Dharma Shakti received her 200 RYT through a month long training immersion at the Sivananda Ashram in 2005. It was there that she received her spiritual name from Swami Sitaramananda. Having deep connections with the spiritual aspects of yoga and its philosophies, Dharma was moved to begin the propagation of yoga and all it had to offer. She started teaching soon after her return from the ashram, and has been leading classes ever since, all over Long Beach, Seal Beach and Orange County. Dharma also graduated from CCA and earned an ayurvedic degree, becoming a certified Ayurvedic Practitioner in 2007. Dharma’s classes are influenced by her ayurvedic knowledge and each class is adjusted to who is there and the time of day and and the time of year so that our yoga practice is balanced for what we need in the moment. Having obtained an E-RYT 200 through yoga alliance in 2011, she continues teaching, and also studying. She had for many years study under the tutelage of Tukaram Das of the Gaudiya Vaishnav Tradition and has been studying sacred texts such as the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali, The Bhagavad Gita and the teachings of Sri Krsna. You will find that Dharma’s classes are infused with the philosophies she learns in the ancient texts, because yoga isn’t just a physical practice, it is a lifestyle, and her aim is to help guide each student in a way that inspires them to enhance their lifestyle physically, mentally and most of all spiritually. That same year of 2007, Dharma started offering a free class once a week to her friends out on the bluff, which is now known as “Free Yoga on The Bluff”. What started out as one simple class for her friends turned into a full week schedule and is now offered 7 days a week and highly attended by many people in the long beach community. Weekend class attendance is 300+ ! For many people it is their first introduction to yoga, and “Bluff Yoga” was voted “Best Yoga in Long Beach” in 2013 by the Long Beach Post.
Dharma also earned recognition for her work in offering free yoga to the community by being nominated for Long Beach’s Press Telegram 40under40. and this year of 2018 was nominated by the mayors office for the Go Long Beach Award, for service and contribution to the community In 2013 Dharma travelled to India with renowned yoga teacher and spiritual enthusiast, Raghunath Cappo, Visiting holy sites, ancient temples, studying the Mahabharat, and the Ramayan deepening her yoga practice, learning harmonium, chanting mantras, hearing past times of the deities, singing praises of the creator, meeting wandering sadhus on the streets, receiving blessings from the Divine! in 2017 Dharma Traveled to India again with Ragunath to receive her 300hr Teacher Training credentials during a month long immersion in the rural village of mumbai in the ashram at teh Beautiful Govardhan Eco Village, run by Radhanath swami and the many monks who live there. Dharma had the auspicious blessings of spending quite a bit of time in India with H.H. Radhanth Swami and was deeply impacted by his spiriutal teachings. She reveres him as a saintly transcendental being who offers valuable and applicable teachings. Her time with him and his words shared with her have profoundly affected her path as a bhakti yogi. Dharma considers Maharaj to be one of her main Teachers/ Gurus, and has a deep love, respect and appreciation for Radhanath Maharaj and his non sectraian non dogmatic apporach to yoga and all things bhakti!
Dharma continues to study with Maharaj Radhanath Swami, and take his counsel for all things spiritual. Since her travels to india, Dharma has begun annual trips to Nepal, hosted in the Himalayan Mountains with an NGO called Conscious Impact, in an effort to help rebuild infrastructure and community. Leading a 10 day Karma Yoga Retreat, students immerse themselves in village life with daily projects and tasks, with morning and afternoon yoga session for amazing sunrises and sunsets. all profits go towards build projects for the local community of Thakure.
In the Last three years (since 2015), Dharma has studied with world renowned High Performance Coach, Brendon Burchard. One of the most viewed motivational speakers on YouTube! She has recently been certified as a High Performance Coach under his tutelage. As she begins to see clients and help them unfold into their most powerfully empowered selves, she has a unique way of blending motivational speaking, personal development and spiritual philosophy into a heart warming and spirit inspiring Yoga class. ~ Jai Guru Dev ~