Joyful Peace Yoga
Faith Integrated Yoga Instructor
Yoga Alliance Certified Education Provider
"Let us always meet one another with a smile, because a smile is the beginning of peace" ~ Saint 'Mother' Theresa
Hello, my name is Laura LeJeune and allow me to be your yoga-guide as you sojourn towards peace; peace in body, mind and spirit. Having received a formal education in Biology and Comparative Anatomy, I enjoy the anatomical and physiological explanations and benefits behind the asana/postures, as they are the most easily accessible qualities as you begin your yoga journey.
Each of my classes utilize imagery, and breath work will be the current on which you ride awareness. In time, you'll begin to appreciate the inner workings of self; the thoughts, emotions and stirrings that make you, YOU.
I feel it is my vocation to serve as an inspired guide; kindly inviting exploration and curiosity into what makes each person the individual they were born to be and to find peace in that wisdom~
Yoga Alliance certified 200hr ERYT
(Cincinnati Yoga School)
Yoga Alliance certified 500hr E-RYT
(Svastha Yoga School- Ganesh Mohan, MD)
Faith Integrated Yoga Instructor (YogaDevotion)
YACEP (Yoga Alliance Certified Education Provider)
Private & Group
Each session is carefully prepared to meet your unique goals and considerations. I bring a pleasant, yet professional and respectful experience to you, at your level of comfort.
Give yourself, friends or loved ones the gift of Health in 2022!!!!
Please contact me to schedule private or semi-private sessions in the comfort of your home
In Faith Integrated Yoga classes
we gather in the presence of God,
surrounded by the
healing Light and love of Jesus
and by the breath of the
Centuries ago, the sage
Patanjali laid out a kind of map-
one that suggests not just asana
and meditation but also attitudes
and behaviors to help you chart
a course towards contentment.
Faith Integrated yoga classes
offer a Christian approach
to the 8 Limbs of Yoga-designed
to lead you step by step toward
happiness and communion with
Giving back to Community
Daily and weekly "Community Yoga" classes have raised over $9,500+ to these important charities!!!
Thank you Yogis!!
a devotional twist
Faith Community UMC
Cox Rd West Chester
Yoga for Bone Health
And welcome to August! August is a buzz of energetic movement and the undercurrent of change is palpable. Whether you have been faithful to a regular asana practice or slipped out of habit, the ethical principles of yoga offer depths of peace and purpose that remain with you forever.
Last month I discussed the 'yamas' which are a code of behavior inviting us to refrain from harmful thoughts and patterns. This month, I would like to chat a little about the 'niyamas'. The 'niyamas' are recommendations for inner peace and clarity. They illuminate and elevate our habitual ways of thinking and reacting. Consider the 'niyamas' your personal virtues or habits.
The first 'niyama' is "saucha" meaning 'to cleanse' or 'purity'. It's put into action when you consider your body like a temple or a gift from the Divine. Try to keep your thoughts clean or positive (remember: where your attention goes, energy flows).
The second ethical observance is 'contentment' aka "Santosha". "Santosha" is practicing peace of mind regardless of current circumstances; you are simply unattached to results, and you do not compare 'now' with an imagined view of the given situation. (remember: now it's like this)
Once you can accept reality as it is, you can take clear and measured action in the direction of your life. This is known as "Tapas". And "tapas" simply means 'discipline or commitment'. "Tapas" is a disciplined use of energy or a burning fire of enthusiasm guiding your energies.
Next follows "Swadhyaya" or 'self-study'. It is being intentionally aware of oneself and helps to cultivate a more authentic way of living. "Swadhyaya" allows the soul towards those activities which best illuminates it but will also illustrate those things which deplete the self. Do things you love. Avoid energy vampires.
The final ethical principle, "Ishvara Pranidhana", meaning 'surrender' is a sense of being part of something larger than self. "Ishvara Pranidhana" is sometimes also referred to as 'heartfulness' because it keeps our hearts open to the Divine in every moment (no matter the situation). "Ishvara Pranidhana" is the "Big Picture of Yoga" and helps us to appreciate the grace of simply being alive! And being a part of something larger...
Thank you for being such an integral part of the Joyful Peace Yoga Community; we wouldn't be the same without you!