Every once in a while I do something that makes my accountant sweat (actually this happens far more than I care to acknowledge, but that's beside the point ...). I know he's gonna look at me this time and be all judgy, but that's his job and I value him for it. My job is, imho, way cooler: I give away SCHOLARSHIPS to awesome people. And this fall, in celebration of this being the final 200hr Pranalife Yoga Teacher Training that we'll do fully in-person, I decided to give away one extra scholarship. Yup, you heard me: It's HAPPY DANCES FOR EVERYONE.
The fall Pranalife Yoga Teacher Training course "Foundations of Great Teaching" scholarship WINNERS are:
Katelyn Flood, Selam Debs, AND Reba Campbell!!
Why am I doing this fiscally unwise thing that my accountant hates? Because I feel incredibly blessed to be able to spend time in a room through the year with the best group of people I can imagine and I want to express my gratitude in a way that matters to said people. You should know them too, so here they are, full-on amazeballs:
I’m inspired every time I step onto my mat, and I notice yoga’s lifestyle and philosophy has begun to affect my everyday life. I have a passion to inspire people the way I have been inspired by yoga.
I cannot wait to help people through my Pranalife yoga Teacher Training, from assisting people with injuries and every day pain to lowering stress and becoming fit.
My main goal is to reduce all sorts of suffering for each person who studies with me. I’d like to show that yoga can benefit anyone willing to try it, and enlighten anyone who says “I could never do yoga.” It has improved all aspects of my life and I can’t wait to give others the tools to improve theirs.
My winding journey began when I set out to become a professional singer, a journey which took a sharp turn and a loss of identity when I became a single mother and became stuck in a stagnant job for eight years, but which encouraged me to take a new approach to the way I saw life: I now knew nothing was set in stone.
Hungry for knowledge and deeper insight, I was drawn to yoga. It fostered an inclusive philosophy that encouraged change from the inside out. After reflection and endless hours on the mat, the transformative power of yoga brought me to the right people, insightful books, deeper connections, healthier food choices, greater knowledge, a sense of peace, and inner knowing.
I realize now that every moment is an opportunity to fulfill our Highest Expression and change the trajectory of our lives in each breath.
This scholarship means more than just money saved; it is a gift I receive with deep gratitude and humbleness, and I will pay it forward tenfold.
My journey to finding myself started with dance. I never knew how disconnected I was from my body until I was asked to pay attention to how it wanted to move and was brave enough to allow it. This beginning led me to the practice of yoga, where my goal has always been to connect with my body, to move, love and honour myself instead of standing still in a place of dissatisfaction, fear and frustration. I still face challenges with this self love transformation and I find yoga's beautiful philosophy and physicality has provided me with tools to grow stronger with each stumble.
I want to use my experiences to connect with others and offer them the tools I’ve found and am finding, to help their journey through this weird, awesome and sometimes very painful life. I desire to create a space where people can not only practice for physical and mental benefits, joys and successes, but also where even the negative can come up and they know that I will hold that space for them to release what they need, in the hopes that they can inspire themselves to begin their own journey to self love.
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