Founding Board Member

Joy Ravelli started her business when she was 20 years old providing fitness, health, and nutrition coaching to the staff and students at the college she was attending.  Soon Joy was leading her “Health In Motion” programs at several colleges and corporations throughout Massachusetts. She ran this business successfully in Massachusetts for 20 years. In 1999 her life long passion for Yoga moved into the center of her business and in 2004 she created the Purusha Yoga School. The Purusha Yoga School has graduated over 400 students. The school provides 3 levels of training plus many specialized certifications and is registered with the National Yoga Alliance at the 200, 300, and 500 hour levels. Joy founded the non profit organization The Purusha Seva Project in 2009.  The Purusha Seva Project provides yoga, health, movement, somatic healing, and life skills to at risk and underserved populations. Joy completed writing a practical guide to the Yoga Sutras in 2009 and looks forward to it being published soon. She is currently writing other practical guides for her students to navigate their way through the Upanishads and the Bhagavad Gita. “Writing helps me to understand these practices and has always been a way of expressing my deeper ideas and feelings.” Joy opened the Purusha Yoga Studio in San Francisco in 2011 as a way of providing opportunities for her teachers to share and grow while also nourishing a local community with a wide variety of classes, programs, and a place to gather and celebrate together. The true spark of light that ignited the studio was the death of her son Alex in 2009.  Alex& need for simplicity, his love of nature, and his deep empathy for the suffering of this world is an inspiration for much of the work at Purusha. Joy continues to find ways to teach yoga to those that may not otherwise be exposed to these valuable practices and ultimately create a healthier world for all of us. Joy & greatest teachers are:  Nature, wild animals, children and many special human beings-including her students and all the great teachers that have come before her.


Board President

Fred earned B.A. degree from U.C. Berkeley and a J.D from U.C. Hastings College of Law. He was admitted to practice in California 1976 and continued to practice until 2012. Fred first studied yoga in 1969 and continued to study with dozens of studios in the California Bay Area. Fred came to Purusha yoga where he met founder Joy Ravelli in 2011. In 2015, Fred joined Purusha Seva’s mission trip to Nepal to broaden his knowledge and experience. He is currently writing novel-length fiction about life's endless journey. Fred serves as the Chairman of the Board of Directors and focuses on legal compliance.


Board Treasurer

A native of California, Eric began studying yoga in 1998. A classically trained ballet dancersince 1982, Eric has been a company member of Boston Ballet, Cleveland/San Jose Ballet and, a Soloist with Miami City Ballet. Eric is a graduate of the Urban Flow 100 Hour YTT, the YogaWorks 200 Hour YTT. And the Purusha Yoga School 500 hour Professional Yoga Therapist Training. Additionally, Eric is owner with his wife Joya of Purusha Yoga Studio & School. A Thai Massage graduate, and a life long student of Anatomy and Kinesiology, Eric has been teaching Anatomy, Kinesiology through the lens of Asana and movement for over 6 years. He has taught the Purusha Yoga School Level I 200 Hour Yoga Teacher Training as well as advanced trainings in Asana and teaching methods and leads a number of classes, groups and individuals in Yoga, Yoga Therapy, Fitness, and Dance at the Purusha Yoga Studio and various Dance schools throughout the Bay Area. He brings a practical sense of body-movement coupled with a grounded spirit creating a rich yoga flow and fulfilling experience for the beginning yogi as well as the “fumbling sage.”


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Caitlin Hildebrand is the Acting Chief of Advanced Practice Nursing at the San Francisco VA. She is an experienced Adult and Geriatric Nurse Practitioner, and leads Quality Improvement for Nursing Service, sees rural patients via video TelePrimary Care, and is Assistant Clinical Professor for UCSF at the VA in Primary Care. She is a Fellow in Integrative Medicine with the University of Arizona, where she was selected for the Nurse Practitioner Scholarship. She also teaches yoga and Mind-Body skills groups at the VA and in the community, for Purusha Yoga School, Bend Yoga SF, prAna, and SF Fitness. She is the author of the Love You Plan, a book on using Mindfulness and Journaling to improve your relationship with food and body image. She is an alum of UCSF, University of Pennsylvania, and Swarthmore College. She has been Event Chair for the Purusha Seva Project since 2018. 


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Executive Director


Meghan Hanebutt is a Delaware-born wanderer, adventure-seeker, and soulful yoga practitioner. She grew up with saltwater and sunshine in her soul on the beaches of Delaware before expanding her world to Southern California, Central America, Southeast Asia, and beyond. She has been offering yoga to students of all ages since 2014. She moved to the Bay Area in 2017 and is a recent graduate of Purusha Yoga's 300-hour program. 

Meghan currently teaches group yoga classes for adults & kids, yoga classes in local elementary schools, and teaches educators how to use yoga and mindfulness to create conscious classroom community. Her style is based on the foundational principles of yoga, drawn from Ashtanga, Hatha, and Vinyasa styles. She is Purusha Seva Project's Executive Director and kid's program director. When she's not on her mat, you can find her in a local coffee shop, out riding waves at Ocean Beach, or playing with her dog Wilson in Golden Gate Park.