The beginning ~ Gurudev Siddha Peeth (Muktananada) ashram, Maharashtra, India in the early 1990's
Leah and Ron ~ The Prairie Mystics ♥
My 'IN' to yoga opened up 27 years ago, when I began to awaken to self-healing and inner connection. Along the way, I discovered there were pieces of myself that I hadn't quite been aware enough at the time to nurture. One of those pieces was my spirituality... my devotion to Self. I was introduced to Hatha Yoga and meditation during an extended stay at Muktananda's (Gurumayi's) ashram in the sacred Tansa Valley, in Maharashtra, India in my 20's... and touched on it over the years through my continuing yoga practice. Something changed in me when I took the time to breathe deeper into my being through a daily practice. I was able to begin releasing old wounds, and feel renewed on a daily basis. I was able to move through my day feeling more balanced and grounded, and this proved to be very important for a sensitive, INFJ like myself.
Experience and learning:
Hatha yoga, meditation, breathwork and Himalayan Kundalini Kriya yoga (200 hrs online with Sattva Yoga Academy, based in Rishikesh India).
Practicing and teaching prāṇāyāma (breathing techniques) has become a very important aspect of my offerings. Utilizing the breath creates a sense of calm and balance when necessary, and also ignites an inner fire, moving prāṇa or energy throughout the different centers of the body. Through my own daily practice, I discover over and over the true meaning of honouring my body, and it becomes complete with the nourishment of healthy food! Nutrition goes hand-in-hand with Yoga (I also graduated as a Certified Holistic Nutritional Consultant from the Canadian School of Natural Nutrition in 2011). I am now studying Ayurvedic nutrition, and seeing the beauty and wholeness in this 'sister science' of yoga.
Devotional chanting, or Kirtan, has served as sweet nourishment for my Soul, and I lead Kirtan with my husband, Ron online and for special events.
Currently I am studio manager and teaching yoga classes at Sacred Arts in Camrose.
My wish is for all beings to be happy and free from misery and suffering, and to realize the true meaning of peace ~
Om Shanti, Shanti, Shanti
Hari Om Tat Sat
Blessings and Gratitude ~ Leah Marie ॐ