Pranayama is an ancient and integral part of Yoga – the yogic art of breathing. An ancient yoga practice that draws our focus inwards towards the breath, enabling us with various techniques that improve respiration, invigorates the lungs, improves brain function, feeds all other bodily systems, and helps to create longevity in our lives. Think of it as “poses” for the subtle body. Breathing classes are offered at regular intervals at Aham Yoga. And this season, we are adding restorative yoga to the mix. If you are always on the go, come indulge and restore yourself with our Pranayama and Restorative Yoga series with Arundhati Baitmangalkar.
What is Pranayama?
Pranayama is a seated practice where one intentionally, rhythmically, and rigorously works with the breath through guided instruction. The word pranayama means ‘extension of breath’ (prana = breath & ayama = extension). It is an inseparable part of yoga and is preceded by asana or the physical practice. To be able to achieve success in the practice one needs to have an established practice of asana. To get started with your physical practice, click here. The practice is subtle yet powerful, leading to numerous physical, mental and emotional benefits.
What is Restorative Yoga?
We work very hard and fast in our everyday lives, and while we may sleep, we rarely take time to “rest”. Restorative yoga poses help you learn to relax and rest deeply and completely, During deep relaxation, all the organ systems of the body are benefited, and a few of the measurable results of deep relaxation are the reduction of blood pressure, serum triglycerides and blood sugar levels in the blood, the increase of the “good cholesterol” levels, as well as improvement in digestion, fertility, elimination, the reduction of muscle tension, insomnia and generalized fatigue.
Restorative yoga poses are typically done with the help of yoga props. Restorative yoga is not about strengthening or stretching. It is about receiving. It’s very important in a culture that suggests doing all the time to understand what it means to be simple, quiet, still and at ease within ourselves.
So come join us for this 5-hour exploration of it means to truly restore, rejuvenate and relax deeply.
To truly understand and experience the benefits it is best to sign up for the entire series. We are limiting the series to 12 participants only as restorative yoga will require intense propping. Drop-ins are available but only closer to the series if there is availability.
Date: May 8th to June 12th, Tuesdays 08:15 pm to 09:15 pm
Location: Aham Yoga
Tuition: $75 early bird for full series (valid till April 25th, 2018)
Pranayama & Restorative Yoga is for…
Anyone who is on the go all the time
Your work leaves you mentally and physically exhausted at the end of the day
You wake up feeling tired every day
Looking to live more holistically
New moms or dads
People with insomnia
Women with fertility issues
Women looking to conceive
Yoga teachers looking to explore more aspects of the practice
Things to know about Pranayama & Restorative Yoga Series…
Be on an empty stomach 2 or 3 hours before class. It is okay to have a light snack or a non-alcoholic beverage 90 minutes before class. An empty stomach will help you breath better and stay alert
Wear loose, comfortable clothing for this class
There is no physical practice in this class. So keep up your asana or yoga practice as it will help you sit more comfortably in the pranayama practice. And will increase your ability to relax more deeply and thoroughly
Only 12 spots available. So sign up early.
Your Yoga Instructor…
The series will be led by Arundhati Baitmangalkar. One of the few yoga teachers who teach pranayama regularly in the area. And is now studying and specializing in restorative yoga. Arundhati is the lead yoga teacher and founder of Aham Yoga. She is known for her attention to detail, providing personalized attention and making the practice more accessible to all. You can read her full bio here…
We host a build your home yoga practice workshop every year at Aham Yoga. We do this in the hope that more of our yoga community will start doing a little bit of yoga at home on their own. Attending this workshop is the best thing you can do if you want to do some yoga at home on your own.
Build your home yoga practice session will cover the following topics…
What is meant by a home yoga practice?
How to start a yoga practice at home?
Sequences for doing yoga at home
Common pitfalls of doing yoga at home
How to work around obstacles
Tips and tricks
Complimentary yoga sequences to take home
Who should attend?
yoga teachers looking for a fresh perspective
Schedule & Enroll…
Date: April 8th, 2018
Time: 1 pm to 3 pm
Tuition: $35 (early bird till March 25th) Regular price $45
Build your home yoga practice with Arundhati Baitmangalkar
Arundhati Baitmangalkar (ERYT 500, YACEP) is the founder and lead teacher of Aham Yoga. She also blogs about yoga on her blog called, “Living Yoga” which is recognized as one of the leading yoga blogs on the web today. She also runs her own YouTube channel where you can find free yoga videos helping you grow your yoga practice. Arundhati is known for her attention to detail, precision in teaching yoga and humor. She makes everyone feel successful and seen in their yoga practice. Join her to know more about how to do yoga successfully at home. CEU credits available for RYT Yoga Alliance teachers.
This workshop is best suited if you have some yoga background and is not for people who want to learn yoga. If you are new to the practice of yoga, we recommend you check out our beginners’ yoga series before attending this workshop.
All sales are final. No refunds or transfers available.
Yoga and Ayurveda are sister sciences that have existed for thousands of years. Rich with wisdom that teaches us how to live a better, mindful and healthier life. Enlightened beings understood that being a woman meant playing multiple roles in everyday life for a lifetime. Yoga and Ayurveda have given us many pearls of wisdom that we can use to deal with the responsibilities and challenges that come our way as women. Especially with regard to menstrual health. Showing us that there is a better way not only to live but to thrive.
Join us for a 4 part series of Yoga and Ayurveda. A new area of focus with every workshop. You are welcome to sign up for one workshop or the entire series. Each workshop will have equal focus on yogic techniques as well as ayurvedic concepts and practices. You will walk away not only with a deeper understanding but also ways in which you can convert the wisdom into simple, effective and powerful home practices.
Who should attend Yoga & Ayurveda for women’s health?
Anyone who has menstrual issues
Schedule & Tuition for Yoga & Ayurveda for women’s health?
Date: February 25th, Sunday
Time: 12:30 pm to 5:00 pm
Location: Aham Yoga
Early Bird: $55 (February 10th, 2018)
Full Price: $65
Full Series: $200 (early bird till February 10th). Full price $240
Presenters for Yoga & Ayurveda for women’s health
Arundhati Baitmangalkar, Founder – Aham Yoga, ERYT 500, YACEP
Arundhati came to Yoga after spending years being a Bollywood dance instructor and performer while living in India. She is the founder and lead teacher at Aham Yoga, a yoga teacher trainer, blogger, entrepreneur and an eternal student of yoga. Today she is one of the leading Yoga teachers in the greater Seattle area. Recognized for her knowledge, authenticity, precision, and ability to simplify yogic knowledge to suit the needs of her students. She is a champion of women’s health issues and believes that every woman was born with a greater purpose of making the world a better and stronger place to live in. She teaches women health workshops often and looks forward to changing how women view their health and connection to their bodies.
Afrin Sopariwala, Ayurvedic practitioner, and coach, yoga teacher
Afrin has been studying Ayurveda since 2013 and has completed her Ayurvedic Wellness Counselor Practitioner certification and Panchakarma Technician certification through Kerala Ayurveda Academy. Originally from Mumbai, India, Afrin has lived in Seattle since 2011.In Afrin’s words, “Ayurveda is a profound, simple, and unique system of health and well-being that considers the human being as a mind-body-spirit complex and sees each human as a unique blend of the five universal elements. Each Ayurvedic treatment or recommendation is unique to the patient in consideration, and that empowers people to learn about their own connection to the world and their health.”
Yoga and Ayurveda Series
Other workshops in Yoga & Ayurveda series*
Feb 25th – Women’s Health
May 6th – Conscious Living
July 8th – Pregnancy and mom’s
Sept 16th – Anxiety and Stress
*Details coming soon.
CEU credits are available for Arundhati’s yoga sessions from this workshop. 2 hours CEUs available for Yoga Alliance RYT 200 yoga teachers.
From day 1 of Aham Yoga, our mission has been to take yoga to as many people as possible in the local community. To make it accessible and to help integrate yoga into everyday lives of the community. As we head into 2018, there is no better way to kickstart the new year than an immersive morning of yoga practice, meditation, breathing and setting intentions for the coming year. We invite you to join us on January 1st, 2018 to start the new year with yoga. Let’s set an intention to #domoreyoga in #2018.
Below is the line up of yoga events at Aham Yoga. We encourage you to attend the full event or attend individual events. We have limited mat space available in the studio. So pre-registrations are encouraged.
2 hour New Year Yoga practice
A 2 hour power packed yoga practice that includes everything from sun salutations, inversions, balances, standing poses, seated forward bends, backward bends to Shavasana. The full spectrum of asana practice. This practice is suitable for all levels. Beginners and pregnant women are recommended to avoid this 2-hour class. Come with your mat, a towel to throw over props, a water bottle and the willingness to stay alert and in your body for 2 hours.
In yoga, you are not the years you live but the breaths you take. We invite you to sit with us and take a real, full and conscious breath to welcome the new year and mark new beginnings. The yogic art of breathing aka pranayama is not to be missed. Are you willing to spend 45 minutes on your breath this new year?
Close the morning by joining our community potluck. Bring a dish to share with all and have some tea with us. Meet and mingle with friends from yoga class off the mat. Sign up for our free asana clinic. Have Arundhati see and correct your pose in our asana clinic. Just sign up ahead of time or at the potluck. Each person can get a maximum of 2 yoga poses corrected at one time. If you have more poses, please sign up multiple times to allow everyone to get a turn.
Asana clinic will run during the potluck from 1 pm to 1:30 pm. Interested participants can sign up below. This is a brief session to correct any yoga pose that one feels needs additional attention or adjustment. Even if its the smallest thing.
Date: January 1st, 2018
Time: 12:30pm to 2pm
Tuition: complimentary to members. Just bring a dish to share:)
Join us for an at home 31-day yoga challenge this January. All you need to do is watch our new yoga video every day and practice along with us for 31 days. This is the reward right here – the ability to step on your mat every single day for 31days. Each video will be just 10 minutes long and a fun home practice for everyone. If you would like to win something from us at the end of the 31 days and inspire other people around you to #domoreyoga in #2018. Then share a picture of any yoga pose from your practice or even a snapshot of the video and use the following hashtags to enter into our lucky draw. #domoreyoga #2018 #ahamyoga #yogaeverydamnday. Winner will be announced via Facebook live on February 1st. More details on our Facebook page.
Stay inspired with 31 best yoga quotes in the new year
We’ll also be doing a special social media campaign of our 31 best and most favorite yoga quotes to keep you inspired as you try to #domoreyoga in #2018. Just follow us on Facebook and Instagram to see the best 31 yoga quotes every morning. And if you have a favorite be sure to share it with us via the comments section.
31 blog posts about 31 of our favorite yoga poses
We are going all out this new year. Find a new yoga pose released on our blog post each day. These 31 yoga poses are some of our personal favorites and they are what we practice and teach everyday at Aham Yoga. These will be available on our yoga blog, ‘Living Yoga’ and will also be published on Facebook and Instagram.
Phew! We are excited to keep you doing more yoga in #2018. Are you willing to join us and #domoreyoga? See you on the mat soon.
Every year we head up to the mountains of Leavenworth. To recharge, disconnect and spend a weekend indulging in yoga, friends, and nature. Our annual summer yoga retreat in Leavenworth is a yearly tradition that we look forward to. And we invite you to join us for the next one.
Located on the banks of the Icicle River, Sleeping Lady Mountain Resort is the perfect getaway for the weekend. Just down the road from the picture postcard perfect, Leavenworth. This resort offers the right amount of luxury and nature. Are you ready to spend a weekend with yoga, nature and friends?
Who can attend the summer yoga retreat?
Anyone who practices yoga regularly
Family & friends of participants who do not practice yoga
Pets and children welcome
What to expect in the summer yoga retreat?
Lots of yoga
Yoga related workshops, discussions, topics
Non-yoga related group sessions (optional)
Alone time/ rest and relax/free time
What is included in the summer yoga retreat package?
Food & Beverage
All Yoga Instruction
Anything ordered additionally is billed to the participant
What to bring to the yoga retreat?
Yoga blanket if possible
When is the summer yoga retreat?
The summer yoga retreat is from June 15th, 2018 to June 17th, 2018. Detailed schedule out soon.
At the summer yoga retreat, we offer three types of accommodations. Single occupancy, double occupancy, and triple occupancy. Bring your own roommate or request to be roomed with a roommate looking for a similar accommodation. All reservations are on a first come, first serve basis.
All-inclusive prices per person are as follows:
Triple occupancy – $525/participant
Double occupancy – $575/participant
Single occupancy – $700
*Pets and non-participating members are welcome as well. Prices per person, inclusive of all meals, are as follows:
The summer yoga retreat is being led by Arundhati Baitmangalkar. An international yoga teacher and the founder of Aham Yoga. All classes at the retreat will be open to all levels. If you have never done yoga, please contact us before attending the retreat.
Any cancellations made before April 15, 2018 will be refunded the full amount minus $100 nonrefundable cancellation fee.
Any cancellations made after April 15, 2018 will adhere to our no refunds / no transfers / no extensions policy.
All cancellations made are final.
Any last minute spots filled by Aham Yoga due to a participant cancellation will not be refunded.
Join us for our third annual Summer Yoga Retreat in Leavenworth
We will be nestled on the banks of the Icicle River, staying at the beautiful Sleeping Lady Resort just a few miles from the quaint and cozy Bavarian-Alp themed town of Leavenworth, WA. This Summer Yoga Retreat will be full of yoga classes and optional workshops, surrounded by nature and all of it’s offerings, and paired with good company, delicious food, and various fun activities to choose from. You will have time to yourself to relax, hike, bike, or explore the nearby town and get a taste of what it is like to visit Bavaria, Germany.
This will be our third year in a row hosting our yoga retreat at The Sleeping Lady, and each year seems to bring more joy and fun than the last. Through communicating with our participants, and ensuring that your time is well spent, we have worked out a planned schedule available below for your viewing.
What can you expect on this Summer Yoga Retreat?
Lots of yoga, workshops, and organic gourmet food!
Opportunities to make new friends, or spend some much needed time alone on or off the resort.
Resort that is equipped with a full-service spa, 2 pools, horseback-riding, bike rentals, and much more!
Lots of fun, lots of laughs, and fresh mountain air.
Note: We expect that our participants have an established yoga practice, looking to build upon it, before attending the retreat. Sign-up for classes now to ensure your practice is ready!
Mark your calendars! Our dates for our 2017 retreat will be from Friday, June 2nd – Sunday, June 4th. All-inclusive price include rooming, meals, and all yoga instruction and optional workshops. Not included are any additional purchases (bike rentals, horseback riding, shopping, etc) and tips (left to your discretion).
All-inclusive prices per person are as follows:
Triple occupancy – $525
Double occupancy – $575
Single occupancy – $700
*Pets and non-participating members are welcome as well. Prices per person, inclusive of all meals, are as follows:
Pranayama, also known as the art of yogic breathing, is an integral part of the practice of yoga – preceded by asana, or the physical practice. Pranayama is an inseperable part of the Yoga tradition. Translated literally as ‘prana’ = vital force or breath and ‘ayama’ = extension, stretching, lengthening: pranayama = extension of breath.
At Aham Yoga, we offer regular pranayama or breathing classes. These series run for 6 consecutive weeks every season. And is ideal for anyone looking to gain better health & well-being. Live a little more mindfully and develop a meditation practice. As well as increase one’s longevity. Pranayama is a step beyond the physical practice of asanas. And requires the mentality of a mature, well-informed yoga student and yoga teacher.
These classes are a combination of a seated and reclining practice where you will be guided through a series of breathing techniques in a structured manner by our founder, Arundhati Baitmangalkar. She has been steadily teaching and practicing pranayama for the past few years at Aham Yoga. And this class attracts yoga practitioners from all over Seattle and neighboring areas. The class is interactive and practice oriented.
How to Prepare for Fall Pranayama:
To practice pranayama, the student must have a well-developed asana, or physical practice, in order to sit comfortably for an extended period of time, and stay focused and concentrated on their breath. Start your asana practice today.
Wear comfortable yoga clothing, and come to class with a relatively empty stomach. Tea or juice is okay. Excessive caffeine may interfere with the practice.
Bring your own yoga mat, or rent one at the studio.
Rest well the night prior to class.
Inform your instructor of any health issues or injuries that may prevent you from sitting comfortably throughout.
Arrive at the studio early, especially if you are new, to check in and get settled.
Benefits of Pranayama:
Enhances lung capacity
Increases oxygen intake
Helps to expel toxins
Regulates internal body temperature
Boosts immunity and resistance to infections
Improves overall health and well-being
Good for the spine and pelvis
Increases body awareness
All classes are led by our founder, Arundhati Baitmangalkar. She is one of the leading yoga teachers in the area, and the only one who offers pranayama classes regularly. Having learned pranayama back in India from her masters, her classes year after year are well attended. Students find that they are able to follow the instructions easily, that their questions are answered, and modifications are offered as needed.
How to Enroll:
When is it?
Thursdays, September 14th to October 18th, 2017.
06:45pm to 07:45pm
We recommend signing up for the entire 6-week series; $110 (early bird price $100)
Drop-in’s available as space permits: $20 at the door. First come, first serve. Full series enrollments take priority.
Please note: class series expires on October 18th and cannot be transferred, shared, refunded, or carried over to other classes or events.
Do you know how many yoga poses are available to us? 26? 50? Maybe 100’s? Legend claims that we have 84 million yoga poses! Many of these are unknown to us today, but there are still several thousands that have been documented for us over the centuries. Have you ever wondered what the benefits of these yoga poses are?
The physical practice of yoga consists of practicing and holding many asanas, or yoga poses, carried out in a special sequence. To the untrained eye, these look like mere body contortions, but is there more to it?
Absolutely! Every yoga pose we do affects every layer of our being. From physiological to psychological, and spiritual aspects of our being. It is because of this deep integration that we sometimes feel super elated or a buzz after an intense yoga class – a feeling caused by the deep work of the various yoga poses that we practice.
In our ‘Benefits of Yoga Poses’ workshop you will learn more about the benefits of many yoga poses, understand the power of yoga sequencing to effectively get a desired effect on the mind and body. Think of it as creating a recipe for your mind and body – a little bit of this, a little bit of that.
The different categories of yoga poses.
Benefits of many yoga poses.
Smart yoga pose sequencing.
Take home a deeper understanding of all yoga poses
Understand the ability to enhance your own yoga practice
Arundhati Baitmangalkar is an internationally well known yoga teacher. Apart from her founder’s role at Aham Yoga. She is a full time yoga teacher and spends most of her time teaching and travelling to teach. Known for being knowledgeable, precise and approachable. Arundhati communicates her message with ease and simplicity. Read her full bio here.
Who Should Participate?
Anyone looking to develop a deeper understanding of how yoga poses work.
Yoga teacher trainees
Regular practitioners of yoga
Beginners to Yoga
*Note: This workshop is eligible for CEU’s
When is Benefits of Yoga workshop?
Saturday, January 7th from 12-2pm
How to Sign up?
Find a deeper connection and meaning to your yoga practice. Learn to practice for your body on any given day or season.
Price: $45 (early bird $35 until 12/11/16). Click hereto enroll.
We have had the privilege of guiding many of our expectant mothers through their practice of yoga for all or part of their pregnancy. We have heard their stories of new motherhood, the triumphs as well as the struggles, and have learned to understand how much more challenging it is to make it to a scheduled yoga classes regularly with a new baby at home. We also cannot deny the benefit that the practice of yoga has, especially for those transitioning into parenthood for the first, second, or third time. What better time to integrate yoga into your daily life?
So on Friday July 7th, we are launching our Mommy & Me Yoga Class Series! This will happen once a week for 4 weeks. Babies under 12 months old that are not yet walking are able to join their mothers for a 60 minute yoga practice. Need to change a diaper? Is the baby hungry? No worries! This class is made for you and all of our new mother’s to integrate the practice of yoga into the lifestyle of being a new parent. You will be in class with other like-minded women, and guided with patience and precision by our lead teacher, Arundhati.
What You Need to Know
Bring your own yoga mat (rentals or purchases available at studio).
Bring your own water bottle / towel.
Wear comfortable yoga clothing.
Babies must be 1 year or younger, and/or not yet walking.
Car-seats, playpens, etc., are appropriate to bring to class.
Class will run for 60 minutes, during which you can take care of anything the baby may need (feeding, change, etc).
Pre-registration is highly encouraged.
Sign up for the entire 4-week series = 4 Classes for $60.
It’s that time of the year again – International Yoga Day 2017!
We invite you to join us as we celebrate the 3rd annual International Yoga Day 2017. This day, June 21st, was commissioned in December 2014 when India’s Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, called upon the United Nations to create a day that celebrated Yoga. This bill was supported by 176 nations. Never in the history of the United Nations have so many countries agreed on one thing. Now June 21st, the longest day in the year, has become International Yoga Day.
Why is this a big deal?
For the first time, the country of India is standing up to the World and getting attention to Yoga.
The world is recognizing that Yoga is a much-needed practice for us today. If we want to live better, healthier, and happier lives, we need to practice some form of Yoga.
Billions of people practice Yoga every day in all parts of the world. We have lesser known days celebrated internationally. For example – Towel Day, Talk Like a Pirate Day, and World Frog Day.
This represents the potential that Yoga offers for everyone and opens the door to many new practitioners
Celebrate International Yoga Day 2017
At Aham Yoga, we celebrate the spirit of Yoga every single day, but lets use International Yoga Day 2017 as a reminder to live healthily, happily and remember the importance of passing on the wisdom of Yoga to all around us.
We always have an exciting line up of events for International Yoga Day (see last years pictures here). This year Aham Yoga is offering:
21-Day Yoga Challenge
Kicking off on June 1, 2017! All you need to do is check our Facebook and/or Instagram profile every morning for the pose of the day. Copy the pose, click a picture, and post it on your social media tagging Aham Yoga, #ahamyoga, #yogachallenge #internationalyogaday2017 #domoreyoga in all of your pictures. Anyone from any part of the world is welcome to participate! Those who complete the full 21 days, one post per day, will be entered into a raffle drawing to be pulled on June 21st! See last year’s yoga challenge pictures here.
From June 2-4, 2017, kick off International Yoga Day celebrations with us in Leavenworth, WA! Surrounded by beautiful nature, with lots of yoga, good food, and even better company. Call or e-mail us today, put down your deposit, and get your space secured for this years Summer Yoga Retreat!
Let’s 108 Together
On Saturday, June 17, 2017 at 9:15AM, join us in our annual tradition of saluting the sun 108 times as we ring in our 3rd International Yoga Day. Find your body, mind and spirit rejuvenated with this moving meditation practice that will cleanse you of toxins, mental obstacles and elevate your spirits. Please note that this practice not suitable for beginners or pregnant women. Carry a face towel, water bottle, and your yoga mat. Register today!
On Saturday, June 17, 2017 from 11:30AM – 1:30PM at Aham Yoga! We have a wonderful, loving and fun yoga community, and we would love to celebrate YOU with a community potluck, Please come with or without snacks. Bring reasonable size portions as there will be many options. Open only to members. Bring your kids and families! There will be some fun group activities from 12:30 tp 1:30pm. The Potluck is a community free event, but please sign up here so we have a count for the food and beverages.
Facebook Live Yoga Class
On Wednesday, June 21, 2017 at 7:30AM (PST)! Want to wake up on International Yoga Day and do some Yoga? But stuck since its a weekday morning or you live in another city? Not a problem! Join our founder, Arundhati, as she takes you through an all levels morning yoga class in the comfort of your own home. Follow and like Aham Yoga on Facebook, and mark your calendars. Just roll out your mat and join us for an hour, from wherever you are! Please make sure to leave us comments and where you are practicing from during the live class. Watch this space for more updates! 21-Day Yoga Challenge winner will be announced on Facebook after your live class.
Free Yoga Videos
Subscribe to our free yoga videos released throughout the month of June 2017. Want to be able to do Yoga anytime, anywhere? Now you can. Aham Yoga YouTube Channel will host a variety of Yoga videos. Whether you are a beginner or an advanced student – there is something for everyone. Pick from various classes – 10, 20, 30, 45 to 60 minute in length, themed sequences, pranayama, and much more! Subscribe to Aham Yoga Channel for updates!
Kids Yoga & Teens Yoga Kickoff
beginning Wednesday, June 21, 2017. You asked for it! Introducing Kids Summer Yoga. Give your child the gift of Yoga this summer with our special Summer Kids YogaSeries. Introducing 2 new classes – Kids Yoga (5 to 9 years) and Pre-teens Yoga (10 to 15 years). 10 Week Series available for purchase. Drop-in’s welcome on a first come, first serve basis. Register your child today!
HOW TO SIGN UP?
We encourage you to sign up for all or as many events as possible. This event is to celebrate you and your yoga.
Please click here to sign up for one or all events.