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I close my eyes so I can see...
I know I am a soul on a journey.
On this journey, my soul moves me to study, write, paint, sing and play music.
My dharma is yoga. It is the center of my being. It is the breath of my life.
nature is home,
solitude is returning home.
Travel is the escape and the reminder that we are all in this together.
At 17 I became vegetarian.
I am now an "ethical vegan"
(inevitably it is difficult to avoid labelling myself in quotation marks,
because I do eat figs (when they are in season) and on occasion local honey and local aged sheep cheese).
I was born in Tel-Aviv, I grew up in Montreal and I have lived in New York City, Los Angeles and Paris.
Italy has been my home since 2007.
When I was little I had no idea what I "wanted to be" when I grew up, but I dreamed of faraway places.
So I ended up taking many planes during my lifetime and enjoyed all of my earthly adventures,
although my inner, mystical travels have been the most interesting so far...
I now understand that the "faraway places" I dreamed of is probably the soul's memory of the Original Home which is indeed
far far away...
By process of elimination, I ended up being an actress (lawyer and writer didn't make the cut).
The study of "being other people" was what attracted me most.
The study of emotions as a form of personal story therapy is what sparked my curiosity.
At 33 my world went topsy turvy and by the time I was 36 I realized that there was no job.
There was no path.
There was just me on this journey.
I started dance lessons when I was 5 years old so I dedicated many years at mastering the art of entertaining others ...
only to throw everything away and start over tabula rasa at 36.
As George Eliot said, "It's never too late to be what you might have been."
I was born fearless... a relatively quiet and nice rebel...
an independent kind of girl, a feminist and defender of women's rights and animal rights, but mostly a pacifist...
and so how did I end up in the world of entertainment and eventually, living in Italy and teaching yoga?
I call it Karmic Evolution.
Upon my arrival on Earth (and for astrologers, it includes a natal Saturn retrograde which explains the rest of this biography) there was very little emotional attachment to human beings. There was no sense of need because there was no sense of fear. There was mostly freedom of spirit, deep love for animals, and an understanding that all beings are equal no matter who and what they are. Joy was my nature. I smiled all the time. It was my natural expression. The female figure (mother) brought strong emotional karma while the male figure (father) brought strong professional karma.
Combining emotions with the professional ambition is how I explain my karma to become an actress.
I then continued to learn by way of relationships with rather emotional people and after much drama (marriage, divorce, Hollywood), my travels took me to a place where I get to see live theater every day: Italy!
Yoga. It fits in perfectly doesn't it?
From drama to dharma.
Yoga is the calm within the storm of the ups and downs of human emotional existence.
Perhaps this is what I came to experience in this lifetime.
To re-find or re-define the center of calm that would unlock the prison of emotional attachment
and free the tremors of achievement.
Vertical impression rather than horizontal expression.
The path of Bhav: spiritual emotion.
The aim for Victory over the ego: the ultimate achievement.
Yoga was never an intentional goal, or a way to satiate worldly ambition-
Yoga just happened, because Yoga just Is.
So once I let go of the shore, unhooking the rope that kept my boat parked in a port of continuous waves,
some say I went in search of God... but, no I always knew He/She was the very present consciousness inside of me...
Or that I went to search for Truth... yes, that is true, like burning fire, like the very air I breathe...
(the definition of peacelessness is not knowing the Absolute Truth.)
But mostly (and maybe only my gurus knew this), I was searching for Spiritual Love.
I was searching to reconnect to that Essence of Being that I was
before all the human emotional karma played itself out in my life.
To empty my own human vessel of emotional creations and projections, and return to my natural state of joy.
To stop the wheel of samsara, get off the merry-go-round of dis-ease and dis-comfort in a world of illusion and confusion,
and reconnect to the Me that was free... to the Ma within me, free of the entanglement and attachment to human folly.
What a ride.
“Everything that has a beginning has an ending.
Make your peace with that and all will be well.”- Buddha
My earthly travels have taught me that what is not spiritual love, ends.
My inner, mystical travels have shown me that there really does exist a destination for spiritual love... and it never ends.
It's called Bhakti Yoga.
So this is what I am: a Bhakti Yogi.
And finding me again meant finding it all in spades: God, Truth and Love.
This is the Seat of Joy.
Although my birth name, Keren, is aligned with my spiritual mission since it means "ray of light",
when I began teaching, the goddess name "Jai Kali Ma" was given to me directly by the Goddess Mother Herself, Kali Ma,
destructor-ess of all that is untrue. She arrived to help accompany others (the brave souls who would become my students) to the shores of liberation. How many have become jivanmuktis? Very few. I realized that most people actually like their emotional chains.
"Jai" means victory and indicates that all victories belong to Kali. The power is hers alone.
I have accepted the name of this fearless Mother with humility
and now, I fill my days rendering service to Spiritual Love
and to the essence of the Seat of Joy...as I continue on my nearly half-century old journey on Earth.
These photos were taken in Alghero in 2009, shortly after I arrived on this small Sardinian port town where my spiritual mission would be revealed.
As a vessel for divine guidance, I started teaching yoga asanas but quickly moved into the deeper aspect of yoga by shifting into an atmosphere of Ashram Life.
Like many spiritual guides before me, the Ashram Life helped not only the sincere souls that arrived as aspiring students, but also my own path as a journeyer and traveller.
My dedicated spiritual life and practice unfolded on this ancient Italian island breathing nature, healing and the Goddess Mother.
Keren E. Bensoussan (Jai Kali Ma): Is the founder of the "Associazione SD Yoga in Alghero" and MadhyamayAna Yoga.
She is a graduate of New York University from the Gallatin Department of Liberal Arts and the Lee Strasberg Theater Institute in New York City.
She is a certified Hatha Yoga teacher and Kundalini Yoga teacher for children from the Rama Lotus Yoga Center.
She is also a certified Reiki Master. Her teacher Lynn Neilson, who left her body on March 15, 2015, passed on teachings for all levels of Reiki and IET as well as two Lightarian activations and one level of SPHE-RE. Keren has been a hands-on healer for 12 years and a Reiki teacher for 8 years.
She is a disciple of the Eight-limbed Path of Yoga and Bhakti Lineage- including Raja Yoga and Kundalini Yoga as taught by Yogi Bhajan and Babaji.
In this current lifetime, as of 2018, Keren has been a yoga and meditation student for 27 years and has been teaching for 12 years.