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Ram Bhakt (founder)
Yoga and Ayurveda
Ram Bhakt, founder of Long Beach School of Yoga is an experienced and gentle teacher (and student) of Yoga who lives and works under the philosophy of timeless wisdom, modern lifestyle and connection to inner beauty. He enjoys teaching various styles of classes and workshops at yoga studios, community centers, office environments, and natural outdoor settings.
Ram took his first yoga class at the age of 25 to get help for his back pain. After two years of self-motivated practice and exploration he undertook teacher training at Yoga Works in Costa Mesa, California (Krishnamacharya Tradition: Alignment/Vinyasa/Therapeutics). Upon finishing, he went to Yogaville Ashram in Virginia and practiced traditional yoga in a community devoted to the yogic lifestyle.
During the last few days of his stay at Yogaville, Ram was fortune to take another teacher training course in Ayurvedic Yoga with Vedic scholar, healer, and author Dr. David Frawley. It was David Frawley who encouraged Ram to go to India to study more.
After completing Advanced Yoga and Ayurveda Studies with Dr. Frawley Ram undertook a 3 month Kriya Yoga Sadhana course at the Scandinavian Yoga and Meditation School in Sweden. He also studied Spiritual Ayurveda in the traditional Gurukul system in India with Dr. Lal Krishnan (Hindustani Kalari Sangam, Kerela) and completed a 231 hour Ayurveda Therapist training course with Dr. Sundaram Raman at the Ayurveda & Yoga Retreat Hospital in the Kerala hills of Coonoor, India.
After several Pilgrimages to India and more trainings in America, Ram Bhakt returned to Yogaville for two more years and completed the Sadhana Immersion Program with Swami Gurusharanananda who is one of the closest living disciples of Yogiraj Swami Satchidananda (Founder of Yogaville).
Ram Bhakt recently went to Duke Integrative Medicine Center to join in the Yoga of Awareness for Cancer Teacher Training (an evidence-based program using the tools of mindfulness and yoga techniques to manage the symptoms caused by cancer treatments).
He is also a student of the body’s subtle energies from the tradition of Shaolin and Taoist Qigong, and had the rare opportunity to complete a week long training with Master Mantak Chia in Los Angeles on various natural healing modalities.
Ram Bhakt is proud to be a part of the Southern California Yoga Movement and he enjoys sharing the culture and spirit of health and well-being with community members. He also leads Free Yoga on the Beach, Laughter Yoga and Kirtan at various local studios and “conscious festivals.”
Carmen Sima is an Alternative Medicine Practitioner of Ayurveda. Through a comprehensive analysis of the mind and body along with ancient healing therapies, customized dietary guidelines, coupled with tailored daily rituals, she helps people bring higher levels of wellness into their lives.
She is a true compassionate healer and can use her acute intuitive nature to relate to people from all walks of life. She has been called an “unconventional healer” due to her funny and cheerful disposition, yet her knowledge and passion for Ayurveda, natural healing energy and nurturing spirit has granted her a warm place in the lives of all who invite her into their hearts. Carmen Sima teaches Ayurveda throughout Los Angeles privately, in hospitals and publicly.
Paul Newhouse is a licensed acupuncturist and Chinese herbalist that graduated from South Baylo University of Traditional Chinese Medicine. He has a masters degree in Science and Traditional Chinese Medicine. Paul has been a dedicated practitioner in the path of healing and self-transformation for the past 10 years.
His passion is to aid others out of suffering not only physically, but mentally and help to remind people of their true state of wholeness and health. His practice revolves deeply around the mind, body, spirit connection. He uses many forms of healing such as: acupuncture, Chinese herbs, massage, energy healing, qi gong, cupping, guided meditation and nutrition and supplements. Paul specializes in pain, but also internal medicine, which includes chronic health disorders that have not had success with western medicine. He has a lot of success with incurable cases of insomnia, depression, anxiety and digestive disorders. He is able to help people return back to their natural state of health which is not only free from symptoms, but free of the root which is the reason disease manifests. He has also trained many years in osteopathic manual therapies such as Craniosacral and Visceral Manipulation.
Cayce Howe has 25 years of meditation experience in a variety of traditions but he feels the strongest ties with the Kagyu lineage of Tibetan Buddhism. His passion for meditation has led him to live and work at mediation retreat centers for nearly 6 years. He completed a one-year meditation retreat in the Tibetan Buddhist tradition in 2008. After experiencing a powerful lesson in compassion and the power of mindfulness, in the form of caregiving for a loved one in chronic pain for over 7 years, he decided to devote himself to help others cope with suffering using meditation.
Cayce teaches Basics of Mindfulness, Buddha's Path, Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction, and intermediate classes for InsightLA. He also leads the InsightLA Long Beach Sunday Sitting Group.
Gretchen Karma teaches a variety of styles including hatha, vinyasa flow, restorative, Kundalini, and even kids yoga! Her fun, light-hearted classes are based on mindfulness and giving loving attention to your Self, while giving the body exactly what it needs. Gretchen first got into yoga to get in shape while pursuing modeling. Since realizing the profound affect of yoga in her life, she developed a passion for yoga she LOVES to share!
Gretchen was trained in classical Hatha yoga at Sivananda Yoga Ashram, and has since deepened her knowledge over the years having pursued training in Kundalini, Ashtanga Vinyasa, and therapeutic/restorative styles of movement such as Feldenkrais, and Pilates. She has also developed a sound healing practice she adds to her popular restorative yoga classes, with her relaxing singing bowls and chimes.