Denise Kirpal Kaur, E-RYT-500, IKYTA, Level II, Certified Ayurvedic Lifestyle Counselor
It is true when the student is ready the teacher will appear. That teacher for me has appeared many times in life, but it took a yoga class to help recognize it. One class changed my life forever. One year later I took my first teacher training because I knew how powerful these teachings were. No dogma, no doctrine, just pure light from the beginning. Move your body, breathe the breath, open the heart, align the will with the Divine Will, strengthen integrity, purify the being, it was all there, the incredible, simply beautiful and timeless teachings of Yoga. The deeper I dove, the more I was supported. The more I opened, the more I trusted something growing inside of me that I had never connected to before. The more I leapt, the higher I could go and everything changed. That little voice that was a shy whisper began to steadily increase in calm intensity. Light was brighter, color was richer, feelings were clearer and my understanding of why I was here, who I was and what all of this life was about began to synthesize.
If Yoga could help me in such a profound way, I knew without doubt that I wanted to help others feel this indescribable feeling. What amazes me, is how simple and yet incredibly complex living a spiritually based lifestyle is. I love how each of us is able to interpret it as we do, and yet the common principles of the Yamas and Niyamas apply across all stretches of religions, practices, belief systems and more. I hope my classes inspire you to be the very best you can be, that you are inspired to reach into a broken heart and heal, to untangle a trauma, to explore a confusion and face it with truth and integrity, to simply be joyful for the sheer reason of existence. My intention is to share from my experience and continuing education, to teach from a place of authenticity and practice, to keep you safe and growing and to encourage you to find your edges and peek beyond them. My desire is to touch your heart, to open your mind a wee bit more and to soften your spirit. My joy is to see you sweat, laugh, release, relax and feel more confidence, patience, grace and dignity in each class. I truly live to see you grow as a spiritual being and I will be there for you, as your teacher with calm strength, guidance, and humility.
My teacher is the Divine. Education, trainings and certifications include over 14 years of continuous study and teaching, Level I and II of Kundalini Yoga as taught by Yogi Bhajan (with Darshan Kaur in Sterling, VA and Deva Kaur and Kirn Kaur in Coral Springs, FL), E-RYT 500 in Hatha Yoga (with Golden Heart Yoga, Annapolis, MD), B.A, in Economics and Behavioral Sociology from Salem College and Certified Ayurvedic Practitioner, Mt. Madonna College of Ayurveda. Earlier study included advanced workshops and intensives with: Jivamukti Yoga, Integral Yoga, the Yoga Institute of Miami (Iyenger Yoga Teacher Training course, 2001) and Unity Woods Iyengar Yoga (Apprenticeship 2001), and ongoing workshops with Gurmukh, Shiva Rea, Angela Farmer, Barbara Benaugh, Natasha Rizapoulos, Johnny Kest, Parmath Nikitan Ashram, Rishikish, India and Kundalini Yoga Summer Solstices (2004-2011) Guided inspiration created the Divine Light Yoga 200 HR Teacher Training Course in 2008, which I continue to gratefully lead today.