Ganesh Giri Jaya

RYT 200; Senior Yoga Instructor, Resident

Ganesh has been practicing yoga and meditation since 1998. He has studied Ashtanga and Power Yoga with David Swenson, Bryan Kest, Adele Gale, John Meredith and Tommy Moss. In 2000 he met and began to study with Swami Jaya Devi Bhagavati, and in 2001 began to study also with Ma Jaya Sati Bhagavati. Ganesh went on to complete Kashi Atlanta’s Classical Yoga Teacher Training in 2004, and again in 2006. In 2010 he completed Kashi Ashram’s 200 hour Kali Natha Yoga Teacher Training under his beloved guru Ma Jaya and Swami Jaya Devi.

Ganesh began teaching at Kashi Atlanta in 2003 and has been a Senior Instructor at Kashi Atlanta for many years, helping to instruct participants in Kashi Atlanta’s Classical Yoga Teacher Training. Having taught beginner’s yoga at Kashi Atlanta for well over a decade, teaching beginners is something he really enjoys: “Yoga is something anyone can do; helping folks realize that they can benefit greatly from yoga, regardless of their skill level, is very gratifying. Yoga has something for everyone!”

Ganesh is also an accomplished musician, and has worked as a freelance drummer, singer, and bandleader for many years. He has studied kirtan (devotional chanting) with Swami Jaya Devi and Ma Jaya Sati Bhagavati since 2001, and is the leader of Kashi Atlanta's own Kirtan Wallas. Since 2009 he has worked for Yacht Rock Revue, as director of their overflow act, Yacht Rock Schooner, and has been producing shows and tributes under his own brand, Elephant Mouse, since 2015. He is also bandleader of Shakta, a pop-influenced jazz experiment started in 2016.

Ganesh has been a resident of Kashi Atlanta Ashram since its establishment in 2002, and is a proud papa, and grateful husband to Sodashi Jaya.