Yogi • Healer • Global Citizen • Culinary Artist
You have to go beyond duality and you also have to go beyond nonduality at the same time. You have to return to duality: that is the final goal… So you have duality; then you discover nonduality because of duality; then you transcend both nonduality and duality because of them.
When Penpa Dolma was four and half years old, her family fled their home-country of Tibet. Finding safety in India, they enrolled Penpa in a boarding school for children of Tibetan refugees. The school, founded by His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama and his sisters, provided safe space and educational growth for Penpa’s over the next 14 years.
In her environment, education—both Western and Eastern styles—was a means of supporting the healing of both society and self. As such, her lessons and experiences were rooted in the nurturing of young people who would grow into globally responsible citizens. Their collective charge was to preserve Tibetan tradition,culture and language, and to use their academic knowledge and Buddhist foundation to better the world through uplifting work.
Today, all of Penpa’s studies and soulwork culminate in the form of teaching/training of alchemy of our pain into wisdom by turning inward, learning to listen with compassion and openness to our deepest pains and dreams. She teaches mindfulness in every walk of our life, on and off the yoga mat into our relationships. She has passion for connecting dots, and generating ideas. She loves to cook and uses it as a vehicle for activism. Based in Arvada, Colorado, she continues to be a student and practitioner of the healing arts and social justice.
Prior to that, Penpa diligently pursued and successfully obtained a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology with a minor in Biology. She has paired those studies with her own intuitive knowledge and her community efforts to facilitate growth and healing through humanitarian work.
On one particularly rewarding project, Penpa’s leadership skills were a critical component of a team effort that changed more than 300 lives for the better. She was part of a small team who worked in tandem with the Indian government and local citizens to build a pipeline that provided clean water to an impoverished village in northern India.
Penpa’s core goal is to facilitate a contemplative transformative practice of self-inquiry through yoga and meditation practice. She believes the only sustainable way for harmony and peace in the world is through the silent revolution of individual awakening and collaboration.
These experiences only fueled Penpa’s desire to broaden the impact of her activist work by serving more people. She channeled her energies into the honing of her core skills and interest: Psychology, Yoga, Tibetan Buddhism, and Culinary Arts.
Yoga Training & Meditative Arts – Penpa credits Dharma, meditation and yoga practices for saving her from losing herself in the single story of a young refugee. Today, she serves communities, in person and online, by using yoga and meditation to create space for purification, awakening and movement of stagnant, blocked energy and the toxic results of unmanaged stress.
Collaborative Ventures – Penpa is open to partnering with other people and organizations who share her vision of doing work that will positively impact humanity. She is currently part of , a collaborative partnership that embodies the yogic principles of ancient traditions, coupled with human-centered use of technology to shift paradigms through a variety of mediums. She is passionate about creating and supporting an alternative system of all our institutions which values the interconnected existence of all sentient beings with nature and the cosmos. She is dedicated to dismantling all -isms especially the ones within herself. She plays a bridge between the privileged and the underprivileged world having gone through both experiences.
Yogi • Visionary • Emcee • Facilitator • Coach
It is no measure of health to be well adjusted to a profoundly sick society.
I grew up in Boulder CO, playing every sport that my parents could sign me up for, finding myself on the starting roster and pulled into special training sessions on tracks and in gyms. At the same time, my family exposed me to meditation retreats and yoga. As it was the 90’s, there was still plenty of “weirdo” stigma around those practices, and my young mind cared mostly about being cool, so despite the exposure I refused to add these ancient practices into my life.
In high school I dislocated my shoulder multiple times playing football, and went for several surgeries. My sports career ended as the doctors couldn’t fix me, and my post high school years were spent travelling the world working for non-profit organizations, including the Mind and Life Institute, a group bringing together scientists and contemplatives (like the Dalai Lama) to bridge these two seemingly separate worlds.
Spending time with accomplished practitioners and world class scientists inspired me to complete my bachelors degree in Psychology, the main scientific field that studies yoga and meditation. Upon returning to school In 2011 I began a regular daily practice of yoga, and I completed my 200 hour teacher training in 2014.
I’ve taken a winding road to arrive here, and am filled with joy to have the opportunity to share everything I have learned about yoga, from the postures to the philosophy to the science behind why it all works, with every soul that is ready to receive it.