• S.A.T.Y.A. was a combination of Yoga, Ayurveda and Tantra. A unique blend. I would add to that list, out of this world Psychotherapy too. Uma understands shadow work or seeing and working intensely into our human darkness. Unlike most, if not all Western yoga teachers I have met in the 16 years I have been doing yoga, who I would classify mostly as “spiritual bypassers” (focused on reaching heightened states, and not willing go to their darkness or shadow aspects), Umaa combines both. This powerful mix can transport her students into alternate dimensions of reality. Hard to explain in words, or to anyone not present, but I have on numerous occasions time and space travelled with Umaa.



    Unlike most, if not all Western yoga teachers I have met in the 16 years I have been doing yoga, who I would classify mostly as “spiritual bypassers” (focused on reaching heightened states, and not willing go to their darkness or shadow aspects), Umaa combines both. This powerful mix can transport her students into alternate realities.



    Given these exceptional skills of Umaa, she has attracted a lot of different misfits from around the world (myself included) to join her and learn from her, each with their own powerful and sometimes tragic stories. She has taken them under her wing as a great mother would, and guided them, and challenged them and pushed them to their limits in order to help them grow and develop increased permanent states of consciousness – not just momentary heightened awareness.



    I have witnessed her teachings and they are not always gentle and kind, but they are certainly what was needed to quickly develop self-awareness and greater consciousness. Umaa is a genius in her domain. No one understands, or teaches yoga like Umaa. (And I have experienced some other very good yoga teachers – at YB and around the world – but none come close to Umaa’s teachings.



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    Caryn, Australia Mental Health Facilitator

  • "Umaa makes us go deep down to our roots. What we find along the path down to our roots, is different for everyone, but she doesn't walk away from the dark and painful things we come across and she invites us, guides us, to overcome these things. She gives us the confidence that it is good to do this and let go of the things we don't need anymore. She will stay with us, until we're through. I'm talking about the things people in general are trying to avoid: anxiety, hatred, disparity, loneliness, sexual desires etcetera.



    I think most yoga teachers and healers are staying away from these topics, as they may fear their students may get emotional, or they don't know how to deal with it, or they aren't confident they can guide people through this. Umaa knows she has the capability to guide people through this, and what I see is that she doesn't do this alone."


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    Susanna, SwedenMental Health Facilitator and Equine Specialist
  • "(Umaa is) beyond conceptual supermarket fast-food spirituality. I am a trauma researcher and sexual healer with deep enough insides to track a predator or perpetrator's shadow. Through my work and gift of identifying neurological stages, I chose to be around Umaa for the last 3 years to track any manipulative or abusive behaviour and could only witness victim mentality from people who tried to project on Umaa and give their power to her without success."

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    Matthias, GermanyTrauma Researcher and Sexual Healer

  • I have always been drawn to teachers who have been through hell and back. Maybe its because its the only journey I know myself, having struggled with suicide and addictions. Maybe its because they radiate the light I was thrown into when I had nothing more in me to resist life itself. Maybe I feel seen by them cause of where they have been. Maybe its because the spark in their eyes remind me of that it was worth it, every effort it took to get to experience this moment with them. In this moment we share something infinitely profound and incomprehensible yet simple, precious and complete. From where she was looking at me I was reminded of those deep moments of let go. She had died, I thought. She had let go, all the way. I wanted her to take me there, to kill me. Take me in her arms, crush me, rip me apart, and throw what was left of me back at who I am underneath it all. Umaa is obviously not the cookie cutter kind of teacher. She is Kali embodied. Her teaching is designed to kill you. To cut your head off. Metaphorically speaking. And if you are not up for dying. What the f*** are you doing hanging around her? Attend any of the other nice workshops that the Ubud scene is so full of. Feel good evolution is everywhere else. Umaa is in it for real.


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    Buster, Sweden Licensed Mental Health Counsellor, Psychotherapist specialising in Trauma and Addictions
  • I have been in close contact with different spiritual teachers all my life, one of them is Osho Rajneesh in who’s Ashram I spend several years. I also have been practicing different styles of yoga, but never before I had encountered a yoga teacher who touched me the same way as my spiritual teachers did.
    I found her conduct absent of all the little manipulations that are part of our “normal” social behavior and which is common in so many human interactions. No need for her to please anybody or play anyone’s game in order to achieve a desired outcome, I saw her authentic responses functioning like a mirror to anybody interacting with her. If somebody does not like what he sees or is hurt by the image in the mirror, does that make the mirror responsible? A mirror is just a mirror.

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    Cecile, HollandFormer Child Rights Activist

  • Umaa makes us go deep down to our roots. What we find along the path down to our roots, is different for everyone, but she doesn't walk away from the dark and painful things we come across and she invites us, guides us, to overcome these things. She gives us the confidence that it is good to do this and let go of the things we don't need anymore. She will stay with us, until we're through. I'm talking about the things people in general are trying to avoid: anxiety, hatred, disparity, loneliness, sexual desires etcetera.


     


    I think most yoga teachers and healers are staying away from these topics, as they may fear their students may get emotional, or they don't know how to deal with it, or they aren't confident they can guide people through this. Umaa knows she has the capability to guide people through this, and what I see is that she doesn't do this alone."

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    Annet, Netherlands - M.D., Ph.D.Obstetrics/Gynecology & Neuroscience

  • I met Umaa at Yoga Barn in Ubud/Bali, practising and studying with her all of December 2015, realising very soon that our work has a lot in common in terms of helping individuals engage in processes of their own emancipation and awakening. Or however you would like to call it depending on your school of thought. Umaa's practice has given me the embodied experience of emancipation, empowerment, awakening something most traditions and approaches only manage to do at the cognitive level, if at all.



    In addition, I research and work around epistemological questions of knowledge production and power relations, eg. whose knowledge and experiences count as legitimate and why and how this relates to the knowledge holder's credibility and recognition. In this context, Yoga, Tantra and Ayurveda are distinct and valid knowledge systems that serve as reference points for truth claims about this world, the human experience and cause-effect relationships just as Western Science does. None of them is more or less legitimate or illegitimate they are situated next to each other along the continuum of human knowledge systems that have co-evolved and been authorised or discredited over the centuries.



    One thing is, however, remarkable and rather unique in this genesis: The way how predominantly Western forces and individuals have and continue to de-legitimise “non-scientific” knowledge systems such as Yoga, Tantra and Ayurveda simply because of their position of power within the global matrix of expertise. Umaa's approach to Yoga, Tantra and Ayurveda can therefore be easily dismissed and invalidated by these forces as it is not considered “scientific” or proper, which is, however, untenable from the scientific discipline of epistemology. It is against this background of epistemic violence that I would like to discredit recent accusations of mystical manipulation and cult building against her. Umaa's way of knowing and seeing is just as valid and sound as any doctor's, counsellor's and therapist's knowledge system that is trying to lead someone back to their own experience and body for the sake of healing and guiding them through difficult times. That is all she has always done. So who is to say what's improper about this?


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    Rina, GermanyAcademic Facilitator in Decolonial Thought - Federal Foreign Office of Germany And Freiburg University
  • Her yoga teachings are of an extraordinary level. I've never experienced something like that before before. And I knew: this is it.
    The results are wonderful, but they can also be confrontational in itself. For some people this is a big problem. The outcome: negativity, envy and even hatred. History, moreover, has many recurring examples of this phenomenon.
    Have these people, who pour lies about her and try to make it impossible for her to do her work, have they really once looked deeply into her eyes. I did and I could only see and experience a tremendous love: touched to the depths of my soul.

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    Max, HollandEngineer, Architect/CityPlanner

  • I first met Umaa in her practice in October 2015 in Bali and since this time have continued to work with her. I am a professional and lawyer from Australia and have been in demanding legal practice for over 15 years.



    Upon meeting Umaa I became aware that she represented a deeply intuitive practitioner capable of translating ayurvedic practice into the current world. In my experience Umaa has a real capacity to understand the powerful and often unspoken symbols marking the complexities in our lives. She knows why and when we each need to reach out to address imbalance. More importantly, she manages to identify the pathways to healing from a place of togetherness, with space and without rush or confrontation. I revisit our past interactions time and time again, always with a renewed or refined sense of understanding. Umaa has a profound gift that she shares fearlessly, generously and with great care.


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    Tracey, AustraliaLawyer

  • I have had the pleasure of a close personal relationship with Uma Inder for over 10 years. I have a degree in South Asian Religions from the University of California at Santa Barbara, a certificate in Yoga Philosophy from Loyola Marimount University, and a wealth of certifications from other well-known Yoga establishments. Academically my professors have been the most widely recognized Indologists & South Asianists in the field, including Dr. David Gordon White, Dr. Christopher Chapple, and Dr. Barbara Holdrege. I have been a practitioner of Yoga and Meditation for 20 years and a teacher of yoga for over 15 years. I own a Registered Yoga School under the Yoga Alliance in Los Angeles, and conduct certified Yoga Teacher Trainings, retreats and courses annually.



    Uma has been very open about teaching traditional tantra (which has very little to do with sexuality). There have been countless times I have heard students ask Uma for some kind of sexual instruction. And without fail, every time I've heard her asked, she has neglected to offer up anything of the sort. Her ethics around sexuality are quite sound. I've hardly met any other teachers outside India who mention the word tantra without some kind of sex scandal involved. Truly, Uma is a rarity.



    ​In all the years I have known her, Uma ​Inder has consistently humbled herself. Even in the face of her students constantly putting her on a pedestal, Uma has never exhibited any behavior typical of a cult leader or fanatic. She has refrained from giving her students new names, refrained from giving any kind of initiations, she hasn't even attempted to make much of a business for herself. She has never offered enlightenment in exchange for money, sex, or power.... All Uma is guilty of is being herself, and staying true to the unconventional way she teaches in a world that constantly wants to fit her into a box. It is this uncompromising nature of Uma's teaching that allows her to be such a great teacher for those that connect with her. And for those that don't connect, as she constantly repeats, they can find another class/teacher that suits them. No problem.


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    Serge, USASouth Asian Religions Scholar, Yoga School Director