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Teen Yoga: Sierra Agape Center and Lake Tahoe Wellness Center present Jai Krishna Ram

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KINGS BEACH, Calif. and#8212; Sierra Agape Center and Lake Tahoe Wellness Center are partnering to bring a teen yoga program to the North Lake Tahoe Communities. This program is made possible through a Placer County Innovative Funding grant which provides for innovative wellness services including counseling, yoga therapy, yoga and meditation training.

Classes begin Tuesday, July 19, 4:30-5:30 p.m. at the Lake Tahoe Wellness Center, 695 Wolf St., Kings Beach. Offered at no cost for Placer County teens ages 12 -18 (donations of $1 or $2 greatly appreciated).

Sierra Agape Center has invited Nicholas Cruz, a 15-year-old certified yoga teacher from San Diego to talk to teens about his chosen path into becoming a yogi as a 13-year-old. Cruz (whose Sanskrit name is Jai Krishna Ram) will also teach the Aug. 2 class at Lake Tahoe Wellness Center, at 4:30 p.m.

Jai Krishna Ram (Cruz) was first introduced to yoga at 11 years of age, when he attended classes at Ginseng Yoga Studio in San Diego, Calif. In yoga, he found a true home and a higher calling. –

At the age of 12, he attended his first yoga retreat and approximately one year later, he graduated from a 200-hour teacher training course through the Deep Yoga School of Healing Arts (DYSHA). Since then, he has assisted his master teachers, Bhava Ram and Laura Plumb, in their annual retreats, Journey Into Yoga workshops, and teacher trainings, as well as various other yoga related workshops.-

At 14, Jai was recorded while chanting the 40-verse long Sanskrit prayer, Sri Hanuman Chalisa, which he originally memorized at 13.

Currently 15 years of age, Jai continues to study Ayurveda, yogaand#8217;s sister science, and Yoga Therapy through DYSHA. He also continues assisting Bhava and Laura in their workshops and trainings. He recently taught yoga classes in Coronado, Calif. and feels he has found a true purpose in life: Helping others through teaching yoga and Ayurveda. –

Jai feels yoga has made him stronger and more flexible both on and off the mat and knows it can do the same for others. He teaches in the Deep Yoga style of Hatha Yoga, weaving mantra, meditation and pranayama (breathing exercises) in with asana (physical postures) in order to create a class experience encompassing the whole being. He believes and#8220;if you can breathe, you can do yoga,and#8221; and welcomes students of all levels to his classes. Jai is a registered teacher with the national Yoga Alliance at the 200-hour level, and is currently completing his 500-hour level certification.

For more information about Sierra Agape Center, visit http://www.sierraagape.org. Please call 530-546-8201 to register for the Aug. 2 program or to hear Jai give his presentation.

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