Finding Balance In An Imbalanced World

yoga teacherI spent the last year in a Karma Yoga program which gave me time to reflect and to study with great yoga teachers.  I want to become a yoga instructor because over the last ten years as my practice has deepened I  gained a tremendous insight into how to self soothe, to maintain my equilibrium and gain an understanding of returning to the present moment. I am not always in the present moment but yoga has given me a road map and tools to return from my head and be present again. David Swenson is the teacher who has been most influential on my current practice. I have studied with him three times and each time I gain more insight into the power of yoga.  His teaching has helped me become established in living my life from a place of kindness and a daily practice of hard work on the mat.  I have chosen Doug Swenson because I currently practice the ashtanga vinyasa system. For my 200 hour yoga teacher training I want to learn to teach vinyasa yoga. I appreciate a vigorous and challenging flow in class, because for me it engenders mindfulness and a meaningful connection to my innermost kosha.  I want to cultivate the ability to help students burn brightly, self soothe and realize everything is already okay.

I have chosen the school of Sadhana Yoga Chi Doug Swenson because his younger brother, David Swenson, was my first Ashtanga Vinyasa teacher. David is a very inspirational teacher and a joy to be around.  One of his best qualities is the sane and rational approach he has to yoga and life. He demystifies a complex and esoteric discipline with humor and emphasizes having a daily practice. He is a big proponent of working with where you are and not letting yourself off the hook when your mind begins to act up and chatter at you.  In a workshop I took called the Ashtanga Mela he spoke of his first teacher being his older brother Doug.  He speaks very highly of his brother.

When this scholarship opportunity arose and I saw that Doug’s school was an option I jumped at the chance to study with him. The ashtanga vinyasa system is my core practice, but I am also a practioner of yoga nidra, yin yoga and Iyengar yoga among others.  I have spent years of my life immersed in the study of yoga and not just asana.  Doug’s program is a holistic approach to yoga and I appreciate this because the sort of teacher I want to be will use a broad range of information to help students. I do not want to be a dogmatic teacher saying yoga  “must” or “should” be a certain way.  I believe it is very important to bring a breadth of information to class. I appreciate that his program is tailored to the experience of the student. Doug’s program includes a section on Karma yoga, which I believe to an essential part of the yogic evolution process. I participated in a Karma Yoga program in which I chopped vegetables in an organic kitchen at a retreat center for 8 months and washed dishes for 4 months. This year of service, or seva, taught me a great deal about surrender and community and gave me a greater appreciation for who I am at the core of my being. I was able to break through much of my conditioning to embrace myself and my life without getting tangled up in the concepts of how I “should” live my life.

I currently work for a yoga studio as a Programs Assistant.   I have been deeply immersed in self study for more than 10 years, including a Bachelors degree from a prestigious art school.  I am primed for being an excellent creative yoga teacher. I have traveled the world; I am capable of speaking to new people and putting them at ease.  I truly believe that to survive the 21st century we need to build community where we live, in our streets and neighborhoods. As a culture we need to strive to be welcoming and loving. I want to help people self soothe, alleviate even for a single breath the chatter in their heads and help them to find a way to live in harmony with their own personal version of reality.

2012 Yoga Scholarship Essay

By: Kerry Hugins

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  1. Shubs Amin says:

    Absolutely enjoyed your article! Keep up the inner peace and spread it!

  2. PKWellness says:

    So excited that you’ve found your path. Can’t wait for you to be certified. Looking forward to learning some tools to help me be present!

  3. Shannon says:

    Go Kerry!

  4. Emma says:

    Good luck Kerry! I am so excited for you to embark on this next chapter of your path. XO!

  5. Leann Rominger says:

    You have inspired so many, keep up the hard work.

  6. Bree says:

    So excited for you and couldn’t imagine you doing anything else.

  7. Jana says:

    You obviously love and live yoga. Good luck!

  8. Paul says:

    Way to go Kerry! Great article! I wish you all the best on your path!

  9. Marjorie says:

    What amazing experience you would bring into your yoga teaching practice. You have been on a great journey for a decade or more and the universe seems to be leading you here to this place. Following your truest self can never lead you wrong.
    It is imperative that more yoga teachers facilitate the full experience and expression of the practice beyond asana. Yoga has become so westernized to be about the physical body, but you expressed a full experience as a yogi immersed in the lifelong practice and study of being your most authentic self and sharing that with others.

  10. Maureen "mO" says:

    Great essay! You would make a fabulous winner for this competition. Your commitment to the practice of yoga is very clear. You live by example and it shows. Good luck!

  11. Andrew says:

    Kerry go for it!

  12. cindy says:

    Well written article! Keep at it, it is wonderful to find something you enjoy doing and I think you will make a fantastic teacher

  13. Jana says:


    You live for and love yoga. Good luck!

  14. Susan Elsass says:

    Sounds like Kerry will be the perfect person for the scholarship and future teaching!

  15. rhugins says:


  16. kathy says:

    Sounds like you are totally immersed and developing a wonderful sense of self! Best Wishes!!!

  17. sarah abiya says:

    You will be a beautiful teacher, regardless of how you get there!

  18. Greg E says:

    You have the potential to be the givingest yogi. Jai Bhagwan!

  19. Micah Mortali says:


    You found Yoga. What an honor it has been to know you and witness your transformation.

    God bless you on this journey!


  20. Edna says:

    Kerry – So happy you have found your way w/yoga! Mazel tov!

  21. Jackie Moss says:

    I not only loved Kerri’s article but know first hand how authentic it is as is she as a lovely human being! The world would be a better place with Kerri Huggins as a yoga teacher as she defines it so eloquently. I had the pleasure of washing the dishes, pots and pans and scrubbing the floors at Kripalu’s wonderful organic kitchen side be side with Kerri last winter and I can honestly say that her presence in that kitchen helped transform the task into one that was done with love and joy!
    She would be a wonderful deserving recipient of the scholarship and her students would benefit learning not just yoga on the mat but living a karmic yogic lifestyle from Kerri.
    Jackie, D.O.

  22. KateJ says:

    Kerry! You are an incredibly dedicated yogi. You are also, besides all of your intelligence and dedication, such a good and kind soul. You deserve this scholarship so that you can spread your dedicated leadership and kindness in this world that–at this very moment–needs someone like you! 100 votes or no votes, you should be the gal to receive this wonderful gift!

  23. Carol says:

    I am so blessed to have practiced yoga with Kerry. Her commitment to the practice, her own self inquiry, and supporting others in community all contribute to the remarkable yogi she is. Kerry will bring intelligence, kindness, integrity, along with a sense of play to all her students. She will be a blessing to many as her journey to become a yoga teacher unfolds. I am so happy (and jealous) of the people who will get to experience Kerry as their yoga guide.

  24. Mary says:

    Great article. Glad it was shared. I agree we all need to be put back in balance. We live in such an off centered world! Great job Kerry! You have so much to offer!!!!!!!

  25. Mary says:

    Great job Kerry. I agree with your article. We all need to be put in balance!

  26. Alison Mills says:

    Lovely, I’m so glad you’re happy and that you’re getting the opportunity to do what’s important to you and you believe in!

  27. Allison Saltzman says:

    You sound like the kind of yoga teacher I would enjoy learning from

  28. Lara says:

    You’re my favorite neighbor!! x

  29. Amanda says:

    Great article! Good luck, you deserve the scholarship.

  30. Karen Yumi says:

    Kerry is definitely a great yogi and she loves what she does!
    I really like the article because she is so genuine in every word that I almost could feel her thinking and talking all that out loud. She breathes it and I believe she will be an amazing and inspiring yoga teacher.
    Good Luck and all the best wishes from Brasil!!!

  31. Chris Magro says:

    Thank you for sharing this wonderful, enlightening article. Good Karma…

  32. Mary says:

    Great article. Thanks for writing it. Good job Kerry!

  33. Sam says:

    You are a ruthless yogi. Yoga Pants!

  34. Daniel says:

    Yes! Kerry is a true and dedicated yogini. She deserves this!

  35. Dylan says:

    Kerry definitely deserves this! She is one of the most dedicated practictioners I have met.

  36. Chris says:

    Beautiful article Kerry!
    You’re going to be an amazing yoga teacher… you already are!!!

  37. Thieny says:

    Good luck mama! Full pranam and lotus blossoms <33

  38. Beth Riley says:

    I am so happy that you are following your dream. Best of luck!

  39. Adam says:

    Me doing this gets you alittle closer! Happy to do it. You’re going to be an awesome teacher. I am fortuante to have you as a friend. Peace.

  40. Cheryl says:

    Kerry, I loved your essay and I agree with you that we do need to find our inner peace, stop the chatter in our heads. Most importantly that we need to be a culture of acceptance, love and compassion in our neighborhoods and streets. You have obviously had an amazing and meaningful journey in Yoga and I hope that you will be able to fulfill your dream and bring your experience and compassion to your own program.

  41. Paul says:

    Dear Kerry,

    You wrote:

    “I want to cultivate the ability to help students burn brightly, self soothe and realize everything is already okay.”

    This statement speaks to your intended service to students [“help students”], an overall learning outcome that will empower them [“self soothe”], and a philosophical principle guiding the students’ path toward the outcome [“everything is already okay”].

    In the lives of those you will encounter, many moments of perfection will occur. The wisdom you impart to these lives will contribute to many of those perfect moments.

    All my best,


  42. NaOMi Stahl says:

    Kerry, you have inspired me today with your essay & grace.
    I vote “Jai”.

  43. Heidi Cregge says:

    Go Kerry!

  44. Javier says:

    We love you Kerry!

  45. Beth Zebal says:

    Thank you for sharing your heart’s desire.
    lots of love……

  46. Wendy Iseman says:

    Hi, Kerry, so glad you landed some place wonderful. I admire you a lot and hope your dream comes true!! Wendy

  47. kris says:

    I haven never met a more dedicated, passionate, talented woman in all of my travels. I am honored to know you, and grateful that I may have a hand in your studies. many many blessings to you.

  48. john hearne says:

    Much success to you, Kerry, as you embark on furthering your yoga practice. Much happiness to you, and nick, in TX

  49. YogaChicki says:

    Best of luck!!!

  50. Akiko says:

    wonderful energy kerry. best of future for you. much love.

  51. SKD says:

    Good luck kerbear!! Love you

  52. Carson says:

    Good luck, Kerry!

  53. Kiara Pelissier says:

    There’s nothing more rewarding than learning and then being able to pass your knowledge along to others, and in turn, continuing to learn from your students. I think that your choice of direction is wonderful and fulfilling. You have my full support, Kerry!

  54. JessS says:

    Much love, Kerry! Rock and roll. You will be an awesome, inspiring yoga teacher!

  55. Kaitlyn says:

    Yeah Kerry! This is awesome. You will be a wonderful, wonderful yoga teacher. Those will be some very lucky students, indeed.

  56. Brian Brink says:

    And now she’s engaged! Kerry Hugins, you are deserving of anything you set your heart on. Good luck!

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