Jasmine Tarkeshi is the Co-Founder of Laughing Lotus Yoga Centers in NYC and SF and co-creator of Lotus Flow TM Vinyasa Yoga and Teacher Training. Jasmine has been a devoted student of the ancient transformative practices of Yoga for over 23 years and is a master teacher, teaching for over 18 years. She has shared her joy, wisdom and passion for yoga to students around the world as well as teaching teacher trainings for 15 years. Born into a mystical tradition, she was raised in the Tibetan Buddhist teachings of Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche by her mother and teacher, Alice Tarkeshi. Jasmine has had the honor of studying with a large number of the great teachers, saints, sages, mystics, masters and madmen of yoga’s vast healing traditions of Integral Yoga, Sivananda, Kundalini, Iyengar, vinyasa, bhakti, aryuveda, karma, tantra, yantra, meditation and mantra. But it was the great contemporary masters Sharon Gannon and David Life who truly turned her on to being a Yogi in the world living in NYC in the 1990’s where she also met her creative partner Dana Flynn and SadGuru Ammchi, Mata Amritanandamayima to whom she owes all. She is also so grateful to have studied and taught retreats with Baba Bhagavan Das steeping in the Bhakti Tradition learning the ancient and sacred art of Puja, Mantras and Chanting. Her vast knowledge of yogic texts and the world’s great spiritual traditions and her ability to weave this wisdom throughout her classes has made her highly sought teacher both nationally and internationally and has garnered her the moniker Yogapedia. But her current Guru is her 3 year old Daughter, Indigo Lila who she has the honor of raising with her husband Raoul learning everyday the holy teachings of being present to this precious human and sacred life.
Jasmine's Lotus Flow Classes are inspiring, passionate and profoundly transformative and come from a lifetime of spiritual exploration, creative expression and the blessings and inevitable difficulties of daily life. Her classes combine the dharma of yoga philosophy and allied traditions, mantra, thoughtful, inventive sequencing, soulful music, physical and emotional intensity as well as wisdom and humor to create a challenging, integrated yogic experience that awakens us and brings forth our natural qualities of courage, compassion and joyful energy. By bringing out these inherent, dormant qualities, Jasmine helps her students to live an authentic, conscious, happy and healthy life both on and off the mat so that they may feel better, live better, and better heal and serve the world.
As an activist, Jasmine has worked personally with many non-profit organizations nationally and internationally and continues to actively serve through her beloved seva program at Laughing Lotus, Love Saves the Day. Each month a different organization is supported through volunteerism and a portion of Lotus profits go to serve. Organizations include Glide Memorial, The Women’s Building, Creativity Explored, Rise Yoga for Youth, Headstand and Food Bank in SF, PETA, Project Homeless Connect, Monkey Biz in South Africa, Vrindavin food For Life and Amma.Org in India and too many more to mention over years. Jasmine’s belief is that every being has the right to be Happy and Free and has devoted her life to help fight bring this about through bridging yoga and activism. She also helps bring these teachings to Yogis through her Yoga and Social Justice trainings and workshops.
She has been featured in many magazines and newspapers including Yoga Journal, Elle, The New York Times, San Francisco Chronicle, Body & Soul and Common Ground and has appeared in a host of television and radio appearances such as Anderson Cooper's 360, Australia’s ABC Radio National and AMEX commercial and print campaigns. Her online videos, instructional CD and posters have consistently been in high demand on the internet since the 1900’s! You can find her on-line classes on YogaAnytime.com and Gaia.com.
Her soon to be a yogic classic book: Yoga Body & Mind Handbook: Easy Poses and Guided Meditation for Perfect Peace Wherever You Are is now available on Amazon! (http://bit.ly/YogaHandbook)