Monthly Series

Yoga Wall - Asana Lab (semi-private)

Tuesday, September 10, 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. 

Alignment on a Chair

Thursday, October 17, 6:30 - 7:30pm

This class is all about exploring the proper alignment in selected yoga poses (standing & seated) with the usage of a yoga chair (a folding chair that has certain requirements for the practice that we will explain). This session is inspired by B.K.S. Iyengar alignment method.  A two year yoga practice is required to sign up for this class. Pre-Registration is required. $30

Alignment Yoga Series

Thursday, August 1 - Thursday, September 12, 10 - 11 am (check dates)

Aug. 1, 8, 22, 29 & Sept. 5, 12 @ 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.


One-Day-Retreat: Yoga, Mediation & Ayurveda to Balance the Air Element, Part II

Saturday, November 23, 10am - 5pm
$125 (Indian buffet included)

One-Day-Retreat: Yoga, Meditation & Ayurveda to Balance the Air (Vata) Element
Saturday, November 23, 10:00 am- 5pm, $125 (Indian Buffet & tip Included)

Pre-registration required!

This one-day-retreat that will take place in the later fall, almost winter or what we call in Ayurveda (traditional Indian medicine) during the “vata” season. The main focus of the one-day retreat will be on the element of AIR that is represented during this time of the year where everything is getting colder and  dryer. We are exploring dryer skin, some of us experiencing cracked joints and nails and restlessness of body and mind. Nervous disorders such as anxiety, stress, and insomnia can be an issue for Vata types. Staying warm and learning how to treat yourself or loved ones with this constitution will be the focus of this retreat. 

It is important to understand that we use in Ayurveda the five elements (earth, water, fire, air and ether) to explain and see the world.

The day will start with a meditation practice and Breathing Exercises (Pranayama) to release tension and balance the air element. An alignment asana practice will focus on calming, grounding and supportive poses. After a delicious lunch at the India restaurant Saffron in Bala Cynwyd (Indian buffet) you will get a chance (in a workshop) to find out about your own constitution (dosha) before we learn about ancient Indian practices, treatments and tools such as oils for cooking and bodywork, food groups & beverages, asana (yoga poses), color therapy, aroma therapy, healing sounds and much more that help us to get through the dry and cool months of the years. If your constitution happens to be more on the vata (air) side you will receive basic tips to treat yourself in general. The day will end with a Yin Yoga & Yoga Nidra session. 

Come, learn & enjoy!

One-Day Retreat Program at a glance:

10:00 – 10:45am    Morning Meditation & Pranayama (Breathing Exercises) for Vata Balance
11 – 12:15pm           Alignment Yoga to Bring Grounding & Calming to the System 
12:30 – 1:45pm      Indian Buffet at Saffron Restaurant (Montgomery Ave., across the studio)
2 – 3:30pm             Workshop: Ayurveda – Cooling Practices/Tips/Treatments to Balance the Air
Break of 15 minutes
3:45 – 5pm             Yin Yoga & Yoga Nidra 

The day-retreat will end at around 5 pm. 

The next one-day retreat of this series with the focus on the “Earth Element” (Kapha) will be on Saturday, February 29  (10 – 5pm). Hold your spots soon!


Yoga and Its Philosophy, Part I with Mirella Nichols

Sunday, October 13, 5:00 - 6:30pm

In this introduction to yoga philosophy, Mirella will focus on one of the main texts in yoga, the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali. This ancient collection of 196 Indian sutras (aphorisms) can be seen as the theory and practice of yoga. They go back to about 400 CE by Sage Patanjali “who synthesized and organized knowledge about yoga from older traditions.” (Wikipedia) It suppose to be the most translated ancient Indian text during the medieval times. During the 12th and 19th century is was not used and mentioned a lot but had a comeback through Swami Vivekananda, the Theosophical Society in the late 19th century.

Mirella will explain what the Yoga Sutras are, why they are important and by using examples of the sutras she will make us understand how they can be used in our daily lifes.

No yoga practice required. This session is open to everyone who is interested in the subject.

About Mirella: She has been as spiritual seeker for as long as she can remember. Her yoga studies go back more than 20 years. She completed a 200 and two 300 hour yoga teacher trainings. She holds a 500 hour Ayurveda Life-style counselor certificate and is currently studying Vedic counseling. She says that “the real learning has come from applying the yoga teachings to her day to day life”.

Pre-Registration required!

Yin Yoga & Bach Flower Remedies: Deepening Flexibility on and off the Mat

Sunday, September 8, 5:30 - 7:15pm

Transformation calls us to grow beyond our comfort zone.  One of our most important allies in this process is the ability to become more flexible and adaptable to our internal and external changes. Please join us for this holistic workshop, where you will deepen your physical and emotional flexibility.

Our journey begins with Bach Flower Remedies, where you will find out which essence can best help you with creating more flexibility in your life at this moment and time.  We will work with the essences through personal reflection, sharing, flower images, and affirmations.  The clarity you gain will lead you more profoundly into the next part of our journey, a yin yoga, sequence. Yin yoga is considered one of the most effective ways to improve flexibility and achieve greater agility, power, and endurance. The practice also has a very meditative aspect.

We end our journey in community, grounding in our discoveries and shifts.

What to expect:

-A history and overview of how Flower Essences work 

-An integrated, mind, body and spirit experience

-Increased awareness of what you need to move forward with more ease 

-A positive sense of community 

-Greater compassion for yourself and your process 

Bach Flower Remedies:
Edward Bach was a British pathologist, bacteriologist, and practicing physician turned herbalist.  Between 1920-1930 he separated himself from western medicine and devoted himself entirely to healing that addressed the whole person – mind, body and spirit. It was during these years that he discovered and developed the Bach system of 38 flower remedies.  
All plants have a unique vibrational energy pattern, and the flower is the pinnacle of this energy.   Thanks to Bach, we now know that this energy can foster emotional growth.  Each flower essence corresponds to an emotional imbalance and helps it transform from its negative to positive potential.  They remind us that we’re interconnected with all that is.
There is no physical part of the flower in the essence, only its healing vibration.  Because they work energetically, not biochemically, they don’t interfere with any medicines or herbs.  They beautifully complement all healing processes.
Flower essences are 100% safe and can be used by anyone, even children and animals.  They don’t contain any fragrance, dye, or preservatives. 
About Jen: She is a licensed clinical social worker with 25 years of experience working with people ages 7-70.  In addition to being certified in Gestalt Therapy, her training includes Energy Psychology, Psychodynamic, Family Systems, and Cognitive-Behavioral modalities.  For many years she worked with people struggling with eating disorders and was published in national journals as an expert in the field. She also a is lifelong student of alternative medicine and possess a wealth of knowledge about how to use alternative healing modalities in conjunction with traditional talk therapy to create deeper and more satisfying transformation. In 2014, she became a Flower Essence practitioner and incorporated Flower Essences into her practice.

In addition to being a therapist, Jen is a non-denominational Wedding Officiant.  Her services include: Personalized Wedding Ceremony Design, Wedding Coaching, and Pre-Marital Counseling. 

“Give me flowers and they will brighten my day.  Give me Flower essences and they will transform my life.”

Alignment Yoga & Yoga Nidra on Labor Day

Monday, September 2, 10:30 - 11:45 am
$ 25

This morning practice will be all about stretching in all directions of the body with the help of a deep alignment yoga practice. The last 15 minutes of the session you will be in Shavasana (resting pose) to receive the deep healing and meditative benefits of the ancient Yoga Nidra practice. This session will leave you balanced and relaxed to start your celebration. All levels. Pre-registration required. 

There will be no evening class at 7:15pm that day. 

Meditation - Learn the Basics

Sunday, August 25, 5:30 - 7:00 pm
$ 40

This session was designed for students who are interested in learning the basics of meditation. Besides learning about the “proper” sitting position in this practice (which is very important so that the mind can rest and is not getting distracted by a bad sitting posture), we will talk about physical and mental benefits of this ancient practice. Together, we will practice several different meditation techniques to see which one works best for you. No meditation background needed.
Pre-registration required!


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).