Yoga is a way of conscious living which 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 it does not divide body-mind in a water tight compartment. Yoga practice teaches the inter-connection between mind and body and aim at bringing harmony in all the aspects of a human being.
Maharishi Patanjali in the 2nd century systemistised and codified the exisiting knowledge of yoga and gave it to the world in the form of Patanjali yoga sutras. This text comprising of 195 sutras is the foundation and basis of all the practices we do in yoga. The eight fold path called Ashtanga yoga became the foundation of traditional yoga.
There are different paths of yoga like Mantra yoga, Laya yoga, Hatha yoga, Raja yoga but they all have the same goal; to make the body-mind complex ready for the knowledge to happen.
Even Hatha yogis gave the practices of Asana (Posture Pattern), Pranayama ( Breathing techniques), Shatkarma/ Kriyas (Cleansing Practices), Mudra (Hand/body gestures), Bandha ( Locks for channeling energy) to achieve balance between two opposite energies ( sun & the moon) and get the body-mind complex ready to explore its true nature.
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Neeru is an international accredited Yoga teacher who holds an Advanced yoga certificate in Yoga from the Indian Yoga Association and 500 HRS from Yoga Association of Alberta.
Yoga is part of her life from a very young age and her mom has a huge influence on her spiritual inclination. Despite having a degree in Business and a Master's in Economics, she never found contentment in her profession as a Research analyst. She always had the hidden desire to share the ancient practices of yoga which had benefitted her. She had practiced yoga with her teachers in Mumbai but it took many years to take up a teacher training course.
She was looking for a place where authentic yoga was taught and it led her to the oldest yoga institute Kaivalyadhama, India. Kaivalyadhama introduced her to yoga philosophy and practices which were not just traditional but also backed by the modern science. She continued her study with Sudhir Tiwari ji after completing her course.
She got introduced to the teachings of Swami Gitananda of Rishiculture Ashtanga yoga after few years and got the opportunity to study Yoga Step by Step, Yantra,Adikara yoga, Nada yoga, deeper Gitananda under the guidance of Dr. Ananda Balyogi Bhavnani; the current lineage holder of the tradition. This tradition introduced her to so many practices that are so much needed in the modern world.
Neeru likes to teach yoga in a traditional way. Her classes weave Philosophy, Asana, Pranayama, Kriya, Mudra, Mantra, Relaxation, and contemplative practices that paves the path for higher practices of yoga.
She likes to incorporate the principles of Ayurveda in her classes which includes lifestyle and dietary changes, individualized practices based on the constitution, temperament, and need of a person.
Neeru teaches public and private classes to Adults, Seniors, Bridging the Gap groups, High-Risk Youth, and Parkinson's patients in Edmonton.
She teaches Pranayama and Yoga philosophy to 200 HRS and 500 HRS teacher trainees groups and workshops in Edmonton.
She considers herself a student for many lifetimes and feels blessed to learn Yoga and Vedanta (Advaita/Non-dualistic darshan with Swami Brahmanishtananda Sarawati) in a Guru Shishya lineage.