Send April to Jivamukti Teacher Training

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Raised by 64 people in 74 months
April Dechagas  BROOKLYN, NY

For those of you who know me, you know I eat, sleep, dream and live Jivamukti Yoga, and have been talking about going to their teacher training for the last 2 years (I am not kidding about this - I work in the Jiva cafe 5 days a week, so I eat their food pretty often, I practice there every day, and have taken a nap there once or twice)...


...For those of you who do not know me, here is a little snippet. Yoga found me about 4 1/2 years ago, and changed my world. More importantly, Jivamukti Yoga changed my world. It changed the way I live, the way I treat people and animals, the way I eat, the way I treat our Mother Earth, my outlook on life...it made me a more mature, responsible, happy person. And I want to share that joy with the world!

In addition to wanting to become a Jivamukti yoga teacher, after 7 years working in the corporate world, I went back to school to become school counselor and completed my Masters in School Counseling at NYU. While interning at a high school in Manhattan a few years ago, I found myself teaching yoga as a gym alternative, which has led to my current dream of combining yoga and my school counseling background and bringing it to schools, focusing mostly on low-income youth. 

I am also a vegan chef, and provide private chef services, meal deliveries, and catering to those who want amazingly yummy food. (you can learn more about that here: http://aprildechagas.com)

Ok, so the point of me telling you all this: The Jivamukti Teacher Training is a 1-month intensive that takes place at the Omega Institute in Rhinebeck, NY.  It is considered the "Harvard" of yoga teacher trainings, and I have been working towards it for the last few years. This is not just some "thing" that I want to do. I have already learned how to read and write sanskrit, I've written papers and dharma talks, learned some adjustments, learned anatomy - this is the real deal. The only problem is the training is kind of expensive. The kind of expensive that is hard to obtain without help. So...

What your donation will go towards:
- tuition
- room & board
- travel
- books & materials
- apprenticeship with an Advanced Certified Teacher after I complete the training
- keeping my apartment afloat while I am away

About Jivamukti Yoga: The Jivamukti Yoga practice incorporates the physical, psychological, spiritual, and mystical aspects of yoga into modern life, without losing sight of the universal goal of the practice: liberation. Because of Jivamukti Yoga's focus on a non-dualistic view of life (the interconnectedness of all), the practice awakens in the practitioner not only the need to protect the environment and all the animals and plants, but provides the practitioner with the skills to confidently achieve those goals for oneself as well as teach others how to live in harmony with the planet.

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Update 12
Posted by April Dechagas
71 months ago
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Apologies - I told you guys I would contact you about your donation rewards and never did! I will be doing that this week for sure! If you have not donated and want to, it's not too late! I am so close to reaching my goal! And you will get an awesome reward in exchange too! Love and Om, April
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Update 11
Posted by April Dechagas
72 months ago
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To those of you who have donated: I will be contacting you individually some time this weekend about your reward! Be on the look out!
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Update 10
Posted by April Dechagas
72 months ago
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Exactly 3 months ago I started memorizing the first chapter of Patanjali's Yoga Sutras, Samadhih Padah, and today (the timing is completely unintentional...) I finished my goal...2 1/2 weeks ahead of schedule!

Some say (i.e. Tamar) that my cookies taste so good because I chant sutras while I am making them. Well, here you go - as promised, attached is a video of me chanting the entire first chapter...while baking :)
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Update 9
Posted by April Dechagas
72 months ago
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I should have all of Chapter 1 of Patanjali's Yoga Sutras, Samadhi Padah, memorized by tomorrow! Only 3 more to go! Look out for a video of me singing the whole first chapter later this week! (Lot's of exclamation points!!!!!!!)
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