Debmalya Nandy

Debmalya Nandy

Born and brought up mostly in Calcutta (now Kolkata), India, I have been blessed with a spiritual family devoted to the Advaita Vedanta philosophy of the realized soul, Ramakrishna Paramahamsa,and his foremost disciple, the Cyclonic Monk of India, Swami Vivekananda. As a matter of fact, I have had my secondary, higher-secondary, and undergraduate education at the Ramakrishna Mission residential schools and college, staying at the Ashrama campusesfor more than 11 years –age 10+ until 22+ years old. Thus, my virtual parents have been the monks of the Ramakrishna order at the Ashramas, raising me with the profound spirituality and philosophy of the traditional Indian Culture.

After completing my Master’sdegree from the Indian Statistical Institute (Delhi and Kolkata Center), I came to the United States,here at The PennsylvaniaState University,for my doctoral studies in Statistics, now also pursuing a concurrent MS degree in Bioinformatics and Genomics.

Here in the US, I started practicing Yogasana regularly at the Lila Yoga studios since May 2016. Commencing in September 2016, I completed the 300-Hour Teacher Training in May 2017 at the Lila Yoga Institute (a Yoga Alliance Registered Yoga School) under the mentorship of Yogacharya Erica Kaufman. I have been teaching All Levels Yogasana classes along with Pranayama and Sun Salutations at the Lila Yoga Studios, State College, PA since August 2017.

My fascination towards playing with Pranahave also led me to obtain my Reiki Master/Teacher and Crystal Reiki Master/Teacher certifications respectively in December 2017 and February 2018, both from the Lisa Powers Academy via Udemy. Furthermore, after taking 5 hours of the Traditional Thai Massage workshops at the Interfusion Festival 2017, I am currently a trainee of the Vedic Traditional Thai Massage / Bodywork with Yoga Christy Thorndill, a Vedic Conservatoryteacher. Finally, I have been fortunate to have been exposed to the fascinating science of Qigong as well, through some online training resources of the Qigong Master Robert Peng.

My pastime activities involve exploring into nature, photography, reading (listening to) books (audio-books) on awakening our divine consciousness, drawings / paintings, origami, playing harmonica, writing, and participating / volunteering into festivals attended by like-minded spirits.

Yoga (Sanskrit word meaning Yoking / Unity) is a deep spiritual practice to me. Now having been offered, honored, and humbled with the profound responsibility of teaching the science of Yoga, my main focus is to develop an immense inner strength coupled with peace, compassion, and boundless love, so that we can gradually progress towards the path of gaining total clarity –to see life as it is! One primary, simple yet amazingly effective, tool in this process is to be “Here and Now”. Thus, while we consciously practice to live through the experiences of the yoga postures, we will develop within ourselves the “Peaceful Warrior” –warrior spirit fused with a peaceful heart.

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