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. 


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Marta Negri


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

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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. An authorized Ashtanga yoga instructor, she teaches yoga in Boston and Portland, Maine, and still travels to India annually for study.  Kate began yoga by accident in South India at age 20. More than a dozen extended trips to India and twenty years studying the wisdom traditions of the sub-continent support Kate’s understanding of Ayurveda and Yoga.



Linda Gastaldello

Linda Gastaldello, italian, mother and visionary, is an international yoga and meditation teacher based in New York and Italy. She has been teaching since 2010, became an Advance Jivamukti teacher with over 120 hours of training, founded two boutique studios in New York named one of the best in the City in 2019 and created the international method and online Academy 2RISE which includes yoga, spiritual fitness and meditation to rise the vibrational state of mind, body and soul. She also works as content creator and collaborated with international brands like Lululemon, Wanderlust fest, Vanity Fair among others.



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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. 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 co-owner of Warehouse Pilates.



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. 

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Dominique Theophilus

Yoga found me about 8 years ago when I develop heart palpitations during my process of applying to graduate school.  In my first warm yoga class, I felt like I was being introduced to my body in a new way. It spoke to me spiritually, in  a way that I had never experienced from the inside. Yoga was like a hidden treasure. 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. 


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.⁠


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. 



Floriana Cancelli

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.
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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.

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.  Denise is committed to providing purposeful experiences that inspire self-awareness, personal growth and confidence. 



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. 




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


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. Her love for movement and fluidity easily transferred from the water to the dance floor when she moved to NYC and enrolled at Peridance International School of Dance. Convinced that yoga is much more than just asana, Eleonora encourages her students to accept their vulnerabilities. She feels that without weakness there can be no strength and without acceptance there can be no healing. 



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.