About Rukmini

Rukmini Walker is a teacher of Bhakti Yoga, an activist in interfaith dialogue and women’s spiritual empowerment.

She is the founder of the Urban Devi collective, held monthly in New York City at Bhakti Center where she is a member of the board of directors. (urbandevi.com)

At the age of sixteen, she met her guru, Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada and began a lifelong study of Bhakti Yoga, living and teaching in yoga ashrams in India, Canada and the US.

For twenty-five years, she owned and managed award-winning boutiques in the Washington, DC area called, As Kindred Spirits. She believes that truth and beauty are kindred spirits. Each can serve the other to bless the world.

For a number of years, she served on an interfaith board of directors at the Washington National Cathedral in Washington, DC, leading a yearly women’s spirituality event called, Sacred Circles.  

She is a member of the SABHA, an ISKCON advisory group. She lives with her husband in Washington, DC. The kirtan artist, Gaura Vani, is her son.


This is to recommend Rukmini Walker in highest possible terms as teacher and guest speaker. Rukmini is well known for her contributions to the Yoga community. She is a learned teacher and a living example of the Yoga life.

Rukmini’s presentations excel on two levels: scholarship and personal realization. Her warm demeanor and clear understanding of sacred teachings have earned her the affection and respect of admirers nationwide.

I have known Rukmini Walker for many years and watch with a feeling close to awe as she initiates one innovative project after another in interfaith dialogue, social action, and spiritual education. More than merely walking her talk, she embodies the meaning of an examined life. Hers is the pedagogy of a brilliant mind guided by a sensitive heart.

As a guest lecturer in my courses at Integral Yoga in New York, Rukmini explored the Feminine feature of the Divine. Students raved about her presentation for weeks. It has been my privilege to attend Rukmini’s talks at other venues, and the response has always been the same: positive, enthusiastic, and deeply appreciative. Here is a teacher to be cherished as much for her humor and humanity as for her wisdom and insight.

Rukmini Walker is an agent for positive transformation in a world sorely lacking her depth of character and realization. She makes a lasting and meaningful contribution wherever and whenever she speaks.

Joshua M. Greene
Religions Department, Hofstra University (ret.)
Author, Gita Wisdom, Swami in a Strange Land

Rukmini Walker is a long-time practitioner of Bhakti-yoga, with an expertise in the Bhagavad-gita and kirtan (call-and-response spiritual chanting) as a sacred art. She has been my mentor for many years and a dear friend. She is learned and gentle and also an asset to any social or educational environment that is lucky enough to have her.

Steven J. Rosen
Author, Yoga of Kirtan; founding editor, Journal of Vaishnava Studies

Rukmini Walker is a source of spiritual joy for everyone she comes in contact with. She has a remarkable talent for connecting the essential teachings of the bhakti tradition to our lives in the modern world. Her talks and workshops will touch your heart, feed your soul, and blow your mind.

Hari-kirtana das
Yoga instructor; author, In Search of the Highest Truth