Katchie Ananda is an international yoga and dharma teacher who has been teaching as a full-time yoga teacher since 1991. She is certified in Integral, Jivamukti, Anusara, and Ashtanga yoga by Richard Freeman. A committed student of Vipassana Meditation, she has practiced with Jack Kornfield, her Buddhist teacher since 2001. The former co-founder/director of Yoga Sangha, a beloved yoga center in San Francisco dedicated to yoga and dharma, Katchie offers trainings, retreats and workshops in Europe and the USA, such as at Spirit Rock Meditation Center and Esalen Institute.
She often works with authors and activists and is dedicated to raising awareness about human and animal rights, the environment and social justice. Her leadership in yoga and social change prompted Yoga Journal to name her one of five top yoga teachers making change in the world and she volunteered for many years at San Quentin, teaching Yoga and Dharma to long-term inmates. She has brought her humor and stories to conferences, festivals and workshops all over the world and is loved by her students for her authenticity and wisdom. She lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico, with her husband Joshua and dog Leelou.
What do I do best?
I am at my best when I teach. I somehow have the ability to speak and do exactly what is needed at that moment.
What makes me the best version of myself?
My most important quality is empathy – which is what makes me a good teacher
What are my aspirations?
Personal: To find and be part of and loose fitting community based on similar life-styles, creating something together
Professional: To keep doing what I’m doing (teaching yoga, dharma and shamanism and heal with essential oils).
My Biggest Success?
To have made a real difference in people’s lives
My Most Challenging Moment?
Picking up and making a move to another place and start over – both difficult and exhilarating and a chance to re-invent myself
Wisdom tells me I’m nothing. Love tells me I’m everything. My life is a river between these two. (Sri Nisargadatta)
My Favorite People/Role Models?
Jack Kornfield, beloved friend and teacher
My Favorite Places/Destinations?
Brasil and Morocco
My Favorite Products/Objects?
Chocolate and fruit
My Current Passions?
My passion is to help us to heal our relationship to our bodies, to each other, animals and especially to our beautiful earth with whatever means (like yoga, dharma, shamanism and essential oils).