The Anusara School of Hatha Yoga continues to advance as an international yoga school and as a non-profit organization. Meet our 2023 Board of Directors!
JOHN SEELYE (President) has practiced what was to become Anusara yoga since before it was founded (1996) and has been a Certified Anusara Teacher since 2003. He owns One Ocean Yoga Center in Bridgehampton, New York (USA), where he manages a team of teachers, invites guest presenters and markets the studio and its events. He has studied psychology, philosophy, religion, cultural anthropology, he is fascinated with human potential: physically, mentally, emotionally, psychologically, spiritually and parapsychologically. He says, “In yoga, I found that there has been this inquiry for multiple millennia. In Anusara and my Siddha yoga practices, I have found the framework that upholds this diverse, rich and full exploration into the nature of our existence in all of these various levels.” He currently is serving the Anusara School of Hatha Yoga as a Regional Representative. He is thrilled with the School’s focus of vision over personality. Here’s why John loves serving on the Board of Directors! Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
LETIZZIA WASTAVINO (Vice President) is a Certified Anusara Teacher, born in Chile, currently living in Klosterneuburg, Austria, where she is the Austria country coordinator for the School. She speaks Spanish, English and a little bit of German and has lived in four countries (Santiago – Chile, Princeton – USA, Montreal- Canada). She has a Master in Science degree in Physics and it is her love for movement, biomechanics and self-learning that brought her, in 1994, to the practice of yoga. Letizzia’s mission is to offer her students precise and profoundly therapeutic practices that align the body with the real Self. Her attention to detail and playful approach allow for an inner awakening that empowers the unique identity in your own self, while staying connected to the unity between all. As a co-owner of a wellness studio and Anusara-affiliated studio, Trimotion in Klosterneuburg, she has expertise in marketing, management and public relations. She manages a team of 10 therapist, among them are yoga teachers, massage therapist and nutrition consultants.
ATHA PANOU (Treasurer) began practicing yoga in 1994 while attending graduate school. In 2017 Atha began her journey with the Anusara teacher training program. As a devoted mother while professionally serving as a Director of Human Resources, Anusara’s principles of leading with Grace as well as the three A’s–alignment, action and attitude–truly resonated with Atha personally. Her mission is to fill her students’ hearts and souls with yoga bliss.
DONNA HILDEBRANDT, E-RYT® 500, YACEP, has been in the fitness and wellness industry for over 35 years. Donna was the owner of a Body Fitness, Inc., a 24-hour fitness studio, from 2005-2021. Currently she is running an RYS 200 teacher training “body and soul teacher training center” and teaches Hatha Yoga, Zumba and Pilate Classes at The WellcomeOM Center in Spring Hill, Florida (USA). She has studied and taught many forms of yoga as well Mat Pilates, Reformer Pilates, Zumba, Zumba Toning, Step, kickboxing, indoor cycling, aqua, and personal training.
She is affiliated with numerous fitness professional organizations and Yoga Alliance. She wishes to continue to teach students to realize their potential and the difference in their lives with a sense of yoga in their hearts and minds. Donna has been involved in charitable foundations and has volunteered for many wellness events throughout the years. Although semi-retired, she is always going to be involved in giving back to others what she has learned through her career.
KAI HILL is a real “Berliner”, international Yoga Teacher Trainer and owner of Yogatribe Berlin. Kai first came into contact with yoga in 1995. He has been teaching regular classes since 2009. After participating in a teachers intensive with Anusara founder John Friend in California he completed his first 200 hours of yoga training in Berlin. In 2014 he took part in a 200 hour sequencing teacher training with Jason Crandell. 2016 followed a Strala Teacher Training Berlin (Strala Guide) with Tara Stiles. He hosted and participated in the 300 hour Advanced Training of Sianna Sherman. In 2017 he completed 100 hours of meditation training. Kai “hosts” and works with internationally renowned teachers such as Elena Brower, Sianna Sherman, Tara Stiles, Sally Kempton, Bill Mahony and Kathryn Budig.
JESSICA TENZER has been practicing yoga for more than three decades, having learned from her mother as a teen. Jessica joins us happily settled in NYC (and Savannah) after spending many years overseas. She has varied experience in project management, event production and hospitality. She loves to spend time with her partner, dog and family or traveling. In addition to being (nearly) a lifelong student of yoga, Jessica has studied many natural healing modalities and loves learning the miraculous, myriad ways in which the body looks to find balance and heal itself.