Anuradha Bhagwati, RYT-500
A native New Yorker, Anu served as an officer in the United States Marine Corps from 1999 – 2004. She discovered yoga in 2000 and began teaching yoga to Marines at the School of Infantry at Camp LeJeune in 2004. After leaving the Marines, Anu re-immersed herself in yoga while seeking treatment for physical and emotional injuries related to her military service. She became certified as a yoga instructor by Integral Yoga Institute in 2008 and founded Yoga for Veterans NYC shortly thereafter. Anu has been certified in Level 1 and 2 Therapeutic Yoga training by Cheri Clampett and Arturo Peal, and is also a Level 1 iRest Yoga Nidra teacher. A dedicated student of vipassana meditation, Anu is a graduate of Spirit Rock’s Mindfulness Yoga and Meditation Training. Anu is particularly fond of teaching yoga and meditation to veterans with injuries and other life curveballs. Yoga and meditation have helped her manage chronic pain, release stress and anger, find compassion and patience, and have fun. Teaching yoga and meditation to veterans is her favorite part of the week.
In her other life, Anu is a student in the Chef’s Training Program at the Natural Gourmet Institute for Health and Culinary Arts in NYC. She is also the Founder and former Executive Director of Service Women’s Action Network, an award-winning nonprofit organization devoted to transforming military culture and policy. Anu is currently completing a memoir. She loves open water swimming, dogs, and flying trapeze. You can follow her on twitter at @AnuBhagwati.
Sarah is originally from Gary, Indiana, by way of Chicago, IL. She has lived in New York City since 2008. Sarah enlisted as a mechanic in the Army National Guard in 1994, and went “full-time” Army at Fort Hood, TX from 1998 – 2001. Sarah became interested in yoga in 2010 as a way to help ease chronic injuries from both a physical and emotional approach. With sponsorship from Service Women’s Action Network (SWAN), Sarah finished her teacher training at Integral Yoga Institute in June 2011 and has been teaching yoga to veterans ever since. The practice of yoga, meditation and mindfulness — working on breathing, posture, self-awareness, and living in the present moment — has made powerful contributions to an improved quality of life for her. Sarah is enthusiastic about sharing what she has learned with other veterans in need of relaxing and healing the mind and body. She is also pleased about incorporating yoga and meditation to reduce the harmful impacts of chronic stress on health, into her work as a nutritionist and public health professional.