January 4th, 2011

Featured Retailer: Renaissance Yoga


Some things are just meant to be. Picture a pastoral, semi-rural, sailing community on the Chesapeake Bay landscaped by horses, corn and old tobacco barns with lots of warm, genuine people all around, yet no yoga studio anywhere in sight. Enter a fellow of modest means with an ardent desire to share his practice.
The resultant: Renaissance Yoga.
Established in 2005, with just a single yoga class a week, Renaissance Yoga of Galesville, Maryland has flourished into a dynamic, mobile yoga abode featuring 15 - 20 classes a week in an array of community halls and centers that dot the local landscape - not to mention corporate classes, sports team trainings at high schools and universities, and a host of other special offerings and events.
Satyam, the founding director and lead instructor of Renaissance Yoga, began his journeying into yoga in 1991 through a meditation-based practice with an emphasis on yoga lifestyle. By '93 he yearned to take it deeper.
That fall, he and his brother departed Forestville, CA & put foot to pedal on a 6-month bicycle tour from NW China over the Himalayas via the silk road / Karakoram Highway - the highest public roadway in the world (15,397 ft) - into Pakistan and across the entire Indian subcontinent. Far more than just a bike tour, it became an immersion and exploration into the culture of yoga.

Over the next ten years, Satyam spent months upon months living in ashrams (yoga houses) in India - most of the time in remote villages without any amenities, i.e. bathing outside by a well and living in a mud hut with an earthen floor, where he studied one-on-one with a yogacharya.
Renaissance Yoga aims to provide anyone and everyone their own personal gateway into this ancient practice that is a perfect complement to the demands of modern-day living. All the wonderful people who come to class, spread the word, and inspire the next great program.

Life is an experiential, sometimes thorny, yet joyous journey – and they are all part & parcel of a singular universal family. To all those aspirants & practitioners venturing about, via road or web, when in town, please know you are most welcome,

Featured Retailer: Renaissance Yoga

10 Response(s) to Featured Retailer: Renaissance Yoga

On January 9th, 2011 at 6:13 pm, krista said:

Namaskar Satyam...thank you for bringing a ray of light to our southern Maryland community with your classes, workshops and wisdom. And thank you Manduka for providing practical, quality and cozy mats and props that enhance our yoga experience.

On January 10th, 2011 at 8:51 am, Coni said:

The article looks great, they did a good job of editing yet keeping the spirit of the article in tact.

On January 10th, 2011 at 11:25 am, Annie said:

Satyam embodies the spirit of yoga is such amazing ways, constantly giving back to the yoga community he brought together! Our yoga practice has helped so many of us embrace all aspects of life with much more grace than we thought....thank you, Satyam!

On January 10th, 2011 at 2:18 pm, patti sachs said:

Satyam has brought many things to our community - a sense of calm and patience, a sense of fun! a sense of peace and well-being. (And Manduka!) I take class at 2 or 3 locations with him. It's great that he has been able to utilize the resources of our community and those around us. Namaskar, Satyam.

On January 11th, 2011 at 10:46 am, Yoga Mat Fanatic said:

Satyam certainly deserves great respect from our community for all the peace they brought to our overstressed people. Thanks!

On January 12th, 2011 at 6:24 pm, Sarah said:

Southern Maryland is so lucky to have Satyam and Renaissance Yoga classes. Satyam is a truly gifted teacher. His classes are both challenging for intermediate students as well as welcoming for beginner students.

On January 17th, 2011 at 11:28 am, teresa crofoot said:

It has been a great joy to take classes from Satyam. Not only are the yoga and meditation classes wonderful but Renaissance yoga has a lot of other workshops on health, food and eco living. Truely our community is blessed with his teaching.

On January 22nd, 2011 at 2:01 pm, Nancy said:

I have been taking classes from Satyam since September 2008 and really look forward to practicing yoga and meditation. Not only do the strength & fitness classes provide an extremely challenging workout, I appreciate the feeling of calm peacefulness that carries me through the rest of the day (and week). I am so grateful that Satyam resides here in Southern Maryland!

On January 25th, 2011 at 3:03 pm, Satyam said:

Thanks to everyone for your kind words and support and thank you Manduka for giving Renaissance Yoga and our So Md community a presence on your site!

Best, best wishes,

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