Paula Boardman



Paula lives in the woods of Folsom on the little Tchefuncte River. Her more than 20 years of yoga study began in 1994 and shortly thereafter she began teaching at the Yoga School of Covington and several other locations in the community. She received her teaching certification in 2008 from the Krishnamacharya Healing and Yoga Foundation of Chennai, India. During that time she had the opportunity to study the writings of Sri Krishnamacharya with his son, TKV Desikachar. She continues her studies with her colleagues at Yoga Sanga. Paula teaches focused short courses at Yoga Sanga. She also pursues her interest in hand weaving and natural dyes at her studio in Folsom.

Becky Deano


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was introduced to Yoga in 2000 while completing her Masters in the Counseling and Depth Psychology program at Pacific Graduate Institute.  She is interested in the connection between yoga and mental health. She began her Yoga studies at the Yoga School of Covington. However, since 2004 when she was introduced to Yoga for healing as taught by T Krishnamacharya, Becky has been a student in this tradition, and has been studying several years with her teacher Kate Holcombe. She received teacher certification from Krishnamacharaya Yoga and Healing Foundation (KHYF) and from Healing Yoga Foundation (500 hr). She also received her certification as a Yoga Therapist (1,000 hour) from KHYF. This training included 2 internships at the Krishnamacharaya Yoga Mandiram in Chennai, India. She also received an advanced teacher training to support work with those with a cancer diagnosis. This training was also in the lineage of Krishnamacharya with a certification from Healing Yoga Foundation. She is a registered 500RYT with Yoga Alliance. (Yoga Alliance does not regulate Yoga Therapy Certifications; it is regulated by the International Association of Yoga Therapists (IAYT)). She also holds a license from the State of Louisiana as professional counselor (LPC). In 2016, Becky obtained her certification as a Yoga Therapist (C-IAYT) from the International Association of Yoga Therapists (IAYT). In addition to teaching and studying at Yoga Sanga she also has a private therapy practice in Old Mandeville, LA. Becky is also under contract with the Balance Yoga and Wellness to teach yoga classes at the Hammond VA to veterans diagnosed with PTSD, and has been teaching this population since 2010. In 2015 - 2017 she was a teacher assistant in the Yoga Wellness Teacher Training in Nashville, TN. She currently is a teacher assistant for Optimal State of Living (Amy Wheeler, Ph.D) in the yoga therapy training. For several years Becky co-taught with Erlinda Nye a Yoga for Cancer class at Oschner Northshore.

Libby Levin


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Libby has been a student of yoga since 2000, began teaching in 2006, and went on to take a 1000+ hour Yoga Therapy training. She is a certified Yoga teacher, a certified Yoga Therapist (C-IAYT through the International Association of Yoga Therapists) and a member of Yoga Alliance (500RYT, 200E-RYT, and YACEP.) All of her training has been in the tradition of Krishnamacharya through Healing Yoga Foundation, KHYF, and Tiffany Conner. She is a faculty member with Optimal State of Living's Mental Health Training and studies with Amy Wheeler in her Essential Framework course. She also continues to study with other teachers in the Krishnamacharya tradition.She has worked with the Veterens Administration to aid in a study on the effects of yoga for veterens with PTSD. She teaches group yoga classes at Yoga Sanga on Saturday mornings and has a private yoga therapy practice to help people develop an individual practice to empower them to make choices that will bring more joy and ease in their physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual development. Private classes are available in person or online.  **Note: Yoga Alliance does not regulate Yoga Therapy Certifications, it is regulated by the International Association of Yoga Therapists (IAYT) 

Erlinda Nye



a student of yoga since 1997, Erlinda has received advanced cancer support training through the Healing Yoga Foundation in San Francisco in 2012.  Prior to that she was certified as a Krishnamacharya Healing & Yoga Foundation Yoga Teacher in 2008 and also earned teaching certification at the Yoga School in Covington, La. in 2005 and at the Kripalu Yoga & Health Center in Lenox, 2000.  She teaches yoga at Yoga Sanga in Mandeville, yoga for cancer patients at Ochsner Health Center in Covington, tai chi for cancer patients at St. Tammany Parish Hospital in Covington, and tai chi at the Our Place Studio in Covington.  She continues to further her education in her current studies with Amy Wheeler and also participates weekly in several hours of study with the sanga as well as a community of Sanskrit students.

Jennifer Rault



Jen found her teacher in Tiffany Conner in 2007 and remains forever her grateful student. She became a certified Krishnamacharya Healing & Yoga Foundation yoga teacher in 2010 and continues her studies with her colleagues and friends at Yoga Sanga, and with various teachers in the tradition of Krishnamacharya as taught by TKV Desikachar. In 2018 she began studies with her teacher Kate Holcombe. She is grateful daily for the work and practice of yoga, and for the chance to share what she has learned. Born and raised in New Orleans, Jen lives in Fort Worth, TX with her husband, son, and their cat Monkey. Jen teaches an ongoing online chant class through Yoga Sanga, enjoys working with private students, and teaches yoga philosophy and chant at Elemental Yoga in Fort Worth. 

Sandy Almerico



Sandy has been a yoga practitioner since 2006 when she first discovered its potential to help with finding balance in everyday life. She is a Bhakti trained yoga instructor which has given her the opportunity to explore an inspirational method of teaching through music, poetry, and yoga philosophy. She is also an Adult Health Nurse Practitioner who advocates a personal path to wellness with asana and meditation.  


Sadani, a professional Certified Yoga Therapist and yoga educator, began teaching yoga and founded the Yoga Center of Lake Charles (1998). For the past 8 years Sadani has served as lead teacher for Hatha Yoga Teacher Training 200-hr. level (Yoga Yoga, Austin, TX) and currently mentors yoga teachers. In private practice with individuals she guides the yoga practitioner desiring to deepen their yoga practice and experience the subtleties of yoga. Sadani is influenced by her 8 year massage therapy private practice working with varied energy healing modalities in her work still today. In addition, Sadani works with individuals to support their healing with Tibetan Singing Bowls and Healing Gong. She guides, adapts and inspires the person meeting their needs, unique condition and interests. Sadani encourages an integrated experience for the individual using the tools of yoga as well as other methods such as QiGong in self-discovery that support optimal health and actualizing personal transformation. Teacher Certifications: Kripalu Center for Yoga (1997), American Viniyoga Institute (2004) and as a Viniyoga Therapist (2006), Yoga Yoga Kundalini Yoga (2008) and Certified QiGong Teacher (2011).

Brandy Manguno

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Brandy Manguno is a fun New Orleans native yoga instructor who has lived on the Northshore for the last 24 years. A United States Marine for eight years who has taught/taken yoga all her life, she holds the passion, education, and wit to teach everyone the correlation of how yoga can mirror our lives. Brandy’s classes are brilliantly presented allowing all levels to participate and receive their own personal experience.