Welcome to Yoganjali

Yoga is much more than making shapes on a mat. It is about seeking, exploring, and finding a connection within and out.

Yoga is a multi-dimensional practice with the potential to enrich our lives in every way and should be made accessible to everyone. It can be profoundly transformative, helping lead lives of balance, self-awareness, clarity, and joy. The practice on the mat can help us reveal who we are off the mat.

I discovered yoga after undergoing surgery for early-stage breast cancer. By the end of my first class, I was in love! The experience gave me an intimate connection with my body, which needed healing from within. 

I knew that this practice would be in my life forever and truly started my journey. After completing the 200-hours Yoga Teacher Training at Mind Body Zone, my goal of helping others overcome health challenges brought me to an apprenticeship with my teacher and mentor: Lorien Neargarder, who taught "Yoga for Cancer Survivors and Patients" at the Stanford Cancer Care Program. After completing the 500-hours Yoga Teacher Training at Breathe Together with Jennifer Prugh who has influenced my life deeply, both on and off the mat, I now am on the faculty of teacher training programs, focussing on Yoga Philosophy

My teaching incorporates all that I learn in human anatomy, yoga philosophy, mindfulness practices, and abiding love of Indian classical dance. I teach Yoga Basics for Stanford Cancer Care, Wellness Yoga at Washington Hospital, and Vinyasa Yoga for corporate and private clients in the San Francisco Bay Area.

I believe in “seva” (service): giving back to the community. Volunteering with grass-root level organizations especially for women and participating as a citizen are integral parts of my life. I am a Board Member at HERS Breast Cancer Foundation, a non-profit that serves patients and survivors from all walks of life. 

My intention is to continue sharing what I know, empowering you and me on our paths and learning as long as I live. 

Thank you for reading. Namaste. 

Anjali Rao

 
 
  • Anjali Rao

…a cup that overflows…

Yoga is my cup of steaming, gingery masala chai. And it is full. And I want to share it.

On this blustery, rainy ( finally!!) morning, as I sip my warm brew and reflect  on this Give back Tuesday, my resolve to use this beautiful tool in a way that makes a difference in others lives is stronger than ever. I am a Yoga teacher. And just that simple sentence means that I have accepted that I know enough to share. I remember a time when I asked my teacher, I have no idea what I will do with this knowledge, this effort, this skill. She, in her infinite patience, said it will come to you. You will know when you are ready how you will use this. And she is right. At this moment, Maya Angelou’s what you get, give, what you learn, teach is a powerful and simple mantra that represents all that is sacred and true.

I do believe that when one puts in energy and effort towards a goal, the Universe, in avatars of humanity,  transpires to make things happen. I feel I am being drawn towards sharing this joy of Yoga with the people who need it the most as a tool for empowerment or coping with serious illness. In the past few weeks, I have seen it transforming, connecting and helping release long held stress and strife. I see my teachers and mentors and co Yogis who are doing this in a quiet and graceful way.

There is a lot of criticism about how Yoga is now a fitness industry, a million dollar glamor shark, a beautiful, designer tight wearing, shallow enthusiast with no soul, and essence. And while I cannot deny this, I am honored to be a witness and a participant to another side. The dedicated teacher who quietly encourages a student to let go of emotions and start healing, the teacher who holds free classes for students who are going through chemo on Thanksgiving, the teacher who allows a new, freshly minted teacher to use the studio for a fund raiser, the teacher who encourages another teacher by sharing information freely without any expectation, the teacher who has taught for 15 years who introduces a fresh off the registry teacher as her equal……and many, many more.

There is another side to Yoga in the U.S, and my cup overflows. And I want to share.

Upcoming events you don't want to miss!

 

Introducing The Refresh

Daily Self-Care practices @ Work

A self-care workshop designed for the busy professional bringing together ancient Yoga practices to create a self-care plan that works for you. We will create, discuss, and apply specific breathing exercises, simple movements, and mindfulness techniques to cultivate a  sense of well being.

Contact yoganjali@gmail.com for more info and to sign up!

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I'd love to hear from you.

Thanks for your interest in Yoganjali. For more information, feel free to get in touch and I will get back to you soon!

 
 

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