Vijai Sharma, PhD

Vijai Sharma, PhD, Certified yoga therapist and yoga teacher.

Vijai, a life long student of yoga and disciple of Swami Rama of the Himalayan cave monastery completed his yoga teacher and yoga therapist training with Gary Kraftsow at the American Viniyoga Institute (AVI).  Vijai specializes in mind-body medicine, particularly, alleviation of anxiety, depression, anger, pain, stress, breathing and relationship issues.  His personal practice of yoga postures, breath training, mental-physical relaxation, mindfulness and meditation has helped him to live a vibrant quality of life in spite of the lung and heart impairment.  

He is on the faculty of AVI yoga therapist training. Vijai has developed two exercise DVDs and companion workbooks, "Stretching and Breathing Exercises Adapted for People with Severe COPD," and "Stretching and Breathing for COPD for All Levels of Fitness."  His 600+ articles on emotional stressors, positive mental attitudes, positive health behaviors and coping with chronic illness are posted at  

Cell: (423) 596-2750  
Evening: (510) 452-0364

Vijai Sharma, PhD AVI Certified Yoga Therapist and Yoga Teacher
Director, Yoga for COPD & Yoga Just For You

4167 Balfour Avenue  
Oakland, CA 94610


    General Yoga
    May 23, 2011
    I designed a practice routine of Sun Salutations (Surya Namaskara) and activation of chakras (energy centers in the body) with energizing visualizations and affirmations of powerful thoughts and feelings. It's a practice I have come to love and...
    April 12, 2010
    It is true that sitting in meditation after some time would automatically produce slow, smooth and rhythmical breathing. But you can also speed up the process of deepening your meditation practice by cultivating the habit of slower, deeper and...
    July 18, 2009
    The following pranayama article is an analysis of the application and importance of breathing exercises in the yoga practice as defined by Classical Texts. These texts emphasize control, patience and discipline-elements needed to create a...
    Healthy Living
    May 3, 2009
    Acceptance, appreciation and gratitude for whatever lies around us, comes our way, “falls” upon us or even thrust upon us, connects us to the divine in us. They strengthen our faith, kindle hope and augment our own ability to deal with whatever it...
    March 7, 2009
    This article is about Yoga Breathing for Health and the Sixteen Ways to Slow Breathing and Lengthen Exhalation. Almost everyone including people with asthma or COPD (Chronic Pulmonary Obstructive Breathing) can benefit from breathing slowly and...

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