Advanced Yoga & Wellness teacher, Indian yoga association
500 HRS,Yoga Association of Alberta
B.Com, M.A ( Economics)
Years of practice: More than 25 years
Years of teaching: 9 years
Yoga is a way of conscious living and it strives to bring a balance between all the different layers of human being. Samatvam means equanimity or balance and according to Bhagwat Gita Yoga is equanimity (Samatvam yog uchyate).
Yoga works on a human being as a whole and does not divide body-mind in a water tight compartments.
Maharishi Patanjali in the 2nd century systematized and codified the existing knowledge of yoga and presented it to the world in a very structured way through Patanjali yoga sutras. This text comprising of 195 sutras is the foundation and basis of classical yoga.
There are different paths of yoga like Mantra yoga, Laya yoga, Hatha yoga, Raja yoga with the same goal of achieving yoga, a state where knowledge can happen.
The goal of yoga is spiritual but the practices done in yoga gives benefit to the body and the mind.
Neeru considers herself a lifelong student of Yoga and Vedanta and love sharing the ancient and wholistic teachings of yoga the way she has learned from my teachers. She was always drawn towards bhajans and chanting from a young age and started singing them at the age of 6 in weekly group bhajans. Her mother would sit and narrate stories and commentaries from various scriptures and she in a way developed her interest in the Indian philosophy and meditative practices even more due to her.
She got exposed to yoga in her teenage years in Mumbai and right away fell in love with the path.
Although yoga became a part of her life long time back in the 90's but she decided to share the benefits with others after coming to Canada and went back to get a formal certificate in traditional yoga from an authentic place. This took her to Kaivalyadhama where she got the opportunity to study under some of the best and experienced teachers. A lot of yogic concepts slowly got unfolded through her continuous learning. She feels grateful to Sudhir Tiwariji ( Kaivalyadhama) who selflessly taught her informally over many years.
She studied Ayurveda ( for yoga teachers), Meditation and Pranayama workshops with the senior teachers of Kaivalyadhama apart from formal teacher training course.
She got exposed to "Gitananda yoga/ Rishiculture Ashtanga yoga" few years ago, a lineage based on tantra and south Indian Shaivism. She's been studying continuously with this lineage under Dr. Ananda Balyogi Bhavnani.
Neeru feels blessed to study Vedanta (Advaita/non dualistic philosophy)on an ongoing basis under Swami Brahmanisthananda Saraswati, senior disciple of Swami Dayananda Sarawati and founder of Brahma Vidya Gurukulam in Edmonton.
She has been sharing yoga practices and variety of classes in Edmonton for almost a decade.Neeru has spoken at the wellness conferences, written articles for yoga magazines and led various philosophy and pranayama sessions as a trainer in the teacher training programs.
What to expect in her sessions:
The idea behind every session is to bring Samatvam; balance and harmony through the practices of:
Shuddhi Kriyas/ Cleansing practices
Asana/Postures in a mindful way
Pranayama/ Breathing practices & Corrective breathing techniques
Mudras/Body and hand Gestures to balance glandular secretions
Pratyahara and Jnana Kriyas & Prakriyas
Contemplative practices leading towards meditation
All the practices are done slowly to develop awareness of the body, mind and beyond.
She likes to combine the knowledge of Ayurveda to customize every class to the individual need and condition.
Yoga is therapeutic and there is something for everybody. I have offered some of the specialized classes to these groups and most of them can still be found on my schedule.
Bridging the Gap groups
Youth at risk
Chair yoga to people with Parkinsons
Manage Arthritis through yoga
Manage Stress and anxiety through yoga
Learn to breathe series & Pranayama sessions
Chair yoga for Seniors
Pranayama: 500 HRS, Empowered yoga
Yoga Philosophy: 200 HRS, Empowered yoga & Yoga Within ttc
Pranayama: 200 HRS, Yoga Within
Anatomy & Physiology of Respiratory system: Pranaayama ttc group of Sudhir Tiwari ji.
Ana Montes, Edmonton
"Cannot say enough things about Neeru. She teaches traditional hatha yoga which is a wonderful practice to relax after a long day at work. Neeru is very knowledgeable and you can feel her passion for teaching yoga as a way of life. She is also friendly, warm, and very welcoming to new people wanting to practice yoga. I spent all day sitting in front of a computer at work and practising yoga with Neeru has helped tto have a better posture and to feel better about my low back. I also love the relaxaing techniques and her her orientation towards the breathing and meditative techniques that help you to relawhile being mindful about yourself."