"Umaa's Tantra class at Bali Spirit Festival shook me to the core. Umaa is bold, daring & powerful. Her strong voice resonated in the ampitheater as she led us through a strong practice to unblock our first three energy centers: earth, water and fire. I was thoroughly vibrating after the intense expulsion of blocked energies from my body. The explosions of sound and energy emanating from this petite, fiery powerhouse knocked the wind out of me."
-Carrie Stiles, USA
"In savasana, I felt myself as a wave of energy. It is very difficult to describe, though I was completely conscious and fully present. Energy or electricity in waves, not solid. When I talk about it, I say I know what wave/particle theory is from direct experience! I have done a lot of satsang, and have felt the boundlessness type of connection to all, with explosions of moments of feeling connected to God. But this was a different experience. When I found the edges of my body and realised my physical/particle form, I opened my eyes and everyone was gone!"
"I couldn't take my eyes off her. It was like everything I had been searching for my whole life was now standing before me. I could feel her gratitude, her immense service to that which has served her, and her dedication to serve also. And something in her voice was calling me, resonating, touching, meeting the deepest place in me that before now nothing had. Beyond the words there is this mystery. It's like everything is in her and everything is her. I have moments each day where I wonder, "Is this Umaa?"
"Needless to say I was highly skeptical of my first class with Uma. The board outside mentioned experiencing shaking and making strange noises. OK I thought, let’s keep an open mind while at the same time I labelled it all a crock of sh*.A few minutes into the class odd things were happening with my body, I was shaking and making decidedly unsexy sounds. If I had to give a brief summary of what I believe Uma facilitates, I would say that she accelerates Spiritual awakening. There are many responses to this. Some individuals grab the opportunity as the gift it is. Others are not as well equipped to deal with the changes (I have noticed a pattern of some having had prior issues with substances/gurus etc so it may be an ongoing issue of external blame)."
"I met Umaa during the SOSA Yoga Teacher Training held at Yoga Barn in 2011. At nightfall, we sat in a circle and chanted a mantra in repetition. When Umaa and I locked eyes, something awakened inside of me like a bolt of electricity surging up my spine and down my arms until I sat there, doubled over, bewildered, sobbing and unsure why. For the first time in my life, I felt accepted as is. For the first time in my life, I felt loved. Truly loved. I felt seen, truly seen. Wholly. No matter, no preference. Simply loved as is. Simply seen as is. I felt this myself and I experienced this first-hand with others too. The meltdown of truly being seen and feeling love is utterly heartbreaking and awe-some. The health that follows is inevitable."
"You take my contradictions and polarities and dissolve them and let them coexist in a nurturing way at the same time and most importantly you have shown me how to do that myself in my own body. That's YOUR magic."
"Umaa is here to teach us and make us feel what really 'is'. After the class I observed her for a while, because I was curious about how she is and how she does it. Around her were all these young people who wanted to touch her and who tried to catch her attention. Also in this situation Umaa stayed who she is and she just gave. To my surprise, Umaa doesn't do anything special as in 'doing', she is just 'fully' herself. Umaa her Personality and Ego are entirely subordinate to the 'pure source', she's a part of the 'big picture' and that's her attitude in life and she propagates this in all it's purity."
"I met U in 2011 after a few doors opened to India then Bali. When I practiced with you I couldn't believe is not the right word, I couldn't fathom what I was experiencing. One who embodied what was happening, one whose voice was resonating on so many levels at once. The micro and macro, the inner and outer. I was feeling what you were saying and what we were doing in practice. It was uncomfortable at times. So I introduced myself to you."
"I have never met anyone like Uma and it is possible that I never will. I believe that what Uma embodies and teaches is to be cherished, respected and protected and one of the absolute most enriching gifts of my life has been to study with Uma. I had heard about Uma from a fellow yoga teacher whom I very much respect and was intrigued. I had also heard a little of her controversial reputation. But within my first class with her at the Yoga Barn I immediately recognized the truth and depth of her teaching and I was so grateful to have finally found someone who could guide me to where I desired to go: ever deeper into the truth. I have studied with some of the most notable Yoga instructors in the US, Europe and Australia, but I have never called anyone else my teacher in this sense. When asked to describe Uma, my simple answer is: “she is the totality”. This of course includes many aspects, but I have experienced all of this as deep love and unraveled truth."