Ambika Selvan is a registered yoga teacher with Yoga Alliance, and has been intensively studying, performing and playing in the movement world for over 30 years.
Ambika started dancing at age 5 and practicing Hatha yoga at age 9. Her yoga practice dropped away for a while as she turned her whole attention to dance. Growing up in the San Francisco Bay Area gave her many opportunities to take advantage of the rich ballet, jazz, and modern dance training offered there.
In the summer of 2015, Ambika became a licensed physical therapist assistant and is currently working in a few different settings to learn as much as possible about the physical therapy needs of different populations. The knowledge she gained to work in this field has made Ambika’s yoga practice and teaching even more mindful and focused on finding the right balance for your body each day.
Ambika feels blessed every day that she can practice yoga and share what she has learned with other people. She is inspired by each and every person who takes steps towards an open body, heart, and mind. A wife and mother, Ambika also enjoys performing dance, reading, and sharing adventures in food with her friends and family.
Ambika has danced professionally with the Sacramento Ballet in CA and Spectrum Dance Theater in Seattle, Washington, and is a founding member of ahdanco in Oakland, California. She has been awarded scholarships and trained at the Alvin Alley Dance School in New York City, Gus Giordano Jazz Dance Studio in Chicago and Contra Costa Ballet School in Northern California.
Ambika rediscovered yoga in the Vinyasa form after the birth of her first daughter and she was hooked. Yoga helped her body heal and stay healthy after years of dance injuries and nine months carrying a child. She loved the way yoga strengthened the body as it calmed the mind. Eager to share this priceless gift with anyone who would listen, she decided to become a teacher, graduating in 2008 from Leah Gillman’s Barefoot Movement teacher certification course in Oakland, CA.