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Soul Medicine Yoga Sylina AvaniJaya

Sylina AvaniJaya

E-RYT 200 hr and RYT 500 hr [in progress]

Namaste, I have been asked to share my story of Yoga with you. It’s really a deep and profound love affair but believe me, and it didn’t begin that way. It all began in early 1995. I didn’t start practicing yoga to become flexible or strong. I didn’t start because I was seeking calmness or consciousness. I didn’t start because it was a fad or craze. I simply began because I was hurting.

My back hurt all the time. And I mean every second of the day. I couldn’t drive or ride in a car for longer than two hours without being in severe pain. I was a trainer at a gym, and a young woman shared with me that it had helped her Scoliosis. I also had this issue, and it was compounded because when I was younger, I was thrown several times from my horse and motorcycle. I had herniated disc’s, and my spine was basically compromised structurally.

So I thought ok, I will learn Yoga. And that it where it began. I began reading and looking at video’s. There was an older gentleman named Dharmendra that saw me practicing at the gym and offered to help me. Within 3 months I was significantly better. He taught me how to use my breath to allow my body to move deeper into the postures and my body responded by becoming stronger and more flexible. I was no longer in pain. My life had made a huge turnaround. The more I practiced the better I felt.

Kevin SkandaKali

E-RYT 200 hr and RYT 500 hr

After meeting my Guru in 2000, Ma Jaya Sati Bhagavati, the inner path of yoga was awakened. I took my first 200-hour RYT classical yoga teacher training in 2002 and lived in an urban yoga ashram for over 10 years, living, breathing, and sharing the yogic lifestyle.

I have been personally trained for several years by yogic master Ma Jaya in the teachings of Kali Natha Tantric Yoga and have received an additional 200 hour and 500-hour RYT certifications.

Since 2002 to all levels, teaching yoga and meditation has taught yoga extensively in the addiction recovery community.

Today, I continue my spiritual studies with Sylina “Mama Bear” and am currently studying for a Masters in Vedic Science at the Maharishi University of Management.

The transformative power of yoga has been unquestionably the most transforming, joyful, and revealing aspect of mySelf. The dance between movement and inner stillness is a way of being, awakening my passion for life while evolutionary growth naturally unfolds. I consider it an honor and a gift to share the yogic teachings so freely shared with me.