Acharya Swami Jaya Devi
Spiritual Director, E-RYT 500, YACEP
Acharya Swami Jaya Devi Bhagavati is the Spiritual Director of Kashi Atlanta. She has been voted the Best Yoga Instructor in Atlanta annually since 2006 in the Creative Loafing survey. Acharya Swami Jaya Devi has taught yoga and meditation all over the world. In 2003, she created and continues to lead Kashi Atlanta’s Classical Yoga Teacher Training, which has graduated over 300 Yoga Alliance Registered Yoga Teachers at the 200-hour level.
Acharya Swami Jaya Devi has studied yoga, meditation and healing in depth since 1985, focusing on Hatha, Kundalini and Kali Natha Yogas. She has certifications through The Kundalini Research Institute, 3HO International Kundalini Yoga Teachers Association, Amrit Yoga Institute, as well as being a Senior Teacher of Kali Natha Yoga. Acharya 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. The title Acharya means “master teacher.”
Since 1992, Acharya Swami Jaya Devi has taught yoga and meditation 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 “Kashi Atlanta Classical Yoga Teacher Training Manual”, Acharya Swami Jaya Devi initiated the first Immune Yoga for AIDS and HIV program 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, Acharya Swami Jaya Devi emphasizes personal depth, compassion, awareness and open-heartedness.