Amma Sri Karunamayi
I have studied with renowned yoga teachers: Swamiji Nirmalanda Saraswati, Vidydevi Stillman, and Kusama Karobi Sachs among others. Swamiji Nirmalanda Saraswati is the founding president of the Yoga Alliance and she also created a yoga program for Deepak Chopra's centers.
On April 2010 Amma Sri Karunamayi made a stop in El Paso during her world tour. I recived an invitation to visit the home she was staying at during her visit. I expected a big crowd but it was me, another yoga teacher friend and the family she was staying with. Prior to this, I had tried to see her in LA but missed the opportunity because of my yoga certification training. This personal meeting with her in El Paso was a real blessing and encouraged me to continue my yoga journey.
She gave me my yoga name Deviyahansa which means "Divine Swan." My Divine Guru, Paramahansa Yogananda's name meant "Supreme Swan" and I received permission to use the name Yogananda. Yogananda means "Bliss" through yoga. My business name since 2000 is Yoga Bliss to honor these extraordinary individuals.
There are no coincidences about how all this transpired. Coincidences are not accidents but signals from the universe which can guide us toward our true destiny.
I am blessed to have been given such love and honor with these names.