About The Teacher

Uma has been studying Yoga in all its forms under the guidance of her Gurus every day since she moved to Sat Manav Yoga Ashram at age 10, and she has been teaching Yoga for nearly as long. Yoga is not just her “passion”—it is her entire life. She has intensively studied and practiced Yogic spiritual sadhana (meditation, asanas, pranayamas, mudras and scripture) and also Yogic music, dance, mantras, Sanskrit chanting, mehndi art and more, all at the feet of her Guru in a traditional Guru-disciple relationship.

Today Uma is the president of the ashram’s nonprofit corporation, manager of our retreat and festival programs, and the primary organizer for ashram activities. She further devotes herself to hours of sadhana daily, cultivating the expansive awareness and energy that her ever-expanding Yogini life requires. For many years she was also the lead teacher and administrator at the ashram’s home school, which focused its curriculum on Yoga. In every moment, Uma seeks to manifest her Gurus’ vision for the ashram as an ideal Yoga practice environment for the benefit of all beings.

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