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Open to all introspective and curious people, Pilgrimage Within is the signature portion of our philosophy-based trainings.



An 8-month series taught in conjunction with our 200hr Yoga Teacher Training, this program merges the logical mind with the intuitive heart, the historical with the esoteric, and ancient wisdoms with universal insights to better reveal your pure potential.

In the sanctuary of the Blooming Life shala, enjoy a yoga class taught by Lily, followed by her dynamic lecture series which explores universal life questions from the perspective of Vedic philosophies, and seminal yogic books.

We will talk candidly of how to embody self-empowerment, and learn meditation and breath techniques found in Indian and Peruvian cultures. 

This wide-spectrum, experiential program is designed to strengthen and sophisticate your understanding of Self.

Like the growth stages of a human being in utero, this program intentionally begins in winter, the time of hibernation and self-reflection.

Pilgrimage Within ends in the early autumn, ready for the deep self-integration in winter, preparing for a radiant beginning of a new year.


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Our exploration will include linking universal philosophies & traditional yogic wisdoms to your daily living by understanding the history & evolution of yoga on and off the mat.

  • Pre-Vedic & Vedic Civilization: Sanskrit, Ayurveda

  • Samkhya Philosophy: Perception & Reality

  • Upanishadic Era: Atman & Brahman, Om/AUM, Creative Soup

  • Bhagavad Gita: Branches of Yoga, your Hero's Journey

  • Bhakti: Divinity in All

  • Buddhism: Four Noble Truths, Eight-fold Path

  • Classical Yoga: Patanjali's Yoga Sutras, Kleshas

  • Deities: faces of Source & Self, Mythologies within Asanas

  • Tantric Era: Shiva & Shakti, Chakras, Nadis, Koshas

  • Hatha Yoga Era: Mudras, Bandhas

  • Modern Yoga in the West: Key Contributors, New Lineages



  • Blooming Life Yoga Studio + School

    • 30 South Elm Street, Zionsville


    5:45-7:00pm YOGA CLASS (included)

    7:15-9:00pm PHILOSOPHY TALK

    • February 21

    • March 20

    • April 17

    • May 15

    • June 12

    • July 10

    • August 7

    • September 11



History & Art of Living Yoga: Humanity's Quest for Nourishment, written by Lily Kessler

  • Additional books will be recommended

  • $450 Personal Investment

  • You will be communicated with to ensure you are prepared for discussion




Lily Kessler, Ed.S., E-RYT 500, founder of Blooming Life Yoga Studio + School, author, artist, The Energy Codes® Master Trainer, BodyAwake™ Lead Trainer, Reiki Master, B.E.S.T. Practitioner, Relax & Renew®, YoKid®, global retreat leader, empathic Bridge, and curious woman.

Travel defines her heart. Lily leads tours to magnificent India and Peru, she regularly teaches philosophy in Costa Rica and Mexico, and creates personal pilgrimages to Egypt and other lands around the planet to explore Source and Self. These spiritual places have inspired her to create Story & Art of Living Yoga, a yoga training manual based on Vedic Principles. Ultimately, Lily sees how this vast Lineage supports authentic manifestation of each person's potential. It is her life's calling to make Yoga's vast and tangled roots accessible and recognizable in everyday life, which she teaches in her unique down-to-earth manner. Additionally, Lily has partnered with Dr. Sue Morter for their online BodyAwake Yoga Training and yearly BodyAwake Retreat. Lily’s book, lectures, and trainings are empowering, holistic explorations into the history of yoga and into the inquiry of Self. Lily believes each moment is pregnant with grace; grace to claim vitality, a new perspective, and embrace a blooming life.