Swami Jaya Devi Bhagavati is the executive director of Kashi Atlanta. She has been voted the Best Yoga Instructor in Atlanta annually since 2006 in the Creative Loafing survey.
Swami Jaya Devi has taught yoga and meditation all over the world. Since 2003, Swami Jaya Devi has developed and conducted Kashi Atlanta’s Classical Yoga Teacher Training, which has graduated over 150 Yoga Alliance Registered Yoga Teachers at the 200-hour level.
Swami Jaya Devi has studied yoga, meditation and healing in depth since 1985. The focus of Jaya Devi’s training has been in Hatha, Kundalini and Kali Natha yogas. She is a Registered Yoga Teacher with the Yoga Alliance at the 500-hour level, a Certified Yoga Teacher through The Kundalini Research Institute, 3HO International Kundalini Yoga Teachers Association, Amrit Yoga Institute, as well as a Senior Teacher of Kali Natha Yoga. Swami Jaya Devi is a member of the Dattatreya Saraswati Kali order of Sanyas in the lineage of Ma Jaya Sati Bhagavati and the Kashi Foundation, and a close student of Ma Jaya at Kashi Ashram in Sebastian, Florida. She was given the title Yoga Acharya which means “master teacher of yoga” in 2007.
Since 1992, Swami Jaya Devi has taught yoga extensively and to a wide range of audiences – from international interfaith conferences, corporations and hospitals to meditation centers and yoga studios. The author of the Classical Yoga Teachers Training Manual, Swami Jaya Devi initiated the first Immune Yoga for AIDS and HIV in the Southeast, and founded Kashi Atlanta’s Street Meals program. Her well-rounded classical style is approachable while still maintaining the great depth of an authentic practice. Throughout her teachings, Swami Jaya Devi emphasizes personal depth, compassion, awareness and open-heartedness.