Tori B, Online November 2020
The experience I had with Indra Yoga Institute, its magnificent facilitators, and my dear friends of the Fall 2020 online cohort was genuinely life-changing. In the middle of the pandemic when I felt lost and disconnected, Indra became not only a soft place to land but also solid ground on which to grow. Where does one even begin when words aren’t enough? I suppose gratitude is a good starting place. Thank you endlessly to Bonnie, Raquel, Anita, Jeanine, Camilah, Jananī, Brandi, Haunani, Goyo, and all of the incredible guest presenters Indra brought into each of our worlds. Each of you is an expert in that which you hold dear. Thank you for reminding each of us often, “It is your birthright to be here.” Thank you so much for sharing your wisdom and gifts with us. Thank you for holding the roots of yoga sacred, for holding a mirror up to each of our eyes, and for holding a candle to light the way forward just by being who you are. The curriculum of this program is unparalleled. From the philosophy of the Sutras to the current day applications of trauma-informed yoga and social justice and everything in between, this program has left me so fulfilled and inspired, only wanting to learn more. The dialogue on creation stories and where we come from, the opportunity to cook with friends from across the globe in their own kitchens, the echo of mantras still singing in my ears, the chance to practice a different way to communicate, the murtis and ceremonial cacao showing up at our front doors, the lists of recommendations for continued learning, and so much more are gifts I never could have imagined, but they’re all real. Bonnie is real magic in human form and a true role model. She is a giver of time, attention, and ceaseless support. She holds the truths and integrity of this ancient practice to the altar of her life. Her thoughtfulness and willingness to make and hold space for all of us are the qualities in a human any of us would only aspire to be. She’s family now, and I thank the world for her. I cannot recommend Indra Yoga Institute highly enough for anyone wanting to learn and to take their next step forward. Thank you wholeheartedly for this epic opportunity and experience.
Marcia L, Online August 2020
My experience with Indra Yoga Institute exceeded my expectations. From my first interaction with Bonnie to graduation, the care, love and dedication of putting together an online platform that was organized, well thought out and transformative was life-changing. The breadth of topics presented and the expertise of the team was amazing. This program is not just about yoga, it’s about life-changing information to improve your life, your yoga practice and teaching as well as your impact in and around your community.
Haunani D, Online August 2020
I had so many excuses why this 300-hours online Yoga Teacher Training wasn’t going to work for me. After my initial inquiry, the founder of Indra, Bonnie, immediately was available to hold space and help me find clarity with all my doubts. Her sincere connection and honesty allowed me to get out of my ego’s way and Trust the nudge to say, “Yes.” In many ways, I doubted if an online program would feel as authentic, sacred, or genuine as an in-person training but now I can attest that it does. Within the first week, not only was I comforted by my choice but my expectations were already surpassed. The raw, real, and heartfelt discussions are as real as if we were in-person. The mentorship, community, and exceptional teaching staff has over-delivered in every way possible. Indra’s 300-hour teacher training is exactly what I had been praying for — a training that doesn’t just focus on the mat but dives deep into the Sutras, the history, philosophy, and Ayurvedic lifestyle without watering it down. This training is for the sincere student and teacher who is ready to go deep into the heart of Yoga and Ayurveda with teachers who are brilliant, honest, and non-attached to their own teachings. An added bonus of the online format is the ability to re-watch a class that was mind-blowing and heart exploding. This added dimension allows me to go back and relisten to a teacher’s workshop which I wouldn’t get to do in-person. The teachers and curriculum are so good I am already trying to figure out how to attend Indra’s month-long training in India so I can continue to learn and geek out with Bonnie and her incredible teachers.
Jenn B, Online August 2020
Indra’s 300hr Online Training wildly exceeded my expectations. For 8 weeks, the teaching team and community of dedicated yogis magically transformed my home office into a retreat center, filled with moving asana and mantra, spacious meditation, inspired discussions, and so much love. I appreciated the unique background, knowledge, experience, and point of view that each instructor brought to our sessions, and the guest lectures were so full of heart and spirit. My own transformation came from the space to be vulnerable, to be seen, and to know that my whole self was welcomed with compassion and love. Bonnie’s care and effort cannot be understated. She bravely and graciously navigated this new, virtual terrain, and I am grateful to witness and experience her authentic leadership and the inspired way she runs her business. Bonnie and Annie worked around the clock behind the scenes to make sure every question was answered and everything was delivered seamlessly. The dedication of ALL of Indra’s team was so evident, and I felt truly supported throughout this journey. I expected to learn more about teaching, but, as always with any yoga training, I learned so much more about myself — this personal growth is the true essence of yoga. We can only share what we know, and the program gave me space to embody this ancient wisdom in a new way. I (not so patiently) look forward to an in-person reunion where I can give a real-life hug to all of the faces I got to know so closely through the screen. The timing and format of this training felt like a gift from the Universe — one I’ll be cherishing for the rest of my life.
Candace G, Online August 2020
Indra Yoga Institute provides a well rounded 300 hr training program that helps you better understand why you do what you do as a yoga teacher. I found the program super informative and helpful in various ways on things that I had never considered before. I look forward to applying my gained knowledge in trauma, anatomy, and yoga sequencing to providing more intentional classes to my students as well as for myself in my everyday life.
Anne R, Online August 2020
Indra Yoga Institute gave me experience and knowledge that I will carry through my life. Taking the 300 hour yoga teacher training class online was a seamless experience. Bonnie navigated the class with grace, kindness, and professionalism. I connected with my classmates on such a deep level, despite being online only. Through this class I learned about an Ayurvedic lifestyle, the yoga sutras, mantras, asana, trauma informed yoga, anatomy, yoga history and so much more. I recommend this class to everyone I talk to because it transformed my thinking and allowed me to become part of a warm and accepting community.
Michelle D, Online August 2020
My body feels alive and engaged! My mind, the same! Indra Yoga Institute 300 hour online uber professional training is nothing short of spectacular with kind, loving, compassionate teachers and guest speakers who generously give their skills, time and knowledge with humor and intellect. It has been an amazing program and I’ve made so many new, like minded friends in this online community! Get ready to take a deep dive into not only yoga, but also your personal development as you discover your essence during this 50 day cross-disciplinary journey through the mind, body, spirit.
Meg S, Online August 2020
This was the best decision to embark on Indra’s yoga teacher training. Each facilitator is highly educated, culturally diverse, and passionate about what they teach. There are so many trainings to choose from and you can get lost on what direction to take. Indra is different in the most empowering and educational way. Indra is authentic, trauma and Ayurveda informed with a philosophical approach of what all brought us to this moment. I am forever grateful for Indra.
Alex D, Online August 2020
I am actually lost for words. Never in my wildest dreams could I have imagined that an online course could be so incredibly rich and immersive. What I have learned is that virtual connection can be an incredibly powerful vehicle for learning and transformation. I am so honoured and humbled by the intense dedication of every single teacher that has contributed to the course as well as Bonnie & Annie who have put their hearts into this being a success – Bonnie has been this silent angel waiting in the wings, only too ready to iron out any technical issues or add any additional information that we would find relevant. Just the deepest most profound thank you for giving such an abundance of information and inspiration.
Courtney W, Online August 2020
It has been an honor to learn from and share with the Indra team and the amazing group of students in this 300 hour Advanced Teacher Training. Bonnie and the team are inspiring and so diversely experienced in life and spirit. I felt spirit and grace throughout the course. I greatly appreciated the diversity of the training including ancient and modern practices; Yoga Sutras, Ayurveda, Yoga Nidra, Positive Psychology, Trauma Informed Yoga and the integration of community responsibility and earth honoring into the course. Thank you Indra!
Regina H, Online August 2020
I am very happy to find Indra´s course, so blessed to be here and dive deeper! I dreamed of it before I knew it existed, so I kept Googling until I found it! If you are ready to dive deeper, dedicate, discover, learn, this is an amazing place for you, with a variety of wonderful wise radiant teachers. I am sure, your soul will be touched. And hopefully, after the course, you find the courage to be fully you and embody a deep wisdom you carry in your soul, that you can reach out your wings and fly towards your dream stars! Give, live, love, celebrate this possibility – human existence!
Luna P, Online August 2020
This online program was very thorough. I didn’t feel like we were online. It was very convenient for the working person as well. Videos are recorded so we can go back and review live discussions. Breakout rooms allowed us to speak to others in the program without any delay. The Asana practices were challenging, enlightening, perfectly paced, and encouraging. The guest speakers were fantastic! You will meet people from around the world and connect with them as if you were sitting right next to them. This program provided so much information regarding philosophy, ayurvedic practices, lifestyle, psychology, meditation skills, etc. Our cooking class was so much fun and we didn’t even have to leave our kitchen!!!! The weeks flew so fast. This program will leave you wanting more. It is perfect for the price. The amount of knowledge I received from the instructors is absolutely priceless. The asana labs are thorough. You are taught concepts that no Personal Training, individual certificate program would be able to satisfy. All subjects go together smoothly. Indra was able to integrate all topics into a smooth transition from the action, study, and philosophy. Teaching yoga in its true form uniting the body, spirit, and mind. The Trauma-informed course taught us how to teach, prepare ourselves and others, yoga to heal our troubled minds and soul while the positive psychology taught us more tools to handle the mental negative speak. The meditation and philosophy talks were relatable to current moments while providing ancient wisdom on current topics. Indra did a FABULOUS job providing such an incredulous curriculum during a pandemic. I can’t wait to do it again.
Hannah Z, India February 2020
Never did I think I would be swimming in the Arabian Sea, under the full moon, while the stars iridescently lit up at my feet. Never did I think I would visit a world that the cows roamed free because they are considered sacred to their peoples, where the wild dogs and cats were so happily beach bumming, where restaurants wanted you to overstay your stay, where street vendors trusted in you to come back and pay, and where no matter the heat, hundreds of beings would show up to pray. Everyday. India is special. And I think it’s because it lives by the universe’s truth; the truths of our birthrights. That everything is sacred, everything is one. From the oceans, to the animals, to the peoples, and to the other realms; we are all one. That is yoga, that is Hinduism, this is Christianity, Buddhism, atheism, all beings! All things. Thank you for holding the space and knowledge where I’ve experienced so much yumminess and strength within my practice. I’m walking away with a voice I hadn’t yet found, self love that I’ve been searching for, for so long, and a light that has reconnected me to the spirit inside of me and around me. Wow.
Michelle Z, February 2020
After completing an immersive and intense 25-day advanced 300 Hour Yoga Teacher Training with Indra Yoga Institute, I’m feeling the very same gratitude as when I first arrived in India. This photo pretty much sums up what a yoga teacher training means to me. This spot in our yoga shala overlooking the palm trees and flowers with the ocean and sound of the waves in the distance became somewhat sacred to me during our training. In those moments of finding stillness, oneness, and love with all that is…that is what yoga is really all about. Learning to be fully present and grateful. Releasing the samskaras ~thought patterns and behaviors~ that no longer serve us and allowing the floodgates of joy to open. Learning to join your breath and quiet the mind to find the oneness and connection of all things and the universe. Finding samadhi ~ the blissful union between yourself and all things. Recognizing that deep down everything beats at the same rate of love and being able to see that beauty and connection of it all. Yoga is not about poses. It’s not about the people. It’s not about the places. It’s about going inward. Learning. Reflecting. Growing. Becoming. Transforming. Seeing the beauty in all. And most of all loving. Loving the process. Loving the journey. Loving all things. And especially loving yourself. The transformation that takes place in the cocoon of an immersive YTT is hard to put into words, but it is without a doubt one of the most incredible experiences you can encounter. Thank you to this community and platform that helps connect us all and inspire one another through the beauty of our experiences!
Natalie A, Bali February 2019
The Ayurvedic aspect of the training revolutionized my life. Ayurveda has inspired me to act with a new sensory-awareness as I make choices that in fact dictate my destiny. Learning Ayurveda re-affirmed universal principles that have always resonated true for me as true, it’s my new love, ceremony and reverence to everything being sacred. It teaches me how to cultivate and sustain balance, I turn to it for everything—in return I receive a vibrant self-loving flame in my soul, spiritual vitality, resiliency, an improving digestive system, new skin… self love/care rituals and most of all a new sense of direction and passage to channel my voice and services to the world. I have a new zest and enthusiasm for longevity and life and I continue to further my Ayurvedic education & practice to deepen my understanding of this ancient science and art and make it practical to others. The vision to unify ancient wisdom with modern day life, making self-healing and transformation accessible to all is present. My mission is to help activate the potency of collective illumination and the shared potential physically and spiritually to make magic within ourselves, others and the earth. I’m weaving projects that I will carry out into community centered in Ayurvedic inspired beauty, lunar magic, energy balancing, yoga and soon will be teaching at a retreat for the very first time. Today, I’m surrendered to my highest path as spirits shapeshifting vessel, to serve however spirit asks, missioning to restore the sacredness, sense of aliveness and oneness…. A mantra that I took with me, it serves my every moment, whether challenge or glory, every day I hear Anita’s voice sing in my heart and mind “what IS possible” here, today as I walk this path.
I had never tried Somatic Experiencing before, but was always open to alternative therapies. I went in with an open mind and few expectations. After thirty minutes via video call, I was amazed in the difference I felt. My body released pain and tension that I had been holding for years, some of which I had gotten so used to that I wasn’t aware of it until it was gone. I found Cacky to be gentle, patient and very skilled in her practice. I look forward to booking another session soon.
Private Client, Victoria, AUS
I had never taken part in a somatic experiencing session before, but had an interest in seeing what it was all about. Cacky had a beautiful way of introducing me to this practice, and guiding me through the process. She allowed me to stay in the driver seat, while offering invitations and suggestions along the way. I felt relaxed and at ease through the journey, and got to learn a lot about myself, as well as how much wisdom my body holds. I would highly recommend cacky as a guide to explore this practice with. Thankyou cacky for providing a safe space for my first somatic experience.
Jake, MA, USA
I’ve been through more than a handful of different approaches to talk therapy, but nothing as powerful as even a single SE session. I’ve gone in to each session composed and disconnected from my emotional and physical self, just from the rush of life, sure that I’ll be in the same state when we wrap up. Each session though, I’ve delved viscerally into body and mind into depths I didn’t even know were there and each time it has surprised and recentered me in an incredibly powerful way. If you have the opportunity to engage in an SE session with Cacky and entrust yourself to her kind, present, empathic guidance, you will without a doubt deepen the experience of your personal growth and your mind/body connection.
Tessa, CT, USA
Using this technique with Cacky really surprised me. I've done lots of body work and talk therapy before, but the insights I got with Cacky were like nothing I've experienced before. The memories held in the cells of my body, especially my arms and hands, became conscious to me. Like I could finally understand how my body felt about the decisions my brain was making. And my body was wise. I should be trusting my body more. Thank you Cacky for enabling these insights, I don't think I could have gotten them any other way!
Whitney, CT, USA
I approached Cacky for an SE session in the raw depths of experiencing a deep + long-standing emotional trigger/activation. Right at the beginning of our session, Cacky presented the concept that her role in our session was, in part, to be bumper rails as I processed. And that was deeply true; I felt incredibly contained, supported, and held in my processing and releasing. As I spoke and sat with this particular trigger, Cacky guided me deeper into my body (and thus emotions) through questions. Cognitively, it didn’t feel like much was happening but as the minutes rolled on, we invited a vast softness and spaciousness to my body, emotions, and mind. And by the end, we had diffused the trigger and invited the wisdom of my body, intuition, and heart to lead the way forward. I feel deeply grateful for Cacky’s beautiful holding and invitation into the body so that I could remember and access the truth that lives within.
Marissa, ME, USA
“Jeannine’s meditations are full of wisdom and clarity. Her words move our minds gently to stillness, and eventually open up a world of possibility that was always there and simply needed a guide to show us. Her drive and dedication towards her students is palpable in her every word.”
Hector Marcel - President of Three Jewels & Teacher of Dharma and Meditation
Jordan truly understands the importance of set and setting in my yoga practice. She focuses on curating an entire experience designed to bring the class inward. Everything from the temperature, lighting, sound, and even the smell are thoughtfully done. Walking into her class feels sacred, it clears the fog of everyday stresses and re-aligns my personal ambitions.
Jordan’s yoga classes are so sweet. She has such an inviting energy and a great flow when she teaches. I always feel better when I leave one of her classes because I am more aware of my body/mind/spirit
I am new to Yoga; I TOTALLY lucked out and found an awesome instructor. Jordan made me feel so relaxed in her classes simply by saying “we are here for ourselves and no one else”, which is so true. She incorporates so many positive attributes into her “flows” that you leave feeling at peace. I highly recommend her classes to anyone who wants to get the benefits of Yoga for both the body and mind
I’ve been working out with Jordan both before and throughout quarantine, and I love her style and approach! I always feel better after a yoga, barre, or mat class, and my body is so grateful for the stretching and toning exercises. I’ve been a member since Jordan started her program, and I love the varied and challenging workouts!
Jordan’s classes are fun, challenging and varied. No two classes are alike, yet she ensures that all major muscle groups are worked. She is a talented instructor who gives you cues at just the right moment. Love her classes - be they Barre, pilates mat or yoga!
The few I’ve taken with Keena, I love it. She always brings that energy
Had the most amazing safe COVID outdoor morning class with Keena. She was amazing and accommodating to every experience level. The entire intent was to love your body and end with the energy you wish to foster. Such an authentic experience. Highly recommend.
I've attended Kimberly's workshops, yoga classes, and group breathwork sessions, and all have left me feeling more empowered. Her beautiful personality shines through, yet she is so sensitive to everyone's needs and circumstances. In just one breathwork session, I felt a complete shift in my mood and emotions, and I felt so incredibly supported. That feeling has lasted over a week since my session, and I'm excited to explore her breathwork sessions even more! I always come back to her yoga classes because they are so accessible and feel so safe. Her workshops are incredibly informative and enjoyable. I'm so thankful for the work Kim is doing!
Kimberly is a wonderful yoga instructor and musician. I consistently feel more free, open, and balanced after taking her classes.
Just did my first breathwork session with Kimberly - highly recommend it to anyone considering!! She is so amazing and I felt so comfortable with her! My mind feels clear and my body feels relaxed and rejuvenated after today’s practice.
I’ve tried yoga in the past and was never able to stick with it, but ever since I found Kimberly’s classes I’ve been hooked! As a musician, and more specifically a violinist, it really makes all the difference to have an instructor who knows exactly what you’re going through and creates a safe and relaxing space to practice. Highly recommend her, especially to fellow fiddlers!
Musicians, Kimberly is amazing and truly one of a kind. She has helped me so much and her wellness and yoga classes are truly beautiful. I really doubt I would be playing this comfortably if it weren't for her livestreams and classes.
I had a session with Kimberly to do breathwork. On a conscious level, it's very simple. All you have to do is breathe (and maybe let out a primal scream lol) but on an energetic level, it is essentially surgery for the soul. Kimberly made me feel so safe and supported while she held a space for kinda just WHATEVER to happen. It was so massively healing for me.
This breathwork session was a worthwhile experience for me and I look forward to incorporating breath work more in the future. I feel like it helped me connect to my deeper self and confront some hard truths and open myself up to confronting those. Looking forward to the next one!
Laura Martin-Eagle at Moon Jewel Ayurveda helped me to slow down and restore a real sense of balance in my life. I found Laura’s teachings and treatments to be genuinely healing and nurturing. Under Laura’s care I feel a sense of deep respect towards my body, mind and spirit and therefore have learned to sense when I feel an imbalance and take steps to heal myself. I am extremely grateful to have found her guidance and wisdom
Emily S. Kopa, San Martín de los Andes, Argentina
Receiving Ayurvedic guidance and care from Laura for the past five years has been truly life changing. Through regular consultations and follow up Laura has helped me to learn strategies to help heal myself of physical and psychological ailments through Ayurvedic practices. Laura’s gentle, patient and professional demeanor makes her easy to talk to and ever so trustworthy when discussing personal health issues. Laura has been extremely accommodating by providing me with appointments via Skype as I have been living and traveling abroad for the past few years. Her guidance and recommendations are always extremely thoughtful and individualized. Laura’s follow ups are always written out in a very thorough and organized manner making it possible and realistic to apply her advice and her recommendations of Ayurvedic practices to daily life. I also use and take Ayurvedic herbs, tinctures and oils prepared by Laura. Her products are all so beautifully and carefully crafted, when using them I c
~ JM, Artist and Organic Farmer, South Korea and Oregon
Working with Laura felt like the initiation and ritual into womanhood that I never got when I came of age. She is Shakti energy personified and it spills into the space, plants, and bodies she touches. Laura doesn’t just create a welcoming space for your physical body, but for the divine in you as well. Your higher realms of spirit are nourished by sight, sound and scent.
~ Cynthia LaCruz- Singer, Actress, Yoga Instructor, New York
“I remember first coming to Sweat Your Prayers with my mom when I was in college, and my immediate reaction was, ‘well this is weird.’ But as I relaxed and started to dance, I became aware of a feeling of great connection with Spirit. For the first time in my life I felt connected to every living thing. I could feel my oneness with the universe. I cried, right there on the dance floor, flooded with love. Twenty years later and I still feel that same connection, the same ecstasy, at Sweat Your Prayers. Dancing touches me like nothing else, it is when I feel most joyful and alive. No matter where I’m dancing I’m having a great time. But there is something truly magic at Sweat Your Prayers that is cultivated by Laura. It always heals me and gives me the answers I need, which is only possible through Laura’s gift of creating a sacred container.”
– Lea Roselyn
For at least fourteen years (plus) that I’ve been in the community, Laura has been continuously creating such a safe strong fiercely loving container for delving into the shamanic practice of movement medicine, in the same room, on the same beautiful wooden floor, with such responsiveness to what seems to be emerging within our community...offering a truly transformative healing opportunity for me, personally, & to countless others. I’ve experienced so much there as I’ve danced, prayed, sweat, cried, sung, “lost myself” & learned (from Laura) that I could instead of “losing myself,” actually move to “find myself.” That was a pivotal moment for me in my practice.
Miranda knows exactly when to step in and when to step out so that the natural world can do the teaching. With her support I always feel held and inspired.
Miranda's compassion shines through everything she does -- I've never felt someone listen so fully, or so helpfully.
Miranda's entire life helps me to see what it's all about: living simply in awe and connection.
With Miranda I felt safe to try headstand for the first time. She helped me to realize that I could find joy in the process, regardless of any "end result."
Every time I spend time with Miranda I leave feeling centered, wise, and ready. I don't know how she does it but there's some magic in the air around her.
Miranda's offerings are like no one else's. Once I sink into them, I never want to leave. After practicing with her even taking a sip of water becomes special.
What I love most about Miranda's approach is the bottomless well of curiosity she draws from. She has an openness that shows me new doors, places where I see myself and everything around me as if for the first time.
Mariam is one of my absolute favorite yoga teachers. There is something very special about the presence and space she creates - even in online classes! Mariam is gentle, caring, and highly intuitive. her passion for teaching is obvious and I always feel incredibly supported and encouraged during her classes. Thank you, Mariam!
"At the end of class Tuesday, relaxed into our final pose, I was on the yin side of that mountain you described. And- my father appeared. This was my first time connecting with Dad since he died 5 years ago. Michaela, it was life-altering. All five of my senses were felt in incredible detail. There was a twinkle in his eye, a bow, and a beautiful dance between us on that cool, moonlit mountain. All the answers I needed to know were within in me in an instant. I will never, ever forget this. And make no mistake: You opened me, and ushered him in. YOU are a gift. Thank you. From the very damn depths of me.
Student. Cincy, OH