Yoga teacher
Melissa Heart has been teaching Ananda Yoga since 2012. She’s RYT-200 certified with Yoga Alliance. She’s been with Ananda Portland since 2007 and has served in many capacities at the Temple. Currently she works at the Living Wisdom School as the Primary Teacher.

Teaching yoga has always been a joy and it has transformed my life. It has always given me more energy and a calm acceptance of what is in front of me. I love that everyone can do yoga!
-Melissa

Yoga teacher
Maitri Brown is a certified 200-RYT Ananda Yoga Teacher with Yoga Alliance. She served as Assistant Manager and taught at the studio for Ananda Yoga Palo Alto in California. She also taught yoga classes for Ananda Laurelwood Retreat Center. Her focus is on teaching gentle and restorative yoga, private and on-line yoga classes. She has many years of meditation training and practice through Ananda Self-Realization. She’s trained in mindfulness meditation, plus she’s a second-degree reiki practitioner.

My hope is that you step off the mat feeling refreshed, nourished, and balanced.
-Maitri

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Miriam is a Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT 200) with Yoga Alliance and is a certified Ananda Yoga teacher. She has been a part of Ananda Worldwide for over 20 years and has served on three continents: US, Italy, and India, teaching meditation and helping establish spiritual communities. She was the nurse for Swami Kriyananda, a direct disciple of Paramhansa Yogananda, and was personally trained by him through daily contact across fourteen years. Miriam brings a depth of understanding and a richness of joy to her teaching.

She practices Kriya Yoga meditation as taught by her guru, Paramhansa Yogananda, author of the Indian classic, Autobiography of a Yogi. She delights in sharing these timeless teachings with all who seek more meaning in their lives.

Yoga teacher
Shanta Franklin’s search for deeper meaning led her to Ananda Assisi in Italy, where she became a disciple of Paramhansa Yogananda and was certified in Ananda Yoga®.
Feeling the guidance to learn English in America, she came to Ananda Village as a Karma Yogi at the Expanding Light Retreat, where she renewed her Ananda Yoga teacher training in English and began teaching. In 2014 she became an Ananda Meditation® instructor, taught meditation at the Expanding Light to individuals and groups, and went on to receive training in spiritual counseling, as originally taught by Swami Kriyananda. In 2017, she completed training in Restorative Yoga.

Having been inspired to honor and integrate her past experiences with the higher purpose of uplifting consciousness and healing herself and others, she has also developed creative programs in movement.