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Why You Should Practice Yoga

Three words: Quality of life. Two of the main reasons our students at Sankofa began their yoga practice is for stress reduction and injury prevention/assistance. Yoga can help soothe the mind, lower stress levels and alleviate insomnia, hypertension, obesity, anxiety, stress, diabetes, high blood pressure and more. Practicing yoga also reduces your risk for injury. Each yoga pose targets specific muscles, organs and body systems, which is why it's best to experiment with different styles based on your current needs. Here's are just some of the benefits:

  • Yoga benefits heart health

  • Yoga relaxes you & help you sleep better

  • Yoga can increase  energy and brighter moods

  • Yoga helps you manage stress and anxiety

  • Yoga improves strength, balance and flexibility 

  • Yoga helps with back pain relief

  • Yoga can ease arthritis symptoms

  • Yoga reduces cholesterol and sugar levels

  • Yoga allows you to see yourself

More than 90% of people come to yoga for flexibility, stress relief, health, and physical fitness. But, for most people, their primary reason for doing yoga will change. As people grow, their practice grows and such beautiful transformations will emerge as well. Yoga offers self-reflection, the practice of kindness and self-compassion, and continued growth and self-awareness.

Why You Should Practice at Sankofa Yoga:

Sankofa Yoga honors your health + wellness goals, whether it's physical, mental or spiritual, and provides you a safe and affirming place to practice. Our yoga classes vary in styles and specialties and many of our classes are mixed-level and beginner-friendly. At Sankofa we offer a 2-Week New Student Special for only $49! With this special promotion, you can enjoy more than our yoga and meditation classes, you can also join our group therapy/counseling sessions as well!

The best way for you to discover what it means to practice at Sankofa is to visit our community. We value community, thrive in community and walk with community. Join us!


Step #1: Create a MINDBODY profile so you can register for class/session

Step #2: Purchase our $49 New Student Special to enjoy unlimited classes for two-weeks and/or enroll in our Yoga for Beginners: 5-Week Series.

Step #3: Register for classes using our scheduler. 




Our $49 New Student Special allows first time visitors to take unlimited classes and/or group counseling sessions at our studio for two weeks! We encourage students to take as many classes/sessions as possible to get a feel for the best offerings aligned with you.




New to this whole yoga thing? Our 5-week beginners course is for anyone with limited yoga experience or none at all. Done in cohort style, move safely at your own pace, as we will teach you the basics of yoga.

  • June 22 - July 20

  • Aug. 3 - Aug. 31

Our New Student Journey is a progressive practice that teaches students new to our studio the core foundations of yoga in a safe and engaging environment. You’ll learn alongside other students and get to know what our commUNITY is all about!


Enjoy unlimited classes and/or group counseling sessions at our studio for two weeks to get a feel for the best offerings aligned with you.


What is the Yoga for Beginners: 5-Week Course?

Our 5-week beginners course is for anyone with limited yoga experience, a budding yoga experience, or none at all. Move safely at your own pace, as we will teach you the basics of yoga: postures (asana), breathing techniques (pranayama), and its ethical principles. Each session will be taught in clinic style as poses will build upon each other to teach you proper alignment within your body. Trust us …yoga is for everybody! Class is led by Drs. Lola Salaam, M.D. and Tamisha J. Ponder, Ph.D.

Can't attend all five Saturday's? No problem! Join us when you can! You will receive a worksheet of what you've missed. No individual daily passes will be sold.

How does the New Student Special Work?

The New Student Special is only available to first time students. Purchasing a single drop-in or any other pass will make you ineligible to enjoy our promotion. Your two-week pass begins at your first class reservation and/or expires one year after purchase. You are responsible for cancelling your class reservation if you can no longer attend. Wellness services and workshops are not included. Your pass is activated with your first class reservation, the pass will expire in 14 days.  

What Classes Should I Take?

Our classes are appropriate for students of all levels. Yogis are encouraged to try a variety to determine which ones are best. On our Class Descriptions page, you will that we've situated our classes into categories:

  • Meditation/Mindfulness

  • Stretch-Focused

  • Vinyasa/Flow 

  • Gentle/Relaxing

  • Workout-Focused

  • Group Counseling

Enjoy a daily dose of peace and balance and begin to make this practice part of your weekly routine.

How do I take your In-Studio classes?

We look forward to sharing space with you. Kindly read our tips below:

  • Pre-register for class online as we do not accept last-minute walk-ins.

  • Bring your own yoga mat

  • Arrive 5-15 minutes before yoga class starts (arrive 15-20 minutes earlier for group counseling sessions


When you arrive at the studio, please check-in inside of our lounge. Take your time to breathe, pour a cup of tea and relax before class.

We do not accept late entry into the yoga classrooms. Classroom doors lock five minutes after class begins.

How do I take your Group Therapy Sessions?

Signing up for group therapy sessions operates just like signing up for one of our yoga and meditation classes. Sessions are held in the evenings to easily fit your schedule and led by licensed professional therapists. Our mental health group sessions include: trauma, anxiety, grief, depression, family counseling, lifestyle changes, substance abuse and LGBTQIQ support. We look forward to sharing space with you. Kindly read our tips below:

  • Pre-register for class online as we do not walk-ins.

  • Arrive 15-20 minutes to complete intake form  (first-time session)


When you arrive, please check-in inside of our lounge and complete your first-time intake form. Take your time to breathe, pour a cup of tea and relax before class.

We do not accept late entry. Sessions close five minutes after group begins.

How do I take your VIRTUAL classes?

To take our VIRTUAL classes, pre-register on MINDBODY at least 30-45 minutes prior to the start of class and you will receive an email from FitGrid with a Zoom link at least 15 minutes before class starts. Select the class that says "VIRTUAL" in the front of the name. If you're comfortable, turn your screen on to get the most out of your class. This way our instructors can assist you and stay connected!

What's Next?

After you've completed your preferred path at Sankofa, join us in membership! As part of our member community we offer many packages to suit different budgets, lifestyles and goals.  With single class drop-in starting at $25 and memberships beginning at $59, we have an option for every person.  Reach out to us today so we can help you find the ideal option for you!

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I have a few questions about beginning my yoga practice at Sankofa. Can I chat with someone?

Of course, we are here to help! Here's a few of our options to best assist you:

Age Limit

The minimum age to attend yoga class is 16 years old. The minimum age to participate in group counseling is 18 years old.

One Registration Per Person

Each student must create their own account and register for classes individually. You cannot purchase an additional drop-in pass for a friend.

How do I create or access my account?

Click here!

There's An App for That!

After you create your account, download the MINDBODY App and add Sankofa Yoga to your favorites. The app makes it super easy to register and cancel your classes at the click of a button! NOTE: Memberships cannot be purchased on the app, you can only do that online here.

Additional Resources:

Click here to read our FAQs

Click here to view our class schedule

Click here to read our class descriptions

Click here to read our class prices

Click here to read about memberships

Click here to read our studio policies

Click here to learn about our teachers

Click here to learn about the owners

Click here to book wellness services

Click here to contact us!





We approach wellness mind, body and spirit. Ranging from Thai Massage to Reiki, our holistic wellness services provide clients with personalized experiences, allowing them to free blocked energy, feel deep relaxation and reach optimal results. Services are appointment only. To schedule a session, visit our wellness page or the link below.



As a culturally responsive mental health center, we provide a wide variety of mental health services helping individual and families seeking balance and peace of mine. Our goal is to provide integrative whole body care to you and your family. To learn more about our mental health services (inclusive of your membership) visit

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