AKHILA Murphy, founder of Dragonfly Yoga & Wellness is a Certified Yoga Instructor with over 550 hours of formal teacher training. She has practiced various forms of Yoga for over 20 years and loves to mix those teachings throughout her classes. Akhila discovered yoga rather late in life – while working full time, raising two children and studying at California State University, Sacramento. After practicing Yoga for a couple of years she noticed a real change in her life due to her consistent Yoga practice. “I felt calmer in spirit. I experienced better mental focus and concentration on day to day tasks, and my body was stronger and healthier than ever before. I came to realize the practice of Yoga made these positive changes happen, and I wanted to share this experience with others. The benefits of Yoga can be experienced by everyone, regardless of age, body size, or level of flexibility! Yoga is the gift you give to your spirit." Akhila is thankful to her teachers over the years including Bhavani Girard of Sierra Center for Yoga Studies, Dr. Paula Barros of Align with the Divine Yoga, (advanced Anusara studies,) Paul Grilley -Yin Yoga, Sarah Powers -Yin Yoga and Insight Meditation, Judith Hanson Lasater – Restorative Yoga. She received additional, training with Veterans Yoga project and Mindful Yoga Therapy for Veterans coping with Trauma. Akhila also attended an educational retreat, "Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction" with Jon Kabat-Zinn and Saki Santorelli of MBSR which transformed and solidified her meditation practice.