Yasi Payandehjoo


“The beauty of the world…has two edges, one of laughter, one of anguish, cutting the heart asunder.” –Virginia Woolf

Yasi’s curiosity and search for truth began in 1982 when she and her family escaped from Iran, seeking refuge in the Bay Area. Since then, she’s traveled extensively, deepening her practice while exploring various modes of healing. She is a lover of forms however, believes they are meant to serve a function, dynamic and ever changing. Yasi is a trained yoga teacher in the tradition of Sri T. Krishnamacharya, at the Healing Yoga Foundation in San Francisco, and gives priority to this lineage, which emphasizes the development and continuance of a personal practice. She is also a certified Reiki practitioner with a great capacity to connect with people-supporting them to cultivate awareness into their intentions-gently encouraging restoration and relaxation.

Furthermore, Yasi has been a member of the San Francisco Zen Center, since 2002, having resided at all 3 centers-SF Zen Center, Green Gulch Farm and Tassajara Zen Mountain Monastery. She served as guest cook at Tassajara, summer of 2012, planning, and preparing, 5-course vegetarian meals for 80+ guests-revealing a great joy for cooking! After 3 years of residential practice, she has returned to the Monterey Peninsula having spent the last year working at an Ayurvedic clinic as an Herbal Pharmacist and Panchakarma Chef.

Yasi’s interest in community development and social change continues to be supported by her ongoing commitment to deepening relationships and vow to save all beings. Her spiritual practice and creative life converge, giving nourishment to her growing passion of writing and photography. This year Yasi has sponsored CP within editorial proceeses. We hope that next year she will participate in  Community Palette 2016 Showcase Event, exhibiting pieces she has been working on from her travels abroad.



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