Our leadership and teachers


Nayaswami Supriya Chadwick,  Spiritual Director
E-RYT 200, Board of Directors

Supriya is a minister, lightbearer, and a member of the *Nayaswami Order. She has been on this path of Self-Realization for over 27 years and has devoted her life to living and sharing the teachings of Paramhansa Yogananda. Trained as an Ananda Yoga instructor, meditation teacher and Raja Yoga instructor, Supriya is experienced in teaching beginning and advanced students. Her warm and relaxed manner is appreciated by everyone who comes to the center.

*What is a Nayaswami?  The Nayaswami Order is a new movement in renunciation launched in late 2009 by Nayaswami Kriyananda, a direct disciple for over 60 years of the great yoga Master, Paramhansa Yogananda. Nayaswamis often wear a deep blue color as a sign of their commitment to living for God alone. You can find out more about the order and the book by Nayaswami Kriyananda, “A Renunciate Order for the New Age” here.


maitriMaitri Smithhisler, E-RYT 500
General Manager, Minister, Teacher

Maitri has been part of Ananda since 1987. She came to Ananda Dallas in 1996 after living at Ananda Village in California for 8 years. She serves Ananda as a minister, leading Sunday Services, our special Family Services, and events year round, She has taught yoga and meditation for 20 years and loves to lead chanting (Kirtan) and puts a great deal of creative energy into our family ministry with her husband, Mark, and their son, Galen.


Mike Wolverton, E-RYT 200
Minister, Teacher

Mike Wolverton has been an active member of Ananda Dallas for years and is enthusiastic about learning and teaching . He is a Certified Ananda Yoga Teacher RYT200, Certified Ananda Meditation Teacher, Advance Pranayama graduate, and the newest member of our ministry team.


Nancy Corsaro Nancy Corsaro
Treasurer, Teacher

Nancy Corsaro has been a member of Ananda Dallas since 1996 and has taught classes in meditation, Raja Yoga and yoga philosophy for over 10 years. She has practiced mind-body medicine as a board-certified acupuncturist and herbologist and Reiki master since 2006. Nancy is also a health and wellness coach, counseling patients in nutrition, stress management and weight management. She currently practices in Carrollton, Texas.

 


Hugh Madrigal

Hugh Madrigal, MTT
Board of Directors, Teacher

Hugh holds a Bachelor of Historical Studies and has been working as a Certified Bilingual/ESL Teacher at the Elementary level for 13 years. He is an avid student of yogic science and the teachings of Paramhansa Yogananda. Hugh has been practicing meditation for 10 years and has taught Beginning Meditation to teens and adults at Ananda Dallas since 2015. He also loves to share the precepts of Mindfulness with his students at work.


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Mark Smithhisler, MTT
Board of Directors, Teacher

Mark Smithhisler has been practicing yoga and meditation since 1997. Along with teaching classes in Raja Yoga and being an Ananda Dallas Sunday Service leader, he also teaches meditation classes. He particularly enjoys sharing how science and the ancient teachings of yoga relate to one another.


AziboShabaka Azibo B.S, MTT
Teacher 

Inspired to share the profound benefits of meditation and yoga, Shabaka teaches this time proven techniques to family, friends and the larger community, as he continues a life long journey along the spiritual path.


Eric BiskampEric Biskamp
Teacher

Eric Biskamp has lived & taught meditation for 25 years in the D/FW area and has teaching certifications through Ananda in both yoga and meditation. He enjoys sharing the teachings of Paramhansa Yogananda with newcomers as well as experienced spiritual seekers.


Michael Gadway
Teacher

Michael Gadway is a Kriyaban and began his spiritual studies in 1988 with Paramhansa Yogananda’s direct disciple, Roy Eugene Davis. He is a retired chiropractic physician and holds a Master’s degree in Health as well. He has also made a profound examination of the Vedic sciences including Ayurveda and Vedic Astrology with Dr. David Frawley. A former Curriculum Coordinator and a teacher at Vasant Lad’s Ayurvedic Institute, Michael went on to become the attending physician at an Auto-immune clinic for several years using his expertise in Functional Medicine and Ayurvedic Medicine to assist patients back to health. He now resides in Dallas.


Priya Christy Harris, RYT 200
Teacher

Priya has been a yoga practitioner for 10 years, and has been an RYT for over 3 years. She enjoys incorporating and combining aspects from the many modalities practiced over the years into her classes for a unique experience each class. She started practicing after a friend invited her to a class and quickly found there was more than just a physical aspect to this practice of yoga. The healing and growth experienced after starting down the yogic path inspired her to become a teacher so she could share with others. Priya has a heart for service and views her classes as a way to serve others by allowing the intuitive Divine energy to guide her through facilitating classes and giving fellow practitioners the tools they need to be safe and calm during practice.


Jyoti Subramanian, RYT 200
Teacher

Jyoti is a certified Ananda Yoga teacher, RYT 200. She has been teaching kids yoga, meditation and faith since 2010. She is also a Licensed Massage Therapist as well as a Reiki master. Jyoti believes there are many ways to heal the body and mind, and one of them is to focus the mind on the breath and body. The more aware we are of ourselves the better we connect the mind and body which enhances the healing processes.


Malorie Tolles, LMT, MTT
Teacher

Malorie found the Ananda path in 1999 and found deep peace being in attunement with the Masters. She has been enthusiastic community participant ever since! A graduate of our Meditation Teacher training course for the past 5 years, she enjoys teaching our Free Intro to Meditation to new seekers. She holds a Masters degree in social work, as well as a license in massage therapy and owns a petsitting business.


Christina-11Christina Vargas
Teacher

Christina has practiced and taught yoga for over 10 years and graduated from the California College of Ayurveda in 2009, where she studied to be an Ayurvedic Health Practitioner, Ayurvedic Chef, Ayurvedic Herbalist and Yoga Therapist.

 

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