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What is Yoga?
It is a process by which we bring homeostasis in our being. Yoga simply means to unite. Yoga helps one bring the body, mind, emotion, and spirit together in order to bring back the balance we need to strengthen and relax at the same time.
Yoga – What is the combination?
Yoga encompasses Asana (Physical postures), Pranayama (Breathing), Meditation (Focus & Concentration), Kriyas (Cleansing techniques).
Why try Yoga?
Immediate benefit is stress reduction. It helps give deep rest to the body and help relax the mind therefore manage self better and improve health. The benefits include better sleep, increased concentration, better breathing, flexibility & strength, improved circulation, stability and balance, increased confidence, focus on the present, and inner peace.
What yoga can help with?
Yoga with medical care can assist with back pain, asthma; hypertension, arthritis, diabetes, digestive disorders, insomnia, anxiety and depression, and obesity just to name a few.
What Classes can be offered?
Yoga asana basic session: composing various postures, some in standing, sitting, supine, and prone. Adding movement with breathing and a guided relaxation in the end 5 to 10 minutes minimum is recommended.
Pranayama: Controlled breathing various abdominal and chest breathing exercises.
Meditation: Sound meditation, nithya dhyaan, mindful meditation
What is the duration and how often should it be practiced?
One hour to one and a half hours is recommended. But with time constraints it is possible to do ½ hour to 45 minute sessions. Once a week is the minimum suggested but 2 to 3 times a week.
Cyclic Meditation – combination of Physical postures with relaxation techniques in between. This technique was created for Stress reduction and better sleep.
Pranic Energization Technique – Observation of Prana(life force) and moving it throughout the body. This technique was created to improve immune system.
Pranayama – Breathing with awareness. Various processes that involve alternate nostril breathing and sectional breathing etc.
A serious Yoga student since 1998 and a teacher since 2002, Lehra has studied various styles of yoga including Vinyasa Flow, Bikram, Ashtanga, Power Yoga, and Jivamukti. Her classes draw from all of these yoga traditions and usually included vigorous vinyasa series and pranayama with a touch of meditation and Sankrit chanting woven in, all set to an upbeat soundtrack of eclectic music.
Completing her first yoga teacher training in 2003 at Yoga Essence in Eagle Rock, CA, Lehra has gone on to study with many world renown yoga masters such as Sharon Gannon, David Life, Dharma Mittra, Jules Febre and Loren “Lila” Russo. In 2012 Lehra traveled to Costa Rica and spent 1 month learning at the lotus feet of Jivamukti masters and with the blessing of her Guru’s she became a certified Jivamukti Yoga Teacher. It is now her mission to help spread the wonders of Jivamukti Yoga with the yogi’s and yogini’s in and around the Los Angeles area
Described as “the wild child of yoga” by Paper magazine, The Jivamukti Yoga method was created by David Life and Sharon Gannon in1984. It is a vigorous, physically challenging and intellectually stimulating practice that leads to spiritual awareness. We promote the educational aspect of the practice and give students access to where these ideas have come from.The Jivamukti method of Yoga is one of the nine internationally recognized styles of Hatha Yoga. To teach Jivamukti Yoga, all teachers must be certified after completing one month intensive teacher-training program.
The 5 tenets of Jivamukti Yoga:
The teachings found in Jivamukti classes are based off of many ancient yogic scriptures. Such scriptures include Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras, The Hatha Yoga Pradipika, The Bhagavad Gita, and The Upanishads.
Bhakti is a Sanskrit word that means devotion. Devotional practices such as the chanting of Om and various Sanskrit prayers play an important part in participating in a Jivamukti Yoga class.
Ahimsa means non harming or non violence. Ahimsa doesn’t just mean being non violent toward humans beings, but includes all being that one comes in contact with, such as plants, animals, and all of nature. Actions like ethical vegetarianism, animal rights, environmental and social activism are strongly encouraged and are part of incorporating the practice of ahimsa into everyday life
Promoting the study of Nada Yoga (the yoga of sound) is an essential part of Jivamukti Yoga.Various styles of fun, upbeat, and inspirational music are often played during class. Such styles of music include electronic, rock, and hip hop, as well as traditional Indian kirtan music.
The practice and study of mediation is very important for a well rounded yoga practice and needs to be done as part of every class or private practice session.
Some other qualities that one can expect to encounter from a Jivamukti practice is breathing techniques known as pranayama, a physically challenging and vigorous asana practice with detailed hands on adjustments to correct alignment and/or to push the student deeper , satsang or association with like minded people and kriyas or physical purifications.
“Jivamukti, with an emphasis on spiritual training, including chanting, meditation and readings.”—Time magazine