AUGUST 18, 2018

9:00 AM - 12:00 PM



Yogathon is for everyone.  Find your inner warrior and your power on your yoga mat.  Conquer your inner voice that says you can’t. 

Pause for a cause.  Clear your mind, find your zen and share your positivity with everyone around you.

Give a child in need the gift of education.  Rise to the occasion, and earn some good karma!

Why Windsor Rises

Yogis from around the world will be down-dogging, stretching and rising for a cause and Windsor is proud to be a part of a global movement of yogis working to make the world a better place. We believe in education and the power of change it can bring and are excited to be supporting the Care for Children program!




Our Trainers – Windsor

Rakesh Naidu

Rakesh is an Art of Living teacher and is passionate about yoga. He has a post-graduate degree in Business Management and works as a chemical engineer. In the past, he has worked in environmental engineering, automotive and management consultancy firms. The bulk of his career has been in the automotive industry.

Pankaj Borgaonkar

Pankaj is a volunteer teacher with the Art of Living Foundation and a yoga practitioner since a very young age. He teaches the Art of Happiness program and is dedicated to helping create a stress-free and violence-free society. Pankaj is passionate about serving the community through yoga, meditation and breathing techniques, and by empowering individuals. He works as a systems architect at Ford Motor company, and designs and develops connected vehicle platforms for next-generation vehicles.

Susan Marcaccini

Susan Marcaccini has been practicing yoga for over 16 years with many different teachers. Her love of yoga and deep connection to the practice inspired her to travel to Varanasi, India, in 2003 to study with her laughing Guru, Sunil Kumar. After four months of training, she returned to Windsor to share her experience as a certified yoga teacher.

The Downtown Yoga Studio, in Windsor, gave Susan her start and she has been teaching there ever since. She also teaches at various places throughout her area. Susan has a wide variety of influences from many styles and schools of yoga—Iyengar, Bihar, Sivananda and Ashtanga being just a few. No two classes are ever the same with her and all her classes are easily available to any level of student, from beginner to advanced.

Her long battle with Crohn’s disease and many surgeries have made Susan a compassionate, understanding and adaptable teacher. Yoga has helped her through many dark, challenging times in her life and has truly been a gift. She hopes to share this with her community and help bring other people to the amazing science and discipline of yoga. Namaste.

Christopher Lyons
R.M.T., C.L.Y.L., Certified Sivananda Yoga Instructor

Christopher has been passionately studying the science of yoga for many years. He was first introduced to it by Chris Formagin at Jaya Yoga Studio in 2001. It was there that his love for Sivananda yoga began. After a brief hiatus from the practice, he was back at it diligently at The Downtown Yoga Studio studying a wide variety of yoga styles.

Chris began teaching yoga in 2011. His love of yoga plus his extensive training as a registered massage therapist give him the knowledge and desire to want to share the practice with others. He is also a certified laughter yoga leader and teaches classes in a variety of places around his community. Chris often incorporates aspects from all these skills into his classes. You will learn the science of the body, yoga anatomy, the joy of laughter and how to slow down your body and mind. He is a passionate healer, a tender compassionate teacher and a fountain of knowledge on many subjects. His stories are legendary and participants leave his practices refreshed and renewed.

His love of Sivananda yoga is what inspired his recent travel to Val Morin, Quebec, to study at the Sivananda Yoga Camp Ashram. He returned after a month-long immersion and teacher training as an official Yoga Siromani (teacher of yoga). This recent adventure has brought a new level of spirituality to his teaching.

Anju Rajaraman

Anju earned her 200-hour yoga instructor certificate in 2013 at Eastside Yoga, in Tecumseh. She has been teaching students regularly since then as she loves helping others achieve the sense of well-being she feels herself when practicing yoga. She is passionate about helping her students minimize stress and live happier, healthier lives.

Anju has taught classes at East Side Yoga, Windsor Family Credit Union, Windsor Hindu temple and, now, through her own home studio, Southwood Yoga. Her specialties range from yoga for seniors and Vinyasa yoga for all age groups to prenatal yoga.

This will be Anju’s third time as a guest instructor for this special annual yoga event organized by the Art of Living Foundation to raise funds for less fortunate children on the other side of the world. She is eagerly looking forward to meeting all participants, teachers and volunteers at the event on August 20, 2016.

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