Our leadership and teachers

We have wonderful news regarding the leadership of Ananda Dallas. We are preparing for the arrival of Ram Smith, Ananda Lightbearer and his wife, Dikshini Koos-Smith, Ananda Minister, who will be moving to Dallas in early 2018. 




Our dear friend, Darshan Lotichius, will continue to be a part of our Ananda Dallas sangha, however, he will be remaining in Assisi, Italy for now, to care for his family. 



Please read more from Ram and Dakshini, as well as Darshan, and share in the blessings of our expanding Ananda Dallas family!



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 leading Ananda Dallas for over 15 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
Minister, Board of Directors, 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.

Nancy Corsaro Nancy Corsaro
Board of Directors, 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.

Linda-Hayes-Photo Linda Schoendienst
Board of Directors, Teacher

Linda Schoendist has been a disciple of Yogananda since 1995. Linda holds degrees in accounting, tax and law and has founded three software companies. She serves Ananda Dallas with great energy and love and finds deep satisfaction in sharing the teachings of Self-Realization with others.

Eric BiskampEric Biskamp
Board of Directors, 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.

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.

Christina-11Christina Vargas

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.

AziboShabaka Azibo B.S, MTT

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.

Don Drakedon

Don has been working with energy in many forms for over a decade.  Don is a business executive and an energy healer trained in several healing modalities for both humans and animals.  Don is a Kriyaban as well as one of our Raja Yoga teachers. He also leads meditations from time to time and sings in the Ananda Dallas choir. He lives in Dallas with his wife and dogs.

Hugh Madrigal

Hugh Madrigal

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.


Mark Smithhisler

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.

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