Welcome to Sivananda Inspired Yoga with Megan Keels. Megan instructs yoga classes and private lessons based on the teachings of Swami Sivananda and his devout disciple, Swami Vishnu Devananda. These two saints of India dedicated their lives to the service of humanity and to the study and practice of yoga and Vedanta philosophies.
Megan provides a Sivananda inspired Hatha Yoga practice with a goal to provide both the individual and our community with peace, relaxation and guidance on the path to ultimate self-realization. Classes are designed to follow the traditional Sivananda Hatha Yoga sequence and set up to allow all practitioners from beginner to experienced the ability to participate.
Classes and private lessons focus on learning relaxation (savasana), breathing techniques (pranayama), and safe and proper practice of yoga asanas (postures).
Megan's vision which is consistent with the Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centers is to model the Yogic lifestyle and provide a disciplined, compassionate space for practicing the tenets of simple, healthy living and high thinking. Yoga self-culture provides a holistic approach to body, mind and spirit, care for the individual, the community and the planet, living in peace, health and sustainability. Through healing our own bodies and minds, we unfold the capacity to play our part in the healing and caring for the whole planet.
Q. What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?
A. This past year, I trained, studied and practiced at the Sivananda Ashram Yoga Retreat in Paradise Island, Bahamas for six months under the direction of universally recognized Swamis and experienced spiritual leaders.
I completed my yoga teacher training course and received my certificate as Certified Yoga Instructor from an internationally renowned organization, The Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Center.
I also served at the ashram as a karma yogi (practicing selfless service) for over 3,000 hours. Living, practicing and training in a spiritual yoga community allowed me to participate in a complete immersion into the daily practices of a yogic lifestyle.
I studied and trained in the areas of yoga asana (the physical yoga postures), meditation, pranayama (breath work), chanting, and yoga philosophy to name a few.
I have been a practitioner since 2007, and have taught in various settings such as the Ocean Club, Paradise Island Bahamas, the Sivananda Ashram Yoga Retreat, Paradise Island, Bahamas and assisted clients with privates and group classes including children and adults of all ages, experiences and backgrounds here in my hometown of Wilmington, NC.
Q. How did you get started doing this type of work?
A. Although I've been a yoga practitioner for several years, I wanted to take the next step and learn more about this ancient sacred practice than just the surface level of practicing the yoga postures (asanas). Last year, I was searching for something more, and decided to take a leap and spend several months in an immersion program at a traditional yoga ashram.
I wanted to understand and practice living a true yogic lifestyle. Additionally, I was looking for a way to deal with emotional, physical and spiritual issues in my life. For the last 15 years I've lived with terrible migraine headaches that limited my abilities to do all the things I love. I was at the point that I was taking preventative prescription medications every day to attempt to control the migraines.
One of my goals while living at the ashram was to cease taking the medications and regain my health. After changing my diet to vegetarian, practicing yoga asanas, pranayama and meditation every day, opening my heart through devotional yoga (Bhakti yoga) and learning to relax and think more positively has transformed my life entirely.
I no longer depend on any medications and feel better than I ever have before. Committing to this lifestyle has absolutely been the most transformational event in my life. I am confident that we can all benefit from this holistic practice. After all, yoga is our natural state, we just have to learn how to practice it.
Q. What types of customers have you worked with?
A. I have worked with all people from all backgrounds, religious affiliations, ages, sizes, and experience levels. I've taught children and individuals into their late 90s. Everyone can practice yoga regardless of any preconceived ideas. If you are breathing and willing, you are practicing yoga already.