At our birth it enters into us, the migratory bird! like the fire, invisibly present in the wood, like the oil hidden in the sesame seed, it dwells in the deepest depth of us: to know that (the bird) is to free oneself from death.
— Hamsa Upanishad
Courtney Morris, co-founder of the Hamsa School of Yoga and Ayurveda, is a a mother, Licensed Professional Counseling-Associate, masters level holistic nutritionist, and yoga teacher who blends time-tested practices with evidence-based approaches to support clients on their path of healing & self-discovery.
She views the sensations and feelings our body sends us as messages of what needs some attention. The body is constantly in communication with our mind, and our mind with the body. Healing happens when we are able to tune into the bodies messages and truly listen.
She is incredibly passionate about helping others feel at ease in their body & mind as they navigate their path of learning to tune-in to their self.
Courtney is a board certified Licensed Professional Counseling-Associate and is registered with Yoga Alliance as an E-RYT 500.
The word hamsa
literally translated as “swan,” is the symbolism for the Atman or soul.
Breath is sound, and the sound created through the breath stays with us throughout our life and fills us with energy. The sound or mantra created through the breath is said to be so ‘ham (सो ऽहम्), where the inhale is “so” and the exhale is “hum.” The meaning of this mantra is “I am that.” In Vedic philosophy it means identifying oneself with the universe or ultimate reality.
The mantra is also inverted from so ‘ham (the sandhi or joining of sat + aham) to ham + sa. The combination of so ‘ham hamsah has also been interpreted as “I myself am the Swan”, where the Swan symbolizes the Atman.
Debby Andersen, yogini, healer, and co-founder of the Hamsa School of Yoga and Ayurveda, blends the ancient wisdom of Yoga and Ayurveda into a practical, modern-day path of self-discovery and healing. Born and raised near Des Moines, Iowa, she graduated from the University of Iowa with degrees in Dance and Psychology. An avid traveler, she fell in love with yoga while living in India for 3 months, where she was also introduced to yoga’s sister science, Ayurveda. She completed her first yoga teacher training in India in 2006. Since then she has completed numerous trainings in yoga and the healing arts.
Debby is a NAMA-registered Ayurvedic Practitioner and is certified to practice Ayurveda through the Ayurvedic Institute. She is registered with Yoga Alliance as an E-RYT 500 and is a C-IAYT through the International Association of Yoga Therapists.