Melissa Amrit Jaya Kulick, PhD

RYT 200; Monk; Resident

Amrit Jaya first walked through Kashi Atlanta’s doors in 2002 to attend an open darshan (spiritual teaching) given by Ma Jaya Sati Bhagavati, the guru of the Kashi lineage. Within a month, they began regularly attending Acharya Swami Jaya Devi’s Wednesday night Spiritual Growth and Meditation class, and soon after they became involved in Kashi Atlanta’s Street Meals Program. It was a highlight of their week and for over six years they rarely missed a Wednesday distribution until their schedule made it too difficult for them to continue.

Though they never had plans to become a yoga teacher, their desire to deepen their own practice led Amrit to participate in and graduate from Kashi Atlanta’s first Classical Yoga Teacher Training in 2004. As a result of their further desire to immerse themselves more fully in their lineage, Amrit completed the Kali Natha Yoga Teacher Training at Kashi Ashram in 2007. While they may not teach any asana classes, Amrit gratefully brings the teachings and tools of their spiritual path to their work as a psychologist, where they assist clients in ‘practicing yoga off the mat.’ They have a particular passion for helping others perceive all of life as one's spiritual path and embrace the opportunities for healing and growth in every circumstance and moment.

Amrit became a resident of the ashram in 2004, as an expression of their commitment to their ashram, community and spiritual path. In 2018, they were blessed with initiation as a monk in their beloved Kashi lineage. They are grateful for the many opportunities to connect to the deeper meaning in their life, and to care for their ashram and satsanga.