What Is Sadhana, Anyway?

1 Oct No Comments admin Speaking of Kundalini ,

You’ve probably seen it on the Saturday schedule: Sadhana, 4:45AM. What is sadhana and why on earth would anyone get up that early for it? Because it’s worth it!The Sanskrit word “sadhana” translates to ‘a daily spiritual practice’ and is usually done in the early morning hours. In her book

Kids Yoga Is Serious Playtime

29 Sep No Comments admin Classes

These days the whole family can play yoga together. Many yogi bambinos have been practicing yoga from conception. Women are using yoga to stay healthy in pregnancy and recover from childbirth, making yoga play dates at local studios with their toddlers and graduating them to kids yoga classes by preschool.

Refreshing Cucumber Salad

30 Aug No Comments admin Recipes, Salads , ,

Throw this simple, summer salad together with farmer’s market, garden-fresh veggies and crunch down! 2 small cucumbers, thinly sliced 1/2 small red onion, thinly sliced 1 large tomato, halved and sliced 3 tablespoons mayonnaise 1 tablespoon white vinegar 1/4 teaspoon salt 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper In a medium bowl,

What Is Kriya?

29 Aug No Comments admin Speaking of Kundalini ,

A kriya is a sequence of physical exercises, combined with breath work, sound and meditation that produces an intended result. The Sanskrit word means "action, deed or effort" and most commonly refers to a "completed action" meant to achieve a specific result. For example, if a student is having trouble

Teacher Feature: Jan Barrett

29 Aug No Comments admin Teacher Feature ,

What got you into yoga? It was another avenue to my personal fitness program. When did you decide you wanted to teach yoga? After I was diagnosed with cancer, my partner convinced me to take the teacher training with him so our practice together and our spiritual growth could deepen.

Yoga Is Not a Sport (At Least Not Yet)

29 Aug No Comments admin News

Yoga is a non-competitive activity which one can pursue throughout life and its stages. However, to pick up a Yoga Journal or walk into your average Power Yoga class, many students get the impression that one must already be flexible and strong to practice. Yoga postures are only one aspect

Local Writer Blogs YV

20 Aug No Comments admin News

A local blog writer, Terri Carr, and client at Yoga Village sent us this link to her recent post. She attended Lisa’s Tuesday class and wrote a complimentary piece about both Lisa and our studio. Check it out here.

Summer Cole Slaw

30 Jul No Comments admin Recipes, Salads ,

Cole slaw ain’t just for summer holidays. Serve this simple side dish with your grilled meals all summer long. 1 medium onion, chopped 1 cup sugar (or to taste) 1 cup vegetable oil 1/2 cup cider vinegar 1/3 cup mayonnaise 1t salt 1/2t celery seed 1 medium green cabbage, cored

Why Turbans and White?

30 Jul No Comments admin Speaking of Kundalini

Anyone who has been to Yoga Village when a Kundalini class is going on has seen the teacher and some of the students wearing white clothing and/or wearing a turban or head covering. It might look a little strange, but there’s a science behind it.   Why wear white in

Teacher Feature: Karampreet Kaur

30 Jul No Comments admin Teacher Feature

What got you into yoga? I began practicing Kundalini Yoga back in 2001. I just happened into a class at the YMCA taught by Martha Arruda. I was hooked from day one. It felt like coming home. Soon I was taking 3 of Martha’s classes a week at various locations.

Reduce Stress: Do Yoga!

30 Jul No Comments admin News ,

Why does practicing yoga makes us feel less stressed, not only for the rest of the day but sometimes for the rest of the week? Scientists are finding that yoga asanas, or postures, actually help to reduce the stress hormones that are produced by the adrenal glands, including epinephrine and

Greek Lentil Salad

10 Jul No Comments admin Recipes, Salads

2 cups of dried Lentils 3 small onions chopped 3 cloves of garlic 6 carrots chopped 2 cans of artichoke hearts chopped 2 roasted sweet peppers chopped 4 plum tomatoes seeded and chopped Juice of 1 lemon and 1 orange 1T of Italian seasoning 1/2t red pepper Cook lentils until

Chilled Persian Yogurt Soup

30 Jun No Comments admin Recipes, Soups

This delicious, cooling summer soup was featured in the June 2011 issue of Food and Wine. 1/2 cup walnuts 1/4 cup dried rose petals, crushed (optional, see Note) 2 cups 2 percent plain Greek yogurt 1 1/2 cups ice water 1/2 cup golden raisins 1/2 seedless cucumber, peeled and finely

Speaking of Kundalini: June 2011

29 Jun No Comments admin Speaking of Kundalini

“Revolve your life around summer and winter solstice and everything will be taken care of.” -Yogi Bhajan The summer and winter solstices are highly regarded within the Kundalini tradition. Here’s a few fun facts about the solstices which have been the cause for celebrations in many cultures across the span

Teacher Feature June 2011: Karin Kern

29 Jun No Comments admin Teacher Feature

What got you into Yoga? Like many others, injury brought me to yoga. I was an avid tennis player, runner and ‘over’ trainer.  I was reluctant to try yoga and decided to try it out of frustration. My injury was preventing me from normal, everyday function and my usual fitness


29 Jun No Comments admin Classes

By Kerry Porter Wills Summer is on the horizon and will be in view for many months to come. I have already begun some of my summer rituals—cold showers, iced sun tea and perhaps most importantly, an afternoon siesta. It’s common in the hotter regions of the world to dial

Kundalini Inspiration

31 May No Comments admin Speaking of Kundalini

"On May 7th, 15 women came together for ‘An Afternoon of Kundalini Yoga’ led by Keval Kaur (Christine Fanelli). We meditated, learned some yoga, chanted, laughed and absorbed some tips from Yogi Bhajan on how to be a woman yogini in today’s world! We learned tools to take home, and

Spicy Seitan Fajitas

30 May No Comments admin Main Dishes, Recipes

Sautéed onions and peppers tossed with seitan, spices, and chopped cilantro makes a vitamin C–boosting supper that the whole family will love. Serve with salsa and guacamole. 2 Tbs. olive oil 2 large red bell peppers, halved, seeded, and thinly sliced (4 cups) 2 medium onions, halved and thinly sliced

Teacher Feature May 2011: Christine Fanelli (Keval Kaur)

30 May No Comments admin Teacher Feature

What got you into yoga? In 1981, I attended a week long yoga and meditation retreat at Kripalu in Lenox, MA.  This was my first experience with yoga, and although I was deeply touched, I didn’t really maintain a regular practice. In 1995, I learned the Transcendental Meditation technique, which

Speaking of Kundalini, May 2011

29 May No Comments admin Speaking of Kundalini

Deepening Your Connection to Your Soul The primary focus of Kundalini Yoga meditations is to clear the subconcious mind. There are thousands of meditations passed down from Yogi Bhajan on all manner of life situations, health conditions and general habits worthy of cultivation or resolution. Kundalini meditations use mantra, breath,

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