Denise Kirpal Kaur, E-RYT-500, IKYTA, Level II, Certified Ayurvedic Lifestyle Counselor
My conscious spiritual journey began at 15. Through many years of trying on several “ways of living” including career, marriage, children, travel and a blessed life albeit filled with the many challenges most of us face, I found my way to the yogic path. Yoga means to yoke or create union, and that union is the experience of realization of our True Nature, that we are not separate from that which is. Practicing, meditating, chanting and opening a fearful heart has revealed that union to me. I feel it is not enough to practice yoga but to live yoga, in every thought, word and deed. Regular practice is a gradual process that allows me to experience a deeper voice to guide, and to trust my heart.
Completing the advanced Kundalini Yoga Level II courses over 5 years provided astounding clarity and trust in living a Heart centered life. Teaching from my actual experiences of Sadhana, commitment, courage, calm and love provides a safe, loving and nurturing space for others to open and grow. My spiritual name, Kirpal, means “merciful and compassionate one”, and it reminds me that each of us is going through the same kinds of pains, joys, desires, losses, gains and expectations. I am simply grateful for every experience I have, every day, and for each being I meet.
The real teacher is the Divine, Life and our experiences. Education, trainings and certifications include over 12 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 Ayurvedic Lifestyle Consultant from Sai Ayurvedic College (2011-12), currently attending Mt. Madonna College of Ayurveda towards a Masters Degree, 2014. Earlier study included advanced workshops and intensives with: Jivamukti Yoga, Integral Yoga, the Yoga Institute of Miami (Iyanger 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) as well as the incredible and inspiring doctors and consultants at Sai Ayurvedic College in Miami, Florida.