He is a fusion literal poet; she an expert dancer and a proponent of live food diet. Their story is not another Harry met Sally kinds. A strong connection holds them together and that connection is Kundalini Yoga. For over 40 years, they have been practicing yoga, training efficient teachers, holding workshops, writing books, and creating DVDs to tell the world about the lesser-known secret for vibrant health and self-expansion.
Ana met Ravi in 2001 in New York, teaching in one of his yoga centers. They merged their teachings, and then their lives in a peaceful and harmonious relationship, to learn more from one another.
In his growing years, Eastern Spiritual and philosophical traditions fascinated Ravi. He chose to embrace yoga for it affected lives almost immediately. Starting with Hatha Yoga and transcendental meditation, he came to New York in mid 70s to transform lives, connecting with the city, its vibrancy and balancing it with Kundalini Yoga.
Ana has been studying dance and yoga from the age of ten and now teaches at all levels, she is also known as a “technique guru” to the New York City Ballet. Following a live food diet, which is raw vegetarian food or food cooked in less than 116 degrees, she believes that when one starts learning yoga, it teaches them to question what they consume and leads gradually to a healthier diet. Yoga detoxes ones body and the diet makes it even purer.
Ravi is known as the ‘guru’ of teachers and has trained more than 300 teachers with his innovative and poetic style. Through their years of training and practice they are perfecting the skills, very important when it comes to forming credible teachers. His efforts have been monumental in founding yoga centers in NYC and Los Angeles. They lead teacher-training courses together in Amsterdam, Hawaii and the USA; in situations as varied as prisons, backstage on Broadway and to street kids.
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Yoga has a positive impact in people’s lives and Ravi and Ana have witnessed the betterment. Especially when they see people depending on tranquilizers and antidepressants, the need of Kundalini yoga becomes even more rampant. The reason: Yoga helps create balance.
He calls his technique of Kundalini Yoga practical, theoretical, philosophical and poetical; a powerful source of internal energy, located at the base of the spine, coiled like a snake, when activated, rises up through the body, opening the consciousness. The essence of Kundalini yoga is to activate the spirit, the chakras, and the inspiration to make an impact.
Their Warrior Workout DVD is a hit with celebes like Gwyneth Paltrow, Madonna, and the Red Hot Chili Peppers, who are also ambassadors for Kundalini yoga. The reason: The warrior workout gives people the opportunity to do more than they thought they could. People have a lot of strength but they fail to realize it. The more energy you put out – the more you get back- that’s the secret of Yoga.
Ravi and Ana’s DVDs include Yoga Quick Fixes, Dr. Yoga Call House, Dance the Chakras Yoga Workout, Yoga Beauty Body, Yoga Bliss Hips, Kundalini Yoga. They are priced at $17.95 & $19.95 and available from www.raviana.com
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