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 24 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.


Mike Wolverton, E-RYT 200
Board of Directors, 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.

Al Mahesh
Board of Directors, Teacher

Al Mahesh has been a disciple of Paramhansa Yogananda and member of Ananda Dallas since 1994. Al has taught many classes at Ananda Dallas and enjoys sharing with others while he continues to learn about the path of spirit as taught by Swami Kriyananda and Paramhansa Yogananda.

Eric BiskampEric Biskamp

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.

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.

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.


Michael Gadway

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.

Darshan Lotichius
Lightbearer, teacher, Assisi Italy

Dear Ananda Dallas family,

Our friendship and cooperation started some time ago, I believe in 2014, when I met the Smithhislers in Oregon, after not having seen Maitri for many years.

There was immediately a mutual enthusiasm about the idea of working together and since then I’ve had the great joy of serving in your community during two summer seasons and of spending one Christmas with you. In my heart I cherish very fond memories of those periods and of each one of you.

Then the idea came of me coming to Texas for a much longer period to serve Yogananda’s work and you all. I accepted the idea, thinking that my children by that then would be old enough.

Yet, as the time for more concrete commitments in this direction came, I began to feel increasingly uneasy about the idea of leaving Europe for such a long time, mainly for two reasons: I observed my two boys and realized it was really too early for their father to be so far away from them; and my aging mother, who is beginning to show signs of dementia, which entails a lot of uncertainty and practical arrangements to be made which I cannot leave to be done by my sisters’ alone.

As to confirm the continuation of our friendship and common goals, it has been arranged for me be with you all in Dallas for a longer period of almost two months in the fall from mid October to  early December. Personally I feel overjoyed, honored and grateful that this has been made possible.

Together with the Ananda Dallas Board we are creating dynamic programs during my stay, both for outreach and for satsang. The main theme I have proposed is “Building Spiritual Power in Troubled Times.” Within that main theme I’ll develop workshops and activities, for adults, families and children. 

Thus I hope we can give each other satsang and dive deep into Master’s liberating teachings.

I hope to see you all, with your friends, on those occasions and in the meantime my prayer for you is that you deepen your service to this work. Swami’s grace is abundantly there and waiting for willing instruments to be channeled to Dallas and the South at large. Miracles will happen as more people renew their commitment to serving and to studying and practicing these teachings for the new era: joy and freedom will be yours and you will be able to share them with others.

With deep love for each one of you, in Master’s light,


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