I came to Yoga at a time when I felt really lost in life. I was seeking a new way to be and was guided to Yoga.
MEDITATION IN MOTION
In 2000, I was fortunate to take my first class with Nimisha Jimenez, formerly of Healing Harmony Yoga. Nimisha had trained as a Kripalu Yoga Teacher and it was through her that I did my first Yoga Teacher Training in 2004.
Kripalu is a Yoga Ashram founded by Yogi Amrit Desai in 1970. The Ashram is a model of simple living focused on selfless service. It bridges Western and Yoga psychology. It was through studying with Nimisha that I learned and embodied the principles of meditation in motion.
HEART-CENTERED & PLAY-BASED
The transformative opportunity that Yoga offered me, encouraged further exploration of my inner child and how to connect to the joyful nature of now through adventure and play.
From 2010 – 2015 I explored various styles of Yoga for children: Yoga for Kids, Rainbow Kids Yoga, and Young Yoga Masters.
Studying Yoga for children grounded me in a heart-centred, play-based approach to teaching and training. It was through these trainings that I rekindled my true passion for adventure, living and learning.
CLASSICAL YOGA – LIVING YOGA
In 2012, I found my true path in Classical Yoga when I had the opportunity to study Yoga Therapy with Erin Byron – Psychotherapist, Yoga Therapist, Author, and Speaker. This training allowed me to honour and practice the depth of Yoga, off the mat and in my life. It was here that I trained to become a Classical Yoga Lifestyle Coach.
Erin’s teacher, Robert Butera (founder of the Yoga Life Institute in Pennsylvania, U.S.A), was a student of Dr. Jayadeva (Sri Yogendra’s son) and Hansaji Yogendra at the Yoga Institute in Mumbai.
THE YOGA INSTITUTE
Shri. Yogendraji was the first Classical Yoga Teacher in the U.S.A. At the end of World War One, when he ventured West to spread Classical Yoga. He landed in New York in 1919 and met with medical practitioners and scientists to demonstrate Yoga’s healing potential.
With the help of American supporters, The Yoga Institute found an American home on Bear Mountain near Tuxedo Park, New York. The Yoga Institute collected data to demonstrate the healing effects of Yoga in daily living.
Yogendraji was the first Guru to bring Yoga from the mountain Ashrams to the householder. His dedication to teaching Classical Yoga inspired others to bring Yoga to the West and to bring Yoga to the common householder.
When Yogendraji’s widowed father needed support, he moved the Yoga Institute back to India in 1923. He continued his mission of bringing Classical Yoga from the mountains to the city.
Later in life when Yoga began to be practiced solely as physical culture in the form of exercises, Yogendra’s mission served to preserve authentic Classical Yoga, which aims to transform an individual’s entire personal complex, including conscious and subconscious aspects of the mind.
Shri. Yogendraji continued to spread awareness of Classical yoga until his death in 1989.
Dr. Jayadeva Yogendra continued his father’s legacy until his death in 2018. And, Hansaji Yogendra is still carrying on the legacy today as the Director of the Yoga Institute.
I continue to work with my mentors Erin Byron and Melinda Hynes, and I practice Classical Yoga daily. I continue to engage various opportunities of exploration along my path and in recent years have studied the practices of Vini & Yin Yoga. Currently, I am delving deeper into Ayurvedic healing.