Yoga, A Life Long Inspiration

I have been practicing yoga almost 2 years and I first tried it in my home country, Latvia. I realized that yoga makes me feel great. I attended classes twice a week and liked the feeling of getting more flexible and relaxed after my classes. I got passionate about it and now I am practicing yoga almost every day.

The past 2 years I have been traveling a lot and I have met so many great teachers through my practice. I learned something from each of them. Last year I was living in Ridgewood, NJ, where I met Scott Brassel, – a Yoga/Tai-Chi teacher. His classes are great. He teaches his students how important it is to slow down your mind and thoughts, explaining mindfulness. After his class with different breathing techniques and movements with Tai-Chi elements, you just feel energized and renewed. I learned a lot from him. We got to be friends and we both went to a meditation event in New York called “I Meditate New York” with Indian spiritual guru Sri Sri Ravi Shankar. This was a great experience for my meditation practice. Now I live in Atlanta, GA and my favorite teacher here is Neferetiti. She guides her students through postures and their variations professionally, giving postures with different difficulty levels, so that there is something for every student in her class. She changes her class constantly, adding new postures to expand her students practice. Neferititi and Scott are a great inspiration and example for my personal practice, teaching skills and techniques.

And this is why I want to become a yoga teacher – I want to be an inspiration for my students. I want to guide people through their perfect yoga practice adjusted to their skills and help them to move forward in their practice of Asanas and learning of mindfulness, clearing mind and thoughts through moments of stillness, called meditation. This is the part some yoga teachers skip, basing their yoga practice only on Asanas. I think that breathing and meditation are just as important as Asnanas, because yoga is not only about working out.  I am still a student in my way, but in your yoga path, you will always be a teacher and student at once.

For my yoga teacher training, I chose Shakti Spirit Yoga school in Bali. This school teaches Hatha yoga style, which means postural alignment and usage of props in your practice, followed by flow yoga. Their teaching style matches my understanding about yoga practice because not everyone can do all of the postures. This is why I support the usage of props in practice until the needed skills are reached. Shakti Spirit yoga school offers practice with Ayurveda and yoga philosophy as well, which would be a great expanding of my own practice and lifestyle.

Every passionate and professional yoga teacher is an addition to the world`s yoga community. I want to be a part of this world`s yoga family and help people to find their yogi in them and hopefully guide them to the changes they have been searching for, which would increase their quality of life.

Be grateful for every moment of your life.



2012 Yoga Scholarship Essay

By: Inga Simane

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  1. Forrest Gump says:

    I absolutely love the video!! 😀

  2. ramona says:

    As you could see, how could you possibly say “no” to her! go inga! =)

  3. Emma says:

    I was a participant in this yoga session (I met Inga at Piedemont Park when she approached me asking if I wanted a free yoga lesson). I found the lesson to be thoroughly enjoyable and very spiritually enhancing and mentally stimulating. Inga has a very peaceful and calming presence and this makes her ideally suited to be a yoga teacher. I wish her all the best in her new endevour.

  4. Meg Jarman says:

    Great video! I would definitely do yoga with her and feel comfortable with her as my teacher!

  5. Agita Bergmane says:

    Inga truly deserves this scholarship.. She will make an amazing yoga instructor..

  6. alex c says:

    wooot go inga!

  7. Elina says:

    Inga seems passionate and determinate about yoga. She should have a chance to improve her skills and become professional yoga teacher.
    Loved the video!

  8. A L says:

    Très jolie video!

  9. Gabbs says:

    I love her video, yoga is amazing and she seems to enjoy it a lot 🙂

  10. kouklitsa says:

    Sharing yoga knowledge! Good Luck!

  11. Modra says:


  12. Giovani Dos Santos says:

    Excelente video! She seems to enjoy what she does!

  13. Rachel Hull says:

    Good luck Inga and I hope we get to see you here in Bali!

  14. Maurice Mathis says:

    Good luck, Inga. Would love to have you at our training.

  15. Kristine says:

    I wish you all the best!I can feel that you just not like yoga, but you love and enjoy it and that’s the most important thing. Your personality is perfectly suited for yoga teacher/instructor.

  16. Julia says:

    Inga is a very good yoga teacher

  17. Jurij says:

    very nice video

  18. Elsa says:

    Great video! I can clearly see that this is her passion and that she loves doing it! Also love the essay! I would love to have her as my Yoga instructor! Good luck Inga – hope you get it!

  19. Terru says:

    This video is very well put together. You are a very good teacher. Hope to join you in the park soon.

  20. Sindija says:

    I can’t wait to attend your class! One day soon. =)

  21. Sira says:

    I also participated in this yoga class. It was a great experience and I truly enjoyed Inga’s calm appearance. I loved her outgoing charactere,too: She just ecouraged strange people to join her yoga exercise in a park. I hope we will meet soon again and have an other yoga class. I wish her all the best!

  22. Sara says:

    Inga, this is great! You’re already a great Yoga teacher

  23. JanisZ says:

    keep up and pursue your dream! you will become fantastic yoga teacher

  24. Charlotte says:

    I was in her class along with Emma. Inga is a very good Yoga teacher. She explained the Yoga positions before doing them so everyone would know what to do. She gave her students different level options. Her class was very inspiring. I am interested in Yoga now and would like to participate in a class. Thank you for your great teaching, Inga! She deserves the Scholarship!

  25. Nicole says:

    Good luck!! We can’t have enough yoga instructors in this world! It helps people come together and find their inner peace, two elements this world is lacking right now. Good luck with your travels and I hope you get your dream! 🙂

  26. Alex says:

    Great video!
    I’d really love to attend your class someday! 🙂

  27. michael galardi says:

    Got my vote

  28. Ilze says:

    Amazing video. You are such a positive person!!! Your “so far” knowledge and determination to learn more and your personality would make you an amazing yoga teacher!!!

  29. Sigita says:

    lai tev veicas! 🙂

  30. dace says:

    believe in your dream, you’ll make it:)

  31. Juris Vaskovskis says:

    Good luck!!!

  32. GK says:

    Inga is a very good yoga teacher

  33. Margaret says:

    Inga is super awesome!!!!!! She is really good at yoga!

  34. Nora says:

    I think she deserves the scholarship. Great job.

  35. Andrew says:

    I have great respect for anyone who pursues their dream and even more when their dream is to be of service to others.
    Good luck with your journey Inga.

  36. Kylie says:

    Good luck! 🙂

  37. Anastasiia says:

    Go for it ! God bless!

  38. Kenneth Soler says:

    I vote for Inga!

  39. manu says:

    I have never seen someone so eager, keen and willing for a goal! Inga is definitely a person, who really wants to be a professional yoga teacher, because she simply loves to get into this field! she’s a strong character and I’m sure she will make it, either way! Good luck my buddy.. 😉

  40. Francisco says:


  41. Dot says:

    Great video! I don’t know Inga, but I’m sure she’d make a great yoga teacher out of what I’ve seen in the video!

  42. Giacomo Cernjul says:

    Nice Video!

  43. Pedro says:

    I think I’d enjoy having her as a teacher. She seems to enjoy what she does!!

  44. Mark says:

    Gran video! Mucha suerte!

  45. Luis says:

    Good luck and have fun!!

  46. Peter says:

    This is the job of an artist and good educator! Great work!

  47. sabrina scherpenisse says:

    You go girl!!!!!!! hope u make it!

  48. Inga says:

    It’s fantastic!!! I like yoga, especially in fresh air. Good luck!

  49. Andrejs says:

    I never tried before yoga, but now I want to do it. It’s a great video! Good luck with your training.

  50. Manja says:

    When I met her she even made me do some yoga! She inspired me even that I’m not into Yoga at all!
    She made us do yoga on our Miami vacation on the beach and in our hotel room with totally random ppl:)She would be a really a good teacher!

  51. Baiba says:

    Good luck Sims 😀

  52. Lily says:

    There’s nobody better than her to do this. The one’s who make with love and passion, make better!!!

  53. Uldis / Jānis says:

    Veiksmi! Mums patika!

  54. Janis says:

    It’s fantastic! Good luck Inga and I hope we get to see you here in Latvia!

  55. agrita says:

    Iespaidīgi, labprāt vingrotu Tavā pavadībā.

  56. Santa says:

    U r the best the the idea..just wish u lived a little closer so i could enjoy ur classes too..good luck bebe!!

  57. Liene says:

    Inga is very ambitious person. it doesn’t matter how hard it is, she will dig until she will reach what she want. 🙂

  58. Laila says:

    Vēlu veiksmi!!! 🙂

  59. Katrin says:

    Go Inga!

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