While she calls New York ‘home’, Farah was born on the fertile ‘Land of Many Waters’ – Guyana, South America. It was there that her ancestors settled in the 1800s after leaving India. Her family’s cultural and religious history, coupled with the trials of being an immigrant as well as a first generation American, instilled a desire for self-exploration and healing. From her experiences of watching her caretaker, her Agee (Hindi for grandmother) observe the rituals and ceremonies of Hindu life, to attending Islamic madrasahs, taking Philosophy courses at her Catholic high school, and working in the field of international development, Farah was drawn to seeing life from the perspective of a mystic. Mysticism focuses on self-transformation through the practices of contemplation, unconditional love, self-study and communion with a higher power. In mysticism all ideas of separateness is dissolved; and we become One.
While Farah was introduced to yoga poses as a child, she started practicing meditation 13 years ago. The wisdom of the practice and its power to transform led Farah on a pilgrimage to India to study mantra and pranayam and its effects on the mind. Eventually she found her way to the Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health for formal yoga studies, where she received her certification. She has done additional training in various aspects of yoga including Ayurveda (Dr. Vasant Lad and Swami Mayatitananda), Iyengar Yoga (Rodney Yee), Tantra (Yoganand Michael Carroll), yoga therapy (Gary Kraftsow and Dr. Loren Fishman), and Thai Yoga Bodywork (Lotus Palm) -- resulting in over 500 hours of teacher training and 1000 hours of teaching experience. Farah is currently continuing her education in Integrative Yoga Therapy, Ayurvedic Medicine and Thai Yoga Massage.
With a degree from Cornell University, Farah has worked in New York and abroad in the areas of organizational development, youth development, community health, and sustainable agriculture. Her philosophy of yoga honors self-study balanced with a deep responsibility to enhance community and environmental health. She has taught yoga in rural African villages, retreat centers, ashrams, yoga studios, and at Cornell University. Currently, she sees clients one-on-one for yoga therapy and Thai bodywork, as she prepares for graduate studies in clinical social work.
Farah is forever grateful to her family for the rich culture they've bestowed upon her, and for all their sacrifices. She thanks her husband for his devotion and commitment to being on this journey with her. She bows to the wisdom that came before her and has gratitude for all her teachers both past and present, of all spiritual and religious paths.