Dharma: Your Life Purpose

Posted by on Jan 25, 2014 in Yoga Teacher Training | No Comments


I’ve been dreaming a bit about the Purushartas – the 4 legs of the table – Artha (wealth, security in the phenomenal world), Kama (pleasure), Moksha (liberation), Dharma (righteous action) as my Life is about to change dramatically as it tends to.  And I don’t really know (my security with the Unknown is always being tested) how life is changing but I can sure feel it happening.  So I prepare myself always with a daily Yoga practice.

Invariably, I get asked by a lot of people, in so many words, “What is my life’s purpose? What should I be doing with my life?  What work should I do?”  And because I lead a Yoga Teacher Training which is truly an immersion into the practices of Yoga while giving folks the Choice to offer the teachings of Yoga to others, — I often get asked by my students – “Should I teach yoga?”

There’s something about having the blessing of one’s Teacher.  This blessing allows one to feel more comfortable about teaching.   It’s true.  And truly, if one can handle 9 months of studying with me and Zoe Mantarakis and immersing one’s Self in the practices of Yoga for life, of course, yes, you should teach Yoga.  I say “handle” because we do ask a lot of our students.  And yet, we forgive if what we ask gets to be too much.  We do promise this: with daily, consistent practice of Yoga, all the difficulties of life seem easier, lighter and yes, even filled with Bliss.  And teaching confers mastery.  It really does.

But still, how do we know that we are fulfilling our Dharma?  Well, frankly, I believe every single person’s Dharma, in the ultimate sense, is the same.  I’ll tell you what it is:  It is to evolve.  And I don’t just mean evolution from the Darwinian standpoint.  I mean evolution from the standpoint of consciousness. We are here to evolve our awareness, our collective and individual psyches and our Hearts.

Read Sumukhi’s Yogafly post on finding one’s Dharma, your life purpose here:

Yoga Illumined is a Lifestyle.  Yoga Illumined’s mission is to illuminate your daily life with the transformative practices of Yoga.  Our programs include immersions, lifestyle training programs, workshops, retreats and 200-Hour Yoga Teacher Training courses.

Yoga Illumined 200 Hour-Teacher Training

Sumukhi (Kristina Lanuza) and Zoe Mantarakis guide you into a deeper understanding of Yoga and its practices for enlightening and freeing the mind and the heart through their Yoga Illumined 200-Hour Teacher Training program. In it, you learn the 8-limb system (Ashtanga) as taught by Patanjali – which includes guidelines for strengthening the spiritual, mental, psychic, pranic and physical body through Asana, Pranayama and Meditation to help you embody the most expanded state of enlightenment (Samadhi). You also learn how to speak from your true Voice in every aspect of your life and as a Yoga Teacher.

Yoga Illumined Ayurveda

Taught by Kerry Meath-Sinkin, Sumukhi Kristina Lanuza and Zoe Mantarakis, Yoga Illumined Ayurveda’s curriculum (Both online and live via retreats and classes) includes two tracks for you to choose from:

1) Yoga Illumined Ayurveda Life – for those of you who wish to bring Yoga and Ayurveda wisdom into your daily life

2) Yoga Illumined Ayurveda Teacher Training – for those of you who are teachers of Yoga who wish to add Ayurveda into your repertoire or new teachers who want a stronger emphasis on Ayurveda in your teaching style.

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Left: Sumukhi Kristina Lanuza of Yogafly – Right: Zoe Mantarakis of We Love Zoe Yoga

About Zoe Mantarakis

Zoe’s classes offer unique and challenging sequencing along with attention to alignment. Focus is placed on the subtleties of the body; refining one’s skill and perception in each pose. Classes are infused with yoga philosophy including Tantra and Sufism. Zoe holds a BA in philosophy from the University of California, Berkeley. She is the proud and loving mother of two beautiful boys. Zoe is known as one of Austin’s best yoga teachers and teaches at Pure Austin, Yoga Vida Austin, and Amala’s Yoga Sanctuary.

About Sumukhi Kristina Lanuza

Sumukhi completed her undergraduate studies in Biology and her yoga teachings are deeply inspired by her Sat-Guru, Shri Brahmananda Sarasvati (Ramamurti S. Mishra, M.D) and by her many spiritual teachers.  She puts special focus on healing the mind, body and spirit through the sciences of Yoga. For more information on Sumukhi, visit www.yogafly.com.

About Kerry Meath-Sinkin, MPH, C.AYUR, RYT

Kerry has been actively practicing and studying holistic health for the last fifteen years. She graduated with honors from Brown University, competed as the #1 player on the Bears Division I tennis team, completed her Yoga Teacher Certification in Washington D.C., spent 2007 through 2009 training in depth at The Ayurveda Institute with Dr. Vasant Lad and Dr. Claudia Welch, and graduated with a Masters in Public Health from the University of Texas Health Sciences Center of Houston. She is currently a Professional Member of the National Ayurvedic Medical Association, serves on the Faculty at Texas A&M College of Medicine, Sundara Yoga Therapy, Beauty Blossom Birth, and Yoga Illumined.

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Photos by Holly Wilmeth Photography