Yoga Illumined is Rooted in a Lineage of Yoga

Posted by on Jan 29, 2014 in Yoga Teacher Training | No Comments

One of the things that differentiates us from other Yoga Teacher Trainings is that our practice is rooted in a lineage of Yoga that can be traced all the way back to Patanjali, the author of the Yoga Sutras.  We are guided through the practices via Sumukhi’s Sat-Guru (Teacher of Teachers) – Shri Brahmananda Sarasvati, whom we all affectionately call “Guruji” – or beloved, respected Teacher, pictured.  Shri Brahmananda Sarasvati, is effectively our Guru, but Zoe and Sumukhi give a lot of room for everyone who takes the program to develop their own understanding of what being in a Yogic lineage means.  We give you a lot of room to discover that all outer Gurus are simply pointing you back to your own Inner Guru – in your own Heart of Hearts.

Sumukhi understands that she has studied with Guruji for many lifetimes (Zoe as well) – but, even this is not important.  What is most important is the Sanskrit, the language of Yoga and our chanting of The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali directly in Sanskrit.  When we chant together and invoke our lineage of Yoga, we put the very vibration of wisdom into our very Being.  And the translations come after.  Therefore, we encourage you to get as many translations of the Sutras in English (or your own native language) – but when you study with us, we will chant, directly in Sanskrit.

Guruji, Yoga Illumined, Yoga Teacher Training, Sumukhi, Zoe Mantarakis, Kristina Lanuza

Guruji, Shri Brahmananda Sarasvati, Ramamurti S. Mishra, M.D.

Yoga Illumined is a Lifestyle.  Yoga Illumined’s mission is to illuminate your daily life with the transformative practices of Yoga.  Our programs include immersions, lifestyle training programs, workshops, retreats and 200-Hour Yoga Teacher Training courses.

Yoga Illumined 200 Hour-Teacher Training

Sumukhi (Kristina Lanuza) and Zoe Mantarakis guide you into a deeper understanding of Yoga and its practices for enlightening and freeing the mind and the heart through their Yoga Illumined 200-Hour Teacher Training program. In it, you learn the 8-limb system (Ashtanga) as taught by Patanjali – which includes guidelines for strengthening the spiritual, mental, psychic, pranic and physical body through Asana, Pranayama and Meditation to help you embody the most expanded state of enlightenment (Samadhi). You also learn how to speak from your true Voice in every aspect of your life and as a Yoga Teacher.

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Left: Sumukhi Kristina Lanuza of Yogafly – Right: Zoe Mantarakis of We Love Zoe Yoga

Yoga Illumined Ayurveda

Taught by Kerry Meath-Sinkin, Sumukhi Kristina Lanuza and Zoe Mantarakis, Yoga Illumined Ayurveda’s curriculum (Both online and live via retreats and classes) includes two tracks for you to choose from:

1) Yoga Illumined Ayurveda Life – for those of you who wish to bring Yoga and Ayurveda wisdom into your daily life

2) Yoga Illumined Ayurveda Teacher Training – for those of you who are teachers of Yoga who wish to add Ayurveda into your repertoire or new teachers who want a stronger emphasis on Ayurveda in your teaching style.

About Zoe Mantarakis

Zoe’s classes offer unique and challenging sequencing along with attention to alignment. Focus is placed on the subtleties of the body; refining one’s skill and perception in each pose. Classes are infused with yoga philosophy including Tantra and Sufism. Zoe holds a BA in philosophy from the University of California, Berkeley. She is the proud and loving mother of two beautiful boys. Zoe is known as one of Austin’s best yoga teachers and teaches at Pure Austin, Yoga Vida Austin, and Amala’s Yoga Sanctuary.

About Sumukhi Kristina Lanuza

Sumukhi completed her undergraduate studies in Biology and her yoga teachings are deeply inspired by her Sat-Guru, Shri Brahmananda Sarasvati (Ramamurti S. Mishra, M.D) and by her many spiritual teachers.  She puts special focus on healing the mind, body and spirit through the sciences of Yoga. For more information on Sumukhi, visit

About Kerry Meath-Sinkin, MPH, C.AYUR, RYT

Kerry has been actively practicing and studying holistic health for the last fifteen years. She graduated with honors from Brown University, competed as the #1 player on the Bears Division I tennis team, completed her Yoga Teacher Certification in Washington D.C., spent 2007 through 2009 training in depth at The Ayurveda Institute with Dr. Vasant Lad and Dr. Claudia Welch, and graduated with a Masters in Public Health from the University of Texas Health Sciences Center of Houston. She is currently a Professional Member of the National Ayurvedic Medical Association, serves on the Faculty at Texas A&M College of Medicine, Sundara Yoga Therapy, Beauty Blossom Birth, and Yoga Illumined.

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Photos by Holly Wilmeth Photography