My Name..........Priya Jhawar
My Home..........Austin, TX
My Career..........Formerly High-Strung Business Litigation Attorney, Currently Blissed-Out Yoga Teacher.
My Training..........I currently train with my guru, Sri R. Sharath Jois, at the K. Pattabhi Jois Ashtanga Yoga Institute (KPJAYI) in Mysore, India, and have received Level 2 Authorization to teach the Ashtanga Yoga Method. In the summer of 2014, I completed a 200-hour apprenticeship with KPJAYI Authorized Level 2 teacher, Angela Jamison, assisting in her Shala in Ann Arbor, Michigan. I have also formerly completed 500-hour Yoga Alliance Teacher Trainings with Caroline Klebl, who studied with Sri K. Pattabhi Jois in Mysore over the course of nine years. I am a Registered Yoga Teacher (E-RYT 500) with Yoga Alliance.
My Yoga..........I first started yoga when I went off to law school, and have steadily deepened my practice since 2001. I practice and teach classes in the Ashtanga Vinyasa tradition. I love the physical challenge of the practice, as well as its calming effects. It is an energizing and deeply purifying form of yoga therapy. Linking each movement with oujaii breath, my yoga is a moving meditation.
My Journey..........My mother was the first person to spark my interest in yoga and meditation, as she took much interest in these practices herself. At a young age, I became fluent in Hindi, studied classical Sanskrit texts, such as the Bhagavad Gita, and started to learn about yoga philosophy. After completing my training and certification in classical Bharatanatyam (Indian) Dance, I began to cultivate an asana practice (the physical postures of yoga) in 2001. Throughout law school and in my career as a litigation attorney, I found yoga to provide the relief I needed from the daily stress of my job. Having fought many long and hard battles in and out of the courtroom, yoga taught me the beauty of surrender. In 2009, I decided to leave the practice of law to pursue teaching yoga full time, with the goal of helping others realize the physical, mental, and spiritual benefits of yoga.
My Loves..........my husband, Darshan, my dearest nieces, our family and friends.
My Interests..........yoga, climbing, the outdoors, adventure, traveling, mountaineering, skiing, scuba, soccer, dance, and music.
My Goals..........to live a balanced life, and use yoga to transform myself and others.