Vira Bhava Yoga

Vira Bhava Yoga serves to catalyze communities of Authentic Warriors. Vira means "warrior" and Bhava means "the essence of" ...   Vira Bhava Yogis are willing to embody the essence of a warrior, and to live a more fully authentic life. Our teacher training programs are designed not only to teach yoga, but also to support students as they take their practice off their mat and into their lives. 

What does it mean to be a Vira Bhava Yogi?

At Vira Bhava Yoga, we are steadfast in our convictions. We cultivate and stand on a foundation of trust. We trust in ourselves, in our choices, and in a power that is simultaneously who we are,  and so much bigger than who we think we are.

We weather the storms of life with grace. We anticipate the ever changing nature of our environment and our inner landscape, and we work to anchor in the unchanging core of our Self that resonates our truth.  We serve the world in alignment with our natural gifts and our dharma. We see the light in everyone, even those who call us to battle.  We are aware that EVERY battle is an inward one, and when provoked, called upon, or challenged by the outside world, we are really just being called to heal our own inner lacerations.

As Vira Bhava yogis, we commit to the practice of healing and becoming whole so that we can best serve the world. We are always in service to the highest principles.

Are you a good fit for Vira Bhava Yoga Teacher Trainings?

Vira Bhava Yoga Teacher Trainings are a good fit for practicing yogis who have experienced directly that Yoga is more than an asana or even meditation, and that it is a bridge to our own infinite capacity.  Vira Bhava Yoga is a good fit for those who seek to create great change in the world, and who desire to cultivate the courage and the clarity needed to be steady and resilient in the face of maddening hardship.  It is through the practice of yoga that we maintain our center, cultivate our courage, and take care of our minds, bodies, hearts and our world.

Vira Bhava Yoga works to cultivate each participant’s unique gifts by fostering an opportunity for individual growth and expansion. We work with Yogis who are ready to connect to the inspiration and power that this practice has to offer through tools, teachings, inquiry, and support inspired by the teachings of Sri Vidya Tantra and Para Yoga. 

We are warriors. We are courageous. We are unapologetic in our greatness, and we walk together in community, knowing that the next savior is not one person, but the entire sangha, the whole community. We are committing to a better tomorrow by first healing ourselves and then by seeing ourselves in others.


"I have immense gratitude for the opportunity I’ve had to study with Kelly. This teacher training has catalyzed so much growth within me and given me the tools to begin a lifelong studentship of yoga."  Kalyana M.

Kelly Golden

Kelly is the director of Vira Bhava Yoga, and a lifetime practitioner of Yoga. She began practicing Yoga in 1994 and continues to practice today.  She started teaching yoga in 2002, and now leads teacher trainings all over the United States.  She studies the ParaYoga Style with Yogarupa Rod Stryker (in which she is a Level I Certified Teacher since 2012), and also studies with Angela Farmer and Victor Van Kooten.


A letter from Kelly:


I started Yoga as a self-prescription for chronic pain and discomfort. I was 17, overwhelmed, and out in the world on my own.  What I know now that I didn't know then, was that the pain I was experiencing was simply a manifestation of my discord with my life.  It took me 20 years to figure it out, but the trials and challenges I faced on my path of understanding have shaped me into the person I am now, and though at times it’s still painful to reflect on it all, I am grateful.


Following the prescribed worldview of my time, I got married young and had kids. I married the only guy in my hometown that wasn't from my hometown.  It was a bit of a shotgun wedding, as we were pregnant with my first born after only nine months of dating, and though it had the outward appearance of a fairy-tale, in truth it was just the opposite.  My (now EX-) husband concealed a serious addiction for years.  It wasn't that I didn't know, it's just that when I would confront him, he would emotionally and later physically overpower my questions.  It was during this tumultuous time that I decided to become a yoga teacher.  


I had been practicing yoga since college, and I knew that it was a lifeline.  I didn't quite know why, but I was unwaveringly committed to my practice.  In the tiny East Tennessee town where I grew up, and lived, I had a reputation of being an oddball because of my unwavering commitment to Yoga. In the beginning, Yoga was something I kept to myself.  With the exception of my Mom, I didn't invite my friends to classes.  It was my time to spend with myself.  And for a long time, my practice was my escape from my life.  So when I pose the question to a room full of Yogis "is your practice the way you get out of your life, or the way you get into it?"  I ask because I know.  I was there.  I used my practice as a way to tap out of discomfort of my choices, a way to escape the suffering of my own mis-alignment with my life.


So when my teacher got up in the middle of class one day and announced "Kelly will be taking over," though it came as a shock, I never skipped a beat.  After that class, my teacher pulled me aside and set me on a course for my life that I have scraped, scratched, dragged, and ultimately managed to make not only my career, but my life. I've spent years practicing, teaching, cultivating and refining.


In 2006, I began studying with Yogarupa Rod Stryker, and though it was uncomfortable and unfamiliar in many ways, I knew immediately that this path was my invitation back home to myself.  I up-leveled my practice, my study, and my internal work.  I recommitted to my practice not as an escape, but as an entry point to the truth of my heart.  


The same year I began studying with Rod, I co-led my first ever Yoga Teacher Training, and I knew that I had found the path I would follow for the rest of my time.  I was a teacher of teachers, and Yoga was the method I wanted to share.  


I didn't quit my day job immediately though, and for years, I kept trying to fit into the box of success that I had learned.  And, I NEVER fit.  Finally I risked all, and decided to try to make it in the world on teaching Yoga alone.  I taught 8 classes a week and Teacher Trainings.  And for many months, I did my grocery "shopping" at the local food bank, and ate mostly my kids left-overs for dinner.  I remember the despair I felt when my kids wanted an ice cream cone on a hot summer day, and I couldn't provide them that simple pleasure because I was flat broke.  


A hundred times I thought about walking away, acquiescing to the the idea of what I was "supposed" to do, and giving up.  But no matter how much doubt and fear I would swim through everyday, I never stopped practicing, and I never stopped believing that this was my path. As I deepened my study, I began to integrate my practice into my life instead of make time to step out of my life for it.  I practiced while I parented my two amazing daughters, I practiced while my marriage was falling apart, I practiced while I relocated my family to not one, but two different states, I practiced through my mother's life threatening illness, I practiced through the heartache of divorce, I practiced through the pain of healing.  I practiced as I began to rediscover myself. And I practice now, in this time of transformative change.


It's been years since this struggle defined my life, but I'm still healing from it's mark.  Every year that has passed, I TRUST this path more and more. I deepen more and more into my practice, and learn over and over again that the tiny whisper in my heart always leads me in the direction of what was highest and best.  At some point on my journey, Yoga stopped being my lifeline and became my life. It wasn't something that I did, it was who I WAS.  I'm not exactly sure when that transition happened, but I am certain that the shift has made all of the difference in my willingness to LIVE my life and not simply survive it.  I am no longer looking for the light at the end of the tunnel, and instead I am being guided by the ever present, unwavering light inside.  This knowing hasn't liberated me from pain and suffering, from doubt and fear, but it has polished me and led me to a sense of freedom and love even in the midst of chaos.  


If the world is feeling like too much, turn toward your practice and the tools that you've learned to AWAKEN to the guidance of YOUR truth. NOW is the time to find the unwavering courage and determination that is the essence of your spirit. NOW is the time to do the inner work of becoming clear, knowing yourSELF, walking YOUR path in service to the world.  NOW is the time to find your VIRA BHAVA, the essence of a warrior that exists inside each and every one of you.  


This is not the time to project our fears, our pain, our disappointment outward. This is the time to turn inside of ourselves, find our tribe to support us in our work, to dive into our shadows and begin the process of healing, love, and self acceptance.

I want you to know that if Vira Bhava Yoga was, or could be, the tribe that you were looking for, we are here.  And we aren't going away.  We are fully committed to catalyzing communities of Spiritual Warriors in the world. Through tools, support, and community, we are committed to moving in the direction of what is the highest and best for ALL.  

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Para Yoga's Mission

ParaYoga’s mission is to touch as many lives as possible with the power and wisdom of Yoga. It recognizes Yoga as an ancient spiritual tradition, capable of enriching all aspects of modern life. ParaYoga’s unique focus is to offer an approach into the depths of Yogic science. It trains teachers who guide others to realize their highest potential through knowledge and the light of direct experience. ParaYoga actively pursues positively affecting the evolution of individuals, Yoga, and life in the world

What is Para Yoga?

Para means Supreme.

* ParaYoga is a philosophy of yoga rooted in the legacy and lineage of the Tantra of the Himalayan Sages and the teachings of Sri Vidya (Science of God).

* ParaYoga dives deeply into the discovery of the Self through time-tested techniques including self-inquiry, Pranayama, Kriya, Ayurveda, meditation, mantra, and more.

The scope of ParaYoga is vast, and though at times it is quite esoteric, it is offered in ways that make the etheric concrete and gives the students direct access to the experiences that so many of the ancient texts talk about. Through the study of philosophy, the science of Yoga, and the power of Prana, ParaYoga supports the growth of students into true Yogis who not only embody their discipline, but also are living examples of the results of their committed practice.

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