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Jagriti Vanam


Jagriti Vanam

Jagriti received her RYT-500 advanced yoga certification and Yoga for Children and Teens certification after attending an intense and comprehensive teacher training program at the Yoga Garden in Apex, NC. The program was conducted by Dharma Richards who is the founder of Yoga Gardens.  Jagriti is a sophomore student at North Carolina State University, pursuing a B.S in Biology. Jagriti is a vibrant young spirit with a seasoned foundation and background in the Science of Yoga.

Every summer since 2011, Jagriti has attended yogic discourses from Swami Anubhavandan at Hindu Society Temple of North Carolina. She also volunteered at the local temple for various service opportunities.
During the time-constrained teacher training program, she managed to become trained in the arts of Reiki as well. Later on, she became a Reiki first degree and second degree instructor. From time-to-time, Jagriti leads Reiki sessions at Yoga Gardens.

She was first introduced to yoga when she was in middle school. Every morning, her grandfather made practicing yoga seem like a fun ritual. She loved that idea and soon stuck onto her newly discovered passion.
Most recently, she has visited local elementary schools and taught yoga classes to not only bring awareness about yoga but also get children more active. Jagriti also teaches yoga to the children in her neighborhood during summertime emphasizing the importance of yoga and how it can help keep the body fit and strong and make the mind sharp and calm. She is very passionate about yoga and wants to reach out to the younger generation and promote yoga as a way of life to nurture their mind and intellect.

Having a great passion for helping kids, Jagriti at the age of 14 started volunteering at a daycare center and introduced the topic of yoga to preschoolers. From her early middle school days, Jagriti has always tried to spend time with children in an effort to understand their perspective of the world through their eyes.

500-hour yoga teacher training experience

In this advanced training, I refined my knowledge of anatomy, pranayama, yoga sutras, and the Science of Ayurveda. I have also received in-depth education on Kundalini yoga. In the 500-hour training, I have absorbed different teaching techniques from advanced teachers. I was intrigued by the book, “Teaching Yoga” as it had opened a new branch of yoga for me, that of " yoga ethics".
This program has also deepened my personal practice to include more advanced core strengthening asanas as well as a range of meditation methods. The program has also helped me improve my alignment, asana knowledge in understanding the use of posture variations, and strengthened my teaching disciplines.

Jagriti's contact information:; 919 601 2997

What to expect in the children’s class:

  1. Classes explore yoga poses, breathing exercises, visual imagery and relaxation techniques
  2. Focus on moral importance and understanding of the foundations of yoga
  3. Introduce some yoga principles such as the Eight Limbs of Yoga
  4. Teach meditation skills and methods
  5. Partner poses and cooperative yoga games inspire peer interactions that can help them in their everyday lives

What to expect in teen’s class

  1. Understand yoga concepts and how the practice of yoga can guide them smoothly through the tender teen years
  2. Classes integrate traditional yoga poses, flowing sequences, breathing exercises, deep-relaxation and meditation techniques as well as self-reflection.
  3. Gain a deeper understanding of the physical and philosophical aspects of yoga.
  4. Develop body and mind strength and flexibility through yoga poses, breathing exercises, meditation and relaxation
  5. Tools for stress management