About Nischala Joy Devi

NISCHALA JOY DEVI is a masterful teacher and healer. For many years she has been highly respected as an international advocate for her innovative way of expressing Yoga and its subtle uses for spiritual growth and complete healing. Her dynamic delivery and deep inner conviction empower each individual, allowing the teachings to expand beyond boundaries and limitations of any one tradition, enabling her to touch people’s hearts. 

She was graced to spend many years as a monastic disciple with the world renowned Yogiraj Sri Swami Satchidanandaji, receiving his direct guidance and teachings. She also was blessed with teachings from great Yoga masters in the US, India, and worldwide. 

Originally trained in western medicine, she began to blend western medicine with Yoga, offered her expertise in developing the yoga portion of The Dean Ornish Program for Reversing Heart Disease, and co-founded the awardwinning Commonweal Cancer Help Program. Her book, The Healing Path of Yoga, expresses these teachings. 

With her knowledge of Yoga and her experience in assisting those with life-threatening diseases, she created Yoga of the Heart, a training and certification program for Yoga teachers and health professionals, designed to adapt Yoga practices to the special needs of that population. 

She is dedicated to bringing the Feminine back into spirituality and the scriptures in her book, The Secret Power of Yoga, A Woman’s Guide to the Heart and Spirit of the Yoga Sutras and the Secret Power of Yoga audio book (Nautilus Book Award Winner). 

Understanding the need for more love and compassion in today’s world, The Namaste Effect, her most recent book, explores a heart-centered way of living through the mystical chakras. 

When not traveling and teaching, she lives with her husband in Arizona and Virginia.  

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