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Yoga for everyone

Teachers from the area bring experience to yoga classes, which are filmed for the website.
Photos by Andrea Killam

By Isabel Braverman
November 9, 2016

HONESDALE, PA — A screen in Yoga International’s headquarters shows a map with dots all over the world. “That’s all the people who are currently on our site,” said chief business officer Travis Head. Britain, India, Australia and the United States are among the many countries whose citizens are visiting the Yoga International website. And its office is right here in Honesdale.

Yoga International’s slogan is “Sharing yoga with the world.” The website offers videos, tutorials, articles and live streams, which are all filmed in the physical studio space at 630 Main St. The yoga studio is a spacious, elegant and peaceful room where yoga classes are held seven days a week and taught by a variety of teachers. Dana Wolfenberg, studio manager, explained that their teachers are experienced; most have five-plus years of teaching and are 500-hours certified. The class schedule offers fundamental techniques like Vinyasa and Ashtanga as well as unique options like Yoga for Dudes and Yoga Therapeutics, which focuses on specific body issues. There are also special workshops, and the schedule changes every few months, but keeps the popular classes. For information on the classes, visit https://yogainternational.com/studio.

While the company isn’t a part of the Himalayan Institute, they do have a working relationship. Yoga International used to be a print magazine for 25 years, published under the institute. Also, the institute used to have a café in the same space, but it closed in 2011. Yoga International wanted to use the space in a similar way, so they opened a café, which sits on the first floor. They use locally roasted coffee from Moka Origins, and all the food is organic and whole nutrition. “The café supports a healthy lifestyle,” Head remarked. “We have pour-over coffee, which is a part of the slow food idea.” There is also a boutique that sells quality, hand-selected products for a sustainable and conscious lifestyle. You can buy a yoga mat that your teacher just used in class, along with jewelry, décor, books, bags and beauty products.