Durga Devi was introduced to yoga through chanting and meditation as a teenager, through the Siddha Yoga lineage (Swami Baba Muktanada and Gurumayi Chidvilasananda.)
She met Gurumayi in 1984 in Encinitas, CA where her Aunt Mandara, who introduced her to Siddha Yoga, lived. She spent an entire weekend with Gurumayi Chanting and in Satsang where seeds were planted for her path.
In her late 30’s, she was introduced to asana practice and fell in love with the Ashtanga method. After completing her first teacher training in 2003, Durga Devi completed a 300 hr training in Jivamukti Yoga in 2005 with founders,
David Life and Sharon Gannon.
Upon completion she received their blessings as a certified
Jivamukti Yoga teacher. Durga Devi’s style of teaching has a spiritual foundation with a playful approach to challenging the body and mind
in order to break out of patterns and let go of limiting beliefs so that we may BE our true Self, which is joyful and luminous.
Her teaching is influenced from life experience and from beloved teachers, including Mark Whitwell.
Durga Devi’s love of mantra and Bhakti Yoga is sustained through practice and studies with
Bhagavan Das, from whom she received her spiritual name.
Practicing and studying yoga since 1998. His philosophical approach is rooted in the teachings of Ram Dass, Bhagavan Das, Godfrey Devereux, Mark Whitwell and Sadhguru Jaggi Vasudev.
Shiva Das currently studies under the guidance of mantra teachers and spiritual guides Russill Paul,and Naren K. Schreiner (Kamalakanta). His asana practice and teaching is inspired by time spent with international yoga teacher Mark Whitwell.
Shiva Das has taught thousands of classes over the past 16 years in the Detroit area and continues to teach the delicate balance of physical and subtle, masculine and feminine as a method to experience a vibrant, happy life.
Shiva Das’ daily practice includes asana, pranayama, mantra and meditation.
Together Durga Devi and Shiva Das are co-directors of House of Yoga in Berkley, MI.
Over the past 16 years they have led numerous teacher training and Yoga Lifestyle programs (LIFE OS). Both E-RYTs, Experienced Yoga Teachers registered with Yoga Alliance, each with over 5000 hours of teaching experience. In 2011, they received blessings from Mark Whitwell as certified Heart of Yoga Teachers, to transmit the yoga teachings of Krishnamacharya. Their yoga philosophy is based on Patanjali’s 8 limbs of Yoga. It is in this foundational light, that all their teachings are based. They believe in the healing of mantra and sound and have hosted kirtans with Krishna Das, Bhagavan Das and Girish and others. In 2010 they founded the kirtan group “Vishnu Blue” as a vehicle to share mantra, kirtan and sacred sound. In June 2015 they were blessed by Bhagavan Das to share this energetic path and were given their spiritual names on the path of Bhakti Yoga.