Born in Kolkata, living in Los Angeles since age 19, Rajashree Choudhury’s background is a true blend of East and West. Inspired by Yoga competitions at an early age, Rajashree won several titles by age 11. This experience shaped her life’s dream of encouraging youth to practice yoga and to promote yoga asana as a sport.
Her personal and professional goal is to embrace, embody and empower all through the practice of Hatha yoga. She became a yoga instructorto connect with people on an emotional level through teaching the practice of Hatha Yoga. To become a yoga instructor is a type of Karma Yoga-a public service, as well a personal journey.
She teaches Bikram Yoga at BYCOI Headquarters and BYCOI teacher training, including a special class on the Health Benefits of Yoga. Worldwide she leads workshops on her own Pregnancy Yoga Series, and Women’s Health, with a special emphasis on the emotions.
Inspired by her personal teachers, Dr. P. S. Das, and Dr. Kushala Das, as well other great teachers including B. K. S. Iyengar, Paramahansa Yogananda. Rajashree is led by her heart and bytransformations that yoga brings to people’s lives.
She is also the founder of the United States Yoga Federation, a non-profit that promotes yoga-asana as a sport and also The International Yoga Sports Federation.
“Yoga means union. May yoga unite you with yourself, your breath, your body and the new life you are creating.”
"Much of the work I have done promoting yoga as a sport has been fired by my desire to inspire youth to practice yoga."
A much more recent goal is to promote women’s physical and psychological health through the practice of yoga. She has developed a workshop specifically for women that shows how yoga and psychotherapy balances the energy of the human body. Yoga can impact disease, and focuses on the important linkages between body and mind that lead to the prevention of disease.