Yashna Maya Padamsee is a first generation south asian immigrant queer femme raised in and by the US South. Yashna has spent 15+ years supporting social movements through creating innovative infrastructure and sharing liberatory healing practices. She is currently a Project Manager for some exciting (yet to be announced) projects as well the Director of Operations at Press On, a Southern media collective that catalyzes change and advances justice through the practice of movement journalism.
The last decade of her previous work was as the Program Manager at generative somatics (gs) and as the Events Director at the National Domestic Workers Alliance. She has also been an Adult Literacy program coordinator in Durham, NC, a faith-based immigrant rights organizer at the Bay Area IAF, moderated a Community Care discussion on OrganizingUpgrade.com and been the lead of a Disability Justice committee at gs.
Yashna holds a BA in Film, Animation and Video from RISD, a Yoga teacher certificate from the Sivananda Ashram and is a 4th year Teacher-in-Training at generative somatics. She is a co-founder and moderator of RadOps, a justice based group for Operations workers in movement organizations.
When not working, Yashna enjoys listening to podcasts, eating dumplings with her partner Ang, and taking their dog Monkey on a walk at sunset.
Contact: yashnapadamsee at gmail dot com
Spring 2021: Exciting RadOps and Tarot projects to be announced later this Spring or Summer!
Feb 2020: taught Yoga at the Healing Space for the Dignity, Unity, Power domestic worker assembly.
2020: In 4th year of Teacher Training with generative somatics.
2018: Featured on Queer Crescent #MashallahMondays Interview Series.
2017: Interviewed by the yogajournal.com on Social Justice & Yoga When Yoga Lights The Way
2015: Love with Power: Practicing Transformation for Social Justice Report back on the 100 Women 100 Miles Pilgrimage for the Immigrant Rights campaign of the National Domestic Workers Alliance. Featured in the report for leading the wellness spaces, somatics practices and the logistics work team.
2012: Worked with Third Root Community Health Center, taught a People of Color yoga workshop called Return, and consulted on social justice based yoga curriculum development.
2012: Moderated an online discussion on Community Care through Organizing Upgrade.
2011: Published Communities of Care, Organizations for Liberation on Organizing Upgrade.
2010: Co-organized and led a two-day Queer & Trans People of Color Yoga Retreat in Chicago, Il in collaboration with akabaka productions (Queer Muslim Group)
2009: yoga maya videos – short tutorials for a home practice
2002: Sivananda Yoga Ashram Teacher Training; Yoga Siromani Certificate