Minister Bio

Rev Vimala Nora Pozzi, E-RYT500, C-IAYT, PRYT, is an Integral Yoga teacher and trainer, a Certified Yoga Therapist in individual, group therapy and couples’ therapy, both in Integral Yoga and Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapy. She specializes in PTSD and other mental health conditions. Vimala met Swami Satchidananda in 1982 when she visited Yogaville for the first time.

Her yoga postgraduate teaching certifications from Satchidananda Ashram, Yogaville, include: “Advanced Hatha Yoga”, “Yoga for Stress Management”, ”Raja Yoga” (having also served as faculty for its TT program since 2006). She is also certified in “Prenatal Yoga”, “Yoga for Kids and Teens”, “Yoga for the Heart” (Nischala Devi’s program), “Yoga for People with Cancer and Chronic Illness-YCat” (Jnani Chapman’s program) where she is currently a senior Faculty. She also contributed to the “Yoga for Arthritis” program for the Arthritis Foundation with Swami Sarvaananda helping to design a pilot training in Richmond.

Vimala attended in 1995 Jon Kabat-Zinn’s Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction Program for Health Care practitioners and served as trainer for the TAIY (Therapeutic Applications of Integral Yoga) the 300hrs course for the IAYT ‘s “grandparenting” Registration process.

In addition, Rev Vimala, an Integral Yoga Minister, is also an Accessible Yoga Ambassador She has recently completed the Advanced Master Program on Treatment of Trauma from the NICABM (National Institute for the Clinical Application of Behavioral Medicine, with some of the experts in this field: Stephen Porges, Dr Van der Kolk and Peter Levine, among others)

Vimala, an Argentinian architect, artist, and a grandmother, who has been the director of the Richmond Integral Yoga® Center of Richmond, since 1993, and the Richmond Integral Yoga TT since 1999, has taught in numerous settings, including prisons, universities, hospitals, corporations and government agencies, as well as being a speaker at many yoga conferences and events for public and private organizations. She also teaches and lectures nationally and internationally in English and Spanish, which is her original language.

Vimala’s most gratifying and challenging experience has been training Susi Wilbur, a social worker who is deaf, to become an Integral Yoga Teacher two years ago.