Self-worth and belonging.
My story with Level One Teacher Training
What have you experienced in your life that changed it completely? Did you meet a person that changed your way of thinking, or did you practice a meditation that altered your consciousness enough to change your way of living?
My life changed completely after my Level One Kundalini Yoga Teacher Training in Bali in 2018. I would not be who I am today if it hadn’t been for this training. I am beyond grateful.
After I had practiced Kundalini Yoga for a couple of years, I knew I wanted to do this training. I didn’t necessarily want to teach as much as I wanted to deepen my own practice. I was intensely drawn to the teacher Rachel Sat Siri Dougherty. There was something magnetic about her. Her radiance, her way of delivering the teachings, her femininity and grace. Her energy pulled me in.
I met her for the first time in New Mexico at Women’s Camp 2017 where she co-led with another amazing teacher, Pauline Drossart. The transformation that happened during these 5 days with Sat Siri and Pauline was beyond measure. I knew that I wanted to train with both. When I inquired Sat Siri about the next Kundalini Yoga Level One teacher training in New Mexico she suggested Bali Immersion.
I took Sat Siri’s advice and 7 months later I found myself in Bali and I felt a huge shift. This is more than a 5-week training I thought. This is an initiation. I knew this training would change me forever. And after spending 5 weeks in deep practice in a community with women all over the world practicing Kundalini Yoga and learning about the lineage I was a changed person.
This training turned my life around from being a victim to becoming victorious. This training provided me with tools and practices to overcome addiction. I felt a sense of self-worth and belonging.
During the training, we practiced a posture that changed my life completely – 22 min of Archer pose (11 min each side).This was the most challenging part of the whole training for me. I remember how much I cried in class, how much I was shaking and how frustrated I felt. I was exhausted after those 22 mins. And I told myself that I would never have to do the pose ever again.
In the last days of the training, we met individually with Sat Siri to be given a kriya to practice for the next 40 days to complete the immersion.
I was given Archer pose. I thought she was kidding but she wasn’t. The practice I struggled with the most was now going to be my daily sadhana for 40 DAYS. I got frustrated. This felt impossible. How was I ever going to make this happen? Why did she give me this pose? I felt helpless. Many thoughts were moving around in my head. My whole body said no but I was given this posture. It was meant for me, and I didn’t want to let Sat Siri down. So, I accepted it.
The first couple of days I failed. And I had to start over. I was crying every day as I practiced because I was so challenged. One of the reasons why it was so hard for me, is that this posture works and strengthens your nervous system and because of many years of drug addiction my nervous system was really strained.
Despite the resistance, I continued the practice. It took about 2 weeks before I could relax in the pose. It was hard and challenged me in so many ways. Soon I started to add in a strong intention. My steady intention was to start my own business. Quit my restaurant job and start to teach yoga around the world. And that one day I would be the assistant of this Bali Immersion training.
After the 40 days had gone by, I decided to keep going and I continued for 90 days. 90 days turned into 120 days and 120 days turned into 1000 days. I practiced Archer Pose for 3 years at airports in bathrooms and in parking lots. I didn’t miss a single day. It was my daily medicine. Each day I completed Archer pose was a victory. And I kept telling myself… Only for today I must do Archer Pose. And I kept going.
I am extremely grateful that I met Sat Siri when I did. She has been a huge inspiration ever since I met her, and I have continued to study with her for the last 5 years. By now I have taught Archer Pose at Women’s Camp, at Winter Solstice, and at yoga retreats and workshops all over the world.
Archer pose helped me get in contact with my spiritual warrior. It helped me trust myself again and to realize my power. One of my dreams and intentions has been to come back to Bali and assist this immersion that changed my life completely. And a couple of months ago I received an invitation to join the team in Bali for Level One Kundalini Teacher Training in September 2023.
Do you feel inspired?
If you are considering diving deep into the teachings of Kundalini Yoga I strongly recommend taking this chance. I know what a jungle it is out there with offerings and trainings left and right, but if you are reading this and feeling drawn to this training, I would advise you to go for it. Universe will provide. I deeply trust this. If you feel a YES in your heart, how can you make this happen? Remember you are the captain of your life. This training is an investment in your life. You will receive tools to share with your community, family and friends.
You will have the chance to experience daily yoga sessions, meditation classes, and workshops to deepen your practice and expand your awareness in a supportive and nurturing environment, as well as plenty of time to explore the beauty and magic of Bali during our 21-day immersion.
Whether you’re a seasoned yogi or a beginner, our Level One Bali Immersion is open to welcoming you into this journey of self-discovery and transformation. Awaken your senses, feel enjoyment, and commit to your life from your joyful self!
This is a powerful immersion to:
- Dive deep into your consciousness
- Nourish your mind, body, and soul
- Find your purpose
- Deepen your yoga and meditation practice
- Connect to a warm, welcoming global community
- Learn how to share Kundalini Yoga technology in your communities as a professional and Certified Kundalini Yoga Teacher
- Embrace the beauty and tranquility of Bali
To read more about this wonderful training click here.
To set up an interview to see if this is the right fit for you, go here.
Get into the Bali vibe!
To give you a taste of the Bali Immersion vibes and help you connect with your purpose, we’ve put together an amazing playlist. Close your eyes and imagine yourself surrounded by beaches, gardens, and the unique Balinese atmosphere while taking your practice to the next level.
Why am I writing about this today? I am writing to you who are looking for a change in your life. A major change. You see whether you are planning to teach these techniques or if you are just taking the training for your own benefit it’s such a potent time to study Kundalini Yoga. So much has happened in our community and we are rising strong. Join our strong team in Ubud in Bali in September and immerse yourself in these sacred practices. There are a handful of amazing teachers joining our team and I would love to see you there. If you have any questions or want to have a conversation about the training contact Leve One team at [email protected] and find a time to talk with a trainer!
Johanna HariSant is an international Kundalini Yoga Teacher, Reiki Master, Shakti School Facilitator and Vegan Chef. Hari Sant began her spiritual journey after being hit with a bus riding her bike to work in NYC 2010.Through the ancient teachings of Kundalini Yoga,she was able to ease some of her pain with her daily practice, steady intention and deep prayer. She began to rediscover her injured body and connected to her inner guidance and found her Satya- Truth. Kundalini helped HariSant from drug addiction, codependency and depression. She practiced archer pose 22 min daily for 1000 days after her Kundalini teacher training in Bali 2018.