JOLLY RAIZADA

BIKRAM YOGA TEACHER

Jolly was born in India, partially raised in Botswana, and attended university in the United States. Love brought her to Chicago before relocating to San Antonio in 2016. She feels blessed to have been born in India, the birth country of Yoga. In the past few decades, yoga has moved from relative anonymity in the West to a well-recognized practice offered in thousands of studios, community centers, hospitals, and fitness clubs. Although yoga is commonly portrayed as a popular fitness trend, it’s actually the core of the Vedic science that developed in India more than five thousand years ago.

Jolly was introduced to Yoga in elementary school. Yoga was a way of life in India where apart from practicing asanas, there was a strong emphasis on the essence of yoga which is the integration of physical, emotional, and spiritual. As life would have it, she met her spiritual guru in Botswana who further deeply rooted her into yoga, which she could never disengage from thereafter. Practicing yoga brought her such sense of self awareness, bliss and focus, that one spring morning she gathered the courage to quit her job to pursue Yoga. Soon after, she attended teacher training in India held by Bikram. It felt like a sign, an epiphany!! Back to her birthplace, in the place where yoga originated, back to her roots…..

When not at the studio, Jolly loves to cook traditional Indian meals using the freshest of ingredients and spices, while applying the core principles of Ayurveda. Jolly is multilingual in various Indian languages and understands many of the chants and terms used in yoga and meditation due to her knowledge of Sanskrit.

Jolly is a self-proclaimed student at heart, a perpetual seeker of knowledge, a yogi forever.

“What you are seeking is seeking you”-Rumi