August 2013, Mandala House held our second yoga teacher-training in order to expand our local staff in Gulu.  This year MH ws excited to be hosting Suann Polverari, E-RYT, HCC and her unique style & energy!  Read more about our new trainees here!

When things are meant to be they just are......

Lenny reached out to me a year ago and asked if my yoga apparel company - "Free Love Clothing" would be interesting in Donating yoga outfits to the studio in Gulu and South Sudan. Without hesitation I agreed to help and from that connected conversation Lenny and I started talking about my Yoga Teacher Training Course that I offer in my studio in India. She had a need to enhance the current TT program and since my background is in yoga therapeutics it was a perfect fit. We share the same vision, to spread the healing benefits of yoga.

I believe in the Mission of the Mandala House and I want to add my expertise and loving energy to their existing programs.

I want to share my experiences and knowledge of the teachings of yoga to the MH teachers so that they can go out and do this healing work with confidence and compassion.

Thanks for helping us make a difference in the world, one body at a time!

More about Suann!

I've always been a student of yoga (the physical practice) and I knew how good it was for me and others, so I was a dedicated practitioner for many years before I decided to teach. It wasn't till my Mother became ill that I really saw how Yoga, Meditation and Faith helped her tremendously which helped her heal. This is when I got "the calling" to teach and share these amazing healing practices with anyone who would listen to I began to study the philosophy of yoga.

In 2006 I graduated from OM yoga center in NYC where I focused my studies on yoga therapeutics and aliment based yoga practices taught from a Buddhist Philosophy. During and after my training I realized that compassion and love is FREE and easy to give and get if you just practice. Shortly after my training I began to teach at a women's healing center in a major hospital. I loved watching the women in my class transform and become healthier. I went on to completed a training course with the Arthritis Foundation and now I am a trained exercise teacher and teach in hospitals as well as health centers. In 2008 I graduated from The Institute for Integrative Nutrition and I hold a certificate of accreditation as a Health Care Counselor from the Teachers College of Columbia University and the American Association of Drug-less Practitioners (AADP).

Since 2005 I have been a student of Middle Eastern Dance/Oriental Dance and I'm well versed in all aspects of their techniques. I studied with Safiya, a highly accomplished teacher for many years. Learning this art of dance with the use of finger cymbals and veils, I continue to study and dance in NYC and in my home in Pushkar, India. I use moves, and music to open the body, which allows my students to express them selves truly and freely.

In 2007 I founded a company called Choices New York today it's know as Shiva Shakti Yoga Shala. My mission is to provide people the proper tools to lead a more balanced lifestyle. My healing approach to diet and exercise is based on the oldest science of life - Ayurveda.  I travel the world teaching yoga as a way to heal naturally and to help the individual feel more connected to everything.