Advanced Teacher Training Faculty

Shri Radha

Sanskrit, Meditation, Mantra, Puja, Ayurveda, Yoga, and the Arts

About Shri Radha

Shri Radha met her Guru, Sanskrit scholar and enlightened yogi Shri Brahmananda Sarasvati, in 1977. She was blessed to receive intensive training from him for over 16 years, working closely as his secretary and assistant, traveling with him and, during the final ten years of his life, serving as his primary interpreter until he left this world in 1993. She lives at Ananda Ashram (Monroe, NY) where she is a core teacher in the Ashram’s Yoga Teacher Training. She also serves as a trustee on all three Ashram boards and is strongly involved in preserving and publishing her Guru’s writings and lifework.

Since 2004, Radha has been magnificently graced to spend much time in India furthering her spiritual education and practice at the holy feet of Amma Sri Karunamayi.

With a sense of humor and delight, a spirit of reverence and deep inner silence, Radha offers programs in meditation, Yoga-Vedanta, Sanskrit and natural healing.

Shri Radha | Yoga Illumined

Mavis Gewant

Sacred Artist

About Mavis Gewant

Mavis Gewant studied the ancient techniques of yantra and deity painting with Tantric Master Shri Harish Johari, serving as his personal assistant for over twenty years. He requested her to teach this knowledge and to illustrate his last book, Planetary Meditation Kit, containing yantras and mantras of the planets. A Vedic Astrology student and experienced teacher of many subjects, Mavis is one of the few persons in the U.S. with over two decades training in this sacred art and a devotion to teaching. Her sadhana consists of painting yantras, mandalas and deities and helping others through this transformational art. Mavis has a masters degree in Pre and Perinatal Psychology and is also a doula and doula trainer. Visit her website for more information.

Mavis Gewant | Yoga Illumined

Mavis Gewant & Dada Harish Johari at Ananda Ashram. Source:

Anya Golovkova


Anya Golovkova

In this workshop series, led by Anya Golovkova, instructor and PhD candidate at Cornell University, you will learn the basics of reading and writing Sanskrit using the Devanagari script. Students must enroll in the entire workshop series.

Sanskrit is the ancient language of India, it is the root of many contemporary Indian languages. It is considered a divine language, and its script, Devanagari, is the script of the Gods.  Sanskrit is the original language of Yoga, and many of the most ancient, timeless and spiritual texts, including the Vedas, The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali, the Bhagavad Gita, the Upanishads, the Puranas and more are written in it.

Join us for Level 1 ‪Sanskrit for ‪‎Yoga Teachers with Sanskrit teacher and scholar Anya Golovkova. Anya holds Masters degrees from both Columbia University and Oxford University and is currently a Ph.D. candidate at Cornell University’s Asian Studies Department. Her research focuses on the early Sanskrit ‪tantras and commentaries on the worship of the Goddess Tripurasundari.

Sanskrit for Yoga Teachers (Level 1) | Yoga Illumined

Our focus with these classes is to help Yoga teachers and Yoga practitioners read and write ‪Devanagari, the scripture of Sanskrit at a fundamental level. This classroom series will be held in Austin, Texas at Yoga Illumined studio with Anya joining us via video. A whole ‪Universe awakens with even the smallest amount of Sanskrit knowledge. We invite you to be with us:



Ally Rhatigan


About Ally Rhatigan

Ally Rhatigan is honored to be a graduate of the first Yoga Illumined 200-Hour Yoga Teacher Training in 2011. Prior to that, Ally completed Dharma Yoga 200-Hour Yoga Teacher Training. Inspired by Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras and her own reflections, Ally taught asana, pranayama and meditation at several Austin-areas studios. A former professional athlete and lifelong student of health, Ally has always held a fascination with the human body. In 2012, she answered her heart’s call to dive into the ocean of Ayurveda with Dr. Vasant Lad at The Ayurvedic Institute in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Ally is a 2014 graduate of the rigorous two-year Ayurvedic Studies Program and is serving the Albuquerque area and beyond as an Ayurveda Practitioner. Using appropriate questioning, clinical observation and skillful pulse diagnosis, Ally creates a compassionate and respectful space for healing. Other passions of Ally’s include: food, pranayama, Sanskrit, Jyotisha and motherhood.

Ally Rhatigan | Yoga Illumined

Kristina Lanuza

Yoga Illumined Co-Founder

About Sumukhi Kristina Lanuza

Sumukhi has dedicated her life to understanding and knowing the nature of life and existence. She began practicing and teaching Yoga in 1997 and in 2001, she stepped onto Ananda Ashram in Monroe, New York and found what she had been looking for in Shri Brahmananda Sarasvati, Ramamurti S. Mishra (Guruji), the Founder and Guru of Ananda Ashram’s, teachings. Since then, Guruji’s emphasis on pulsation, vibration, nature, meditation, Sanskrit, the Music of Silence and the true Nature of I-AM has inspired Sumukhi’s life and teaching in every way. She fills her yoga classes with creativity, joy, laughter, music, science, meditation and intention.

Sumukhi Kristina Lanuzs | Yoga Illumined

Sumukhi has completed multiple teacher trainings and is certified in several Hatha Yoga techniques: Ashtanga (Power Yoga), Anusara and Therapeutics. She created and co-leads a highly respected Yoga Teacher Training and Yoga Studio in Austin, Texas – Yoga Illumined – with Zoe Mantarakis – which immerses students in a life-long practice of Yoga and provides them with the tools to teach others. Sumukhi has a Bachelor of Science in Biology from St. Edward’s University. She co-founded Mudita Yoga Center in Kingston, NY with Shawn Harrison.

And then there’s music.  For the gift of music, she thanks her father, Alfredo C. Lanuza, and again Guruji for opening up the music of the spheres – “anahata nadam” in her heart and mind. Additionally, Kristina has over 18 years experience in marketing, public relations and advertising working with Fortune 500 and multi-national brands.

She puts special focus on healing the mind, body and spirit through the sciences of Yoga. For more information on Sumukhi, visit