Lakshmi is the lead instructor of Satya Yoga Cooperative’s 200 hour Yoga Immersion/Teacher Training Program for People of Color. She also teaches workshops and series throughout the year. She is available for private and group yoga instruction.
Class Style: My preferred style of yoga is slow-paced and gentle. I offer a practice that incorporates classical yoga tenets focused on unwinding accumulated stress from the body, activating the restorative power of the parasympathetic nervous system, and developing subtle awareness. I aim to leave my participants feeling nurtured, relaxed, and restored with spines lengthened and limber!
In 2014, I started Satya Yoga Immersion for People of Color, the country’s first and perhaps only yoga immersion and teacher training program exclusively for people of color in response to a deep need to create a yoga space that felt aligned with my Truth. I named it Satya because Satya means Truth and I wanted a reminder to stay true to what yoga means to me, which I could not find reflected out there in the yoga world. And also because Satya is my grandmother’s name. Today Satya Yoga Immersion has grown into Satya Yoga Cooperative, a POC owned yoga cooperative offering yoga as a means of personal and collective liberation.
Having been steeped in the stories and philosophy of yoga and Ayurveda from a young age, I formally studied yoga at Vivekananda Yoga Kendra and Kaivalyadhama Ashram in India in 2002. I also attended 4 years of graduate study in South Asian Studies at UC Berkeley, where I studied Sanskrit, Tamil, and contemporary South Asian literature. I have been teaching yoga in Denver since 2005, focusing primarily on gentle, prenatal, Trauma Sensitive Yoga and teacher training.
In 2016, I had the opportunity to present about our POC Yoga Immersion at the 3rd annual Race and Yoga Conference at Mills College in Oakland, California and I also spoke on the deeply anti-colonial dream that was at the heart of Yoga’s journey to the West at the Center for Trauma and Resilience's Diversifying Your Practice Symposium in Denver. I have written about my experiences as a South Asian American yoga teacher and about my journey to POC yoga in the Yoga and Body Coalition’s new book Yoga Rising: 30 Empowering Stories from Yoga Renegades for Every Body, edited by Melanie Klein, available via Llewelyn Worldwide.