Sita Devi is a yogini, kirtan artist and ecstatic dance facilitator. She is dedicated to being in service through Bhakti Yoga.
She holds a BFA in dance from the University of California Santa Barbara, and performed professionally with Method Dance and Ledges and Bones Dance Project in Los Angeles.
Sita registered with the Yoga Alliance in 2007 for 500 hours and has been teaching yoga for 13 years. When she completed her 500-hour training Sita began teaching at Bhakti Yoga Shala, in Santa Monica, California where she developed her skills as a teacher and kirtan leader under the guidance of her beloved teacher and friend, Govind Das.
Her passion for traveling and being in service has taken her on tour teaching and chanting at yoga and kirtan events all over the globe. For the past 5 years, Sita has been teaching in the San Fransisco Bay Area at Namaste Yoga and Yoga Tree. Sita teaches a variety of yoga, movement, and dance modalities. She currently hosts retreats worldwide including India, Bali, Esalen, 1440 Multiversity, Africa, Europe, Guatemala, and the Pacific Northwest.
Sita founded and co-produced the Ecstatic Dance Retreat on the Big Island of Hawaii from 2012 to 2018. In the Bay Area, she has been facilitating and teaching at Ecstatic Dance Oakland since 2008.
As a Kirtan Walli, Sita sings and plays harmonium, guitar, kartals and mrdanga. She has performed live with Jai Uttal, DJ Drez, The Hanuman Project, The Kirtaniyas, Donna DeLory, Arjun Baba, Jaya Lakshmi and Ananda, Dave Stringer, Govindas and Radha, Prema Hara, Joey Lugassey, C.C. White, Saul David Raye, Steve Ross and Craig Kohland of Shamans Dream.
Some events Sita has performed and taught at include: San Francisco Yoga Journal Conference, Esalen Yoga Festival, Nantucket Yoga Festival, Lightning in a Bottle, Wanderlust, Symbiosis, Gaia, Pranafest, Bhaktifest & Shaktifest, Lucidity, Beloved, Earthdance, Yoga Rocks the Park, Color Festival, Sonic Bloom, V Elements, Enchanted Forest, Hawaii Spirit Festival, Soul Play, and Mystic Island Festival.
Sita often collaborates with Janet Stone accompanying her in Teacher Trainings, Workshops, Retreats, and weekly classes. In this collaboration, she offers live chanting in classes, music/chanting workshops and kirtans with the groups.
She has also accompanied yoga classes and retreats for Shiva Rea, Baron Baptiste, Saul David Raye, Sianna Sherman, Ashley Turner, Eion Finn, Annie Carpenter, Micheline Berry, Elena Brower, William Duprey, Govindas and Julie Mitchell.