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Yapana” is an ancient Sanskrit word meaning, the support and extension of life.” Author Leeann Carey was inspired by this concept to create her unique, inclusive approach to yoga. Here, all body types, phases of life, and levels of fitness and ability are welcomed. Carey meets readers where they are with strategic support. Yoga fundamentals posture (asana) and breath control (pranayama) are augmented by props that allow practitioners to hold and deepen poses. The props she suggests are not exotic (and include chairs, pillows, and walls). The beloved and recently deceased B.K.S. Iyengar worked with these types of supports. Drawing on this lineage, Carey uses props not to water down poses but to fulfill yoga’s most fundamental goal of offering a path to living a more mindful and wholehearted life. In this kind of practice there is no competition with the self or with others. Instead the practice facilitates awareness, acceptance of what is, and joyful movement toward what is possible.
Leeann Carey has studied and taught yoga for many years, and in 1993 she opened a yoga studio in her South Bay community in Southern California. It was there that she first developed her Yapana Way restorative yoga program. Carey leads Yapana restorative yoga therapy teacher training programs and workshops, and now has a network of LCY mentors throughout the United States and Canada. She has used her knowledge and experience to help professional athletes, such as the World Champion LA Lakers and Olympic Gold Medal Volleyball player Eric Fonoimoana, heal from injuries and improve their workouts and sports performance. Her eclectic blend of yoga appeals to a wide range of students, and was forged over many years of study with gifted teachers including Kofi Busia, Donna Farhi, Richard C. Miller, Erich Schiffmann, and Judith Lasater. An ERYT-5000 certified instructor, Leeann has mastered the old techniques and developed new ones that help any student, young or old, fit or physically challenged, improve their performance and their lives. yapanayoga.com