• Darkness is simply the absence of light
  • Do you steal the space to heal?
  • Nature's Message for Humanity
  • The Owl's Wisdom
  • Darkness is simply the absence of light

    Like most people, I feel uncomfortable with the dark side of humanity, because its seat is within me. It's manifestation occurs in my mind. This has become a central theme in my work with clients and yoga students this year.

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  • Do you steal the space to heal?

    My recent experience of feeling down resulted in a greater appreciation for the potential of darkness. Holding this space for myself was very uncomfortable, unbearable even, but there were a few things that guided me through.

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  • Nature's Message for Humanity

    On this morning's walk in the woods, I asked for a Message for Humanity. The Chipmunk came in quickly, presenting itself for the third time this week, in an unusual way.

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  • The Owl's Wisdom

    The Barred Owl spread its wings, lifting up from the ground to my left and landing on a tree branch directly in front of me. It rotated its head away, and then all the way back towards me, as though letting me know...

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By Tracey Miller

Jen Bukowski completed YogaLife Institute’s 200 hour training program and is a certified yoga instructor. She lives in Chester, NH with her husband and three kids in a 288-year-old farm house.

jen bukowski quote photoJen took yoga classes on and off for many years, but she never thought about being an instructor. But when her dental hygienist told her about her experience with the training program at YogaLife Institute, it planted a seed in Jen’s mind that she wanted to grow. But, with three kids three horses and a mini donkey to take care of, she had to wait until the timing was right. Two years later when they decided to sell the horses, life opened up and she was able to commit to the 200-hour training program.

Jen said she wasn’t sure if she wanted to teach, but what she really yearned for in her training was exploring the lifestyle and philosophy of yoga. Her focus was on self study and self realization.

In the past, the yoga classes she attended focused more on the technical aspect of the poses, but at YogaLife, they look at the spiritual aspects of yoga. “The instructors gave me a safe space to address what is holding me back,” she said. Yoga has taught her to trust herself and explore her boundaries. “I am loving the benefits of living yoga, which go way beyond just doing poses.”

Biggest lessons

The biggest lesson Jen learned over the 12-month program was about ahimsa, which means refraining from causing distress or harm to other people or ourselves. For Jen the work was inside. “I was so mean to myself and I didn’t realize it. I was way kinder to other people than I was to myself,” she said. “I thought I had compassion for others, but how can I give what I think is true compassion to others when I don’t have it for myself?”

She said that the teacher training program gives you permission to explore the truth about yourself. and to forgive yourself. “It has helped me clear out the clutter in my life and in my head,” she said.

Breaking it down

Jen’s ongoing challenge it to identify her fears. “If I continue to operate under a blanket of fear, I will never get out from under that blanket, it is too overwhelming. But if I look at my fears one at a time I can break them down,” she said.

For example, she’ll break down her fears around creating her wellness studio like being afraid to teach because no one will come to her class, or that she might forget a pose. “If I can break my fears into manageable bits, I can find a way to say, this is the worst thing that can happen, now let it go. I’ve got this.”

A new path

Jen graduated from the 200-hour teacher training program in May and is creating a space to teach classes in her barn. The name of her studio is called “Just Be....Yoga and Wellness Center.” She will also teach classes at Chester’s American Legion Center in the fall. “I think many people are lacking a connection in their community. I want to build a safe space to help people explore themselves and find out who they are,” she said. I have healed myself, and also found the healer in me. I want to help others along the same path.”

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Our teachers, as well as our daily practice, serve to provide a "reminder" of what we already know in our hearts and souls to be true. The following writings reflect these reminders that we need practice and more practice, and a community that supports us in our path towards enlightenment.



Graduate Biographies

The training programs through the YogaLife Institute emphasize the "living of Yoga" and thereby bring personal transformation to those who are ready and willing. We believe that those individuals who live their Yoga make the best Yoga instructors.

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