Ganga White & Tracey Rich

ganga tracey

Ganga White

Ganga White, founder-president of the White Lotus Yoga Foundation, is recognized as one of the outstanding Western teachers and exponents of Yoga. He founded his first Yoga center on Sunset Blvd in 1967 which became nationally known and emulated. He has extensive experience as a Yoga instructor spanning over forty years. Ganga teaches internationally, trained hundreds of Yoga teachers and has studied and lived in India visiting remote monasteries and learning centers. He founded Yoga centers in major U.S. cities and for five years served as Vice-president of the International Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Society. He has received the teaching title Yoga Acharya three times from the Sivananada Ashram, the Yoga Vedanta Forest University, Rishikesh, Himalayas and the Yoga Niketan in India. He has years of personal study with many great teachers including Swami Venkatesananda, J. Krishnamurti, BKS Iyengar, K. Pattabhi Jois and Joel Kramer. Ganga created the unique, new system practiced by two people called "Double Yoga" and his text, Double Yoga, is published by Viking-Penguin. In addition, his work and achievements have earned him the rare, honored title Yogiraj, "king of yogis". He is known for his humorous, down-to-earth approach. (Read more of Ganga's biography)

Tracey Rich 

Tracey Rich, director of the White Lotus Yoga Foundation, co-founded the organization’s Santa Barbara Retreat in 1983. She has been studying and teaching internationally since 1978, training teachers and students. Her background includes extensive training in classical, vinyasa and jnana Yoga, dance, health and philosophy. She leads seminars regularly at the Esalen Institute and is co-creator of the best-selling videos Yoga, the Flow Series, and Total Yoga. Tracey focuses her teaching of Hatha Vinyasa Yoga on the importance of refining subtle energies and awareness of breath using the body as a symbol for understanding our nature—“The asanas become a dance with the dance moving out into all areas of life.” Tracey brings a quality of grace, warmth and humor to her teaching that opens the hearts of her students. She holds the honored title, Yoga Acharya. (Read more of Tracey's biography)