For those of you who know me, you know I eat, sleep, dream and live Jivamukti Yoga, and have been talking about going to their teacher training for the last 2 years (I am not kidding about this – I work in the Jiva cafe 5 days a week, so I eat their food pretty often, I practice there every day, and have taken a nap there once or twice)…
…For those of you who do not know me, here is a little snippet. Yoga found me about 4 1/2 years ago, and changed my world. More importantly, Jivamukti Yoga changed my world. It changed the way I live, the way I treat people and animals, the way I eat, the way I treat our Mother Earth, my outlook on life…it made me a more mature, responsible, happy person. And I want to share that joy with the world!
In addition to wanting to become a Jivamukti yoga teacher, after 7 years working in the corporate world, I went back to school to become school counselor and completed my Masters in School Counseling at NYU. While interning at a high school in Manhattan a few years ago, I found myself teaching yoga as a gym alternative, which has led to my current dream of combining yoga and my school counseling background and bringing it to schools, focusing mostly on low-income youth.
Ok, so the point of me telling you all this: The Jivamukti Teacher Training is a 1-month intensive that takes place at the Omega Institute in Rhinebeck, NY. It is considered the “Harvard” of yoga teacher trainings, and I have been working towards it for the last few years. This is not just some “thing” that I want to do. I have already learned how to read and write sanskrit, I’ve written papers and dharma talks, learned some adjustments, learned anatomy – this is the real deal. The only problem is the training is kind of expensive. The kind of expensive that is hard to obtain without help.
So, there are two ways you can help…
1. Attend the fundraising event being held in my honor at Jivamukti Yoga School on Sunday, January 27th, 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. (Yes this is 2 months away, but I know you all have extremely busy social lives, so save the date!) The fun-filled evening will include a 2-hour yoga class taught by Tamar Samir and Jeffrey Villanueva, live music by Matt Lombardo and Christian Montegut (also amazing Jiva teachers who have amazing magical musical powers!), a raffle with great prizes, yummy food and more!
What your donation will go towards:
room & board
books & materials
apprenticeship with an Advanced Certified Teacher after I complete the training
keeping my apartment afloat while I am away
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About Jivamukti Yoga:
The Jivamukti Yoga practice incorporates the physical, psychological, spiritual, and mystical aspects of yoga into modern life, without losing sight of the universal goal of the practice: liberation. Because of Jivamukti Yoga’s focus on a non-dualistic view of life (the interconnectedness of all), the practice awakens in the practitioner not only the need to protect the environment and all the animals and plants, but provides the practitioner with the skills to confidently achieve those goals for oneself as well as teach others how to live in harmony with the planet.