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Lea Kraemer

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.

Dr. Baswati Bhattacharya, MPH, MD, DABHM, FABPM, HHC, CAP

She is the first US Fulbright professor sponsored to research and teach Ayurveda medicine in India. She has been sharing the best clinical practices and educational  techniques with other Ayurvedic educators. She currently moves between her private consultation medical practice in Manhattan and her PhD studies at Banaras Hindu University (BHU). 


Dr. Bhattacharya utilizes the best of medicines that truly work for real patients, to help them improve their quality of life, their health, and their well-being. She defines, refines and practices medicine on a holistic and truly integrative path. ​She actively incorporates traditional and indigenous medical systems into her clinical practices, using modern science where it actually works. She provides holistic medical care for the underserved as well as for insured patients. Modalities used include herbs, nutrition, exercise counseling, Ayurveda, energywork, mind-body medicine, homeopathy, breathwork (pranayam), yoga, and aromatherapy.

Joslyn Lawrence (Student's Mentor)

She is a practicing Hatha, Restorative and Yoga Therapy Instructor and holds a degree in Spiritual Psychology.  She serves on the Board of Directors at Friends Western School, the first co-operative Quaker school in the US and is currently continued her education on the subject of Conscious Dying with training in Hospice and Death Midwifery to deepen her understanding of the letting go process in all aspects of life.

Dr. Larry Palevsky

is a renowned board certified pediatrician, lecturer, and author, who utilizes a holistic approach to children’s wellness and illness. He offers consultations and educational programs on preventive and holistic health; childhood development; nutrition for adults, infants and children; safe, alternative treatments for chronic pediatric and adult conditions; vaccination controversies; mindful parenting; and rethinking the medical paradigm. In his “whole child” wellness philosophy, Dr. Palevsky incorporates the teachings and therapies of nutritional science, acupuncture and Chinese Medicine, chiropractic, osteopathy, cranial-sacral therapy, environmental medicine, homeopathy, and essential oils, along with natural healing modalities such as aromatherapy, yoga, Reiki, meditation, reflexology, and mindfulness.

Dr. Palevsky received his medical degree from the NYU School of Medicine. His pediatric residency was at the Mount Sinai Hospital in NYC, with a fellowship at Bellevue Hospital-NYU School of Medicine in the pediatric outpatient department and emergency room. Dr. Palevsky worked at the emergency room of Our Lady of Mercy Medical Center in the Bronx, NY, served as the Chief of the Pediatric Acute Care Unit at NYC's Lenox Hill Hospital in the 1990’s, and on the Department of Pediatrics at Lenox Hill. He was the first holistic integrative pediatrician for the Center for Health & Healing, an integrative and complementary care medical facility affiliated with the Beth Israel Medical Center in NYC

Dale Steele

Certified Facilitator of  The Work of Bryon Katie, lead discussion on truth and letting go! Since the late 80s Dale studied and employed several profound modalities of assisting people in strengthening inner peace.

Through the mid and late 90s Dale helped organize and lead international retreats and intensives. He first experienced The Work in 1996 and attended The School for The Work of Byron Katie in 2003. Inquiry is his preferred inner peace movement.

Julie Willimott

a Certified TCM practitioner and owner of Snake River Acupuncture, introduces Traditional Chinese Medicine and the internal organ meridians with an infectious awe for nature and the human energetic system.

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