I’ve been thinking a lot lately about the relationship I have with my belly, and the relationship our culture has with this area of our bodies that has led me into what has often been a tumultuous relationship with this crucial part of my anatomy. Now I’ll go ahead say before you get annoyed at… Read More


Student of the Month – Steven Klein I have always been involved in athletics and weight training as long as I can remember, and fitness has always been a priority. I first practiced yoga in a studio last November in my hometown, Charlotte, NC, and I was hooked immediately. I had practiced yoga in gyms… Read More


My Dear, You are cordially invited to loosen up. You’re invited to stop thinking that everything revolves around you. You are welcome to not take everything personally. Please join me for this one and only chance to go with the flow. You’re invited to not need everyone to like you, and to speak with voice… Read More


For many of us, we grew up dancing from a very young age. As kids we turned up the music and started moving around in any which way to the rhythms we heard. As we got older the jams continued with Solid Gold in the 80s, the fly girls on In Living Color in the… Read More


BEEP, BEEP, BEEP — ugh, the alarm sounds and I think about hitting the snooze button, sleeping just a little bit longer, skipping my early morning yoga practice today. I can do it later, I think to myself, a little more sleep will feel good. But I know I won’t do it later. Once I… Read More


Before Bella Prana moved in down the street from my house, my yoga practice was, in one word, inconsistent. I was always a gym rat, so yoga for me was more about the stretching and relaxing. I never stuck with a certain class and always seemed to be very bored half way through. I was… Read More


I have just returned from a month long teacher training at Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health in Massachusetts. Why at 72 years of age would I put myself through such an intense and physically exhausting experience? Well the question really is “How could I not?” I came to the yoga mat at 70. As… Read More


Focusing on one task at a time allows us to be present. Doing more than one thing at a time divides our attention. When we read and eat at the same time, for example, part of our mind is on what we are reading and part on what we are eating;we are not getting the… Read More


If you didn’t already know…hot yoga and Bikram yoga are two very different practices. Hot yoga is a version of Hatha yoga or “Power Yoga” performed in a room that is between 95-100 degrees at humidity between 50% to 80% where the teacher is free to place their own spin on each class. Like many… Read More


On pretty much any given day you’ll see Mark Sweeney on his mat at Bella Prana! We chose Mark as our Student of the Month because he makes it more fun for us to teach and his energy helps to create the serene yet challenging atmosphere we hope to create. In short, Mark just gets… Read More