DIRECTOR AND PRINCIPAL TEACHER
Throughout the last twenty years, Craig Villani has guided thousands of yoga instructors to achieve professional certification in the Original 26&2. He served for nearly a decade as International Director of Education and Teacher Training for the Bikram Yoga College of India, resigning from his position in 2008.
Craig leads events throughout the world, focusing on hatha and raja yoga, breath work, meditation, mind training, personal transformation, consciousness, connection, and integrative health. He has been mentoring teachers in transformational leadership and yoga therapy since 1999.
A big fan of Maui sunsets and lazy Sundays, he's pretty confident that Self-realization rests in a shady hammock on a warm beach with an old guitar, a cool drink, and a good friend. He sees the practice of yoga as an invaluable tool to expand our awareness and elevate the adventure of being alive.
Honoring purpose, compassion, courage, and connection, Craig and the RYA faculty intend to provide a safe and welcoming space for our community to grow, share, and realize a better future together.
Our goal is to see yoga used as therapy in our national and global healthcare system:
Finding cures. Saving children. The mission of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital is to advance cures, and means of prevention, for pediatric catastrophic diseases through research and treatment:
brings the healing benefits of yoga to incarcerated youth and underserved communities that need it most:
Plan International USA
is committed to improve the quality of education for all children of the developing world.
A Glimmer of Hope
lifts women and children out of extreme poverty through health and education.
Though honest and respectful communication, we hope to inspire ethical, compassionate, and confident leaders.
Raja Yoga Academy is supported by a vast international community of established yoga schools and exceptional yoga instructors. We are officially recognized as a Registered Yoga School by Yoga Alliance and the Original Hot Yoga Association.
Beyond brand, method, and location, your RYA certification will open doors for you anywhere in the world, without limitation. Your RYA education will enable you to step inside the door and teach.
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