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Student Spotlight : Margherita Feldman

PYS: When did you complete the program?

Margherita: July 2015

PYS: Tell us about how you're now living your yoga practice.

Margherita: I live my yoga practice by constantly striving to be the best version of myself. I strive to help others reach their own self-realization of greatness and wholeness.  I am always looking to expand and grow toward love and light. I share my passion for personal development with my students, friends, and family.

PYS: What was the biggest change you saw in your being after the experience?

Margherita: I feel like I have an elevated and expanded consciousness and awareness with myself and others. I am seeking growth in all areas of my life. I used to let myself feel small and feel defeated by situations that would arise. Since attending PYS, I feel more aware of myself, and I know the tools I can use to conquer any  challenges.

PYS: Please share with us your social media links and / or promotional material that we can share with the post.

http://www.facebook.com/yogamargherita
instagram: @yoga_margherita
web: http://www.margheritayoga.com/

Student Spotlight : Sarah Albert

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PYS: When did you complete the program?

Sarah: March 2016

PYS: Tell us about how you're now living your yoga practice.

Sarah: Since graduating from Passion Yoga School, I have been living my yoga practice on and off the mat, in the kitchen, at new studios, through different employment opportunities, and as fiercely as possible!  I still chant the mantras we learned and have continued to read our texts and notes to stay connected to the jungle goddess you groomed me into.  From making malas, to fermenting foods, I strive to stay present, without attachment.  My understanding of yoga is that as soon as I feel I've mastered something, I become a novice all over again.  It's rocky and awesome.

PYS: What was the biggest change you saw in your being after the experience?

Sarah: Perhaps the largest shift I have witnessed since returning home is my blind faith in following my heart.  I quit my salary job, changed my diet, and have noticed my social groups changing immensely.  I've taught over 115 hours these past  7 months, and last week alone I reached over 70 students. I immerse myself in the conscious community, volunteer for retreats, and participate in more spaces.  Since leading a ceremony for the full moon in Costa Rica to pray for clean water, I've conducted two hour gatherings for the summer solstice and fall equinox.    I'm working with the energy body and trying to keep myself accountable to be a student of the world.  Kundalini has called my name, and I've been meditating to the Japji for the past 47 days, with a commitment to add another 20 minute global sadhana to my daily practice to praise universal oneness.  Whenever I slip up and notice the negative chatter coming back to gossip or self-harm, I reach for the skills on my yogi tool-(festival, sparkle, feathered)-belt.

PYS: Please share with us your social media links and / or promotional material that we can share with the post.

Sarah: I don't have a website just for teaching yet, but I do have some links to other endeavors:


http://www.newrealityproject.com/#about-1
https://www.instagram.com/improbablereality/

Student Spotlight : Sarah Hardy

PYS: When did you complete the program?

Sarah: August 2016

PYS: Tell us about how you're now living your yoga practice.

Sarah: Wow, everything in my life has changed so much. Not just my yoga practice as in asana but my spirituality. Passion yoga has helped take me to the next level.
Other than the obvious teaching Monday nights to a group of incredible beginner women and men who I get to help shape into rad yogis and share some teachings and practices of YOGA... every day i do my best to choose LOVE over fear and hate. Love above all else. I recognize patterns in myself that without Passion Yoga school i would have never been able to realize and move past. I have a daily asana practice and i do my best (although there is room for improvement) to nourish my body and mind with healthy choices.... but honestly sometimes you just need to watch reality TV and sometimes you need ice cream for supper. Everything in moderation. ;) <3

PYS: What was the biggest change you saw in your being after the experience?

Sarah: My confidence. I am not afraid anymore to ask questions, I am not afraid to put myself out there to the world.
Before Passion Yoga School I compared myself to EVERYONE every pretty girl i saw on instagram or google, and i judged (myself the hardest) and now i have learned that i don't need to do that, i can love myself AND everyone else <3

PYS: Please share with us your social media links and / or promotional material that we can share with the post.

instagram is richsoulyoga_ (my website for my retreats isn't live yet when it will be i will let you know, its www.richsoulyoga.com) for now my insta is perfect
insta @theprairieyogi Facebook @theprairieyogi

 

Student Spotlight : Beth Ryan

PYS: When did you complete the program?

Beth: summer 2016

PYS: Tell us about how you're now living your yoga practice.

Beth: I take class every chance I get and teach 5 classes a week, but I'm mostly living my yoga practice in my relationships-- with other people and with myself.  I'm working on being more compassionate and more calm, I find myself doing pranayama breathing several times a day if I feel overwhelmed or if I just need a moment to myself!

PYS: What was the biggest change you saw in your being after the experience?

Beth: My perspective and my emotional maturity has changed.  After Costa Rica, I feel like I've been born again and I'm seeing things more clearly.  It's only the beginning and I'm excited for my future.

PYS: Please share with us your social media links and / or promotional material that we can share with the post.

Facebook.com/BethRyan, www.BethRyan.tv.

Beth: I'm currently running an interview series on my Facebook page called "Purpose" talking to women in Omaha about issues that are important to women.  Meeting the extraordinary women in Costa Rica helped inspire me to keep my word, finish this project, and get it out into the world.  There is much work for us women to do in the world, no more time for holding back.

Student Spotlight : Lesley Sawyer

PYS: When did you complete the program?

Lesley: March 2016

PYS: Tell us about how you're now living your yoga practice.

Lesley: I incorporate yoga into every aspect of my life now. Whether it be cooking, teaching, laughing, breathing, everything is yoga. I travel and teach workshops at various festivals and am doing community donation based classes in my hometown. I'm seeking to open my own studio in the near future.

PYS: What was the biggest change you saw in your being after the experience?

Lesley: I am more aware of myself and my surroundings and how I react to situations. I have more control of my heart and mind and it is more difficult to shake my peace.

PYS: Please share with us your social media links and / or promotional material that we can share with the post.

Facebook.com/sunshinemermaidkat

 

Student Spotlight : Shelby Burnsed

PYS: When did you complete the program?

Shelby: March 2016

PYS: Tell us about how you're now living your yoga practice.

Shelby: Through intentional living, I am able to live yoga on and off the mat. I get to share my heart by teaching weekly, donation based classes in my community and creating space for education, inspiration, and connection with God.

PYS: What was the biggest change you saw in your being after the experience?

Shelby: The awareness of my purpose in the world was brought to life after Passion Yoga School. I discovered true self-love and the importance of self-care. The best and biggest change I've noticed is my ability to recognize God in myself and every person I meet.

PYS: Please share with us your social media links and / or promotional material that we can share with the post.

FB: Health Works
IG: @shelbeachyogi
Website: http://shelbyburnsed.wixsite.com/healthworks

Student Spotlight : Danielle Walter Nolan

PYS: When did you complete the program?

Danielle: July 2016

PYS: Tell us about how you're now living your yoga practice.

Danielle: I immediately followed my yoga teacher training with a thai massage course taught by Julie Hickey. I actually just had an interview today and will soon be teaching yoga at a local studio and Thai Massage at the same place. Before I came to this teacher training I had already begun implementing more yoga into my daily routine, which definitely lead me to the Passion Yoga School. Now that I've taken the training I am continuing to implement ALL forms of yoga into my life, not just asana, but pranayama, chanting, reading sacred texts, etc. And some days it may just be breathing deeply when writing emails but I feel SO much better and more mindful about my life, journey, and work. I am also excited to be continuing my yogic path with more training in the future!

PYS: What was the biggest change you saw in your being after the experience?

Danielle: The biggest change I see in myself – what a loaded question! Before I came to Costa Rica I thought I had already gone through hell, not that we went through hell, but it was an emotional hell, emotional love, and everything in between! LOL, and well, I guess for me, I had to step back and look at myself head on, square in the eyes, to begin my transformation, and I had not done that before. It was always other people looking at me with questions, answers, reason’s why, etc. This program taught me to do my own dirty work, and without judgment. It's a continual process but I am forever grateful for the journey we all took together. I'm seeing now with BOTH eyes open, I've learned there's a much larger world out there that I’m ready to fully dive into. The vision that I see for me now is much different, but it's actually much better that I had ever imagined.

PYS: Please share with us your social media links and / or promotional material that we can share with the post.

DNK Presents:
https://www.facebook.com/dnkpresents/
https://twitter.com/DNKPresents
https://www.instagram.com/dnkpresents/
http://dnkpresents.com/

Live Adventurously Film:
https://www.facebook.com/liveadventurouslyfilm/?fref=ts
https://twitter.com/LivAdventFilm
Website (coming soon): liveadventurouslyfilm.com

Behind The Asana: Episode 29 - The Story of Vishvamitra

Vishvamitra was a king in India, who is known for his spiritual journey. One day, when visiting the sage Vashista, Vishvamitra saw and demanded that Vashista give him this cow who could manifest anything. When Vashista denied his request, as it was a divine gift, Vishamitra declared war on the sage. Vishamitra and his entire army fought against Vashista and his cow, but the cow manifested a great army and soon, Vishvamitra was defeated. Realizing all he had lost, and all the happiness that Vashista, this spiritual man had, began Vishvamitra on his journey. 

The spiritual growth of Vishvamitra is one that we can look to as guidance, as it is not straight forward. When we begin on the path towards light, it's not always clear, and it is not easy. However, as the story of Vishvamitra tells us, we must keep going.

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Behind The Asana: Episode 28 - Bhakti Yoga

Bhakti means ‘devotion’ and this is often seen in the yoga community as a heart centred practice. Bhakti yoga can be explored through things like singing and dancing, but is practiced in anyway that we can use our acts to express gratitude to the Divine. When we use Bhakti yoga, we are allowing our action, in what ever form that manifests for us, to show our devotion and gratitude to the Divine, whether it be singing, dancing, sharing or even in our asana practice.

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Goddess Rising: Margherita Feldman

Every week, we are so blessed to share this space with an amazing woman from the health, wellness and personal development community. This is our chance to connect and collaborate and this week, we are thrilled to have our very own Passion Yoga School graduate, Margherita Feldman!

I was introduced to yoga at a young age in Montessori School and was continually drawn back for the peace, joy, and light it brought to my life. I began a regular practice in 2012 as a way to exercise and relax. I stayed with yoga because of the physical, emotional, and spiritual healing it brought. After graduating college with a degree in Hospitality and Event Administration, I went into the Caribbean jungle of Costa Rica to Passion Yoga School with Adi Shakti for my ryt200. This completely transformed my practice and my life. In Costa Rica, I also received reiki initiation. I have had additional training in anatomy, nutrition, and alignment. I immediately began teaching children’s yoga, hot yoga, and all levels vinyasa flow. I now live in on the beach in California, where I teach yoga to the community. I also enjoy any flow therapy such as hula hoop, dance, and trapeze. Using Yoga, meditation, and reiki, I have found incredible healing!

Website | Graffiti Seed | Instagram | Twitter

Passion Yoga School: How do you use your work as a spiritual tool?

Margherita Feldman: Yoga, reiki, and meditation have become a great spiritual tool for me. I am finding deeper connection to my highest potential every day. I have begun unraveling the layers of conditioning from society. I was brought up to believe I needed society's approval. Through my work, I realize all that is important to me is to be is a happy, healthy, and connected to my source. I grow closer everyday. I love when my work helps others to connect with their spiritual centers as they discover a light burning inside.

PYS: The cracks are how the light gets in. Tell us how your core wounds have inspired your work.

Margherita: Without my core wounds, I would not be the beaming light I am today. I suffered much childhood pain: death of a parent, child abuse, unstable living environments, etc. This led me to trouble in my teenage years with drugs and unhealthy relationships. I was lost and in so much pain. I wanted healing. I craved the light.
Through this, I started to move towards the light and promote self healing. I realized how yoga was healing me inside and out. I wanted to continue to heal myself so I could share this magic with others. I am so proud to be healthy, happy, healing, growing, and evolving everyday! 

PYS: What is your worst habit and what are you doing to improve it?

Margherita: Currently my worst habit is being worried, confused, and feeling uncertain. I have noticed myself getting clouded by other's opinions or not being fully confident in my own. I know that my intuition knows all the right answers for my journey. If I can sit with myself and really listen to my soul, the answers will become clear. Recently I have let my mind race with worried or anxious thoughts.

PYS: What advice would you offer to other goddesses working to actualize their potential?

Margherita: You can do and be anything in this world! Whatever your heart desires: talk about it, write about it, post about it, and move your life around it! Ask yourself at the honest core of your being: What is it that is most important to you in life? Once you have found this answer, you must be brave enough to build your life around it. Find the tapas, or discipline, to keep you on the path that creates the life you want to live! You truly can be the best version of yourself with dedication to your practice.

PYS: What does your daily spiritual practice look like?

Margherita: My daily spiritual practice is crucial for me to have a "full" day. I feel incomplete if I have not done one of the following: Spend at least 30 minutes in nature- hiking, beach walking, etc. One hour yoga practice. Journaling or writing letters to friends. Meditating/ chanting/ both. Reading spiritual articles and books is also good to my soul.

PYS: What secrets (past or present) have kept you from living in your truth?

Margherita: I have often hidden from guilt and insecurities. I have approached monstrous feelings of guilt and shame from my childhood. I felt like I was not good enough to be loved as child. This carried over in to my adult life as I accepted many relationships that were unhealthy for me. I did not believe I was deserving of love, because I did not fully love myself. Through yoga and many other healing practices, I have begun a practice of self-love. It takes daily work, but I am committed to facing my demons to promote healing!

PYS: Who inspires you?

Margherita: Melanie Coons inspires me! She is an amazing health-foods chef, gymnastics coach, and yogi! She is always radiating positivity!

Behind The Asana: Episode 27 - Taking A Spiritual Name

When you take a spiritual name, you are undergoing a rebirth and committing yourself to your sacred path. Spiritual names are traditionally given as part of a ceremony, where your teacher gives you the name that will connect you to this sacred way of life. I was gifted my name, Adi Shakti, by my teacher Yogrishi Vishvketu, and it is something that I carry through life as I pursue my passion and my purpose. 

Going deeper into what it means to take a spiritual name and what my name in particular means, this video explores the meaning of my name and why people take new names on their spiritual journey. Please like, share this video. If you have any questions, you can leave a comment below or send me an email at adishaktirising@gmail.com.

Behind The Asana: Episode 26 - Three Primary Learning Styles

As a student, you might have an idea of what your learning style might be. The three primary styles most commonly found are auditory, visual and kinesthetic, and most people favour one of these. When taking classes, it’s good to seek out a teacher who uses your primary style in their teaching, so that your experience is one that is enjoyable and engaging. As a teacher, it is important to utilize all of these styles so that your students, regardless of how they learn, can engage in your class.

In this video, I go through the different ways that the three primary learning styles might appear in a class and some ways to engage them. Please like, comment, share this video! If you have any questions, feel free to reach out by email at adishaktirising@gmail.com.

Behind The Asana: Episode 25 - Three Types Of Adjustments

In the Passion Yoga School teacher trainings, we talk about the three different types of physical adjustments in a yoga practice - to correct, to deepen into a posture and energetically enhance a posture. By using these adjustments, teachers can help students in class to remain safe in poses, to engage in their practice and to make small changes, guiding students to deepen their awareness in the class.

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Behind The Asana: Episode 24 - Chandra Bedhana

Last week, I talked about surya bedhana, which is the way in which we use pranayama to balance the solar energy in our body. This week, we are focusing on how to bring balance back to our bodies with chandra bedhana. Chandra bedhana is the lunar, or feminine, energy in our life, and in this video, I explore how we can bring more of it into our lives through our pranayama practice.

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Behind The Asana: Episode 23 - Surya Bedhana

Surya Bedhana is the pranayama practice used to cultivate and balance our solar energy. As humans, we are made up of solar and lunar energy that ebbs and flows as we go through life. When it gets out of balance and we have too much lunar energy, we can use pranayama to reorient ourselves and bring that solar energy back into balance within our bodies. 

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Goddess Rising: Suzanne Heyn

Every week, we are so lucky to share this space with an incredible woman from the health, wellness and personal development community. This is our opportunity to connect with some amazing ladies, and this week, we are so pleased to have Suzanne Heyn sharing with us!

Suzanne Heyn is a spiritual teacher and mentor, self-love writer, and creator of transformational online courses. By age 28, she experienced the deaths of her father and sister and survived cancer. These traumatic experiences and post-cancer healing forced her to express long-repressed emotions. In a society that fears emotion, Suzanne's message is simple: Feel your feelings. Love who you are. She believes unconditional self-love unlocks the door to a richly meaningful and abundant life. By feeling our feelings, we begin the most exciting adventure of our lives: witnessing the unfolding of our authentic self.

Website | Instagram | Facebook

Passion Yoga School: How do you use your work as a spiritual tool?

Suzanne Heyn: One of the things I most value is authenticity. I spent many years of my life massively depressed, and feeling like my sadness made me flawed. I felt like everyone else had it together and I spent all my energy resisting my feelings and pasting a fake smile on my face.

Over time, I grew to see that my pain didn't make me flawed, it made me human. I've healed a lot, but even now, when I see perfect images on social media, it makes me compare myself to others.

By expressing my authentic truth — my ups and downs — through social media and my blog, I hope to communicate to others that it's okay to not be okay. It's okay to be human. I continually remind myself and others that the illusions we compare ourselves too are just that, illusions. 

PYS: The cracks are how the light gets in. Tell us how your core wounds have inspired your work.

Suzanne: One of my core wounds was that it's not okay to feel. After my father and sister died, I felt I had to create the illusion that I was strong and cold and never hurt. After cancer, the rage was all consuming and I had no choice but to face it.

That initiated the most divinely healing journey ever — the journey of feeling my feelings. I was guided towards a meditation practice that helped me dissolve my painful feelings and connect with my core truth underneath it all.

Today, my work is all about feeling your feelings because so much of people's problems arise from repression. This work developed from growing up in a household where emotions were denied. My sister killed herself, and that's one reason why I'm so passionate. Nobody should ever feel that alone. 

PYS: What is your worst habit and what are you doing to improve it?

Suzanne: I work too much. I used to be a hardcore slacker, and now I'm obsessed with success. I'm working to become conscious of my behavior and really ask myself which projects have to be done now and which can wait.

Sometimes, I'll talk with my old self, even if that old self existed an hour ago. For example, if I work too late on a project, before going to bed, I'll visualize myself hunched over my keyboard and tell myself, "You don't need to work so hard. You're worthy no matter what."

That seems to be really helpful. I find most bad habits develop from energy and not mindset issues. If you work to heal the energy, you can change your habits. So I work to become conscious of things I'd like to change and then find out the real reason I'm engaging in unhealthy behaviors.

Too often, we focus on surface problems. I like going deep.

PYS: What advice would you offer to other goddesses working to actualize their potential?

Suzanne: Be patient. We often work really hard to uncover our life's purpose because we believe in the universe and its divine potential and our unique gifts. But then we feel like we need to work really hard to actualize that potential. We remove the sacredness from it and believe it's all up to us.

What we really need to do is prioritize our spiritual evolution above all else. Because our spiritual growth is tied to our life purpose. We often think of life purpose or potential in terms of career, but its more about energy. We might get paid for it, but it's ultimately not about that. So I create online courses and I earn money from that, but what I'm really doing is creating space for people to feel and heal. That's my life purpose. I turned it into my career, but it doesn't have to be that.

So, in short, if you want to actualize your potential, meditate.

PYS: What does your daily spiritual practice look like?

Suzanne: I meditate every morning and do yoga as often as possible. Feeling my feelings and loving myself no matter what is a sacred practice. Loving myself even when I mess up or work too much or don't eat as healthy as I'd like.

There are a couple key areas of my life where I've been hoping for change that's really slow in coming. So everyday I practice acceptance while trusting that I'm exactly where I'm supposed to be. 

PYS: What secrets (past or present) have kept you from living in your truth?

Suzanne: If I have any secrets, I'm not aware of them. I work really hard to shine light in all of my shadows. 

PYS: Who inspires you?

Suzanne: @jadealectra on Instagram

Behind The Asana: Episode 22 - Seva

Understanding yoga as “union” calls us to serve others, in selfless service - seva. When we begin to use our energy efficiently, we can begin to give back to others. On a small scale, seva can be done just in our daily lives - serving our friends, family, community selflessly - but it can also be done on a larger scale. Within the yoga community, it has been amazing to see how the social activism, but it is also important to remain conscious, and serve the community and projects through grassroots movements, so that we can avoid ahimsa.

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Behind The Asana: Episode 21 - Japa Mala Meditation

Similar to rosaries in Judeo-Christian traditions, japa malas act as a tool in meditation to maintain focus as well as having a tactile movement as you go through your mindful practice. I used a japa mala when I first began my meditation practice, and it is a great tool to use for mantra. 

In this video, I explain the japa mala and how to use them in meditation. Please like, share, comment and let me know what you think! If you have any questions, please feel free to email me at adishaktirising@gmail.com.

Behind The Asana: Episode 20 - Sthira & Sukha

Sthira is structure - keeping alignment as you move through the asanas and keeping a routine in your daily activities. Sukha is softness, and it can be found in releasing tension in your poses or allowing for fun and freedom in your daily life. Sthira and sukha allow us to maintain balance in our lives, the structure and softness, that keep us growing, learning and enjoying our lives and our practices.

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Behind The Asana: Episode 19 - Planes of Movement

In the physical practice of yoga, we move our body along three physical planes. In this video, I review the coronal plane, the sagittal plane and the transverse plane. By keeping them in mind throughout your practice, you are able to focus and understand the alignment as you move through twists, folds, backbends, and side bending. It will support you in doing the postures correctly and safely.


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