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 teachers and experts who work with Yogando Retreats.

Kate O'Donnell

Kate is the author of three Ayurvedic Cookbooks, including The Everyday Ayurveda Guide to Self-Care, The Everyday Ayurveda Cookbook: A Seasonal Guide to Eating and Living Well and Everyday Ayurvedic Cooking for a Calm, Clear Mind: 100 Sattvic Recipes. She is a nationally certified Ayurvedic Practitioner and the founder of the Ayurvedic Living Institute


Andrea Rogers

Andrea Rogers is the Founder and Creator of XTEND, the only international workout with over 70 locations worldwide. XTEND brings in elements of dance, ballet
and Pilates to create an adrenaline-fueled workout that strengthens, lengthens and chisels the body. At it’s core, XTEND is about people. 


Irene Pappas

Irene believes that yoga can be a powerful tool for transformation. In 2012 Irene found yoga and immediately knew she had found her path.  As a lover of movement, Irene is passionate about her practice. She has studied Ashtanga, Rocket, Yoga Nidra, and more. 


Margherita Dal Pra

As a natural seeker, 27 years ago in Italy I found myself at my first yoga class, back in a time when yoga was considered strange, yet Savasana and the mantra OM gave me a deep sense of relaxation and the feeling of coming home to myself. 




Tierra B aka YogiTB, began practicing yoga in 2008 during her Freshman year at Penn State. YogiTB is a knowledgeable 200-hour Registered Yoga Instructor certified in Vinyasa with specialties in Sports, Prison & Trauma-focused yoga. 

Yogi TB

Kim Strother

Kim is a wellness coach, personal trainer, and yoga instructor. As one of LA’s top celebrity trainers, she spent over a decade creating individualized health programs for clients. 


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Serving as a Flow Facilitator to hold space and create healing experiences for small groups & organizations to rediscover their true nature and invite harmony into their mind, body, and soul through wellness workshops, retreats and more. His teaching style is grounded in gratitude and elevated with love.


Eleonora Zampatti

Eleonora is a native of Milan, Italy now living in NJ, USA. Body movement specialist, Author, fitness model, and cover girl, Eleonora began her career as a varsity synchronized swimmer. Convinced that yoga is much more than just asana, she encourages her students to accept their vulnerabilities. 



Brinkela Gjokaj

In 2014, I started practicing yoga because I needed to find my way back to the connection between body and mind. With yoga, I found a practice that fulfilled my search for physical activity that provides both strength, balance, flexibility and not least, I experienced that it gave me peace and balance in my world of thought.

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Brenda Freeman

Brenda Freeman discovered Pilates in 2000 after a difficult delivery and began her Classical Pilates teacher training in 2004.  She is currently the co-owner of Warehouse Pilates.



Rebecca Beckler

Rebecca Beckler is the creator and author of the Pilates Suspension Method. She has a bachelor’s degree in adult fitness, a certified advanced level Stott Pilates instructor, a Stott Pilates instructor trainer, a Pilates Method Alliance (PMA) certified trainer and an American Council of Exercise (ACE) certified personal trainer. Rebecca is a proud mom of two as she travels around teaching her Pilates Suspension Method.

Rebecca Hann

Rebecca was introduced to yoga through physical theatre and performance. As a performer she was initially attracted to the physical side of yoga and how it could be used as a tool for creative expression. After her 200hr YTT in hatha followed by an additional 200 hours in ashtanga, she discovered a passion for creativity in different styles of movement disciplines.



Paola Marcenaro

Ligure, appassionata di mare ed immersioni in apnea, Laureata in Scienze Motorie e insegnante di Pilates. Attraverso il suo metodo insegna a conoscere il proprio corpo ed a muoversi consapevolmente. 

Paola Pilates

Denise Finnerty

Denise Finnerty is the founder of My Purposeful Path. As a certified life coach and master practitioner of Core Energy Leadership, she powerfully serves clients moving through various life transitions to support them in uncovering their purpose and help them be consciously aware of their best, most authentic lives.  


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Rachel Zitin

Rachel was born and raised in the USA and accidentally moved to Rome in 2009. After nearly a decade working as a tour guide and trip planner in Italy, she pursued a lifelong dream and became a certified Yoga and Meditation teacher in Bali in 2018. She is obsessed with the intersection between Italians and Wellness Culture. She is also a certified Somatic Coach, a writer, and a retreat leader. Her aim is to share the joy of slow living and slow travel.


Dominique Theophilus

Yoga found me about 8 years ago when I develop heart palpitations during my process of applying to graduate school.  Upon beginning Yoga Teacher Training at Center For Yoga in 2011, I was unaware of all that I would uncover about myself during the process. 


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. Being a Yoga practitioner herself,  she understands the value of wholesome food and how it enhances practice and keeps one healthy.



Linda Gastaldello

Linda Gastaldello, italian, mother and visionary, is an international yoga and meditation teacher based in New York and Italy. She founded two studios in New York and created the online Academy 2RISE which includes yoga, spiritual fitness and meditation to rise the vibrational state of mind, body and soul.