As yogis, we have the option to practice and purify the mind through asana, pranayama (breath), bandha (locks), and meditation. The Tantric approach to yoga utilizes every technique in masterful, well organized sequences to target specific outcomes and accelerate growth.
We will rely on the progression of yoga set forth by Gheranda in the Gheranda Samhita that moves from lunar to solar to fire practices.
- The lunar practices build steadiness at all levels of the body.
- The solar practices focus on illumination of perception: ‘once the moon is made steady, the sun will rise….
- The fire practices utilize the internal power for purification of stubborn, subconscious tendencies.
Although the ideas seem esoteric, the practices are accessible to all levels of yogi who wish to become a more efficient vessel for transformation and ascendance. Asanas will done in the contexts mentioned, followed by a short meditation.
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.