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

Let’s start at the very beginning…..

I want to teach yoga. I want to help transform lives and help people live their best lives. Very Oprah esque, I know…Pfftt!! It is a lofty goal, an ambition that may sound arrogant, but there it is!! It’s my passion and I want to share that fire with you.

My life changed 2 years, 7 months ago. I was in the best shape of my life, cranking out earnestly burpees and jumping jacks, pounding weights to Jillian Michael’s benevolently pushy admonitions. My first mammogram revealed a precancerous lesion in my breast at 37 ( thank you Dr. Menon for pushing me to get that coz of suspected family history).

To say that this diagnosis plunged me into fear, depression and anxiety would not be an exaggeration. I was doing everything right!!! I was a healthy eater, my physician marveled at my core strength after birthing two kids,not a smoker, a social drinker….how in the effing world did this happen???

Since I was a mom of two, and wanted to stick around until I could be a cantankerous grand mom, I decided to undergo a mastectomy ( Angelina Jolie made this choice a powerful one recently, and I applaud her honesty in talking about this). After reconstruction, I now have boobs that can never sag…howzzat for a side effect?? 🙂

How does this lead into yoga??? Coz I wanted a modality that will help the new me be calm, be joyful and not just survive, but thrive!!

After a year of yoga classes at my local studio, I am now a teacher in training…..and I want to share this journey in hopes of it inspiring you in your journey into good health.

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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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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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