About Me

Kula Journal, Durgaya Palmieri, Kashi Ashram

 “When you relax your body and split the tension, you are letting the breath keep you young and in the moment” ~ Ma Jaya

At 18 years old I left the cozy Ashram life, the only one I had known, to go to out into the “world”. I was having so much fun learning about Dave Mathews and making friends with people named Eric and Angela, I forgot all about my yoga and meditation practice. Searching for balance in myself, between my newfound freedom and the practices that made me feel at home, it wasn’t long before I ended up right back on my yoga mat, and I’ve been there ever since.

Growing up on Kashi Ashram with Ma Jaya, my Guru, I was taught meditation, conscious movement and the power of community from a young age. Beyond these teachings Ma Jaya was always encouraging me to see my highest self and to honor the highest in others.

I became a Classical Yoga Instructor in 2009 under the graceful instruction of Swami Jaya Devi Bhagavati. During training I started practicing with Isvari Verre, one of the senior teachers trained in Anusara Yoga. I was especially drawn towards her class and Anusara Yoga, because I felt that the alignment techniques where easing my chronic back pain. I have since been on the path of Anusara training and completed Anusara Immersion with Gina Minyard in February 2011 and Teacher Training Level 1 with Christina Sell and Level 2 with Jordon Bloom. I have had the honor of studying with many Anusara teachers including John Friend.

In May of 2010, my friend Neda Honavar and I started Tough Love Yoga. In 2011 we received the Best of Atlanta for Alternative Exercise from the Creative Loafing and that same year I was a lead teacher at Wanderlust in the City representing TLY. I later began studying Kali Natha Yoga, created by Ma Jaya. The transformational power of Kali Natha Yoga is something I will spend my life discovering and offering to others.

In January of 2012 I moved back to Kashi Ashram. Since moving home I have incorporated everything I have learned from my teachers into a conscious yoga style that aims to heal and refresh the body and soul. Join me for a variety of class levels, energy work or follow my blog for special events and yoga musings.

Love & Gratitude,
Durgaya
yogawithdurgaya@gmail.com
404-558-7925

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