kirin_new_may_2006Parvathi Nanda Nath Saraswati

Parvathi Nanda Nath Saraswati (Kirin Mishra) brings the ancient and timeless tradition of the Saraswati Masters to America.

Born in Bihar India, she came to this country as a young girl, bringing with her the lineage and tradition of the Saraswati River Yoga Masters. A tradition that merged in the mountains of Kashmir with the great and original teachings of the yoginis and later traveled North into China and Tibet as Chan and Dzogchen, and East and South as Shakti Sadhana. Parvathi’s direct teachers were in the unbroken lineage of Kashmirian yoginis and Shree Vidya, the highest yogic science.



RaeAnn Banker

RaeAnn gave herself yoga classes as a birthday present when she was 42. It turned out to be the best birthday present ever—she fell in love with yoga and it has changed her life. RaeAnn began teaching after completing two levels of Iyengar teacher’s training at The Yoga Institute of Miami under Bobbi Goldin. RaeAnn loved teaching, but felt a need to deepen her practice.  She found what she was looking for when she met Parvathi Nanda Nath, of Saraswati River Yoga in 2000. RaeAnn continues to study with Parvathi, focusing on yogic philosophy, meditation, and asana practice.

RaeAnn has been a full-time yoga teacher since 2001. Her classes feature the elements she finds useful in her personal yoga practice: Iyengar technique and alignment; vinyasa “flow” in the Saraswati River Yoga tradition; chanting, meditation and pranayama; inspiring music and a sense of humor.  She is registered with Yoga Alliance at the E-500 level, their highest level of certification.



Denyse Corelli

Denyse Corelli is a certified yoga teacher, trained by Parvathi Nanda Nath and the Saraswati River Yoga Teacher Apprenticeship Program. She lives in Doylestown with her adored “puppy” Kaya.

Denyse fell in love with yoga while taking classes at work. In the fall of 2001, Denyse volunteered for a layoff from her job of 10 years as a marketing executive and decided to immerse herself in two of her passions – pottery and yoga. Six months later she enrolled in the teacher apprenticeship program at Saraswati River Yoga School and began one of the most powerful journeys of her life.

Why does she practice? Because it feels so good – even divine! Yoga helps her feel grounded, at peace, joyful, relaxed, strong physically and emotionally, and better equipped to handle the difficult parts of living.

Awakening to the transformative power of yoga practice, Denyse is now deeply honored to share the gifts of yoga with students at River Yoga and through private instruction.



p7Colleen Crunkleton

A caring, gentle, and compassionate yoga instructor with a strong personal practice since 1994, Colleen remains a continuing student, a very important requirement of a yoga teacher. Her instruction is hands-on; demonstrating when needed and assisting with positioning, modifications, and helping students be at ease in the moment. Colleen has been leading all levels of asana classes, including pranayama, meditation and Yoga Nidra since 1996. Colleen has also developed and delivered workshops for students and teachers.

Colleen’s formal yoga instruction has encompassed many modalities, including studies with Erich Schiffmann, Baron Baptiste, and most significantly, Parvathi Nanda Nath. She completed the first Teaching Training program at Saraswati River Yoga School and has served as a mentor to other teacher trainees. In addition to her regular classes, Colleen is also on the facility of the River Yoga School Teacher Training Program. Colleen is a 500 Hour Registered Yoga Teacher with Yoga Alliance.

Prior to her yogic life, Colleen was a group fitness instructor and personal trainer for eight years. She continues to maintain her Group Exercise Certification with American Council on Exercise (ACE).


John Fagan

John Fagan began practicing yoga in 1996. He has been under the direct tutelage of Parvathi Nanda Nath since 1998. In June 1999, John graduated from Parvathi’s first teacher apprenticeship program.

John is a painter by trade and a spiritual seeker by passion. His interests include physics, philosophy, history, art, architecture, music, biking, swimming, writing & walking.

John’s friends appreciate his warmth, wit and intelligence almost as much as his hummus dip and pita chips.




elizabethElizabeth Jones 


Bio coming soon!






David Pittenger

is a senior student of Parvathi Nandanath Saraswati (Kirin Mishra). He has studied with Parvathi for 10 years, as well as studying extensively with many teachers and in many styles. David continues to study directly with Parvathi in philosophy, yoga and Tantric methodology on the path of the Bhairavi, or Tantric adept – Parvathi’s most rigorous level of teaching offered to date.

David began teaching at Saraswati River Yoga School in 2000. He is Director of the Teacher Training Program, an extensive six-month course in yoga asana, ethics, therapeutic application, mantra, meditation, pranayama and yoga philosophy. He offers workshops to serious students wanting to dive deep into the practices designed to support awakening called Saraswati Vidya: The Wisdom Teachings. David is a registered Yoga teacher and full-time instructor experienced in teaching students of all levels from beginner through advanced.

David draws from a combination of 10-years intensive study in Yoga and his 20-years of experience as a professional Ballet dancer to develop a unique Yoga class that allows for students to experience a holistic approach to asana. Through careful attention to alignment and long slow warm-ups, a pathway is opened to help heal old injuries and prevent new ones. David’s teaching is in the Saraswati River yoga style. Classes focus primarily on asana, but will give students a chance to experience the interweaving of physical movement with breath, awareness, concentration and meditation. David describes the affects of this style of yoga as follows … “Authentic movement begins when habitual patterns of body and mind are revealed to us. Through these ancient flowing physical movements our own consciousness is experienced as a beautiful vibratory dance. Dance being metaphor here for the play of hide-n-seek between the small “I” of our fears and doubts and our sense of self that is beyond conceptions, beliefs or ideas. As we dance with the self and embrace the wisdom of direct sensory experience we slowly re-learn how to be naturally buoyant in our intrinsic spaciousness.”

David’s interest in Yoga began as he came across the book Sivanada’s Companion to Yoga; the asanas he learned helped him to extend his dance career despite years of dance injuries and multiple surgeries. Eventually David found himself turning to the healing benefits of yoga once more; only this time he found a teacher who could take him deep into the realm of self exploration; enabling him to establish a personal practice to support his overall health and deepen his teaching.

David’s biggest joy in life is being graced and honored to offer these teachings in community. In addition to ongoing yoga classes, David has also merged his love for dance and yoga together in several workshops like Inner Dance and Partner Yoga. David also offers private yoga instruction.


rachelheadshotRachel May

Rachel began her yogic journey as a child, her mother being her first teacher. She was trained at Saraswati River Yoga under the direction of Parvathi Nanda Nath and David Pittenger. Teaching in the Saraswati River Yoga Method, Rachel does her best to hold the space for experience, emotion and joy in class. Through this lineage tradition, Rachel hopes to share the beautiful life science of yoga with every person she can. When she isn’t practicing or teaching, Rachel loves to write and enjoy life!





danielheadshotDaniel Zuckerman
Daniel is a Yoga Alliance certified graduate of YogaLove’s Immersion & Teacher Training Program (RYT200) and the Saraswati lineage training at River Yoga (RYT500). Daniel has also completed a 100-hour intensive Yin Yoga teacher training with Sally Miller.

Daniel began his yogic journey at the (frequent) suggestion of his Aunt, who recognized what yoga could do to help him after many years of lower back issues. He continues to study in the Saraswati River Yoga lineage, under RaeAnn Banker, David Pittenger, and (on all-too-rare occasions) Parvathi Nanda Nath. Daniel’s focus in teaching is to hold space for students to find what best serves them, with a healthy sense of humor, reminding himself and students not to take ourselves too seriously.

When not physically on his mat, Daniel spends his time as a software engineer, singing early music (14th-16th century, not “before breakfast”), and most importantly, being the dad of two amazing teenagers.