DONNA DAVIDGE – AMRITA KAUR KHALSA
Keenly interested in health, both physically and mentally, Donna (Amrita) took her first yoga class in college. As a competitive runner in high school and college, she regained her strength after breaking her back skydiving in 1979, determined to run a marathon within a year of being bedridden for a month. After receiving her Masters in Nutrition and living for three years in Europe (working as a model) she avidly returned to studying yoga. One of her last running competitions was a half marathon in Paris in 1985. That same year she began teaching Kundalini Yoga in New York City, producing her first video Strength and Serenity in 1990, creating a Chakra booklet in 1993, the same year she promoted Yoga Journal’s first videos on QVC. In 2000 Yoga Journal chose her video The Challenge (1996) as one of their top ten choices. She received her name Amrita directly from her teacher Yogi Bhajan in 1987. She continued to study with varied senior Kundalini yoga teachers to grow her experience as a teacher and student. In 1996 Donna (Amrita) was hit by a cab on her bicycle in New York City, using the healing power of yoga to help her heal from her second impactful injury.
In 1997, after nearly 14 years teaching in many and varied venues in New York City, Donna purchased her great grandfather’s historic homestead in northern Maine to jump into a new adventure, keeping alive the legacy of healing and hospitality that began with a young Theodore Roosevelt and her great grandfather, nature guide William Sewall. Near lakes and Baxter State Park, Sewall House Yoga Retreat has hosted guests from all over the United States and beyond, offering small personalized retreats. It was chosen top ten worldwide two years in a row by Gayot online and has been featured in various publications including Yoga Journal, Travel & Leisure & InStyle.
Since 1999, when the healer Guru Dev suggested that Kundalini yoga expanded her awareness but she needed more physical integration into her practice, Donna (Amrita) deeply immersed herself in study with her favorite teachers that she was blessed to discover in New York City while she continued to teach full time- Dharma Mittra, Eddie Stern (Ashtanga) and Genny Kapuler (Iyengar). In 2003 she began to integrate this into her teaching, branching out beyond Kundalini yoga as a teacher. She also had the good fortune to take classes from Pattabhis Jois, the father of Ashtanga yoga, twice as well as Rod Stryker, Ana Forrest, David Life and Gurmukh. Donna’s (Amrita) clients have ranged in age and lifestyle from all walks of life from children to A-list actors to people with life threatening illnesses at Friends in Deed (both privately and in groups). In 2003 she demonstrated Kundalini Yoga on the Martha Stewart show. She has been featured in various national publications, quoted as an expert on yoga. In 2009 she began offering teacher training in Maine by request. Donna (Amrita), while now teaching others to become teachers in very small group trainings, continues to study both the physical and meditational aspects of yoga through practice with teachers, in everyday life as well as a personal practice when in Maine. She considers yoga a lifelong self study which evolves with the stages of life. She likes to impart humor into her teaching as she considers yoga to be serious and fun. She is honored to have been interviewed by Integral Yoga Magazine on the relationship between yoga and emotion. She was the yoga columnist for Inner Tapestry in New England from 2000-2013.
Donna (Amrita) has taught at Golden Bridge Yoga, Kundalini Yoga East, Pure Yoga, HB Acting School, Nu-Age Spa, Pura Vida in Costa Rica and Spannochia in Italy, Sweden and Canada, California as well as workshops in various studios in New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Connecticut. She also has taught a popular Chakra Series at the Open Center in New York City. Her Chakra booklet can be downloaded from her Classes page and her DVDs can be purchased at Sewall House Shop page and elsewhere (see below).
She wishes to extend thanks to her students, her teachers and all who helped her evolve the retreat center.