Bio

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Writing

Since 1998, Kali's writing - including her India diaries, workshop and restaurant reviews and her "On the Mat" cartoon - have appeared in Yoga Chicago magazine - where her "Beyond the Mat" column also appears.

A journalist for 30 years, her byline appeared in The (UK) Guardian, Salon, Brink.com, Billboard, Book, Chicago Magazine, Chicago Reader, Chicago Sun-Times, Chicago Tribune, Time Out Chicago, NewCity, and Crain’s Chicago Business. From 1993 to 2013 she was the media columnist for the Illinois Entertainer, and for eight years she wrote the Chicago Reader's "Days of the Week" Calendar. She's written film and music criticism for the Reader and music criticism for the Chicago Tribune. She also contributed chapters to the books DK's Real City Chicago guide and SPIN Underground USA.

A former filmmaker, she has taken bows at the New York Film Festival, and her video "Public Enemy" appeared on the WTTW-Channel 11 program "Image Union."

Her radio essays aired on the WBEZ-FM program "Eight Forty-Eight," and she was a yoga columnist for Conscious Choice magazine and a vegetarian food columnist for The Local Palate. She was also a music columnist for the Windy City Times.

She holds a B.A. in sociology and communications from Lake Forest College and a Master's Degree in journalism from Columbia College, where she was a recipient of the Follett Fellowship.





Teaching

Kali Om is has been teaching yoga since 1998 and is a disciple of Sri Dharma Mittra.

A former triathlete, she began studying yoga after her mother died and believes that regular practice can help people weather rough patches with dignity and grace - and keep them grounded when things are going well.

She completed 200- 500 and 800-hour trainings with Sri Dharma Mittra, who gave her the name Kali Om. She is the senior teacher of Dharma Yoga in Chicago and is certified beyond the highest (ERYT-500) level.

Kali also made five trips to Mysore, India to study with ashtanga vinyasa yoga master Sri K. Pattabh Jois and his family, and was a direct student of his from 2000 to 2008. She has also completed teacher trainings with Suddha Weixler and Manju Pattabhi Jois.

Kali is also certified in Therapeutic Yoga, Yoga Nidra, Senior’s Yoga, Prenatal Yoga, Gentle/​Restorative Yoga, Psychic Development and Hormone Yoga Therapy for Menopause. In addition, she has studied with a long list of master teachers. Her articles about these experiences are archived at the Yoga Chicago website, which is where her column “Beyond the Mat” also appears.

She is a lead instructor for the Chicago School of Yoga's teacher training program, and is co-chair of the Vivekananda East-West Yoga Festival held each January at the Hindu Temple of Greater Chicago. She's also a Yoga Alliance YACEP (continuing education provider).

WRITER

Yoga Articles
Kali's first trip to India
A return to India
Feels Like the Third TIme
Another adventure in India
Kali's most recent trip to India
Essays
In which the Author receives a Hug from a Saint
A first-person account of 9/11