1.Who are you and what do you do?
My name is Manuri Ranasinghe and I moved to Los Angeles from Sri Lanka with my family in 1992. I graduated from CSULB with Business Marketing degree and currently work as Marketing Manager for an outdoor advertising company, Titan.
Conscious living has become more and more important to my lifestyle over the years. I became a vegetarian 5 years ago and noticed myself experiencing inner peace through service / volunteer work and just seeing smiles on other people’s faces. I see teaching yoga as a service I can provide to others to improve their lives as well as my own in the process.
2. How long have you been practicing yoga?
I’ve been practicing yoga on and off for many years. My very first yoga class was about 10 years ago and I became a certified yoga instructor through yoga works in 2010. Currently I’m teaching at a neighborhood yoga studio in Redondo Beach, CA.
3. How or why did you first start practicing yoga?
My grandmother would take me to weekend meditation retreats when I was a little girl. I believe that’s when the first seed was planted in my head that led me to be a yoga teacher later in my adult life. Meditation through yoga brings a lot of discipline & inner strength into my life and I enjoy sharing that energy with the students I teach and the people I come across in life.
4. Any advice for yoga beginners?
If you can breath, you can practice yoga. It’s ok if you’re not flexible or strong enough. Honor your body and respect the limitations of our unique beautiful body styles. Try different styles of yoga to see which one you connect with the most. We’re competitive creatures by nature. It’s natural to want to compare yourself to your neighbor. If you notice yourself doing this, take moments to close your eyes once settled into the pose to bring the awareness back into your self by connecting with your breath. Take 10 minutes a day to sit in silence to follow your breath. If you don’t have time to sit, this can be done while you wait for someone, at a line in a grocery store or doctor’s office, etc. When you’re stuck in traffic, send love to the people around you and silently wish them well for their journey. When someone upsets you, silently thank them for being your teacher and giving you an opportunity to help you practice more patience. This is all yoga, on the mat and off the mat. Have fun & just enjoy breathing!
5. Can you describe a typical class?
Breathing is the main focus in the class. I teach a vinyasa flow style class that’s designed to leave you energetic and sweaty. Label for the class is “Vitality – Level 2/3”, but I design the classes to fit students from all levels especially beginners. They offer an opportunity to work deep and strong on a physical level in a non intimidating environment. It’s designed to help you look deeper into your own self to build more inner strength and peace through the practice.
6. What do you love most about teaching yoga?
Yoga is a lifestyle that humbles me. Teaching yoga is a service that I enjoy and I truly feel blessed to have the opportunity to offer it to others.
7. Our motto here at love joy is: live.LOVEJOY.ous ; any advise to help us live and love joyously?
Find a way to connect with your inner self to follow your heart’s intentions and pay attention to what makes you come alive each day and that will bring more love and joy into your life.
Thank you Manuri!
* MEET MANURI at her upcoming LoveJoy Yoga and Workshop Session:
TUESDAY, MARCH 22 @ 7- 8:30pm – Yoga with Manuri