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Meet Ruslan Kleytman of Akhila Yoga

Today we’d like to introduce you to Ruslan Kleytman.

Ruslan, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
2001 NYC was the time when I began practicing yoga. That was a dramatic year for all New Yorkers. Collapse of Financial Markets, blowout of internet bubble when most Internet companies ceased to exist, and of course 9/11. The city lost it’s spirit and inhabitants became depressed. That left a huge mark on me and I myself was going through an existential crisis. Yoga became a remedy, it gave me clarity and showed me light amidst the darkness. I immersed myself fully in the practice of yoga and became a permanent student of Spirit, Life and Movement Arts. Soon I realized that I want to share my experience with others and became a yoga teacher.

We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
Of course, it wasn’t all smooth and super-easy. Before I have started to teach yoga I had a completely different career. I was a web and graphic designer working for a big corporation. So I had to take a leap of faith, surrender, and trust that universe will provide if it is my true calling. Once I established myself in Miami, I began traveling to teach around the globe. The life of a traveling yogi is amazing and yet challenging. It is hard to balance both worlds – life of a gypsy yogi and being a family man.

So, as you know, we’re impressed with Akhila Yoga – tell our readers more, for example what you’re most proud of as a company and what sets you apart from others.
10 years ago I have created an internationally recognized Akhila Yoga Teacher training programs (200-hour & 500-hour). Akhila Yoga is presented now in many countries including Russia, Japan, Peru, and Mexico. In Miami, I teach private and public classes, workshops, and seminars on yoga, Ayurveda, and meditation. Also, I do Ayurvedic consultations and treatments, as well as practicing Thai massage.

So, what’s next? Any big plans?
This year main goal is to finish writing a book on Akhila Yoga, a cross of manual on yogic practice and coffee table book with beautiful artsy photos. First few stages: studio pictures and art photos taking on the streets of Moscow are already completed.

Pricing:

  • Private Yoga and Meditation class (1.5 hours): $120
  • Thai Massage (1.5 hours): $150
  • Ayurvedic consultation: $150

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