Thursday, October 29, 2015

Sharing Teacher Training Experience - 2015

Happy, radiant graduates from Level 1 Teacher Training of 2015

Back in the summer of 2015, a group of students graduated from our Level 1 Teacher Training program. It was evident at the graduation ceremony, how much these wonderful individuals have achieved in their training. From their shining, smiling, faces and their bright, bountiful energy, we know that their journey in the program was very fulfilling, full of tremendous growth and meaning for them. 

Deshjot Kaur (Leslie), one of the graduates, shares with us here her experience with the training:

Taking my Level 1 Kundalini Yoga Teacher Training at Yoga Phoenix was truly a life changer for me.  If I had known how transformative it would be, I'd of put it on my bucket list.

I've been "dabbling" with Kundalini Yoga for years, but for me, it took the teacher training class to establish a solide personal practice.  I have gained a new appreciation and love for yoga as a result of this in depth training.  I've learned how to apply this technology for my own personal growth and to shift areas of my life that needed some "refurbishing".

The community that surrounds Yoga Phoenix is amazing.  It includes a spectrum of people who may be brand new to yoga all the way to those have followed this path for over 40 years  They gather frequently for pot lucks, social events, retreats, camping trips and community support.  It's all of this and more, that has made Yoga Phoenix such a great place to experience teacher training.

Because they are a non-profit they allow new graduates to offer classes at their studio.  Their focus in on supporting the student, not on making a profit. Their vision aligns with my life philosophy. They encourage us to use Yoga Phoenix as a launching pad, to create new classes with new themes.  The members come to our classes, offering support and encouragement as we teach.

I took the training because others told me of their wonderful experiences and the deep understanding of yoga to be gained.  I intended to use this knowledge to help me be a better yoga leader at the hospital where I work. I never intended to teach out in the community and yet here I am on fire for teaching, feeling so well trained and prepared that I am excited to share this technology with others. 

Being a part of the Kundalini Yoga Teacher Training Class at Yoga Phoenix has been a huge blessing in my life.

Suzette, another graduate from 2015, also enjoyed her experience with teacher training:

“This was, by far, the best thing I have ever done for myself, in my life! It changed my vibration, and I started healing from the core of my being. Becoming a teacher is secondary to the amazing personal spiritual growth. Now I teach cancer patients. The more I teach, the more I heal! I can only say – do not delay, do it now. You deserve it!”

Suzette (also known as Margareth) now teaches Kundalini Yoga in Sedona, AZ.

Many other past graduates shared their experience with teacher training with us, and you can read them here

Follow this link to our site to learn about our Level 1 Teacher Training program. You too can embark on this amazing journey for your own growth and fulfillment! 

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Monday, October 12, 2015

Food Drive at Winter Yoga Festival 2015

Food Drive at Winter Yoga Festival 2015
Saturday, December 5, 2015
9 am - 5 pm
at Yoga Phoenix
2308 N Richland St, Phoenix, AZ 85006

Winter Yoga Festival is managed by a group of yogis and yoginis who care deeply, who want to do lots of good in this world and build our community. Please be ready to attend the festival on December 5, 2015, to have some good, clean fun, and at the same time, perform a good deed, make a difference in someone's life.

We are hosting a food drive a the Winter Yoga Festival. We are pleased to announce that we are partnering with Caring Coalition to collect food items for those in need. Please help make this festival even more meaningful, bring a NON-PERISHABLE FOOD ITEM to donate when you come to the festival. There will be a donation collection station in our courtyard. And please refer to the message below for guidelines on what kind of food items to donate (we also accept donation of new, unwrapped toys).

Learn more about Caring Coalition at

Caring Coalition, also a local non profit organization, provides food for individual families who are identified by schools to need assistance to sustain them over school, weekend and holiday breaks. 

A message from Caring Coalition:

"Caring Coalition is so grateful for your participation in this food drive.
We are committed to maintaining a highest standard of nutrition possible for the children on our service. At the same time we try to choose foods that are appealing to children. Please see the pictures for the foods we use. Please choose from these suggestions if possible. Thank you for your kindness."

If you need help to find these food items, here is a list of the stores where you can find them:

The veggie baked bean are available at some Targets and  all Fry's.

Goldfish - Costco

Annie's bunny snacks - Costco

Capri sun, must be 100% juice - Safeway, Fry's  and Costco

Horizon Organic Milk - Safeway, Sprouts and Fry's ( cheapest at Fry's )

Gogo apple squeeze - available everywhere cheapest at Costco, there is also a Kirkland brand that is basically the same

The 3 oz cans of Frito Lay bean dip are available at convenience stores. Some stores will order by the case for you if you ask them. If you tell them what it is for they may give you a discount

Stretch Island Fruit leathers - Safeway and Costco

Honey Nut cheerios and Cinnamon Toast Crunch - at CVS and at Costco Business center in cases

Annie's fruit snacks - Whole Foods , Costco , Sprouts

Cheez-its - Costco

Larabars - most Costco's , Sprouts , Wholefoods

More suggestion for donation: 
Applesauce, fruit cups, cereal bars, granola bars, fig bars, fruit rolls ups, fruit leathers, wholegrain chips and veggie sticks, individual cereal boxes, milk in individual boxes that don't require refrigeration, wholegrain crackers, cheese crackers, fresh apples, bananas, oranges, 100% juice boxes or packets.

Individual serving sizes of non-perishable packaged foods only. We aim for 100% fruit and fruit juice, as well as wholegrain choices when possible. Healthful foods are best! NO NUTS.
Please keep in mind, we DO NOT serve foods that contain any of the following:

More than 22 grams of sugar per serving
High Fructose Corn Syrup
Corn Syrup
Yeast Extract, Monosodium Glutamate or Hydrolyzed Vegetable Protein
Chemical Additives 

Love, peace and blessings to everyone! See you all at the festival! Sat Nam! 

"Seva, a service of giving without thinking of result, is a very simple thing. It makes you a leader whether you are or not—whether you deserve to be or not. And it brings you opportunities, prosperities, and all the goods, and God, and goodies of the Universe.: - Yogi Bhajan 

"You are here to serve, here to lift, here to grace, here to give hope and action, to give the very deep love of your soul to all those who are in need" - Yogi Bhajan