Teaches with "Great Skill and Compassion" -- William Broad, The Science of Yoga
to LeelaRam Yoga
Welcome to LeelaRam Yoga, home of Anusara
Yoga, meditation and other heart-centered practices.
We are dedicated to honoring each student
as an individual. At LeelaRam you can experience everything
from a challenging asana class, to restorative yoga, to
gentle yoga for seniors, special classes for women as well
as therapeutic yoga.
In a creative and supportive atmosphere
you can benefit from personal size classes with individual
What is LeelaRam?
Leela is the Cosmic Dance of the Creators
blissful energy as it flows outward into manifestation,
embodying in its every graceful step and gesture all the
forces of the universe, from creation to dissolution. This
game of hide and seek is the great energys playful
sport, concealing itself and then in an act of grace, finally
revealing through joyful recognition that we are the Self,
Supreme Consciousness. In Indian theology, Rama is an incarnation
of Lord Vishnu, the aspect of God that sustains and upholds
creation. In its expression of female form, Ram is called
the delightful, pleasing one.
LeelaRam evokes the dance of revealing the
delightful, pleasing parts of the Self which are often hidden,
even from ourselves.
What is yoga?
Yoga is traditionally defined as union, a
yoking together of mind/body/spirit. It can also be seen
as uniting the individual with the One. The practice of
specified postures, conscious breathing, chanting and mindful
meditation allows us to discover this union.
Why practice yoga?
Committing to a regular practice reflects
a commitment to your total sense of well-being. The practice
of yoga exercises full alignment, moving toward an optimal
blueprint of integrated consciousness: physical body
strength, mental concentration/attentiveness, and a spiritual
awareness of Being.
Much of yogas work is carried off the
mat and into your day. The peace that comes from practice,
of having physically and mentally challenged yourself to
align with the postures and the sweetness of deep relaxation
that comes from yoga, is useful in moments of stress. The
final word of the class, Namaste, is inherently recognition,
an honoring of the Universal Divine in both yourself and
the world around you.
I welcome your questions and will try to answer
them in upcoming editions of this website.
"Instead of trying to fit everyone into standard cookie-cutter positions, students are guided to express themselves through the poses to their fullest ability," says Rama Patella, a certified Anusara teacher at Yoga Mandali in New York City.
EXCERPT FROM WOMEN'S HEALTH