"The body is a boat which carries the soul in the ocean
the world. If it is not strong, or it has a hole, then it cannot cross
the ocean. So the first duty is to fix the boat." -
Baba Hari Das
Having immersed herself in the study of yoga, Aruna utilizes the various limbs to navigate through life in a balanced manner. Aruna began her training in the Ashtanga Vinyasa style of yoga, with Bhavani Maki, who was also her initial inspiration into the exploration of yoga philosophy. This exploration prompted her to seek the guidance of Baba Hari Dass and continue her training at the Mount Madonna Center, where for many years she taught for their teacher training program. Her practice and teaching style have been deeply influenced by her time spent in India studying at the Tantra-based Bihar School of Yoga, as well as by a number of other master teachers from a wide variety of traditions from all over the world. Aruna has completed her 500-hour YTT, has studied Thai Massage, and is a Certified TRE Facilitator (Tension and Trauma Release Exercises). Aruna has completed her 500-hour YTT, has studied Thai Massage, has had years of training in the practice of Restorative Yoga, and is a Certified TRE Facilitator (Tension and Trauma Release Exercises).
As a student of Baba Hari Dass, Aruna has been encouraged to deepen her own yoga practice by living and sharing a holistic approach to yoga. She is inspired by weaving meditation, yoga philosophy, mantra, pranayama, bandha, mudra and ayurveda into mindful yet playful asana classes for all levels of practitioners. In addition to her dedication to her personal practice, Aruna especially loves the context and container of a group or shared Yoga practice.
In recent years, Aruna has become inspired by the Hatha form of Shadow Yoga as shared by Shandor Remete, and she currently studies the forms with Scott Blossom. She has also been deepening and sharing her love for sacred sound, especially in the form of Kirtan.
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