Jimmy Nataraj

Mantra. Movement. Meditation.

Yoga & Meditation with Nataraj Chaitanya


Teaching Philosophy


Where the body goes, the mind will follow. Nataraj’s group classes are a thoughtful, alignment focused, vinyasa class that encourages students to use their yoga practice as a way to create space in their lives for unceasing grace.

He has taught Classical Hatha, Yoga Nidra, Pranayama, Meditation, and Vinaysa yoga worldwide to a broad demographic of seekers of all ability levels.

Every experience can become an opportunity to grow in grace if viewed properly. When we are able to become more present, we start to tap into the limitless qualities of our being (described in yoga philosophy as a state of satchidananda, or Truth-Consciousness-Bliss) and this gives us something invaluable to share with the world around us.

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About Jimmy Nataraj Burgio


Nataraj Chaitanya

Jimmy began studying yoga in depth in 2001 while training as a dancer in Virginia Beach and Norfolk, Virginia.  He began mantra meditation at the age of 13. As he continued his studies as a dancer, many of his teachers would use yoga as an integral part of their warm ups. As his practice grew and he took an interest in Eastern Philosophy, he felt compelled to share the joy yoga had brought him in his own life and sought out Lisa Asha Rapp at My Yoga Spirit in Norfolk and quickly enrolled in the school's teacher training program at the age of 15. He received the name Nataraj from the lineage of Swami Satchidnanda.

Nataraj’s training background includes workshops and trainings with Sharon Gannon and David Life, Dharma Mittra, Krishna Das, Manorma, Dana Flynn, Christopher Hareesh Wallis, Paul Muller Ortega, and Dhanurdhara Swami. He has also attended several workshops held at Satchidananda Ashram in Yogaville, Virginia and lived as a sevite in Gurudev Siddha Peeth in Ganeshpuri, India.

Nataraj has lead retreats, workshops, kirtans, and has directed several teacher training programs throughout the world. A devoted shiva yogi, Nataraj firmly believes in the potency of the wisdom contained in yogic and tantrik philosophy and shares this wisdom with his students. His love of teaching is evident in the enthusiastic manner in which he leads his classes.

He is a founding member of Embodied Philosophy, an online yoga philosophy resource dedicating to bringing the wisdom of yoga to life in the everyday.

In January 2019, he was initiated into Chaitanya Diksha and became a lineage holder of the meditation tradition of Bhagavan Nityananda of Ganeshpuri by Mahamandaleshwar Swami Shankarananda, one of Swami Muktananda’s senior disciples.

He currently lives in Chicago, Illinois and travels far and wide spreading posture, breath, mantra, and meditation to seekers everywhere.

Jimmy Burgio is an award-winning choreographer and the current Artistic Director of Mitra Dance Collective, a New York City based contemporary dance-theater company.  He has had two sold-out shows Off-Broadway (“Happenstance” and “8 Million Protagonists”). “8 Million Protagonists” was commissioned by the Village Voice and Leo Burnett New York and went on to win such prestigious awards as the Gold CLIO, Silver and Bronze Lions from Cannes, and Golden Pencils and Best in Show from the One Show. He was a featured soloist and collaborator alongside world-renowned performance artist Ryan McNamara in “MEEM: A Story Ballet About the Internet” which went on to win the Best Show Award in the Performa Festival.

His work in the show “Singin’ Dixie: A Country Jukebox Musical” by long-time collaborator Caitlin Gallo, went on to win Audience Favorite in Theater Now New York’s Sound Bites Festival.

He has developed choreography alongside Sidra Bell and Philip Deal and has self produced three dance films (“To Let It Go”, “Cloud 9”, and “Change”) in collaboration with Michael Gallo and Genesius Studios. “To Let It Go” featured a mural made specifically for the film by artist David Paul Kay.

His choreography and performance in the dance film “Tempo” by Carolina Vita has been screened in film festivals internationally.

As a model and performer he has appeared in music videos, magazines, and online publications, including Vogue Italia and Brooklyn Magazine.

He is a former faculty member of the Stella Adler Studio of Acting as a member of their movement faculty, and was a curator and artist in residence at Dixon Place in the Lower East Side of Manhattan