As a teenager in the 1970s, Donna Lanni began yoga movement in front of her stereo while listening to Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young.
Initiated and named Devaki by the Acharyas of Ananda Marga, Donna began teaching yoga and leading kirtans from her home in the late 1980s. In 1991, she was asked to teach yoga at a women’s martial arts retreat which led to 20 years of martial arts training in both Kung Fu and Shudokhan karate. Years of studying movement, martial arts and yoga brought her to her Maha teacher, Shiva Rea, founder of Prana Vinyasa® yoga with whom the rivers of her trainings blend into an ocean of discovery. She is truly grateful for the teachings of Dr. Charles Scott and yoga and movement mentor, Teri Vierick. Her other influences have been through the works of Emily Conrad, Gabrielle Roth and Beth Rigby, creator of Yoga Meets Dance (TM).
Currently, she holds a 4th Dan in Shudokhan karate as well as a 1st Dan in Kung fu. She has a 100hr certification in Yoga Meets Dance. Donna completed her 200hr certification to teach Prana Vinyasa® Yoga in 2011 and that year, with the help of her business partner , Marsha Munsell, she opened Heart Stream Yoga. For the past 4 years, she has taught in her studio, at the University of Alaska Fairbanks, and throughout the community. In the Summer 2014 she completed certification training Through Lazy Dog Paddle Boards and received certification in water safety ( WPA) and sequencing paddle board yoga classes for a wide range of individuals. She is also certified to teach Yoga Trance Dance®, an integrative fusion of yoga merging to free flowing dance. Always the student, Donna is currently enrolled in the 500hr teachers training program offered by Prana Vinyasa, finishing over 250 hours of contact hours this year that included the study of Ayurveda with master instructor Maria Garre.
Donna lives in Fairbanks with her beloved, Ron and blended family of five children. She is a lover of 2 small smiling dogs and a loud obnoxious Amazon parrot. She brings to her classes humor, the spiritual alchemy and integration of seasonal, solar and lunar rhythms, poetry, and music.