• Rama Ramanathan



    Rama is a certified yoga instructor who has been teaching since 1985. He studied at the Sivananda Yoga Centers, under Martin Bland, the centenarian yogi Swami Bua, and also Srivatsa Ramaswami, who taught him the Vinyasakrama yoga of the late Sri Krishnamacharya of India, who has taught yoga teachers like B.K.S. Iyengar and Pattabhi Jois. (Srivatsa Ramaswami is the author of the book, Yoga for the Three Stages of Life published by Inner Traditions, USA.)

    Rama was introduced to yoga at age 18 by his uncle. He has taught at a number of hospitals, corporations, fitness centers, yoga studios, schools, senior centers, and summer camps for children. He has taught "Power" yoga, gentle yoga, "Sivananda" yoga, and he now teaches the "Vinyasa Krama", the style of yoga that meets the needs of all individuals irrespective of age, physical and mental capabilities. "Vinyasa" means a joining or linking mechanism; a fluid movement. "Krama" means "the method." Vinyasa krama allows one to do a main, classical asana (posture) by doing all the preliminary movements preparatory to that pose. It is a logical, well-planned sequence of movements in one or more yogic postures or sequences, synchronized with appropriate breathing.

    Rama is a volunteer at the Chinmaya Mission, a world-wide organization, which teaches Vedanta to adults and value-based education to children. He attends Vedic chanting classes and also organizes Indian classical music and dance concerts in the tristate area.