This therapeutic movement method arose from training in ancient Asian lineages of
energy based movement, particularly Yoga and Tai Chi, plus life experiences along the way. An Australian-American who has resided continuously in Frederick county since 1998, Dr
Ranna-Lesley Lachlan (PhD, BCPP, RPP, RPE, DFA, Grad. D. Mat
Anth., Cert Ministry) first began perfecting her system of energy based therapeutic movement
while living in Tokyo (1988-1991). These early developments incorporated Hatha Yoga, aerobic
movement, chiropractic movements, and internal energy principles
from Tai Chi and Qi Gong, in which she had already earned her black belt.
A "Ranna Yoga" move - Earth element. ©
received her early movement training in Australia. She attended
her first Yoga class when she was 15 years old. Her first teacher
had trained directly under Sivananda at his yoga ashram in India.
Ranna's dedicated interest in Asian movement systems also led her to become a qualified Tai
Chi instructor (black belt/ 8th degree, 1986).
To this day, she regularly upgrades her own skills through visiting and practising with fellow movement and therapies teachers. She
has trained with some inspiring movement and therapies teachers including Perry-Keene, Su, Chapman, Garbett, Montaigue, Khalsa, and Henderson
who each communicated their knowledge with unstinting generosity
and the attitude of "now go out and share this with others".
While still based in Australia, in 1982 Ranna had also received initiation into a path of Bhakti Yoga
- a life of devotion, one in which she continues to wrestle with her own shortcomings. This process has bestowed on her a concern not only for
the physical wellbeing of those she teaches, but also compassion
for their very souls as they grapple with the pressures of physical life.
The first impulses towards her developing something to "share with others" arose in Tokyo in 1990, while Ranna was living there from 1988-1991. Since then she has continued to refine
her Yoga method throughout the years as her knowledge and training have deepened...
the most unique elements of the method is theinfusion
of the fluid rhythms of the Cranio-Sacral system (of the spine
and head) into her movement system.
Unifying movement and alternative health therapies, Ranna integrates therapeutic methods with her movement system. In the U.S. since 1998, she has qualified as a Visionary Cranio-Sacral Therapist (2006), a Board Certified Polarity Practitioner (2005), and a Polarity Yoga
In particular, Visionary Cranio-Sacral
Therapy provided Ranna a revelatory lynch-pin piece for Ranna®
Yoga™ - the Aumgenic™ Therapeutic Movement System. Knowledge
from that training enabled her to push "Ranna® Yoga™"
further towards a profound integration of key subtle movements of
the human cranio-sacral system itself, melding that with the unique
movements and principles of the other movement systems in which
she had trained.
A "Ranna Yoga" move -
Water element. ©
Late in 2003, when a serious accidental injury occurred which severed muscles
and nerves, followed two months later by the onset of a potentially life-threatening
illness, Ranna applied her knowledge to her own healing. Then and for several years afterwards she mobilized
everything she knew for her own recovery, and to this day is well.
a result of that experience, Ranna resolved to assist others with
the knowledge that had aided her own recovery and rebuilding. She
set about systematically codifying her knowledge into an integrated
method - the Aumgenic™ Therapeutic Movement System.
A Hatha Yoga move -
Fire & Air elements. ©
first began offering classes in her movement
method in Virginia in 2004. Later, during 2007 and 2008, her method
was presented in her TV Yoga series in Virginia. Episodes from the
TV yoga series have since been released several times on DVD since
2008. In 2007, Ranna's method was presented at a National Conference
of the American Polarity Therapy Association. In 2009 it was was
again selected for presentation at the 2009 national APTA anniversary
conference in the USA. In 2010, Ranna began offering Ranna®
Yoga™ in her homeland - Australia.
A "Ranna Yoga" move -
Earth element. ©
2010, Ranna also began offering training to intending teachers and
practitioners of her stream of her Aumgenic™ Therapeutic Movement
A Polarity Yoga "Ha" move - Fire element.©
training programs incorporate knowledge of sound as part of becoming
a teacher or practitioner of Aumgenic™ Therapeutic Movement
System - Ranna® Yoga™, because sound travels through
tissue. and can facilitate healing and altered states. Ranna's
movement classes typically incorporate sounds or music that she
has developed according to particular frequencies necessary to
support the healing aspects of the "Ranna® Yoga™"
movements. She plays three Asian musical instruments and one Western
instrument, and music that she has composed herself has been a
signature element of her work since 1984. Approaching her Yoga
work with knowledge both from therapeutic principles and from
research in ethnomusicology as part of her doctorate, the "right"
cross-cultural or ambient music has always been a part of her
classes, especially music which can influence the nervous system
in positive and therapeutic ways.