Name Heidi parkinson
Email Heidiparkie@gmail.com


Essay Pranashama yoga has brought more happiness to my life than I can truly share. It is the Pot of gold at the end of my rainbow :) Has brought me home to myself. Given me back my body, freed the shackles of my mind, lifting my spirit towards enlightened heavenly shores of golden flowing oceans. Visions of which I have seen & felt like the radiant sun shining through the oceans surface. I have re-found my faith, through physical practice I have begun to overcome an 8 year battle with ongoing chronic pain, I have been filled with pure bliss at the beauty of creation in action. I love feeling Sooo alive as if liquid diamonds course through my veins, my heart. I love the gentle fight that can only be won with stillness of mind, golden radiant heart & strong physical pose. I cannot Thank you enough for bringing this gift to me, nothing can ever repay the gift I have been given except to be able to give such a gift myself. I am humbled, honoured & awed. Finally there is light at the end of my tunnel, so dark & long after these soul destroying years from being only 28 where everyday has been a living hell on earth :(. Only now do I see the first light of heaven. I want nothing more than to teach, to spend my life immersed in yoga & so iimmersed in love. Namaste

 

Name Fae Fruitwala
Email faefruit@yahoo.com
Code Word Bella Petite
Essay Yoga has been highly beneficial for me in many ways, it has helped me focus, release my tension and reduce my stress during tough times. There are a lot of challenges & responsibilities that come with being a single parent & going to school (I’m getting my Bachelors in Art Education in May 2012).Yoga has helped me stay strong physically, mentally & emotionally. Exercise is very important to me, I use to be a runner but it took it’s toll on my body. Yoga has helped me heal & realign myself from the intense damage of running. I am a single mother and I am currently going to school to get my Bachelors Degree in Art Education. I was also considering getting my yoga certification for teaching yoga. Yoga has been healing to many people emotionally, mentally, physically & spiritually. After I receive my basic 200 hour training, I intend to teach at a studio, community college, community center or offer private classes for adults (young & old) & children. I would like to take the initiative to offer yoga classes at a reasonable rate especially targeted towards single parents as I think exercise is important and because of lack of time and finances a lot of them do not have the resource or opportunity to participate in an exercise class. But due to me being a single parent & in school full-time and having only a part-time job paying to get my certification is sort of a challenge. But again nothing is impossible and this scholarship is not only going to help me accomplish my goal but also make a difference in peoples lives.

 

Name Beth Gordon
Email beth.j.gordon@gmail.com
Code Word Integrated Journey
Essay Since 13 I wanted to be a psychologist. Studying the mind and our actions have always been of interest in that it became clear how we chose our suffering and struggles. Daily I am made to be conscious of this choice and look at how fear can embody the tinniest of my detailed existence. When I first became Reiki attuned at 20, I had the opportunity to receive Yoga from my Reiki master. During those sessions it became clear that the road to healing was also a choice, a difficult one, but far more valuable than the place of suffering and insecurity upon which I was 'living.' Furthermore, it was evident to me that the mind is whole when in union with body and spirit and the essential tenant of Yoga was a living meditation for my life. I wanted to shout from the mountaintops...WE CAN HEAL OURSELVES! I graduated with a PsyD in clinical psychology and have yet to be able to sustain myself. Currently at 31, I am working for a farmer selling his local, organic beans and grains at the farmer's markets in NYC. The pay barely covers anything and I am supported graciously by my family. The goal of receiving this doctorate was to utilize my Western education and integrate Eastern philosophy, and homeopathic medicine into my professional practice. After completing my dissertation on Reiki and Yoga, my journey has been starved as I am unable to integrate these practices into my work, as I am not working in the field. I have been met with a lot of fear and conservatism. Sure, I can branch out on my own, but the entire purpose of this education was to change already established systems into working more efficiently! Such systems are a plague on our society, and keep us in the feared unknown and ability of taking control of our health and well being. This is the change I feel called to do. I have been unable to afford an appropriate Yoga training, and in my search have been trading my services for this sacred knowledge, sporadically and with mediocre success. The opportunity to become Yoga certified would engender the chance to blend my degree and transform this sacred tradition into our modern society. I envision changing healthcare and school systems, hospitals and VA centers. As a Yoga instructor I can incorporate my sound education in psychology and conduct research to reach such systems of 'care' and actually change them in a way that empowers each individual to change themselves. I know that this is a long road, and every step has been met with challenges, but I remain inspired by the force and committed to the process. My seeking spirit will not abandon it's cause! I know our healthcare is to be integrated and power is to be given to its people! WE CAN HEAL OURSELVES, and the tools of Yoga, meditation, homeopathic medicine and humanistic psychology are to be the warriors of this mission! Please, join my cause and allow me to make such a necessary step not for myself, but for all of us. Thank you for reading. Blessings and love for you. Dr. Beth Gordon, PsyD

 

Name Walter Howells III
Email redondocomputer@gmail.com


Essay My Name is Walter Howells. Yoga has been a consistent part of my life since October 2009 when I joined Gold’s Gym in Simi Valley, CA. I could not have anticipated that less than a month after joining the gym my 18 yr. old daughter would be killed in a Car Accident. That was devastating and a real reminder of mortality and what’s really important in life. I began forcing myself to attend yoga as a grief management tool at first. I was 41 at the time, overweight, eating fast food every day and drinking excessively to self-medicate the depression I felt. I threw myself into cardio and a yoga and pilates classes 3-4 times a week for about 16 months, even though every other part of my life was in shambles. Things didn’t get better, but I did find that as I progressed in yoga my sadness and grief became for more manageable. I stopped drinking as much, started to eat better foods and generally felt better, physically yes, but more importantly to me I was just coping better day to day because my thoughts were now something I could quiet. I could turn off my “Monkey Brain”, Yoga gave me that strength. I moved my yoga practice to a more yoga centered studio last September after trying Bikram Yoga for a couple of months in the summer. I began to really excel in my practice and my understanding. I try to attend 1 to 2 classes every day now and have done 91 classes in the past 3 months. Kundalini, Yin, and a lot of Hatha based flow classes. I am 43 now and I can do a handstand. I would love to win a scholarship to learn to become a teacher. I see myself growing into something more than just a yoga student, although I don’t know what that might end up being, I’d really appreciate the opportunity to discover. Thanks for reading my story.

 

 
Name Margaret Anderson
Email margaret.anderson@fmr.com


Essay It is my desire to attend the Bali training this year. I feel a strong energetic pull to be there and know it will be a life-changing experience. My path (so far) started with a passion-less upbringing. After highschool I gained 90lbs. I yo-yo'd for a decade. Then after opening up more spiritually realized I created this myself! So I shifted my thinking, worked out and ate less, while creating a thinner more healthy body. It was here I was exposed to yoga and found my peace. I want to share this with as many people as I can! I received my 200-hr yoga training a few years ago and love to teach. I know this training will enhance my pallete and move me to new levels to hopefully do this full time along with my energy and teaching work! It is my passion to empower others with their own divine connection. :) May you always know the peace that dwells within. ~Bliss, Maggie

 

Name brigitt
Email brigittarndt@yahoo.com
Code Word bali
Essay Yoga came into my life through a college roomate. Her family worked at a studio. She died 2 yrs ago and ment a lot to me before she died and even more now her life was cut short at 28. I have scoliosis, anxiety, asthma and allergies. Yoga has been a way for me to stay fit and stretched without running or the outdoors necessary. I think stretching and being limber is way more important than being able to run a mile. Kind of like how you practice math in school, but never use it everyday. You bend and reach everyday, but don't run everyday. Dashama has been a great inspiration close to my age that I came across around myd's death. I still come across people who think yoga is a religion or cult. I tell them it is what you want it to be. For me it's stretching and breathing exercises. Thank you for your consideration!

 

Name Keeley Parkes
Email parkeskeeley@yahoo.co.uk


Essay Yoga came in to my life after experiencing a spiritual awakening from a tragic accident I had eight years ago. It has helped me to become a strong, centered, compassionate individual with a zest for life and a great passion to help individuals reach their full potentioal. My love for people and the plant is immense and I feel yoga has helped me to become more awake, aware and present in the moment. After suffering a brain injury from my accident I was left with many difficulties and my life was turned upside down, but with my daily yoga practice and meditation I was able to see the light and flow with the love that runs through the universe, becoming the focused indiviual that I am today. I want to help others reach their full potential and experience the calmness and peace that yoga can offer each and everyone of us. Peace and love to all. Sat Nam x

 

Name Denise
Email deniseburchett358@gmail.com
Code Word Bella Petite
Essay Yoga has changed my life tremendously! I have been wanting to teach for several years now but I have been stuck in the family Tax business & not able to break free & afford yoga school. Yoga was the only way I over came the disease anorexia. It was a long hard road having such self hatred & sturggles with nutrition. Since yoga I have completely reversed all negatives the disease did to me. I have learned to meditate, love myself & be one with the universe. It helped me completely transform my thinking to acceptance, love & understanding. I am now awake & aware of the precious life I have. I am also vegan & completely healthy; mind, body & soul. I know I deserve this scholarship because teaching yoga, being in the holistic career field is what I was put on this earth to do. It's my destiny to be a yoga teacher & impact the world with my love & soul. My gratitude for this gift would continue through life & I know I would deeply effect people's lives as a teacher. I love & appreciate ever single molecule on this planet. I know I can make a difference with the right training & all the love that I have inside!!
Name Keeley
Email Kwverrett@gmail.com
Code Word Bali
Essay How Yoga, Bali and Veda saved my life.... Yoga entered my life almost 15 years ago in New Orleans where I lived and practiced for many years. When the storm came and after hopping around the country, we settled in Miami. The stress of the sudden change sunk in deeply. Depressed and with a new hypothyroid diagnosis, I refused medication and I began my search for true health and wellness.... After some time, I healed myself holistically and yoga was a huge part of my transformation. A few years later, my husband surprised me with a trip to Bali, a place I had dreamed of going since childhood in Mississippi.. It seems so romantic, lush and exotic it. When we arrived, I immediately felt a peace come over me that was unfamiliar and wonderful.. We explored Bali for several days, I tattooed my arm with the Balinese ohm sign as a reminder of what I felt there. After 15 years of marriage without birth control, we returned home pregnant. Wow! We were relaxed! I miscarried early on, but the blessing is that I had never seen my mother so happy and we reached a type of closeness we had not experienced before. She died suddenly several months later, and her spirit has continued to live in our new baby girl Veda, born 1 year after her death. Needless Needless to say, Veda's first 10 months of life has been a wealth of emotion for us lots of joy and a little bit of sadness without my mother here. us lots of joy and a little bit of sadness without my mother here. Since my pregnancy, I am slowly getting back to my practice of Yoga. I would love to see Bali again especially through The eyes of Yoga... I yearn for the peace I felt there .. After all, Yoga, Bali and Veda saved my life! Namaste' Keeley

 

Name Marcella Gonzales
Email marig_21@yahoo.com


Essay Yoga for me is a big stress reliever. I used to do it when i was younger beacuse my family owned a small business. Owning a business can bring a lot of stress to a family. But that small business wasn't the only thing I had to worry about. I had to make sure everything at work was in order maintaining school work, then be home so I could get dinner started before everyone else got home. I only had 10 minutes to spare, ONLY 10! But those 10 minutes I had enough time to relieve my stress. It takes me to a place that doesn't exist I was in my own little world. I came to a conclustion that if 10 minutes could cure stress then going away to paradise might cure a lot of things for me.

 

Name Varuna Shunglu
Email varunashunglu@gmail.com
Code Word "Bali"
Essay Yoga has been an essential part of my life since I was all of three years old. As a child i suffered many illnesses and was extremely weak. There was a point of time where the doctors had given up hope of my recovery. My parents come from a spiritual background in India and as a consequence of their understanding, decided to put me into a Yogic School thinking it might improve my health condition. After that there was no looking back!My life has never been the same. Yoga as a subtle force has always guided me in every decision I have made in life. It gives me a certain determination and resolution to move from strength to strength. By profession i am a lawyer, yet the magnanimity of Yoga pervades me and has pushed me to become a Yoga teacher two years back. I love sharing this joy with all my loved ones and travel and teach within India. My journey now leads me to enhance these very skills and go deeper by pursuing the Pranashama course and when i saw this opportunity i simply had to apply because i know this is just what i need. Thank you.

 

Name Mona Asinovski
Email mona@ca-green.com


Essay At the first sign of an emotion, the first thing I want to do is run away from the intensity. How do I change the situation to remove the feeling? How do I forget? Everyone's got their own method. Some drink, some rage- I eat, to tell you the truth- and it's all the same process of violence and consumption. I don't want to do that. I want to feel my anger, my jealousy, and my fear- so that I may understand them. So I can, as Thich Nhat Hanh says, cradle them in my arms and soothe them. I want to study their intensity and duration. The particular topsy-turvy situations. The frustrations. I live my life in a whirlwind of sensation often caused solely by the proximity of other people. Or the tension in between my shoulders. And I want to dive into emotion's waters and analyze cause. Yoga saved me an early crash by bulimia. And years later, I find myself relapsing on the West Coast and I know I need immersion. I teach in the community and as an activist, but with my recent health problems, I feel like I've lost my authenticity. I want to take time in a community of healers to come back to reawaken my consciousness. To break my current cycle, and build my life up with more meaning. I live from the tip of one paycheck to another, and another training would not be possible for me without a scholarship. Thank you so, so very much for your consideration.







 

Name Jana Menard Apergis
Email ziggy2feetz@gmail.com


Essay No such thing as coincidences! Unknowingly yoga has been a part of my whole life. As a child in a troubled home I used stretching and flexibility to cope with the stress. And now 30 years later, yoga is in my life again as a way to channel my new restlessness and direct the second half of my life. Without yoga, I would be lacking a self-realization, knowledge of our bodies and wisdom about love and energy. I NEED to teach yoga so I can share with gratitude what I have learned. So many people need healing and I have a burning desire to be a part of their journey. I also have a opportunity to open a yoga studio in a small town that lacks one. To introduce and educate this community about yoga as a way of life is something that I feel my whole life has been marching towards. PLEASE help me make this happen financially by voting for me to receive a scholarship. From my heart, thank you!

 

Name kassandra
Email kassie1984@hotmail.com
Code Word Bella petite
Essay I am young and vibrant positivism I thirst for knowledge and my goal in life is to be peaceful and serene. 2 years ago I got the tattoo 'Aum' on the wrist because it reminds me of well me and focus to achieve a state of well being. Yoga is part of recently in my life but will not leave now. Yoga allows me to be at peace. When I saw the difficult situations I try to meditate and do yoga to make a decision more serene. I would like to learn more about yoga Having started dancing for some time I believe that yoga is beneficial to me because I lack flexibility and concentration. I know I could not go there again because the contest ends tomorrow, looking at the number of votes that some people have received for this competition, statistically I do not think my dream today, but we never know what little life that we reserve I send it to the universe Sorry for my bad English because I am French Eat Pray Love:) that's my dream bali

 

Name brigitt
Email brigittarndt@yahoo.com
Code Word bali
Essay Yoga came into my life through a college roomate. Her family worked at a studio. She died 2 yrs ago and ment a lot to me before she died and even more now her life was cut short at 28. I have scoliosis, anxiety, asthma and allergies. Yoga has been a way for me to stay fit and stretched without running or the outdoors necessary. I think stretching and being limber is way more important than being able to run a mile. Kind of like how you practice math in school, but never use it everyday. You bend and reach everyday, but don't run everyday. Dashama has been a great inspiration close to my age that I came across around myd's death. I still come across people who think yoga is a religion or cult. I tell them it is what you want it to be. For me it's stretching and breathing exercises. Thank you for your consideration!

 

Name Dakota De Dreu
Email xnippynoodlesx@yahoo.com
Code Word Bali
Essay Well, something I'd like to say about yoga......it has COMPLETELY changed my life, and it still is today, every day. I cannot express my gratitude for the practice.For a little bit over a year I have been genuinely taking my practice seriously to help better myself so that I can be the positive light I want to be. It is a working progess. It started out when I was 13, my mom took me to my 1st class. On and off I'd gone 2 classes only understanding the physical aspects. After my drug abuse, I'd turned to yoga, as a self-help and healing, spiritual understanding practice...much more than physical. I was depressed, no job, no ambition. I still have struggles but things are only getting better. Yoga has taught me to learn about myself to learn about life, and every day I am learning more. It's an amazing journey. <3 Yoga, inspires me, delights me, intrigues me, teaches me, knows me, helps me, heals me. There is much more to be said, but I don't think that is necessary. Thank you for taking the tyme...to practice yoga Ad offer an oppurtunity to those who desire to deepen their knowledge of this practice. ~'*'<-><3<->'*'~

 

Name Natasha
Email bunnylover_09@hotmail.com
Code Word Bali
Essay Before I tried Yoga, I was a destructive person. I was depressed, I felt sorry for myself, and I did not do things to make my body healthy. I constantly thought of suicide after my fiance left me for another woman. I turned to psychiatry and the drudge of full time work. Eventually I followed the advice of a good friend, to heal my body, which would in time heal my heart. I started drinking natural herbal teas, changing my diet and pursued yoga. When I did yoga my body felt different. It felt lighter, and more energetic. My mind was clearer, and I was able to focus. Yoga became a spiritual and physical cleanse. A place to escape the stresses of life. Eventually yoga helped me overcome my fear of dancing in front of people by accepting my love of dancing, especially ballet. It allowed me to move and flow without harsh effort, without being scared. Because of Yoga I gained the confidence and skill to pursue Dance Therapy in college as my major, so that in the future I can help others to have a therapeutic outlet. I am not a professional yogi, but I want to understand it better. Learning leads to wisdom and understanding leads to peace. But the peace that one has with others must come from inside first.

 

Name Jennifer Anderson
Email jena_74@yahoo.com


Essay Here is a letter I wrote to a friend I lost to cancer. “Last year while living in the Sierra Mountains I chose to kick off your birthday with an early morning yoga class. At the beginning of the class the instructor asked us to think of a friend to dedicate the experience too. She told us to picture that friend floating on a fluffy cloud sitting at the front of our mat and to choose a feeling that we wanted to send them that they may be in need of. After manifesting the feeling in our 3rd eye chakra, we were told to push it down into our hearts, open our chest, wrap it in love and send it to you from our heart chakra as a beaming blue light. Many poses and some tears later, when the class was coming to an end, she asked us to remember that friend we dedicated this class too. ‘Now picture them again on that fluffy cloud at the front of our mats, but now look at their face and see that the corners of their mouths are turned up in smile, they have received our gifts’. She then asked us to send you back on your way to wherever you would be at that moment~ John, I sent you happiness, peace, rest and my love. I felt so lucky to have walked into that class, not knowing how to spend that emotional day and finding a way to feel connected to you. That instructor couldn't of known and yet said all the right things. I kept that feeling with me the rest of the day honoring you and your life~ Happy birthday John, love, your friend, JenA” Two yrs later, while visiting my stepfather in the hospital, also suffering from cancer, I saw a poster on the wall advertising Yoga Therapy for cancer patients. At that moment a light went on in my mind, and heart, and I found my desired purpose. The journey I’ve had with my yoga practice has helped provide clarity, strength and healing throughout my life. I would be grateful for this opportunity to deepen my practice and further my awareness and enlightenment so I can share and help others through the powerful benefits and love of yoga.

 

Name Cheryl
Email chezboo@btinternet.com


Essay When I opened this site I immediately went to the entries page to read other peoples applications - to determine whether I should bother doing one myself - would mine be enough? I doubted. This kind of says it all about me really and the journey I have been on for some time now. My struggles have been internal and over time yoga has slowly but surely been helping me with those. I practice daily as a reminder to myself that I'm worth the effort! even when I don't feel like I am. I guess that's what I want to share with others - self worth and a sense of 'lightness' and I really feel yoga brings that out of people - we all have it inside but I think it often gets buried. I am far from 'finished' where my journey is concerned (and my Inner-Yogi knows this is exciting!)so every day I practice and I try to be more accepting, more patient, more aware of the beauty of life and those moments where you think 'where the hell am I going?' 'What on earth am I doing with my life???' Yoga reminds me to keep breathing, keep smiling and keep believing that I'll get there. I hope we all get where we need to be. Namaste x x x x

 

Name Adrianne G.
Email Adrianne.Garrett92@gmail.com
Code Word Bella Petite
Essay Yoga has been very inspirational to my life. It helps me clear my mind and focus solely on my body. Yoga helps me relieve the stress and anxiety that I face in my daily life. It also helps me keep my chakra energies balanced. If I didnt have yoga in my life, I believe that it would be unbalanced. In a way yoga has saved me and molded me into the person that I am today.

 

Name Loren -Lee Steinberg
Email l.steinberg@freitan.co.za
Code Word Bali
Essay Dear Advertiser I am a mere 1.49 cm & like many of us at this height somehow feels challenged by the outside world that is domineering.I find my focus in doing my meditation with the help of YOGA.Im so confident,relaxed and determined to tackle my nxt task and full of life to live..It promotes spiritual unity and makes me stronger and relax my body and mind.I feel much discipline in that way and it helps me to practice patience too. I believe that i deserve this scolarship as i would like to tke this oppertunity as a longterm career.

 

Name veronica
Email veronicalaurasuarez@hotmail.com
Code Word violeta999
Essay I really wanna go and learn!!! and see more of my self and how to give it at 100% with no effort or manipulation, being the love i am and learn how to create real abundance givin that, not "working" but being-givin-sharing myself with joy! create the concious iam, create the body concious i want and be grounded- conftable in it. I learnt yoga alone at home, that gave me the power of change my body, listening so I want to expand that in all the aspects of my life, I want to create the world I see inside me :)!!! ´The "reallity" here is I don´t have any money don´t even know how I´m gonna do it if I win..., but I don´t wanna stop just for that I prefer to share my love and desires and see what happens..., maybe all the packet comes together...Inclusive Visa :)! All my love to you Dashama you`re an inspitration for me:D!

 

Name Arifah Fungsiani
Email fungsiani@yahoo.com
Code Word Bali
Essay Yoga helps me a lot in getting through many events in my life. I helped me in recovery after I got fractures on my knee cap, and also helps me to face problems or events in life with awareness. It gives me courage, patience, and understanding. I wish I can share the benefits of yoga, especially that I have felt, with others. I want to be able to teach or to share yoga in the right way with the right knowledge. So far I feel I have so little knowledge about yoga and I really wish that I will get the opportunity to comprehend yoga with all of the aspects. I want to be able to share the right perspective about yoga especially to people who are new to yoga. I am local Indonesian, and the training fee is too high for me to afford. So I really hope that I can join the training by scholarship.

 

Name Cheyenne Beard
Email cheyennebeard2013@gmail.com


Essay I was told by my family, my peers that beauty is in the eye of the beholder, and struggles build you as an individual, as a soul and make you strong.I will reminisce on a single specific yoga session held by one of my most beloved friends. It was the day after the incident and i was still shaken but i needed that since of security in order to contain my emotions. My yoga instructor told us to lay down and close our eyes. She instructed us to imagine our problems in our current situations, and then imagine a white light slowly consuming those problems. I felt the imagined object consuming my ever growing fear of myself. It consumed that fear of that night and how I felt alone when the man was finished with me. I felt once again my mothers sweet touch against my back telling me everything will be fine. I felt that white light diminishing the very last speck of insecurity that the man spewed into the innocence that was my body. In that very moment in that class I would once again find myself, and recognize that even with the struggle of climbing the mountains of life there will always be a way to conquer our fears. Yoga was that light to my redemption from only myself. Struggle is nearly synonymous to the word power, because in order to obtain power within, you have to see the struggle outside. When i am asked what yoga has done for me i gently smile and i say, yoga introduced me to who i am today. Yoga provided me with the stability and the sound function that dictates my every process and allowed peace to be my brother. Yoga was my white light of hope, and the consumer of my fears. Yoga is happiness, peace and conciliation. Yoga is me.

 

Name Cheryl
Email bigus.nomads@gmail.com


Essay In the past year I have made some profound changes in my life. I moved with my family to a new country to preserve and rebuild our lives. We left our home country with our possessions and are starting over from scratch. During this journey, I have learned a few very important lessons going forward. My path is my own - I own my path and it’s OK to be exactly where I am; all my experiences occurred to teach me so I can teach others. Forgiveness - living through intense betrayal has taught me that the act wasn’t personal against me nor about me, it was about the betrayer, it’s their story to work out. Speak my truth - My health and my spirit can’t thrive unless I listen and speak my truth no matter who disagrees, their truth is their own, it doesn’t have to be mine. Honor my body - my body houses my mind and spirit, when I respect and nourish it, it feeds my mind. Give back/Pay it forward - write about and teach what I have learned. If I am going through this journey there are many more like me that need my guidance. Give of myself, not all of myself - when I give, if I give everything there is nothing left for me and that benefits no one. I can give and not surrender all of me to a circumstance or another person. Putting me first nourishes me and makes me more capable to give my gifts. For me, yoga has opened my heart, my voice and given me a sense of power and clarity to accept and love my journey, then share my wisdom through coaching others that need their own new clarity.

 

Name Daniela L.
Email danielaaa.x3@live.com
Code Word Bali
Essay Yoga has definitely been a great stress reliever in my life! Not that I am super stressed all the time, but there comes times that school and work comes at me all at once, and I just need some type of relaxation - Yoga would be mine. A good hour of yoga a day helps me escape to a euphoric state of mind. I love it! It has helped me stay in shape, as well; which is great!! I think everyone who cares about their health and well-being should do Yoga here and there. I am completely positive it will help; at the end of a class, you feel a sense of relief and energy that is irreplaceable. I think I should win this scholarship because I will surely take great advantage of it, be highly grateful, and enjoy it to the fullest! Thank you.

 

Name Meredith Hill
Email surf00naked@gmail.com


Essay I don't have a sob story, or any reason, really, to be chosen over anyone else. But Yoga is one of my favorite parts of my wonderful life, and I have a strong desire to share that with others. I have dreamed, for years, of attending teacher training, but I honestly can't afford it. I'd like to do a Kharma Yoga program but I can't get the time off of work. So when I saw an ad for a chance to win a scholarship to one of these, I figured, "you can't win if you don't try" right? If I could obtain a teacher certification, I would volunteer to give free yoga classes in my (and other) neighborhoods. I already have a full time job as a soldier in the US Army, but my passion in my free time is Yoga and helping others, and with a teacher's certification, I could bring those passions together. So thanks for considering me. It's the chance of a lifetime.

 

Name Thalihanna Belle
Email hjpd08@yahoo.com


Essay I am Thalihanna (silent H. aka Hanna), as Asian-Spanish. I have always had a deep passion for modeling. I love fashion and style, and I also have a love for photography. I believe that fashion and photography combined is an astounding work of art and creativity. I believe that modeling is an expressive art form seeing that it shows movement and feelings in a still photo. Modeling is what I want to do for the rest of my life. It is the path I want to take. It is what I desire to excel at. I love working with people who guide me through each photo shoot so that I may acquire more knowledge and help me to get up there. I am a shy person but I am working on it. As much as I love modeling, I also desire something from it. I want it to mold me and help me grow into a better person. I expect it to assist me to surmount my timidity and give me confidence. Moreover, I hope that It would better my lifestyle. But most and important of all, I want it to facilitate me help to people, both adults and children, in need. I long to be able to give them shelter, provide them food and show them LOVE. Modeling is not all about fame, and money. Nor is it about a pretty face or a hot body. To me, modeling is more about expressing yourself and showing your love for fashion and your ability to be creative. I am probably nothing out of the ordinary. I am probably not as pretty or hot as the other girls. But am I to blame? My desire is to follow this path. I may not have a million-dollar face or a body to die for, but I am someone who has a heart for modeling and fashion. I am a normal someone who is following my dreams and that’s what makes me special. When I get up there, I want to stay humble and down-to-earth. I want to be different and make a difference. I just want to stand out. I just want to be Hanna… I am a simple girl with BIG DREAMS. I am Thalihanna. "Let the world know you as you are, not as you think you should be, because sooner or later, if you are posing, you will forget the pose, and then where are you?"

 

Name Bokhara Lashi
Email bokhara@embodyzen.com
Having begun a yoga practice as a child before I ever knew the word it has been an integral part of my health, my philosophy, my life. It is a state of mind. It is a way of finding grace and peace when the ebb and flow of life holds you mercilessly in the current. It is what saved my mind, my body and my heart when I lost my mother on the cusp of time I moved across country to finally get to know her. Left with but a few memories residing in the darkness of a young child's fading recollection I found myself feeling loss and impermanence more than any other time in my life and yoga was my saving grace. With each asana my loss moved through me and peace and appreciation settled into its place. Now, 5 years after my mothers passing and 3 years after beginning my small business I reflect on my personal practice with my eyebrows furrowed and shock to what it has become or failed to become more accurately. The motivation, the focus, the dedication has slipped and I find myself easily distracted from the mat. With the passing of the holidays the weight of life's loss and impermanence has found its way back into my heart. Removing myself from the focus on my business and resetting my yoga practice is just what is needed! With your vote the Bali Yoga Retreat will be possible for me, reawaken my motivation, my practice, my center to have peace in this life's ebb and flow. I aspire to reset the internal focus and find myself dedicated back to the mat finding replenishment and grace on a daily basis for many more years to come. With Gratitude, Bokhara Lashi
Name Nneka
Email nnekaotim@gmail.com

Yoga has changed my life any so many ways. As a child I had this innocence, this unconditional love inside my heart. I didn't have fear,i was so trusting of myself and others. I remember being that way and then something happened. I experienced a lot of hurt and pain. Growing up i faced a lot of adversity, negativity, and anger. For so long i have had this wall up, afraid to show compassion and love. Until i began to do yoga in my early 20's. It has opened my heart,world, and shown me that opening your heart does not mean your making your self susceptible to pain and betrayal. More than anything, when you open your heart the world begins to feel more trust worthy,manageable,orderly and loving. Now when i am faced with adversity,yoga has helped me to communicate with clarity and compassion.I want to provide that for others. Regardless of your background, race or culture we can all fearlessly generate more peace and love in the world through each of our interactions.Yoga has helped me on my journey to find my inner child. I will be so grateful to receive this scholarship. Yoga has given me so much over the years. This scholarship will allow me to be of service to others.
Name Charlotte Janowski
Email Andromeda.Onyxray@gmail.
Code Word Bali


Essay My name is Charlotte Janowski. I turned to Yoga and Meditation at the age of 24. I am young on my yogic journey, now 26, but listen to my story. I have been treated by so many doctors who have tried to diagnose and misdiagnose me all my life. At the age of 16, i was raped by an aquaintance of mine while passing out in my parents house. From that time on i became closed to the world. I shelled away my heart. I wore all black and started doing poorly in school. I blamed myself for what had happened, and boys in my high school halls mocked me and called me names. I believed them. I began to slice up my body in secret, them they were just visible and now one cared. I have over 100 visible sacrs. Then finally graduating to full blown scarification that i received in New York from a Brooklyn scarification artist at age 21. The doctor cut deep cuts along my rib cage that i still have to this day. Tons of doctors tried to medicate a very persistent diagnosis of Depression, Borederline Personality Disorder, and finally Bi-Polar disorder. But i don't belive these doctors. I believe that eating right, and yoga and meditation prectices are better than any medication, most of which caused me to have horrible side effects. Yoga is the only thing i have found, and it saved me. It completely saved me, and i was hooked at once. Trying to learn, listen and attend every calss i could afford. It taught me peace, peace between my body and mind. The delicate "union" which is so important for us to maintain here on Earth and coexist. It has helped me learn to trust again, especially dealing with my anxiety around men, and have compassion not only for other people, but myself. It has taught me the most important lesson, to forgive myself. I am young on my path, but i know the secret to happiness is through the Yogic Yamas. I do not have the money to afford this type of amazing healing experience otherwise. I also wish to feel Dashama's amazing healing energy, i just think being in the pressence of such a being of light would help me so much. I feel like this would help me in my healing and transformation, so that i will be able to help others who have had similar darknesses, and help bring the to see the light! Namaste. <3

 

Name Jerry McCormies
Email jwmccormies@aol.com
Code Word Bella Petite
Essay Please share, in 350 words or less, how yoga has changed your life, helped you to overcome obstacles and why you should win the scholarship. *Please include 'Bella Petite' code word if you were referred through Jim Karas, OMP or BP Magazine. *Please include "Bali" code word if you received a flyer from a member of the Pranashama team. I started doing yoga about 1 year ago, mainly because I have scoliosis and osteo-arthritis. I also wanted to incorporate yoga into my regular workout routine. I lift weights, attend other classes that my gym offers, (bootcamp, body blast, etc). Due to my back problems, I do not sleep very well. I toss and turn, and usually wake up exhausted. Since I started doing yoga, I feel so much better. My back feels better, I sleep better and all of my friends have noticed the changes in my physique. However, I enjoy yoga so much, that I want to completely "dive in" to learn everything I can about yoga, and someday possibly teach it. I need a change in my life, and I think yoga is the perfect option for me. If I win this scholarship, not only will I be forever greatful, I will learn as much as possible, so that I can help as many people as possible. Thank you for this opportunity!

 

Name Shane
Email tonyarmstrong18@gmail.com


Essay Hey Everyone, I've been following Dashama's youtube videos since I was 19 and in college. I'm 25 now, run my own business, and still just as warmed by her videos as I was when I was 19. I've been slowly incorporating her philosophies, nutrition, and yoga practices into my life...here is a quick recap. I've gone from eating a lot of meat to going completely vegan. I've gone from not knowing anything about yoga to practicing it regularly. I've gone from being a bit hectic in my mind, to more at ease with all around me. I'm fortunate to have found Dashama 6 years ago... and I would love to get to meet her in person and share some wonderful experiences together.

 

Name Estefania Villanueva
Email Estefania.villanueva@hotmail.com
Code Word Bella Petite
Essay When I found yoga, I found life. It isn't until one focuses on the human body that one truly realizes what it is capable of. It is with that discovery that the mind and soul begin to appreaciate their home. Then all three become one and peace flows throughout, overcoming all negativity. With all that, life is seen through an entirely different perspective. Everything and everyone becomes significant. Each holds a unique purpose and whether the circumstance seems bitter or not, you are confident that it is all for a positive future. If not for you, then for somebody else. Learn to appreciate peace and serenity, and share it. That is life. I know this program will guide me to guide those who are willing to open up to the universe. When they experience what I and many others have experienced, yoga will receive the gratitude it deserves.

 

Name Diana
Email projectlalaland@gmail.com
Code Word Bali
Essay I started doing yoga about 10 years ago. It has been a blessing in my life as far as teaching me simply how to breathe. Through the years life has definitely thrown some curve balls my way and having yoga has saved my life physically mentally and spiritually. Id love to learn more and get the opportunity to immerse myself in yoga for a concentrated period of time so inturn i can share with whomever i cross paths with whatever is needed. Its been a dream of mine to travel over seas and get to have this experience and take the time to heal . To me yoga in all about looking within. Time to dive into the soul and shine bright!

 

Name Lissa Sablan-Flores
Email lissa.flores@yahoo.com


Essay I came to the practice of Yoga just as many Westerners do – out of necessity resulting from the stresses of life. In 2004, I came to a crossroads in my life: my marriage was coming to a painful end as a result of my spouse’s drug abuse. My loved one’s addiction had over the years become my affliction as well, yet all the while I acted unaware as a means to protect myself from further hurt and pain of what I inherently knew, but tried to deny, was impending. The events of that year shook my world and life as I knew it to its very core. Everything seemed to be crumbling around me and I felt as though I was sinking into the muddiest of waters with no way to pull myself and my family out of peril. I had taken up yoga years prior but practiced only infrequently and with no real connection to its powerful benefits. But the more I came to my mat, the more I was able to see things with better clarity. At first, I practiced as a means to keep myself preoccupied. But this very avoidance technique quickly failed me; through my practice I had no choice but to come face to face with deep-seeded issues and emotions. From that point on, every moment on the mat was met with closer introspect to what ailed me emotionally. The resulting discovery led to a realization of what my body was outwardly manifesting as a result of my emotional state. And every realization led to the reawakening of my spirituality and eventually the renewal and rebirth of my soul. Today I continue on this Yoga path eager to learn and experience more about myself, others and the universe. I have since reconciled with my husband and we are both working toward rebuilding our marriage and our family. Forgiveness, healing, trust and a return to love would not have been possible without my little green, well-used mat. With every fiber of my being I truly believe this awesome transformation was made possible only through my journey with yoga. This tranformation also led me to pursue yoga teaching certification. I was so grateful for my practice that I wanted to share the gift of yoga with others. So I cultivated a warrior's courage and finally pursued a 200-hour yoga teaching certification course and became certified in 2010, and continue to expand my knowledge to better my skills as a yoga guide. My experiences and my life now are definite proof that indeed from the muddiest of waters grows a beautiful lotus! I live in Guam which is so close in geographic proximity to Bali but financial resources are very limited and prevent me from attending quality yoga teacher training retreats. I research various websites and videos and read various yoga periodicals and holistic healing material to further my knowledge and enhance the sessions I lead. I feel so very blessed to be able to share the light within and the joy and benefits of this practice with others who are also in search of deep healing and finding their soul again...So, I'm sending my wish out to the Universe right here and now to be able to win this scholarship! Namaste from Guam, Lissa Sablan-Flores Yoga Instructor CYT-200

 

Name Jaysun Melia
Email djjaysun@hotmail.com


Essay The word Yoga means to join and Asthanga represents the eight limbs of Yoga. In our culture and society most people only think about the asana practice when thinking about Yoga but that is only one of the eight all important limbs of yoga. I am currently a yoga student of about 8-10 years and I’m also a yoga instructor for 2 years. I have been running a homeless family shelter for 4 years and I’m working on completing my second master’s degree as a licensed mental health counselor. I mention this only because I feel as though I have 8 limbs which are constantly being tugged and pulled in all directions. Yoga is where my true self, my atman lies and it’s often times the first limb that I allow to be tugged off and I let slip out of my grasp. I know that given the opportunity to attend the Pranashama Yoga Retreat in Bali I would be able to join all eight of those limbs and truly reach Samadhi or divine consciousness. It is my goal to one day be able to incorporate all of my education and trainings and life skills into my one true passion Yoga. My heart smiles at the idea of being able to dedicate my whole self towards helping others mentally, physically and spiritually through the practices and philosophies of Yoga. I know after spending 30 days in Bali at the Pranashama Teacher Training with Dashama’s knowledge and instruction my feet would be permanently stuck to my sticky mat. This trip would give me the knowledge, inspiration and guidance I would need to make a giant leap forward on my yogic journey. I can not think of a better place than Bali or instructor than Dashama to truly experience the meaning of Yoga. We hear the word Samasthiti in class all the time but do we know the real definition, “A state of balance”. This retreat and glimpse in to paradise would undeniably give me and teach me how to show others what Samasthiti really means. Love and light to all, namaste.

 

Name Angela Tompkins
Email Angela@qualitylifemassage.com
Code Word Bali
Essay Yoga is an essential part of my life. Without it my body is in pain, my energy low and my work is performed far from my potential. With yoga in my routine I function over all on a higher level of awareness and performance. In 2006 after traveling a solo journey in South America for a half a year I decided I was going to become a massage therapist. Half a year later I was living in Costa Rica studying massage, doing yoga every morning and becoming part of the community. After graduation I stayed there to start my practice. My days consisted of teaching morning yoga on the beach, surfing, giving massages, speaking Spanish, fire dancing and cooking good food.. Life was good. I eventually returned home to continue my learning journey. After 3 years I earned my bachelors degree in Alternative Medicine. I am now in a Health Coach Training program at The Institute of Integrative Nutrition which is wonderful. I am certified in Mat Pilates and Budokon Yoga, however I have yet to complete my 200 hour course and this program is right up my alley! It's always been my dream to go to Indonesia especially Bali. I've been looking at this program since last summer and since have been recommended to meet Dashama by mutual friends here in South Florida. I know I'm really late for aiming for votes but I wanted to put it out there anyway. I am already up to my eyeballs with student loans. If it is meant to be I will find a way... Yoga is my everything..

 

Name Kimberley Martinez
Email kim@kimberleymartinez.com


Essay In 2007 my 3 year old son Isaac was diagnosed with Leukemia. My husband and I struggled to make ends meet, and stress and bills piled up. Our marriage ended and I didnt have a lot of family to turn to. My grandmother who was my best friend had passed a few years before, and my mother was a struggling alcoholic. On the way home from visiting her, I was in a bad car accident which left me in physical pain and physical therapy for six months. I could barely do wall push ups even at the end of treatment. My therapist recommended yoga and it helped me immensely. My stress reduced and my muscles grew stronger. In 2010 I lost my mom due to her drinking and a housefire. Emotionally, I was scarred but yoga and faith helped me through. I met Dashama on a project for her TV Show and she taught my son and I healthier eating and sparked his interest in yoga. He is now cancer free (one year Jan 2012!). Dashama was truly an inspiration and her teaching of yoga and the way it has literally transformed my life, and my sons life is proof that not only does it help you physically, but mentally as well. I am hoping to further my yoga training so that I may teach in an addiction treatment center and help those overcome their addictions by strengthening their mind/body connection.
Name Cat O'Connor
Email yogacat4life@gmail.com


Essay Yoga has provided me with many gifts; the gift of the present moment, the gift of balance and calm in the face of adversity and stress, as well as the gift of passion. My passion is yoga; practicing yoga and offering yoga to others in order to support their own yogic journey. Yoga has taught me that each breath, each moment is a gift, which allows me to contribute to the betterment of myself and my community. I was first introduced to yoga more than 10 years ago when, as a new mom, I needed an accessible way to be active, while still having my young daughter close by. Who knew what the future held: this one hour ‘fitness class’ became my passion. I began to notice positive changes, physical, mental, and emotional: an increased sense of calm and focus; increased flexibility, endurance and strength . . . in a word, balance. As I began to recognize the tremendous value to be gained from yoga, I immersed myself more deeply into my practice. Over the past ten years, yoga has become one of the pillars of my mental and physical well being, seeing me through the birth of my second, beautifully-inspiring daughter, as well as the uncertainty and difficulty experienced during my separation from my partner of 13 years. Through joy and through pain, yoga has provided me with space to re-focus and work on being grounded. I am currently struggling to find a way, as a single, working mom, to live my passion; to obtain my Teachers Training Certification and offer yoga full time – this is what I Feel is my life work. If given this opportunity, it will allow me to begin to truly see my passion come alive and, in turn, this will allow me to bring the gift of yoga to as many other people as possible. This would be a life changing opportunity and I look forward to the journey! Namaste.

 

Name D.L. Carpenter
Email deannalynette5503@yahoo.com


Essay Surrender. There is something within that beckons for me to release, to simply allow and let be. As I am curled over in resting pigeon pose, feeling my hips release emotion that I have tucked deep within them for so long, my mind - sensing the pain and challenge this pose places on my body - becomes all too aware and starts to focus on that pain. I want to give up. I want to release myself from this asana, roll up my mat and quietly dismiss myself from this heated room. I at least tried, I tell myself which seems to be enough - at least in my mind. As I start to slowly come up, without warning I am pulled back down to my mat, this time getting deeper into the pose. My hip is like a door swung wide open and I feel emotion running free through each drop of sweat rolling down my body. And then the tears fall. As they roll down my cheeks with force and vigor, my heart moves along with them. I feel a coolness permeating me as I lie with forehead touching my mat. I stop fighting this process and in that moment, decide to allow what is desiring to be to simply be. I tell my mind it's OK and that this discomfort won't last always. I breathe in slowly and deeply and with the exhale, relinquish control and surrender to the winds of my transformation. The practice of yoga always has a way of finding itself into my life at the very moment growth and elevation are apparent. As I look at my relationship with this practice, I see that it has been that thing I come to each time I am stretched to become more than what I have been up until that moment. Yoga anchors me and grounds me in the present which admittedly doesn't come easy for me. Yoga - through its very nature - forces me to look within and stay at the center, to stay in the eye of the emotional, intellectual, physical and spiritual storm of my transformation. Yoga is my companion, helping me to navigate the watery realms of emotion I find myself sojourning. Yoga takes my hand, guiding me and encouraging me to find solace and oneness with the highest expression of myself. Through yoga, I see and feel God wanting to unfold within me completely. With yoga, I learn how to surrender and allow that unfolding to be.

 

Name Tamer Anthony Begum
Email tamer.begum@gmail.com


Essay As I continue to peruse my passion for international travel and making the world a better place, the power of music, yoga and global service is what drives my everyday life. I’ve come to my refined vision and that is: I want to help students and athletes achieve functional fitness, and awakened wellness, while teaching ordinary people how to fly. Helping me achieve my level one Pranashama yoga certification would in turn help me continue giving the gift of yoga to thousands of students, athletes and people around campus, and around the globe. Every day I make the conciseness choice as to what I want to do, and where I want to be... As Ben Stein once said: “The first step to getting the things you want out of life is this: Decide what you want.” Please vote for me and help my dreams of traveling to Bali, summer of 2012 come true! ☺

 

Name Jessica
Email jesscrase@yahoo.com


Essay I was first introduced to yoga in 2001 and though I have fallen from the mat throughout the years, I have always managed to find my way back knowing that it is the healthiest of cures. It wasn’t until this year that I had made the decision to train to become a teacher, not only to deepen my practice but most importantly to reach out to those with personal struggles. No matter what degree, we all have them. I made a conscious effort to challenge these issues the best I knew how, through Yoga. I must say that there are days that just finding my way to the mat can be the biggest challenge. I began study in the health sciences including anatomy and physiology, working towards a Nursing degree in 2009, knowing that I wanted to somehow partake in the healing processes of lives. However, with some reflecting, I have set the time aside to focus more on what seems to resonate with me the most, the direction of preventative care and emotional healing. Yoga. From my personal experiences of knee surgery, several broken bones, and arthritis (I am 33 years old), I have found that Yoga is the most healing prescription. Not only for myself, but I KNOW CAN be for others. I manage to use my practice not only for exercise, but to reflect, find inner peace, and challenge myself when I have felt that I couldn’t. In doing so, I began the biggest journey of all. Acceptance and changing the way I see the world and myself, to never stop learning about who I am and my practice. This is my Yoga. Namaste

 

Name Anni Witt
Email acw1986@gmail.com



Hello everyone, my name is Anni and I believe in emotional contagion. Let's imagine I'm walking down the street and I lock eyes with a stranger, a school teacher, and instead of steering my gaze away I smile at her. The school teacher, thrown off by the unanticipated ":-D", takes a second to become aware of her thoughts and turns what was a sad/serious looking face into a happy one. Her face lights up, her eyes twinkle and she returns the smile. Endorphins are released and she feels happier than she did 1 minute ago. The school teacher continues her walk to school and glows with a positive attitude. She arrives at work and spreads her good energy to all of her 25 students. She smiles, uplifting all of the children's moods. At the end of the school day the kids return home in good spirits. They tell their parents about their good day in school, which in turn makes the parents happy. Happy children = Happy parents. A Happy Smiling Face = Happy Stranger = Happy Friend/Family = Happy Neighbors = Happy Human Beings = Happy Planet Earth. We are all connected and Joy is contagious! Yoga brings out the good in me, the happy in me. Like champagne it makes me sparkle. I want to share my happiness with others. I want to help clear out anxiety that others are struggling with; help people view their mistakes not as flaws, but as lessons. I want to guide others in finding peace in chaos; show others that they are capable of more than they think they are, for yoga has done all of that for me. I am ready to make an impact, I'm ready to teach: Share. Benefit. Experience. Inspire. To learn from someone as inspirational as Dashama would give me great guidance... and would surely put a smile to my face. Namaste.
Name Lacey Leonard
Email leonardl@vcu.edu



I began practicing the asana sequences of yoga about 3 years ago, yet I feel I’ve been living it my whole life. Through a book by Ram Dass, I was introduced to the transformations moving meditations can bring. When I found this healing knowledge my sister was in rehabilitation for a car accident that took her ability to speak and walk from her. This all happened while struggling to maintain a relationship with my drug addicted mother, who ran off a year previously to stay high instead of facing life. My relationship with my mother and sister were my cornerstones, because I always had an abusive father, so “loosing” the two of them simultaneously brought me down to the lowest depression I had known. I guess that only in the darkest night can we see the light.:) It was once I began practicing yoga that I realized so many truths hidden in plain sight. Yoga helped me to see how fortunate I truly was; this lifted me from this cloud of self pity I was suffocating in. Yoga also helped me to find out that no matter what I am never alone, because God is inside of us. I found that I could love God like my mother, sister and father. And I know that God loves me unconditionally. Through this intoxication of my love affair with the Divine I have found undying happiness. Yoga is my dance with/for my Beloved. It’s those movements and meditations that clear my kundalini so that the truest prana can flow through me strengthening my channels to the Divine. I feel that I should win this scholarship because I know my life’s purpose is to ignite the spark of a love of life in others. I’m currently working on a BA in Religious Studies and am focusing on the ancient teachings from Hindu and other Eastern traditions and religions. I believe this will aid me in bringing the true core of yoga’s foundation is to others. My calling is to help restore seekers’ mental, spiritual, and physical dimensions through yoga.
Name Amanda Flaker

amandaleigh80@yahoo.com

I use to hate myself. I used food to numb my desires. I cycled through the trinities of drugs, sex, alcohol, and then religion, fasting, and chastity. Ad nauseam. Nothing seemed powerful enough to touch my heart. I vacillated between indulging in my flesh, and clinging to rigorous programs that helped me feel I had somehow transcended any psychical need. And all the while I had no concept of self-love. No idea that it was possible to heal, to feel whole and accepted and beautiful, just as I was, whether heavy or skinny, indulgent or restrained. When I was 18 I bought my first yoga video. I had no concept of yoga philosophy on a heart level, but physically, I began to feel felt a shift. It was about a year (after various yoga classes at my local gym, but no real introduction to philosophy) I was led me to one of Dashama’s YouTube videos. I remember it was raining outside and I had been crying. I was greeted with Dashama’s contagious smile and the words “Namste. You are loved.” This video led me to sign-up for her 30 Day Yoga Challenge, and for an hour every day I nurtured my body in practice, and my soul through her “Journey to Joyful” book. The time was ripe and I was ready for real change. I cried every day of practicing. I shed weight. I shed layers of emotional wounds. Long-forgotten desire came to the surface, and began to feel – for the first time in years – alive. After the 30 Day challenge and much healing, I knew I would further my practice. As yoga expanded my own self-love,I felt desire to serve others expand. My own path began to blossom, and I felt a gentle, yet certain call to Dashama’s 200 hour training program. I trust that the Universe knows what is best for me, and my healing will continue to unfold in perfection. This is merely my way of affirming my own heart – my own desires, by sending my intention out, and waiting in joyful expectation for the next journey LOVE calls me to. Namaste.
Name Katherine Wooten
Email kwootang@msn.com



For most of my life I have been disjointed. I had always had strife within myself. My junior year of college I decided that the reason I was so angry was because my heart and my mind were always in a constant battle with each other, never agreeing on anything and always pulling me in two directions. This realization made it apparent to me that I needed these two very important parts of my being to start accepting, respecting, and loving each other. Otherwise, I knew I would eventually self destruct. This is when I started meditating and practicing yoga seriously. When I started this discipline I felt love and respect for myself for the first time. I felt like a fountain of love and compassion, flowing forth from me to the world and at the same time recycling back into myself. Through meditation and yoga I was finally able to become one being. My heart and my mind together, grounded as one entity like a tree. This is my meditation. I visualize my heart and mind connecting then growing down my spine and sprouting roots that grow deeper and deeper in the earth, so that no matter what storm comes across I will remain grounded in my being. I pray to receive this scholarship so that I can become a certified teacher, then being able to share my love and compassion with those who wish to better themselves. I want to become a teacher in order to share the great benefits of Yoga. I have been searching for one year for a school that I believed was right for me, and when I came to this site I felt that God wants me to go here. In his divine wisdom and grace I know that he will help me. Maybe through this scholarship program he will, and if not he will provide.
Name Su Yee

suyee03@yahoo.co.uk

I first discovered yoga in summer 2010 when I caved in to depression and toxic eating habits. I had been researching the internet on what and how I could do to get out of the depressing state. My then boyfriend of 3 years was forced to leave the US when he could not continue his studies. That loss threw my entire being off-balance and I was lost. I am still lost. Starting yoga in summer of 2010 helped keep me sane and a little more sensible about my eating habits. It was a pivotal turning point in my life for me knowing that I could always go back to the mat for some quiet peace. I have since lost that relationship, though I am still harboring hopes that things will work out. In the meantime, quietly, through yoga I am learning a little more about myself every time I practice. It is a state of mind and body connection that is very rejuvenating and I am interested to understand how yoga practice works. I love the fact that through proper alignment and breath, we can practice yoga till we are old and grey and wish that I could learn more to be able to share this experience with others. I have once tried to take up the teacher training workshop at the yoga studio near where I live, but I gave up after the first lesson because I was extremely sore and was not able to commit to the rigorous schedule it required while juggling all other responsibilities. I was not ready then. However, something inside called when I saw your email, Dashama and read about this opportunity to train. Perhaps, I am better prepared now. I know that I will eternally be grateful if given the opportunity. Namaste.
Name Katarina Vitas

katarina.vitas@gmail.com

I discovered yoga when I needed it the most. I just looked for the place to be with my feelings and without any expectations, it turned out to be the greatest journey. It also helped me to dig deeper, within myself. I didn't really understand yoga and its connection to a spirit that everyone was talking about, but I still kept practicing yoga.Yoga helped me to learn how to use my breath, to guide it to the places in my body that had emotional holds and needed to be healed. I learned how to let go and to simply "be." Yoga helped me love myself more, and to be more acceptive of my self without judgment. Yoga is an ongoing journey and it changes my life every day. It heals me. I would love to help others and to be the part of their healing journey. I would love to help others discover peace within themselves, joy, to awaken all the hidden potentials within themselves and to discover the healing love of yoga.Getting the scholarship would help me financially to attend such an amazing training with Dashama and will help me on my path to heal others. And I thank you all who by voting for me and help me to achieve that.
Name Brittany Roos
Email roosb@uwindsor.ca

My life has been a clouded mix of emotion, and I have never been able to find stable ground. I lost a sister at 10, and now my father at 22. I grew up not showing emotion which lead me to cutting myself and severe depression. My father passed Nov 2, 2011 and it woke up my mind, body and soul. I felt alive and could feel the emotions that I have kept at bay for so long. He was an alcoholic, and despite his disease, I loved him more than words can express. In October of this year I started to rigorously practice yoga; I had found my peace in it again. On and off for three years have I done yoga but this time a deeper connection was made. It made me feel whole, alive and ready to face life's challenges. Yoga has helped me to start healing my past and Dashama's own story in Journey to the Joyful inspires me and gives me hope that yoga can make me feel my purpose and help to heal old wounds so that I can become the being that aligns with my Divine purpose. I feel that as Dashama's student, I would be in a perfect environment to flourish and heal. I'm not saying I deserve this more than someone else, but I think I deserve a chance at finding out. 

Name Grace
Email lycheeade@hotmail.com

Yoga practice gives me hope; it helps me see beauty and to be free within my body, even when my surroundings do not allow this. Yoga has kept me going while I have been confined within the city, and has given me peace of mind through using my body when I suffered from post-traumatic stress at the beginning of last year. I would love nothing more than to help others achieve health, strength, freedom, peace and spirituality through yoga, to learn how to show people the power of yoga to expand one's world and help them, the way it has done for me. I would also like to free myself with this oppourtunity; to undergo this amazing training course that I cannot afford so that I can focus my life - I wish to bring health and peace into this world, and I can't think of a better way than yoga! Thank You. 

Name Dee Dalia
Email wizdeewiz@aol.com

Essay Hi there youngons. I am probably older than most of the contestants, and probably a lot less flexible as well. However, they always say "you are never too old to learn" right? I know that stress ages you and for the past ten years, I have submitted to stress. Ten years ago, I started a new career as a full time special ed. teacher. Prior to this, I worked a full-time job and took classes full time to get to a master's degree to teach. Many of you "kids" may have been teens ten years ago and do not really recall the stressful events of 9-11. I, however, remember it well. It really affected me and I ended up doing tons of "research" and that opened my eyes to a lot of things. Not to mention, I was new to dealing with children who had emotional and learning disabilities, mixed in with innocent autistic children. The new job, 9-11, and some personal stressors really threw my life a curve ball. As a result, I abandonded my lifestyle and I started eating frankenfoods, I gained weight and lost my desire to exercise. I stopped rollerblading, going to Ballys, I stopped my biking and I stopped doing my yoga. I would come home from work and grade papers or do research or lay down too tired. I gained 30 lbs. and aged 30 years in 10 years!!! 2012 is the year of the shift, should we survive it,I want to make my own shift. I have recently embarked on 80% raw foods program, am doing my yoga tape regularly again and am going to make the shift. I will never fall prey to life's stressors like this again. I want to be prepared for what's comign down the pike in 2012. I cannot think of one person on earth who I would want to learn how to live better from than Dashama. I admire her beauty, strength, joy and spirit. I think she is a teacher of more than just yoga, all I know is I am ready for it and I told myself that I would do this if I somehow came across the additional funds to go. So, if it is in the stars, I'll see you in Bali in 2012!!! 

Name Agata Szubinska
Email ag.szubinska@gmail.com

Hi,I'm Agata and I'm from Poland. I always loved to move. I used to dance for several years and it was my favourite way of spending my time until I received an ankle injury. I had an operation and I spent long weeks with my leg in plaster. After a few months of physical therapy I tried different activities but I discovered yoga was the best for me. Apart from that, I'm a huge fan of healthy lifestyle, I'm interested in diets which increase our energy and empower human body. That is why I have a blog about nutrition, yoga and natural cosmetics. I work with children and their parents every day so I know I enjoy working with groups. Teaching yoga is now my greatest dream, because I want to share my experience how yoga and a proper diet can heal our body and mind. Dashama really inspires me with her work and programs and I would like to take part in her training. Without this scholarship it will probably be impossible. Every vote can help me, thank you! 

Name Daniel Wilson
Email miyamotodaniel@Gmail.com

I could not touch my toes a month ago, but I've been following Dashama's teachings and already I am becoming a limber noodle! I have a slight case of scoliosis, and am always having pain in my neck and spine. I am not progressing at all anymore, it seems - I need to be taught the way! Please, please, please vote for me, and make all my dreams a reality! I promise to document my progress and inspire others who may not be at their full potential. I need your help, and I've never won anything in my life :( 


Namemegan amigo
Emailxoamigo@aol.com
My spirit is on a journey and is seeking all avenues to further expand my awareness and consciousness and elevate towards light and love. I do not have the funds to act on this passion- It is my intention to manifest this experience with you in Bali. I send infinite love and positivity :] peace


Name Vern Duiker
Email Vernduiker@hotmail.com

I am at a crossroads in my life. Do I sail free from the clutches of drudgery? Or, get further mired in the steady march of the treadmill life? Yoga has cracked open that door for me. I have recovered from a cloudy existence letting life's emotional dampness fill my heart. It has bogged down my flight hopefully not to the point of no return. Yoga has given me that hope of breaking free from the fetters of this earthly life. The door is cracked, I see the light, I long for the relief of dedicated training. The way is clear to me, but years of neglect has jammed the door keeps my dream restrained. With my Yoga techniques I reach through the crack and with tremendous strain I stretch and bend, adjust and turn, willing my body to be free. I see it I feel it with all my heart, mind and soul. I'm ready- but one part of my body is stuck: my head. The runway is clear. Yoga take off eminent. I'm so very anxious to transform into a bird so light in flight that it lifts all those around into a flight of their own. Help me help them, break me free of this heavy path with this emersion of training- UN-JAM my door! 

Name angela cheveau
Email Glowingangel@hotmail.co.uk

Yoga has changed my life immeasurably and i feel like I can never go bak to being the girl I was before i went to my first yoga class.It has helped me to cope with the death of my father and grandmother, both of whom shaped my life and the person I am today, and to accept death as a natural part of life and to see that the human spirit is boundless, immeasurable and infinite, something I would not have been able to see or accept if yoga hadnt fluttered into my life like a rainbow colured butterfly, settling in my sould and allowing my own wings to open.It has helped me cope with my own demons as I have suffered from eating disorders in the past and enabled me to accept myself and other people in my life just for who we are and to feel a deep, eternal conection between myself and others,allowing me to forgive them and accept that we all are just trying to find happiness and love. It has helped me to realise, or begin to realise, that the happiness I always sought outside is somewhere deep inside me, just waiting for me to seek it out and that my purpose here on earth is to love and be loved. I cannot imagine my life now without yoga and to my dying day I will be forever grateful that i found it, or it found me, because deep inside I know i came home the moment my feet touched my mat for the first time and my heart opened to the universe running through my veins. My only wish now in life, is to help pass that feeling to others, to help children in particular to realise their own self worth and the boundlessness of their spirit, to help them see that their potential is infinite andlife is a beautiful story continually being written with each step we take, to rise above the negative aspects of life and let their souls sing. that would be my greatest wish and i know deep down my father is guiding me to that as it would make him proud, his own soul was full of rainbows but life made him sad, i know now,somewhere, he is flying amongst the stars. 

Name Stephanie Markley
Email markley_stephanie@yahoo.com

Hello all, My name is Stephanie Markley and I am 47 years old and live in lovely, warm Arizona. I was first introduced to yoga several years ago as a way to help cope with my troubled marriage. During my first class I burst into tears and couldn't stop. It frightened me so much I stopped going after two more classes. I have since divorced, put myself through college and now teach first grade, all while tentatively using yoga DVD's and a yoga mat purchased at Target. I truly believe that my first class was a breakthrough that I never saw coming. I may not have taken regular classes in a studio but frankly after moving home and starting school, I really couldn’t afford it. If I am lucky enough to win a scholarship, I would love to teach yoga to my students as a way of helping them get the daily exercise they need as well as helping them focus and relax. I would also like to teach yoga after school to any of my colleagues that would like to practice as well. 

Name JeffThies
Email Jseant@hotmail.com

Essay Yoga is changing my life, streching me in new ways and clearing my mind towards a more clean and healthy lifestyle. Yoga is responsible for all that is good and achieved in my life with a clear mind,body and spirit. Yoga allows me to slow down and ground myself when times become chaotic and stressful, clearing the way to balance and harmony. I don't deserve this scholarship any more than the next person does, it would be a blessing however to learn and expand my Yoga expierence so I can return home to share give back to those in need. Whether win or loose the scholarship, knowing and loving Yoga is always winning. Thank you for this wonderful oppertunity Namaste 

Name Taylor Sims
Email Organic-mind@hotmail.com



Hello! My name is Taylor. A 22 year old who lives in Washington state. Yoga. Yoga to me is getting in tune with life. Feeling the divine serenity and being a part of the flow. One of the best times I had doing yoga was when I was alone in a room and moving intuitively with my breath. Just moving, feeling, and experiencing with the use of my breath. I remember this as being important because it was a pivital moment in my awareness. I realized what yoga was. It was amazing! No ego...no pressure...but openness and love. It was so beautiful. Now I watch videos of Shiva Rea and I can see that she found the same feeling I did. I am blessed to be searching for spiritual divinity so young in life. Yoga is about feeling blocks and moving through them with grace. After that one amazing session I had that day I felt connected to love, peace, and piece of mind. Ahhh how good it feels to breathe. For some reason before having a regular practice of yoga and meditation, I knew I wanted to be a teacher of it. What a thing to do....be all you can be and teach others how to do the same. There is honor in showing others how to be free. It isn't an ego thing...it is a beauty thing! I have been a massage therapist for two years, but I still feel the need for growth. I feel stuck in a rut. I just came back from a trip to Hawaii where I thought I was going to live and study yoga! But I had to come home because of poorly executed plans and a lack of direction. My true path is to open into all that I can be, and I feel that a chance to be immersed in Dashama's yoga training would be so good for me! A chance to heal, a chance to be that shinning light for everyone. Muah! I hope I painted a good picture for you of the energy I love about yoga. There is still much to understand...and I am happy to be learning :). Thank you.
Name Danelle
Email Nelly34us@hotmail.com

As a child, I was shy and reclusive. In high school, I was diagnosed with ADD and depression. I was heavily medicated and I relied on others to make me feel whole. I've always been very kind intuitive, and creative, but I had a deep and unfounded hatred for myself. I never thought I was good enough. I was abused by two of my serious boyfriends who I deeply loved, and believed I deserved their violence. I didn't like myself enough to want to change my own mind, and I didn't search deep enough within myself to discover the truth of the matter. In college, I was raped, stalked, and sexually harassed. I left school and took a year off. I spent that year in solitude, searching for meaning in a seemingly dark universe. I started practicing yoga and meditating. Something inside me was calling for calmness and clarity. I began to get in touch with my body, and then my spirit. I realized I was not to blame for any external event; that I am a good and worthy person. Once I started believing this, my world changed. I simply wouldn't stand to be treated like dirt. I got off all the medications. I started eating a lot of raw foods. Yoga changed my life. It helped me respect my body and taught me to love myself. I still have much to learn, but I know I'm headed in the right direction. Yoga is not only a hobby, but a portal to loving kindness for yourself, and for the entire world. 

Name Ashlyn Ariail Milosch
Email ashlynariail@gmail.com

At the age of 35, I have been touched by an angel. My angel has come in so many different forms, but one of the most significant has been through the pathway of Pranashama Yoga. I started doing yoga when my sister in law was diagnosed with hodgkins lymphoma 5 years ago. I was consistent for a while and would become side tracked as I continued down my road of life. My sister passed in July. I couldn’t meditate, I couldn’t practice, I couldn’t smile, and I was scared of life. This past year, I’ve realized we have to “love the life we live and live the life we love”. Although I have not been perfect and continue to struggle with a consistent routine, Dashama and this beautiful form of yoga, have transformed my thought processes and given me the courage to continue my practice no matter what the circumstances. I am blessed to have someone like Dashama be a reminder that this is a yoga challenge, a life challenge but a lifestyle and a beautiful one at that. I am determined to continue to find the light, the happiness, and the love that exists here with us on this earth. Yoga is my opportunity to follow the light, blossom, and fall in love with life day after day. 

Name warren lindsey
Email warrenlindsey@yahoo.com

Began practicing Yoga February 2009 entering post-surgery rehabilitation. Considering injuries sustained over the years, overall health is outstanding. I believe this recovery can be attributed to yoga. The effects were immediate, contributing to a shift of body, mind and spirit. Being struck twice by cars while riding a motorcycle, I developed a rotated pelvis and experienced chronic pain since early seventies. 2003 was involved in a motorcycle accident, sustaining three cerebral hemorrhages and severe facial injuries (crown, third eye Chakra). Surgeries over next five years would include tracheotomy (throat Chakra), right arm, hip, facial and urethral reconstruction, and recovery from brain injury. A period of uncertainty, insecurity, instability. Depression crept in. In particular, 2008 during last surgeries to complete urethraplasty (root Chakra). Fitted with Foley and super-pubic catheter(s) (Sacral Chakra), I became bedridden. Breathing seriously compromised; weight dropped to 150 lbs. Serum Testosterone was zero. Prognosis regarding reproductive organs looked grim. Beginning rehabilitation, advised I had failing liver.  Yoga classes were offered.  Yoga class woke me up. Believe that was due to stimulation of neurotransmitters. Having been incapacitated, my mood changed immediately. Began eating five meals building metabolism. Within two weeks was near pain free. Becoming more proficient reading and writing, comprehension increased.  Being inspired I became hopeful.  Securing Miami apartment began follow–up on medical concerns.  Pulmonary examine demonstrated lung capacity at 41 %. Prognosis? Condition would grow worse. Follow-up was 59 % and today near 100 %. Doctor could not account for this, Acknowledged yoga/breathing as factor, encouraged to continue practice. Liver now shows complete regeneration. Healing in regards to Urethraplasty is phenomenal. Testosterone presently high normal.  All functions happily are normal, Brain MRI(s), .EEG reveal no damage.   Subscribing to Dashama’s challenge, am inspired by her spirit. Continuing practice at Life’s Journey Yoga/Wellness is encouraging. Recovery attributed to yoga practice. Deeply inspired, knowing  wonderful enthusiasm, I enjoy a growing knowledge, insight and intuition in regards to Yoga. I do not presently feel qualified to act as an ambassador. Being fulfilled by the Pranashama teaching experience would lend genuine experience and credibility to that journey. 

Name Diana Richardson
Email diricho@tpg.com.au

Hello everyone, I’m Diana, a fitness trainer from Australia, and it is my dream to teach Dashama’s style of yoga to as many people as I can. When I become a yoga teacher I want to offer this practice to all my personal training clients, friends and family because of its immense power to change lives and lift us out of our limiting beliefs. I was introduced to yoga when I was 23 by my beautiful mother in law, but at that time I was only practising it as a way of stretching and to keep fit. When I realised it was also a spiritual practice I quit. I was an atheist – why would I want to do anything connected with spirituality? I kept away from yoga until my thirties when my marriage fell apart and I felt angry, hurt and alone. Struggling to bring up my two young children with such anger inside me I knew I had to do something different. Surfing the internet one day, I came across some yoga routines on You Tube and followed along in my street clothes! Just those ten minutes made me feel good all day and I was hooked again. This was how I found Dashama’s channel. Slowly yoga has changed my life and I now passionately study everything related to human movement and health. I live an active life, eating lots of fresh food, with no cigarettes and the occasional glass of wine. I see yoga and meditation as the ultimate daily practice for all of us – its portable, needs no equipment, develops strength in all realms (mental, emotional, physical, spiritual), gently melts away limitations and allows us to slowly come to the awareness of unity and the connectedness of all beings. I am now 40 years old and my body looks and feels the strongest and healthiest it has ever been. Please, please vote for me, I can’t wait to share this wonderful practice with the world.... Thank you so much for your time, I wish you all great health and much happiness. Love and hugs, Diana. 

Name Naomi Lancet
Email renlancet@gmail.com

I have been grateful in my nomadic life to not have many difficult challenges so far. However, beginning Sivananda yoga over a year ago has helped me focus my mind to paying attention to the moment, to not worry about the future, and become more attentive and mindful of the present moment. Yoga has slowly changed me to appreciate what I already have, to be thankful for the current relationships. Yoga has slowly changed my perspective to a much richer inner life. The 200 hour instructor course with Pranayashama Yoga is in alignment with my adventurous and curious nature. As a tennis coach, I hope to learn the more physical challenges to yoga to pass onto my clients, in hopes that they will naturally integrate yoga into their lifestyle. As an enthusiast and coach to active and extreme sports, having the yoga background will balance out and I hope to be able to teach the philosophy and yoga postures to my clients that have questioned and doubted yoga, to compliment to their exercise or stretch regiment. Also, my biggest dream is to open a community center as an NPO or an NGO in a developing country in the next 5 years to help children realize their own potential in this world, outside their own community. After having had the opportunity to travel, I have come across countries where families need to sell their daughters, or sometimes sons to prostitution, just so that the families could buy food. Or young children could slave hours under the blistering sun to farm, just like their parents, however not realizing the potential that the produce can bring to the family, being taken advantage by the land owners who pay too little for the produce. I hope one day to open this small community to integrate various healthy activities such as yoga, to teach the children the importance of the relationship between mind, body, and spirit. Om Shanti Good luck to all the contestants!! 

Name Cherae Mabry
Email cheraeherban@gmail.com

It was my senior year of college. I was taking on 21 credits. One of the classes I was required to take was a physical education class and I chose yoga. I thought it would just stretching and that I would get an easy “A”. My assumption was incorrect. The yoga class was more than stretching. At first it became a microscope for my life. In my attempt to graduate on time I was in 7 different classes, working an internship, writing for my college paper and trying to find the balance between my social and family life. Living my stressful life on autopilot I begin to make careless mistakes, my health was impaired and I was depressed. Then yoga became the light that I needed. I remember in my very first class I relearned how to breathe. Something that should come naturally to me had become foreign. My incorrect breathing contributed to my stress and to my lack of control of my responsibilities. Yoga began to reveal to me how I was living was unproductive and unhealthy. By practicing yoga I began to grasp a hold on my life. Organization became second nature which relieved much of my stress. In the next few years my yoga practice helped me reverse a few of the health problems I had such as anxiety, PMS, painful periods and my allergies. The changes in my health amazed me. These health issues that I once believed were natural and normal became reversal. I knew that I had to share this with as many people as possible. This was my life calling to help people heal their bodies and find the joy that I found in yoga. If chosen to study with the Pranashama institute in Bali, I will bring back would I learned to undeserved communities. Many people think that yoga is for people of means, but I would like to change that perception and show people that yoga is for everyone. Everyone can benefit from yoga practice. The communities where hypertension, obesity, cancer and other degenerative diseases are prevalent need dedicated and compassionate yoga instructors. I decided a few years ago to make holistic health my life’s work. People are unhappy, unhealthy and suffering and as yoga instructor I will try my best to make positive changes in their lives. 

Name Gaia Maria Jorgensen
Email gaia_gmbj@hotmail.com

To tell you about the challenges I have overcome would require much more than 350 words. So let me give you the Cliff Notes version – I have been my own worst enemy for most of my life. I have treated myself so poorly and vicously and put everyone else’s needs before my own. I have punished myself in the most awful ways for the littlest of things. For years I thought all the bad things that happened in my life was because I was a worthless, purposeless waste of life and that God hated me. This year I finally realized it. God doesn’t hate me – I hate me. I realized that despite how well I know myself, I am not my friend – if I treated my friends the way I treat me, I wouldn’t have any friends. It needs to stop. I found my breaking point this year and slowly started a healing process but it’s hard. So I need this. I need a miracle. I need something new. I need something to help me find a new, positive purpose in life. To turn my life onto a peaceful, joyful and spiritual path that will allow me to still be attentive to other people’s needs while also being attentive to and respectful of my own needs. To learn to love - unconditionally – myself and the life I am living. To be present in the now and no longer make myself sick with worry over a past I cannot change and a future I can’t predict nor control. To have faith. And to trust. To trust that I am worthy of good things in this life, that I deserve an abundant and joyful life and no longer punish myself for every little mistake. To finally let go of everything that holds me back – and soar. Be free, be at peace, heal myself, surrender. Yoga has always made me feel closer to that. I truly believe the gift of this scholarship would send me flying towards something I never had before: Self-acceptance and love. 

Name serena nicole
Email serenanicole07@gmail.com

Since I have been practicing yoga I have become more flexible, my back and neck problems are nearly non-existant, and it helps me deal with stress and overcome depression and anxiety. Yoga has also inspired me to adopt a vegetarian diet which has been a huge quality of life improvement :) (many benefits) Dashama has been a bright light in my journey! 

Name Sanjaya Jay DM
Email MrJaySolo@GMail.Com
Yoga is My Way of Living . . . I Want to Learn Deeper to Share Yoga Life-Style in My Nation Islands, Indonesia Om Shanti . . .



 

Name Krystle Isom
Email itsraerae27@aol.com

To be honest, I just started yoga in November. My dad had passed away on July 8th. 2011 and Yoga just NOW changed my life. I was losing who I was when my father had passed away. I had lost my faith and wasn't myself when he was gone. My strength was weak. My mind was all over the place and my heart was hurting. Months had passed and I was tired of feeling like this. I didn't want my life to pass me by and be hurt by him being gone. In late October, I did research on how to clear the mind and open the heart and the research showed me Yoga. I did some beginning yoga videos online and my body felt amazing after just one yoga session. As I continued to do Yoga, I now feel LOVE in my heart and my strength has improved a lot. I started falling in love with Yoga and want to learn more. I want to win the scholarship because I want to improve MYSELF more and know who I am as an individual. I want to grow in LOVE more and to open my heart to new things. It will be a great experience and opportunity for me to learn yoga teaching and to teach others as well. 

Name Nicole Schiro
Email schironicole@yahoo.com

Yoga to me, is a way of healing. It doesn't matter how chaotic my day was, what went wrong or anything else negative for that matter because when I step on to that mat it's like my mind goes to a peaceful place and all my problems melt away. I started doing yoga my sophomore year after a bad car accident left me with chiari malformation, which is a way of saying the padding of my brain is sliding down my spinal chord. On top of that the impact from the accident tilted a vertebrae in my neck, ending my gymnastics career and leaving me with constant horrible headaches, numb hands, unresponsive muscles, and very bad vertigo. I was told after 14 years that I would never be able to do gymnastics again and that i also needed a very invasive procedure where they fuse part of my spine together. It was like a death sentence for me. I became very depressed. My extreme optimism helped me through that hard time as well as yoga. Instead of having that 7 hour major surgery to correct what my accident left me with I do yoga. Down the road I may not be so fortunate and I may have to have surgery because what I have supposedly gets worse with age but I am willing to make a bet as long as I practice, I will be just fine. Going to this retreat which is not something I can afford right now would mean the world, and life to me.

Name Dawn Hale
Email dawnhaledesign@hotmail.com

The Divine Love of the Universe reached out a hand in the form of yoga to rescue me from a 20 year addiction to drugs an alcohol. Yoga helped me find and value myself. I have been in recovery for over 15 years and for the past five years I've been employed as a Drug and Alcohol Counselor. I also volunteer at two local halfway homes for women suffering from addiction as well as speak and write on the topic. I reach over 200 people a year who suffer from dependency and have seen the miracle of recovery bring new life to many of them from all ages and backgrounds. As part of my curriculum as the Intensive Outpatient Co-coordinator I have incorporated both yoga and meditation as teaching tools and practices for healing. Sadly, I have not had the time nor the money to become a trained yoga instructor. I just pass on what I know. HOWEVER, my employer has offered to give me the time off for training IF I win this scholarship! I feel that once again Divine Love is providing an answer to prayers. I want to continue to help people discover and accept their true nature which is in itself Love. I am so grateful to yoga and to this opportunity to help change the world one addict at a time. 

Name MigueLuz
Email rdrgz_miguelina@yahoo.com

For me, Yoga is a transformative practice that has served as a reminder to the universe’s abundant supply of peace and love, which is all of our birthright. Rather than focus on the perceived lack that surrounds the impoverished communities where I have lived, my relationship with yoga has taught me to tap into the abundant supply of joy that resides within; thank you Yoga! This life-altering practice helped me realize that I don’t need to succumb to what I witness around me every single day; it’s what’s inside that matters. Self-hate, internalized rage and institutionalized discrimination are some of the many forces one is bombarded with when living in under-served communities such as Bushwick, Brooklyn. I, however, didn’t become a ‘victim’ of my environment; I became victorious and rose above and I am eternally indebted to my practice. I now pray that, via yoga, I am able to help others do the same. With the help of my practice I was able to open myself up to the generosity flowing to us from the universe, and this is why I strongly believe that the email I received from Dashama, asking for us to submit our petitions, was an answered prayer. I read the email and did not think twice about applying. I have been affirming my Yoga certification for years, and my journals are a testament to these affirmations. Not knowing the “how”, but trusting the universe’s abundant supply of love, I would pray for the opportunity to receive my yoga certification. I, however, got in the way and always allowed money to hold me back from pursuing my heart’s desire, to be a major deciding factor to fulfilling my purpose. Through the body-soul connection I’ve learned by practicing yoga, I have learned to open my heart to the love and abundance that is my birthright, all of our birthrights! The “hows” will take care of themselves, and prayfully this contest is one of those “hows”. The highs I associate with yoga have also been accompanied by some motivating lows. The term ‘second-class citizen’ never resonated as loud as it has since I started practicing Yoga about 8 years ago in my early 20’s. Yoga has therefore been a bittersweet discovery for me. On one end, it has positively changed my life in too many ways to describe in this short piece. On the other end, I've also come to the realization that this type of technology should be distributed to everyone, regardless of race, creed, class, yet it is not. The community where I reside in Brooklyn is under-served in many ways. This is especially true with regard to providing transformative tools to help folks improve their time on earth as spirits having a human experience (something I learned through yoga). This certification is therefore not only for me, it is for my community, for those struggling to find a sense of balance in trying times, and for the youth who will be tomorrow’s leaders. I want to teach Yoga more than anything in the world, more than obtaining my Doctorate right now, true story! I hope to be blessed with the opportunity to experience the beauty of yoga as it manifests in Bali. I desire to carry a piece of that beauty in heart and to share it with communities in Brooklyn, as well as communities of the world. 

Name Rabina Ranteg
Email rabina_ranteg@yahoo.com

ღ♥ღ Yoga has changed My Life and others around Me!Dreaming of learning Yoga, I finally had the chance in 2008 in Bali! After a Diagnose of Breast Cancer, My inner Heart told me to give Alternative Healing a chance, including Yoga! After 3 weeks, the new scans were negative, a New Life began!I felt as if I was reborn. After practicing Yoga for a year, I decided to take a Teacher's Course in 2009, and ever since I teach Yoga in My spare time to the Local People! I believe we can all heal ourselves and Yoga is a way to learn how to; By Uniting Your Body, Mind and Soul ღ♥ღ With Love & Gratitude ღ♥ღ 

Name Rachael Hayward
Email raehayward@hotmail.com

G'day Pranashama Yoga Institute, Since 2008 I have been following Dashama and her yoga via youtube. I have been doing Yoga since I was 16 but I didn't realise the importance and the advantages Yoga provides until I found Dashama. From then on, I have been practicing yoga as much as I can. I'm enjoying Vinyasa Flow and Bikram Yoga the most. Yoga has offered me balance, the practice of listening, breathing, focusing and loving more. After hearing the courses Pranashama offer I have prayed and dreamed that I would attend a Pranashama teacher training course, particularly in Bali for an additional reason that I have been studying Bahasa Indonesia for several years now and so this has heightened my passion and desire to be a part of this joyful experience of Yoga and Bali. I would have attended Dashama's Bali course this year however, I was unfortunate to join her due to financial issues and university. I have also recently come to the idea that I would love to hold yoga classes here in the western suburbs where I live since there are no yoga studios. You have to travel by 35-60 mins to get to one of the very few here. I live near the beach and so I am positive opening a yoga studio would benefit the people and myself. Having this opportunity to attend a yoga teacher training course with Pranashama would benefit me in more ways than I can imagine I'm sure but I also wonder how many more opportunities I can create after doing a special yoga course such as this for other people? I thank each and everyone for giving me this opportunity to write a small slice of my passion and desire to learn and teach yoga. All love, health and happineess Rachael Hayward 

Name Sandra Leong
Email sandrajy.leong@gmail.com



I remember clearly the first yoga class I went to. I was hung over (as I always was then) and angry with my mother for dragging me there. She meant well. I had just come out of an abusive relationship and was flunking out of college, but I didn't see it that way at the time and resented her. It's been 5 years since that day, and as the adage goes, mother knows best. I've practiced yoga diligently since that day, and sincerely believe that yoga changed my life. It was through yoga that I discovered how to love, accept and respect my body, mind and spirit, and to follow my dreams not my boyfriends. When I moved to Australia to pursue higher graduate studies in psychology, I was home sick, broke and felt utterly displaced. My mat became my refuge, and a source of comfort and strength for me. And while I am proud and happy to say that I've come a long way from that first day, yoga has and always will be my touchstone to maintaining the equanimity in my life. I've witnessed and felt first hand the incredible things yoga has done for me, and wish to one day be able to spread this love to others myself. Further, I would love to work with victimized women, and dream of one day being able to conduct research integrating my two loves: yoga and psychology. Winning the scholarship would mean the world to me, as (aside from being knee deep in university fees and realistically not being able to afford a teacher training of this caliber), I believe in the power of good teachers, and believe the Pranashama Institute to have some of the most inspired instructors. Thank you for this opportunity.

 

Name Erin Morgan
Email erinmorgan3122@gmail.com



Life is about healing. I want to learn how to heal myself. Then, in turn, I want to be able to help others to learn how to heal as well. I feel as if I have been slowly learning how to heal my own self. Line upon line my answers have come. Learning I have severe food allergies came over time. Realizing that my back problems were affecting my whole body came gradually. But finding that love can heal was the connection that began to move my mountains. Yoga has been my quiet place. Prayer and meditation bring me to a greater understanding of this life and the people within it. And in slowing down, I feel as if I can begin to move forward at a steady pace. Health is a gift. And I am beginning to see and feel that gift with a new illumination. My awareness of self has taken me to a fresh place and I want to be able to continue this journey. Whether my love for healing takes me to Texas or to Bali, I will continue searching. My heart is open and my glass is half full. To have the opportunity to remove myself, for a time, from the sound of this cage, and to give my ears a chance to hear a different kind of peace--- that would bring more than a new light. The experience would be life altering. I hope for a chance at this opportunity. A crossing of self discovery such as this could help me to really find that rest that I am searching for.

 

Name Haley Beer
Email beerh@live.ca
My yoga practice has helped me to cultivate self-acceptance, spirituality, and compassion. Consistent practice keeps me grounded, focussed on goals, and gives me strength to persevere through life’s challenges. Yoga has fostered in my life a sense of connectedness to others, and a perspective that we are all equal in this lifetime, that everyone has their own special gift to offer the world. We must simply slow down and take the time to figure out what our gifts are. Yoga allows me to see my gifts and those of others when I become self-aware, meditate, and find gratitude in the present moment. I am an avid yogi and I love to get my friends and family involved in yoga and to spread its’ awesome wisdom. Yoga helped me to discover how I can be of service to others; when I am not on the mat I am working towards my Honours Thesis in Social Entrepreneurship, or working in the community with disadvantaged youth. This scholarship would help me achieve several life goals: 1) become a yoga teacher, 2) help the youth I work with to develop characteristics of self-esteem, purpose, and worth (and help them find their gifts), 3) continue my quest for deeper spiritual knowledge and growth. The Pranashama Institute, and its’ founder Dashama Konah represent so much more than yoga to me; they are a reflection of joyous living, of caring for others, of being generous with life’s gifts for you, of emanating and spreading love. These are virtuous qualities I strive to achieve in this lifetime. If I won this scholarship I would (totally freak out) use my new found knowledge and abilities to be of service to others, to teach the youth I work with healthy ways to go though life’s growing pains, and to bring Pranashama yoga (plus its’ incredible values) to the lives of many! I endeavour to cultivate peace, love, compassion, and be a positive force in the lives’ of people I am so fortunate to meet. I believe that becoming a Prana Shaman would greatly assist me in achieving these goals. Namaste!



 

Name Wayan Budiarta
Email wayanbudiarta@gmail.com

 I am Balinese, I live in one village near Ubud where a lot of Yoga Teacher Training held by a famous yoga teacher. I am Hindus, so I know little bit of yoga and its philosophy. I have been practicing yoga asana for 3 years,and trying to enliven the yoga philosophy from I was child when my parent tough me Yoga. When they tough me, it was not a yoga asana, it was only karma yoga, Bhakti yoga,Jnana yoga, and Raja yoga. I did not know hatha yoga yet. Yoga for me is not just the stretching for the body, but the way to life. Thanks for Pranashama to give the opportunity to get the Scholarship,so I know more about Hatha yoga and sharing the knowledge for other in my village, and all of them know what hatha yoga is. Really hope to get the scholarship and can not waiting to see you all in Bali. Namaste.

Name Shara Cristol
Email sharacurls@aol.com

 I've been participating in the yogic world for over 8 years now, along with energy work (NSA).... plus I've been surrounded by the who's who of healers for a very important reason... It is my job on Earth to BE THE EXAMPLE OF LIGHT! (Longer story)... Anyway, those of you who know me KNOW I am my own person... I seem to do the opposite of most people to acquire the lessons that I need to propel.... Believe me, for 34 years, understanding the Y has not been easy...... But now I am free... TO BE ME... MY OWN AUTHORITY.... with GLEE.... No one can STOP ME..... It Is ALL UP TO ME!!!! xoxxxo... Y not choose me?... I will help to SHOW THE WORLD by BEING ME, that they CAN BE themselves too......it take me to show u u can be you.... and so on, and so forth!!!! :) Thanks ! 

ANONYMOUS

 I went to drug and alcohol rehab about 4 years ago, and we learned how yoga can help during recovery to bring peace and serenity to the body, mind, and soul. It has helped save my life. I want to learn more and possibly teach someday, and I'm in LOVE with Bali!!! I want to learn from Dashama, she's a beautiful soul <3

Name Rachel Talmadge
Email rjtfh3@mail.umkc.edu

The first yoga class I went to was about four years ago, when I was eighteen. I had just gotten back from a chiropractic appointment where I learned that the pain I had been trying to ignore for years did indeed have a cause: One of my ribs was partially dislocated, the curve in my neck was almost nonexistent, and my hips were uneven due to a severe lean to the right causing my entire body's balance to be off. Growing up, I suffered from severe anxiety and OCD, and everyday I felt like I was in a constant state being “zoned out.” Though I had already been in severe pain for a number of years, I always tried to imagine it away. I avoided living in the present simply because it was too painful. It was easier to just stay and obsess in my head, even though it tormented me and made me hate who I was. I felt like my entire life was a dream. But one day, when I finally made the appointment to see the chiropractor, and I found out just how bad of shape I was in, for the first time, I woke up from the dream: I began the long, ongoing journey of facing the present, releasing the anxiety, and getting serious about my health. Immediately, I started going to weekly chiropractic treatments, working out regularly, doing yoga, eating right, and listening to my body. And with their combined affects, I am happy to say that my ribs and neck are healthy, my posture is now excellent, my hips are slowly getting better as I work daily to center my balance, and my anxiety and OCD are almost nonexistent. Altogether, although it has certainly been a long road with a lot of ups and downs, I feel like I have finally woken up from my dream and can now see how beautiful life really is. Similarly, I truly feel that yoga has played and continues to play an integral part in that awakening: It has helped me to gently listen to, heal, and retrain my body and to focus my energy on the beauty of the now. In essence, I wouldn’t be the same person without yoga. Further, I have no doubt that doing a yoga retreat in Bali would be life-changing, but financially, I am just not in a place where I can do it without help right now. Getting this scholarship would truly be just about the best gift I could ask for. I thank you all for this amazing opportunity. Cheers! -Rachel 

Name Hailie Allen
Email hailie_allen7@hotmail.com

Hello all, I’m Hailie. I don’t have a tear jerker of a story to tell here. Thankfully, I have been very blessed throughout my 25 years in that I have avoided any major injuries or tragedies in life thus far. Of course, like everyone, I have my skeletons in my closet hanging out with a broken heart or two, but I honestly can’t complain. I’m a happy camper most of the time and I can contribute that to my decision to take control of my life and make choices that help me to grow as a person. It’s amazing how quickly my life can feel like it’s spinning out of control when I neglect to take the time to practice yoga or meditate. My mother started practicing yoga years ago but I didn’t really appreciate the practice until about 4 years ago. I was working as a bank teller and I saw people from all ages walk through the doors every day. Some people seemed so spirited and full of energy and then others seemed to be dragging themselves through life without any motivation left. I became so curious about the lifestyle choices of each person because there were times when a person in their 80s would walk in that seemed to be so much more youthful than the 50 year old standing next to them. I realized that if I wanted to be that healthy 80 year old one day, then I needed to take care of myself NOW. I became very curious about health and disease. As a psychology student, I already had a passion for learning about the human mind, but I still had so much to learn. So, that’s where my journey started. I started researching health and alternative medicine online. I became vegetarian and I started taking yoga classes at a local gym. When I moved back to my hometown a few years later, I joined the Positive Psychology Club at my campus which opened up a whole world of information about how you can change your mind from negative to positive, which was completely life changing for me. I decided to dive deeper into my yoga practice and I also wanted to try a raw food diet, and that’s when I discovered Dashama online. She has been a huge inspiration for me and I would love to meet her. I currently teach a small yoga class, but I am not certified. I want to be certified through Dashama’s program in Bali because I want to share what I learn with my students and loved ones in my life. I feel that helping people achieve confidence in their lives and the courage to try new things is what I’m naturally drawn to. I lacked self-confidence growing up, but I have really transformed through my lifestyle change and I am such a happier person because of it. I want to share that with everyone. If I win this scholarship to train in Bali with Dashama, I will share the knowledge and spiritual growth I receive with the people in my life and those that I will meet in the future. THANK YOU FOR READING! LOVE YOU ALL! 

NameJosiah Batson
Emailjosiahbodywork@yahoo.com 

Yoga helped me get out of the gang scene and find a purpose for my life. I am so grateful for every day now and happy to share yoga with people to make them feel good too!


Name Alex
Email akozyreva@rocketmail.com
Code Word Bali
Essay There are several things that I'm accomplishing with the help of yoga. Number one is yoga is a great back pain relief. I have a Scoliosis. I work full time. By the end of the week I feel a lot of pain and strain in my spine. Only one class of yoga helps me get rid of pain and feel great again. Number two is that while doing yoga I usually visualize the things i want. And it works really well because during yoga you are very relaxed and open to new sources from the universe. I really want to go Pranashama Yoga Teacher Training Retreat in Bali, Indonesia. It will enrich me spiritually and physically.

 

Name Sandra Cornwall
Email scornwall56@gmail.com

I so long for peace of mind, a lifestyle change and so need a career. I love people and to help others has been a big part of my life. I would love to learn how to find peace and give it back. 

NameDenise Scotlier
Emaildscot@gmail.com

I have been practicing yoga for many years. It helped me through a very traumatic time in my life. When my 2 foster children were taken back to live with their abusive father, it broke my heart and yoga helped me immeasurably.