The first yoga class Amrita (then Allison) attended was in the local church basement with her mom at the age of sixteen. She enjoyed the practice so much that her parents bought her a guide to yoga for Christmas. To her surprise, she found the book years later after completing her teacher training and it was coincidentally from the same organization.
After completing a degree in Psychology at Carleton University Amrita was facing pressure to attend a Master’s program. Yoga had been a joy for her through out her university degree so she decided to take her first teacher training program. Amrita’s first teacher training course only wet her appetite. She found the physical practice improved her strength and flexibility while the philosophy touched her in a spiritual way. The very next year she completed a second teacher training course and an advanced teacher training course back-to-back with another organization. The result was 60 days of intense yoga training and deep spiritual growth. Her aptitude for study allowed her to flourish in the yoga teacher training. She completed the written exam with ease and found the complex philosophical ideas fascinating. Practicing yoga intensely and sitting on the floor all day took it’s toll on her body. Everyday she suffered from hip pain and many nights she would lather herself with tiger balm to sooth aching muscles.
Amrita was still not satisfied. She wanted to reach the source. Within three months of returning home she was on a plane to India. She traveled in India for four months reaching the north, south, east and west. Everyday was a new experience where she could live and breath her yoga practice. She visited ancient monuments and shrines. Her growing faith in her own spiritual practice was expressed by experiencing Sikh, Islam, Hindu and Baha’i traditions. While in India she spent thirty days at a yoga ashram where she helped to train new yoga teachers. The hours were long, the work was hard but there came a deep fulfillment. Leaving India was painful and to this day she dreams of going back.
Returning home to Canada Amrita decided it was time to settle down. She understood that if she truly wanted to become a yoga teacher she would have to commit to her students. The first winter was very difficult. For a long time she could only find one class. Her hips were in constant pain despite many hours of yoga practice. Amrita discovered the true meaning of Ahimsa (Non-violence) by first practicing non-violence towards her self. She had been pushing her hips so far with no results. The path became clear that her true yoga practice was to not practice yoga asana (postures). After taking a long break from yoga asana and rehabilitating her hip joints Amrita has no pain and is healthier than ever.
Years later, Amrita’s class schedule is full. Completing a career milestone in 2015 Amrita qualified for the Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher 500 with the Yoga Alliance. Students enjoy her straight forward teaching style. When you take one of Amrita’s classes she helps you connect to that deep peace within. You feel confident and capable in each movement while still challenging yourself. In the future, Amrita’s only desire is keep on sharing yoga. Yoga has helped her on a physical, mental and spiritual level. She feels it is her duty and honour to share this with others.