Advanced Yoga & Wellness teacher, Indian yoga association
500 HRS,Yoga Association of Alberta
B.Com, M.A ( Economics)
Years of practice & Teaching: More than 25 years
Yoga is a way of conscious living and it strives to bring a balance in all the layers of a human being. Samatvam means equanimity or balance and according to Bhagwat Gita Yoga is =all about bringing balance/equanimity (Samatvam yog uchyate).
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 YOG, a state where mind is brought to a arrested state, a state where knowledge can happen.
All the Hatha yogic practices are done with the sole purpose of Raja yoga. Different practices like Asana, Pranayama, Kriya, Mudra, Bandha are done to prepare the mind-body complex.
Neeru considers herself a lifelong student of Yoga and Vedanta and loves sharing the ancient and wholistic teachings of yoga the way she has learned from her teachers. She was always drawn towards bhajans & chanting from a young age and started singing at the age of 6 in weekly group bhajans. Her mother, a spiritually inclined lady, has a huge influence in shaping her interest in the spiritual path.
She got introduced to Hatha Yoga in her teenage years in Mumbai through some of the local teachers and the journey started from there.
The inner desire to share the benefits of yoga practices which she had experienced at her own physical level, always encouraged her to teach. She would often teach people in an informal setting. She decided to go back to get a formal certificate in traditional yoga from an authentic place and it took her to Kaivalyadhama.
Kaivalyadhama, the oldest formal institute in the world currently celebrating its 100 years, gave her the opportunity to study under some of the best and experienced teachers. The learning started from there and a lot of yogic concepts started to get unfold through her continuous learning.
She studied Ayurveda ( for yoga teachers), Meditation and Pranayama workshops with the senior teachers of Kaivalyadhama apart from formal teacher training courses.
The next big change happened when she got introduced to "Gitananda yoga/ Rishiculture Ashtanga yoga", a lineage based on tantra and south Indian Shaivism.The unique practices of this lineage brought a new dimension to her practice and teaching. She's been studying continuously with this lineage under Dr. Ananda Balayogi 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 a 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 practice 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: Pranayama ttc group of Sudhir Tiwari ji.
"Atha Yog Anushasanam " - PYS 1:1
Let's begin the discipline of Yoga NOW.
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."