Leah and Ron - The Prairie Mystics ♥
My 'IN' to yoga opened up 26 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 Ganeshpuri, 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.
Yin Yoga (graduated from a 300 hr Yin RYT from Aura Wellness Center and trained in person with Bernie Clark and Diana Batts and online with Sarah Powers) was a beautiful discovery for me at a time when I desperately needed to reconnect with myself and work through some very deep grief which was causing health issues. The long-held poses felt like an inner healing. My joints began to release and my flexibility increased over time. My central nervous system and thus my mind were able to calm down and after a long period of daily practice, my health stabilized (I also learned how yoga can be truly essential for somatically moving through grief). My true love of Yin is that it slows me right down and is very meditative.
To balance that, 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. We have started up a Threshold Choir chapter here (Camrose Threshold Singers) as part of our hospice offering. (In October 2018, Ron and I completed the 'Hospice Palliative Care Volunteer' training program with The Hospice Society of Camrose).
Currently I am teaching yoga classes and am one of the shareholders of Sacred Arts in Camrose, and I have the joy of serving as studio manager there.
My wish is for all beings to be happy and free from misery and suffering, and to know real peace, real happiness ~
Lokāḥ Samastāḥ Sukhino Bhavantu
Blessings and Gratitude ~ Leah Marie ॐ