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

To cardio or not to cardio…tis the question…..

….and one I have only recently figured out.  Do I cheat on my love?? Do I trade one for the other completely?? Confusion!!! soooo like a good little analytical Virgo, I analysed, did research and of course!!!…..made a list of the reasons why I work out…

a) I like to eat, and am a die hard foodie, no eating salads for every meal, and pretending that it’s delish, been there and it didn’t work for me.

b) All the obvious health reasons, to keep away disease mainly and to maintain good health obviously.

c) i am vain enough to want to feel confident in what I wear, will be a hypocrite if I didn’t confess to this one 🙂

D) I like to sweat, get my heart rate up, get my strength and flexibility better, and metabolism revved up…..

Sooo after soul searching, asking my yoga teachers, talking to my yoga loving buddies, people who have done yoga for years, I came to the conclusion that I will not be cheating on my yoga experience, if I do cardio. It’s ok to do both and may work in tandem to make my yoga training a better one. Cardio gives me a whoosh of energy, so I can tackle volunteering, training, mommy ing, eating, drinking a bit better.

Yoga has given me a sense of calm like nothing else has, it has opened me up, my heart, my hamstrings, my psoas muscle ( this muscle is IMO the king muscle and deserves a blog post all it’s own) are all in love with the stretching, the twisting, the bending….my lungs are breathing sooo well that I will never go near a cigarette again. My kids tell me when I do yoga, I am nicer:)

Per research, yoga actually slows down metabolism, and this made me rethink all that we have been told of exercise (Hear that Jillian??), its a tool that detoxifies organs and is a proven stress and depression buster so one thinks twice before making ” bad” choices regarding food and alcohol…..I can’t drink more than one or maximum two drinks per month….just don’t want to…and I credit all this to yoga.

But…and there’s a big but……yoga doesn’t make you lose weight, atleast it didnt make me lose weight, and I have tried many forms, Vinyasa, intermediate hatha, gentle yoga, power yoga etc..Per New York Times science writer and long time yogi,William Broad, yoga lowers some common risk factors for heart disease, diabetes and blood pressure….it helps in changing the psychology of a person regarding lifestyle and life, so my love for it is stronger than ever but as he points out its not a plain old calorie buster and I need that a couple of times a week. So I do….a couple of times a week, elliptical and then yoga….so I can drink a few cocktails, eat biriyani and enjoy chocolate in bed with my daughter. Who knows, as I get deeper in the training, I may completely do away with cardio since I will not make these choices……..but until then, the elliptical beckons……..and I heed….

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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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