Demetri Velisarius, BSW, RYT 200, is a PranaDanda Yoga™ and Buddhist meditation teacher. A former bicycle racer, he attended a retreat at Kripalu in 1991 that changed his life purpose. He spent 12 years doing social work in the Boston area and also mentored at-risk teens through the art of bicycle mechanics. In 1996, he began studying meditation with Lama Surya Das and took refuge in the Tibetan Buddhist tradition. His studies included a 100-day silent meditation retreat with Lama Willa Miller. With the guiding influence of his partner and PranaDanda cocreator Shiva Rea, and fueled by his passion for training in Prana Flow Yoga, Trance Dance, shadow boxing, and fire spinning, PranaDanda Yoga came into being.
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