Yoga is much more than making shapes on a mat. It is about seeking, exploring, and finding a connection within and out.
Anjali Rao is a yoga teacher, social justice activist, community organizer, multi-cultural training specialist, and a cancer survivor. She is an Indian American from Bangalore, India. Her work explores yoga philosophy and history, integrating marginalized voices using story-telling, imagery, and poetry. She centers intersectionality and critical thinking, connection and diversity of perspectives in her approach to sharing this ancestral lineage. As a multi-cultural trainer, she has worked with large technology corporations such as Intel, Cisco, Intuit on power, communication, and culture. She has collaborated with several non profits for domestic violence and cancer survivors in the Bay Area.
Being diagnosed at 37 for early-stage breast cancer, and recovery for multiple surgeries brought her to her first yoga-asana class. She knew by the end of the first class that this practice would change her life in big ways. Her passion is to share this alchemical practice and philosophy with people across ages, genders, and abilities. Growing up in India, karma and bhakti yoga was a way of life; thus, community service, seva, and chanting is a part of her yoga practice and teaching philosophy.
She facilitates programs integrating social justice and yoga. She is also a guest faculty in various teacher training programs and is a speaker at yoga and wellness conferences. She serves on the Board for HERS Breast Cancer Foundation, a non profit that helps survivors and those going through treatment regardless of financial status. She is a lifelong student of Indian classical dance, a sucker for puppies, loves dark chocolate, the ocean and old trees.