Sacramento Yoga Center / Yoga Teachers


Our teachers offer traditional, time-tested teachings in a safe, gentle, effective manner. They bring decades of experience, practice and training and deep dedication to their own inner growth, revealed in their individual styles.

ArteeBellaBobCarrieHar Anand KaurJeanneKimLinda RoyeLisaLizMadeleineMaeManvirSandra

New and Experienced Teachers Wanted!

¡Se buscan maestros nuevos y experimentados!

Guest Teachers

Linda NuevaNikhilTony

Artee Chandekar

Artee Chandekar
Heartfulness Meditation

Artee has been practicing Heartfulness for over 20 years. She fell in love with this practice after seeing its simplicity and effectiveness. She became a trainer in the year 2020 after spending several weeks in silent retreats in Texas and Kerala in India. She is grateful to have been trained directly by Kamlesh D Patel, the global guide of Heartfulness.

She is currently teaching meditation in Sacramento Senior center, Well connected community (an online community of more than 3500 members across the nation), and has taught in the Administrative Office of the Courts.

Artee is a mother of two young boys and works as a Fiscal Analyst with the Judicial Council of California. Her favorite pass time activities are gardening, reading, and listening to music.

She welcomes all to explore the heights and depths of their consciousness through Heartfulness meditation.

To learn more email Artee at

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Bella Dreizler

Bella Dreizler
Release & Realign

50+ years of Physical Therapy Experience

Bella Dreizler is a physical therapist with intimate knowledge of all the challenges we face as humans and how to work through them effectively with tender care. Her clinical practice focuses on myofascial release and incorporates the use of rollers and balls. She utilizes these props in her yoga teaching and leads an expertly guided practice with a tried and true three-fold focus:

  • loose: creating fluid fascia
  • long: creating flexibility in joints and muscles
  • strong: creating subtle core tone

This is a practice that integrates the wisdom of physical therapy with the insight of yoga and invites you to be with your body just as it is. If you are ready to stop pushing, slow down a bit, tend to your body with expertise and breath and love, then this movement practice is for you.

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Bob Brach

Bob Brach
Gentle Vinyasa

Bob is a Yoga Alliance 200 hour Registered Yoga Teacher who was trained through the Yoga Fit training program. While living in the Kansas City area, he taught yoga in corporate and fitness center locations. Bob recently moved back to California in June 2012. Bob also enjoys his personal practices of Insight Meditation and Tai Chi.

To learn more email Bob at

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Carrie Meyer

Carrie Meyer
Hatha Flow & Flow

Carrie Meyer MA, CCHT, ERYT500 is an experienced registered yoga teacher with advanced training and a deep teaching history in Sacramento yoga studios since her first yoga teacher training in 1999.

Rather than teaching a particular brand-name style of yoga, Carrie distills from various hatha and vinaysa yoga traditions and styles along with influences from a range of philosophical and holistic healing systems.

Carrie has a master's degree in psychology integrating Eastern, Western, and somatic (mind-body) psychology. Through her private practice, Holoflective Healing, she offers an array of healing services that aim to effectively support individuals at multiple levels of their evolving consciousness spectrum. She specializes in working with and teaching about the psycho-energetic system in her private practice and workshops.

For more information on Carrie's yoga classes and offerings, go to or email her at

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Har Anand Kaur

Har Anand Kaur
Kundalini En Español

Har Anand Kaur nació en Argentina. Desde muy joven, ella fue apasionada por todas las actividades relacionadas con la armonia entre los seres humanos, la naturaleza y el cosmos. Ella es diseñadora de jardines orgánicos y sustentables, es Reikista, Feng Shui consultora, es artista y mamá, practicó el budísmo por más de 20 años, y fue una muy dedicada estudiante de Kundalini yoga por cinco años, hasta que decidió ser instructora y formarse con el Dr. Siri Gian Singh Khalsa (maestro formado directamente por Yogi Bhajan). Ahora es RYT 500 (Maestra de yoga registrada nivel 2.) y continua estudiando y practicando este sistema de yoga cada dia.

Hace 21 años que vive en Sacramento y ama cada dia viviendo aqui y está feliz de compartir su experiencia y conocimiento con la comunidad Hispana.

Har Anand Kaur was born in Argentina. From a very young woman, she was passionate about all activities related to harmony between humans, nature and cosmos. She is an organic gardening designer and sustainable is Reikistan, Feng Shui consultant, is an artist and mom, practiced Buddhism for over 20 years, and was a very dedicated student of Kundalini yoga for five years, until she decided to be an instructor and train with Dr. Siri Gian Singh Khalsa (a teacher formed directly by Yogi Bhajan). Now it's RYT 500 (registered yoga teacher level 2.) and keep studying and practicing this yoga system every day.

She has lived in Sacramento for 21 years and loves every day living here and is happy to share his experience and knowledge with the Hispanic community

To learn more email Har Anand Kaur at

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Jeanne Munoz

Release & Realign
Hatha Flow

  • Strength training practitioner for 25 years
  • Yoga Practitioner for 15 years
  • Yoga Instructor for 7 Years
  • 500 hour RYT
  • Certified Indoor Cycling Instructor

In my time spent practicing and teaching yoga I rediscovered my connection to the healing power of music, learned about the benefit of stillness meditation and the importance of rest, and continue to work on unconditional acceptance of things just as they are. Practicing and teaching yoga and strength training has allowed me to find a more embodied, balanced lifestyle and I feel privileged to share my experience with others.

I consider myself a lifetime student of this practice and I enjoy teaching to all abilities. I seek to create a collaborative learning environment, as we navigate this fun and complex work.

Join me for an exploration into these subtly transformative and dynamic practices.

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Kim Wagaman

Kim Wagaman
Release & Realign

It is from a place of sincere gratitude for the awakening, awareness, and healing that yoga brings to my life, that a yearning to share the wonders of yoga with others has risen. I have been practicing yoga since 1999 and began teaching yoga in 2006. My yoga roots are in the Iyengar tradition and have spread over the years to include a variety of practice methodologies and ideas.

It is my desire and emphasis in teaching to offer the potential for self-healing with yoga, through a greater awareness of the body mind continuum, and one's own felt experience. My teaching also emphasizes the cultivation of breath awareness for relaxation, pain, and anxiety management. In asana practice there is a focus on releasing tightened and overtaxed muscles, and strengthening weakened muscle groups. I enjoy cultivating a more subtle and focused exploration of the body's vastness and in doing so encourage a concentration that can ready the mind for contemplation and meditation.

My own limitations with a severe scoliosis have shaped and influenced my practice and teaching significantly and I continue to explore and discover the transformative and healing qualities yoga can offer.

I am a 500 hour RYT and have participated in Elise Miller's Yoga for Scoliosis teacher training. I teach regular classes, Yoga for Scoliosis Workshops, Yoga for Scoliosis series classes, and private one on one sessions.

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Linda Roye

Healthy Aging Yoga

Although Linda has been practicing yoga since her 20's, teaching became her calling after retiring from a long career in the legal field. Linda completed her 200-hour teacher training program in 2012 and began teaching her Healthy Aging Yoga class.

In 2013, Linda completed additional training under Carol Krucoff and Kimberly Carson at Duke Integrative Medicine in Durham, North Carolina, and received a certificate in Therapeutic Yoga for Seniors.

Linda also has a certificate in Hip Therapeutics received from Erin Ehlers upon completion of a six-month course in 2022.

In her most recent three-year Continuing Education cycle with the Yoga Alliance where she is a registered RYT-200, Linda has completed 85 contact hours of training.

As a passionate believer in the benefits of yoga for all bodies regardless of age or ability, Linda's class offers a gentle and focused approach that supports balance, mobility and joint health. When not planning, teaching or attending yoga classes, Linda enjoys gardening.

To learn more email Linda Roye at

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Lisa Cotton Brown

Contemplative Practice Yoga @

Lisa has been teaching yoga for over 13 years. She holds several certifications and continues her yoga education yearly.

Certified Contemplative Practice Yoga @
Certified Contemplative Practice Yoga @T herapist
Certified Svaroopa Yoga @ Teacher

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Liz Vasile, Ph.D., M.S, RYT-200

Hatha Yoga (Fundamentals and All Levels)

My first contact with yoga was as a college freshman in 1973, in a month-long "yoga immersion" taught by upperclassmen returned from a year of study in India. The experience ignited a lifelong fascination with the relationship between mind and body, the ideal and the material. I went on become a human geographer, a field dedicated to exploring connections between the ways humans shape and are shaped by the environments they inhabit. Years later, I realized that geography was not unlike hatha yoga (the yoga of action or discipline), which asks us to focus minute attention on the body as a gateway to the mind and spirit.

I returned to yoga in 1998, and in 2002 found my home in the approach to yoga developed by B.K.S. Iyengar. Since then, I have studied with senior Iyengar teachers in the San Francisco Bay Area and New York City. I'm a graduate of the 500-hour, 2-year Sadhana Studies teacher education and apprenticeship program at Adeline Yoga in Berkeley, and I continue to study regularly with my mentor Heather Haxo Phillips (CIYT-3), and other senior Iyengar teachers nationally and in India, as I prepare for assessment to become a Certified Iyengar Yoga Teacher (CIYT). Additional training and registrations include completion of the 200-hour Deep Yoga program at Piedmont Yoga in Oakland, and a current RYT-200 from Yoga Alliance.

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Madeleine Lohman


Madeleine has been studying yoga since 1999, and teaching since 2004. Most of her recent studies have been focused on Viniyoga, the methodology taught by TKV Desikachar, under the mentorship of Melissa Shah of Find Your Breath. She takes the responsibility, as a yoga teacher in the West, of teaching in a way that honors but does not appropriate this sacred work very seriously.

All of her classes feature practices of breathwork, postures, meditation and chanting. When you enter her class, her priority is you will feel fully welcomed and respected as you are. This is a community built on kindness and authenticity.

When not teaching and practicing yoga, Madeleine has a private massage practice, and enjoys walks around Curtis Park, reading, and time spent with her partners and sweet dog, Valentine.

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Mae Denman

Adaptive Yoga,
Tai Chi for Arthritis & Falls Prevention

Mae began practicing yoga in 1974, and taught her first class in 1980. Over her four decades of yoga experience, she has taught individuals and groups in office locations, community centers, experimental colleges, and private homes. Mae has studied Hatha Yoga with teachers of the Iyengar, Kundalini, Ashtanga, Svoorpa, Bikram, Ananda, Kripalu, and Viniyoga traditions. Mae has completed the Yoga Alliance certified teacher's training at the Kripalu Center for Yoga, and maintains membership in the Kripalu Yoga Teachers Association. In addition, she has completed Yoga Alliance certified 500 hour teacher's training at the American Viniyoga Institute with Gary Kraftsow. Currently, she works with individuals privately as well in group classes.

In addition to yoga certification, Mae has been certified in several falls prevention training methodologies. Currently she is teaching Tai Chi for Arthritis and Falls Prevention developed by Dr. Lam and offered around the world. This course is recognized by the Center for Disease Control and Arthritis Foundation for documented results.

For more information, contact Mae at 530-400-3013 or email her at

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Kundalini Yoga,
Gong Meditation
Kundalini Meditation

Manvir has taught Kundalini Yoga in the Sacramento area for 23 years, having been certified to teach Kundalini by Dr. Siri Gian Singh Khalsa in 1998. When a personal health challenge caused him to re-evaluate his life, he felt guided to step into a more authentic sense of self, and to discover how he could best serve others: by teaching Kundalini yoga as a sacred spiritual path. He has a keen interest in how the disease process enters the body, and how most illness can be traced to an entrenched belief system owned by the individual being affected. He found that the spiritual technology of Kundalini yoga is the perfect vehicle for healing body, mind, and spirit, leading students toward their own infinite nature in the Aquarian Age. Presenting the material in an easy-to-understand and heart-oriented style, Manvir guides students in accordance with your individual body's tolerance and needs in a safe and comfortable environment.

For more detailed information contact Manvir at 916-806-0623, check his website

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Sandra Russi, E-RYT, RScP

Ananda Yoga

Sandra Russi teaches Gentle Yoga in the Ananda tradition which includes the use of affirmations, pranayama, and meditation. She has been teaching for over 20 years at various locations including Ananda Sacramento, the YMCA, California State University-Sacramento, Natomas Charter School, and at various yoga studios including the Sacramento Yoga Center.

Sandra currently runs several online programs and is a Guest Teacher at SYC, offering specialty classes such as Yoga in the Chakras and Aroma-Bliss Yoga.

Sandra's students appreciate her clear instructions; attention to safety, alignment and comfort with encouragement to modify as needed; the rest periods in between postures; and the meditative atmosphere of her classes.

Feel free to reach out to Sandra at 916.606.0799 or through her website:

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Guest Teachers

Our guest yoga teachers provide continuity for students by teaching in the style of the teacher that is unavailable. They have previously participated in the class for which they may guest teach, becoming familiar with the teacher's students and particular yoga style.

Linda Nueva, CIYT

Hatha Yoga

Iyengar yoga is a continuous source of inspiration for Linda. It has provided a well-spring of health and healing over the past twenty years. Yoga is an integral part of her life, along with raising a family and working as an attorney.

Linda is Certified Iyengar Yoga Teacher with over 1,000 hours of teacher training. She is a graduate of the teacher training program at the Iyengar Yoga Institute of San Francisco. She is grateful to have studied at the Ramamani Iyengar Institute in Pune, India. She continues to study with senior teachers in the Bay Area and India.

Weather permitting, she may often be found mid-day, mat under foot, in the redwood grove near the California Legislature. Bilingual (English/Spanish), teaching yoga at SYC is both a calling and a gift.

To learn more email Linda Nueva at

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Nikhil Chandekar

Heartfulness Meditation

Nikhil has been practicing Heartfulness for over 25+ years. He went through a very tough period of life and Heartfulness meditation taught him to transcend the anxiety and noisy mind and experience Samadhi. He pursued Heartfulness meditation deeply and started volunteering actively.

Currently he is working as a full time computer professional and also a certified Heartfulness coordinator and coach. He is actively involved in community outreach to educate people about the benefits of meditation and conducts Heartfulness meditation events in the community. He also runs In Tune with Nature club to encourage young adults to engage in active outdoor activities like hiking, biking etc. He also runs Brighter Minds club which helps kids to explore their creative mind, develop confidence and reduce screen addiction.

He welcomes all to explore the heights and depths of their consciousness through Heartfulness meditation. To learn more email Nikhil at

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Yoga Teachers Wanted
¡Se buscan maestros nuevos y experimentados!


Sacramento Yoga Center, SYC, is an umbrella organization for experienced yoga teachers that have their own yoga business, website, students and need a studio in which to practice.

SYC also welcomes new yoga teachers recently certified that are willing to take the initiative as an independent contractor. SYC will assist new teachers to become established in their own yoga business.

If you are interested in joining SYC, please fill out the Teacher Info sheet (choose a format that works for you)

When completed, please email it to Jeff Wilson, SYC Manager, at to get started!

Sacramento Yoga Center, SYC, es una organización paraguas para profesores de yoga experimentados que tienen su propio negocio de yoga, sitio web, estudiantes y necesitan un estudio en el que practicar.

SYC también está buscando nuevos profesores de yoga recientemente certificados que estén dispuestos a tomar la iniciativa como contratistas independientes. SYC ayudará a los nuevos maestros a establecerse en su propio negocio de yoga.

Si está interesado en unirse a SYC, complete la información del maestro hoja (elija un formato que funcione para usted)

Cuando esté completo, envíelo por correo electrónico a Jeff Wilson, Gerente de SYC, a para comenzar.

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