Annika Amala Jaya Kappenstein

E-RYT 200, RYT 500, YACEP; Senior Teacher; Resident

Amala Jaya (Annika Kappenstein; she/her or they/their) found her way to Kashi Atlanta, and to the path of yoga, in Spring of 2011. She completed Kashi’s Classical Yoga Teacher Training program with her beloved teacher Swami Jaya Devi in 2012 and served the ashram as an apprentice during the following year. In 2017 she graduated from Kashi School of Yoga’s 300-hour Kali Natha Yoga Teacher Training program. She teaches group classes and is available for private yoga and meditation instruction.

Amala is a Professor of Graphic Design at the Lamar Dodd School of Art, Georgia University, and is involved in the ashram’s design, branding and marketing efforts.
As a self-defined non-binary person Amala is active in the local transgender community and leads Kashi’s weekly Trans & Queer Yoga class / support group meeting.

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