All of our teachers are longtime disciples of Paramhansa Yogananda with a deep commitment to sharing the teachings of Self-Realization.
Jane is a Devotee of Paramhansa Yogananda since 2000 and a Kriyaban since 2002. In 2013 Jane received her Ananda Meditation Teacher Training Certificate and has been hosting a weekly Meditation group at the Langworthy Public Library where she works, in Hope Valley, RI.
Kitty Hanson (RYT 500)
Kitty began taking yoga classes in 2001. Since her first class, she is always reminded of the benefits yoga provides for body, mind and spirit. Her background is based in Ashtanga, however she has participated in many styles of yoga over the years, which led her to Ananda yoga.
Kitty is grateful for her teachers, who inspired her to continue with her practice. Through regular practice of postures (asanas) with the breath (pranayama), she has experienced the space created within the body and mind and the freedom from the constrictions, which can lead to health-related problems.
Kyle McDonald (RYT-200/C-IAYT)
Kyle is a certified Yoga Therapist, Ananda Yoga & Meditation Teacher and Kriyaban. She has been a dedicated student of yoga since in 1991 when she began practicing asana in the Iyengar tradition as a way to find relief from scoliosis. Kyle’s love of the physical practice of yoga and its healing influence in her life inspired her exploration into the deeper teachings of yogic philosophy, leading her in 1997 to her guru, Paramhansa Yogananda, author of Autobiography of a Yogi. Kyle completed 200 hours of yoga teacher training in 2010 and an additional 500 hours of training in Ananda’s Yoga Therapy Program. Kyle’s classes are inspired by her attention to alignment of the physical body combined with awareness of the astral energy within the spine, creating integration and transformation of body, mind and spirit.
Kyle is a Yoga Therapist and Healing Artist at Hasbro Children’s Hospital’s Integrative Therapies Department and the Cancer Institute at Rhode Island Hospital.
Wendy Perry (RYT-500)
Wendy is a 500 hr. yoga teacher and an occupational therapist. She completed her 200 hr. yoga training in Kundalini Yoga in 2002, her 500 hr. yoga training from Kripalu in 2008 and her Ananda Yoga Bridge training in 2015. As an occupational therapist she ensures proper alignment to ensure safety, increase body awareness and to maximize the benefits of each pose. She completed Ananda Meditation Teacher Training in 2014. She believes in the power of yoga and meditation to transform all areas of one’s life. She uses the soothing energy of her voice to encourage relaxation into each pose to build depth in one’s practice. She encourages awareness of breath and the practice of pranayama to work with the mind as the breath and the mind are intimately connected. She works with energy healing and encourages awareness of the subtle energy inherent in each pose. She is certified in First Aid and CPR.
Jiavanna Skolnik (RYT-200)
Jiavanna’s yoga journey began in New York City over 25 years ago when she was advised by a chiropractor to explore yoga as a means of relieving stress and addressing spinal pain. Yoga was ‘love’ at first asana and within a few years she had taken Yoga Teacher Training and has been ‘training’ herself and others ever since. Yoga opened the door to Meditation, Chanting and the opportunity to help others explore their spirituality. Jiavanna is a Yoga Alliance RYT-200 certified Yoga Teacher, and a certified Ananda Meditation Teacher, Levels 1 & 2. She particularly enjoys working with beginners, seniors and those who want a gentle pace to explore their energy and spirituality.
As an Ananda Minister she joyfully serves through Spiritual Counseling, friendship, teaching, Kriya preparation classes and the performance of sacred ceremonies such as Baptisms, Marriage, Funerals, House Blessings. She is a Brahmacharini in the Nayaswami Order.