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

Of Keith Richards, Kathak and Drishti….

Nope!! I haven’t lost it….yet!! 🙂 Keith, Kathak and Dristhi are spools of thread in my brain that I will unravel in a bit…but before that, let me weave a yarn of a girl with her yoga mat in her first day of yoga teacher training…

She enters a lovely, spacious room filled with light, walls in muted, earthy tones, excited to start this adventure. She has done yoga for a year, knows her body has been through some nips and tucks but thinks she can rock this….twenty yoga mats are placed perfectly in the room and as she gazes around, her heart dips….these peeps are ribbed, chiselled, glowing…standing on their heads, balancing on their hands, perching on their shoulders…. getting their yoga groove on….bliss on their faces!!! Say whaaaa???? Her yoga teacher had said that she is ready, and is eligible for this training….whaddishethinking????

Ahem!! That was my first day, and I remember my Kathak training kicked into action,” where the hand goes, the gaze follows, where the gaze follows, the mind focuses”…. I decide to focus on my Dristhi, my gaze and use it as a tool to center myself…..so what if the petite brunette next to me has taught yoga and “relaxes” with her feet above her head…that is my intention, I will not look anywhere else….but experience this for myself…..it’s my body and it has it’s own story….

What has Keith got to do with this story?? I read his comment today on how his ” radar is on…always on”  and this spurred me to think, yes it is on and if we direct this radar or Drishti on ourselves and not compare to the girl next door……we will rock our journeys better….

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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.

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