Dr. Kamala Easton is an educator, acclaimed motivational speaker and workshop leader. The focus of her work is transformation: spiritual, mental, emotional and physical. She has developed unique programs for people in transition, including those who are struggling to break free from poverty, homelessness, domestic violence, child abuse, drug abuse, and feelings of low self-worth.
In partnership with nonprofits, Kamala offers workshops and individualized counseling that help people powerfully break through the impediment of poverty from the inside out. By changing their thoughts, feelings and actions, participants begin to envision themselves as successful individuals who can rise above their current challenges. They can move away from simply surviving to fully thriving.
Kamala intimately knows the impact of these challenges and what it takes to go beyond. Her heart-centered approach to this important social issue comes directly from her own transformation. As the daughter of a struggling single black mother and a woman who became a single mother herself, Kamala knows what it is like to overcome a difficult childhood and create success in the academic and spiritual worlds.
As a result, Kamala spent twenty years in academia, obtaining a Ph.D. in education from UCLA and a B.A. in psychology from UC Berkeley, and holding a variety of academic administrative positions. Her early work focused on motivating and retaining minority students, serving as director of adult basic education for UNM, Los Alamos, and developing a cardiovascular disease and diabetes risk reduction curriculum for community organizations in minority communities.
Subsequently, Kamala has appeared on PBS and Discovery Channel and is the author of Autobiography of a Yogini: A Black Woman’s Love Affair With Her Guru. She is currently working on a second book, Embodying Spirit: The Journey towards Enlightenment.