Pranakriya Board of Directors

Yoganand Michael Carroll

Yoganand_20160621-1Yoganand Michael Carroll, E-RYT500 founded Pranakriya Yoga in 2005. He is a Master-Level teacher in the Kripalu Yoga tradition. Through many years of intensive study and practice of Swami Kripalu’s work, Yoganand has gained a profound ability to distill and interpret esoteric yoga texts and techniques.

After studying with Kripalu Yoga masters in India and America, Yoganand taught at the Kripalu Center for more than 15 years before founding Pranakriya Yoga, which he developed from the original teachings of Swami Kripalavandaji and reconfigured to meet the needs of Western yogis in today’s world without taking away from the ancient teachings.

Devadas Gregg Day

DevadasDevadas was introduced to yoga at the suggestion of his surgeon as a “possibly beneficial” part of his therapeutic recovery from spinal surgery fusing his broken lumbar vertebrae. Yoga quickly became the predominant part of that recovery, and Devadas never looked back. Devadas completed his YTT200 at Kripalu in 2006, and a YTT500 in 2009. He also traveled extensively over those years to study and practice with Yoganand, completing the Pranakriya YTT500 in 2010.

Devadas regularly teaches at Kripalu as part of the Guest Yoga Team and as a program presenter. He developed and implemented a yoga program for the Berkshire County Jail and its Community Corrections Program. Devadas, a former international lawyer and investment banker, now travels to India to further deepen his yoga roots.

Emily Gretz

instr_emilyEmily brings a career in education and an entrepreneurial spirit to her role as yoga teacher and co-owner of Crofton Yoga. As an instructor she is certified at the 200-hour level in both Kripalu and Pranakriya yoga and at the 500-hour level through the Pranakriya School of Yoga Healing Arts. Additionally, she holds certificates in prenatal yoga, YogaEd and Radiant Child Yoga. Equally skilled at leading adults and children in yoga practice, Emily is passionate about yoga’s benefits and is anxious to share them with people of all ages and skills levels.

As a mother of two girls, Emily believes introducing yoga to children can help provide them with tools for coping with life’s stresses. At a very young age, children can learn to use their breath to calm their body and mind while learning how to develop muscles and balance through physical postures. Emily has collaborated with Steve Wolf on Yoga Nidra for Kids of All Ages, a CD compilation of engaging yoga nidra-based stories designed to help children deeply relax their mind and body. Emily holds both Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from Loyola University Maryland and is and active leader in the local business community.


Jacci Gruninger

JacciR2010Headshots-32 Jacci is striving to use yoga and all its tenets on and off the mat to be fully awake and alive by seeing the extraordinary in every day. Jacci is a Senior Pranakriya and Kripalu yoga instructor and leads a variety of yoga teacher trainings around the country including:  200 Hour Pranakriya Teacher Training, Prenatal Teacher Training and Restorative Yoga Teacher Training.  She attributes the start of her yogic path to her Masters in Health Science program at The George Washington University.

Here she was able to devise a program that emphasized wholeness.  After graduation, she went on to create and manage wellness programs for The George Washington University and Arlington County Government.  Her work introduced her to the practice of yoga and she hasn’t looked back.  She continues her studies with her teacher Yoganand Michael Carroll.  She completed her Yoga Therapist Certification and also practices Thai Yoga.  Both modalities give her an opportunity to work one-on-one with clients during their healing.  Jacci hopes to help students see the reflection of their own possibility by guiding them in compassion, permission, acceptance and patience.  Jacci lives with her son in Santa Fe, NM. Visit Jacci at her website


Jodie Padgett

A native of West Virginia’s eastern panhandle and a graduate of WVU with a BS in Mineral Processing Engineering, Jodie spent 34 years living and working in various jobs in west-central Illinois.  For 15 years, she was involved in the planning and running of the Carlinville Christmas Market, first with the Chamber of Commerce and then with the non-profit Christmas Market Foundation.  She also spent 4 years as the assistant to the producer of the Lancaster, PA, Heritage Quilter’s Celebration, a week-long event dedicated to quilting arts and education.

In 2001, Jodie began a self-study of asana in an effort to maintain flexibility, and a burgeoning friendship in 2009 with one of Jacci Gruninger’s teacher trainees set her upon her journey of yoga studies.  Shortly after completing her 200-hour YTT in general hatha yoga in 2011 through YogaSource St. Louis, she moved to Santa Fe, NM, where she began a gradual transition into a teaching role, primarily in slower, gentler forms of yoga.  She has completed 5 modules toward a 500-hour certification with the Pranakriya School of Yoga Healing Arts.  Jodie and her husband Jeff enjoy cooking, hiking, bicycling, and exploring the Southwest.

Marybeth Cully

marybethMarybeth Cully completed her 200 and 500 hour trainings in Pranakriya with a focus in yoga therapy.  She believes yoga brings an awareness and acceptance of the physical body without labels or limits so you can discover new spaces and different ways to  experience your own unique sense of wholeness.   Her off the mat interests include boating, reading and all kinds of papercrafting.

She also loves to cook and thinks tea goes well with everything.  Marybeth believes that life brings lots of changes – some easy, some more difficult, but each piece part of your own unique journey. She believes yoga practice is a process without a right or wrong way and sometimes the end result is very different than you originally envisioned . . . it doesn’t have to be perfect – just yours. Her wish for each of her students is that they can embrace their own journey and all of its imperfections with peace, vitality, and a heartfelt smile!

Meryl Arnett

IMG_4401On the mat, Meryl Arnett is a 500-hour RYT and Yoga Therapist with a certification from Pranakriya. Her appetite for studying different methods of yoga has taken her to workshops with so many talented and inspirational teachers such as Rod Stryker, Jim Bennitt, Sean Tebor, Desiree Rumbaugh, Ross Raybun and Amy Ippoliti.

Off the mat, she is a new mom to son Asa and loving partner to her husband Matt. As a family, they enjoy hiking, camping and exploring the outdoors. And, in that elusive free time, Meryl loves to read, cook and enjoy a great glass of wine.

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Our Mission

Pranakriya School of Yoga Healing Arts offers teacher trainings, retreats, classes and workshops that explore the ancient practices of Tantra Hatha Yoga. We encourage all students to practice with focus at a level to both humble and inspire their lives. We work to foster an open and accepting community of growth, healing and transformation that invites all practitioners to listen deeply and to respectfully follow their own soul’s dharma. Our mission is to support humanity, become more fully alive and live attuned to Prana.


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