Meet the School’s Board of Directors

The Anusara School of Hatha Yoga continues to advance as an international school and as a non-profit organization.  Meet our Board of Directors!

Anusara board member John SeelyeJOHN SEELYE (President) has practiced what was to become Anusara yoga since before it was founded (1996) and has been a Certified 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.  E-mail –

Anusara board member Maria Grazia Orlando MARIA GRAZIA ORLANDO (Vice-President), an Anusara-Inspired teacher in Albinea (RE), Italy, was nominated by 22 people! Some of her nominators’ accolades included, “She has a clear heart and is in service of love and greater community,” “She is an amazing organizer and a very reliable person…” “…able to make people work together successfully.” She has been instrumental in building the Italian kula (community of the heart) through teacher gatherings, translation of teacher training manuals and development of the Italian website. Through her work starting up a business, she has human resources management experience. Email:

Anusara board member At BosAAT (ADRIAAN) BOS (Treasurer) has been an Elements teacher since 2016. He lives in Voorburg, The Netherlands, where he is pursuing a Master’s in Business Administration. As a project manager, he has financial expertise, and experience in budgeting and controlling the financials for large projects. He has managed contracts and contractors, and has carried out audits. He also has managed large teams. During their interview, Deb Payne found him humble and excited to share his financial skills with ASHY. He attended Samavesha 2017 where he demonstrated the ability to work cross-region and cross-culture and keep the group on task. E-mail –

Anusara board member Christina FuCHRISTINA FU (Secretary) is a dedicated student of Anusara yoga in Shanghai, China. She volunteers for ASHY, helps to translate the website into Chinese and handles the School’s finances in China. She has fundraising experience through her service to a non- governmental association to support pupils in a poor area of China. She gained policy-setting experience while working at Pure Apparel and Givenchy Cosmetics. Her marketing expertise was built through work as Advertising Director and Regional Sales Manager at Hachette Filipacchi Media China, Trade Marketing Management at LVMH Fragrance Brand and China Marketing Manager for Pure Apparel. She studied public relations at henzhen University and worked in PR at an associate company of Hill & Knowlton. Email:

Anusara board member Alex BiondoALEX BIONDO E-RYT 200 hour and YACEP.    Alex recently moved from the mountains of Colorado, to Wisconsin and is currently the only Anusara-licensed teacher in the state, but is hoping that will change soon! She is a yoga teacher and teacher trainer; she runs her own business as an Ayurveda-based health and life coach. As well as being an entrepreneur, Alex has a strong background in sales and marketing, in both the fine wine and the wellness industries. Her current day job is as sales executive for a high-end health club. She has extensive experience working with remote teams and managing remote meetings, where there are both language and time-zone challenges.   Alex discovered Anusara in 2009–when she was already a yoga teacher–and became instantly smitten with Anusara’s alignment principles, philosophy and sense of community. Alex has been an Elements teacher since 2017.  She’s a single mom to a fabulous teenage girl, a dog and a cat.

No photo description available.TEZRA BRYANT completed her 200-Hour teacher training with Jackie Prete in New York and has been practicing Anusara Yoga in New York at World Yoga Center since 2010. Tezra has an Masters in Business Administration (MBA) and a background in catering and restaurant operations which has given her strong logistical, leadership and operational skills. She describes herself as being “obsessed with details and results driven” and is confident that her education and work experience can help the Anusara School of Hatha Yoga create more of the structure that it needs to grow. She is also eager to help Anusara strengthen its global brand and foster deeper local connections to the global community.

Anusara board member Laura CasiniFrom Rome, Italy, LAURA CASINI has practiced Anusara yoga since 2001 and is a Certified Anusara teacher.  She has organized immersions and teacher trainings in Rome and opened an Anusara-affiliated studio, Spazio Vitale four years ago. As a studio owner employing ten teachers, she has experience in human resources, marketing and management.  Previously, she planned High Fashion shows and was a press officer. She wrote, “I owe my life to this yoga method and the gratitude pours out from my heart with such potency and vibrancy that I cannot imagine myself in any other style of yoga. Anusara for me is not only a method but mainly a way of conducting myself into daily life. The core values and the philosophy of Anusara are lights that enlighten my personal path and that I cherish to share with students and friends.”  E-mail –

Anusara board member Gianni ChavezGIANNI CHAVEZ  CAYT, E-RYT200/RYT-500, YACEP; MBA, BsC in Marketing and Business Administration; Certified Human Development Coach.Charismatic, Joyful and Insightful, he has been involved with the School since it’s very beginning back in 2012.  Gianni is from Guayaquil, Ecuador and currently living in Buenos Aires, Argentina.  Before becoming a full time yoga teacher, he used to work in Human Resources for a Multinational Corporation, currently he travels around South America teaching Anusara.   He is passionate and committed about serving the School and the Anusara Kula to help them grow and expand.  Gianni envisions the School as a global reference in the Yoga and Wellbeing community. One of his projects for the School is to have an online study platform. He says, ““Anusara changed my life completely; the teachings helped me heal and empowered me to step into my heart’s desire and share a message of love and beauty. Our message is important- sharing is the new black.”

Anusara board member Benjamine FinnertyBENJAMIN FINNERTY is a Certified Anusara teacher in Shanghai, China. He has been serving on the School’s Steering Committee, which will be helpful in the transition. He brings experience of working with non-profit groups and on many committees. He has been building Anusara in China since 2008. China’s growth is evidenced by for the largest number of Elements teachers in any region of the world. He has been studying leadership development for the past several years. Email: 

Anusara board member JEN HARBOUR JEN HARBOUR, (Anusara Certified and Yoga Alliance Registered Teacher (E-RYT 500 & YACEP) began the practice of Yoga in 2005, continued in-depth study of Yoga in 2006 with Karen Sprute-Francovich and completed her initial teacher training 2007. She has since completed two Advanced Teacher Training programs at Garden Street and continues to study deeply and widely. Her life-long studentship keeps her teaching fresh and informed. Jen brings her love of Yoga, of the body and its blueprint of alignment, as well as a great sense of focus, fun and enthusiasm to every class she teaches. In addition to teaching at Garden Street school of Anusara Yoga, she teaches Yoga at North Idaho College and teaches Yoga workshops and retreats on how you Keep Your Aim and steadfastly Remember Yourself.

Anusara board member LETIZZIA WASTAVINOLETIZZIA WASTAVINO is a Certified Anusara yoga teacher born in Chile, currently living in Vienna, Austria, where she is the Austria country coordinator for the School. She speaks English, Spanish and a little bit of German and has lived in four countries. She has fundraising and financial management experiences on a Board of Directors for a kindergarten. As a co-owner of a wellness studio, she has expertise in marketing and public relations. Email:

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