Each Tuesday 4:30-5:30 pm EDT
January 19- February 23rd.
Pranayama translates to “vital life expansion”. In this online course, you will learn a series of 8 classical pranayama techniques, several meditation techniques, and gentle stretches to expand lung capacity. You will step into an intimate and profound relationship with the breath. Seating can be on the floor or in a chair. All are welcome. There is no experience necessary.
Platform: We will offer this class through the free zoom app.
Make-up and Refunds: Recordings will be offered for a limited time to those who miss class. No refunds are available after the start of this course.
5 Weeks Course
January 26th – February 23rd, pending minimum of 5 students
Each class will be recorded for those who miss this practice. Traditional Hatha Yoga is breath-based experience for anybody. The poses are sometimes challenging and take weeks, months, or years but progress and the deeper layers of the practice are felt in every opportunity to practice. In each class you will be invited to practice breath-work, warm up, move your spine in all six directions, try simple inversions, forward bends, backward bends, twists, lateral stretches, and balancing poses. Every final resting savasana will be long and complete. The class will be loosely based upon the structure from the Sivananda Yoga Ashrams, but varied with alignment cues and variations Anjali has learned from many teachers as well as her own practice.
Sliding scale payments are offered as well for those who need a little help to attend.
February 8 – March 1, Mondays 3:15 pm for four weeks, online through zoom.
A great choice for students seeking to build a life-long practice for nourishing body and soul, and for those living with arthritis or working to recover strength and flexibility after injury. Students will learn therapeutic principles of alignment; we will introduce variations with props (including the wall and chairs at times) to access poses safely, deeply and comfortably; and breathing practices to promote energy, concentration and relaxation. Beginners welcome. “Beginner’s Mind” encouraged.
Recordings will be sent to anyone who requests them, due to missing class! Email Anjali if you miss a class.
In this course, you can expect: weekly classes with access to the recordings, some of Anjali’s favorite easy recipes, PDF documents, informational videos with information and practices including one pre-recorded Intro to Ayurveda Lecture. Also for anyone who attends the entire 8 weeks of the course, Anjali will schedule with you a private 1:1 session to tailor what we learn in this course to your needs as part of the fee.
Ayurveda, the wisdom of life and longevity, takes place in action in our bathrooms, our bedrooms, kitchens, gardens, and relationships, exactly where we are right now. This course brings spirituality into every day life and relationship.
This is a module that can be taken independently or as part of the Yoga As A Living Practice Course.
Hi, I’m Anjali Sunita
I am the founder of Village Life Wellness and Baltimore Yoga Village platform. I offer Ayurvedic wellness consultations, and courses in yoga and pranayama from an Ayurvedic perspective. As a biracial Desi woman, I share with a deep respect for traditional roots of the practices with a focus on accessibility and equity. To learn more about me, read my story below, see www.villagelifewellness.com, and follow @villagelifewellness on Instagram and Facebook. I love to write and share about yoga and Ayurveda here on my blog: www.villagelifewellness.medium.com. Connecting with people, listening, and adapting is my gift. Whether a 1:1 consultation, a course, or teacher training, we start from wherever you are; From there we find the magic, joy and interconnectedness through simple things: movement, breath, food, singing, plants, and life. These practices open up worlds and bring us home to ourselves.
Anjali is my absolute favorite go-to Ayurvedic practicitoner of the entire earth. . . ! I have studied Ayurveda under her careful tutelage (now a practice that subtly informs almost all my waking decisions), as well as consulted with her personally many times about the right path for me to take in terms of diet, self-care, and physical practices that will soothe my typically pitta/vata nature. Although we are living on opposite sides of the world right now, I still consider one of my most effective healers and have had much ease in meeting with her online. Anjali’s knowledge is deep, and from the heart as well as from the mind, and she is kind, playful, and accessible. I cannot recommend her services enough–particularly for the stuff other healers might look over or ignore. She gets to the root of it all.
I love Anjali. She is the real deal. I love her authentic, calm, presence and the way she makes me feel like I belong here. In a room full of people, she sees me. She sees each of us as individuals bringing something unique to the mat and to the community. She listens, observes and makes me feel part of something greater. I remember returning home from a class and telling my wife, “She sang to us!” I felt so nourished and nurtured! Anjali has a true gift and she will share it with you!
Anjali meets you at your current level of understanding of energy work and “alternative medicine” to make your time together as valuable as possible — breaking down concepts for beginners, or building on existing knowledge. She and her teachings are a gift, and one you are worth giving to yourself (or anyone you love).
'Live without shame or apology just as you are today.'
For me, yoga and Ayurveda have been an integrated healing journey which not only rid me of chronic eczema and anxiety, but continue to transform my mind and relationships. I know what it’s like to struggle physically and mentally and I know what it is to heal and flourish.
I grew up in Southwest Baltimore and trucked across the city to Roland Park Country School where I felt different and struggled to fit in. My identity as a biracial woman and incidents of assault from an early age, led me into some dark nights of the soul. Theater, music, and dance were my outlets. I was introduced to some basic postures, breathing, and philosophy by a brilliant theater professor in high school, who taught us techniques intended to help us develop our natural voices. The philosophy was derived from yogic philosophy, which led me onto a journey to embrace the wisdom of ancestors from India. Once I dove deeper into cultural wisdom of the place of my mother’s birth, I went through a further crisis of learning how colonialism has disconnected my family (and so many families) from our wisdom. In college, I pursued degrees in Theater and History with a focus on gender and colonialism, as well as North Indian Classical singing lessons with Guruji Hasu Patel. I watched my family suffer with depression and the stresses of living out the pressures of the American Dream and sought out a different path, which has driven my learning for the past few decades.
In 2004, I went to India to study, and spent a year living between the Sivananda ashrams and centers in Kerela, New Delhi, and in Val Morin, Quebec. I returned to Baltimore to share the simple messages of what had been for me profoundly healing. I shared everywhere that would have me: schools, detention centers, yoga centers, ashrams, retreat centers, and private homes continuously. In 2007, I began Baltimore Yoga Village yoga center, which in two years, expanded into two small studios, where I had the joy of hosting and learning from many teachers for the next fourteen years. I have organized non-profit programs (BYFREE) in collaboration with Enoch Pratt Free Libraries to provide teaching opportunities to BIPOC teachers in under-resourced areas in Baltimore city.
In 2015, I lived in New Mexico studying with my teacher, Dr. Vasant Lad, at the Ayurvedic Institute; in 2016, I went back to India to further study with him in his city and village clinics in Pune and with another Ayurvedic Doctor in Jaipur. I share diet and lifestyle concepts from the indigenous medicine of India, Ayurveda in group settings, and offer 1:1 consultations for anyone seeking to tailor these concepts to their unique daily life rhythms.
I am blessed to have had incredible teachers and guides in my life, who show me that every day I am just beginning.
I am from a family of immigrants and traveling is in my blood; it’s when I feel most alive. I love learning from and engaging with people of every culture and sharing what I have learned. I have recently immigrated to Auckland, New Zealand, where I live with my partner and his two sons.