Justine Lemos

Mendocino, CA
United States

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Justine Lemos is an Associate Staff member of Western Yoga College (). Justine holds a PhD in Cultural Anthropology from UC Riverside (with an emphasis in Indian dance and South Asian embodied philosophy), a Master’s degree in Dance Studies from Mills College, a Master’s degree in Anthropology and a in World Dance from Hampshire College. Because of her intensive, long term in situ training in India, Justine’s approach to yoga is both intellectual and intuitive. She seeks to infuse contemporary yogic practices with their foundational practices as described in Hindu and Buddhist texts. Justine is a long-time yoga practitioner (her mother began studying yoga when she was pregnant and continued with Justine when she was a child). Justine is also an E- 500 Yoga Alliance Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT). She has trained at Yoga West under students of Yogi Bhajan and under well-known Hatha Yogi Scott Miller at Western Yoga College. She has also studied yogic texts and practices with several masters in India including Pandit Sri Kumar. During her education she has extensively studied anatomy and kinesiology as these subjects apply to dance and yoga. She has also received training from Guru Ranjanaa Devi in classical Indian Odissi dance since 1996 and has performed as a principle dancer with Nataraj Dance Company at many venues with in the United States, India, Japan and elsewhere. From 2003-2004 Justine had Fulbright Grant in India where she intensively studied Mohinniyattam classical dance at Kerala Kalamandalam. She returned to India to continue her studies in 2005 for four months and then again from 2007-2008 under the auspices of an American Institute for Indian Studies Fellowship. During this time she studied classical dance and yoga philosophy and texts. She has also studied Belly Dance with several reputed teachers, Balinese legong dance in Bali and the , and Chauu dance in New Delhi. She has trained in Modern dance and Ballet since the age of five. She is currently undertaking an intensive study of Hathayogapradipika under the auspices of the Yoga Studies Institute and a 250 hour course on Patanjali Yoga Sutras via Traditional Yoga Studies. Justine is interested in Tibetan/ Buddhist paths of yoga and has studied Buddhist texts and practices as presented by Yoga Studies Institute. For more information and complete CV visit


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