We had the good fortune of connecting with Kali Basman and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Kali, what are you inspired by?
I lean heavily on Buddhist teachings of impermanence for endured motivation. When my inspiration thins, I remember what the Taoist practitioners recite each morning before they even open their eyes:
“My death is certain.
The exact time is unknown.
Knowing this, what’s most important now?”
I’m inspired by the ephemeral; a brief flash of life is all we get! And, since I don’t know how long I have here, I want to live fully, richly, and as awake as I possibly can. This keeps my practice life vivid, my relationships nurtured, my body worshipped, and each day a possibility of endless encounters.
What should our readers know about your business?
Kali Durga Yoga is an umbrella institute for the dedicated disciplines and lineages of yin and restorative yoga, infused with principles of Buddhism, Traditional Chinese Medicine, trauma informed somatic healing, Internal Family Systems therapy, Iyengar principles and Neuropsychology.
In terms of how I got to where I am today, it’s funny- when I turn around and reflect on all the hard work, it seems monumental. The years administrative tasks, retreat planning, flying across the world one too many times… not to mention the hours of personal practice daily it takes to maintain a sense of vigilant clarity. But, when I’m in it- when I’m working, it doesn’t feel like effort at all. It’s my calling, and so it’s been a joyful ride of deep listening. There’s been fear in it, of course, leaving the traditional employment opportunities behind and being on the frontier of my own entrepreneurship. It’s a feast or famine situation for a spell. Sometime’s it has felt like the world is a golden opportunity and abundance pours in, and other times you’re wondering what you haven’t done enough of to get you where you want to go. We all need teachers and mentors to remind us, youre doing a good job, you’re on the right track. Keep listening. Keep digging. You’ll hit gold more times than not.
I want to share insights with a world that is constantly defined by its state of production and progress. Yin Yoga is a foundational practice in slowing down and turning inwards. And, it is absolutely essential. “The art of chill” as I call it, restorative healing time, is not just a potent gift to guard and revere in one’s own spiritual pursuits, it’s become a necessity to maintain sanity and stability in a turning world.
I believe it is our obligation to cultivate the tools of inner methodology that will support the collective consciousness as humans learn a new way of moving through this world. We are as a species constantly evolving, and now is a pivotal stage in our development to refine our neurological, emotional, psychological, social and physiological states to better encompass a world shared in greater serenity. This means building our own inner practices, and offering these insights to others: how to uncover that which is hidden within. That’s why my Yin Yoga teacher trainings are built around decoding the language of the subtle body, and empowering each practitioner to tune in to the inner rhythms of their wisdom bodies.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Well, I’m part time in Boulder Colorado and part time in Topanga Canyon, California. I get the best of both worlds! Both places are gems so I’ll share a bit of both:
A misty morning cruise through Fernwood to scope out eccentric yard art, and a hike through Tuna Canyon for ocean views. There is a sacred labrynth there… you’ll have to go find it on your own 😉 Then, a stop at Canyon Gourmet for picnic supplies for an afternoon of yoga, sourdough bread, and white bean hummus under a tree at Topanga State Park. If you can find signs for a garage sale, follow it.
Morning yoga practice in North Boulder Park followed by a bike cruise to the farmers market. Afternoon tea at Dushanbe Tea House, a hike up Chataqua or a rockclimb up one of the Flatirons, ending with the food trucks and bonfires at Rayback Collective. The next morning, a fresh pressed juice from Wonder and a wander through Pearl Street Pedestrian Mall. Then, seated practice at the Shambala Meditation Center, and a happy hour glass of the deepest gem colored wine at SALT. Sunset on my porch over the Four Mile creek- I just bought a home up in the canyons where we’d watch the deer drink below.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
My sister, who is a shining emblem of what purity on this planet looks and feels like My teacher, Sarah Powers, for her guidance and language into the lost arts
My partner, Jeff, who is a grounding stone in a turbulent world