Co-Founder of Innovative Yogis
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 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 have culminated in a training of how to alchemize 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.
Penpa built upon her humble roots and earned her RYT 200 at the Pramanand Yoga Institute of Science and Research in Indore, India. Her certification training emphasized meditation, mindfulness, Ayurveda, and Yoga Therapy.
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, meditation, and medicinal plant journeys. 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 Innovative Yogis, 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.