Lea Kraemer has a passion for teaching principles of inner and outer self-alignment. She encourages students to seek the inner flame through consistent effort, attention to awe, and divine love. Lea is the founder of PRANA MANDIR Yoga, a sought after Vinyasa Hatha and Kundalini Yoga Teacher, Teacher Trainer and Director of the Agni Intensive for Yoga as Therapy. Lea offers meditation, Flight: Partnered Yoga Workshops, Pranayama and therapeutic sessions for those healing from chronic and life threatening illness.
Lea started as a modern dancer and choreographer in NYC, studying at studios like Peridance Center and the Limon Institute. From 1986 to 1997 her choreography was presented in the NYC area at curated venues like as DIA Center for the Arts. From 1987 to 1995, Lea danced for modern choreographers, performing at the Joyce Theatre, La Mama and internationally in Japan and Asia.
She is most grateful to have been able to study with some of the modern Yoga Masters. Early influences were from Jivamukti Yoga, and in the Iyengar and classical Hatha Yoga traditions. Lea received Tibetan Buddhist teachings through the Nechung Monastery in NYC from 1989 into the 1990’s and in Dharamsala, India in 1995, taking New Years teachings with His Holiness, The Dalai Lama. In 1995, she was first certified to teach the gem-like system of Kundalini Yoga as taught by Yogi Bhajan and again through KRI (Kundalini Research Institute) in 1995 and in 1997. Lea studied Ashtanga Yoga in Mysore, India, beginning in 1997 with Sri K. Pattabhi Jois and in NYC with long time Ashtangis.
Lea founded PRANA MANDIR Yoga school in 2002 with a NYC studio which ran for nine years. It was the first center in the U.S. to present Ayurvedic certification through AYU by Kerala Ayurveda. PRANA MANDIR Yoga’s outreach involved research into the application and effects of Yoga. Lea mentored teachers, lead group and private instruction at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Beth Israel Continuum Center for Health and Healing and St. Lukes Hospital, among others.
In 2001, Lea developed Agni, her Yoga therapy course. In 2004, she first presented PRANA MANDIR’s Vinyasa Yoga Teacher Training, held in NYC and in 2012 in Missoula, Montana. These are vibrant investigations into mind, body and spirit.
Lea began studying traditional Ayurveda in 2006 through Kerala Ayurveda. These practices have been fully intertwined with pure Yoga. She is a faculty member at DINacharya, Institute for Ayurveda under the direction of Bhaswati Bhattacharya, MD. Lea was granted professional membership into IAYT (International Association of Yoga Therapists) in 2010 and has written for their publications.
She currently lives in California and teaches classes and workshops in DTLA and Pasadena. Her daily practice starts with chanting and meditation in the tradition taught by her Guru. She is blessed everyday to share pure Wisdom teachings.