Kavitha Rao

Kavitha Rao is the co-founder of Common Fire, which seeks to build a diverse and powerful movement of people with a shared commitment of creating a more just and sustainable world, starting with themselves. Common Fire helps create intentional communities, ranging from cooperative houses to village-scale projects, that empower people to create in the here and now the more just and sustainable, loving and joyful world they dream of. She facilitates and organizes trainings around the world for young adults and social change leaders focusing on issues of nonviolence, privilege and oppression, and sustainability with such organizations as the Fellowship of Reconciliation and the Center for Whole Communities.

Through all her work, yoga has been a constant—helping to fuel and sustain her activism even during the most challenging of times. She was brought up by a mother that infused yoga and vedic philosophy into growing up. She has studied Kundalini, Hatha and Iyengar yoga in Rishikesh and Kathmandu, and Bikram and Sivananda yoga in San Francisco. Kavitha moved to the Hudson Valley in 2001 and has been thrilled to discover the joys of a Vinyasa practice. She had the honor of going through a two-year teacher training with Jonji Provenzano of River Cloud School of Yoga, and informal training with Alex Auder of Moksha. Kavitha has been teaching yoga at Sadhana in Hudson, Half Moon Yoga Barn in Millbrook, and Moksha/Satya since 2003, and teaches yoga at retreats for activists and service workers.