Manju is a yoga sceptic.
Born in India to a Yoga teacher mother, Manju came to her Yoga practice fashionably late. Although she attended intensive Yoga classes as a child and teenager at the oldest Yoga institute in India, it was not exactly love at first sight. Manju has a long, amusing, and often fraught relationship with Yoga. She stumbled into her first Kundalini class in the United States in 2019, was hooked. Manju practices and teaches Kundalini Yoga at Lighthouse Yoga in DC.
In 2021, Manju completed her Kundalini Yoga Level 1 Teacher Training with aspiring teachers from across the planet, the first global KRI program of its kind. Being one of three Americans within a global training program with Bangladeshi, Egyptian, Italian, Lebanese, Nicaraguan, Palestinian, Saudi Arabian, and South African colleagues heightened Manju's awareness of her own privilege, and allowed her to scrutinize her own practice through a social justice lens.
As a Yoga teacher, Manju's practice is grounded in a desire for equity, justice, emotional and mental well-being. She believes in channeling Yoga as a tool to connect with her conscience and express gratitude for the body's ability to heal. Manju brings her spirit of play, body positivity and radical self-love to classes. Describing herself as a perpetual novice, she centers curiosity and brings her creativity as a visual artist to her practice incorporating color, naad and mantras. She resists the problematic cultural appropriation surrounding Yoga by committing to authenticity in the studio.
Manju invites you to consider Yoga as a tool to recharge, resist and rebel.
Check out Manju's upcoming Kundalini offerings at Lighthouse Yoga.
To schedule a private session with Manju, reach out here.