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 www.yogafly.com.

Zoe Mantarakis

Yoga Illumined Co-Founder

About Zoe Mantarakis Wenger

Voted One of Austin’s Best Yoga Teachers for 2 Straight Years 2013-2014.

Zoe Mantarakis is known for her uniquely sequenced and challenging vinyasa Yoga classes.  She infuses her teachings with tantric philosophy, harmonium music, and mantra. Zoe creates innovative collaborative events blending yoga with live music in community-centered party atmospheres, sometimes drawing crowds of hundreds to clap hands, sing, and practice yoga together.  Having over a decade of yoga teaching experience, she is able to share a depth of knowledge with the seasoned yoga practitioner as well as those just beginning their paths. Zoe holds a B.A. in Philosophy from the University of California, Berkeley and is the loving mother of two beautiful boys.  She leads national and international yoga retreats and is the co-founder of Yoga Illumined Studio and Teacher Training in Austin, TX.  To learn more about Yoga Illumined, please visit the Yoga Illumined web page.

Masifoto, Photography, Zoe Mantarakis, We Love Zoe Yoga, Yoga Illumined

Photography by Masifoto

Zoe Mantarakis is a gem in Austin’s yoga community.  Her decade-plus teaching experience lends her an ease and accessibility that make her classes welcoming to all levels.  Zoe leads international yoga retreats, is an esteemed presenter at national conferences, and is the co-creator of Yoga Illumined 200hr Teacher Training Program.  Her teachings skillfully blend the precise art of yoga alignment with philosophy and relaxation techniques that guide all level of student toward self-knowledge, peace and a blissful abidance in the present moment.