"The body is a boat which carries the soul in the ocean
the world. If it is not strong, or it has a hole, then it cannot cross
the ocean. So the first duty is to fix the boat." -
Baba Hari Das
Having immersed herself in the study of yoga, Aruna utilizes the various limbs to navigate through life in a balanced manner. Aruna began her training in the Ashtanga Vinyasa style of yoga with Bhavani Maki who was her initial inspiration into the exploration of yoga philosophy in addition to the asana practice. This inspired her to seek the guidance of Baba Hari Dass and continue her training at the Mount Madonna Center where she now teaches in their teacher training program. Her practice and teaching style have been deeply influenced by her time spent in India studying at the Tantra-based Bihar School of Yoga and by a number of other master teachers from a wide variety of traditions from all over the world. Aruna is currently teaching at PCC, Yoga Within and Divinitree in the Santa Cruz area. She has completed her 500-hour YTT and is currently working on completing a training in the Trauma Release Process (TRE). As a student of Baba Hari Dass, she has been encouraged to deepen her own yoga practice by living and sharing a holistic approach to yoga. She is inspired by weaving yoga philosophy into playful asana classes for all levels of practitioners.
Recently Aruna has been deepening and sharing her love for sacred sound, especially in the form of Kirtan.
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