Donta Ruffin

Home City: Durham, NC

Department: Creative Services

Q: Tell us about yourself.

A: I grew up in Durham, NC. I studied computer science at Durham Tech Community College and from there I transferred to the Art Institute of Raleigh-Durham where I received my degree in Graphic Design. I have a moderate meditation and yoga practice and I love meeting new people and learning new things.

Q: How did you find the Himalayan Institute?

A: I found out about the Himalayan Institute through my partner, Amy. She introduced me to the Institute. The first time I visited the Himalayan Institute was during December 2016 for a Christmas program, which I enjoyed immensely. The visit was brief, but everyone was warm and inviting, so I would say it was a good introduction to the Himalayan Institute.

You encounter yourself, and with that comes the opportunity for true growth.
Q: What inspired you to join the community?

A: I felt like this community would be a great place for me to deepen my yoga and meditation practice. On a professional level, I wanted to surround myself with creatives that I could learn from and grow with on a creative and spiritual level.

Q: What have you learned during your time here?

A: One thing that I have learned is that it’s important to communicate in a clear, open, and honest way to yourself and your community. Secondly, the practice of yoga or meditation is not the goal, it’s more about the process or the journey. Lastly, it’s important not to judge the experience we have—I find that it’s better to embrace and go through the experience. I know there will be many more lessons to come.

Q: If there was one thing you could share about the Himalayan Institute, what would it be?

A: I have been a part of the Himalayan Institute community for three months. On a personal level I can say that you encounter yourself, and with that comes the opportunity for true growth. Also, as soon as you arrive, the community becomes your extended family, and oddly enough, the people you meet passing through for a program become friends for life. The Himalayan Institute is one big family, and I feel honored to be here.