Instructors

Sandi Russi, E-RYT 200

SandiRussiSandi is a certified Ananda Yoga Instructor and is registered with the Yoga Alliance as an experienced instructor (E-RYT 200). She has been practicing yoga and meditation for over 20 years and has taught since 2000, including at the YMCA, Rise Yoga Studio, Ananda Sacramento, Natomas Charter School, Sacramento Yoga Center and for the California Homeschool Association annual convention.

Focused on bringing the essence of yoga to her students, Sandi teaches traditional hatha yoga classes designed to strengthen and stretch the body, release stress, calm the mind and enhance self-awareness. You’ll leave her class feeling relaxed, re-energized and more deeply aware of your own inner peace. Sandi thoroughly enjoys practicing yoga and will do so almost anywhere at anytime! She loves learning and attends as many classes as possible to keep her practice and teaching inspired and fresh. Her mission as a yoga instructor is to share peace and to help others discover their own inner peace.

Over the years, Sandi was an occasional Guest Teacher for East Sac Yoga. In the spring of 2015, Sandi took over as the main teacher for ESY when the founder, Cecily Stofle, retired. In June 2016, Sandi completed moving ESY classes to Lion’s Roar Dharma Center, near McKinley Park. Currently, Sandi offers 3 classes a week at Lion’s Roar and 3 classes a week at Sacramento Yoga Center in the Curtis Park neighborhood.

Prasanna Hankins, RYT-200

prasannaPrasanna Hankins is a certified Ananda Yoga Instructor, and is a 200-hour registered teacher with the Yoga Alliance. She has been practicing yoga since 1998; first in the Iyengar style, then switching to Ananda Yoga in 2004 after discovering its unique style. Though Ananda Yoga is a traditional Hatha Yoga style, Prasanna enjoys the added affirmations and focus upon physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual awareness. Prasanna follows a spiritual yogic tradition including postures, meditation, and kriya as taught by Paramahansa Yogananda. When not teaching yoga, Prasanna offers energy healing, runs the Healing Arts Festival, plays in her garden, and enjoys spending time with her children and dogs.

Cecily Stofle, CYT

Cecily’s first experience with yoga was in 1986 when she attended a class at the Ananda Center in Sacramento. She attended classes in yoga postures, stress reduction, and meditation. Having undergone a stressful childhood and physical illness she was amazed at how yoga helped her to find peace and stay calm during stressful times.

After studying at the Ananda Center, Cecily began studying with different teachers and different yoga styles. Her search led her to Iyengar yoga. Iyengar focuses on precise alignment in the poses and educates you to have a strong and flexible body as you age.

Cecily Stofle is the Founder of East Sac Yoga and after teaching for 23 years, Cecily has retired and is enjoying life. She continues to offer Massage Therapy and Bowen Therapy to previous Yoga students, and from time to time acts as a Guest Teacher for ESY.