Monthly Series

Yoga Wall - Asana Lab (semi-private)

Monday, June 11, 6:30 - 7:30 pm
$ 35

The Yoga Wall was invented by B.K.S. Iyengar to learn about the perfect alignment in Yoga poses.

In this session you will get a chance to study selected yoga poses with the help of this great yoga tool in a semi-private setting. And yes, you will have many AHHH….moments and you will fall in love with the yoga wall. A friend of mine called the class an “Asana Lab” (asana means poses). I would like add this…this  practice can be seen as well as the fine-tuning of yoga poses. All levels class! 

Only 3 spots available. Pre-Registration required. 

Yoga Wall Practice - Semi Private

Thursday, June 20, 6:30 - 7:30pm
$ 35

The Yoga Wall was invented by B.K.S. Iyengar to learn about the perfect alignment in Yoga poses.

In this session you will get a chance to study selected yoga poses with the help of this great yoga tool in a semi-private setting. And yes, you will have many AHHH….moments and you will fall in love with the yoga wall. A friend of mine called the class an “Asana Lab” (asana means poses). I would like add this…this  practice can be seen as well as the fine-tuning of yoga poses. All levels class! 

Only 3 spots available. Pre-Registration required. 

Restore Yourself with Restorative Yoga

Thursday, May 23, 6:30 - 7:45 pm
$ 25

Restorative Yoga poses are designed to open the body in a very gentle way in order to relax the body & mind. The practiced sequence in this session will be fully supported by props such as blankets, blocks, yoga eggs, and bolsters. Restorative yoga is suitable for all ages and all levels of yoga. It is the perfect addition to a more active yoga practice or any other active activity (such as running, tennis, etc.) in your life. 

Restorative Yoga can be used as well therapeutically to aid conditions such as lower back pain, headaches, insomnia, and sinus congestion. It has a very meditative aspect. Please bring socks and a sweater to the practice. The body temperature might drop during this relaxing practice. To make a reservation to hold your spot please send an email to: Only 10 students max.

Alignment Yoga Series

Thursday, April 11 - Thursday, June 20, 10 - 11 am (check dates)
$ 18 each session

May 16, 23, 30 & June 6, 13, 20 @ 10 am 

This yoga series which is set up more like a workshop will use the Iyengar alignment method. Together in a group we will explore standing asanas (yoga postures), sitting asanas, forward extension, lateral extension, inversions, abdominal asanas, backward extension, sun salutations and restorative asanas. Pranayama (breathing exercises) is included in certain sessions. Come & explore this power of this unique yoga style. Pre-registration required.


A Quiet Practice of Seated Asana & Pranayama on Memorial Day

Monday, May 27, 10:30 - 11:45am

To start our holiday with some Ayurveda, KEY offers a quiet & calming morning practice of seated yoga poses & selected breathing exercises (pranayama). You will leave the session rejuvenated and energized, ready for the celebration of the day! This is an all levels practice. Please pre-register via email:

Restorative Yoga & The Power of Essential Oils with Lisa Mitchell & Katrin

Sunday, June 9, 5:30- 7:00pm

Join Katrin Elia & Lisa Mitchell for an evening of restorative yoga and essential oils. At this event you will have the opportunity to learn about the differences of essential oils, their scent and their healing powers. Essential oils actually foster an increasing sense of well being, physically, emotionally, and/ or spiritually. Prior to the deep relaxation of the restorative yoga practice that evening, all practitioners will have the opportunity to choose an essential oil to sample as an accompainment to the practice and to support in the areas of: respiration, skin, emotions, mental focus, relaxation, and digestion. All guests will have to opportunity to purchase an oil starter kit if they choose to. We hope you will join us for this exciting event. 

Restorative Yoga & Vibrational Sound Therapy (VST) with Sylvia DeSantis & Katrin

Sunday, July 14, 5:30 - 7:00pm

Join Katrin & Sylvia for this very unique 90 minute session of Restorative Yoga and Vibrational Sound Therapy (VST), a deep healing therapy that uses “powerful vibration and tones to induce an immediate relaxed state” of body and mind.

Resting in comfortable restorative yoga poses, Sylvia, Sound Therapist will spend time with each student. She will place handmade therapeutic singing bowls on the body that “allow the vibrations to penetrate deeply into the body in ways reminiscent of deep tissue massage”. She will use as well chimes, gongs and other instruments during the session, all “have been tuned for optimum effectiveness”. 

Restorative Yoga is a very gentle form of yoga. In this session we will practice the Judith Lasater method. The goal of this particular practice is to bring pure relaxation to the body and mind. Please wear comfortable clothing and bring socks and a sweater. The body temperature might drop during this session. 

Sylvia M. DeSantis, MA, VST, NCTMB is an author, Usui/Tibetan Reiki Master-Teacher, Vibrational Sound Therapy Practitioner, and owner of Seven Sacred Breaths Integrative Healing ( in Newtown Square, PA where she helps clients of all ages find relief from trauma and stress. Her reiki book, Watercharms: Ocean-Reiki Meditations for Clearing, Clarity, and Healing, is available at your favorite bookseller.

Katrin, owner/founder of Katrin Elia Yoga, Bala Cynwyd, PA will lead you into each restorative Yoga pose that evening. 




Healing Sound Bath with L.A. Musician Baba Doc

Sunday, June 23, 6:30 - 7:40 pm
$ 30

Join the Master percussionist, music educator & Healing Sound Bath facilitator Baba Doc (Leonard Gibbs) from Los Angeles with his creation of the Healing Sound Bath, a variety of percussion instruments, each with a unique voice and energy to create an experience that promotes relaxation, healing, breathing, and balances both hemispheres of the brain. During this sound healing session, Katrin will practice a “quiet” (no instructions) Whole Body Yin Yoga sequence that students can practice with her. If you rather want to enjoy the sound frequencies without the yin yoga practice feel free to do so. The session will end with meditative sitting. 

Come & enjoy this unique evening of healing sounds and meditative yoga practice.

Baba Doc: Sound artist Baba Doc performed, recorded and toured with a variety of artists, such as Grover Washington Jr., Al Jarreau, Anita Baker, Erykah Badu, Bob James, Wyclef Jean, Rickie Lee Jones, Whitney Houston, and Dianne Reeves to name a few. From 1997-2007 he was musical director for the popular cooking show “Emeril Live” on the Food Network. He relocated to Los Angeles where he created the Healing Sound Bath therapy, a wonderful stress reliever and energy booster. 


Restorative Yoga & Marma Point Therapy with Live Sitar Music by Allyn Miner

Sunday, November 3, 5:00 - 6:30 pm
$ 55

Pre-registration required! 

This unique session is the perfect treat for yourself, receiving nourishment through sound healing, bodywork and deep relaxation ….Allyn Miner, the Philadelphia sitar player will set the tone with her beautiful play while relaxing & healing in Restorative Yoga poses. Restorative Yoga is a very gentle form of yoga. In this session we will practice the Judith Lasater method. The goal of this particular practice is to bring pure relaxation to our body and mind. The Marma Point Therapist will go from student to student to work on selected marma points. Marma Point Therapy is the Indian version of Acupressure. The practitioner will use fingers and a tuning fork to open marma points. Open marma point prevent sickness and disease. 

No yoga experience needed! Come & enjoy!

Allyn Miner has been playing north Indian classical music on the sitar for more than forty years. She studied with Thakur Sri Raj Bhan in Varanasi, India, for eleven years and later became a disciple of Ustad Ali Akbar Khan in Marin County, California. She has performed in venues all over the U.S and in India. Allyn has a Ph.D in Indian musicology from Banaras Hindu University for her work on the history of the sitar. She has a Ph.D. in Sanskrit from the University of Pennsylvania for her study of a fourteenth-century musicological text from Gujarat. She is a Lecturer in the Department of South Asia Studies at Penn where she teaches sitar classes. 

Katrin Elia, owner of Katrin Elia Yoga and Marma Point Therapist, will teach the restorative yoga sequence and offer the marma point therapy this evening.

Words that Move (Through) Us: Flow of Words, Life & Yin Yoga with Katrin Elia and Alison Hicks 

Sunday, June 2, 9:30 - 10:45am
$ 20

This luxurious 75-minute Whole Body Yin practice will open connective tissue and assist in the release of emotional energy held in the body through physical passive asana enhanced by the vibrations of live poetry. The meditative journey inside will be facilitated by a series of seated and supine poses accompanied by local poet Alison Hicks reading from her work. 

Yin is Alison’s favorite form of yoga, and she considers it part of her writing practice. She and Katrin first met 15 years ago, first practicing together, and later Alison has been a student of Katrin’s Whole Body Yin Yoga since she started teaching.

Alison Hicks is the author of poetry collections You Who Took the Boat Out and Kiss, a chapbook Falling Dreams, a novella, Love: A Story of Images, and an anthology, Prompted. Her work has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize by Green Hills Literary Lantern, and has appeared in Eclipse, Fifth Wednesday, Gargoyle, Louisville Review, Passager, Permafrost, Poet Lore, and Whiskey Island, among other journals. Awards include the 2011 Philadelphia City Paper Poetry Prize and two Pennsylvania Council on the Arts fellowships. She is founder of Greater Philadelphia Wordshop Studio, which offers community-based writing workshops.

Katrin Elia, owner of Katrin Elia Yoga (Bala Cynwyd, PA) will teach this morning session. 



Hormone Yoga Therapy - A Natural Alternative for Menopause

Saturday, June 15, 2:30 - 6:30 pm

THIS EVENT is for Women
*who experience peri-menopausal symptoms
*who are in Menopause & suffer from menopausal symptoms
*who experience post-menopausal symptoms
*to assist in fertility
*to help with panic symptoms, stress, PMS, and more….

Hormone Yoga Therapy (HYT), invented by Dinah Rodrigues, is a holistic form of yoga that offers a natural alternative approach. Its focus is to reactivate the hormone production through a designed sequence of yoga postures (asana), specific breathing exercises (pranayama), Tibetan energy technique, and yoga nidra (visualization during meditation). Disagreeable Symptoms during menopause such as hot flashes, insomnia, depression, headache, tiredness, hair loss, migraine, emotional instability, and many others are indicators that the hormone level in a woman’s body is low and needs to be increased. Results show as well that HYT also helps in preventing osteoporosis, cardiovascular diseases, and assists in infertility, peri-menopausal symptoms, stress, and panic symptoms. A short break will be included in this four hour practice.

For more information or for sign up, please contact

Price for group session: $ 195 (material included)
4 hour HYT Private: $ 315


Yoga & Healing Sound Retreat @ Ananda Ashram, Monroe, NY

Friday, November 8 - Sunday, November 10
$640 semi-private
$540 dorm

Join us for an amazing experience of staying for a long weekend (two overnights from Friday to Sunday) at the beautiful Ananda Ashram in the foothills of the Catskills. Beside taking in the peace, the meditative silence and the delicious “pure” food that this wonderful place has to offer, you will learn during your stay about Yoga & the Healing Powers of Sounds. A workshop will focus on ancient Indian mantras (healing sounds) that can heal one physically and mentally, can open you up, transform you, bring joy and so much more. Different yoga styles will be practiced during this weekend. The setting of the Ashram offers as well outdoor activities such as hiking, canoeing (if it is not too cold). The simplicity of an Ashram can open hidden doors inside yourself and bring you closer to yourself. 

Program (as of now/ slight changes are possible):

Friday, November 8:
Arriving/ Check in at 4 pm (Main House Office), Meet & Greet: 5pm (Lake House Yoga Studio), Dinner: 5:30 – 6:30pm (Dining Hall), Sound Bath & Restorative Yoga w. Sylvia & Katrin: 7:45 – 9 pm (Lake House Yoga Studio)

Saturday, November 9: 
Breakfast: 8 -9 am (Dining Hall), Yin & Yang Balancing : 10:45- Noon (Lake House Yoga Studio), Lunch: 12:30 – 1:30pm (Dining Hall), Workshop: The Power of Mantras (Ancient Vedic Sounds): 3 – 4:30 pm, Dinner: 5:30pm – 6:30pm (Dining Hall). If the Ashram hosts a Kirtan that evening (concert with live music & chanting) we will be invited as a group. If there will be no concert that evening, the evening session: Yin Yoga & Mantra (Calming Chanting): 7:45 – 9pm (Lake House Yoga Studio) will be offered. 

Sunday, November 10: 
Morning Meditation & Mantra to Greet the Day (Lake House Yoga Studio): 7:15am – 7:45am, Breakfast: 8 – 9pm (Dining Hall), Yin Restorative & VST (Vibrational Sound Therapy) w. Sylvia & Katrin (Lake House Yoga Studio): 10:30 – 11:45 am, Lunch: 12:30 – 1:30pm (Dining Hall) – Departure 

2 overnights at Ananda Ashram with breakfast, lunch & dinner (all lacto-vegetarian cooking). The accommodations at the ashram are simple. Linens and a towel will be provided. (please read below what is recommended to bring).

Semi-Private accommodation (2 single beds with shared bath): $640

Dorm accommodation (4 to 6 beds room with shared bath): $540

Staying outside the Ashram, but attending the program, is possible. If you stay off campus, the cost including meals (lunch and dinner) & program is: $460 

There are several inns, motels in the area, also beautiful places on airbnb are available.


To hold your spot: 
Please register with a check of $200 (non refundable registration fee) to the studio: Katrin Elia Yoga, 158 Montgomery Ave., Bala Cynwyd, PA 19004 or drop it off at the studio. The difference is due by: August 1, 2019. Cancelation Policy: If you have to cancel the retreat, please inform the organizer Katrin Elia via email: before September 29, 2019 to receive back the balance (without the $200 registration fee). After that date, no refund will be possible. Bookings are not transferable. 

The Ananda Ashram in Monroe, New York, is a Yoga retreat and spiritual-educational center just over one hour from New York City, founded in 1964 by Shri Brahmananda Sarasvati (then Ramamurti S. Mishra, M.D.) as the country center of the Yoga Society of New York, Inc.

Located in the foothills of the Catskill Mountains, the Ashram provides a serene, natural environment with woods and meadows surrounding a lake. Accommodations are simple and meals are vegetarian.

What is an Ashram?  Ashram first appeared in English in the early 1900s and gained traction after Indian leader Mahatma Gandhi founded his famous ashrams at Sabarmati near Ahmadabad and at Sevagram near Wardha. The word ashram derives from a Sanskrit word, “srama,” which means “religious exertion.” Later in the 20th century, English speakers broadened the term “ashram” to encompass any sort of religious retreat, regardless of denomination. (Merriam Webster Dictionary)

There will be personalized VST (vibrational sound therapy) sessions with Sylvia de Santis available. Each session is 45 minutes long, $ 90 (tip is not included).
Saturday, 11/9: 9am -9:45am, 9:50 am-10:35am, 1:45pm – 2:30pm, 6:30pm – 7:15pm
Sunday, 11/10: 9:15am-10am

If you are interested in holding a space, please contact Katrin via email:

What is VST? “Vibrational Sound Therapy (VST), also known as “vibrational sound massage,” combines powerful vibration and tones to induce an immediate relaxed state. The induction of the sound waves directly into the body, along with soothing ambient tones, helps clients slide into deeply calm, meditative states. In VST the client remains fully clothed and is led into a deep and relaxed meditation through the careful placement of handmade bowls, and the use of chimes, gongs, and other instruments, all of which have been tuned for optimum effectiveness.

Placing the therapeutic singing bowls directly on the body allows the vibrations to penetrate deeply into the body in ways reminiscent of deep tissue massage. The bowls are traditionally hand-hammered metal bowls crafted in a fair-trade environment in the central Himalayan country of Nepal.


What to Bring for Your Stay
Please bring comfortable clothing for the retreat, warm clothing and firm shoes for outdoors, slippers or warm socks for inside (no shoes allowed in the overnight and yoga/meditation area, flashlight, alarm clock, toiletries, maybe a notebook and a yoga mat. Linens and towels are provided but if you need more than one towel please bring one.

Possession or use of alcohol and illegal drugs is prohibited on Ashram property. Do not bring and/or consume non-vegetarian food. Also be aware that pets are not permitted on Ashram premises.

Traveling to the Ashram by car is relatively easy. It will take about 2.5 to 3 hours from Philadelphia. There is a train station nearby in Harriman (train will leave from Penn Station).