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There are many instructors across the nation certified under the American Bando Association. Listed below are those specialized in Hanthawaddy Yoga and it’s unique alignment with the Ko Ghan system. This system was brought to America in the late 1950’s by Maung Gyi (now Dr. U M. Gyi, Grandmaster.) It is practiced by a small group of dedicated students and teachers here in the U.S. under the auspices of the non-profit American Bando Association. Great gratitude needs to be given to Dr. Maung Gyi for sharing and restoring these systems. [Pictured below]

Dave Martinís interest in yoga started as a child when he was in India. He started teaching yoga at Ohio University in 1977. While at Ohio University and ongoing for 35 years, he has studied the Hanthawaddy Yoga and the Ko Ghan system in great detail with Dr. Maung Gyi, as outlined by Ba Than Gyi. Dave began teaching yoga around the Deep Creek area for Garrett Community College in 1982. He has taught at Big Island YWCA in Hawaii and from 2002-2006 Dave taught at Nemacolin Woodlands Resort.and Spa. His commitment is to revive these almost lost yoga systems.

Lenora Fischetti assists Dave in the Deep Creek area and has studied with him since 1992. She assists him around Deep Creek Lake.

In memory of Dr. Jim Muntean along with being an Osteopathic Doctor . He was the Medical Advisor for the American Bando Association, and has worked with Dr. Maung Gyi for many years  He was compiling a book on Letha Yoga before his passing. He will always be loved, honored and respected.


Dr. Gyi with " left to right" top row: Mark Semingson, Dr. Jim Munteen, and Dave Martin Bottom row: Natalie Boyd and April Jones


Dr. Maung Gyi's Ordination ceremony conducted by his holiness Sayadow


Dave in India

Dave Martin in India as a child.




Lenora Fischetti




Dave Martin




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