Instructors at Kashi Atlanta

Swami Jaya Devi

Swami Jaya Devi

Spiritual Director, E-RYT 500

Swami Jaya Devi Bhagavati is the executive director of Kashi Atlanta. She has been voted the Best Yoga Instructor in Atlanta annually since 2006 in the Creative Loafing survey. Swami Jaya Devi has taught yoga and meditation all over the world. Since 2003, Swami Jaya Devi has ...

Agni Ma Mushkin

Agni Ma

Senior Yoga Instructor, E-RYT 200, RYT 500, PAS (Postural Alignment Specialist) · Resident · Director of Yoga Programs

Agni Ma Jaya began studying yoga and meditation in depth with Swami Jaya Devi and Ma Jaya Sati Bhagavati in 1999 when she injured her back after four months of boxing. She immediately fell in love with the high she experienced from yoga and her back healed quickly. Agni Ma ...

Kim Candika Alford

Senior Yoga Instructor, E-RYT 200 · Member

Kim Candika Alford teaches alignment based hatha yoga and meditation, as well as Thai yoga bodywork. Her personal teaching style is centered around opening space for the heart-mind to lead you back to your Self. Yoga, which includes meditation, yogic breathing, physical postures ...

Lorell Frysh, PhD.

Spiritual Guide · Transpersonal Psychologist · Interior Architect and Designer

Lorell  received her PhD in East-West Psychology from the California Institute of Integral Studies, San Francisco, CA. Her doctoral studies focused on interfaith spiritual counseling, transpersonal psychology and the development of consciousness. This perspective enables...

Ganesh Giri Lee

Ganesh Giri

Senior Yoga Instructor, RYT  200 · Resident · Freelance Drummer, Vocalist, Music Director

Ganesh Giri has been practicing yoga and meditation since 1998, and has studied with Swami Jaya Devi Bhagavati and Ma Jaya Sati Bhagavati since May 2000. He's studied ashtanga and Power yoga with David Swenson, Bryan Kest, Adele Gale, John Meredith and Tommy Moss. He studied clas...

Jaya Das Murphy

Jaya Das

Senior Yoga Instructor, E-RYT 200 · CFO of Kashi Atlanta · Resident

Jaya Das Bhagavati started practicing yoga, mantra and meditation in 1999 with Swami Jaya Devi searching for a way to heal his voice after too many years in a punk rock band. He quickly deepened his practice, becoming a close student of Swami Jaya Devi and his guru, Ma Jaya Sati ...

Maha Devi (Alison) Hastings

Maha Devi

Senior Yoga Instructor, RYT 200 · Member

Maha Devi (Alison Hastings) believes that yoga is the key to transforming both your body and your life. Her dynamic classes consist of lots of core, hip openers & a sense of humor. Maha Devi began studying yoga with her Guru, Ma Jaya, and teacher, Swami Jaya Devi, in 2006 an...

Rishi Michael Forrester

Senior Yoga Instructor, RYT 200 · Reiki Master · Certified Ayurveda Practitioner · Member

Michael Rishi Forrester (Rishi Jaya) teaches with the intention to help rewrite the stories of our lives into myths and tales of our heart's sacred journey.  A student of yoga and meditation since Kashi's first Classical Yoga Teacher Training in 2003, Rishi came to Swami Jaya De...

Agni Jaya Starfire

Agni Starfire

Yoga Instructor · Member · Director of Fundraising

Agni Jaya Starfire ignites vision for inspired change, building bridges across cultures, both within her work as an international banker as well as her spiritual practices. Prior to embarking on her joyous awakening relationship with her Guru, Ma Jaya Sati Bhagavati, she ‘appre...

Amala Kappenstein

Senior Yoga Instructor, E-RYT 200, RYT 500, YACEP · Director of Marketing · Resident

Amala Jaya (Annika Kappenstein) found her way to Kashi Atlanta, and to the path of yoga, in Spring of 2011. She completed Kashi’s Classical Yoga Teacher Training program with her beloved teacher Swami Jaya Devi in 2012 and served the ashram as an apprentice during the followi...

Bhava Devi Mobley

Bhava Devi

Yoga and Meditation Instructor RYT 200 · Resident · Kashi Atlanta Office Manager

Bhava Devi Jaya Mobley began her yogic practices in 1998 with Swami Jaya Devi Bhagavati and Ma Jaya Sati Bhagavati . After already being a spiritual practitioner for many years, Bhava Devi deepened her practice and completed the Kashi Atlanta’s first Classical Yoga Teacher Trai...

Charisse Williams

Yoga Instructor, RYT 200

Charisse has been studying yoga off and on since approximately 1989 when she stumbled upon the classes of Yirser Ra Hotep, her first teacher in her home town of Chicago. When she moved to Atlanta in 2007, she found Kashi Atlanta. She always loved the asana practice, but when she ...

Chris Bagby

Yoga Instructor, RYT 200

Chris Bagby studied yoga and meditation as far back as the mid-1970s, though he credits the 2008 Kashi Atlanta Classical Yoga Teacher Training with Swami Jaya Devi for rejuvenating his yoga practice. Since then he has taught weekly chair yoga classes at Philips Tower senior home ...

Gopi Ma (Jamie) Fergerson

Yoga Instructor, RYT 200 · 2015-16 Apprentice

A lifelong spiritual seeker, Gopi Ma was first introduced to yoga as part of an eating disorder and depression treatment program in 2002. She immediately felt the pull of yoga, but she was hesitant to join yoga classes because she saw so few yogis that looked like her. After a de...

Jaya Laxsmi

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Yoga Instructor · Member

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Jeanne Purdy

Yoga Instructor, RYT 200

Jeanne fell in love with the practice of Yoga many years before completing teacher training at Kashi Atlanta in 2007. She has been teaching a gentle flow yoga class at Tucker Rec Center since 2007 with the guidance of her teacher who gave her the opportunity to teach yoga to the ...

Kala Sulc

Yoga Instructor, RYT 200 · Member

Kala was certified in Classical Yoga at Kashi Atlanta by Swami Jaya Devi in 2008. He continued his studies in Kali Natha Yoga for three more years with his guru, Ma Jaya Sati Bhagavati, including an apprenticeship in 2011. He enjoys sharing the gifts of yoga given to him by Ma an...

Kali Ma Das Conway

Yoga Instructor, RYT 200 · Resident

Kali Ma Das (Tony Conway) starting practicing Kripalu style yoga in his 20s in NY, but it was when he started in depth studying with Swami Jaya Devi and his Guru Ma Jaya that his love for yoga went off the chart. He received his 200-hour certification at Kashi Atlanta and is c...

Marr-Teen Guy


Yoga Instructor, RYT 200 · Member

Marr-Teen began her journey into yoga in 2011. After suffering from chronic neck pain, she decided to try yoga to help heal. After 15 months of practice she began her teacher training under Swami Jaya Devi at Kashi Atlanta Urban Ashram. She finished her 200-hour Classical Yoga T...

Mirabai (Aki) Shamsabadi


Yoga Instructor, RYT 200 · Member

Mirabai Jaya (Aki Shamsabadi) has been a teacher of classical yoga since 2003 and of Kali Natha Yoga since 2006. She has been teaching both classical yoga and KNY regularly at Georgia Power where she established a yoga program more than three years ago. She has also co-taught a b...

Phil McWilliams

Phil Mc Williams

Yoga Instructor, RYT 200

Dr. Phil McWilliams began physical yoga practice in his teens and taught yoga and tai chi through his twenties.  A lifelong student of health and healing, he brings knowledge of Ayurveda together with training in chiropractic, yogic breath techniques together with Western breath...

Saivite Wilson


Mantra Instructor

Saivite Wilson has been with Kashi Atlanta since 2000 and has loved all things mantra since 1996. A devout Bhakti Yogi, her spiritual path has led her to connect with deity in both Eastern and Western practices where she continues to study and engage sound as a means to reach the...

Shakti (Frani) Green


Yoga Instructor, RYT 200

Shakti (Frani Green) is a lifelong student of Yoga. She began meditating on the beach in her teens and then found yoga in 1985. For the first 10 years of her practice, she was a serious student, going to many different classes seeking a path of spirit, community and health. In...

Shakti Priya Jamison

Shakti Priya

Yoga Instructor, RYT 200 · Member

Shakti Priya came to Kashi during the summer of 2006 for the detox. She was immediately struck by the powerfully affecting detox practices and by the Kashi community. She became a serious yoga student in 2008, falling in love with Kali Natha yoga and the teachings of Ma Jaya Sati...

Sodashi Christianson


Pilates Instructor · Resident · Professional Dancer

Sodashi Jaya (Emily Christianson) has been a Kashi Atlanta resident since 2012. She feels deeply honored and grateful to be a part of such a close-knit and supportive community. In 2004, her then-boyfriend now-husband, Ganesh Giri, introduced her to Kashi and to Swami Jaya ...

Surya Devi (Janina) Edwards

Surya Devi

Yoga Instructor, E-RYT 200 · Member

Surya Devi (Janina Edwards) shares a joyful yoga practice with her students. She is skilled at working with beginning to intermediate students, especially people who are exploring yoga as a cross-training activity. She is especially sensitive to those who need to adapt yoga pose...

Surya Mayee Hill

Senior Yoga Instructor, RYT 200, RYT 500, YBR (Yamuna Body Rolling), YFF (Yamuna Foot Fitness) · Resident

Surya Mayee (Julie Hill) has been teaching yoga since 2008. She completed the Kali Natha Yoga 500-hour program in 2014. In 2015 she became a Yamuna Body Rolling and Yamuna Foot Fitness instructor. Whether through yoga, the breath or body rolling, Surya Mayee teaches students to c...

Tawnja Cleveland

Tawnya Cleveland

Yoga Instructor, RYT 200

Tawnja Cleveland was an “at home” yoga girl in Missouri. She occasionally practiced in her living room from the yoga teachers on DVDs. Physically, yoga bought a calm into a hectic, busy lifestyle. However, her hectic, busy lifestyle got the best of her and she suffered a stro...

Uma Devi (Patty) O’Keefe

Uma Devi

Yoga Instructor, RYT 200

Uma Devi (Patty O’Keefe) has been teaching gentle yoga at Kashi Atlanta since 2011. Her teaching style is approachable and welcoming. She shows-up with her own limitations and imperfections and teaches anyway. It is her hope that her beginner’s approach and enthusiasm for th...

Veena (Carrie) Black


Yoga Instructor, RYT 200 · Member

Veena  (Carrie Black) took her first yoga class while in college and knew there was no turning back. Since then she has continuously studied yoga and meditation. After attending the Living Yoga Training program at the Satchidananda Ashram in Virginia, she took the Classical Yog...

Charmaine Walker

Yoga Instructor, RYT 200

Charmaine believes that the combination of yoga, meditation and mindfulness can transform your life because it has transformed hers by promoting physical, mental and emotional strength.  She uses breath work, poses and meditations to remain connected to the source, the body, an...

Tara Devi Joplin

Yoga Instructor, RYT 200

Tara Devi Jaya (Laura Joplin) found the magic of yoga practice in 2013, and following that path lead her to Kashi Atlanta. She started teaching yoga at the University of West Georgia in 2014, eventually branching out to teach sports teams and members of the community. She then be...

Datri Zick

Yoga Instructor, RYT 200 · 2016/17 Apprentice

Datri Jaya (Rachel Zick) believes that a regular yoga practice is the greatest gift you can give yourself. Her classes are an invitation to slow down, connect within, and find peace in a grateful heart. A student of yoga since 2013, Datri spent years in search of a studio wher...