Rajashree Chakraborty Choudhury began her life of Yoga from the early age of four years. Since then, she dedicated herself to the practice and propagation of Yoga, which, consequently, motivated her towards a multi-facet career as a Yoga instructor and therapist, writer, motivational speaker, philanthropist, and as an ardent advocate for children and women. Born and brought up in Kolkata, and moving to Los Angeles at the age of nineteen, Rajashree’s background is a true blend of the East and West.
By the age of eleven, Rajashree had won several titles at the highest levels. She won the Indian National Yoga Championship for five consecutive years from 1979 to 1983. She also won the first mixed All India Championship in 1982 held under the name of Yoga master Bishnu Charan Ghosh. In 1985, Rajashree appeared in the Mrs. India and the Mrs. World Pageant and was crowned as the most photogenic person.
Rajashree’s personal experiences of success encouraged her to instill the dream of success in the youth of future generations through the practice of Yoga. She believes that introducing yoga to the children at an early age helps ameliorate or avoid several problems, which may arise as one journeys through life. Her work in charity began with Karma for Kids, which was dedicated to helping children with cancer. She currently supports Uprising Yoga, helping incarcerated youth, Team Red White and Blue, an organization that helps veterans through Yoga and other physical activities, and Aviva Family and Children’s Services, where she helps renovate and restore their Yoga studios.
In 1994, Rajashree co-founded Bikram Yoga’s Teacher Training program, and she continues to teach heated Hatha Yoga. To promote Yoga asana as a sport, Rajashree founded the United States Yoga Federation. The International Yoga Sports Federation (IYSF) is the international governing body for the sport of Yoga Asana worldwide. The mission is to promote, unify, and boost interest in Yoga Asana globally. Her book Pregnancy Yoga has earned her an international readership. With a special focus on the emotional benefits of Yoga, she advocates Yoga’s impact on not only at the physical level, but also on the mind, body, and soul.
Rajashree supports many causes locally, nationally, and internationally. With an echt passion for public service, Rajashree obtained a degree in Yoga Therapy and got certified by the International Association of Yoga Therapists. She travels worldwide conducting seminars and workshops, hosting Yoga Retreats and consulting on personal development.
Instructed by her mentors, Dr. P. S. Das and Dr. Kushala Das, and inspired by great teachers such as B.K.S. Iyengar and Paramahansa Yogananda, Rajashree has developed her own individualistic and personalized approach to Yoga, which can bring transformations into everyone’s life.