Bhakta (Leslie) Johnson

Certified: Svaroopa® Yoga Teacher (CSYT), Svaroopa® Vidya Meditation Teacher,

Certified Yoga Therapist 


Support yogi's finding and experiencing their own Divinity, the Divine within the individual human being.

Niranjan began practicing Svaroopa® yoga in 2004. “I was invited to attend a class having no idea what it would be like. After that class I knew something felt different, but I wasn’t sure what it was. I was intrigued enough to keep attending. The more I practiced, the more I noticed change in my life, not just physically but mentally and emotionally. I started to have the experience of living life from a place of being open and present in all activities and was inspired to start teaching. I’ve been teaching since April of 2007 and am a Certified Svaroopa® Yoga Teacher.” 

I have continued my love and dedication for yoga in the meditation practices as well. Now being certified as a Svaroopa Vidya® Meditation teacher and Satsang Group Meditation Leader, Niranjan offers Meditation Workshops and monthly Satsang's.

Outside of teaching Niranjana works as a manufacturing engineer in a foam fabrication plant. 

Yoga At The Well

Certified: Svaroopa® Yoga Teacher (CSYT), Svaroopa® Vidya Meditation Teacher, Meditation Group Leader


  • Provide quality yoga and meditation services.
  • Provide teachings that lead to the experience and knowledge of yoga's goal as stated in Patanjali's "Yoga Sutra's" which states: Yogas Chittah Vritti Nirodaha, The practices of yoga are for the purpose of cultivating a quiet mind. When your mind quiets you experience your own essential nature, svaroopa.
  • To serve seekers wanting healing, transformation and illumination.

Bhakta has practiced yoga since her early twenties. Her first introduction to Svaroopa® Yoga was in a weekend workshop with  Swami Nirmalananda in Minneapolis, MN. She continued to practice Svaroopa® Yoga from that point on. Having suffered from back pain for many years this yoga not only addressed her pain but gave her a new level of comfort in her body along with an expanded awareness beyond the limitations of her body and mind. She began teaching Svaroopa® Yoga in 2002 after taking the Foundations course (she now travels nationally to teach this course). She received her training from Swami Nirmalananda, (formerly Rama Berch), the founding president of Yoga Alliance, master teacher and originator of Svaroopa® Yoga, founder of Master Yoga Foundation and Svaroopa Vidya® Ashram. Bhakta has over 3,000 hours of training through Master Yoga Teacher Institute and Svaroopa Vidya Ashram and continues to take training annually. 

“There are many different styles of Hatha yoga (the practice of asana). I choose to teach Svaroopa® Yoga because it gave me (and continues to give me) the most profound change.  Svaroopa® Yoga is practiced for the purpose of healing, transformation, and transcendent experience. By delving into and through your own body you can come to know your own True Self.”

Bhakta transitioned out of the photo business and has been teaching yoga full time since 2006. Bhakta has always been a spiritual seeker. This yoga tradition continues to inspire and deepen her spiritual development. She is dedicated to supporting others with their physical and spiritual fulfillment.

In addition to her weekly classes she teaches Svaroopa® Vidya Meditation, offers Embodyment® sessions, Vichara sessions & Svaroopa® Yoga Therapy; she hosts many Svaroopa® Yoga programs. She serves the yoga community as a Leading Teacher, DTS Mentor, Embodyment® Therapist Trainer, and Foundations Teacher Trainer.​

Contact Niranjan 612-730-0837 ​

Niranjan (Nathan) Matanich 

Contact Bhakta 612-408-0434