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

FREE INFO SESSIONS, 11:30-12:30, 12/1, 1/12



A 9 month series taught in conjunction with our 200hr Yoga Teacher Training, this shorter 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, we will explore Vedic philosophies, books, and life questions.

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 9 month program intentionally begins in winter, the time of hibernation and self-reflection.

Pilgrimage Within ends in the early harvest period of 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: Kirtan experience, 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

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  • Blooming Life Yoga Studio + School

    • 30 South Elm Street, Zionsville

  • Friday 5:45-8:45pm

    • Module 1: January 25

    • Module 2: February 22

    • Module 3: March 22

    • Module 4: April 12

    • Module 5: May 17

    • Module 6: June 7

    • Module 7: July 12

    • Module 8: August 9

    • Module 9: September 13


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

  • Five additional books will be recommended

  • $500 Personal Investment

    • $100 non-refundable deposit as materials are pre-prepared



lily costa rica teaching

Lily Kessler, ERYT-500, ED.S., is fascinated by the facets of the ancient, living Yoga Lineage. 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 Yoga, a yoga teacher training manual based on Vedic Principles. Ultimately, Lily sees how this vast Lineage supports authentic manifestation of each person's potential. It is Lily's 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. Her 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.