Who Are We?
Krishna Kaur, Founder & CEO
Krishna Kaur, a dynamic heart centered Yoga teacher, began studying with Yogi Bhajan in 1970 and has been teaching the art and science of Kundalini Yoga and Self Awareness for 40 years all over the world. She is certified by the 3HO Foundation and the Kundalini Research Institute as a Kundalini Yoga Teacher and Trainer of both Level I and II. She is the regional coordinator for 3HO Africa, which unites Kundalini Yoga in Africa.
Krishna founded Y.O.G.A. for Youth, a nonprofit dedicated to training yoga teachers to work with at-risk youth and creating yoga programs in schools and juvenile facilities. Krishna opened the first yoga center in South Central Los Angeles in 1971 and continues to train yoga teachers, teach workshops, and bring yoga to the underserved populations throughout the world.
A catalyst of many yoga-inspired movements including the International Association of Black Yoga Teachers and Sat Nam Street Players, Krishna has many commendations from local and state leaders. Krishna has a bachelor’s degree in business from the University of Redlands where she graduated with honors.
Hali Bayer, Board Chair
Halli serves as the Board Chair and interim Deputy Director of Y.O.G.A. for Youth. She started her career as a middle school English teacher and has been working in public education ever since, including positions with StudentsFirst and the Eli & Edyth Broad Foundation.
She is a trained kundalini yoga and kids’ yoga instructor, and works with K-12 teachers to bring movement, mindfulness, and relaxation to their students. Halli earned a master’s degree in secondary education from Loyola Marymount University and a juris doctor from the George Washington University.
Eugene L. Fisher, Board Member
Eugene “Gene” Fisher is a man of honor, grace and distinction. Rising from humble beginnings, he received his undergraduate degree in Chemistry from UCLA. He has served the public in a long and distinguished career helping to clean smog from the Los Angeles Basin air with the South Coast Air Quality Management District. As Chief Lobbyist with the District Mr. Fisher received many awards for his legislative successes from cities in the South Coast Air Basin and the California Legislature.
In 1997, Mr. Fisher co-founded the Watts Learning Center Charter Elementary School for students in Kindergarten through the 5th Grade. Serving as the president of the board of directors from the school’s beginning in 1997 until present day, he has witnessed the growth and progress of this renowned institute of education. The school has received many honors for its student’s academic achievement including Charter School of the year, several Title I Academic Achievement Awards and Community Service Awards. The school is a haven for students in the inner city. The students are given a “world-class education” by offering the students a unique opportunity to travel to foreign lands such as countries in Africa and Central America every two years. This travel program called “Passport to the World” is currently in the planning stage for a trip to Brazil in 2016. In addition, responding to community demand for quality education for its children, Watts Learning Center opened its grades 6-8 middle school in 2009.
Mr. Fisher is an Elder in his church and sings bass in the choir. He also sings in and serves as the president of the United Male Chorus of Los Angeles. Gene has served on numerous boards dedicated to improving the quality of life for under-resourced families in the inner city and with his church on the local and National levels.
Nzingha Asantewa, Board Member
Nzingha Asantewa is the CEO and President of Ankobia Group, LLC. Nzingha is a personable and inspirational entrepreneur with over 21 years of business operations and management experience. Ankobia Group has delivered human capital strategies since 2006, providing consulting, recruiting, and temporary staffing in both the commercial and government markets.
Nzingha’s first priority in business is customer service.Prior to founding Ankobia Group, Nzingha served as Vice President and Chief Operations Officer of Associate Record Technician Services Acquisition Corp., a Los Angeles based staffing company offering a variety of health information management services across the country.
Beginning in 1990, Nzingha served more than 16 years with Associate Record Technician Services Acquisition Corp., starting from an entry level position and promoted to positions of increasing responsibilities through strong personal initiative, outstanding organizational skills, and the ability to exceed client expectations. A native of California, Nzingha holds a Master’s degree in Public Administration from California State University Dominguez Hills.
Nzingha is a writer and certified Kundalini yoga teacher. She serves on the Board of Directors of Y.O.G.A. for Youth, a non-profit program that provides urban youth with tools for self-discovery that foster hope, discipline and respect for oneself and one’s community.
Liz Fillmore, Board Member
Liz (Amrit Bani Kaur) is originally from Austin, Texas, where she completed her level one training in 2003 at Yoga Yoga. She first met Krishna Kaur, the Founder & CEO of Y.O.G.A. for Youth, in 2002 and was overwhelmed by the calling to teach young people. The following summer Liz completed the Yoga for Youth training. She has taught several 12-week yoga sessions to pregnant and parenting teen girls.
Liz has also taught elementary school children and is in love with their ability to access their inner warriors. After several years working as a full time medical social worker and completing Level 2 Kundalini Practitioner training, Liz has joined the Yoga for Youth Board of Directors with the hope of being a part of the program expanding and growing to meet the increasing needs of the nation’s youth with the tools of yoga. Liz finished her Level 1 Kundalini teacher training in 2003.
Rachel Faulkner, Board Member
Rachel is the Director of Special Programs and the First Grade Campus Lead Administrator at Citizens of the World Charter School – Silver Lake in Los Angeles. She started her career as a City Year Corps members, leading a service-learning and leadership development program for high school students. After that, she relocated to Chicago where she worked on a team that opened a brand new community center in a Chicago House Authority mixed income housing development. During that time, Rachel focused specifically on youth programs.
As Rachel continued her career, she took on a managerial role at City Year Chicago and then City Year Los Angeles, leading the efforts in high needs schools to support off track students in attendance, academics, and socioemotional learning. Since her move to Los Angeles, she’s gotten involved with Bend The Arc’s Selah Leadership Program and spends her free time reading, boxing, and doing jiu jitsu.