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Leesalyn Ramapriya Koehler


Biography
Leesalyn has been exploring the globe for over 15 years observing, studying, applying and teaching the practice of **Metta-Physics** (loving kindness & yoga). Her travels have returned to central Texas where she is offering Ayurvedic Thai Yoga therapy in addition to donation based and private paid yoga and meditation classes.

She began teaching yoga in 1998 and assists teacher training programs both locally and internationally. In May of 2001, she completed her first 200 hours of training, and has since received more than 4000 additional hours of professional training in the Ashtanga, Iyengar, and Sivananda traditions. Her teaching style is reflective of studies in both Vedantic and Buddhist philosophy and practice of Vipassana meditation.

Awakened to suffering and the need for compassion from her farming homestead in central New York, Leesalyn's spiritual commitment to non-violence began. Recognized at an early age by school teachers, she was asked to speak with classrooms of peers surrounding issues of compassionate living and making non-violent choices.

Her desire to understand and be understood led her to the State University of New York at Oswego and the University of Connecticut in search of social and psychological answers. Frustrated by attempts toward a material solution, she left for the San Juan mountains of Colorado. While there, she met refugees relocated to this high arid climate from their Tibetan home. Inspired by their peaceful faith to overcome adversity and oppression through compassion, her studies of Eastern philosophy began.

In June of 2004, Leesalyn was initiated as Ramapriya (Skt: the Beloved of Rama) into the Sivananda International Vedanta community by Swami Srinivasananda and Swami Sadasivananda. She has studies with many senior teachers and sat at the Dharma feet of S.N. Goenka, Robert Hall, and His Holiness the Dalai Lama.

Leesalyn enjoys off-the-mat adventures in organic gardening and vegan cooking - exploring new ways of thinking globally while serving locally. She holds a special place in her heart for monkeys and shares their enthusiasm for dancing barefoot in the grass - Jai Sri Hanumanji!

When Ram Das asked his teacher "How can i see God?" Maharaji replied, "Serve everyone." Next time he asked, this time more specific, "How can i know God?" He answered, "Feed everyone."

With these experiences and the grace of my teachers, i don't profess to *know* the body or the mind, nor the course of this journey that we are on. All we can know and be is ourselves. May we all manifest the Truth that is within us.

Sarvesham Mangalam Bhavatu

Ramapriya

Certification
Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Ashram and Retreat, Paradise Island, Bahamas
Level I, II, & III, Ayurvedic Thai Yoga Massage, 2013
Independent Study, Austin, TX & Todo Santos, Baja Mexico Sur
500 hour RYT, Communicating the Science of Yoga, 2008
Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Ashram and Ranch, Woodbourne, NY
200 hour RYT, Yoga Sirimoni, 2004
Yoga Yoga Ashtanga teacher training, Austin, TX
200 hour RYT, 2003
Luminous Shabda Introduction to Sanskrit with Manorama, Austin, TX
Level I & II, 2003 & 2005
Radiant Child Yoga Development with Shakta Kaur Khalsa, Austin, TX
Level I & II, 2002 & 2003
Synergy Center for Yoga and the Healing Arts, Miami Beach, FL
200 hour RYT, 2001
University of Connecticut at Storrs, Marriage and Family Therapy, Master of Arts
Incomplete/ Early withdrawal ~ Magna cum laude, 1997
State University of New York at Oswego, Psychology/ Sociology, Bachelor of Arts
Cum laude, 1996
Training
Vipassana Meditation 10 day sit
Since 2005
Mark Darby Ashtanga Teacher Training
October 2004
Manju Jois Ashtanga Teacher Training
March 2003
Professional Membership
Yoga Alliance Registry
RYT 500 hr & E-RYT 200 hr Multi
established in 2001
American Red Cross First Aid and CPR
valid through 2013
Green Yoga Teacher Association
established in 2005
Fitness & Wellness Liability Insurance
established in 2001
Experience
Bliss Meditation and Yoga, Austin, TX
October 2001 - present
Casa De Luz Integral Studies, Austin, TX
December 2006 - October 2007
Yoga Yoga, Westgate/South Studio, Austin, TX
March 2002 - September 2006
Yandara Yoga Institute, Todo Santos, Baja Mexico Sur
November 2005 - March 2006
Deva Yoga Studio, Telluride, CO
June 2001 - September 2001
Rainbow and Telluride Preschool, Telluride, CO
March 1998 - May 1999
Past and Present Students
Burly House Green Network clients
Capital School Special Education teachers
Central Texas Autism Center teachers
Central Texas Dressage Society riders
Community Clinical Research patients
Greenwood Waldorf Preschool students
Stephenson Preserve friends of the park
Tapestry Dance Company and Academy dancers
Whole Life Learning Center students and families
The Wright House Wellness Center residents
Testimonials
"Her cheerful and enthusiastic spirit are inspirational." ~ Linda
"Just the right verbal and visual prompts to create a safe and wonderful class." ~ Roxanne
"Leesalyn was fabulous! I love the energy that she puts into conveying her love of yoga. My knowledge of yoga was expanded today. Thank you." ~ anonymous
"Who would have thought that at 37 i would be in some of the best shape i've ever been in ~ physically as well as mentally and spiritually. Practicing yoga with you has been an inspiration to me." ~ Jenny
"I can still so vividly see you teaching about animal abuse ~ you did a great deal of good. You will always be my beautiful, spirited, diligent, and determined "student" and friend." ~ Mrs. Saikkonen 9th grade English
"Meeting you has positively changed my life, i am very grateful. I haven't had dairy since i left the ashram. I feel my body really heard you." ~ Savitri
"She is a well received teacher who exemplifies the yogic lifestyle. She is both a dedicated student and teacher with impeccable character and integrity." ~ Mehtab, owner/founder of Yoga Yoga studios
"You have had such an amazing influence on not just my own teaching style, but also on my life in general. Thanks for showing me how to find that balance within the chaos, the effort with the surrender." ~ Ina
CAM Health Support
Bliss Meditation and Yoga and Leesalyn Koehler are registered on the Healthways Whole Health Network as an approved CAM (Complimentary and Alternative Medicine) provider. Private yoga and meditation classes may qualify to receive insurance reimburcements from such medical insurers as Aetna, Blue Cross Blue Shield, AARP, Cigna, Humana and Carrington. Be sure to check with your provider to see if your plan qualifies.

A special thank you to Steven Noreyko for usage of his photograph of Leesalyn which appears above.