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 loving and 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. 

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. Castillo

has kept alive

the teachings and

traditions of

Shanti Yoga Studio

and of all the

teachers and yogis who came before her. She

is proud to represent Shanti and

continues to serve the

community daily.






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