Mangala (Sue) Loper-Powers

Director, Ananda Yoga®Therapy Training

Certified Yoga Therapist, Clinical Ayurvedic Specialist, Level 2 Ananda Yoga®Teacher, E-RYT-500

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Director, Ananda Yoga Therapist Training

Nayaswami Mangala has an impressive background in yoga teacher training, Ayurvedic training and practice, and in-depth medical training and practice.

She has a Master's in Nursing and has won awards as Nurse Practitioner of the Year (1982), and for Outstanding Achievement in Teaching when she was a lecturer at The University of Washington School of Nursing (1987).

She has also trained as a Biofeedback Therapist, was a Clinical Specialist in Stress Management, and is a certified Massage Therapist and Polarity Therapist. For many years she has been a Women's Health Nurse Practitioner in Nevada City.

Mangala was certified as an Ayurvedic practitioner by the California College of Ayurveda in 1997, and she also completed Dr. David Frawley's Ayurvedic Correspondence Course at that time. She is additionally certified as a Pancha Karma Therapist. She graduated from Dr. Vasant Lad's Ayurvedic Institute in 1999.

She was certified as a Yoga Teacher at The Expanding Light (1997), and has taught yoga and Ayurveda in Europe, India, Canada, and the U.S.

In addition to this impressive list of training and qualifications, Mangala is, quite simply, an excellent teacher, who listens sensitively and shares with her students compassion and wisdom.

From students:

"Mangala, the founding director of Ananda Yoga Therapy Training, has taught me the value of letting the love of what I do guide me to be a kind, responsible, and trustworthy professional, and to stay in the moment, to listen, and to use the same healing techniques for myself that I have learned for helping others.  She remains a lifelong mentor and friend.   
"Ananda Yoga Therapy Training offered me the setting and faculty I needed to gain knowledge, confidence, and practice skills.  Everything in the training allows for expansion of a student’s whole being, and the cultivation of intuition and inner direction.  All of the faculty are amazing examples of exactly what they teach."—Julie B., Bismarck, N.D.

"I feel very fortunate to have Mangala not only as the director of the Yoga Therapy program at Ananda but also as a teacher. Her compassion for the students as well as her passion for the subject is first class. Her background in nursing and Ayurveda give her a wealth of knowledge to draw from. Mangala has a way of keeping information understandable and straightforward. She has a keen instinct on what it takes to both teach and also run the program. Ananda is very fortunate to have Mangala." Susan K., Laguna Niguel, CA  

"Skillfully tuned in to her students needs and extremely knowledgeable, Mangala teaches the Yoga Therapy curriculum with grace.  She is an inspiration as she carefully plants seeds of education and then nurtures them to continue to flourish in each of her students.  She is honest, passionate, and insightful; and I feel privileged and blessed to have experienced her classes." – Michele T., Sacramento, CA

"Mangala is a caring, intuitive, dedicated, and knowledgeable teacher who goes above and beyond to support students´ growth. She is the ideal teacher, with a great ability to explain simple as well as complex concepts in a practical and fun way.  She definteley makes an outstanding contribution to the Ananda Yoga Therapy Training program." Adriana B., Palo Alto, CA

“I wanted to say a BIG thank YOU! I got so much valuable information from your recent course at The Expanding Light. I have read and re-read your handouts and have been able to implement many changes into my life. I have been eating better, feeling better (less stress), and even sleeping better! You are such a wealth of information: answering quite a variety of questions, offering specific instructions, making recommendations and really listening to each student with their particular needs and concerns. My life keeps improving, and I sincerely thank you for your extraordinary contributions!” – C.P.

The yoga therapy components of Mangala's teaching are based on her status as a Nurse Practitioner, Clinical Ayurvedic Specialist, and Ananda Yoga Therapist, not derived from her status as an E-RYT with Yoga Alliance Registry.

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