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Gifts That You Have

Happy New Year

My grandmother-in-law Nilufer (92), my mother-in-law Zeynep (58), me (35), and my daughter Eda (2.5)

The last few days of the year is a beautiful time to evaluate where you have been and check in with your internal compass to see where you want to go. I want to remind you of a few soul gifts from 2014, gifts that you already have as you step into another fabulous year.

You are stronger, more resilient, more capable, and more beautiful than you realize. I bet you have been tested this year. I bet you thought at times that you won’t make it. Well, you made it! It is time to recognize the beauty, resilience, and the light in that, and bow to the strength in you that you didn’t know you had.

You are your own shaman, your own healer. It is time to take your health and well-being into your own hands. Time to lean into your intuition and take action. Read, investigate, reach out, take time, and do whatever you need to do to become whole. You know you have the gift and the magic to heal yourself.

You are your own lover, guide, and teacher.  Everyday, you can choose kindness and love towards yourself and your wounds. Everyday there is at least one thing you can do for yourself. Everyday, you can learn and grow listening to your inner guidance.

Your connections matter. Looking people in the eye matters, taking time off your phone and laptop to be with your cat, dog, lover, kid, neighbor matters. To hear someone else’s laughter and to listen to their crying with your utmost attention is the best gift you can give.

You create light. Everyday, in everything you do, you have the option to create light. You have the choice to stay in the positive, loving, gentle, kind side of things. You have the option to make your world a beautiful place and to share your light with others.

You are loved. Beyond measure.

You matter. Period. End of story.

Have a dream-filled 2015 with over-flowing blessings, health, abundance, joy, laughter, love, and light.

With love and light,

Damla

So Who is a Joyful Yogini?

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When you do things from your soul, you feel a river moving in you, a joy.”

Rumi

Joyful Yogini…

is a gatherer and creator of joyful moments.

knows that joy doesn’t just happen.

is prepared to take a leap and make a commitment to claim her joy and vitality.

is in touch with her feminine side (goes for both guys & gals)

insists on love and light. (Tweet that)

feels that her life is a work-in-progress.

is not enlightened, nor does she want to be a guru.

just wants to find love and light in her regular day, brackets of peace in her daily, stressful, chaotic and beautiful life.

is not perfect.

stumbles and falls many times.

picks herself up even more times.

is sometimes lost in a big, demanding, cruel, fast, complicated universe.

is sometimes lost in her struggles, judgements, fears, repeated patterns, and worries.

eats chocolate, lots of it.

eats cakes, pies, muffins, ice-creams, candy and cupcakes too. 🙂

loves to give, is hesitant to take.

is connected deeply to other joyful yoginis as soul sisters.

knows that she changes moment to moment, her being dances in waves.

doesn’t always know or feel how amazing she is.

is a soulful, loving, caring, joyful, life-full, beautiful, divine being.

If you feel I am talking about you, if this is you, join me in exploring ways to create more joy and light, in expressing ourselves as joyful yoginis.

To join the tribe:

Prepare to get your heart expanded because that is exactly what I am set out to do!

With love and light,

Damla

 

My Story

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Find a place inside where there is joy, and the joy will burn out the pain.”

Joseph Campbell

For as long as I can remember I have searched for meaning and purpose in my life. I looked for them in a lot of wrong-for-me places. I got an engineering degree, an MBA, a well paying corporate job. Somehow my thirst for meaning remained there parching me for something deeper.

I stumbled onto yoga during a particularly tough time in my life. I had just lost my grandmother, got diagnosed with migraines, and was completely spent traveling and working  as a business process re-engineering consultant. Yoga was my magic. In the next 5 years, I immersed myself in it. I bought every book I could find, subscribed to Yoga Journal, went to classes, attended conferences, wore the yoga clothing, bought the yoga jewelry, you name it. If it had yoga written on it, I was all over it.

Finally I decided to leave my corporate life and took a 200 hour Yoga Teacher training. Completely life changing experience is an understatement. This was it. I had found ‘it’! Then came my 500 hour Certification, Prenatal Yoga Teaching Certification, Pfilates, Reiki and quite a few other ones.

Then came motherhood. My little sunshine daughter was born. She rocked my world, opened my heart chakra to the moon. The first year of motherhood did a number on me though, leaving me in a state of fog. My body didn’t feel my own. That yogic bliss, that sweet awareness was gone (together with my well earned yoga butt). I was feeling lost again. This time even deeper than before. I didn’t know where I was going, who I was as a person and what I wanted to do next.

Then I took a leap of faith. Even though I didn’t feel like it, I kept insisting on love and hope, and searched for ways to feel whole again. I also kept doing my down dogs. I remember crying after doing my very first sun salutation. It felt so strange to be in my body. It was around this time that I turned to mantra. Movement was still not mine to breathe into but I could chant while my daughter slept in my arms or in my tiny shower breaks. Something began to shift and lighten. I felt like being reunited with a long lost friend. I started to read more and more about mantra, and practiced it at every opportunity. I fell in love with the sanskrit mantras and the possibilities they created. And I decided to share my passion.

I still had very little time to myself, being busy with my daughter during the day. But I would take notes on my iPhone at every little opportunity. My daughter only slept in two hour increments at night (at best), so when she went into her deepest sleep at 3am, I would sneak out to my laptop and work on my notes and presentation.

That is how Mantra Immersion was born, a training to add mantra to your daily life to help you deal with challenging moments and give you a powerful tool to navigate through your thoughts and emotions. Everything I know about mantra, based on my own practice, training, and research, went into Mantra Immersion. I have been teaching it to joyful yoginis since then. Learning a ton from each and every one of you I encounter (you know who you are, namaste and hugs to you! 🙂 ).

Mantra Immersion was my gateway to dreaming this website and blog. I realized that after becoming a mom I had lost sight of my dreams, I had trouble remembering who I was before and didn’t know where I was headed. I started daily journaling and mantra practice. That’s when it hit me. If this, being a yoga and meditation teacher and a healer, is ‘it’ for me, I had to give it my all. I started to read and research about yoga and business. I realized that even though I did work on multiple studios as a yoga teacher, workshop facilitator, a studio manager and a business consultant, there is still a lot that I can do to continue to grow.

From that point to this one (designing my own website and blog from scratch, teaching myself web and photo design, making my own logo,… ) is another adventure in and of itself. I can tell you this: This feels right, in my heart and gut.

I know that with A Drop of Om, I have something to offer to you and it is this:

  • My honesty, what you see is what you get
  • My dedication, you will always know I gave it my all and will continue to improve on my offerings
  • My tried-and-true wisdom, what I teach and offer is what I know-for-sure works for me and my clients

So go ahead and sign up to my Newsletter above, browse through my pages, check out my blog for new tips and tools on mantra, yoga and beyond, and keep coming back because we are just getting started!

With love and light,

Damla

Hey There!

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For today, all you need is the grace to begin beginning.”

Julia Cameron

Countless sleepless nights, pages and pages of dream journals, tons of ‘aha!’ and ‘oh no!’ moments later, here I am (I am Damla by the way) and here is ‘A Drop of Om‘, a place of inspiration, community, mantra, yoga and joy.

As with all new beginnings I have butterflies in my stomach. One thing is very clear to me, this feels right, this is what I am supposed to be doing (Tweet that), this is my calling, my service and offering of light. And there is a lot that I want to share with you, but first things first, here is a virtual hug! (consider yourself hugged 🙂 )

I invite you to subscribe to my Newsletter (see the box above) and like my Facebook page (to your right). While here, check out my blog posts and offerings. I will be sharing tons of yogic tips, tools and mantra goodness to add to your life right away.

Whether you are brand new to yoga and mantra, or a seasoned practitioner, or a yoga teacher looking to add some pzaz to her classes, you are at the right place.

This is going to be an awesome ride!

With love and light,

Damla

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