Nataraja Kallio

Nataraja Kallio | 303-245-4610

Associate Professor, Traditional Eastern Arts | Program Chair, Yoga Studies
Core Faculty


BA in Traditional Eastern Arts


MA Transpersonal Counseling Psychology, Naropa University
BA Religious Studies and Traditional Eastern Arts, Naropa University

From the heart

Naropa is rare in that academic and experiential learning interface in meaningful ways. When students discover that they can pour their hearts and minds into fields of study and work that they are passionate about, learning comes alive. 

Further yoga education

  • 8 years of study in India: Yoga (Krishnamacharya and Sivananda lineages) and Buddhist traditions, 1991-2013
  • College of Purna Yoga Teacher Training, 2000-2008
  • Srividyalaya School of Yoga and Hindu Studies, 2009-2012
  • Yoga Teacher Training, Bihar School of Yoga tradition, 1994-1999
  • Yoga Teacher Training, Sivananda Yoga Center, 1996-1997
  • Yoga Teacher Training, Erich Schiffmann, 1994-1995
  • Yoga Therapy, 2000-2015


  • Keynote speaker, “The Heart of Hanuman,” Hanuman Yoga Festival, Boulder, Colorado, June 2014.
  • Invited presenter, White House Roundtable Discussion on “Integrating Yoga into Federal Agencies,” The White House, Washington D.C., May 2012.
  • Grant recipient and presenter, “Three Paths, One Mountain: Journey to Mt. Kailash”, Freeman Grant: ASIANETWORK Faculty/Student Research Fellowship, San Antonio, TX, May 2007.
  • Commencement speaker, Naropa University, 2006.

Recent publications

  • Hatha Yoga: A Manual For Teachers, January 2016
  • "What Moves Us: the Purusharthas – an integrated view of yogic life," yoga philosophy column for Yoga Journal, Winter 2016
  • “The Breath Within the Breath, the Art of Pranayama” a chapter within Meditations for InterSpiritual Wisdom: Practices and Reading Drawn from the World’s Spiritual Traditions, Edited by Netanel Miles-Yepez, Spiritual Paths Publishing, Santa Barbara, CA., 2011
  • Hafiz: The Scent of Light, Narrator, Sounds True, Inc. Boulder CO. 2002

Scholarship/creative activity

  • Teacher at national yoga conferences 
  • Presented lecture series on the history and philosophy of yoga to Yoga Journal.
  • Currently collaborating on the integration of somatic and pranayama practices from the yoga tradition with Buddhist meditation for "Fully Being: A Course on Developing Grounded Body, Open Heart and Clear Mind" by Tsoknyi Rinpoche

Courses taught

  • Yoga I: Foundations
  • Yoga II: Psychology of Yoga
  • Yoga III: Integral Practice
  • Yoga IV & V: Teacher Training
  • Yoga History, Theory and Philosophy

What's next?

Creating an MA program in Yoga Studies which synthesizes classical training and yoga therapy.