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 precarious, precious thing…

Balance. I know that is precarious and precious. And evasive and much sought after, its absence felt keenly and its presence imperative in my life. As we move onto 2014, I have been reflecting on this, evaluating where I need more of anything and editing out the unnecessary.

I have always strived and yearned for balance in my life. Balance between a night of decadent indulgences and the austere morning of yoga, balance between cardio and pranayama, balance between looking good and knowing that it’s not representative of the internal life that I seek, balance between wanting to be a carefree traveller and being grounded in the reality that is my awesome life, balance between Walter White and Patanjali.

Yoga has helped me get there, rather is helping me achieve, maintain and sustain this precious and precarious thing. If I were to extend the metaphor of balancing asanas  and what they they have helped me learn, I could summarize thus:

Be grounded, be real: in Vrukshasana or Tree pose, one leg is firm and strong while the other is bent, the leg that is grounded is the “brain” of the pose, and only when that is strong enough to withstand, one can fully bend the other leg, pull it towards and rest it on the grounded leg. Having unrealistic expectations of oneself and our endless quest for the ” perfect life” can throw us out of balance. Lets keep it real!! Ground ourselves in our reality, not our neighbors  and enjoy the flight.

If you fall down, just get up and do it again and again: Many a time have I fallen down and I still do. And every time I conquer an inch, it’s sweet!! 🙂 The parallels are obvious to how we can overcome and view our obstacles in our journeys.

Strengthen our core: Most of the balancing asanas strengthen and tone the core. I have learned that friends and family who help me write my inner dialogue are a party to this life experience and I try to choose my script writers well. Life changing and liberating!

As I pick out my outfit for the New Year’s Eve and prepare for a night of movement and music, I will be drawing on the morning of stillness and silence. Happy 2014 everyone!! May you find your internal scale of balance.

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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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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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