[image type=”rounded” float=”left” info=”none” info_place=”top” info_trigger=”hover” src=”664″][image type=”none” float=”right” link=”true” target=”blank” info=”none” info_place=”top” info_trigger=”hover” src=”297″ style=”width:150px; height:150px;” href=”https://www.yogaalliance.org/TeacherPublicProfile?tid=3496″ title=”Arundhati”] Arundhati Baitmangalkar, Founder and Lead Teacher of Aham Yoga, is a prolific yoga writer, international teacher and presenter, and an eternal student of classical yoga.
Arundhati Baitmangalkar came to yoga after six years of teaching Bollywood dance in India. She took to yoga instantly and began to pursue a long and rewarding journey through her practice that now flows over onto her many loving students. Before moving to the Seattle area, her thirst for the knowledge and authenticity of yoga led her to some of the best schools and yoga masters in India. She completed her 500 hour Teacher Training under Yogacharya Bharath Shetty from Yoga Indea Mysore, and an additional 200 hour training from Atmayaan in Bangalore. From the East to the West, she brings with her a truly holistic practice combining Hatha and Vinyasa style yoga practice that is not limited to anybody.
With her 10+ years of teaching yoga, Arundhati considers herself an eternal student as she continues to study with her teachers, including senior Iyengar teacher HS Arun from Bangalore and the legendary Geeta Iyengar in Pune, India. She returns to India annually to renew her roots and deepen her own practice.
Believing deeply that the practice of yoga is accessible to all, Arundhati strives to express her knowledge and teachings to everybody around her in a way that can be easily understood. Having taught yoga in India for several years, she now runs and teaches at Aham Yoga, in Redmond, WA, a studio that has evolved with it’s incredible community. It is through this creation that she reaches out to the local community and shares her knowledge and experience of yoga. Her classes are engaging, thorough, and consistent, helping build the practitioner’s knowledge of yoga through practice, hard work and dialogue. Aham Yoga offers a variety of group classes, private sessions, workshops, teacher trainings, retreats, and intensives, covering diverse topics from asana and pranayama, to kriyas and philosophy.
Arundhati is a passionate writer, both online and in print (Seattle Yoga News, India Currents, and featured in Yoga Journal Russia). She presents at yoga conferences and conducts workshops and master classes in the U.S. and India. Today, Arundhati is a well-recognized member in local yoga circles. She also runs her own Bollywood dance school called BollyWorks.
Coming from a fitness background in her teenage years, and a lifetime of creative experience, Jamie found yoga at a time when she needed it most. Once the magic of her yoga journey began to take hold of her, there was no turning back. After leaving her hometown in New Jersey when she was 22, she found herself working in Germany and traveling through Europe for most of her 20’s. She returned to the US in 2014, but not before taking several months in India to explore some of the depths she had yet to discover in Yoga and Ayurveda. She completed her 200 Hour Teacher Training, and several Ayurveda Courses, at Santhi Yoga Institute in Kerala, India. Since her move to Redmond, she works to use her creative skills in writing and technical communications, as studied at Arizona State University, to carry the effects of her practice off the mat and into the minds and bodies of her students and/or her readers.
“The practice of yoga does not turn anybody away from the mat – there is something there for everybody.”
Allison came to yoga some time in 2010 where she began taking part in small private classes out of her neighbor’s home. Since then, she has graduated with Aham Yoga’s 200 Hour Yoga Teacher Training (YTT) in 2016 as a well-trained and passionate Yoga instructor. Always working towards a stronger and healthier version of herself, Allison aims to set the example that a regular yoga practice can influence the quality of one’s life now as well as in the future – something she experiences personally every day as she evolves within her own practice. “Yoga is enriching my life by keeping me feeling healthy and vibrant. I tell my friends that as I age, I am getting stronger and more flexible – how awesome is that?”
During the day, Allison works as an Outreach Coordinator for a local municipality. Her job is all about connecting people with non-profits, and getting others excited by getting them what they need in order to move forward in their lives. Notice the trend? She takes this joy and gratitude with her to the studio, where she provides a clean, no nonsense, and honest approach to a healthier and balanced lifestyle through her yoga teaching, helping people connect and reconnect with themselves in order to do so.
When she is not on the mat or at work, you can often find Allison spending time with her loving family, and her two darling little dogs (who love a good at-home yoga practice). Having grown up spending lots of time at the beach, the San Juan Islands remains one of her favorite places to visit.