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Discover the Roots of Yoga

Saturday, November 18th 

8:30 am - 2:30 pm

Escape for a day with Kristin Schultz and special guest Usha Lasksmi and dive deep into the Roots of Yoga. 


Discover the universal principles of Yoga that maintain the cosmic balance, individually, and collectively, and how they still apply to humanity as a whole irrespective of time, place, culture, or language.


This restorative day starts with an intentional asana, mantra, and pranayama practice, led by Kristin Schultz, followed by a communal Ayurvedic brunch. Then slip into the afternoon for an interactive session of study and discussion with Usha.

8:30am - 10:30am  -  Asana, Pranayama, & Mantra with Kristin 

10:30am - 11:30am  -  Home-cooked, seasonal and locally sourced Ayurvedic communal brunch

11:30am - 2:30pm  -  Meaningful conversation, and hands-on learning about the Roots of Yoga with Usha


This workshop is for any person who:

  • Practices, teaches or is curious about yoga and wants to go deeper into their personal experiences and reflections.

  • Has ever been unsure, insecure, or curious about how to practice yoga without causing harm or unintentionally disrespecting the cultural elements of yoga

  • Is interested in learning from the teachers, aunties, grandparents, and Desi/ South Asian voices and traditions, that add depth to our practice and bring yoga alive in our daily lives.



Leave with a better understanding of how yoga philosophy relates to our modern lives, some of the problems that confront yoga today, and several healing practices you can take into your life.


Yoga is not just exercise, it is a spiritual path. Neglecting the origins of this practice is cultural appropriation and has bred a Western business model and mindset based on theft and disrespect for a thousands-year-old history. Studying the history, philosophy, and ethics of Yoga is one of the many ways we honor this history, create an authentic practice, and avoid appropriation.

Usha Lakshmi

Usha's spiritual journey is all been about breathing, practicing, teaching, and simply being. She has been a yoga and meditation practitioner all her life and believes that her quest for knowledge is never-ending. Her Yoga practice extends beyond her mat and is the central source of her grounded life. Usha teaches Yoga Philosophy and Asana at West Chester University and through the Yogabhyasa Kalari School of Yoga.

Kristin Schultz

Kristin's journey with Yoga has led her on many explorations toward the true aim of yoga - that of complete unity. Her work as Director of Leadership at Zia, as an Ayurvedic Wellness Coach, and as a community advocate acts as an invitation to choose connection over separation and to make waves in the wellness industry by challenging norms, disrupting systems, and mobilizing people to be in action to create transformative social change.

✨Additional Details✨


$108 per person includes a full day of movement, in-depth learning, brunch, and workshop materials

  • Current Monthly Members SAVE 20% with code YAMA at checkout 

  • Wisdom and Wellness Members attend for FREE (Discover Wisdom + Wellness Membership here)


This workshop is held at our studio located at 321 E. Lincoln Hwy, Exton, PA 19341




Given the proximity to our studio community, overnight accommodation is not included in this retreat. However, you can opt to spend the night in one of Exton's many affordable lodging options. 


There are also several hotels within a 10-minute drive from the studio including:

Holiday Inn Express Exton - 3 minute drive / 15 minute walk 

Residence Inn by Marriott Philadelphia West Chester/Exton - 9 minute drive

Hampton Inn Downingtown Exton - 8 minute drive

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