Luvena Rangel, HHP, E-RYT, RPYT, YACEP comes with over 15 years of experience in international oil and gas, aviation, and logistics businesses. Born and raised in the Middle East and with an academic background in science and medicine from Ukraine, she pursued her passion to develop and deepen her knowledge and skills in holistic health, wellness, yoga, ayurveda, and meditation and built a reputation as a certified coach and trainer alongside her career. Her repertoire includes training with Deepak Chopra’s Center for Wellbeing in Ayurvedic Lifestyle and Meditation. Since moving to India in 2014, she has carved a niche for herself as one of Bangalore’s leading educators in yoga anatomy.
A plus size yoga practitioner and senior instructor, Luvena is the founder of The Curvy Yogi, redefining wellness by embracing diversity and inclusion through inclusive yoga and wellness that goes beyond stereotypes – creating a safe space for yoga and wellness regardless of shape, size, physical limitations or other socio-cultural biases. She is a community partner with the Yoga and Body Image Coalition, a global coalition committed to promoting and supporting yoga that is accessible, body positive and reflective of the full range of human diversity.
A passionate teacher with an immense love of her subject, she has trained hundreds of yoga instructors over the past four years in Bangalore, including a selected team of physicians, paramedics and support staff of Manipal Hospitals, wellness teams at Amway and other established corporate facilities. Luvena works closely with doctors and integrative medicine practitioners and physicians across the world – having mentored and collaborated with teams in the US, UK, Canada, Dubai, Europe, and India. She currently hosts a monthly focus group talk for yoga teachers to discuss yoga anatomy and integrative practices that can benefit the yoga community – teachers and practitioners alike and is the lead faculty in many yoga teacher training Programs. A powerful motivational speaker, she is a strong advocate of empowering women, advocating gender equity and redefining the role of women in a patriarchal society and corporate culture.
Formerly the Bangalore Chairperson, Luvena is currently the India Chairperson for Social Media Support with the ALL Ladies League – the world’s largest all-inclusive international women’s chamber and a global movement for the Welfare, Wealth, and Wellbeing of ALL by empowering women’s leadership. She is the recipient of the award for Exceptional Woman of Excellence 2017 by the Women’s Economic Forum to be held in Delhi in April 2018. Luvena caps her day by being a dedicated mother raising three young very active children.