The OUTREACH group of Chinmaya Mission LA presents YOGANJALI, an offering of Yoga this Summer at Rameshwaram.
While Yoga studios are abundant in our community, bringing Yoga classes to Rameshwaram is a way to establish the benefits of Yoga within the context of the larger Hindu heritage and culture stated in the center’s mission. Hatha Yoga also connects one to the Spiritual teachings of our revered masters and Gurus as the physical postures and movements are directly handed down by Yogis of ancient times and provide a thread of connection to their teachings and experiences that pave the way to deeper spiritual unfoldment. We hope you will take this unique opportunity to deepen your Spiritual practice through Yoga asanas.
We invite you to try a variety of Yoga classes designed by ORG’s Yoga teachers for toddlers, children, and adults. As reflected in our name, YOGANJALI is a humble offering filled with devotion to a path that the teachers are enthusiastic to share with you, hope you will join us with your children and families. If you’ve never tried a Yoga class this is a perfect opportunity!
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Our Yoga Teachers:
Dane started practicing yoga nearly 20 years ago when he first became interested in Indian philosophy and religion. He is a Board-certified Pediatrician and has become increasingly interested in using complementary medicines into his pediatric practice, focusing primarily on Yoga and Ayurvedic medicine to augment the western model. He recently completed his 200-hour Yoga teacher training with Sivananda Yoga Vidya Peetham in Kerala, India, and is currently enrolled to become a certified Kid's yoga teacher. He is also scheduled to return to India at Paramanand Yoga in Indore to complete his 500-hour teacher training and yoga therapy certifications this summer. Although a southern California native, he recently returned back to the area after living in Texas and travelling through India and Asia visiting various pilgrimage sites of the Hindu, Buddhist and Sikh traditions. In addition to teaching his daughters Vedanta, Dane has also taught Chinmaya Balvihar classes, and has been a strong proponent of Chinmaya Mission with his family. When not busy being a devoted husband and the father of 2 daughters, he enjoys backpacking, mountain biking and studying philosophy.
Nandini first practiced Yoga with her mother in India and remembers as a child watching her mother move into various Yoga poses with joy, buoyancy and flexibility. She is passionate about an integrative approach to health and well-being which she has combined in her work as a medical social worker over the last 15 years using skills of Mind-Body Medicine, Reiki and Mindfulness. The birth of her son initiated her quest to learn and offer Yoga to newborns and toddlers as a certified Itsy Bitsy Yoga teacher. Nandini has completed her 200-hour Teacher Training and Advanced Yoga Studies and an additional 40-hour Yoga Teacher Mentorship program at Yoga Shakti. When she is not practicing Yoga she is a hearty mother, wife and in private practice as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. She is enthusiastic to share her Yoga practice with you and hopes you will join her! Nandini and her family are active members of Chinmaya Mission from Balvihar, cultural events to festivals and Senior Day programs.
Ajita Patel, C.A.S. has been teaching Pranayam for the past several years and is in private practice as an Ayurveda Consultant in Orange County. She has received her training from the California College of Ayurveda, Patanjali Yog Peeth, various Ayurveda ashrams and hospitals in India with Dr. Vasant Lad. Since birth Ajita says she has been blessed with love for Ayurveda and love for God from her mother, and Meditation from her father. Her family has been part of the Chinmaya Family for the past 15 years.
Lalitha has been a member of CMLA since 1994 when her son Vyas was enrolled in Balavihar. At present she teaches 11th grade Balvihar and has enjoyed learning and teaching at CMLA for the past 17 years. Lalitha’s serious involvement with Yoga practice began with a Yoga Instructor course offered by Vivekananda Yoga Anusandhana Samsthana-LA (VYASA-LA), a branch of Swami Vivekananda Yoga Anusandhana Samsthana (SVYSA), Bengaluru, India, in Spring 2011. Yoga practices have provided her a structured way to connect everyday health of body, mind and spirit with Hindu philosophy, the study of which began early under the guidance of her father and paternal grand uncle who was a senior Swami. Lalitha has enjoyed introducing Yoga into the Balavihar classroom and to adults at Rameshwaram with Nimmi Raj. As an active volunteer at VYASA – LA, she helps in Yoga classes for adults & children; additionally she has taught the practical and theoretical aspects of Yoga in the Instructor courses organized by VYASA-LA.
Nimmi pioneered the Yoga classes at CMLA and has been teaching weekly classes to the community as well as training Yoga teachers through Vivekananda Yoga Anusandhana Samsthana-LA (VYASA-LA). Her family has a long and strong connection to CMLA programs and activities such as Balvihar and cultural programs. Recently she has been preparing the group of Kailash yatris using Yoga techniques and breath work for the upcoming CMLA pilgrimage to the revered Mt. Kailash in the Himalayas. When she is not practicing Yoga she is a busy editior/journalist for India Journal, a mother and wife. She looks forward to sharing her passion for Yoga with you in the second session after her return from Mt. Kailash!
Sailaja has been practicing yoga for the past 6 years. Inspired to dive deeper into Yoga studies, she completed her 200-hour teacher training classes offered by VYASA-LA last year and has been teaching regularly since. As a practicing physician, Sailaja understands that although yoga evolved in ancient India primarily to attain spiritual goals, in the modern day regular yoga practice has tremendous health benefits. In support of this, several published studies have demonstrated the preventive and therapeutic effects of yoga. She looks forward to sharing her knowledge and experience in modern Medical sciences and ancient Yoga sciences with you!
Sobha has been practicing yoga for more than 15 years and started her first Yoga class with her first teacher Mr. Soneji. Sobha recently graduated with her 200-hour Teacher Training and Advanced Yoga Studies program from Yoga Shakti. Sobha is absolutely passionate about sharing Yoga with everyone; she accomplishes this with her background and training in Get Fit Where You Sit created by Lakshmi Volker. She is a devoted practitioner of Abhysi of Sahaj Marg meditation. In addition she is a trained Ayurveda Wellness Counselor from the Kerala Ayurvedic School. Sobha is a full-time medical doctor and has been in practice for 25 years in the field of Nephrology. She is happily married to her physician husband, and is a mother of two children and proud grandmother of 3 grandchildren. Sobha values health on all levels-physical, emotional and spiritual and looks forward to teaching Yoga at CMLA!
Manu has a strong background in various forms of Hatha Yoga including Iyengar, Sivananda and Bihar forms. She commenced teaching Yoga over five years ago and has continued to enhance her learning through the teachings of Vivekananda Yoga Anusandhana Samsthana-LA (VYASA-LA), a branch of Swami Vivekananda Yoga Anusandhana Samsthana (SVYSA), Bengaluru, India. Manu has added Therapeutic Yoga to her repertoire with specialized training through VYASA. She has over 17 years of practice in Yoga & its philosophy. Manu holds a degree in Business Administration. She is an active member of the VYASA-LA organization. Manu is eager to make Yoga a part of your daily practice.
yama niyama asana pranayama prtyahara dharana dhyana samadhi: the eight limbs of yoga
Yoga Class Descriptions
Bala Yoga (Ages 6 years to 12 years): Children are natural Yogis. In this class children will learn basic standing and seated postures with thought to alignment and breath work. They will be introduced to various asanas and learn easy ways to engage breath and body awarenes. All levels are welcome.
Chair Yoga: Practice Yoga where you sit! The simple use of a chair may allow you to move through coordinated breath and movements of Yoga asanas that may otherwise be limiting. Come try this class if you are not sure you can sustain a standing Yoga asana practice.
Level 1: An introduction to Yoga asanas is provided with precise instruction on structure and alignment in poses and learning to become more mindful of one’s body and especially the breath. Cultivates a flowing practice that links breath to movement. This can be as mild or as challenging a practice as one would like to create. Options in asana variations and props to begin opening up the body will be offered.
Mumma-Pappa and Me Yoga (Ages 18 months old to 4 years): This class is based on Itsy Bitsy Yoga’s (created by Yoga teacher Helen Garabedien, www.itsybitsyyoga.com) format to introduce Yoga to children as young as newborns. Toddlers experience the benefits of various Yoga postures as their parents lovingly hold and shift their kids’ bodies into nourishing movements. Sharing Yoga with your young child enhances parent-child bonding through loving presence, and combines song, rhyme and rhythmic movements to enhance the child’s physical and emotional development. A great time for mothers or fathers and kiddos alike! Not to mention grandmas and grandpas and kiddos!
Pranayama: This is a carefully guided class that explores the powerful techniques of Pranayam and Meditation to bring about more clarity, calm and health benefits. When these techniques are practiced daily one can reap tremendous benefits such as: increased lung capacity, improved digestion and elimination, relieving stress, calming the mind, increasing energy and boosting immunity. Even if you have a consistent pranayam practice, come to enhance your learning in this group practice.
Restorative Yoga: A meditative and restorative Yoga practice designed to turn one’s attention inward and find reprieve from the daily activities of life. Ample Yoga props such as blankets and blocks are used to find ease and comfort in each pose while receiving the full benefits of a Yoga practice. A great class for everyone, the beginner and advanced Yogi alike!
Surya Namaskars: A rhythmic and harmonizing flow of Surya Namaskar sequences incorporating breath, meditative movement, and chants. Come prepared to feel both energized and calm after this early morning prayerful practice. Pranayam and Shavasana will elegantly seal your morning practice.
yama niyama asana pranayama prtyahara dharana dhyana samadhi: the eight limbs of yoga