Certified in: Primordial Sound Meditation, Seven Spiritual Laws of Yoga
Location: Sydney, Australia
Email: hello [at] yogabc [dot] com [dot] au
What inspires you to teach?
After 8 years of full-time teaching of yoga and meditation, what still inspires me is the opportunity to step out of my own little world and into the greater community. Teaching continues to inspire me to align myself with the bigger picture that comes from the exchange of wisdom and energy between the student and teacher, between the soul and sat-guru.
Where do you teach?
I teach at my home school in Sydney at Yoga BC. This year, I will be splitting my time between Sydney, Paris, and the Swiss Alps as I expand my abilities to teaching in 7SLY and PSM in French.
More about Waran:
Originally from San Diego, California, I've been living in Australia and New Zealand for 18 years. My previous professional experience as a dancer and singer lead me to find yoga and teaching as an easy and natural transition and nourishing lifestyle.
How many Chopra Center events have you attended?
I have attended 5 Chopra Center events and numerous weekend seminars when Deepak visits Australia on tour.
What was your favorite event?
Seduction of Spirit. That first experience of so much meditation and learning will always be a profound memory for me.
How do you connect with others in your community?
As a full time teacher and school owner, I feel blessed that a community comes to our doors every day -- that I get the chance to share in the stories and evolution of people whom I wouldn't normally come in contact with. After all these years, my favorite moment in class and community is when we meditate together in silence.
What are you becoming certified in: Seven Spiritual Laws of Yoga
Location: Morganville, New Jersey
When will you graduate as a Chopra Center certified teacher? November 2013
Email: Babitasaaraswat [at] yahoo [dot] com
What was your first Chopra Center experience?
I have been reading Dr. Deepak Chopra's books for the last 15 years and was very impressed with his knowledge, deep insights, and the interesting way he conveys his knowledge. Once I was listening to one of his audio books, where he described how we are all made up of empty space. At that very moment, I found myself in a higher state of consciousness and felt as if my whole body was dissolved. I totally lost any 'dehadhyas' (body consciousness). It was a mind blowing experience to me. I was now determined to follow the spiritual path – so inspired.
What was going on in your life when you first became immersed in or attracted to the Chopra Center teachings?
When I got interested in the Chopra Center teaching we had recently moved from India to New York. My husband was doing his residency in Internal Medicine, while I was studying for my Medical Licensing Exams and taking care of my 2 year old daughter at home. Life was very stressful with so many responsibilities. I found his audio books at a local library. At night I would put the CDs on as I went to bed with my daughter. Eventually she would say, “Mommy can you put Deepak Chopra's CD on, in case I forget it”. Even my 2 year old would love to listen to him. After that I read all his books, then attended the Journey into Healing workshop and signed up for the Instructor Course over a period of time.
What is your daily meditation practice like?
I have been meditating for the last 12-13 years, twice daily for 20 minutes. Then sometimes I will do meditation intensives where I will meditate for the whole day. I sometimes feel burned out, trying to balance family life with my two beautiful kids and husband, along with medicine with my wonderful patients, along with so many other responsibilities popping up in between. However, meditation always comes to rescue. I would say I am a meditation addict, and the relaxation and stress relief it provides cannot be compared to anything else – and all with no side effects.
How have these teachings changed your life?
These teachings had great impact in my life. I became much more spiritual and withdrew from traditional medicine and started leaning towards more spiritual Integrative Medicine. Also I have more love and acceptance for myself, my family, my friends, and my patients.
How do you intend to share these teachings once you become certified?
I am the director of Yoga Vedanta Ashram, an ashram in central NJ in a very peaceful setting. The ashram is very actively involved in the community, with the ancient teachings of Sanatan Dharma, including teaching of ancient scriptures like the Gita, Yoga Vashishta, Shlokas, Yoga, Pranayama, Satsang, and Silent Retreats. We also run Balsanskar, teaching specially targeted at children ages 6-18. Here we follow the teachings of Sant Sri Asaramji Bapu from India, who has 17,000 of these centers all over India and worldwide. I am very positive that these teachings of the Chopra Center are going to benefit the kids we teach, and also the people who come to the ashram for satsang, yoga, meditation, etc.
I am a physician in Internal Medicine and did a Fellowship in Integrative Medicine with Dr. Andrew Weil and am planning to start a new practice in New Jersey. These teachings will help me advise my patients – offering them different ways to lead a healthy life style while helping them get in touch with their inner self. Above all, this will definitely help me with my own personal growth and health.
Do you have any words of inspiration for others on the Teachers Path?
I would definitely recommend this course to everyone. I have yet to take Part A and B. But so far both of the workshops “Journey into Healing” and “Seduction of Spirit” have been great and so were the webinars and reading materials. The staff is very friendly and had all my questions answered immediately. I already feel I am on my way to heal myself and others. This course is not about having a certification. It is a process that is going to help us achieve the heights of self realization. This course is going to inspire and motivate us and help ourselves and others to bring out our best potential -- physically, mentally and spiritually. I would definitely encourage everyone to experience this bliss.