Update January 1, 2015:
Sangha Yoga has discontinued offering weekly drop-in yoga classes.
We are now opperating as a school of higher learning.
Please read the announcement.
The school will shift to more accessible locations in Kalamazoo in 2015, (see detail below). It will serve those looking to deepen an understanding of themselves and yoga through: training programs, seminars, retreats and private consultations.
See FAQ's below, then Visit our events page!
Why is Sangha Yoga closing?
Sangha isn't really closing, we're expanding! We're still a community, just no longer confined to a single location. Our teachers are doing great things locally and globally. Check them out!
Where do I go next?
Many Sangha Yoga Teachers are already teaching at other locations in the Kalamazoo area. Others will have new locations soon. Keep checking the Teachers Page which will stay up on our site until the end of February.
Will Karina still teach yoga and see clients in Kalamazoo?
Yes, Karina will maintain sanghayoga.com and operate Sangha Yoga Institute, School of Higher Learning in the Kalamazoo area. See her teaching schedule.
The school will stay in Mall Plaza until Jan 30, 2015, then in April 2015, the training programs will operate out of People's Church on 10th St.
Starting in February 2015, Karina's private office will relocate to 1104 S. Westnedge in the Vine Street neighborhood.
What will happen to Shanti Massage and Healing Arts?
Shanti has renewed their lease in Mall Plaza and will continue operations as usual in 2015.
Welcome to Sangha Yoga!
Southwest Michigan's Most Reputable Yoga Teacher Training School
Sangha, pronounced (SAHNguh), means a healthy, like minded, community. Our studio is a "green" space made of recycled, refurbished, and sustainable materials. But Sangha is more than a yoga studio alone, we are a community of yoga practitioners, seekers, healers and teachers who come together to practice the rich, holistic science and spiritual system of Yoga.
Why Study with Us?
Yoga has become quite popular in recent years. Yoga classes are being offered in wide variety of locations. New yoga studios promoting the latest trends in yoga fashion and fitness are popping up in every town. So how does one choose where to study yoga?
Sangha Yoga has been a locally owned industry leader since 2003. Our director, Karina Mirsky is an internationally respected yoga educator. Our faculty is highly qualified to work with a variety of human needs. Our holistic and therapeutic approach to yoga practice and teaching is largely rooted in Rod Stryker's ParaYoga and the Himalayan Tradition.
Our trainings and private sessions offer any adult body type or fitness level a systematic approach to yoga to meet their unique needs. Our classrooms are warm enough to be safe and comfortably open the body, but are not hot. We proudly share Meditation and authentic philosophy in our approach.
At Sangha Yoga, we explore yoga as a lifestyle, not just an exercise. Our instructors recognize that physical pain, stress, illness, anxiety, and depression are common human issues. We aim to skillfully and compassionately address these issues with students when they arise. See Testimonials.
Sangha Yoga cares deeply for the well being of our community. We want to help you thrive in all aspects of your life. Please read our Mission Statement & Studio Policies.
What Level am I?
A Beginning Yoga Practitioner - has limited or no experience taking group yoga classes. They are just being introduced to basic yogic concepts, poses, breathing, relaxation and meditation techniques. Beginning yoga students are learning the names, forms, and functions of yoga poses. They are exploring how to align themselves safely in yoga postures and modify poses for their unique needs.
An Intermediate Yoga Practitioner - has been studying yoga in a classroom setting long enough to have a basic understanding of yoga poses, breathing, and meditation techniques. These students know how to align and modify yoga postures for their personal needs. They also have the ability to stay calm and steady as the physical challenge level increases. These students are looking to learn more and "go deeper."
An Advanced Yoga Practitioner - has established a regular yoga practice. They have cultivated the physical endurance to approach more complex postures, engage in breath retention, and sit in meditation for longer periods. They understand what "balanced practice" is and how to maintain it. Advanced students embrace yoga philosophy and are looking to access subtle energy in practice. They are also exploring what it means to "live yoga" as a lifestyle.