New yoga studio opens

Rebeca Oliveira

STONYBROOK—A new yoga studio has opened off Washington Street, bringing a growing schedule of yoga classes and workshops to Jamaica Plain.

Akasha Yoga, located at 14 Meehan St., is the third yoga studio to open in JP. It joined Blissful Monkey on Centre Street and Mindful Dog Yoga on Robeson Street in December.

Akasha offers a range of yoga styles, predominantly Vinyasa, Reiki/restorative, and Forrest and Iyengar yoga, studio director and owner Anthe Kelley told the Gazette. It is still adding classes to its schedule, she said.

“We’re bringing meditative practices as well,” Kelley said. “It’s been an organic process. We’re still building according to what we come in contact with.”

The studio also offers regular workshops, including a monthly visit by a Peruvian shaman, and a donation-only class on Sunday mornings, where students pay only what they can afford.

Akasha will also host author and Sanskrit scholar Mark Singleton on May 22, for a talk about the history and legacy of traditional yoga practices versus the asana-based practice common today and a book signing.

Asanas are the poses used in yoga. They are only a part of a traditional yoga practice, but the most commonly practiced part in America.

“I’m pretty excited that he’s coming,” Kelley said. This will be Singleton’s only Boston appearance.

Kelley plans to engage the community in a health expo on May 29 and is also the director of The Greater Silence Foundation, a nonprofit that promotes yoga programs in public schools.

“I’m looking forward to being able to work with students” at English High, Kelley said.

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