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Jay Kalathil is the founder of Mukthi YOGA, a non-profit organization. The mission of MUKTHI (liberation from limitations) is to help individuals to attain physical, mental, and spiritual health to lead a joyful life. Our mission is to bring positive transformation to the life of individuals. When individuals are healthy and happy the community will prosper.

Jay studied Yoga Sutra, Bhagavad Gita, and Upanishads from teachers of Sri. Adi Sankaracharya lineage. Since 2003 he is offering FREE classes on traditional YOGA, Meditation, Yoga Nidra, and Breathing techniques to the people in DMV area. Jay is very active in interfaith community dialogue in the DMV area. Jay is a Board Member of the South Asian Military Family Support Network (SAMFSN) and he provides Hindu worship service for the midshipmen at the United States Naval Academy (USNA). He is a Certified Dharma Ambassador by Hindu American Foundation, Washington DC, USA.

Jay conducts offsite YOGA retreats and spiritual camps in India and USA. He leads a weekly discussion group (conversation with Jay) on how to use spiritual practices to enhance the quality of day-to-day life. Spirituality is not escapism from life but enhances the quality of living by better understanding. Since June 2019 Jay started offering FREE online classes on guided meditation and YOGA practices through the web. Currently, there are more the 530 active members who benefit from these FREE online classes.

Website: https://www.mukthi.com | email: info@mukthi.com

Dharma Ambassador Certified by Hindu American Foundation, Washington DC, USA


Many years I have been suffering from diabetes, high cholesterol, psoriasis, gingivitis, and childhood asthma. I was very upset about the regular visit to doctor’s office, medical labs, and piles of medicine I have to take every day. In 2001 I started developing severe depression and anxiety. I decided to change my life by practicing YOGA, Pranayam, Yoga Nidra and Meditation to get out of the medical conditions.

I began learning YOGA in 2002 from Guru Ram, a YOGA teacher from the Bihar School of YOGA. Two years of regular yoga practices under his guidance helped me to reduce medication. When Guru Ram decided to go back to India, he advised me to share my YOGA practices with community members in Durga Temple and he insisted teaching is 10 times learning.

Since 2003 I have been teaching Yoga Asana, Pranayama, Meditation and Yoga Nidra at Durga Temple on every Sat and Sun from 7am to 9am. Guru Ram also instructed me to learn Bhagavad Gita, Patanjali Yoga sutra and other Upanishad to understand deeper aspects of YOGA. I spend many years on dedicated study of scriptures under many acharyas of Chinmaya Mission, Arsha Vidya Gurukulam, Center for Inner Resources Development and Integral Yoga Institute.

After the consultation with my doctor, I started reducing the medicine intakes and I completely stopped all medication in 2012. I am now completely out of all medication and all my medical conditions are in very much under control. This is my success story of transformation in my life through YOGA.

Teaching Experience

Every day FREE online Yoga Classes, March 2020 to Current

  • I have started sharing my daily practices through Youtube live daily from 5:30am to 7:15am. Read Reviews

  • Created three WhatsApp groups and total 520 members joined from different parts of US, Europe, and India.

  • Everyday participants share their feedbacks and comments on WhatsApp - https://youtu.be/hiccKighous

  • We have completed one year, 365 days uninterrupted daily classes on March 23, 2021.

  • The daily practices start at 5:25am listening devotional stothras, guided meditation, asana, Pranayama and Yoga Nidra.

  • Everyday different routine: Monday – Cyclic Meditation (https://youtu.be/mLaODQwGKoA),

Tuesday – Suryanamaskar (https://youtu.be/4CWvrwSM-K8),

Wednesday – Yogic Jogging (https://youtu.be/xtdkveFbzJI),

Thursday - Pavanamuktasana series (https://youtu.be/12gdeEEAYQA),

Friday - International Day of Yoga Protocol (https://youtu.be/UHtr0uKPOLY),

Saturday – Chair Yoga (https://youtu.be/0RG2kiHYl8I),

Sunday – Traditional Yogasanas (https://youtu.be/B3MvGpo6CLI)

  • Detailed instructions focused on spiritual evolution and deep rooted with vedantic understanding.

Paid Zoom Classes, June 2020 to Current

    • Conducted online stress release and relaxation sessions to the staff of The National Council on Aging (NCOA)

    • Meditation and Pranayama Workshop at Marcelas Yoga Studio, Alexandria, VA http://www.marcelasyogaboutique.com/meditation-workshop

    • Daily online classes to private clients in US and UK.

    • Summer camps for kids and teenagers. Teaching asanas, pranayama, micro meditation, and a project on harmony with nature.

Active Member of International Day of YOGA, June 2015 to Current

Certificate from Honorable Ambassador Shri. Harsh Vardhan Shingla http://tiny.cc/861vtz

  • I organized first ever curtain raiser for IDY in 2015 at Durga Temple and Chinmaya Mission in conjunction with Embassy of India. Pictures from 2015 https://www.indianembassyusa.gov.in/album?id=74

  • Video from the 2015 IDY curtain raiser event at Chinmaya Mission - https://youtu.be/jNX6QBg5qLs

  • Pictures from 2018 - http://tiny.cc/b61vtz

  • I was one of the IDY YOGA demonstrators on stage in 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018.

  • Worked with Durga Temple and Chinmaya mission on canvassing participants to go to DC for the IDY events in 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018 and 2019.

  • Promoted the IDY events through the e-newsletters of Durga Temple and Chinmaya Mission

Yoga Classes and Workshop at Durga Temple, February 2003 to current

Fairfax Station, Virginia ( Reference letter - http://tiny.cc/5a5vtz )

  • 16 years of teaching experience to group of 30 to 50people in a session.

  • Every summer I have conducted multiday workshops on YOGA, Pranayama, and meditation at Durga Temple - http://tiny.cc/d61vtz

  • Organized Yoga retreat at beach and outdoor locations - http://tiny.cc/e61vtz

  • Hosted prominent YOGA acharyas at the temple and we adapted their teaching to our regular practice. Some of the famous yoga teachers we hosted are: Dr. H. R. Nagendra and Ashok Kumar (S-VYASA), Dr. Omprakash Ji Maharaj (Om Yog Sansthan), Dr. Dilip Sarkar (Taksha Institute of Yoga Therapy and Meditation), Shri Rajan Vakil (3SRB), Dr. Rajan Narayanan (Life in Yoga Institute), Capt. JV Avadhanulu (Auroville), and Yoga Guru Lalit Shankar (Patanjali Yog Samiti Nepal).

FREE yoga classes at Chinmaya Mission, September 2014 to Current

Chantilly, Virginia (Reference Letter - http://tiny.cc/ev2vtz )

  • I started teaching Yoga to Chinmaya Mission new center at Chantilly, Virginia. Approximately 25 to 30 members are in the class.

  • Every year on December 25th I start organizing Christmas Yoga workshop. Approximately 80 to 100 participants attend this half day workshop.

  • I present pranayama sessions at monthly vanaprasta programs for about 35 to 40 seniors.

  • I provide Hindu worship service and meditation for the midshipmen at the United States Naval Academy (USNA)

YOGA and Meditation Teacher NCOA, May 2015 to August 2015

Arlington, Virginia

  • Conducted in office YOGA, Meditation, and YOGA Nidra classes for NCOA staff.

  • Teach YOGA asana, Breathing and benefits of practices.

  • Guided YOGA Nidra session for stress relieving and relaxation.

  • Conduct guided meditation for NCOA staff Teach YOGA philosophy based on Bhagavad Gita, YOGA Sutra, and Upanishads.

YOGA Teacher Recognition

Continuing education certification from YOGA International

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