The Healing Power of Yoga (Encore)

30-mins Live Learning & Wisdom, Yoga
The Healing Power of Yoga (Encore)

About this Class

To celebrate International Yoga Day, psychotherapist Sunaina Rekhi and trauma-sensitive yoga instructor Ceasar F. Barajas join us for a conversation on the power of yoga to help us lead joyful and fulfilling lives. Previously recorded on June 16, 2022.

About the Teachers

Prakriti Poddar

Prakriti Poddar

Born in India, Prakriti Poddar was raised all over the world, moving from one country to another, from one boarding school to another. Amidst the environment changes, she remained fiercely connected to her own spirit. One constant in her life was visiting her grandmother, a prolific healer, and soothsayer who taught Prakriti faith healing before she learned how to read. While she took those lessons for granted for decades to come, she found her way back to her foundations when she began working in mental wellness in 2000. “I’m a firm believer in aligning your mind, body, and spirit as one,” she says. “Your being is more than a physical being — it is a divine being.” As the global head for mental health and wellbeing at RoundGlass, Prakriti is actively involved in creating an integrated platform for wholistic wellbeing. Constantly building communities, initiatives, and outreach for mental health awareness and support, she focuses on building peace and harmony to address mental and emotional health. She empowers people of all ages in a systematic way, addressing audiences on both private and public platforms about the mind and spirit, peace and wellbeing.
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Ceasar F Barajas

Ceasar F Barajas

Growing up as an abused, angry kid, Ceasar F. Barajas suffered multiple traumas. After spending seven years in the U.S. Navy, he found meditation when he was experiencing PTSD, anxiety and depression, and he credits his practice with being the stabilizer for both his personal and professional life — which has involved everything from working as a classically trained dancer with the likes of Jennifer Lopez and Will Smith to leading fitness classes of all kinds. “Meditation doesn’t mean to stop thinking, it asks of you to slow down," he says. "Slowing down then enables you to listen, really listen, to yourself. Meditation is just mindful thinking." Having found his calling as a trauma-sensitive certified yoga instructor, meditation teacher and breathing techniques instructor, Ceasar specializes in mindful resiliency for trauma recovery and compassion fatigue. He’s taught all over the world and served as a guest panelist and instructor at Columbia, Rutgers and Fordham universities.
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