Our teacher of the month for July is Sujana Bhattacharyya!
Raised in the San Francisco Bay Area, Sujana has had a longstanding inquiry of how to optimize healing and social justice. As such, her professional interests led her to the East Coast to become a doctor, while her spiritual aspirations led her to yoga and Ayurveda, the ancient Indian system of medicine and well-being. She discovered that practicing yoga brought her a sense of wholeness, and that yogic philosophy provided a remarkable blueprint with which to live life with integrity.
Wanting to extend this healing modality to her patients and community, she completed her 200-hour yoga teacher training at Three Sisters Yoga, a school that encourages teaching yoga to diverse populations. Under the instruction of wonderful teachers and mentors, including Jen Whinnen and Krissy Shields, she learned to teach an alignment-focused and non-judgmental style of vinyasa yoga.
As a physician in training, Sujana believes yoga should be accessible to everyone. Thus she has focused on bringing yoga to communities that cannot access yoga due to limited resources. This passion eventually led her to discover Kula for Karma, which was recommended by a friend and fellow yoga instructor. At Kula, she has primarily taught at Integrity House, which she says has been an utmost privilege. Every week, women in different stages of their recovery are encouraged to show up just as they are. Sujana strives to bring calmness, strength, healing, joy, and an aromatic mini-massage to each of her classes, with the intention that every student leaves feeling relaxed and loved.
Thank you, Sujana, for the love and care you bring to your work for Kula!