Nischala Joy Devi with purple hair and big welcoming smile

NISCHALA JOY DEVI is an international teacher and healer. For many years she has been highly respected as an international advocate for her innovative way of expressing Yoga and its subtle uses for spiritual growth and complete healing. Her dynamic delivery and deep inner conviction empower each individual, allowing the teachings to expand beyond boundaries and limitations of any one tradition enabling her to touch people’s hearts.

Nischala Devi received the sacred teachings of Yoga from highly respected Yoga Masters in US, India and worldwide. She was initiated into the Paramahansa Saraswathi Order of Sannyasa by Swami Satchidananda and spent many years as a monastic disciple receiving his direct guidance and teachings.

Originally trained in Western medicine, she began to blend western medicine with Yoga, offered her expertise in developing the yoga portion of The Dean Ornish Program for Reversing Heart Disease, and co-founded the award-winning Commonweal Cancer Help Program.

Her book The Healing Path of Yoga,” and her Abundant WellBeing Audio Series expresses these teachings.

With her knowledge of yoga and her experience in assisting those with life-threatening diseases (particularly people with heart disease and cancer), she created Yoga of the Heart®, a training and certification program for Yoga teachers and health professionals designed to adapt Yoga practices to the special needs of that population.

She is the author of numerous on-line courses and recorded teachings plus several books including the Namaste Effect: Expressing Universal Love though the Chakras, which explores a heart centered way of living though the mystical Chakras.

Observing the need for more heart centered teachings, she is now dedicated to bringing the feminine back into spirituality and scriptures through her book, The Secret Power of Yoga, a woman’s guide to the heart and spirit of the Yoga Sutras and The Secret Power of Yoga Audiobook Nautilus Book Silver Award Winner! The Secret Power of Yoga 2nd addition offers a complete teaching of the Sutras of Patanjali including all four padas.

Nischala Serves on:

Abundant WellBeing Board -President
International Association of Yoga Therapist (IAYT) Advisory Council


Commander’s Award given by the Commander of the Walter Reed Army Medical Center of Washington D.C. For Outstanding Performance, Personal Courage, Loyalty, Duty, Respect, Integrity, Honor and Selfless Service
Nautilus Book Silver Award Winner Secret Power of Yoga Audiobook

Media that Nischala Joy Devi is featured in:

Yogawoman movie: Never underestimate the power of inner peace

Chapters in Books

  • The Four Stages of Yoga: How to Lead a Fulfilling Life, by Nischala Cryer
  • Sharing Sadhana: Insights and Inspiration for a Personal Yoga Practice, by Victoria Bailey
  • Yoga as Medicine: The Yogic Prescription for Health and Healing, by Timothy McCall
  • Yogini: The Power of Women in Yoga, by Janice Gates
  • American Yoga: The Paths and Practices of America’s Greatest Yoga Masters, by Carrie Schneider