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The Staff



Marydale, YTRx-500C, POLY-E-RYT500, RMT, is founder and director of Param Yoga Healing Arts Center. She is a devotee of Paramahamsa Prajnanananda through the lineage of Paramahamsa Hariharananda, Paramahansa Yogananda, and Kriya Yoga International Masters. A practicing yogi since 1970, Marydale holds Hatha Yoga Certification through The Vedantic Center under the auspices of the late Swamini Turiyasangitananda and Purusha Hickson. Marydale is a certified Yoga Therapist through Loyola Marymount University and a Prime of Life Yoga™ teacher. Her personal practice and teaching skills are all rooted in the Krishnamacharya lineage, giving her classes a strong, systematic structure and flow anchored in the breath. Marydale’s goal at Param Yoga is for the studio to be a hive from which individuals pollinate the world at large with the energies of joy and well-being through love, service, meditation, and realization.

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Yogacharya Richard Peterson was initiated into Kriya Yoga by Paramahamsa Hariharananda in 1979 in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. He holds a Master of Arts degree in Education and teaches music and English in the Los Angeles Unified School District. He was authorized to teach Kriya Yoga in May 2007.

Stephanie Winnard

Stephanie has been practicing yoga for two decades and received her certification from the Aura Wellness Center. She has taught at numerous studios and gyms and has practiced in places such as India, Thailand, and Costa Rica. Stephanie creates original sequences of asanas that flow together in a challenging—but safe—way, guiding you through a yogic journey that is sure to leave you feeling sublime.




Kirsten Kaufmann

Kirsten is our office manager and Girl Friday. She has worn many hats over the years, including waitress, retail manager, substitute teacher, executive assistant, personal assistant, and blogger. She is a certified massage technician and an aspiring yogi. When not making things run smoothly at Param Yoga, she enjoys playing piano and walking her dog.

Sabrina Azam

Sabrina Azam

Sabrina Azam is a Reiki Master in the True Usui Lineage who leads Reiki Demos and Shares at Param Yoga and helps out at the front desk. A trained hypnotherapist, she is also multilingual from having lived in numerous countries growing up and loves to share her healing gifts with a wide variety of people. Join Sabrina at the studio on Tuesday nights for Reiki Share from 6:30 – 8:30.