Yoganand Michael Carroll ¦ E-RYT 500, YACEP

Yoganand 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.

Yoganand serves as the Founder and Dean of Curriculum for the Pranakriya School of Yoga Healing Arts, leads trainings and retreats around the country and world and works to keep the history of Tantric Hatha Yoga alive. Students will find that Yoganand teaches from a place of deep experience and learning and that he shares his understanding in ways that allow them to cultivate and experience greater vitality in their own lives.  Yoganand is registered with the Yoga Alliance as an E-RYT500 level teacher and is a member of the International Association of Yoga Therapists – IAYT.

Yoganand teaches the following programs:  Understanding the Hatha Yoga Pradipika; Understanding the Bhagavad Gita; Deepening the Asana Experience:  Asana for Meditative Posture 1 & 2, Asana for Yoga Workout 1 & 2; Asanas as Spiritual Doorways; Meditation:  Theory & Teaching; Pranayama:  Theory & Teaching; The Universe Inside the Body of the Yogi:  Chakras, Nadis & Granthis

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Abby-Bordner1-150x150Abby Bordner ¦ CAPPA, ICEA

I have been working with women, children and families my entire career. I am a certified labor doula, childbirth educator and lactation consultant. I have received training in the brain science of early childhood, child development, child psychology, communication skills, parenting and family wellness.

In my consulting and training business, I offer professional staff trainings, speaking engagements, group programs and private coaching. I believe that relationships are the foundation of emotional security, positive connection and overall successful outcomes in life. In 2010 I co-created Advanced Prenatal Yoga for Pranakriya along with Jacci Gruninger and Niisa Morton. In this program we give Basic Prenatal Yoga Teachers the skills to teach childbirth preparation classes called Yoga Born.

Personally, I am a seeker. I love to read, share, learn and teach. I am a Mother of two, and a daughter, sister, friend and partner. I live in Santa Fe, NM and I enjoy my active life! I love to travel, move my body and create. My work life is very enjoyable to me and I feel honored to work on behalf of infants, children and families.

Abby teaches the Advanced Prenatal Teacher Training with Niisa Morton.

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Chris Mastin ¦

Chris is a certified, professional-level Pranakriya Yoga teacher in Atlanta, GA where she teaches group classes and sees clients one-on-one. Using her experience in journalism, photography, technical writing, and software user-experience design, she serves as the Director of Publications for Pranakriya.

3Devadas Gregg Day ¦ E-RYT 500, YACEP

Devadas 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.

Devadas teaches Asanas as Spiritual Doorways.

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emilyEmily Gretz ¦ ERYT 500

Emily Gretz, E-RYT 500, MEd is co-owner of Crofton Yoga in Maryland and Director of the Musculoskeletal Assessment Program. Equally skilled in teaching 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 skill levels. Her training and experience have led her to a strong interest in anatomy and the value of heightening one’s awareness of their own physical strengths and weaknesses through yoga. In collaboration with Laura Grayson, DPt, she is looking to cultivate the musculoskeletal assessment skills of yoga teachers’ and practitioners’ to help them become better observers of their students.

Additionally, Emily holds certifications from numerous children’s yoga training programs and 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.

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10Heather Schleupner ¦ E-RYT 200


Yoga came into Heather’s life in 2001 when her husband suggested they take a class at the gym together. She was immediately hooked!  It affected her physically, emotionally, and spiritually. Throughout her years of practice, she always knew that she would someday share her passion for it through teaching.

As an Early Childhood Educator, she always found a way to work a little yoga into the day as she taught her Pre-K classes. After leaving the classroom, to stay at home with her three boys, she became a yoga instructor. She received her 200 RYT in Hatha tradition through Sol Yoga in Frederick, MD in 2009. She is currently working on her 300 hour certification in Pranakriya’s Advanced Studies. She has been sharing her enthusiasm about yoga while teaching Prenatal, Baby & me, kids, and adult classes.

Heather discovered her path for Prenatal Yoga during her mentor-ship shortly after she began teaching at Sol Yoga.  Immediately, she began teaching Prenatal Yoga and Baby & me classes there.  She has a passion to support and empower women during their pregnancies.  Honored to be a part of their amazing prenatal journeys, she’s thrilled when many of these moms return to yoga with their babies.  In 2011, she became certified in Level 1 Pranakriya Prenatal Yoga Teacher Training with Jacci Gruninger.  After assisting Jacci for two years, she completed Level 2 PYTT in 2013.  Heather currently leads Pranakriya’s Basic Level Prenatal Teacher Trainings.

Heather lives in Stowe, VT with her three boys.

Heather teachs the Basic Prenatal Yoga Teacher Training.

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4Jacci Gruninger MS ¦ C-IAYT, E-RYT 500, RPYT, YACEP


A Santa Fe based yoga teacher, educator and human being, Jacci feels she has been on a journey of awareness and awakening her whole life.

She reflects that she was practicing “yoga” before she ever practiced yoga.  This way of being alive and present for every experience is what calls to her most deeply and infuses her teaching.  She uses the practice of yoga to see how her habits restrict, distract and cause suffering.

Using the skill of witnessing, which she learned from her teachers Yoganand Michael Carroll and Sudhir Jonathon Foust, she is now better able to see her habits and open to her life finding more freedom and joy.

As a teacher, Jacci invites her students to go inside and feel rather than focusing on what the pose looks like.  She uses the techniques of inquiry, witnessing and allowing to encourage students to be present with their life in the moment.

Jacci has over 1500 hours of training in a wide variety of yoga disciplines, in addition to receiving her Masters of Health Science from The George Washington University.  She completed her 200 and 500 hour yoga teacher training at the Kripalu Center for Yoga in addition to completing a second 500 hour certification in yoga therapy.   She is a certified yoga herapist (C-IAYT), registered prenatal yoga teacher (RPYT) as well as a Thai Yoga Massage Therapist.

Jacci is the Executive Director of the Pranakriya School of Yoga Healing Arts as well as Director of their 200-hour, Basic Prenatal, Restorative Yoga, and Gentle Yoga Teacher Trainings.  She lives in Santa Fe with her son, Justin, and their dog Ash.

Jacci leads the 200 Hour Yoga Teacher Training; Restorative Yoga Teacher Training, Basic Prenatal Yoga Teacher Training and the Deepening the Asana Experience;  Asanas for Gentle Yoga.

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Kim Murphy ¦ E-RYT 200


Kim murphyYoga is more than a practice or a class for Kim, it is a way of life. Spend any length of time around Kim and her three passions in life will become readily apparent, fitness, yoga and helping people. Like many people, Kim began her yoga journey in a yoga class after suffering from bouts of depression most of her life.

It did not take many classes for Kim to realize that when yoga was part of her everyday routine she was able to see things in a positive way and as a result had more energy, felt alive and was able to face whatever challenge life brought her. Kim’s passion for knowledge and helping others led her to teaching, but she will always be her first student. Certified at the 200-hour level in both Kripalu and Pranakriya yoga and at the 500-hour level in the Pranakriya tradition, and 500-hour Yoga Therapy through the Pranakriya School of Yoga Healing Arts.

Kim is a Thai yoga therapist, a Reflexologist and continues to train with her teacher Yoganand Michael Carroll. Her passion for working with beginners has led her to become a Director of the Pranakriya 200-hour Yoga Teacher Training Program. Kim is Leadership and Intensive certified in Y12SR Yoga for 12 Step Recovery and currently, holds meetings in Anne Arundel County. Kim believes that yoga can heal the body from the inside out and is a necessary component for health.

Krissy Dopson ¦ E-RYT 500, YACEP

Enthusiasm to love your life and to explore your inner depths is contagious around Krissy Dopson.  Her yoga passion helps people achieve bliss while on one’s journey.  Krissy loves life in such a big way that you can’t help but leave her classes, workshops and sessions joyful, spiritually uplifted, and connected to your inner self!

Born in South Carolina and raised traveling around the globe, she is an wholehearted citizen of the world and spiritual adventurer. Krissy is a Parakriya Experienced Yoga Teacher (E-RYT), Pranakriya Prenatal Yoga Teacher, and an energy/body healer with a background in Thai Yoga Therapy and Bio Energy Healing.  Krissy has been teaching and practicing yoga since 2008.

Through yoga, she became more connected to her inner self — spiritually, emotionally, mentally, and physically.   Krissy found teaching yoga to be the vehicle through which she can share the exhilaration and positivity of her experience.  She leads transformational classes, one-on-one private sessions and workshops with practical ways to promote inner happiness and experience a glowing sensation.  Krissy’s intentions are to positively impact every person she encounters and make the world a better place, one yoga practice at a time.

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Laura Liberatore Grayson ¦ DPT, PT

Laura Grayson1 Laura Liberatore Grayson, is a Doctor of Physical Therapy and an Area Director for Pivot Physical Therapy in Gambrills and Bowie. She is responsible for day-to- day clinic operations and hands-on patient care. Laura specializes in manual therapy and treating a variety of orthopedic and neurological conditions in pediatrics through professional athletes.

She is also a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist, consulting to several professional athletes from the National Basketball Association, National Hockey League and Major League Soccer. Laura incorporates her expertise in personal training, yoga, and Pilates into her physical therapy practice. Laura graduated with a Master’s and Doctorate degree in Physical Therapy from University of Maryland, Baltimore. Laura co-leads the Musculoskeletal Assessment program with Emily Gretz.

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niisaNiisa Morton ¦ E-RYT 500, RPYT

Niisa is a certified Kripalu/Pranakriya Yoga teacher, Pranakriya Prenatal Yoga teacher and the Director of the Advanced Level Prenatal Teacher Training with Abby Bordner.  She teaches a variety of different age groups including Baby & me, kids, and adult classes. In addition, she serves as adjunct faculty for the Kripalu 300hr teacher training program.

Yoga had been in Niisa’s life for over 20 years. However, it wasn’t until 2004, during her own prenatal yoga classes, that she felt most comfortable exploring her transition to motherhood, physically and emotionally.  This experience inspired her to pursue her 200hr teacher training in 2006 with Yoganand and complete her 500hr certification in the Pranakriya tradition in 2010.

In addition, Niisa is a certified instructor with HealthyMoms Pre/Postnatal Fitness, YogaEd, and several other fitness organizations.  She is currently pursuing her Labor Doula certification with CAPPA.  Niisa lives on Cape Cod, MA with her husband, Rick and two children, Alexia and Tucker.

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8Shelbi Miles ¦ E-RYT 500, LMT, CST, YACEP

Shelbi Miles, E-RYT 500 completed her 200 hour yoga training in the Kripalu and Pranakriya traditions and her 500 hour in the Pranakriya tradition with a focus in Yoga Therapy. She created and leads the Client Relationship: Cultivating Intuitive Presence, Boundaries & Ethics module and co-created and leads the Teaching Restorative Yoga Module for the Pranakriya School of Yoga Healing Arts. Shelbi is a Licensed Massage Therapis (LMT), seeing clients solely for Cranio-Sacral Therapy and Visceral Manipulation at Crofton Yoga. She also holds certifications in Prenatal Yoga and Power Pilates beginner Mat. Shelbi is the co-owner of Crofton Yoga and lives in Crofton, MD with her Husband and two young daughters.

Her back ground in Psychology and her detailed knowledge of Anatomy & Physiology complement her fun loving and cheerful teaching style. Shelbi has a strong sense of self and purpose and is passionate about sharing her understanding of the intuitive wisdom of the body and guiding others to use Yoga as a vehicle towards greater health and wellbeing.

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VladimirVladimir Tchakarov ¦ E-RYT 500

Born and raised in Bulgaria, Vladimir was introduced to yoga as a child by his mother who was a practitioner. Growing up he studied martial arts and began teaching classes in his father’s dojo at age 12. In adolescence he was introduced to chi gong, meditation and eastern philosophy by his father who practiced daily.

A few years after Vladimir emigrated to the United States his father was diagnosed with cancer and passed away six months later. Seeking healing and following his father’s final wish, to grow spiritually, Vladimir began practicing yoga at a nearby studio. There he met his teachers William Hufschmidt and Yoganand Michael Carrol.

Soon Vladimir was practicing yoga and meditating daily for up to 8 hours. Over the last 10 years he has completed his 500 hour certification with Pranakriya and has continued his daily practice without fail, enjoying the profound insight and vitality generated by it. His teaching style emphasis a slower paced practice with longer held postures, internal focus on breath, sensations and emotions, and a deep understanding of yoga philosophy. Currently Vladimir teaches yoga full time in Atlanta GA, and around the country as a Pranakriya director.

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William Hufschmidt ¦ E-RYT 500, YACEP

William Hufschmidt  (E-RYT 500) journey with healing began at age 14 as he recovered from a car accident. Watching his breath and his thoughts helped to manage the pain and healing of a fractured femur. Progressing through months of traction, a wheelchair, a few casts, and eventually crutches, it took William two years to fully regain control of his body. This early experience fortified his belief that we can heal from anything if we consciously navigate our healing process.

In 1989, William took his first yoga class with Lorna Brown, and subsequently taught his first classes with her guidance and encouragement. In 2001, William completed the 200-hour-level Yoga Teacher training at the Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health, and in 2007, completed Kripalu’s 500-hour training. In 2002, William first studied Thai Yoga with Patricia Kilpatrick and Saul David Raye, and in 2006 studied at Thailand’s esteemed Wat Po in Bangkok, then continuing on with “Mama Lek” Chaiya in Chiang Mai.  In 2012, William completed training with the Guild for Structural Integration in the Rolf Method for Structural Integration.  William’s teachers are Yoganand Michael Carroll, Vidya Carolyn Dell’uomo, Saul David Raye, Pierce Salguero, and life itself.

As a teacher, William empowers students to explore their edges and potentials. “We all do not walk the same path towards self-discovery. However, we are all storehouses of infinite wisdom and creativity. Through the practices of yoga, breathwork, sacred touch and play, we can tap into inner reservoirs of energy and possibility.

William leads the 200 Hour Pranakriya Teacher Training;  Pranayama:  Theory & Teaching; Anatomy for Yoga Teachers & Practitioners; Holding Space:  Developing Skills for Presence & Touch; Skills for Hands on Assisting & Manipulations; Thai Yoga Basics; Thai Sen Lines and Thai Sequencing and Transitions.

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Our Vision

Creating a path to inner awareness through the practice of yoga. 

Our Mission

The Pranakriya School of Yoga Healing Arts provides transformative yoga instruction rooted in Tantric Hatha traditions for the modern Western practitioner.  We share these deep practices to enrich our community, creating a path to become more fully alive on and off the mat


PSYHA, P.O. Box 5892, Atlanta,  GA 31107  

Phone: 575-425-1776