Durgaya Palmieri ERYT 200, YAECP, Owner of Sebastian Yoga, Yoga Teacher Trainer for Connected Warriors Inc., Co-founder Maha Soul.
“When you relax your body and split the tension, you are letting the breath keep you young and in the moment” ~ Ma Jaya
I turned to yoga in search of healing after my chronic back pain began to worsen, often keeping me from simple daily activities. Growing up on Kashi Ashram with Ma Jaya, my Guru, I was taught meditation, conscious movement and the power of community from a young age. Combining these teachings with the physical practice of yoga was a very powerful experience for me.
Through conscious movement I began to gain mobility in my lower back and through alignment techniques I found freedom through out my body. However, what I gained most from yoga came from the ability to fully engage in what was happening to my body, mind, and spirit. As my body found freedom from its limitations so did my sprit. I was able to connect in with the teachings of my up bringing on my yoga mat.
I became a Classical Yoga Instructor in 2009 under the graceful instruction of Swami Jaya Devi Bhagavati. During training I started practicing with Isvari Verre, one of the senior teachers trained in Anusara Yoga. I was especially drawn towards her class and Anusara Yoga, because I felt that the alignment techniques where easing my chronic back pain. I have since been on the path of Anusara training and completed Anusara Immersion with Gina Minyard in February 2011 and Teacher Training Level 1 with Christina Sell and Level 2 with Jordon Bloom. I have had the honor of studying with many Anusara teachers including John Friend.
In May of 2010, my friend Neda Honavar and I started Tough Love Yoga. In 2011 we received the Best of Atlanta for Alternative Exercise from the Creative Loafing and that same year I was a lead teacher at Wanderlust in the City representing TLY. I later began studying Kali Natha Yoga, created by Ma Jaya. The transformational power of Kali Natha Yoga is something I will spend my life discovering and offering to others.
In January of 2012 I moved back to Kashi Ashram. Since moving home I have incorporated everything I have learned from my teachers into a conscious yoga style that aims to heal and refresh the body and soul.
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