Yoga Rhythm Lounge

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

Sunrise Yoga with Sarah!

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

Stephanie’s Bella Story

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

A Joyful Practice for 55+

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

One Pointed Attention

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

Hot Flow vs. Bikram

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

Why We Love Mark!

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

Yoga for Seniors

I am living proof that life is an adventure. Yes…me! Who could imagine that I would be preparing to embark on a month long yoga retreat. A place to go all alone. A place to go to learn to be. A place to go to learn to teach. Yes me! I, who have never thought… Read More

Who is Hiding Inside?

Who is hiding inside? Do I know you? Good grief…how many years did I hide behind those questions? Most of my 72 years were spent on “Looking Good.” Oh no it was not just the external looking good although that was paramount, it was also looking good everywhere. You know, shade the truth just a… Read More

Freedom From Suffering

I had the chance to talk to a Buddhist Monk about some things that had been bothering me lately. He listened patiently for five minutes of rambling and finally said “You are suffering because you want something to be different than it is…that’s all.” Now you feel combative when you argue with a monk but… Read More