How are we different?
AFFORDABLE - we offer $5 yoga classes every day. Basic, easy-to-follow, well-rounded yoga classes that are approachable to new, senior or large-bodied people, while still challenging and interesting to experienced or youthful people.
EDUCATED - the industry standards for natural health care are embarrassing. For example, yoga teacher trainings around the world have changed 7-10 years of study into 7-10 weekends. Some of these weekend graduates then become studio owners. Our founder/director has 25 years of full-time study and work in natural health care. He has multiple certifications: 3 different 1000 hour yoga; Yang style t'ai chi; 7 different bodywork styles; Ayurveda medicine; Sanskrit; and Yogananda meditation. He has taught at the foremost Ayurveda and Yoga schools in the country and at over 100 schools. Most yoga programs graduate trainees having had them teach 0-1 supervised classes. Here our trainees apprentice teach 40-80 classes, with supervision and feedback on 4 progressive stages of teaching.
INSTRUCTIVE - we actually teach you how to practice, whether it is yoga, body care, or ayurveda; we work with individuals on their unique needs. We empower our students to learn and be independent - our yoga students learn how to develop a home practice. In class, we don't blare loud music, yell at you, or teach using canned dialogue.
TRULY HOLISTIC APPROACH - our yoga teachers have to learn bodywork skills; our massage therapists have to learn yoga and movement therapy; everyone has to learn communication skills; everyone studies the basics of Ayurveda, which instructs "for whom and when" a movement practice or body-care treatment is indicated. We have classes for each of the 5 koshas or sheaths of the human body: (1) physical अन्न (2) bioenergetic प्राण (3) emotional/relational मनस् (4) intellectual विज्ञान (5) spiritual आनन्द .
DIVERSE - our staff, our student body, our teaching locations - all are international. Our classes are diverse - t'ai chi, heated yoga, athletic yoga, basic yoga; subtle bodywork like marma points and acupressure, deep bodywork like thai massage and barefoot shiatsu; ayurveda gardening medical care classes, cooking classes; even relationship communication classes.
COMMUNITY - not $ - ORIENTED - our students actually get to know each other and the teachers. We are not an in/out the door anonymous gym atmosphere, and we don't try to up-sell you any contract or costume.
HIGHEST QUALITY INGREDIENTS - we sell fresh dried herbs, essential oils, body-care products, and massage oils that are of higher quality than even those found at health food stores, and we do so at below MSRP. We use expensive ayurveda massage oils for your particular body type and condition. By comparison, many massage places use cheap bulk oils with added filler/shelf-stabilizer.
SPIRITUALLY ORIENTED - our underlying mission is to provide a safe space for spiritual connection for each student. Most Westerners think "what will I get out of this?" when a more important question is "what do I have left to clean up about myself?" Happiness is an inside job and learning to face one's own mind is no small task. We have students from many different spiritual traditions celebrating together; we have classes in meditation, breathing, chanting, and sanskrit; and every component of our school embraces the one aspect of life that does not change - Spirit.