Margot Milcetich
M.Ed., E RYT 500
Margot Milcetich (Devhuti) gained stability in practice and in teaching under Swami Bawra’s guidance. She is the founder of Brahmrishi Yoga Teacher Training, which is registered with Yoga Alliance. Margot has transcribed and edited his lectures for Divine Radiance Press of India and, more recently, Brahmrishi Yoga Publications.

Margot has a Master’s degree in education from Kent State University, certification in Jin Shin Jyutsu, and a master’s certification from Integrative Yoga Therapy (IYT). She has hosted annual retreats at Camp Asbury in Hiram, Ohio since 1998. She is a co-founder of Kent Yoga, and is registered with Yoga Alliance at the E-RYT 500 level. She offers an informed approach to anatomy, teaching method, alignment and sequencing. She values and inspires each trainee to develop an authentic approach to practice and teaching.
Bill Milcetich
Bill Milcetich (Yogendra) teaches philosophy and meditation for Brahmrishi Yoga. He began meditation practice in 1975. In his early meditations, he experienced the subtle presence of Swami Bawra and developed an internal friendship with him. Seven years later, in 1982, they met in Cleveland, Ohio. They recognized each other, and Swami Bawra affirmed Bill’s experience by giving him the same mantra he had received in meditation years earlier.

Swami Bawra encouraged Bill to remain in his professional career as a tax accountant and support his family while practicing deep meditation and studying philosophy—the traditional life of a householder. Swami Bawra supported the integration of spiritual life with practical life. In retirement, Bill directs his energies and skills towards compiling and clarifying Swami Bawra’s philosophy. His first compilation, Kapil’s Samkhya Patanjali’s Yoga, presents the core philosophy of Brahmrishi Yoga teacher training.
Lisa Thiel
M.A., RYT 500
Lisa (Saraswati Priya) has been studying with Bill and Margot since January of 1998, completing the 200 level training in 2006 and the 500 level in 2010. Lisa chose yoga certification with Brahmrishi Yoga because the training offers a unique approach. Students are encouraged to find their own voices within the vastness of yoga, and they are equipped with a deep understanding of yoga’s underlying principles. This training imparts the freedom to create practices and variations that meet personal needs.

With a strong interest in and focus on spinal health, Lisa works with individuals to craft their own practices to address personal limitations. Her goal is to empower students to become their own teachers. The study of Samkhya philosophy has helped her to find yoga in every moment, every day, and she enthusiastically shares what she learns. Lisa has studied with national teachers in the Anusara and Yin Yoga traditions, and completed her training in Thai Yoga Massage in 2008.
Michael Curtis is a dedicated musician and yogi. Margot and Mike are part of a Sanskrit chanting group called “Breathing Room,” and have created two CD’s of Sanskrit chanting, Namo Namah and Rings of the Heart. Mike is the founder and director of the Yoga Place in Canton. He is a generous friend and focused teacher whose eye is always on the value of appropriate practice for balanced living.

Michael has a D.M.A. in musical performance from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland. He received a Fulbright scholarship to travel and study music, which led him to spend three years in South America. He is an adjunct professor at the College of Wooster, in Wooster, Ohio. Mike’s inventive nature has kept him training in yoga at Kripalu, with Sampoorna Yoga, with Integrative Yoga Therapy, in Iyengar with Rodney Yee, Dean Lerner and Manouso Manos, and in Astanga, with David Swenson and Tim Miller.
Karen Allgire began teaching dance and movement awareness in 1982 and has been teaching yoga since 1998. Her detailed instructions sparkle with dedication and love of yoga. Karen is a Certified Intermediate Junior II Iyengar Yoga Instructor. She has made two month-long trips to Pune, India to study with the Iyengars, and studies regularly with senior Iyengar Yoga teachers Dean and Rebecca Lerner. Karen is co-director of Green Tara Yoga and Healing Arts in Cleveland Heights, Ohio.

Karen’s extensive experience in teaching dance, yoga and movement has taken her into schools and universities, community centers, hospitals, yoga and dance studios, including the Cleveland Clinic Foundation, Ohio State University, Case Western Reserve University, The Yoga Place, Eight Limbs Yoga, Cleveland YMCA, Among the Pines, Sacred Space, The Art Studio at MetroHealth Medical Center, The Art Studio at Fairhill, and the Christa Center.