Rutu Chaudhari - CPYT 2,000
Rutu Chaudhari has been teaching yoga since 2004. She began her yoga studies in 1999, received her first teaching certification in 2003, and now holds a 2,000-hour certification in Purna Yoga. In 2006, Rutu met her current teachers and the founders of the Purna Yoga tradition, Aadil Palkhivala and Savitri.
Along with her extensive certification and teaching experience, Rutu has many additional hours of training in yoga therapeutics and meditation. Rutu assists teacher trainings, yoga workshops, and conferences, and is currently assisting Aadil Palkhivala in the 500-Hour Purna Yoga Teacher Training in North Carolina.
Rutu offers an extensive knowledge of alignment and anatomy, meditation, practical application of yogic philosophy, and nutrition and lifestyle guidance from Ayurveda, Chinese, and Western traditions. For over thirteen years, she has supported students in creating healthier habits and sustainable self-care regimens.
Rutu is the Director of the Atlanta College of Purna Yoga, as well as the owner of a thriving yoga studio in Atlanta called All Life is Yoga. Rutu is also the Executive Director of The Dharma Project, whose mission is to bring self-care practices to public servants and the communities they serve. She is currently participating in the Civic Innovation Fellowship, awarded by Center for Civic Innovation, to receive mentorship and leadership training for The Dharma Project.
Through discipline and immense love for the Purna technique, Rutu has become a valuable example of how to sincerely “live your yoga.” Her radiance and light shine clearly from the inside out.
Rutu holds a BA in English Literature from Georgia State University. Her other interests include writing, music, acting, vegetarian cooking, renovating her house, and escaping to the woods.
NARIN HASSAN - RYT 200
Narin Hassan has been practicing yoga for over twenty years and teaching since 2004. Initially, Narin’s practice and training encompassed a range of styles, including Iyengar, Kripalu, and Vinyasa; for the past five years she has focused her teaching in the Purna yoga tradition and extends her study through workshops and trainings with Aadil Palkhivala and Rutu Chaudhari.
Narin’s classes focus upon posture and alignment detail, careful sequencing, and therapeutic, supportive postures while combining a sense of fluid breath and movement. In all her classes she tries to create a balance between poses that are challenging and restorative, and builds a nurturing and calming environment that can both rejuvenate and energize students. She emphasizes the role of yoga as a complete holistic method that includes the study of nutrition, meditation, and pranayama.
Narin incorporates her practice and teaching of yoga with a career as a college professor. She teaches literary and cultural studies at Georgia Tech, and one of her current research projects involves researching the cultural and historical roots of yoga in its migration to the West. She is also working on a collaborative project (which includes organizing an academic symposium and edited book project) on gender, yoga, and social justice.
ASHLEY ERWIN - RYT 200
Beginning her yoga practice in 2001, Ashley attended various studios in the Atlanta area before finding Rutu's first studio in Cabbagetown. Since then, she has been a student of ALIY, completing her 200-hour training in May 2015.
Ashley is from New Orleans but has lived in Georgia since 1997. She graduated from the University of Georgia with a degree in International Business in 2001, and then moved to Atlanta to complete her Masters of Professional Accountancy at Georgia State University.
Ashley is now a new full time mother, part time certified public accountant and a new part time yoga instructor. She enjoys reading, meditation and yoga, listening to music and taking long walks and runs with her daughter Sally in the stroller and her dog Toni Collette by her side.
ANNELIESE SINGH - RYT 500
Anneliese Singh grew up practicing Kundalini yoga in her Sikh gurdwara in New Orleans. She has studied a variety of yoga styles since then and found her yoga "home" in Purna Yoga with Rutu Chaudhari and Aadil Palkhivala as her teachers. She completed her 200-hour yoga teacher training with Rutu Chaudhari at All Life is Yoga and recently completed her 500 hour training with Aadil Palkhivala and Savitri.
She is a professor at the University of Georgia, and she co-founded the Georgia Safe Schools Coalition and Trans Resilience Project. Along with her academic justice work for the queer and trans community, she aims to bring healing and peace through yoga and mindfulness to the LGBTQ community.
MYKA HARRIS - RYT 200
Myka has been practicing yoga for more than 10 years and recently decided to get certified as a teacher to deepen the practice that has been so influential in her life. For Myka, practicing yoga is about building trust - with yourself, with your body and now with her students. She strives to bring an environment of trust to her classes and invites students to let go of any perceived limitations they might have and be open to experiencing what is.
A beauty and design junkie, Myka has always been enamored with beautiful things and making things beautiful. Getting her yoga teacher certification was something she had thought about for a long time and it was very fulfilling to see it come true. Talk about the ultimate in finding beauty. In her free time you can find her walking her dog on the Beltline, reading and blogging for her lifestyle blog Highbrow Hippie.