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Ellen C. Wells


Marti Golon



Kerri Axelrod Dawn Keighley Kristin Khederian Kate Robinson Sarah Sturges

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SPECIAL THANKS TO Jennifer Piemme Suzanne Brendle Kathy Tarnoff Nicole Clark Ame Wren


Deborah Rosenthal

8 FOUND Fun stuff YOGI OF BOSTON Psyched for yoga


LET’S EAT Lemon tart


YOUNG YOGIS Take on tree


WE ❤ LISTS Let the music play


NUTRITION Starting right





ON THE COVER: Anna Saluti holds



pashchima namaskarasana as a snow softly falls on Boston's Greenway.






12 Copyright © 2014 Asana Boston

editor’sletter Something New


ive months ago I sat myself down and thought about who I am and what I do … and, most importantly, what I haven’t been doing. I’m a writer by trade, and I love writing. But I haven’t been writing about what truly matters to me, what makes me feel good and alive.

What does matter to me—what I’m passionate about—is yoga and the community I am creating here in Boston. I love coming to my mat. I love the people and the studios, the variety of teachers and students, and what yoga has brought to my life. It’s truly been a gift. But (and isn’t there always a but?) the Greater Boston yoga community can at times feel a bit disconnected. What’s going on where and with who, when? What’s new? That’s exactly what I’d like to know! And that’s what I’d like to do here with Asana Boston—to get information out to the Boston-area community through one central location. I’ll also include bits on yoga in the news, events and general information of interest to yogis of all sorts. Like food, for instance. And new health-related products and services. Opportunities to connect. Maybe even some playlist info. There’s so much possibility here with Asana Boston. It’s pretty exciting stuff. Join me for what’s to come. Meanwhile—please read on, enjoy, and share! See you on the mat,




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Mindful Design YOGASMOGA is a designer, manufacturer and retailer of yoga-inspired athletic apparel and accessories that operates with the foundations of yoga in mind. The company has developed fiber-toconsumer technological solutions to deliver proprietary high performance fabric and athletic gear. That fabric is called AURUM™, a special blend of Supplex and Lycra giving the soft feel and breathability of cotton with the performance benefits of advanced fiber technology. And the fit is thoughtfully designed, too, from the Cuff Cleft and Up & In pocket of the Free to Play Crop to the built-in bra and secure straps of the Twistie Tank.



Real Food, Handcrafted from the Heart


love of all-natural foods and a personal interest in aiding global poverty led Sue Liang to found Auslia, a specialty food company based here in the Boston area. Liang has just launched three new handcrafted wheat dumplings to the market. Asulia’s nutrient-dense line includes chickpea, kale and taro root dumplings and can be found in Formaggio Kitchen South End and Whole Foods Market (currently the Dedham location). ASULIA donates a portion of its proceeds to ROOM TO READ, a global organization that works toward literacy and gender equality in education in developing countries. Gender equality hits very close to home for Liang. As a child, Liang’s biological parents sold her on the streets of China to her now mother because she was a girl. Her mother also suffered hardship due to her gender in 1950s China. “I am committed to helping girls around the world who are not as fortunate as I am,” Liang said. “Education is the most powerful way to help.”

THE YOGA CONNECTION Through the struggles of being laid off, starting a company and finding her way onto retail shelves, yoga has proven to be a sanctuary for Sue, giving her a space to quiet her mind amidst all the good and bad. After years of practice and as life became “a little more crazy than usual,” Sue says she finally made that mind-body Room to Read works to connection that comes with a deep yoga pracpromote literacy and edutice. “It’s the only thing that calms me, that is really cational gender equality nurturing,” she says. “It’s a place of such comfort that in developing countries. I just cannot get from other activities. I feel like I can create that space that my mind and my body need to process everything that is going on, the ups and the downs, the emotions that are so raw.” Sue’s mat also was a place where she was reassured that was she was doing—following her vegetable obsessions—was the right thing at the right time. “We can address so many of today’s health issues and lifestyle choices with what we put into our bodies,” Sue says.






& Separate

Cuppow has helped transform Mason jars into spill-free mugs thanks to the original Cuppow Drinking Lid, which turns an everyday canning jar into the perfectly upcycled sipping container for fresh-pressed juices, teas and smoothies. Now the BNTO from Cuppow transforms the vessel into a compartmentalized container, cleverly separating salad from dressing, chips from salsa, yogurt from granola—you get the idea. BPA free and made in the USA from 100% recycled plastic, 5% of the profits from sales of Cuppow products go to domestic charities and social initiatives. Find the full list of Cuppow’s BNTO, lid and Mason jar combo gift packs here. 10


Going Beyond Grip The No. 1 complaint about yoga mats? Grip, or lack thereof. Plank Yoga Mats go beyond grip and create a two-way connection of hand/foot to mat with its patented heatactivated Connect™ technology. Connect provides instant feedback on one’s grounding technique, retraining muscles and mind to build solid poses from the foundation up. Choose from four daring designs: Pills, Plank, Shag, and Cobra.

Plank Yoga Mats are sold online and locally at South Boston Yoga, Sports Club LA and The Club by George Foreman.




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I love coming to the mat, knowing that this is a time to land in my body.�

Danielle Speakman MAKES HER HOME IN C A M B R I D G E MAKES HER LIVING AS P S Y C H O L O G I S T YEARS PRACTICING 1 3 Y E A R S , D A I L Y P R A C T I C E STYLE OF YOGA THAT SPEAKS TO YOU MOST? Different styles have spoken to me at different times. Forrest speaks to me because it holds an attention to healing and striving for aliveness, and it actively cultivates a care for the larger healing that we are all involved in as a global community. Yin speaks to me for its emphasis on becoming still and on bearing difficult sensations. Anusara has spoken to me for its attention to alignment and its invitation to open the heart. Vinyasa speaks to me because it feels like play and dance and presence to the body.

DO YOU HAVE ANY RITUALS WHEN YOU COME TO YOUR MAT? I like to try to mentally arrive, let go of the day, whatever stresses I’m carrying, whatever difficulty came up in arriving to class. I love coming to the mat, knowing that this is a time to land in my body. As a psychologist, I sit still in a chair all day and most of my work is pretty serious so it’s such a relief to move and play a little!

WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE POSE AND WHY? I love arm balances and inversions. It’s fun to see what my body can do, fun to feel strong and alive. YOU CAN STICK A HANDSTAND IN THE MIDDLE OF THE ROOM. HOW DID YOU NAIL THAT? I had to learn how to fall safely. Teachers often teach you to do handstands against the wall, but then you don’t get to experiment with your fear, your confidence, your sense of balance. Once I figured out how to fall safely, I could trust myself to experiment with a handstand in the middle of the room. Also, the way you nail a handstand is to always practice! I regularly do handstands in my office in between patients. WHAT BRINGS YOU TO YOUR MAT TODAY? I come to my mat today for the emotional, mental, spiritual and physical benefits of yoga. Yoga gives to me on multiple levels and I don’t feel complete without it. Yoga returns me to myself every day. It connects me to myself, my heart, my body, the divine, to my fellow practitioners, to the wider world. asanaboston



let’s eat



can’t quite remember where it all began, this obsession with the genius combination of sweet and savory. Perhaps savory has become the natural adulterant for my sickly sweet tooth acquired in childhood, or maybe my tastes have simply matured; but finding a way to sweeten something otherwise savory or figuring out a technique to help me savor a sweet which would otherwise be devoured whole has become a favorite past time of mine, if not a consummate challenge.



Since lemon is a winter fruit, and holiday recipes are rife with rosemary, I’ve been dying to make this tart for a festive party or perhaps for the culmination a snowy, December evening dinner for two. What’s more, Meyer lemons are making their limited engagement appearance right now and I can barely wait to see how those brilliant, little gems affect the flavor. Somehow I doubt this experiment could go awry, but let’s try it (perhaps a few times for posterity) and see.

Total preparation and cooking time: 1.5 hours


2/3 cup spelt flour 2/3 cup teff flour 2 tablespoons cane sugar 1 tablespoon fresh rosemary 1 dash medium coarsely ground sea salt 1/4 cup cubed cold butter (plus a little extra for greasing the tart pan) 1 tablespoon good extra virgin olive oil 1 tablespoon honey 1 tablespoon ice water (if needed)


1 cup plain Greek yogurt 1/2 cup cane sugar 2 large eggs 1/2 cup fresh lemon juice (from 2-3 Meyer lemons, organic if possible) 1-2 teaspoons lemon zest


Preheat oven to 350F. Lightly butter a 9-in. tart pan and set aside. Combine flours, sugar, rosemary and salt in a food processor. While pulsing, drop in butter cubes (one at a time), olive oil and honey. Scrape sides of the food processor with a spatula to make sure consis-

tency is even throughout. Pinch together some of the dough and if it sticks, it is ready. If not, add ice water. Dump the crust contents into the tart pan and press evenly over bottom and up the sides. Prick about a dozen times with a fork and bake for about 15 minutes. Cool on a wire rack for at least 5 minutes. While crust is baking prepare filling by combining yogurt with the lemon juice and whisking in the sugar followed by one egg at a time. Whisk in lemon zest 1 teaspoon at a time according to taste until mixture is smooth. Pour into crust and carefully place in oven. Bake for 25-30 minutes or until the filling appears set and only jiggles a little when you wiggle. Allow to cool completely before refrigerating at least one hour before serving. Garnish with a lemon slice and a rosemary sprig if desired. Also if the tart is too tart for your taste, you can easily and prettily sweeten it with a sprinkle of cane sugar, a drizzle of honey or a petite boule of ice cream. But I prefer mine tart, not too sweet, a little savory with a lemony fresh tang so that I feel like I’m giving not only my taste buds but my body a nourishing well-deserved treat. I hope you will, too!

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Sarah Sturges is a Boston-based yoga instructor, wellness consultant and private

cook. She co-authors her blog, The Closet & The Cook, with dear friend and fashionista, Alyssa Hood. Sarah also runs yoga and culinary workshops and retreats, inspiring her students, clients and attendees to eat and be well. For more information about classes, events and recipes, go to SARAHSTURGESYOGA.COM and subscribe toTHECLOSETANDTHECOOK.COM. asanaboston



Kid Asana










oga isn’t just for adults anymore. Children are capable of receiving many of the same benefits from yoga that adults receive—and more! By practicing yoga poses (asana), yoga can increase a child’s strength, balance, coordination and flexibility. Additional benefits to the body include assisted neuromuscular development, improved digestion, circulation and elimination and a strengthened immune system. It may be surprising to hear, but children can also participate in and benefit from the other aspects of yoga as well, such as breathing exercises (pranayama) and meditation. Practicing both help to reduce tension, stress and anxiety. Breathing exercises can be taught as an effective way to deal with emotions. Yoga also assists in boosting a child’s confidence and self-esteem, teaches self control, and strengthens the connection between mind and body.



Try It at Home! TREE POSE (VRKSASANA) Benefits: Improves balance, lengthens spine and strengthens posture, develops concentration, strengthens thighs, calves and ankles. The best was to teach a child yoga is to demonstrate the pose first, allowing them to copy you. Then, help them fine-tune their alignment. Start in mountain pose, standing tall with your feet together and hands at heart center. Shift the weight into the left foot and begin to lift the right foot off the ground. Place the foot above or below the left knee with the toes facing down. Actively press your left leg against the sole of your right foot while simultaneously pressing the sole of your right foot against your left leg. Challenge your child to take three deep breaths here, becoming a strong, tall tree and planting the roots (feet) deep into the ground. To help with balance, encourage your child to pick a gaze point (drishti) to focus on. Now begin to grow branches, reaching your arms out and up! What happens to tree branches when it is windy? Sway your “branches� (arms) in the wind. What happens when the sun sets? Pretend you are a tree at night and try closing your eyes. Get some friends together and create a forest. It is natural for a child to favor balancing on one side over the other, so encourage tree pose on both sides.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Dawn Keighley is a Boston-based

yoga teacher leading classes from toddlers to teenagers. You can find her teaching kids yoga at Coolidge Corner Yoga and JP Centre Yoga.






What Music Gets You in the

Mood for Your Mat?

CUE UP THIS PLAYLIST B Y K R I S T I N K H E D E R I A N Boston-based yoga instructor






The Winter


River Arms

Blood Bank

Bon Iver

Blood Bank

Burn One Down

Ben Harper

Fight for Your Mind

Om Numah Shivaya

Apache Indian

Time for Change

Falling to Land

Dr. Toast

(Dr. Toast Mix)


Dr. Toast

Gravity Is Quiet

A Song That Will Help You Remember

Slow Dancing Society

The Sound of Lights When Dim

COMMENTS FROM OUR ASANA BOSTON FACEBOOK PAGE ❤ Brooklyn Sessions Album by Nada Sadhana & Kevin Courtney ❤ Breathe by Alexi Murdoch ❤ Bloodstream by Stateless ❤ You Wish by Nightmares on Wax ❤ We Don’t Eat by James Vincent McMorrow




Wish You Were Here

Wyclef Jean

Greatest Hits

Love is My Religion (acoustic) Ziggy Marley

Love Is My Religion

Stoned On Shiva

Steve Gold

Let Your Heart Be Known



The King of Limbs

Be Here Now

Ray LaMontagne

Till the Sun Turns Black

The Delicate Sound of Silence

Slow Dancing Society

The Sound of Lights When Dim

The Way Through

Craig Kohland & Shaman’s Dream

Prana Pulse






Letting Go & Tuning In BY KERRI AXELROD


s we moved into a new year, many of us undoubtedly felt a rush of emotions, a surge of ideas and an endless catalog of thoughts on how we can improve our lives in 2014.

In this well-timed and well-rehearsed routine, the promises we make to ourselves are aplenty. “I’m finally going to start practicing yoga six times a week.” “In 2014, I’m no longer going to eat (insert your favorite category of food to eliminate) and I’m finally going stick to [insert the diet you never seem to be able to stick to).” We tell ourselves this year is going to be different, this will be the year that I finally accomplish an elusive goal of how I think I should eat, how much I think I should weigh and what I think I should look like.

While time for reflection and goal setting is important in any type of lifestyle change, this outward projection of things we want to change can cause us to become disconnected to what is happening in our own bodies. In 2014, instead of thinking and projecting outward about what you think you need to change, I challenge you to tune in and begin to listen to the clues your body is telling you. Our bodies are perfectly constructed machines, capable of countless miracles: Childbirth, healing from disease and breathing are some things that come mind. Our bodies are also perfectly equipped to tell us what foods provide us the fuel we need and what foods don’t serve our needs. Our bodies tell us so much. We just need to slow down, stop thinking and listen. 22


Learning to Listen Tips to tuning in to your what body is saying START A FOOD JOURNAL Each night record what you ate for the day and reflect on how you are feeling. How are your energy levels and digest? Are you hungry or sated? Has your mood changed? What are you craving? This is a great tool that lets us see patterns taking shape and how food affects us on an emotional and physical level. Be an investigator and see what you can discover.


Ask yourself if there are unresolved conflicts in your life that are causing you to be more in your head than in your body.


Give your body what it needs when it needs it. Start with taking a five-minute break from whatever you are doing to give your body the rest, fuel and movement it is craving. A handful of nuts for fuel and a few seated yoga poses for movement can make all the difference in letting your body know you’ve heard what it has to say. ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Kerri Axelrod is

a board-certified holistic health coach specializing in nutritional and lifestyle coaching for women seeking improvements in their daily lives. She works with clients to create an individualized roadmap to health that suits their unique lifestyle, body composition, health history, preferences and goals. For more information, visit KERRIAXELROD.COM.




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I have delightfully cranky opinions about, well ... everything.� 24


New + Awkward + A Little Anxious BY KATE ROBINSON


t’s okay to suck. It’s okay to be new and awkward and vulnerable. In fact, being shitty at something may be the best medicine for navigating the perpetual adolescence we call adulthood. New endeavors bring with them a basket of energy, fear, anxiety, and doubt. Novelty also delivers inspiration, perspective, and if you’re lucky (or a little drunk), some levity. So here we are, making prolonged metaphorical eye contact via a computer screen.

So, hi! Welcome to Asana Boston. We’re new. We’re also really excited to bring the Boston-area yoga scene a forum for ideas and a central location to explore and celebrate the vibrant, familial, passionate, and wildly talented community we have here in the Hub. Here in Asana Boston you’ll find a monthly featured yogi, recipes from the enigmatic Sarah Sturges, nutrition expertise, advice on yoga for kids, a sure-to-befun We Love Lists section, cool new stuff that has caught our eye, and more—way more—fun and surprises lined up in the months to come. You’ll also hear a few words from our fearless editor Ellen Wells. And then there’s me. Your bitchy-but-hopeful yogi behind the desk. I’m a chubby yoga instructor and writer. I work full time checking most of you into your classes, and have delightfully cranky opinions about, well ... everything, especially when it comes to accessibility and inclusiveness in the yoga community. This is gonna be fun. If we are really lucky, it might get a little weird, too. So pull up your mat and join us for something inspiring, community driven, informative, and always entertaining … or to put it more elegantly … join us for something new.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Kate Robinson has her MFA in poetry from Bennington and her

RYT-200 from Back Bay Yoga, where she works and studies, and also teaches at All One Yoga. She writes for the Elephant Journal about size acceptance, privilege and accessibility in the yoga community and is deeply motivated to bring yoga to a wider range of people. Check out some of her other work at YOGACURVESKATE.COM.




studio locator TAP NAME FOR WEBSITE


All One Yoga 1065 Commonwealth Ave. Karma Yoga 338 Newbury St., 3rd Flr Karma Yoga Revolution 971 Commonwealth Ave. Sweat & Soul 1032A Commonwealth Ave. Back Bay Yoga 364 Boylston St. Exhale Spa 28 Arlington St. Exhale Spa 2 Battery Wharf Charlestown Yoga 191 Main St., Charlesetown Blissful Monkey 663 Centre St., Jamaica Plain JP Centre Yoga 670 Centre St., Jamaica Plain Akasha Studio 14 Meehan St., Jamaica Plain Akasha Studio 20 Birch St., Roslindale North End Yoga 256 Hanover St., North End South Boston Yoga 36 West Broadway, South Boston Radiant Yoga 516 East Second St., South Boston Inner Strength Studios 1524 VFW Parkway, West Roxbury

BROOKLINE Baptiste Power Yoga Yoga in the Village Coolidge Corner Yoga Down Under Yoga

25 Harvard St. 17 Station St. 1297 Beacon St. 1054 Beacon St.

CAMBRIDGE Prana Power Yoga O2 Yoga Baptiste Power Yoga Majestic Yoga Studio Karma Yoga Kundalini Yoga Studio Art and Soul 26


Don’t see your studio? Let us know

585 Massachusetts Ave. 1001 Massachusetts Ave. 2000 Massachusetts Ave. 223 Concord Ave. 1120 Massachusetts Ave. 186 Hampshire St. 91 Hampshire St.

NEWTON Down Under Yoga 306 Walnut St.


SOMERVILLE Bow Street Yoga 34 Bow St. Be In Union Yoga Studio 440 Somerville Ave

O2 Yoga 288 Highland Ave. Samara Studio 249 Elm St.

WATERTOWN Inner Strength Studios 309 Main St,




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The news, information and voices of the greater Boston yoga community.

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The news, information and voices of the greater Boston yoga community.