When Rani (who then went by Lisa) was 20, she went to an ashram in India.
She asked her spiritual teacher for a new name, a spiritual name.
She had just had a powerful series of experiences in the ashram.
Some might call them “awakenings.”
Whatever they were, they were so evocative, that they led her to devote her life to a spiritual path.
And she wanted a constant way to remember her commitment, she told me
when we sat together in Boulder’s Radiance Yoga Studio.
“When Papaji gave me the name Rani, I laughed,” she said.
“I told him, ‘Ronnie is my dad’s name.’
And he just smiled and said to me, ‘Your dad is a woman?!'”
Rani let out a good belly laugh recalling her teacher’s playfulness.
“Only women have the name Rani in India. It means queen in Hindi,” she said.
“I thought for a long time about what that meant to me.
What does it mean to be a queen?
What I came to, is how queens act with such love and compassion towards anyone and everything.
That was my responsibility.”
Rani is a yoga teacher, somatic therapist, and dancer in Boulder, Colorado.
When you watch her on and off the mat, one thing is clear: she does have the heart of a queen.
We played together in her home and at the studio,
where she shared about what brought her to yoga,
her time in India,
and the magic of doing yoga in airports.
Her short story was designed as an experiment…
It’s a template for a potential series that will highlight the story and daily life
of yoga and spiritual teachers locally and beyond.
On the web at facebook.com/livingwithradiance
On the mat at Radiance Yoga, Colorado Athletic Club, and Rally Sport
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