Biography

E-RYT 500 Yoga Alliance
Yogini Master Swaha Devi (Bonnie Ringer)-MeTso, is an experienced Yoga and Healing Arts Therapy Practitioner, and Meditation Instructor. She’s had a personal practice since 1986. She leads teacher-training workshops through out the East Coast and teaches worldwide. She is known for her artistic and inspiring yoga teachings, spot-on adjustments, remarkable intuition, and accessible philosophical teachings. All her yogic accomplishments have come to her through hard work, dedication, and fierce determination (Tapas). She has transformed her practice from the mere ordinary to the extraordinary by giving her attention and intentions to the wiser, broader all knowing true Divine Self in all beings. Bonnie also has the unique natural ability to channel Guardian Angels & Spirit Guides, and often receives messages from the Other Side during her classes and many workshops. She's had this connection to the spirit and energy realm from the age of 8, when her Great Grandmother died. Bonnie can see and interpret the subtle, luminous energy field around each person, known as your Aura. She gives Spiritual Health & Healing's with touch, vibration, and readings by connecting to the Divine Energy of our true-self. Bonnie is a vegetarian and believes in compassion for all living things. As a Wife and Mother of two glorious children, Bonnie balances the many demands and challenges of life, and can help you achieve complete harmony and balance as well. Bonnie welcomes the opportunity to share her wealth of yogic knowledge with you and is honored to be of service to others on this wonderful life awakening journey.

Bonnie holds certifications in NESTA, CYT, E-RYT 500, A Ten year Disciple of Master Sri Dharma Mittra & 200 Hour Registered Dharma Yoga® LOAY Teacher & 500 Hour Westchester Institute of Yoga Teacher with Tao Porchon-Lynch & E-RYT500 with Yoga Alliance; Bonnie was first certified back in 1996, after 10 years of dedication to the practice of Traditional Hatha/Raja Yoga, Pranayama, Yoga Nidra, and Guided Meditation. She has ten years of first hand personal experiences with teaching Yoga for Women Cancer Survivors in NYU Langone Medical Center, and holds certifications in Pre-Natal Yoga, and both Mat and Ring Pilates through PowerHouse Pilates (following the strict teachings of Joseph Pilates), Sport Yoga with NESTA (National Endurance Sports Trainers Association) & SUP Yoga.

Her yoga practice took her to new heights, specifically the Roof of the world, Tibet. She's been interviewed on "In The Spirit," Radio Show on WRPI 91.5 FM for her ongoing support of the Tibetan Home of Hope Orphanage (THOH), in the town of Jian Zha in the Amdo Region of Tibet, nestled between the mountain ranges of the Himalayas. As her practice grew stronger, sweeter, and more connected to the wiser, broader, all-knowing Divine Energy in every living thing, she found herself deep in her spiritual journey up the mountains of Tibet. Bonnie first traveled to Tibet in 2009 with her daughter, then again in 2011, baring witness to the life of the Tibetan people, temples, & stupas. Tibet is truly a sacred land dedicated to the enlightenment of all sentient beings.

Bonnie's trips to Tibet were grounded in Pure Karma yoga, and gave her the opportunity to be of selfless service to the orphans and the people of Tibet. She taught English, Math and Yoga to the children, and enjoyed the two (2) mile walks into town with the children to buy them necessities and treat them all to ice cream cones! She made friends with the orphanage's baby cow, got the amazing chance to bathe and walked him down to the glacier runoff water. One day, a older Tibetan boy came to her, whose dream was to go to University to study and become a doctor, but his family could not afford the tuition. Right then and there, Bonnie reached into her pocket, took out her wallet, and awarded the young student a full scholarship! When not mothering the children, she took charge and action to improve a number of issues in the orphanage.

She was very much at home visiting the caves of Tibetan Buddhist Monks, being part of the offerings to the Mountain Gods at 19,000 feet above sea level, and living with a Tibetan grandmother in the village (pictures in gallery). Returning to Tibet in 2011, living every awakened hour with the children at the Tibetan Home of Hope orphanage in Jian Zha; She actively received their culture through language, religion and arts teachings and was given her Tibetan Buddhist name of "MeTso" from the people meaning "flower". Her Tibet knowledge and studies had changed her life completely. She continues her Tibetan studies here in NY, under the guide of "Geshe Lobsang Dharge" as she travels down this great path of Buddhism.

Bonnie was honored with her Darshan Blessings from His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama, and blessed four times by Dada J.P. Vaswani from Pune; three times by Amma, Divine Mother, and by the Kuten La, a Tibetan Buddhist Monk and Medium who channels the spirit of the State Oracle of Tibet for His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama. She's an Angel ambassador to the Tibetan Home of Hope 501(c) charitable organization since it's conception in December 2006, consistently helping support them here in NY and in Tibet.

Her yoga teachers are all "world renowned" Joan Suval is a senior disciple of Shri Brahmananda Sarasvati, who called her “Mother of the Ashram.” Since 1964, authorized by Shri Brahmananda, Joan has offered meditation and Yoga-Vedanta programs for the Yoga Society of New York, both at Ananda Ashram and in NYC. Master Sri Dharma Mittra (she is a Dharma Yoga® Registered Teacher & attended weekly practice of Master class for over 10 years), Grand Master Tao Porchon-Lynch, late Master Sri K. Pattabhi Jois, David Williams, David and Doug Swenson, Ana Forrest, Nicki Doane and Eddie Modestini, Edward Clark, Nevine Michaan, Duncan Wong.

She brings 32 years of personal practice and more than 100,000 hours of experience instructing group classes, private clients, workshops &
Holistic Yoga Therapy & Healing Body Work since 1986. She began teaching yoga at the Nanuet Adult Continuing Education Centers & Fitness
Yoga in health clubs in 1996. After the birth of her children in 1994; Kids Yoga, Tween & Teen Yoga. Continual Adults & Senior Yoga 
throughout Clarkstown Central Schools & Clarkstown Pascack Community Center & West Nyack Free  and Finkelstein Memorial Library since 2002. She has given free (Karma) Yoga classes at Germonds and Lake Nanuet pools. 
On November of 1999 Bonnie founded her beautiful yoga studio ~ Bonnie's Yoga Shala in Nanuet, NY, later becoming A 200-Hour Registered Yoga School with Yoga Alliance. She directored the 200 hour YA teacher training programs. She teaches all the group classes and workshops, from the Beginner Yoga, to the Master Workshops of Bonnie's Yoga Shala Shakti Namaskara Vinyasa Flow®. In the past years she has taught Ashtanga Primary Series & 2nd Series, Dharma Yoga® Shiva Namaskara Vinyasa I & II, Maya Yoga Vinyasa Level I, Vinyasa Level II,III, and Maha (Great) practices. In the summer months of 2013 she built with her husband Sheperd Ringer, The Beautiful Enchanted Garden Yoga Deck.

In 2012 Bonnie becomes an Adjunct Teacher for the 200hr & 500hr Teacher Training Certification Programs at Ananda Ashram Yoga Society of NY, The Westchester Institute of Yoga® in New York and with Juluka Yoga Studio in New Jersey.

To help share the benefits of Yoga on an international level, In 2010 Bonnie joined the faculty of the Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health in Stockbridge, MA, then continued on with  Integral Yoga in Buckingham, VA, and Ananda Ashram Yoga Society of NY, in Monroe, NY where she gives her onoin Master workshops titled "If Not Now,When?” She shares her years of experience, wisdom, and broad teachings with new students in highly motivational and life changing weekend retreats and immersions. In 2013 she's became a Ambassador in the Ahnu Yoga Instructor Program, an "extra" in the Yoga movie "Creative Control"; directed by Benjamin Dickinson & a Yoga Model in the summer catalog for Manuduka. On July 2, 2016 her Sanskrit name SWAHA DEVI was revealed from Shri Brahmananda Sarasvati. In 2017 she is hosted by TAFER Hotels & Resorts October Wellness Month, at Villa del Palmar Cancun Resort & Spa, Mexico. In February 2018 she is a welcomed Presenter at Sedona Yoga Festival, Sedona AZ http://sedonayogafestival.com/

Bonnie is forever grateful for her abilities and unique gifts, and takes every opportunity to make a difference in the life of others. Her motto she lives by is, "Who have you helped, and what have you learned?"