- Owner and founder of Divya Jyoti Yoga Therapy Center (founded in 2004)
- Yoga teacher for 20 years, yoga therapist for 15 years
- Registered member of International Association of Yoga Therapists C-IAYT through “grandparent” certification (for seasoned yoga therapists)
- Yoga teacher at the highest level of training (4 years of training in Brazil, over five thousand hours of training. Currently yoga teacher certifications are at 200hrs and 500hrs levels)
- Yoga therapist trainer for medical doctors, psychologists, social workers and nutritionists
- Supervisor and mentor for yoga teaches and yoga therapists
- Lived in India for one year studying yoga therapy at the oldest Yoga Institute in the world
- On a second trip, lived in India for three months completing an intensive program in clinical Ayurvedic medicine with Dr. Lad (The Ayurvedic Institute)
- Master’s degree in Yoga Therapy and Mental Health from Lesley University, with specialization on eating disorders
- Former yoga therapist consultant for mental health hospitals in Boston
- Studied Psychology, Abnormal Psychology, Neuropsychology, Self-destructive Behaviors, Anatomy and Neuroscience at Harvard Extension School
- Studied Childhood Development and Psychoanalysis at Boston Graduate School of Psychoanalysis.
Which of the following statements are true for Divya Jyoti?
1) She moved to India for one year after law school.
2) She started yoga at age fourteen because she was tired of ballet.
3) She laughed the first time she had to chant om.
4) She has a very successful yoga therapy business in Brookline.
5) She is as enlightened as the Dalai Lama.
Well, all of the above! Except the last one… we are working on it : )
Divya Jyoti has studied and practiced yoga since the age of 14 (back in 1993), when she had her first class at “Nucleo de Yoga Jak Pilozof” in Brazil. Jak Pilozof is a very traditional yoga teacher and yoga therapist, who has 40 years of experience in yoga and yoga therapy, and who believes in one-to-one teaching only, in the ancient Indian manner. In one word, well, two, he rocks! Jak trained DJ for four years as a yoga teacher and yoga therapist and then encouraged her to live in India to further her studies.
Before moving to India in 2002, Divya Jyoti was a lawyer specializing in Urban Law, working in “favelas” (shantytowns) in Brazil. During that time, she managed to combine her law practice with her passion for teaching yoga. Here are some of her published work on Urban Law and shantytowns (favelas) in Brazil
Article in Portuguese on Urban Law and inclusion of shantytowns as human rights.
Book chapter from the book “Law and legality in the urban space’s production”
While living in India, Divya Jyoti spent the first eight months of her time in there as a resident student at The Yoga Institute, the oldest yoga institute in the world, where she was able to experience the very simple way of living in an ashram (monastery) – an experience far removed from the comfortable Western lifestyle she had at home in Brazil. Shower with buckets, anyone? But a lovely experience that was!
Because so many students got to The Yoga Institute every day (more than 1000), DJ had the chance to meet and learn about various personalities and conditions as related to yoga therapy. She taught in all of the Yoga Institute’s health camps repeated times, treating diabetes, cardiac problems, pregnancy, menopause, respiratory conditions and obesity, among other conditions.
After completing her training at The Yoga Institute, Divya Jyoti dedicated herself to total immersion in yogic living, staying at various ashrams and meditation centers throughout India, deepening her knowledge and practice of yoga and Ayurveda through various training programs and internships at Kaivalyadhama Yoga Institute (Lonavla), Vipassana Meditation Center (Igatpuri), Rajneesh Foundation (Pune), Sivananda Ashram (Rishkesh), and Gaumuck Ashram (between Gaumuck and Gangotry). She also studied Vedanta, Sanskrit, Hindi, South Indian classical dance (Barathanatyan), and Indian culture. Teaching for street children in Bombay (India) was part of her daily karma yoga (selfless work) at the Akanksha Foundation.
In 2003, when she moved back to Brazil from India, there was no doubt in her heart that she wanted to devote her life to teaching yoga. At that time she founded Divya Jyoti Yoga Studio, where she conducted an average of 30 yoga therapy sessions a week, imparting her rich experience and joy with her students.
In 2004, while spending vacation time at Findhorn Foundation in Scotland, Divya Jyoti met her future husband, who happened to be American – and to America they went! In the U.S., she studied self-destructive behaviors and neuropsychology at Harvard University, providing a strong base for her next steps in yoga psychology: conducting clinical research towards her master’s degree from Lesley University, where she investigated yoga psychology applied to mental health.
Divya Jyoti has also studied Ayurveda with worldwide Ayurvedic authority Dr. Vasant Lad at The Ayurveda Institute in Albuquerque, NM. During one of her visits, she was personally invited by Dr. Lad for an internship at his clinic in Pune, India, where she had the honor to learn the clinical art of Ayurveda, observing patients attended by Dr. Lad.
Divya Jyoti has served as a yoga therapy consultant at several hospitals and treatment centers for eating disorders in the Boston area. She is a trainer in yoga tools for mental health providers.
In 2005, DJ founded the Divya Jyoti Yoga Therapy Center, located in Brookline, MA. In 2007, while her husband was finishing his studies in Greek language and music and DJ was writing her Master’s thesis on Yoga Psychology, they lived between Greece, India and Turkey for one year. In 2008, they returned to the U.S. DJ is now in Boston to stay and to play with her students.
Divya Jyoti’s passion is private yoga therapy sessions, as they increase the possibility of her imparting yoga and ayurveda with greater depth and results for her students.
DJ is a mom and lives with her daughters, husband and dog Licky in Brookline. DJ’s favorites things to do besides her work and playing with her family are nature walks, inline skating, dancing anytime anywhere, hanging out all day on the beach, eating, canoeing on the Charles, camping, napping in a hammock, meeting her friends and meditating.