Teaching Staff

Nayaswami RamaniNayaswami Ramani, along with Brahmacharini Rose, serves as Spiritual Director for Ananda South Bay. Ramani is an Ananda Minister and has been sharing — for nearly 30 years — the yoga and meditation teachings of Paramhansa Yogananda, author of Autobiography of Yogi. After finding Ananda in San Francisco in the 1980’s, Ramani co-founded and co-directed Ananda’s Meditation Center in Berekely. She also served for years at the Ananda Palo Alto community. She also served at Ananda India for most of its 10 years of existence. In her classes, Ramani shares her depth of experience of meditation and life. She has two grown children. Ramani trained and worked for years in physical therapy; she is also an avid gardener and permaculturist.

Brahmacharini RoseBrahmacharini Rose, along with Nayaswami Ramani, serves as Spiritual Director for Ananda South Bay. Rose is an Ananda Minister and a founding member of Ananda South Bay, having started with the center the month it opened in 2002. After completing her training, she taught yoga and meditation classes here for the next 5 years. Rose then spent 5 more years at Ananda Los Angeles, serving as a core member, and lived for 2 years in Ananda LA’s ashram (community) house. She also led for years the Ananda meditation group in Irvine. Rose is a gifted and caring teacher. She has been with Ananda for over a decade and has visited several Ananda communities in the US and in India. Rose has a career in medical diagnostic ultrasound.

Eleanor JohnsonEleanor Johnson has been involved in yoga and meditation for 15 years.  Two years, ago in an attempt to deepen her individual practice, she attended her first program at the Ananda Enlightenment Center in Nevada City.  Her course in Mediation Teacher Training led her to the awareness that in order to “deliver” meditation more effectively, she would need to expand her skills to become a Yoga teacher as well.

Having completed the YTT program in November 2012, she began teaching yoga and meditation at a holistic health center.  Currently she is working on securing her Level II,  YTT certification and continues her education with the Ananda Center in the area of “Yoga as Therapy”.  Eleanor’s class promises to be a mix of styles with a focus on Ananda Hatha Yoga and Meditation. You can expect to find her class to be suitable for all skill levels, with an emphasis on proper form and technique.

Eleanor worked as a Director of National Sales with a publishing company until 2001.  Since that time, she has been self-employed as a “Long-arm”, industrial machine quilter having completed over 1,000 quilts for her client.  She is married and lives an active lifestyle in Redondo Beach.

Padma Haldar has been a member of Ananda South Bay Center since 2004. She is an Ananda Minister and leads Sunday Services, teaches, and assists with Sunday School at the Center. As a disciple of Paramhansa Yogananda, she tries to live His teachings the best she can. She is grateful for the spiritual friendship and community she enjoys at the Center. Padma lives in Rancho Palos Verdes with her husband and two daughters. She is also a high school science teacher.

yoga teacher, Paul Fetler

Paul Fetler has been on a committed spiritual path for over 20 years and has been practicing yoga for over 10 years. He is an Ananda Minister and a certified Ananda Yoga Instructor. Through years of consistent yoga practice, Paul has increasingly experienced tremendous healing and transformation in his life on every level: mentally, emotionally, physically, and spiritually. With deep joy and gratitude, he shares with others the gifts of the teachings of yoga he continues to experience.


Suzanne Barrett has been practicing yoga and meditation for over 10 years. Recently she retired from a position as a Physicians Assistant to dedicate herself to her yoga practice and teaching. She wants others to connect with their innate qualities of love, compassion and joy that she found through her practice. She is a certified Ananda Yoga and Meditation Teacher for over 6 years, a mother of a 27 year old son, lives in Torrance and loves bike riding, jogging and gardening. Suzanne claims everyone can transform their body and mind after just one series of classes. She encourages beginners and advanced practitioners to participate in her classes that include energization exercises, yoga postures and meditation.