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Founded in the early 2000's by Dawn Yager, Swami Ambikananda (ordained at the Temple of Kriya Yoga in Chicago), Shanti Yoga has grown and flourished over the years to become the inclusive space that it is today. Yager worked tirelessly to bring yoga to the Carolinas and enrich the lives of many. Countless trainings, workshops, hours of study and devotion have gone into the cultivation of Dawn's teachings; which include Dharma yoga of Sri Dharma Mittra, a background of Ashtanga yoga under Sri K Patthabi Jois, Katonah yoga of Nevine Machaan, and the vast techniques of Kriya yoga under Goswami Kriyananda. Dawn's instruction is a brilliant fusion of all of these. 


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In 2020, after over 20 years of full time teaching, Dawn retired from

round-the-clock studio work. She succeeded the studio to her long

time student and mentee, Sissy Castillo. Castillo began her path of teaching in 2017 with a 200 hour YTT under Dawn, and since then has assisted 4 other 200 hr trainings, become certified to teach Yin yoga, trained extensively in ancient meditation 

techniques, and completed her 300 hr YTT also under Dawn.


A message from Sissy:


I came to this practice in a tumultuous era of my life, and I've experienced first hand how yoga can offer solace, stability and peace. I believe in the power of a supportive community, a good teacher, and a dedicated personal practice....and I hope to utilize the healing benefits which have helped me navigate practice and life, and share them with all practitioners who walk through my door. In keeping with the teachings and traditions of my teachersand of the many yogis who've come before me, I'm honored and delighted to represent Shanti and will continue to serve the yoga community as best as I'm able. As an E-RYT 500 with over 2,000 teaching hours, and certified YACEP (continuing education provider), my goal is to facilitate a space conducive to growth, mindfulness, and healing for all walks of life.

Om, shanti shanti shantih


-Sissy Castillo

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