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  • Diana Pipaloff

    Diana began practicing yoga in 1994 with a desire to gain a spiritual practice. The thirst for the spiritual runs in her veins as she comes from a family of yoga practitioners; in 1850 her great grandfather practiced yoga in Eastern Europe. Her father had a very disciplined practice at the age of 15. Her mother also practiced and introduced her to yoga while Diana was still in her teens. Prior to discovering yoga Diana was... read more
  • Jnana Nanda Bharati

    Jnana Nanda Bharati has dedicated over twenty five years to intense study and training in the ancient texts of the Vedas and Tantras, under the guidance of his esteemed Teacher, as well as, other Himalayan Masters that his Teacher sent him to for specific training. He developed the Shakti Meditation program, Meditation Guide training, and leads Satsang.... read more
  • Joy Millea

    Joy first tried yoga in 1999 as a means to stay physically fit during her first pregnancy, but didn’t begin a steady practice until Yoga Shakti opened their first studio doors in 2002. It was her curiosity about the philosophy seated in the ancient practice that drew her in the second time. Having been on a spiritual quest for some years, Joy found inspiration in the pages of the Bhagavad Gita and a home to study the sacred... read more
  • Laura Galuhn

    Laura is the Director of Operations at Yoga Shakti, wearing many hats and bringing a great range of skills and experience into our studio.  She is a natural teacher and has an extensive background in the practice of yoga, meditation, and yoga philosophy. She completed her Devi Yoga Teacher Training in 2000 and later built upon her studies by completing the 200 Hour... read more
  • Mariza Mendoza

    Mariza was introduced to the science of Yoga when a friend invited her to attend a Yoga Philosophy course being offered through Yoga Shakti Wellness Center. Mariza knew early on that she wanted to share the experience of classical hatha yoga with others.In 2006 she completed Yoga Shakti’s Teacher Training Program. Thanks to the guidance of Yoga Shakti’s Director Diana Pipaloff and esteemed teacher... read more
  • Mary Newsom

    Mary segued from the aerobics craze of the 80’s into yoga as a more balanced means to fitness and a way to strengthen her body and improve her health. She experimented with several different types of yoga before arriving at Yoga Shakti in 2004, where she was blessed to meet her Teacher, Jnana Nanda Bharati and her mentor, Diana Pipaloff. She graduated from the very first 200 and 300 hour teacher trainings at Yoga Shakti. Mary feels that yoga is a true gift. Throughout the... read more
  • Michelle Nelson

    Michelle began studying yoga in 1996 and quickly fell in love with its calming, balancing, and healing benefits. In addition, she was immediately drawn to the spiritual aspects of yoga; it felt true and authentic, a feeling that was reinforced as she gained a deeper understanding of yoga's ancient history.When she discovered Yoga Shakti, she knew she had found a community that also valued practicing authentic yoga. At that time,... read more
  • Valerie Fowler

    Valerie Fowler is certified at the E-RYT 500 level through Yoga Alliance, with more than 4,000 hours of classroom teaching experience. She completed both her foundational 200-hour and advanced 300-hour trainings at Yoga Shakti with Diana Pipaloff. She started practicing yoga asana in 2002, and a short time later met her teacher, Jnana Nanda Bharati, whose unbroken spiritual lineage is more than 5,000 years... read more