Usha Rani Chitoor
Usha Rani Chitoor was born in Madanapalle, Andhra Pradesh. As she was born in a Brahmin priest family since her childhood she had a deep impression of her grandmother practicing Bhakti Yoga. At the age of 17 she worked in ‘Om Shantidhama Veda Gurukula’ on the banks of river Kaveri. Here she assisted in organising Yoga summer camps, Ayurvedic pharmacy, serving in the rural medical program and had a rare opportunity to help in organising ‘APTHORYAMA SOMAYAGA’ in Kerala (2004). There were many guest lectures organised on the topics of Yoga and spirituality; here she developed an interest to become a student of Yoga. She did her Diploma in Montessori education system (a scientific child education), later she also obtained Master’s Degree in English and Hindi Literature. As a freelancer she trained many school teachers in Montessori Method.
Usha’s Yoga journey took a different lane when she heard about ‘Ashtanga Yoga & Shri. K.Pattabhi Jois’. Her desire to learn Ashtanga Yoga was so strong that destiny brought her to Mysore in 2007. Since then she has been fortunate to be a disciple of renowned Yoga master ‘Paramaguru Sharath Jois’, eventually she became his secretary and has got a golden opportunity to assist her Guru Sharath Jois in the regular Yoga classes at KPJAYI, Mysore. She was blessed to assist him in the Yoga classes held in China, Uttarakashi & Rishikesh. Usha is an Authorised Ashtanga Yoga Teacher, having received the formal blessings of her Guru Sharath Jois to teach this age-old Yogic method.
Usha believes that by surrendering to ‘Guru’ with devotion and determined yoga practice, one can attain higher levels of spirituality.