Kamini Desai, Ph.D
For the last 25 years Kamini has created unique body of teachings combining the ancient wisdom of yoga with modern psychology. Trained at Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health with degrees in Anthropology and Psychology from Smith College and La Salle University, and as daughter of one of the original yoga masters who pioneered yoga in the West, Kamini has served as Director of Wellness at Yarrow, an executive retreat center in Michigan, and on faculty of the Foxhollow Leadership Center. She is now the Education Director and Core Curriculum Developer of the Amrit Yoga Institute; a cutting edge teaching center for advanced studies in eastern philosophy. She is one of three Founding Directors of the International University of Yoga and Ayurveda with Dr. Vijay K Jain, MD and Dr. Shekhar Annambhotla. Kamini is the acclaimed author of the book, Life Lessons, Love Lessons, which is commonly described as “Eat, Pray, Love meets Sex in the City”. In an entertaining and engaging voice, Kamini draws you in to a riveting personal story that shows you how to use the teachings of yoga in everyday life. Kamini is also the author of Yoga Nidra: The Art of Transformational Sleep. Considered an expert in the inner sciences of yoga, relaxation and artful living, she is a frequent guest speaker and teacher at various nationally accredited institutions for higher learning throughout the United States. Her guided Yoga Nidra experiences have been used in various government institutions. Her insight and experience-based trainings and lectures have been welcomed in over 10 countries around the world including England, Holland, Belgium, France, Portugal, Germany, Turkey, Iceland, Italy, Jamaica, The Bahamas, Mexico and throughout the United States and Canada. In addition to her work in assisting individuals towards personal empowerment and fulfillment, Kamini’s corporate clients have included Bahamas Princess Resorts, Kellogg’s, KEDS, Sony, KPN Telecom and Mars Confectionary as well as the Department of Defense and the Internal Revenue Service of the Netherlands. Kamini sits on the Editorial Board of the Light on Ayurveda Journal, associated with the University of Massachusetts in Dartmouth. In 2012 she was awarded the title of Yogeshwari (a woman of yogic mastery) for her keen ability to bring ancient illumination to the genuine challenges of the human experience. Kamini has been featured on the cover of Natural Awakenings, in Dutch Cosmopolitan, Fit and Healthy magazine, and has published numerous articles in the United States and Europe. Kamini conducts the Amrit Yoga Teacher Training and the Yoga Nidra Professional Training at the 500-hour level for aspiring yoga teachers. Kamini is certified as an E-RYT in yoga instruction. She is also certified in contact partner yoga, Phoenix Rising yoga therapy, massage therapy, danskinetics, and holistic health education. She speaks Dutch, French, and English.