Our Crew

Our Story

YOGANDO was born from Elisa’s love of travel, yoga and wellness. After leading a successful 15-year career in the corporate world, Elisa transitioned into a US certified event designer, internationally certified yoga instructor and retreat leader. Elisa is now on a mission to inspire you to live your life with passion, purpose and wellness. After moving to US in 2011, she now splits her life between Michigan, Italy, and wherever part her heart takes her. She has a deep sense of gratitude for the YOGANDO team and tribe which continues to grow through the years, who make it all retreats dreams possible!


Elisa Magni

Walter brings the special experiences of Yogando retreats to life through his deep knowledge of finance, business plans and wellness industry. Black belt karate and alpine ski instructor, soccer fan and the most outdoorsy person, you could ever think. He is a healthy hedonist and one of a kind creative mechanical engineer. When he is at home, sipping some good Italian wine,  you can find him painting,  reading or planning to go on adventures with Elisa, his wife, and their two dual citizens daughters.


Walter Mandelli

Surf yogi who lives by the ocean in the South West of France, in the European California. Healthy foodie and sport lover, Marta is pure energy. Her creativity and her passion drive her attitude to always think out of the box. Curious about all the innovation but rooted on the basis, her yoga practice is a reflexion of her continue evolution. 


Communication Manager

Marta Negri


Here all the yoga teachers and experts who work with Yogando Retreats.

Kate O'Donnell

Kate O'Donnell

American certified Ayurvedic Practitioner and the founder of the Ayurvedic Living Institute. She is an authorized Ashtanga yoga instructor, and teaches yoga in Boston and Portland, Maine, and still travels to India annually for study.  

Denise Dellagiacoma

Italian Yoga and Pilates Teacher, founder of Yoga Academy, the largest Italian online yoga community.


Micol Dell'Oro

Italian Yoga Teacher, outdoor adventure seeker, healthy hedonist and passionate about life.⁠


Rich Ray

Rich Ray is a Boston/Portland-based level II authorized Ashtanga yoga teacher. He  began practice in 1996. He has made numerous trips to Mysore for study. He offers traditional meditation practice for beginner and advances students alike. He continues his work as a student of meditation and has been practicing for over 25 years. 

Natalie Piet

Natalie Piet E-RYT200, is a Certified Anusara Yoga Teacher and Ayurvedic Inner Medicine Practitioner. She supports students and teachers in delving deep within to reveal the innate goodness and radiant health that is the essence of life. Natalie is dedicated to the study and practice of Neelakantha Meditation and Wise Earth Ayurveda. She is a certified massage therapist and known for her well articulated alignment cues and healing bio-mechanics. 


Rickita Henderson

Rickita Henderson is a 200-hour RYT yoga teacher in the metro Detroit area. She thrives to be a reminder that you are the gate keeper of your life. You have the power to balance and align your mind, body and spirit. Her classes are challenging and help individuals develop a sense of self and total well being. 

Join her journey @RickitaYogini

Karen Howe

Karen has decades of teaching experience in different styles like Vinyāsa, Hatha, Slow Burn, Yin, wall and chair Yoga, pre-natal, Yoga nidra. Her teaching philosophy is rooted in a deep belief that students are powerful beyond their imaginations, and that yoga can help them step into that power and heal themselves to levels they never thought possible.  She leads with her heart, giving all her soul into her curated fun yoga classes.

Floriana Cancelli

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Floriana Cancelli, is an international chef specialized in macrobiotic, vegetarian and healthy mediterranean food, certified US Event Designer, and certified Ashtanga Yoga instructor. She uses her zeal and knowledge to create sensorial culinary and travel experiences that nourish the body and soul.


Photographer, video maker, sports events speaker and world traveler to
mention a few of his features. Gros is a multifaceted artists and a
lifelong sport athlete. His ability in seeing the beauty and the fun in
every aspects of life is reflected in his photography and his travel
footage, that encompass adventurous to more laid back experiences. His
contribution means a great deal to the development of Yogando’s media kit.

Denise Baschirotto


Denise is our Ayurveda partner in Italy. Founder of WellOne Luxury Experience and wife of Kandeepan, who share a common devotion to Ayurveda, natural nutrition, yoga, meditation, Tibetan bowls, shiatsu, tai chi and holistic medicine. Together, they lead the Ayurveda school, offering their own knowledge mentoring and training wellness specialists all over Italy.

Brenda Freeman

Brenda Freeman discovered Pilates in 2000 after a difficult delivery and began her Classical Pilates teacher training in 2004. As someone who has been physically active and in pursuit of excellence her entire life, Pilates was the key to her healing success. After her first son was born via C-section in 2000, Brenda suffered low back pain and an abdominal separation. After her second son was born V-BAC (vaginal birth after cesarean), Brenda again used the Pilates system to heal the muscles of the abdomen and pelvic floor. She is currently the coowner of Warehouse Pilates.




Sahana Murthy

Sahana learnt most of her culinary skills from her mother and these are traditional recipes which is passed on from many generations. She conducts cooking classes at her hometown in Mysore, India which is dubbed as the Yoga Capital of the World. People from all over the world come to this little magical city to deepen their Yoga practice. Being a Yoga practitioner herself,  she understands the value of wholesome food and how it enhances practice and keeps one healthy. Sahana also teaches cooking lessons online reaching out to a wider segment of people and help them with their needs.