Tawnja Cleveland was an “at home” yoga girl in Missouri. She occasionally practiced in her living room from the yoga teachers on DVDs. Physically, yoga bought a calm into a hectic, busy lifestyle. However, her hectic, busy lifestyle got the best of her and she suffered a stroke in 2008. It changed her world, but little by little it opened up her heart.
Physical, occupational, and speech therapy got her somewhat walking and talking again, but yoga helped find herself within. A yoga and Pilates teacher, Natalie Ragland, impressed upon her the body/mind/spirit connection of yoga. In 2013, when she moved to Atlanta, Georgia, she knew she had to find a place where the body, mind, and spirit are practiced as one. She found Kashi and met Swami Jaya Devi Bhagavati and the Kashi family, who helped her go deeper into the practice.
In 2014, Tawnja graduated from Kashi’s Classical Yoga Teacher Training course. She is an apprentice at the ashram. She wants to broaden her practice as a yoga student and as a yoga teacher. Her interests lie in teaching love, patience, and understanding, sharing her true experiences, and allowing the notion that one person is beautiful and unique in her or his own way.