PROFESSIONAL KRIPALU YOGA TEACHER
ERYT 500, YACEP
- 200 Hr. Basic Level Kripalu Yoga Teacher Certification, all requirements met, March 2004.
- 500 Hr. Professional Level Yoga Teacher Certification, all requirements met, January 2007.
- 1000 Hr. Advanced Level Teacher Training, currently accumulating credits.
Advanced Pranayama, Yoga Philosophy, Meditation Techniques, Vinyassa, Restorative Yoga, Basic Aryuveda, Yoga for Pregnancy, Pranakriya Yoga, Conscious Communication, Energy Anatomy/Chakras, Yoga Nidra, Science of Yoga, The Jaguar Path.
KRIPALU YOGA MASTER TEACHERS
I’d like to acknowledge three Kripalu Master Yoga Teachers that I trained under while earning Professional Certification. I was also a Core Assistant to them, helping them train hundreds of students, in 200 hr and 500 hr YTT’s, Specialized Courses, and Kripalu Yoga Teacher Conferences:
Vidya Carolyn Deluomo, Pioneer of Kripalu Yoga Center, Yoga Teacher Training:
My Mentor and “Dear Friend.” I cannot put into words all that she taught and affirmed in me. She carried and lived the message of Swami Kripalu that “love is the first lesson.” She exuded compassion and gave me ongoing heartfelt support and guidance. I miss her huge smile, letters, and Shaktipat, transmission of spiritual energy. I am humbly committed to carrying on her legacy. R.I.P. Vid, I love you.
Sudha Carolyn Lundeen, RN, ERYT 1000, Kripalu Center: An Exceptional Master Teacher who both models and guides her students in how to take care of their physical bodies, busy minds, and crazy emotions using both ancient and modern healing techniques. I feel healed and whole just being in her presence. I have had “peak moments” with Sudha as well as deep, serene, restful experiences. She officiated my 500 Hr. graduation. She is my forever Sister and lifelong confidant.
Devarshi Steven Hartman, Pranotthan Yoga, former Dean Kripalu Yoga YTTs: Before I met this icon Yogi I was often told “you remind me of Devarshi.” When we finally met at an airport I had been picking up my broken mala beads which were all over the floor. He said, “Oh they’re supposed to break, mine have at airports too.” Devarshi models living authentically and being in "lifes mess". Hearing him teach the Gita makes me cry, practicing yoga with him blisses me out. I have a place in his heart and he'll always have a place in mine.
Sudha picked out the Sanskrit name that I chose to go by, Vidya and Devarshi “christened” me Ambika. It means “generous heart, mother, compassionate woman.” I strive to live up to the name and am deeply honored for the talika I received from them.
Other Kripalu Instructors/Masters I studied under include Yoganand Michael Carroll and Rashmi Sue Jenkins; 200 hr certification. Yoganand was my teacher for several profound advanced courses. Megha Nancy Buttingham, Steven Cope, Todd Norian, Rudy Pierce, Sudhir Jonathan Foust, Shoban Richard Faulds, Grace Jull, Naresh Ron King, Ray Christ, Dr. Lisa Nelson, and Chris Holmes.
Other notable Teachers I practiced with (some in a large mass), studied with, or heard speak: Shiva Ray, Sean Corn, Sharon Salzberg, Krishna Das, Angela Farmer, Dr. Maria Sirois, Janice Clairfield, Amy Weintrab, Sheika Khadja, Deva Premal, Amba & Don Stapleton, Sat Bir S. Khalsa PhD, Bessel Van Der Kolk MD, Swami Pajamayama! And the 14th Dalai Lama. I am also inspired by and follow the work of Resmaa Menekem MSW.
I trained alongside and am highly influenced by:
The beyond-gifted Jovinna Chan, Little Sis, fellow movement artist and conscious communicator. Bro Rouben Madikians, we are bonded by our love of vibrant health, healing, and the absurd. Joan Stenzler in NY, and Devi Annette Baltich in MN. They've kept (keep) me real. Seeing, accepting, and loving All of me, validating that I Am Who I Am. Swami Kripalu said "finding happiness alone is not much." I am never alone.