Durga Leela BA, C-IAYT, CAS, PKS, e-RYT 500, Yoga Acharya
Durga Leela (spiritual name) is the founder of Yoga of Recovery R
Durga holds the RYT-500 qualification, having completed both the Sivananda Yoga teachers Training Course and an Advanced Yoga Training. She is also extensively trained in Meditation and Vedanta.
She is a Clinical Ayurvedic and Pancha Karma Specialist, trained both in the US (at CCA) and India and serves as the Director of the Ayurveda Programs at the Yoga Farm in California, since 2003.
She is a professional member and speaker for the National Ayurvedic Medical Association (NAMA) and International Association of Yoga Therapists (IAYT), also a member of Yoga Alliance. Durga is on faculty for Inner Peace Yoga Therapy and Soul of Yoga – Yoga Therapy Schools that are IAYT Accredited.
Durga is a practical, down to earth, and to the point speaker who has worked on her own path of recovery. She has a great sense of humor and a real warmth for understanding the trials and tribulations of our human condition. She has been a grateful member of 12 step fellowship for over 18 years. Durga has participated in all the Recovery 2.0 online conferences.
More than anything this quote from “Entering the Ghost River” by Deena Metzger, describes the work we are offering in YoR: “What carries a healer forward when she has no license because there is no license to be had for what she does, when the training for the license that theoretically covers her work undermines the basic principles she is pledged to uphold? When the other available licenses do not cover the work that she is called to do? And when one cannot and must not license the sacred work of the most ancient human traditions? What carries her is something in her heart tuned to the invisible voices who guide her and speak of goodness and a desire to comfort those who are completely bereft. What carries her is a song that comes at the edge of the wood or just where the stream cannot be distinguished from the bank and it hums the connection between one world and another. Then when someone dies or cannot breathe for the pain of living, she sings it under her breath and the prayer enters the room, a small light in the absolute darkness of grief.”
“Durga’s material not only offers anyone looking for a holistic approach to their recovery a very solid program to follow, but also a beautiful understanding of their unique situation from the perspective of Yoga and Ayurveda. Durga is a very talented speaker, compassionately and patiently teaching each person present how to overcome their addictive tendencies. There are SO many “Ah-ha” moments – it is a treat to watch!!” Abby Abhaya Geyer, C-IAYT Yoga Therapist, Certified Ayurveda Health Educator.
“Durga brings a profound understanding of the psychological issues associated with addiction and recovery to her knowledge of the powerful healing traditions of Yoga and Ayurveda in her retreats and teaching. A recovery retreat led by Durga initiates and supports the process of deep inner work to create lasting change. Attending one of the Yoga, Ayurveda and Recovery Retreats is a personal gift that can last a lifetime.”
Felicia M. Tomasko
Editor, LA YOGA Ayurveda and Health magazine, prior Board member, National Ayurvedic Medical Association, Boardmember, California Association of Ayurvedic Medicine