"If you're always trying to be normal, you'll never know how extraordinary you can be." - Maya Angelou

 

INDIA BEE YOGA

India Benedetto founded India Bee Yoga with the mission to be of service through sharing the tools of yoga, meditation, and mindfulness in order to raise collective consciousness. 

The name India Bee Yoga came about organically from India's childhood nickname, India Lee the Bumble Bee.  As she got older, and our planet's bee populations began to suffer, due to the use of pesticides and degradation of our environment, India began to learn more about the importance of bees in our eco-system.  India has always connected deeply with mother nature and the environment, so naturally she began to resonate more and more with this name that had been given to her so many years ago...

Giving back is a big part of India Bee Yoga's mission.  We currently demonstrate this commitment through our work and collaboration with Butterfly Wonderland Foundation - Yoga in the Rainforest and Wounded Warrior Project.   

As of July 24, 2017, Yoga in the Rainforest, in collaboration with Butterfly Wonderland and India Bee Yoga, has raised $7,500 for Butterfly Wonderland Foundation. 

Did you know?  Honeybees are responsible for more pollination than any other insect, which includes ants, beetles, butterflies and moths.

Did you know?  The Amazon Rainforest supplies 1/5 of the world's oxygen?  That's every fifth breath you take!

"Sharing meditation and yoga with others completely lights me up, and I consider it an honor for which I am continually grateful." 

India Benedetto

What Yoga means to us:  

This work is about healing and transformation first and foremost.  Yoga means Union and is an ancient science that uses the tools of movement, breath, and meditation as a pathway toward physical, mental/emotional, spiritual health and inner peace. 

These practices can bring more brightness to our lives.  They also invite us to have the courage and vulnerability to delve into the dark corners and crevices if our intention is to truly heal, for this is where we find the gems. 

Yoga asks us to become just as curious about our inner world as we are about the outer world.  When we observe our inner world, we're able to observe subtler and subtler sensations and energies as the mind becomes more concentrated and focused.  

Our body carries and holds so much wisdom, and the body never lies.  Yoga allows us to begin to tune in to these subtle messages that we are always receiving.  Everything is energy, and that energy contains information.  This information is for you and from you.  

Once we allow ourselves to receive whatever is there, we are better able to make choices to support what it is that we'd like to create more of in our lives, and/or what we may need to let go of.  This practice is about fully accepting what is, allowing ourselves to feel it all, while staying grounded and in the present moment so that we may choose our response rather than unconsciously react. 

What are you creating?

Books or yoga classes often give the impression that there are prerequisites for the study of yoga. We may be told that we should not smoke, or that we should be vegetarian, or that we should give away all our worldly goods. Such ways of behaving are admirable only if they originate within us — but not if they are imposed from outside... We begin where we are and how we are, and whatever happens, happens.
— T.K.V. Desikachar

Teachers

India Benedetto, E-RYT 500

India approaches her own practice of yoga from a place of genuine curiosity and wonder and aims to share this with her students. Her background is rooted in international grass-roots community development, women's empowerment and business, which has inspired a deep desire for her to contribute in a sustainable way toward a healthy community and planet. 

Currently working on her MA in Resilient Leadership for Climate Justice at Naropa University, India is also an experienced registered yoga teacher at the 500 hour level with Yoga Alliance, and a certified yoga nidra facilitator. She earned her bachelor’s degree in business and communication from Arizona State University, served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Bolivia, and holds an Executive Certificate in Global Negotiations from Thunderbird School of Global Management. In 2017, she completed the Climate Reality Leadership Training with Al Gore, and has spearheaded Yogis for Climate Justice.  

India is the founder of India Bee Yoga and has created a yoga Nidra meditation app called "Bee Mindful" in hopes that the practice of meditation and mindfulness can be more accessible to all. She believes that in order for us to create shifts on a global scale towards peace, justice, and equality, we each need to begin with ourselves and allow that to ripple outward. This is why she comes to the mat, and she invites you to do the same.  

 

JACLYN LINDSEY 

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Jaclyn found Yoga 13 years ago and was amazed at the ways it impacted her mind and body. Having dealt with chronic illness and pain for the greater part of her life, she found relief and restoration within her yoga practice. Inspired to share this gift with others she started her Yoga Teacher Training at Southwest Institute of Healing Arts and became a RYT200 hour instructor. With a "moving-meditation" focus in each of her classes, she hopes to bring peace of mind and gentle movement to each practitioner. 

Always the perpetual student, Jaclyn enrolled in a 800hour Yoga Therapy program earlier this year in the hopes of deepening her own Yoga practice and understanding. She is also a certified Yoga Nidra instructor and Reiki Master; she finds true JOY in sharing these gifts!

 

Alissa will

Alissa Will discovered that the practice of yoga and mediation helped her experience balance of mind and body regardless of the daily stresses she encountered.  This impact drove her to embark on the journey of sharing the life changing potential of yoga and meditation, helping others create space of mind, one breath at a time.  

 

Stephani Pumfrey

I am a mom and an Army wife and have been for over ten years now. I found that along that path I was getting lost. I was not living in the moment, I was looking forward to our next duty station rather than experiencing and truly living in the one we were at.  I stumbled upon yoga at the gym and I loved it! I did it almost every day! Through yoga and meditation, I began to realize that my happiness comes from within and I am the creator of my own life. But most of all I found out that my thoughts are just those…thoughts. They don’t define me.  I can be happy wherever we go and I can be happy with whatever the military brings our way! So, when we moved to Arizona I decided to become a yoga teacher. I have over 500 hours of teacher training under my belt and I promise to use that training to better contribute to the overall wellness of others through mind, body and spirit.  I am very passionate about working with moms, kids and especially military families.  When you leave my class I want you to have a warm peaceful feeling but also a feeling of perseverance. By using the breath and the tools I offer in class you will soon realize that you too can find happiness wherever you are!

“If you practice yoga once a day, you will change your mind.

If you practice twice a week you will change your body.

If you practice every day you will change your life.”

 

 

Elicia Rodriguez

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The Earth is what we all have in common.
— Wendell Berry

Photo taken at Dig It Urban Gardens and Nursery in Phoenix.  They sell pollinator friendly plants.  Protect our Pollinators!