On October 15th at 6:59pm our beloved teacher, friend, and colleague Don Brahmanand Stapleton left his physical body and crossed over into forevermore. Don believed with deep conviction that he was far greater than the limitations of his physical body and that his adventure wouldn’t end with that last breath. Perhaps this is why we feel his light shining brighter than ever.
When someone we love dies, a part of them lives on forever inside us. They’re alive in our words, thoughts, memories, and dreams.
Alongside our grief is a deep knowing that we could never have become the current version of ourselves without their impact.
When a teacher dies (a parent, mentor, or wise friend), the supportive clues and treasures they leave behind are everywhere.
Don gifted us with a very specific roadmap—a detailed set of instructions for living an embodied, authentic life.
When I first met Don (and his wife Amba) 22 years ago, I could never have imagined how profound his influence on my life and work would be. He encouraged and believed in me when I didn’t fully believe in myself.
Don has touched thousands of lives through his legacy of self-inquiry, non-authoritarian teaching, and self-awakening yoga.
Whether you knew Don or not, if you’ve ever studied or practiced with DevaTree, Don’s legacy has touched you too.