Leela Mata's Peaceful Valley AshramLeela Mata Peaceful Valley Ashram was founded in 2006. At the time of purchase it was a hundred and eight year old building situated on about 12 acres of land.
It was formally the Poor House of this county – a place where people came for food and shelter, physical comfort and nourishment. In todays society there is a greater and more pressing need. . .the nourishment for the spirit and soul.
“Since childhood, I knew that I would be creating such a project at the age of 60. I was told by the Divine Ones – hence the Ashram is also called a “Sanctuary for Divinity”. It opens to you your Divine nature. I invite you to come and explore the blissful nature of your Self. We are here to support you. Your Enlightenment is our aim!” Leela Mata
Get away from the hustle and bustle of life and come back to the simplicity, joy and sacredness of being part of a community of like minded souls. We are here to support you on your spiritual journey. Come visit us and immerse yourself in our daily schedule of meditation, yoga, devotional chanting and vegetarian meals. We are located on 13 acres of beautiful rolling green hills. The Ashram itself is in an old historic building that is being renovated one step at a time. The main building, Hub area and bottom of the west wing are completed and the rest is still in progress. We offer Workshops, and services to relax your body and mind, reduce stress, support healing, and get you in touch with your inner source.
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Yoga Alliance 200hr.
July 5th - 19th, 2014
The Youth Yoga Teachers Training Course (YYTTC) is geared towards young adults ages 16-21. In addition to becoming certified yoga instructors, registered with the Yoga Alliance at the 200 hours level, you will learn about topics relevant to your stage of life. Topics like, the universal laws and how they apply to you, goal setting, and decision making techniques based on yogic principles, life lessons that will help you understand the nature of the human condition, and how to manage stress and anxiety in your everyday life.
By the end of this 2 week intensive residential course you will be able to teach a class with confidence and be able to impart knowledge based on practical experience. Your knowledge will come not only from the time spent in study and communication with instructors but also from the awareness that is garnered and encouraged throughout this course by the simple act of mindfulness. Life is the greatest teacher if you can understand how to listen to its lessons that are being taught at every moment; this idea of moment to moment awareness will be taught and encouraged in the course and by the end of the course you should have a solid foundation on how to look within to find your answers.
This course can be repeated as many times as you wish for further enrichment and experience.
This course will be taught by Chitra Sukhu and Leela Mata both registered with yoga alliance at the E-RYT 500 Level.
Some people live their Life for a Cause. And Chitra Sukhu is one such Lady. She has committed her Life in diligent Service (Seva) to enhance the Lives of so many Others. Her Cause is, “To Enrich, Empower, and Enlighten (E3) through Yoga, Ayurveda, Vedanta, and Meditation.” Her Purpose (Dharma) is, “To raise the Consciousness of the World, so that All may live Happier, Healthier Lives together as a Whole.”
Chitra was born in Guyana to a Family of Indian ancestry. Although raised mostly in the United States, She also grew up in the many Sivananda Ashrams scattered around the world. Chitra’s parents, Yogi Hari and Leela Mata, joined the Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Organization when She was three years old. And since the tender age of three, Chitra has practiced Yoga and Meditation daily. Such immersion in this Classical Culture, Discipline, and Celebration of Life has given Her a rather rare orientation for someone in the Western World. Reflecting Inner Wisdom She says, “Even though I come from the Sivananda lineage and respect all Teachers, I don't claim any Guru. My Guru has been Life – and through Life I have learned My greatest Lessons.”
During her University years, while continuing Her “Foundational Practice” of Yoga and Meditation, Chitra also developed an interest in “the pleasures of the material world”, and pursued a career in Modeling and Acting. And while garnering success in this area, She did not attain Fulfillment. Later on, following the 9/11 attacks, Chitra experienced a powerful Spiritual Calling. She recognized the need to provide answers to the multitude of (often disregarded) questions inside a Child’s mind – questions about Terrorism, Killing, Death, Suffering, and the many other complexities of Life. People everywhere were fearful and confused, and these young minds were hardly ever given straightforward answers. She soon realized that many more and more people find it difficult to face stressful and demanding situations, and this inability to cope could be attributed to a failure to recognize One’s Inner Self. Being Herself a Mother, Chitra has always encouraged her Children to meditate and find an Inner Peace, a state of Mind, which helps them find the answers themselves.
Chitra is an experienced Yoga teacher, registered with The Yoga Alliance at the E-RYT 500 level. She has a Diploma in Ayurvedic Sciences from Kerala Ayurveda. She is also an accomplished Indian classical dancer in the ancient style of Bharata Natyam.
Chitra’s Mother, Leela Mata, travels the world teaching Ayurveda, Yoga, Vedanta Philosophy, and Meditation. Leela has a Spiritual Center (Leela Mata Peaceful Valley Ashram) in Pennsylvania. Her Father, Yogi Hari, a Master of Hatha, Raja, and Nada Yoga, is well known and respected around the world, has an Ashram in Florida, and has published over 20 CDs and 3 books. Chitra now continues the distinguished legacy of her Parents' LifeWork. She teaches and leads many Retreats around the world for adults and children. She has “birthed” the organization, New Age Kids Inc. -- a sincere effort to generate well-balanced individuals with a Sense of Self, from an early age. She has eleven Guided-Meditation CD’s and one CD where she sings Vedic slokas. Some of her CDs have become part of the Curriculum at schools. They have proven to reduce stress and confusion for Children, propagating healthy lifestyle, creativity, happiness and success. She has authored an acclaimed Children’s book, “Elven Rhyme – Journey through Time”. Chitra is now a published Playwright with Her play “To My Amazement”, garnering praise from recent performances in Canada. Chitra was the first to create the Youth Yoga Teachers Training Course (YYTTC) for Youth ages 16-21, Herein, young people can come together to learn more about Higher Consciousness and the Journey of the Self, while becoming Certified Yoga Teachers.
Chitra is currently working on a Yoga video for Teens and Tweens, and one for Youth. When She is not traveling, She resides in Los Angeles with Her Daughter, 16, and Her Son, 19.See more photos and other events by this presenter
Each year Leela Mata makes a return pilgrimage to India for ongoing education and enlightenment. She actively continues her mission through Leela Mata Foundation for Enlightenment in the tradition of Swami Sivananda and his direct disciple Swami Vishnu-Devananda. Leela Mata permanently provides a new thought-force that helps to promote the peace and harmony of mankind and the prosperity of society.
Leela Mata comes from Sivananda lineage and has studied directly under Swami Vishnu-Devananda. Peaceful Valley Retreat and her teachings are based on the wisdom and blessings of the two great Gurus. See more photos and other events by this presenter