Sati: Yoga & Philosophy

Who Am I?

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Shannon (Sati) Chmelar ( is an American Yoga and philosophy teacher, writer, speaker, and therapist. She is the Founder and Director of Vasudhaiva Institute, a global educational institute dedicated to the study of classical Indian thought, Yoga, and Buddhism. In all of her work she strives to illuminate how ancient wisdom teachings may help us overcome our daily struggles and cultivate a more compassionate existence.​ Sati teaches in the United States, Europe, and Asia returning annually to Kathmandu, Nepal to lead various projects. She is currently based in Oslo, Norway with her husband.

Sati’s asana lineage is Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga in the tradition of Sri. K. Pattabhi Jois and T. Krishnamacharya. She has practiced for over 10 years and is a dedicated practitioner of the complete Intermediate Series and is currently learning Advanced A/3rd Series of Ashtanga Yoga. Sati is a Buddhist in the Tibetan tradition. She has received most of her guidance within the Kagyu tradition but has studied under Sakya and Nyingma lineages as well. She has a deep reverence for various schools of Indian philosophy most notably Advaita Vedanta and Ashtanga/Classical Yoga. Her strong interest in comparative religion, contemplative psychology, and progressive education inform her pedagogy and her background as a performance artist and massage therapist influence her approach to therapeutic process.

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2 comments on “Who Am I?

  1. Andrea Leber
    October 6, 2013

    How very strange I found your blog today – I was just emailing Nicky Zammit about visiting her in Kathmandu in spring and doing some karma yoga there for a while. She’s a Sivananda yoga teacher, maybe you know her? Oh and I’m also from Frankfurt. What a small world….


    • satiyogini
      October 9, 2013

      greetings andrea. yes, i know nicky! 🙂 such a small world. Lovely to meet you and enjoy your trip to KTM. I will not be back there probably until late next year.

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