Anahata Yoga Expands Mind, Body in New, Larger Space


by Lauren Johnson

Kathleen Tooley, owner of Anahata Yoga and Wellness Center, in Lederach, has a simple mission: to show that yoga is accessible to anyone.

Tooley, a teacher of Kripalu-style yoga for seven years, became a yoga teacher to do just that. “People who felt like they couldn’t do yoga inspired me to become a teacher so I could show them that they actually can,” she says. “When folks come into the studio apologizing for being inflexible, I say, ‘I know, that’s why you’re here!’”

Kripalu yoga, which originated at the Yoga Society of Pennsylvania in 1965 and was named after kundalini yoga master Swami Kripalvanandji, uses standard yoga poses and breathwork to encourage inner focus, meditation and relaxation. At Anahata Yoga and Wellness Center (“Anahata” is the Sanskrit word for the heart chakra), yoga is taught from a more therapeutic perspective rather than a fitness perspective.

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Kripalu Comes to Montco: Anahata’s Hatha Yoga Teacher Training

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by Rebecca Antsis

Within a sea of yoga studios and wellness centers, each proffering their own classes and companion philosophies, how does one discern which class is right for them? This question is even more pertinent for those seeking to take the leap and train as a yoga teacher.

In a world where more is more, Anahata Yoga and Wellness Center refreshingly offers a different kind of narrative for its students. One of only 16 Kripalu-affiliated schools nationwide, Anahata Yoga emphasizes the central tenets of the Kripalu style of hatha-based yoga—a yoga philosophy guided by the principles of self-awareness, connection to the compassionate heart and honoring one’s own personal edge.

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Health and Healing Fair at Anahata Yoga

logo-final2Anahata Yoga and Wellness Center will host their second annual Health and Healing Fair from 12 to 4 p.m., September 7. Following the fair, guests are invited to stay for kirtan, a donation-based live music event that features singing and chanting. The indoor space and the tree-canopied outdoor space will facilitate the positive energy of the practitioners of Reiki, Reconnective Healing, sound healing, reflexology and chiropractic. The fair will also showcase non-traditional healing methods such as healing oils and psychic mediums, as well as local authors and speakers.

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