Monika Nataraj has dedicated the last decade to brining women’s sacred practices to the world in the form of intensive workshops and teacher trainings. She is the creator of the Mystical Dance® program and co-founder of the Agama Yoga branch in Dharamsala, India which has been running since 2007 and has offered in-depth teachings to yoga and meditation aspirants. She annually leads dance, Tantra, and Yoga workshops and courses throughout Asia, Europe, and North America, and has brought these practices to 20 countries and to more than a thousand women across the globe. To date, she has trained and empowered 100 Mystical Dance® teachers from 33 nations.
In 1999, honoring the call of her soul, Monika left her life in New York City as a successful corporate executive by day and professional belly dancer by night, and set off for Asia on a quest for “Truth.” Everything shifted profoundly for her when she began studying with Swami Vivekananda and Agama Yoga at the end of 2000, and there was no turning back. Monika was asked by Swami to teach yoga in 2004, and she completed the formal 42-month Agama program in 2006 and has continued to dedicate the past decade to the inner journey of discovering the mysteries of the Self. She has studied with living masters of Indian Tantra, Tibetan Buddhism, Sufism and Taoism. Read more about Monika here. (www.monikanataraj.net)
Monika is a Core Faculty member in residence of the esteemed Omega Institute in Rhinebeck, NY (USA), where she leads women’s groups, teaches Tantra and holds creative dance movement classes. In addition to weaving her experiences as a professional belly dancer and Yoga teacher within her work, Monika has studied and performed Gurdjieff Sacred Movements, Sufi whirling, and Odissi temple dance (classical Indian dance). She also leads sacred women’s journeys to mystical sites. Monika has brought her unique combination of women’s practices to world-renowned centers including Master Mantak Chia’s Tao Garden in Thailand, Osho mediation centers in India and Turkey, and Shanti Retreat in Canada.