88 Orchard Road
Skillman, NJ 08558

Perinkulam Ramanatha (Rama): Yoga is Life. Life is Yoga.

Yoga has been a integral part of Rama Ramanathan’s life since his late teens. He truly lives and breaths yoga and he loves sharing his deep knowledge in his classes.

Who should come to my yoga class? 

Anyone wishing to meet the goals they have set for themselves; it could be “discovering one’s true potential,”  overcoming stress in life; how to face life’s challenges; how to attain calmness,  to improve one’s physical and mental health; or to discover the true purpose of yoga, and so on.

My classes are suitable for all ages and levels.

As a big picture, what do I hope to teach my students?

That the application of yoga is universal.   Yoga empowers one to reach asana siddhi (mastery of postures) and thereby facilitates body stillness thus aiding meditation.  Yoga takes one beyond the physical into the subtle and spiritual.  It is a path to freedom from misery.  Yoga is far beyond any dogma or doctrine.  It is the perfect system of self-development.  Yoga can be as gentle as you want it to be. It is not the performance of magical feats.  Neither is yoga a religious cult.  Ultimately, yoga is founded on true science.  Truly yoga is the experience of oneness with the true Reality.

What inspired me to become a yoga teacher?

I became passionate about yoga ever since my uncle taught me when I was 16 years of age.  After spending a few years practicing yoga, I found it invigorating and I thought by becoming a yoga teacher I will also help others and at the same time understand the deeper aspects of yoga.

What do I enjoy most about teaching yoga?

When I find that a student by attending regularly has improved considerably in his practice as well as in his demeanor and well being, it is a great satisfaction.  A few students who learned under me have become yoga teachers and are contributing to society.

What are my greatest influences?

I received a letter from Swami Sivananda when I was 16 years of age and in it he accepted me as his disciple.  Then later on I was able to meet his senior disciple and Guru Swami Vishnu Devananda who founded the Sivananda Yoga in North America.  I also had the opportunity to study under great masters of yoga who include the late 125 year old Swami Bua and  Srivatsa Ramaswami, who spent 33 years studying under Guru T. Krishnamacharya.

What is my favorite yoga pose and why?

Sirsasana –  This is the king of all yoga poses with a great deal of benefits. My teacher Srivatsa Ramaswami, and many other yogis, say that gravity and increased blood flow to the head benefit the brain, aiding memory and increasing the intellect. The pose is also meant to slow the breathing, giving a sedative effect that might cure insomnia. Famed yogi BKS Iyengar claims headstand can ease tonsillitis, bad breath and constipation.

Come and meet Rama at his weekly classes:

10:00 am – 11:15 am Yoga for Complete Health & Peace
11:00 am – 11:45 am Beyond Asana: Pranayama and Meditation
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The Non-Yogi view of Yoga: So far and yet so close

by Franziska Raeber

Tuesday is my yoga class day. My time out. Just me and my yoga mat and, well, a bunch of other people doing yoga in a room. An all level class, so you have the ones that go into a head stand as their ‘relaxing’ pose and the commoners like me, that just want to flop on the back and rest. Finally we all have worked through our ‘standing ovation’ poses and are down to floor work. Forward bends… who doesn’t like those, right? Well, there is always that one pose where we have our legs straight out and lean over our legs to reach for your feet and rest your head on our legs. All level means that some can reach waaaaaaaaaaaay beyond those toes. And others like me, have tremendously long legs and our arms seem T-Rex sized and resting the head on our legs is just wishful thinking. So what do you do, lift your head. Sure enough you hear that voice of your former yoga teacher Deborah in your head: “Don’t look up, don’t check on what others are doing. That will just destroy your ‘contentment’.” So you lower your head and reach for those toes. Little by little, breath by breath you can relax. Yes, I was able to hold on to my feet and what was far at the beginning felt closer the more I let go.

So here I am today: In desperate need of that box of pasta on the very top shelf in my cupboard. So far up. On my toes, arms up and I reach… still too far… inhale, exhale and I get closer I can touch it! YES! I can do this. Breath by breath, I inched closer to that box of pasta. Finally I was able to grab it! Yes, I made it! Applied Yoga 101! So cool! That very moment my son looks up from his book and says: “Mom, you should just have used the step stool.”

Conclusion: Sometimes it is hard, but trying can be worth it and sometimes you might just get the stool.



Franziska Raeber took her first yoga class in 2005 and soon join the team of Princeton Yoga as SEVA. When she moved to Florida in 2010 she couldn’t quite let go of Princeton Yoga and is now manager for all things marketing and business. Next to working and being a busy mom of three, she enjoys photography, yoga, gardening, cooking and being involved in the community.