About Reema Datta


Reema Datta is an Indian-American teacher, speaker, humanitarian, author and musician who has dedicated her life to offering yoga as a holistic practice leading to healing and lasting peace.

Reema first learned yoga philosophy from her grandfather, ayurvedic cooking from her grandmother, and sacred song and mantra from her mother. Her teachers include the Dalai Lama, Sri Pattabhi Jois, Ma Daya Vyas, Sri Dharma Mittra, and direct disciples of Mahatma Gandhi. Reema has taught alongside Danny Paradise, Ana Forrest, David Swenson, David Williams and Larry Schultz.   

By the age of 24, Reema had finished her undergraduate degree at Vassar College, worked for the United Nations in New York City and completed her Masters degree at the London School of Economics.  Immediately following, 9/11 occurred in NYC.  Overnight, the trajectory of her path shifted towards what she had been taught her entire life: YOGA and its deep capacity to heal. 

In 2002, Reema received her teacher training certification in Ashtanga yoga.  In 2005, she founded the Usha Yoga Foundation to bring Eastern teachings and practices to marginalized communities in India, Africa, the UK and the U.S.  In 2008, Reema received her certificate as an Ayurvedic Therapist from the Indus Valley Ayurvedic Center in Mysore, India.  Yoga International coined Datta as “the Yoga Ambassador” in 2009.  She completed a teacher training in classical Tibetan Yoga in 2010. 

Reema's students range from singer songwriter Sting, Edie Brickel, Paul Simon, Grace Highwater, Zainab Salbi and the Princess of Rajasthan.  She has served as a guest lecturer and teacher at wellness centers throughout Asia, Europe, North America and Africa. Reema has collaborated with musicians such as Manose Singh, Ronu Majumdar and Krishna Das.

Reema has developed a program which she is teaching worldwide:  “YATRI – Yoga For Emotional Healing™”. It begins with understanding how our thought patterns and emotions affect our mental and physical well-being.  Antidotes for destructive emotions such as anger, anxiety, attachment, sadness, loneliness and fear are taught through practices based in movement, meditation, psychotherapies and shamanic journeying.

Datta is the author of the companion manual for YATRI:  Check Your Heart Awareness Practice  and co-author of Sacred Sanskrit Words For Yoga Chant And Meditation.   Her albums Truth Love Creation and Here’s My Heart are available on iTunes and Amazon.com.  

Reema's greatest teacher is her feisty, strong, independent daughter.