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Nataraja Kallio stands as a luminary within Naropa University’s academic tapestry, having steadfastly served as the lead faculty and Chair of the BA Yoga Studies program since 2005. His profound influence extends beyond the classroom, as he played a pivotal role in designing the innovative MA Yoga Studies program recently launched by the institution. Nataraja’s journey has been one of immersion and enlightenment, marked by seven years spent in India delving deep into the contemplative traditions of Vedanta, Tantra, Hatha Yoga, and Buddhism. This immersive experience not only enriched his understanding of yoga but also fostered a remarkable synthesis between academic rigor and embodied practice.
Teaching is Nataraja’s canvas for weaving his passion and expertise into the minds of eager learners. His profound connection with yoga—both as an academic subject and a lived experience—shines through in his teaching. Through his unwavering commitment, Nataraja Kallio shapes the future of yoga studies at Naropa University, enriching the lives of students and upholding the institution’s sacred mission.