An Origin of Practice
Posted by Alana Kessler on November 9th, 2015 | Blog, personal development, Yoga
by Katie Brain My first yoga class ever was with my best friend. We were about fourteen. Our moms had enrolled us and we both didn’t really understand it. We went once a week for a couple months and only once did I ever really relax in Shavasana. Eventually, I stopped doing it as my […]


To Be a Student and Teacher
Posted by Alana Kessler on June 23rd, 2015 | Blog, Community, Musings, Yoga
To Be a Student and Teacher by Sasha Nelson To be a student is to be a teacher. To be a teacher is to be a student. We can’t be one without the other. Have you ever tried to explain to someone how to do something using only your words? It’s not always […]


Reflections
Posted by Alana Kessler on June 9th, 2015 | Blog, Musings
“Am I crazy” she asked ” I feel like I am sometimes”. “Maybe” he said rubbing her forehead. “But don’t worry about it. You need to be a little bit crazy. Crazy is the price you pay for having imagination. It’s your superpower. Tapping into the dream. It’s a good thing not a […]


Daily Gratitude Journal // Day 6
Posted by Alana Kessler on May 7th, 2015 | Blog, Musings, Uncategorized, Wellness, Yoga
Daily Gratitude Journal Today I was reflecting on the foundations of things and how they permeate everything we do and are, even when we are not paying direct attention to it. For example, I can be getting dressed, applying my attention to the style of my clothing, looking for the perfect shoe to wear with […]


Daily Gratitude Journal // Day 2
Posted by Alana Kessler on May 2nd, 2015 | Blog, Musings, Wellness, Yoga
Its an interesting perspective going about the day seeking things to be grateful for. The attention on this intention makes it pretty hard to get caught up in negativity which is such a welcome relief. The feeling of looking for the best in a city that is easy to do the opposite is amazing. […]


Where The Mat Ends And The Practice Begins
Posted by Alana Kessler on March 2nd, 2015 | Asana, Blog, Musings, Yoga, Yoga Teacher
by Meg McNeal Ram Dass says “If you think you are enlightened, spend a week with your family.” Evidently it takes me a mere hour and thirty six minutes with my family to know that I am far from an enlightened state. Almost immediately upon arriving to the resort in Singer Island, Florida last week […]


July 4th Schedule
Posted by Alana Kessler on July 1st, 2013 | Blog, Community, More News, Musings, Yoga
Happy Independence Day! Thursday Jul 4th Prenatal / 10am Baby & Me / 11:30am Friday July 5th Mysore Ashtanga / 8:30am – 10:30am (special time) Power Hour Vinyasa / 2pm Prenatal / 4:30pm Saturday July 6th (postnatal canceled) 9:45am / Vinyasa 11am / Core Vinyasa 2pm / Pilates 5pm / Vinyasa Sunday July 7th Regular schedule Monday July 8th * Moonday / No […]


The Mirror
Posted by Alana Kessler on May 22nd, 2013 | Asana, Ashtanga, Blog, Community, Musings
Its been a rough few months for me on a personal level. My health suffered for months on end as well as my heart, and I found myself visited by the unfriendly ghosts of anger, betrayal, disrespect, neglect and their even uglier cousins resentment and blame. Believe me, this was a tea party I would […]


Who am I? Who Are You?
Posted by Alana Kessler on March 1st, 2013 | Ashtanga, Blog, health, Musings
Ive spent the better part of my life pursuing this passion of “finding myself”. It is on this day though, that I recognize how potentially misleading that term is. Do we really ever get to a place where we are found? Aren’t we practicing that in times which we feel we’ve arrived we are actually […]


Stream of Consciousness; The Human Condition
Posted by Alana Kessler on February 17th, 2013 | Ashtanga, Blog, health
I am alone. It’s hard to explain the feeling. This deep hole of emptiness that sits in my soul at this moment. I am embarrassed. How can I feel this way? I am so lucky, I am so fortunate, and privileged. In my heart I am fragile. I think back to the little girl I […]


Blind Sight. Perfect Vision.
Posted by Alana Kessler on September 4th, 2012 | Blog
As a yoga practitioner and educator, questions I am asked often are: “How do I get good at yoga?” or “Are you amazing at yoga?”. These are absolutely valid questions, but I often find myself stumped at how to answer them. Perplexed at my hesitation, students and friends are curious why answering this question is […]


Passive Action
Posted by Alana Kessler on July 25th, 2012 | Blog
I had a conversation on Skype with my brother yesterday morning. It was about 7am for him and about 4:30pm for me in Mysore. We were chatting and he asked me what I do the whole day after I’m finished with practice at 8am (Sundays at 6 am). From a western perspective not only would […]


One Love
Posted by Alana Kessler on May 14th, 2012 | Asana, Ashtanga, Basics, Blog, Community, health, More News, Musings, Yoga
Everyone’s yoga experience is different. Some people come to the practice for the workout, some for relaxation. Some bodies show up flexible, while others appear less so. To me, the beauty of yoga and the true treasure of its practice, lays within the transition and transformation not only of the bodies’ participating in the discipline, […]


Pause for Peaks / A Yoga Heals Fundraiser Event
Posted by Alana Kessler on April 1st, 2012 | Blog
YOGA HEALS // Join us Saturday, April 21st for a Vinyasa yoga special class, hosted by Sangha Yoga Shala founder Alana Kessler. Alana understands the healing powers of yoga and will be sharing her practice & insight with us. All proceeds benefit the B4BC Survivorship Fund. Space is limited so sign up now! Those who participate […]


Go Slowly
Posted by Aimee Karr on March 21st, 2012 | Asana, Blog, Musings, prenatal yoga, Yoga
In my pre-pregnancy life I was typically running just late enough that rushing would almost always get me where I was going on time. This rushing became fully habitual as I began to plan to leave the house, or schedule time between appointments, based on the amount of time I would need if I rushed […]


Hot Vinyasa Yoga at Sangha
Posted by Alana Kessler on February 25th, 2012 | Blog
WHY HOT VINYASA YOGA? In our hot vinyasa classes, the room is intentionally heated between 95˚ and 103˚ with controlled humidity and air purification systems to balance oxygen levels and eliminate bacteria, viruses and odors. Heat encourages the body to adapt to changing environments while softening the collagen around the joints for greater mobility, muscle […]


Raw Emotion
Posted by Alana Kessler on February 17th, 2012 | Blog, Community, health, More News, Musings, Yoga
As I sit down to write this post, I am struck by the pure humanity that lives in all of us. The inherent desire and visceral need to be heard, touched, understood, and most of all loved. As my biggest and most influential music hero passed away over the weekend, after years of a very […]


My Mysore Practice
Posted by MalkaFR on February 10th, 2012 | Asana, Ashtanga, Blog, Community, Musings, Yoga
I recently began a Mysore Ashtanga practice under the guidance of Alana Kessler at Sangha. I have been practicing Ashtanga primary series in the led (or guided) format off and on for about four years now. A dear friend of mine, Emily, shared her love of this ancient and sacred yoga tradition with me and […]


Everything Old is New Again
Posted by Alana Kessler on February 2nd, 2012 | Blog
I love to write. I especially love to write inspirations and revelations that come to me through my practice and share them with you. The thing is, sometimes there is just nothing I can think of to say – there are no tidbits of knowledge I can impart without sounding contrived or like Ive just […]


Inspiration and Intention
Posted by Alana Kessler on January 22nd, 2012 | Blog
“Instructions for living a life. Pay attention. Be astonished. Tell about it.” – Mary Oliver


A Sangha Shabbat
Posted by Alana Kessler on January 10th, 2012 | Blog
Please join us! For questions, updates and to join our mailing list email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. A Sangha Shabbat 6:30-745 Traditional Vinyasa Flow* (led by Hanniel Levenson) 8-9:15 Sabbath Practice Pre-register for class here Join the mixed multitude in the continuum of the mythical mystical paths of the worlds traditions. Shabbat is rooted in the sitting practice […]


Boundless Practice
Posted by Alana Kessler on December 17th, 2011 | Asana, Ashtanga, Basics, Blog, Community, More News, Musings, Yoga
Yoga is a journey. If there is one thing we learn as we embark on this endless road towards unity and nothingness, its that it’s layered. And not the kind of layers, you can see coming – like a trifle or a cake, but more like a really good consistent hairstyle. The kind of hairstyle, […]


Holiday Schedule
Posted by Alana Kessler on December 17th, 2011 | Asana, Blog, Community, Event, More News, Yoga
Saturday December 31st – Vinyasa with Malka at 10:30am Anusara with Hannah at 12:00 pm Sunday January 1st *SPECIAL CLASS* Guided Ashtanga Full Primary Series at 3pm $10 drop-in (*members bring a friend for free*) * A traditional holiday feast for manifesting abundance, love, health and prosperity will be served. <3


Learn the Fundamentals of Yoga!
Posted by Alana Kessler on December 7th, 2011 | Blog
YOUR LIFELONG YOGA PRACTICE BEGINS HERE! This month long fundamental immersion program is specifically tailored to develop a well rounded ongoing practice under the guidance of an experienced and teacher. Our commitment is to support your progress every step of the way from Intro to Ashtanga and Basics, to Ashtanga Primary Series and Vinyasa. Our […]


The Small Time
Posted by Alana Kessler on December 5th, 2011 | Asana, Basics, Blog, Community, More News, Musings, Q & A, Yoga
Its interesting to notice how many seemingly major happenings result from such seemingly minor actions. I recognize this phenomenon through many different lenses, for example; a tennis match being won or lost based on the rotation of the wrist and how that affected the way the ball was delivered across the net, or the outcome […]


Sensation Junkie Culture
Posted by Alana Kessler on December 1st, 2011 | Asana, Blog, health, Musings, Yoga
In today’s world, with technology evolving at a rapid rate and keyboards and interface replacing mouths and ears as the vehicle for transmitting and receiving information, it becomes challenging to determine at what point we have crossed the line from involved to invasive. Through yoga we are instructed to practice brahmacharya, narrowly defined as celibacy, […]


Why I Love Ashtanga Yoga
Posted by Alana Kessler on November 15th, 2011 | Asana, Blog, Yoga, Yoga Teacher
Ive been practicing yoga in NYC for 13 years. My first class was at Crunch gym on Lafayette street just a few blocks away from my NYU dorm room. Over the years I have experimented with many different styles and studios but as I look back I always gravitated towards the classes that offered the […]


By Appointment Nutrition Consultations
Posted by kaymamagnolia on November 2nd, 2011 | Asana, Basics, Blog, Bodywork, Community, Event, Food, health, More News, Nutrition, Q & A, Recipes, Uncategorized, Yoga, Yoga Teacher
Starting November 7th, Alana Kessler, MS, RD, CDN, CYT and certified Ayurvedic consultant will offer nutrition consultations by appointment at a sliding scale! To book your consultation, email at least 24 hours in advance: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call (718) 384-2097 About Alana: Alana Kessler MS, RD, CDN, CYT and certified Ayurvedic consultant provides individuals with the practical […]


{Upcoming Workshop} Yoga for Vocalists with Aude Cardona
Posted by kaymamagnolia on November 2nd, 2011 | Asana, Basics, Blog, Community, Event, Food, health, More News, Musings, Nutrition, Q & A, Recipes, Yoga, Yoga Teacher
This workshop is dedicated to singers and people who want to improve their voice through Yoga. Students will work with Asanas (postures) aimed at improving posture, breath control, and cultivating an awareness as to what the vocal apparatus requires to function naturally and without obstacles. Attention will be given individually as every person is different […]


Back to Basics
Posted by Alana Kessler on November 2nd, 2011 | Asana, Basics, Blog, Musings, Yoga, Yoga Teacher
As a teacher, the hardest classes to teach are the foundational ones… the classes that encourage investigation of seemingly simple postures, shapes and breath. At Sangha, we believe a safe, lifelong practice begins with a constant commitment to learn and consistently refine the fundamentals. Our basics classes are inspired by the Ashtanga and Iyengar traditions […]


Organic & Raw Buddha Chocolates now offered at Sangha!
Posted by kaymamagnolia on November 1st, 2011 | Asana, Basics, Blog, Bodywork, Community, Event, Food, health, More News, Nutrition, Recipes, Uncategorized, Yoga, Yoga Teacher
The Chocolate of Awakening. Buddha Chocolate is an artisan un-heated Raw chocolate made from the finest quality Peruvian cacao beans and sweetened with raw, humane honey from Vermont. Honey delivers the body essential enzymes for healing & restoring the body, and essential taste for rejuvenating the soul! Buddha Chocolate was founded in Brooklyn NY by yoga […]


The Meaning of Yoga
Posted by kaymamagnolia on October 31st, 2011 | Asana, Basics, Blog, Community, More News, Musings, Yoga, Yoga Teacher
Yoga never demands the sacrifice of our reason. It only bids us: use it a thousand times more. Yoga does not require us to give up our active lives. It says simply: act, but know how to act. Yoga does not by any means wish us to push our understanding aside. It only tells us: […]


Be Inspired
Posted by Alana Kessler on October 29th, 2011 | Blog
The biggest secret to achieving your dreams is believing in yourself and remembering that all the tools needed are already inside you waiting to be revealed. The only action required is courage, patience, fortitude and the willingness to live each day with intention, inquiry, reflection and innovation. You. Are. Enough. <3 Alana


Softening the Edges
Posted by Alana Kessler on October 27th, 2011 | Blog
We all have days where the dark looms over us. When feelings of loneliness, edginess, frustration, helplessness, etc.. consume our beings, tempting us to find solace in emotional eating, spending, and other distractions. I have definitely been guilty of this on more than one occasion and have always come out the other side recognizing that […]


Inspiration
Posted by MalkaFR on October 24th, 2011 | Blog
“Stop thinking this is all there is… Realize that for every ongoing war and religious outrage and environmental devastation, there are a thousand counter-balancing acts of staggering generosity and humanity and art and beauty happening all over the world, right now, on a breathtaking scale, from flower box to cathedral. Resist the temptation to drown […]


Becoming the Change
Posted by Alana Kessler on October 20th, 2011 | Blog
What does it mean to change? And when change does occur is it validated upon the relativity of an external experience or can it simply be? I wonder this often as change is the only constant in this world. Every atom, molecule and cell change constantly at a rapid rate, resulting in a new opportunity […]


Beyond Expectations
Posted by Alana Kessler on October 10th, 2011 | Blog
We have all heard the expression; “man plans and G-d laughs”, but can we really understand the depth of that simple phrase? Planning, prioritizing, goal setting etc.. are all actions in anticipation of achieving a certain outcome. To not do these things almost seems foolish, futile and supportive of a life complete with inertia and […]


My place is placeless, a trace of the traceless
Posted by kaymamagnolia on October 6th, 2011 | Blog
A Sangha teacher reminded me of this poem during class last night… enjoy:) Not Christian or Jew or Muslim, not Hindu Buddhist, sufi, or zen. Not any religion or cultural system. I am not from the East or the West, not out of the ocean or up from the ground, not natural or ethereal, not […]


Our time…
Posted by Alana Kessler on October 5th, 2011 | Blog
“Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma — which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow […]