families, at work and with themselves.


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.

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.

Kamaladevi is a long-time practitioner of yoga postures, Kamaladevi enjoys helping students to discover the peace, energy and joy within them that can be experienced through Ananda yoga. Using the scientific wisdom of yoga and its countless health benefits, her classes begin with postures that help to release physical and energetic blockages in the body. From there we enter into a mind-body healing cycle as the relaxation response begins to flow. Finally we learn how to direct our freed-up energy, through our practice, toward our highest levels of functioning and awareness. Kamaladevi’s classes strengthen and support body, mind and spirit, and students leave feeling rejuvenated and relaxed.