Reema combines her life with the love of yoga, music, writing, and running the Usha Yoga Foundation, which brings yoga to marginalized communities worldwide.
Since 2003, Reema has been teaching yoga internationally taking her to yoga and wellness centers in Africa, South America, Asia, Europe and throughout North America. In her workshops and retreats, Reema shares her practice of mantra, asana, pranayama, ayurvedic cooking and her explorations of Spiritual practices and philosophies from around the world.
Along the way, Reema pursues her passion for music and completed her first album of Sanskrit Mantra, Truth Love Creation with producer/musician, Ferenz Kallos (released by Nutone Music, 2008). Her second album, "Here's My Heart," was released in 2010, also with Nutone Music.
Recognizing the love yogis worldwide have for the Sanskrit language, Reema also co-authored the book Sacred Sanskrit Words for Yoga, Chant, and Meditation with Leza Lowitz (Stonebridge Press, 2005).
Reema founded the Usha Yoga Foundation in 2004 to bring yoga to communities that have little to no access to yoga. The foundation supports yogis to teach in battered women’s shelters, drug rehabilitation centers, nursing homes, hospitals, nongovernmental organizations, clinics for eating disorders, and remote areas around the world such as Kigali, Rwanda, Nairobi, Kenya, and Khaknar, India.
Reema is grateful to the many teachers that have blessed her path. She was born into a family of yogis, and first learned yoga philosophy and practice from her Parents and Grandparents.
Her Mother sang mantra to Reema since Reema was in her womb and her Grandmothers always filled the home with the delicate aromas of Ayurvedic cooking.
Reema’s Grandfather, “Bapuji,” was a freedom fighter for Gandhi, United Nations diplomat and is a yoga practitioner who currently runs a yoga and community center in Khaknar, a tribal village in India, where Reema conducts annual yoga retreats.
The spiritual traditions of the ancient Yogis as well as those of the Native Americans, Celtics, Sufis, Egyptians, Mayans, the Buddha, Krishna and Jesus have influenced Reema’s approach to freedom and union with the Sacred. She is grateful to her teacher, Danny Paradise, for introducing her to many esoteric teachings from around the world.
Prior to delving into yoga full time, Reema worked for the United Nations and studied International Affairs at Vassar College and The London School of Economics (MSc). She uses her experience to run the Usha Yoga Foundation.
In addition to her family, Reema gives boundless thanks to her teachers in India and the West who constantly inspire her: Danny Paradise, Dharma Mittra, Larry Schultz, Geshe Michael Roach, Lama Christy McNally, Delia Jean Dumlao, Mercedes Bahleda, and her tabla, vocal, bansuri, and piano teachers; Ramu Pandit, Mrs. Sinha, Ferenz Kallos, Ronu Majmudar, Elanor Rhee and Elena Wolkonsky.