“Once I finally made the connection that I have been on a spiritual journey my whole life and just didn’t know it, I began to rearrange the priorities in my life and to live by the dictations of my heart rather than my fears. I am now fully committed to a life that is compatible with my deepest values day and night- not just stolen moments or short vacations– but an entire life embedded with it.”
Recently Kusuma returned to the United states after 3 years in India studying ancient yogic scriptures, sanskrit, yogic lifestyle & ayurveda under her teacher Dr. K.L. Shankaranarayana Jois; in addition to south Indian (ayurvedic) cooking and traditional textile arts.
“After my yoga teacher certification I was very hesitant to teach under that title. I felt yoga is native to India and I should learn from India, what is this tradition called “yoga”. I felt what I learned here in the west may or may not be “Yoga” and I could not teach something I wasn’t sure was pure and true to it’s native lands. I wanted to gain the blessings of the original Yogis to teach the original Yoga. With deepest gratitude to my teacher and the Divine Mother for granting my wish.”
Kusuma currently teaches yoga in Graton and successfully taught the Intro Courses in Venice, Italy, prior to traveling to India in 2009. She is RYT 200 certified by Dr. Jeff Migdow and Pritti Robyn Ross (both Kripalu Teacher Training program creators and directors) in their collaborative 9 month program called ‘Prana Yoga’, integrating hatha yoga, therapeutic yoga and the chakra system. She also holds certificates in Pranic Healing, Ayurveda and a Bachelors of Fine Arts from Pratt Institute.
Other important teachers Kusuma would like to honor are:
Ramana Maharshi; Gilbert Walking Bull, Lakota Sioux Elder; Lama Tsultrim Allione of Tara Mandala; B.G. Anantha of Bharati Yoga Dhama & Sadvidya Foundation; Jack Kornfield of Spirit Rock; and Shugen Sensei, Abbot of Zen Mountain Monastery.