Sequoia has been living, studying and teaching internationally for more than 15 years mainly in S.E. Asia with India being the most frequented. Influenced by her passions and love for the teachings of Yoga, Buddhism, and Indigenous cultures of North/South Americans and Sound healing.
Her life has been and continues to be a consistent cultivation of her spiritual development, from her personal experiences, practice and ongoing study. Her core values shine through in her teachings and healings with integrity, truth, compassion and humor.
Sequoia’s passion for life was heightened through her personal self-healing journey from an illness that she healed her self. Now Sequoia shares through inspiration, encouragement, and self-healing tool for others to help re-remember the power to change is from the inside out. It all starts by cultivating love for one self, taking responsibility and having gratitude for life.
~ Sequoia began her spiritual practice consciously in her teenage years, while searching for a deeper answer in life by secretly attending chakra meditations and crystal healing classes, and spiritual development.
~In her early twenties while on a Canada World Youth Exchange to India, she was exposed to village life while assisting with building of a homeopathic dispensary for a small village . This journey to India expanded her mind and spirit more largely than words can express. After this experience, her perception in life widened as the door of awareness continues to expand. This is also the beginning of her Yogic path.
~ In her late-twenties Sequoia spent almost half a year in a small remote village in Sri Lanka, facilitating a water project for a very poor village. This is where the seeds of Buddhism were introduced, among many other priceless gifts. Living in the mountain with the local people, and having to walk one mile to take a shower in a water fall nestled in the tea plantation’s all were part of changing perception’s for her.
~ In her thirties Sequoia was diagnosed with Crohns /Colitis disease. ( she never adopted any label and they kept changing the diagnoses.) She made a conscious choice to heal herself, knowing that the power to do so is within. After being told that her case was one of the worst ever witnessed amongst the medical profession, Sequoia healed herself by her conscious choice of believing she could, and with tools of Pranayama (breathing); visualization; affirmations; sound healing; starting to look within and her suppressed emotions, listening to her guidance and having the courage to cultivate a loving relationship with herself.
~After her healing, life has been about self-discovery, and cultivating the attitude of gratitude. The famous saying “Begin within” has been a daily practice. After 8 years of running her own holistic healing business in Canada, she now lives and teaches yoga, sound healing, The Alchemy of Sadhana, and leads ceremony. Sequoia continues to follow her heart. She lives and teaches internationally sharing her time between India, Thailand and Bali
~Sequoia invests time each year in meditation retreats, in a Buddhist monastery or ashram to deepen her personal practice and self-reflection. Her influences are reflected in her Buddhist and Yogic studies, and her First-Nations ancestry. Through this influence she is deeply connected to ceremony, ritual connecting with the elements and changes of seasons, and the cycles of the Moon.
Knowing we are here to learn and grow from all of our experiences in life helps awaken our consciousness to simply re-remember our god/goddess self. When we can see this within ourselves, its easy to see it in another.
Her yoga journey started 1993 while in northern India. Needing discipline, Sequoia went to an ashram in Rishikesh, India and did yoga for six solid weeks – twice daily in the morning at the Shivanada Center with Swami Krishna, an 82-year-young yogi; and in the afternoon with Swami Gi, studying Iyengar yoga. It was during this time that Sequoia entered the yoga path, which enabled her to completely give up her smoking and drinking addictions. Since then, her life has never been the same.
Sequoia is so grateful for the teaching of yoga, and for all of her teachers. She has found a deep inner seed of contentment and joy that continues to grow through living the teachings of Yoga.
Her knowledge has been an interwoven and ongoing evolution of expansion, taking bits and pieces from various workshops and teachers such as Tom Kenyon, Mitch Nuir, Lisa Murphy, Gina Sila, Uma Gi, Sadhvi Abha Saraswati (Mataji), the Gundhacha brothers and other teachers .
Her presentation of the profound materials and interactive teaching methods allowed me to become more aware of the connections within and around myself. Sequoia’s understanding of vibrational sound and healing touch has allowed me to walk away from her treatments feeling happy to be me. She is a positively unique human being and I am thankful to have been impacted by her.”
Siddharth is a native to India and one of the co founders of Smriti Yoga. He has been influenced by the Vedic philosophy while growing up through his grandfather who was an orator of the Vedas. He continued his passion through his own personal studies. He is an internationally certified teacher through Yoga Alliance. He has been studying and teaching the Yoga philosophy for many years, and continues to learn and deepen his knowledge of the ancient wisdom combined with modern science.
His life flourished at an early age in the corporate world as a motivational speaker with great financial success and was awarded in an annual convention on a pacific island as one of the top ten performers in front of delegates from 13 countries. His perspective in life changed after some adverse events and he knew there was something deeper and meaningful in life than just acquisition of material wealth. Through this conscious decision, he led himself on decade long journey of self enquiry attending various meditational camps and yoga retreats.
Today, Siddharth is a proponent of Realism, A Sound-Light and Space-Time Maverick who sings Sanskrit mantras with an equal ease as he describes the complex equations of modern science. He is an aspiring Author, Speaker, Yogi and a Mentor. He leads workshops, retreats and teacher trainings globally and is continually involved in the never ending process of learning and has beautifully expressed himself in his writings and poems. His study and research is so deep that he teaches Vedas intertwined with quantum physics so that it embodies realism.
He is also the founder of AQ (Awareness Quotient)TM and creator of the following programs to assist others on the path to remember their purpose in life.
SAP (Self Awareness Program) An Individual Resource Planning TM
“A Self Growth Program for Holistic Transformation”
Creative Psychology An Inner Dialogue TM
“A Conflict Resolution Program for Internal Integrity”
He has designed and conducts following workshops –
Naomi Prema Devi has been teaching and intensely studying yoga for over eight years. Originally from New Zealand, she was introduced to spirituality at a very young age by her parents who meditated everyday. Naomi is a 200hr+ Kundalini Yoga teacher and a 500hr+ Agama yoga teacher (an Integral based Hatha that focuses on chakras and the subtle bodies). Naomi has taught internationally in India, Thailand, USA, New Zealand and Canada. Most recently she co-runs the Vancouver Agama yoga branch (www.agamayoga.ca), and teaches at the University of British Columbia yoga club in Canada. She loves sharing her extensive knowledge of Chakras with students, through asana, theory and most importantly direct experience. Her classes give students an opportunity to go deep into the subtleties of yoga and meditative aspects, allowing them to connect to their their inner truth, consciousness, and bliss. She is humbly grateful to share the sacred practice of yoga with you. Read more about Naomi at www.naomidevi.com