Who we are


Santosh Maknikar – Founder & director

Santosh was born in Latur, India and moved to the United States in 2005. He has been practicing since the age of 5 and from his love of yoga he created Yoga for People so that everyone on the planet can experience the healing benefits of yoga. Santosh has worked in Information Technology for several companies in India and the U.S. He co-founded the annual Great Salt Lake Yoga Festival, is on the advisory board for Dayan Wardhini School and Makni Gram Vikas nonprofit organization. He currently resides in Salt Lake City, Utah and working in the area of Information Technology.
Read his Sandesh ( Message ) here 


Christine Wright –  director

Christine’s love of yoga began in 1990 when she started taking classes at her local recreation center in Orem, Utah. At that time it was physical exercise she was after, but soon realized that the practice of yoga brought a deep connection to mind and body and to the world around her. Through the years and after practicing with teachers around the world, she knows that yoga is a healing tool for every human being in any situation. Christine acquired her yoga teaching certificate in Bali in 2010. In her working life, Christine worked for many years in the software industry prior to launching her own Bay Area business, “Wright Stuff Events and Marketing”. Christine works with several nonprofits, for-profits and political campaigns, providing event design and management, public relations, guest relations, web content and event documentation. Christine is an avid volunteer and has traveled to Nepal, India, Tibet, Indonesia and Haiti to lend a helping hand.


Randy Gordon – director

What began as a three-day yoga retreat a few years ago has led to a world beyond Randy’s best dreams. With daily practice, the relief that Randy has experienced from debilitating conditions such as gout and chronic joint pain have been life changing. Randy says that his practice has brought additional benefits of a calm mind and a strong spiritual connection. Randy lives and works in Salt Lake City, Utah. He graduated from the University of Utah with a major in Spanish, and participated in springboard diving and water polo. When not at work, Randy enjoys traveling, dance, swimming and snowboarding. Randy is delighted to be taking part at Yoga For People.


Bonnie Rimmasch – director

Bonnie has been involved for many years in various civic activities, charities and fundraising in her community. She has also worked in Legal and Restaurant Management. Bonnie is an artist and spends her time in her art studio working with glass, metal, wood to create jewelry and many other objects of beauty. The practice of yoga has enriched Bonnie’s life beyond her initial expectations. She is always excited about sharing the wonderful world of yoga that she has recently discovered and is happy to be on the board of YFP.