TEJASVI GIRI MA / DEJA CROSS lives in Rishikesh – the Yoga capital of the world, where ancient to modern rishis meditate, and Ma Ganga, the eternal, sacred river flows.

Tejasvi Giri Ma is a student of Shri Mahant Mukesh Giri Ji Maharaj of Jhilmil Gufa in Shri Panch Dashnam Juna Akhara, in Rishikesh, India.
Living in Uttarakhand, Dev Bhumi, “the Land of the Gods”, lends itself to deep sadhana and rituals – āsana, prāṇāyāma, meditation, chanting, silence, kriyā, pūjā, and aarti; yātrā to holy temples and caves, darshan of deities, sacred ceremonies and festivals; and serving at bhandara, sitting at dhuni, daily bathing in Ma Ganga, surrounded by beauty, and living amidst the Yogis, Svāmīs, and Gurus.
Tejasvi Giri Ma has been practicing yoga since 1993. In the USA, she studied with Gary Kraftsow (lineage of Krishnamacharya-Desikachar Viniyoga tradition) at the American Viniyoga Institute in Maui, Hawaii; and at the Eldorado Mountain Yoga Ashram (lineage rooted in the ancient Kashmir Shaivism tradition) in Boulder, Colorado.
Tejasvi Giri Ma is an E-RYT 500, Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher at the 500-hour level with Yoga Alliance since 2001, and has been the Lead Trainer for 200-hour Yoga Teacher Training Programs and Yoga Retreats.
Education and Business Experience – MBA, BS Mathematics, with over 30 years of entrepreneurial experience in the hospitality, internet marketing, education, and spirituality and creativity industries.



TEJASVI GIRI MA touching the lotus feet of the Gurus at sacred events, ceremonies, darshan, temples, caves, aarti and on yatra in Ma India, and receiving Divine Shakti Award on International Women’s Day in Rishikesh, India.



RISHIKESH INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL, TEJASVI FESTIVAL, and TEJASVI EVENTS – Founder and Director – Programs offer film screenings, art exhibitions, artist and author talks, and music and dance performances focused on Spirituality & Creativity and Eco & Social Solution Projects, including some landmark events: 50th Anniversary of The Beatles Meet Maharishi Mahesh Yogi for Transcendental Meditation in Rishikesh; I Am Loving Kindness – Baba Ram Dass Tribute; Let It Be Satsang with Mooji Baba; World Peace Meditation; Kirtan Fest; 108 Gayatri Mantra Ceremony; and Panel & Discussion Sessions – Bhagavad Gita in Daily Life, Spirituality and Seva, Keys to Meditation, We are Shakti, Shakti Love and Blessings, and Embracing the Goddess – with spiritual leaders from around the world.

SHAKTI RISING INTERNATIONAL – Honoring of Women Ceremony – Annual Event in Rishikesh, India and California, USA.

TEJASVI PHOTOGRAPHY – Over 20 exhibitions and pop-up events, sharing the stories of sacred life in India – I Heard Her Calling, Journey through India, In the Light, and Darshan.

TEJASVI SPIRITUAL JOURNEYS (3 days–3 weeks) – Guided group journey to some of India’s most beautiful and sacred places, visiting ancient temples, sacred rivers, mountains and caves, gurus and swamis, with time for personal practice and authentic experience.

TEJASVI SPIRITUAL RETREATS (3 days–3 months) – Yoga, meditation, rituals and spiritual excursions at Rishikesh retreat center. Group and personal retreats with Ayurvedic therapies and vegetarian meals.

GANGA BLESSINGS * – Founder and Director – A grassroots effort to care for those in need in Rishikesh, with focus on families, women and children, community livelihood, urgent medical care, educational needs, eco enhancement projects, and animal care. 

* A percentage of proceeds of all TEJASVI PROJECTS is contributed to GANGA BLESSINGS