Devanni’s been on a journey to discover truth and that path led her to Yoga. In 2006 she had an inner awakening that changed the course of her life!
She was born July 3, 1964 as Elizabeth Quiring to a mennonite family in Mexico, her father the bishop of the church and she was one of 16 children. She has no memory of living in Mexico, she was only 2 when her family made the decision to move to Canada for a better life and more opportunities.
“I remember it was a good life. Life filled with family and church community. I loved being part of a large family there was always support and I never felt alone. My family was my whole life and the teachings from the bible, as they understood it was their education. My parents were very protective over their children, there was disciple when the rules were broken, they feared we would get trapped in a worldly society and leave the community…….later to discover their fears would come to fruition.
As a young child I always wanted to do what was right as not to be punished. I was sensitive, quiet growing up, brought to tears easily, I hated seeing someone suffer or in any kind of pain. I watched others and listened, I mostly chose friends who talked a lot as I had a hard time communicating. Fear motivated my decisions or I allowed others to make decisions for me and I followed. As I would later learn…… this is were I began people pleasing.
It was only later in life, I began to question if what I had been taught was even the truth! I was now married with 2 grown children, on the outside everything seemed wonderful but on the inside I was questioning everything. I was becoming more and more discontent with the way we were living. Our lives were so busy achieving outer success, serving the body, the image, what others wanted from us. This lifestyle was becoming destructive and our passions were leading us into addictive behaviour. This created stress on the inside and it wasn’t the life I felt I signed up for or that my parents envisioned when they moved the family to Canada. Spirit was calling me from within. The discontentment was calling me to more……..as I later learn freedom, growth and expansion come from listening to the calls from within. I began looking outside the mennonite community for answers. My spiritual journey to discover truth begins……as I would discover later it’s not about the outside or anyone else, the journey to truth is inside ourselves.
I began making friends in the New Age community, joining book clubs were we would get together once a week and read inspiring books authored by Wayne Dyer, Marianne Williamson, and countless others. As my children were now indepentent and I had a lot of time on my hands, I became a reader. I spent 4 hours or more a day reading and being blown away at the new material I was introduced to. There were many events, meditations and workshops to attend, my heart was beginning to open. My soul was being fed, I was feeling that joy again. I now had new friends and I was exploring a community were I felt expansion. Breathworks was one event I never missed, Dehyana from Malaysia would come to the Essex County area once a year and facilitate workshops. I enjoyed this time of year because everytime I would attend one of her workshops, it expanded the entire community. In 2006 at the Holy Family Retreat House I joined 25 others for a Sacred Silent Retreat weekend with Dehyana………..I never believed transformation could happen in 3 days!
We began Friday evening with a cleansing ceremony. I was outside the temple doors waiting for my turn to be smudged and welcomed by Dehyana and her staff. It felt Sacred, 25 of us in a large circle looking for inner transformation. The quiet child in me observed and listened all weekend, this was new to me, although I was enjoying the experience, a whole weekend of silence scared me…. I don’t know why because I was one who never spoke much anyway. There was always a shift in the environment when Dehyana came to town and this time was no different. I loved listening to her talk about her spiritual experiences, she inspired to look within for answers, to be authentic, she has a way of opening people up to bring the awareness necessary for change.
It was the last breathworks of the weekend, 25 of us breathing the breath of Joy guided by Dehyana. I had now participated in many breathworks with Dehyana but this one was to be different. As we were being encouraged to breath together she guides us to visualize being in our mothers womb…. A vision comes to me immediately of myself floating in my mothers womb……. now visualize going through the birth canal and being born……How do we feel?……What does it look like?….. I immediately felt myself as that infant wide eyed, excited for the journey I signed up for, surrounded by brilliant colours of blue and white. I loved the sensations that came alive in my body during breathworks. Completing the breathworks all 25 of us shared our experiences…….. It wasn’t over yet! I was about to be reborn!
We always closed the ceremony in a circle holding hands and swaying back and forth in unison and following Dehyana in singing praises to God for our experience. All of a sudden something was happening to me….my body was stiffening up and I could’t control it….. it felt uncomfortable but I didn’t want to break the circle……… and now feeling nausas …….completely stiff now I feel this intense heat and energy rush through my body…….. it started at the base of my spine and shot out through the crown of my head….it felt as if I had exploded……. it wasn’t gentle going through me…….it shook me to the core! The experience only lasted about a few minutes. I closed my eyes and when I opened them this once dimly lit room was now filled with light, I looked over at Dehyana she had a huge halo of light surrounding her. As the chanting came to an end I fell to the floor exhausted and shaking…….what had happened to me?
Later Dehyana informed me I had a Kundalini experience. (what is Kundalini) http://inwardyoga.com/kundalini/ I never heard the word kundalini before, I started searching on the internet to understand what had happened to me. Over the next few years after this experience my life went into a completely different direction. I was led from within to reach out to the yoga community and soon became a yoga teacher. My meditations became deeper and I was to have many out of body experiences and visions of Jesus coming to me……this experience would seem to have opened a porthole to another dimension. I was introduced to Yoga!”