Apart from being a media maker Vandana is also a qualified yoga ‘acharya’(scholar) from the Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Center in India. Vandana has completed training's in Reiki and EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique). She started yoga at the age of 21 and it has been a part of her life ever since. In 2006 she completed the 10 day silent 'Vipassana' Insight meditation course from Dharamkot, India. While in New York City Vandana took classes in various styles of yoga and also taught yoga to children as part of an after school program in Brooklyn.
Vandana won the Davis Peace Project for her project Stretching Towards Peace which focused on yoga and meditation as a counter to youth violence in post conflict areas around the world. In the summer of 2008 she traveled to Sombor, a small town on the border of Serbia, Hungary and Croatia and conducted a two week program for Serbian youth of two age groups.
Vandana has taught yoga and meditation in India, Europe and New York with a classical Hatha yoga style mixed with other influences for over 10 years now. She is currently based in Bozeman, Montana with her husband and baby boy. In 2017 she started Prana Buzz an organization that focuses on yoga and art related events in unconventional spaces.
Prana Buzz aims to build community around yoga and art related pop up events.
A portion of proceeds go towards helping homeless children in India. The goal is to take our good energy (prana) and spread it globally to those in need.
SOME OF VANDANA'S PREVIOUS CLASSES AND WORKSHOPS
STRETCHING TOWARDS PEACE
Awarded the 2008 Davis Peace Project.
Vandana traveled to Sombor, Serbia in the summer of 2008 to teach yoga, meditation and art to Serbian youth. She partnered with the Yoga Centar Sombor run by Slavica and Fabijan Periskic two well known yoga teachers. Stretching Towards Peace was conceptualized and implemented by Vandana. It included film screenings, daily yoga and meditation, lectures, art and craft workshops and discussions. The workshop was 10 days long and there were two separate age groups. For a detailed report about Vandana's work in Serbia download and read the pdf available on the Davis Peace Project website. Scroll through the gallery below to see some of the moments from the program.