Marla Meenakshi Joy, co-owner and co-director of Downward Dog Yoga Centre, first traveled to India in 1988 to study meditation and the philosophy of the Vedas with Swami Shyam as well as other learned scholars in the Himalayas. She is a Certified Meditation and Yoga Philosophy teacher from the International Meditation Institute in Kullu, Himachal Pradesh, Himalayas.
She has been teaching in teacher training programs since 1999, as both a teacher of Philosophy and Sanskrit, Vinyasa yoga and Restorative Yoga. She has completed over 500 hours of Teacher Training with Ron Reid, Chuck Miller and Maty Ezraty, among others, and is a Yoga Alliance Certified Teacher.
Since then she has been teaching Ashtanga Yoga, Swaha Yoga, Restorative Yoga, Yogadance, Meditation, Yoga philosophy, Sanskrit and Chanting privately and in yoga studios in Canada, the U.S., the U.K., Europe and Asia. As a practicing Shiatsu Therapist since 1993, and teacher of Mysore (Self-Practice) around the globe, Meenakshi has a healing and informative touch.
She also leads Kirtan (call-and-response chanting) with her band SWAHA, in inspired musical compositions along with her partner/keyboardist, Ron Reid. They have produced several CDs of Sanskrit chanting entitled, Prayers, Salutations, Vishnu’s Dream, Bolo!, Shanti Pulse, and their newest CD, Gone Beyond.