You would be right to think that Jane loves Yoga. Having taken her first class when she was 19 in Hyde Park, New York many long years ago, she experienced her first crush on Yoga, not truly knowing why or even understanding what she’s come to believe, all life is yoga. There’s this dance between knowing and that wonderful space of not knowing about something, the “what if” of allowing yourself to explore, not requiring the immediate gratification of resolution. For her, the deeper she dove into yoga the more she realized how much more there is to learn and grow and the beauty of it all is that there are so many facets of yoga, all a part of the lives we navigate through on and off the meditation cushion and asana mat.
About 20 years ago she decided to really explore yoga and began her search for “the” teacher for me. She really loved B.K.S. Iyengar yoga but it was hard to “hear” the teacher so she moved onto another Iyengar practice and low and behold the words coming out of that teacher’s mouth were understood. That teacher moved far away so she began another search and that search lead her to Swami Jaya Devi at Kashi Atlanta, Urban Ashram. She knew the first day she crossed the threshold that Kashi was the place. That was some 16 years ago.
In 2010, she signed up for Kashi Atlanta's 200-Hour Classical Yoga Teacher Training. Other yogis at Kashi who had completed the teacher training said it had changed their lives and I thought I was ready for it. Then, in comes Ma Jaya Sati Bhagavati, the Guru of the Kashi lineage. The yogis at Kashi said hold onto your hat, she’s coming to Atlanta for a Yoga weekend Immersion for community including the teacher training students. Have you ever seen that Bose speaker advertisement where the guy is pressing back into his comfy chair as the sound coming out of the speaker presses him deeper in while his scarf and hair fly back behind him? Yup that’s what happened to me in my first Darshan with Ma.
Yoga offers a depth of study that is LIFE, never ending and always evolving. Jane is currently working on her 300 hour yoga teacher certification and who knows what’s next. She’s been teaching for ten years and truly ascribes to the understanding that Yoga is life changing. A quote from Jane, “The phrase the teacher is the student and the student is the teacher is what keeps yogis engaged for life.”