About Durga Dasi
Durga Dasi's passion for yoga stems from the profound experiences of joy and healing bestowed by her personal Practice.
Though she takes the integrity and honoring of yoga as a lineage and holistic system VERY seriously... she's quite lighthearted and provides space for her students to show up authentically and truthfully.
Durga Dasi is affectionately called "Ma" by those who know her and work closely with her. She is able to create a refuge from the storms of life with her wisdom, honesty, and devotion... and never turns any one away who is genuine in their thirst for Yoga; whether skeptical seeker or devout bhakta.
A survivor of complex childhood trauma that reflected through early adulthood, Durga credits her deep physical, mental, and emotional healing to yoga; and humbly accepts her role as an ambassador of this Practice and its rich spiritual heritage by simply sharing what she learns, in real time with real people.
Durga Dasi is a trauma conscious student and teacher of Yoga: asana (postures), meditation, kirtan and yogic philosophy; while also offering intuitive spiritual guidance, somatic counseling, and creative ways to explore the inner landscape of the heart. She has studied in India and the States; and is a shishya of her Siksha GuruJi: Swami Bhajanananda Saraswati at the Ramakrishna Theological Seminary at Kali Mandir. She's a faithful devotee of Sanatam Dharma (Hinduism) and bhakta (devotee) of Durga Maa (Kali).
These are the Beings who inspire and guide all that I do. It is by their Divine Grace and unconditional Love that I am on this sacred path of Bhakti Yoga. Jai Ma!
The Form of Divine Love that is my Ishta Devata (most Beloved). She is Mother. She is Devi. She is God. In all I do, I wish to serve Her and embody the Love that She is through me.
"Now and then, the Mother marks a bound soul as Her own. From then on, it's all Her Grace."
-Devadatta Kali, The Veiling Brilliance
"You are bound only by the illusion of bondage, for bondage and liberation belong to the mind alone. See them dissolving now."
-Durga Maa (Devi Mahatmya)
Om Sri Mata Durgayei Namah
Sri Anandamayi Ma
Ma is my beloved Sat Guru. Her love extends beyond all limits of space, time, fear... or anything else blocking our view of Divine Love.
“When by the flood of your tears
the inner and the outer have fused into one,
you will find Her whom you
sought with such anguish,
nearer than the nearest,
the very breath of life,
the very core of every heart.”
― Anandamayi Ma
Om Hridayavasinyai Anandamayai Gurubhyo Mata Namah
The Mother in Her fiercest form of Love, Kali refuses to leave us bound up by ego, shame, and fear. We must go beyond our fear of Her and into Her arms, into Her heart, in total surrender to the Love that She is.
She is Mother. What we love we cannot fear, and She takes us beyond all fear.
"Take refuge in me, let go of your fear, let me slay your illusion of smallness and separation, and you will merge into my infinite bliss."
-Kali Maa (Devi Mahatmya)
Om Sri Mata Kalikayei Namah