Yogaville and the Power of Community

June 8, 2016 / Announcements

I recently spent a month living at an Ashram, called Satchidananda Ashram (and often referred to as “Yogaville”), in southern Virginia. It is located right along the James River, in the foothills of the Blue Ridge; a picturesque setting to take a step back from “real life” and work on developing a practice. But what… Read More

Why Tapering is Like Yoga

October 31, 2015 / Announcements

I am struggling right now. It’s about control, letting go and just letting things just be. I have to “taper” leading up to my second Marine Corps Marathon next weekend. For non-runners, tapering the latter portion of a training plan for a longer race where you run less miles and rest a lot. Usually spans… Read More

Disconnect to Reconnect

July 1, 2015 / Announcements

My son left a few days ago for a week long summer camp at Lake Champion, where the kids would hike, swim, sit around a camp fire, and… talk. No cell phones! For a whole week! Wow! Most of today’s teenagers don’t actually interact a lot. They text each other, tweet, post photos, but the… Read More

10 Tips to Boost Your Mood

March 3, 2015 / Announcements

It’s easy to get down when its cold and snowy outside; this winter seems to go on FOREVER. I don’t know about you, but I am ready for spring. Here are a few tips we can all do to find our “sunny side” and to beat the blues

21 Day Fall Detox

October 6, 2014 / Announcements

In last month’s newsletter, we shared the details of Danielle Omar’s Detox Program with you. Two of our IPY yoginis, Neelam and Toni signed up as well to participate. Here are their takeaways and thoughts about their experiences. Neelam’s Perspective I came across the 21 Day Clean Eating Fall Detox in the Sept IPY newsletter…. Read More

September… A Clean Slate and a New Beginning!

September 3, 2014 / Announcements

It happens to me almost every summer, and I suspect, I am not alone. It meaning falling off the “eating healthy/practicing regularly wagon”. The kids out of school, weekend getaways with friends, and weeklong beach vacations are all wonderful, and the memories of this (almost) past summer will be treasured forever. So my priorities and… Read More

My Journey

August 4, 2014 / Announcements

They say that a picture is worth a thousand words and my college graduation picture said happy and successful but also overweight and unhealthy. Seeing that picture started me on a wellness journey that I continue to navigate, 13 years later. The relationship I have developed with my health and wellbeing has been the longest,… Read More


July 4, 2014 / Announcements

Mindfulness has come up more times than I can count in the last few weeks. Articles, images, workshops… all gentle reminders to slow down, to be fully present for an experience, to appreciate what you are doing with all of your senses. A simple, though not necessarily easy, task. As yogis and yoginis, we are… Read More

IPY Video Shoot

May 3, 2014 / Announcements

At IPY, our teachers often urge students to step out of their comfort zone, so we felt we should do the same! A couple of weekends ago, IPY and Baron Cruz/Torasu Productions filmed a series of videos that we will be releasing soon. The experience was exciting, nerve racking and fun at the same time…. Read More

Spring Reflection

March 22, 2014 / Announcements

Spring is finally here after a long winter, and our IPY Challenge is going strong! We are all so proud of our students’ hard work, thank you for your dedication and commitment. I also would like to welcome Jean Marie Hackett to our teaching community, she is teaching our 6 pm classes on Tuesdays and… Read More