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Meet Your Mentor Team

The Yoga Shakti mentors are exceptional teachers who have a deep understanding of the traditional and authentic approach to yoga. They have all completed advanced 500 hour Training Programs (most through Yoga Shakti), have years of teaching and practice experience, live their yoga on and off the mat and have been successful in their yoga careers. Mentors share a passion for guiding new graduates into blossoming as teachers, helping them develop and fine tune their own unique style while maintaining the authenticity of the practice.

  • Andrea Rasla

    Andrea started practicing Iyengar yoga in 2002 as a way to calm the mind and gain personal balance while working in a stressful corporate environment. She continued her steady practice and began to feel yoga’s physical benefits as well as its calming effects on her mind. As her children grew, Andrea dedicated more time to deepening her yoga practice. She started to feel an increasing drive to share the yoga... read more
  • Ashlee Goite

    Ashlee was introduced to yoga when her first “real” job drove her to seek physical and mental relief from being desk-bound for the first time. Her first class was an Ashtanga class with Dawn Yager in Myrtle Beach, and she never looked back. In yoga, she found a physical release for her energy, and the centering effects of this moving meditation improved her relationships with herself and her loved ones.... 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
  • Kelly Angeley

    Kelly Angeley has a background in marine biology, fine art and art history. She received her BA from Western Washington University, with a focus in painting and a minor in art history. She runs a successful jewelry business and has also taught beadweaving classes across the country. Kelly authored her first beadweaving book in 2012, which was a best seller craft book on Amazon. Kelly First discovered yoga in 1999 when her best friend... 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
  • 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