Reconnecting This Winter

Archetype Yoga invites everyone to slow down

By Leah Schwartz

Sara Blumenkranz, the owner of Archetype Yoga, is encouraging everyone to slow down this winter.

Amid a bustling holiday season, this can seem like a near-impossible task. After living in New York City for almost a decade, Blumenkranz sought to create a little piece of that when she opened Archetype Yoga in April.

Nestled on the iconic Colorado Boulevard in the heart of Pasadena’s Playhouse district, the sun-soaked loft has French doors overlooking the San Gabriel mountains and a kitchen where students gather after class to sip tea and commune.

In January, Archetype Yoga will host an in-studio winter retreat that Blumenkranz describes as “a curation of all of our favorite practitioners.”

The day will include a sound bath, restorative yoga, guided meditation, a cooking demonstration and a chance to make personalized tea blends.

“Winter, by nature, is a time of rest, nostalgia and reflection,” she says.

“The goal is not to fight that. Great nature beckons us to reserve our stores of energy in preparation for the burgeoning of spring. So we’ve set up a retreat that is the perfect chance to invest in self-care.”

Archetype Yoga practices Katonah Yoga, a newer yogic lineage created by Nevine Michaan in Katonah, New York, more than 40 years ago.

Since then, it has spread throughout the globe, drawing practitioners with its dynamic mix of hatha yoga, Taoist philosophy and sacred geometry. Katonah Yoga emphasizes alignment and the use of props to aid in the setup of postures. Classes are taught more like workshops with thorough explanations so students can learn “the why” behind the pose. It’s about working the mind and body connection with metaphors, guided imagery and hands-on adjustments to help students visualize the archetype of a pose within the frame of their body.

Archetype Yoga offers a variety of classes, private sessions, Katonah Yoga training and a popular full moon intention-setting workshop.

“This month we will use the momentum of the new year to set our resolutions,” Blumenkranz says. “The full moon workshops include tea, tarot readings, and sound bath or guided meditation. The best part of the experience is getting to know people in a safe and inclusive space.”

This intimate experience is capped at 15 students per workshop, and the reservations go quick.

Other offerings include master classes with exciting thought leaders on the cutting edge of yoga.

“Living in New York, I got to practice with instructors from the Katonah Yoga Center and The Studio NYC,” Blumenkranz says.

“When I opened Archetype Yoga, I couldn’t wait to introduce these integral instructors who supported my progression. I believe that every yoga practice needs to be refueled with insight and master classes drive new thought.”

Archetype Yoga is preparing to unveil its upcoming body lab training sessions with “an amazing instructor,” Cassandra Simons.

“She has spent over a decade honing her craft and communicates the material in a way that makes it easily digestible,” she says.

“Because of this, many are drawn to learn new yoga pedagogy or rehabilitate injuries. These training sessions are geared for students to use the material beyond the mat.”

In less than a year, Archetype Yoga was voted Pasadena Weekly’s Reader Recommended Yoga studio in 2022. (Pasadena Weekly is Arroyo Monthly’s sister publication.)

“For me, it’s more than just a yoga studio,” Blumenkranz says.

“It’s been about connecting people to their bodies. There’s nothing better than helping people realize their power.”

Ultimately, Blumenkranz wants the studio to become a space of learning, engagement and community for all.

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