"Every day I’m at Yoga House seems to be made up of a sequence of moments of amazement. Together, our students, our teachers and our front desk staff make me proud of the experience of yoga we share with our community ..."
Wanderlust Weekly: Congrats on the growth of Yoga House! What inspired its creation? Farzaneh Noori: In 1995, the yoga studio that I was going to in Pasadena closed. So, with four other displaced students, we got together and started the Pasadena Yoga Co-op, which we ran for the next 2 years. As our membership grew, it was becoming increasingly clear that Pasadena needed a dedicated space for yoga offering a wide range of classes for all levels of practice. With my co-founder, we started Yoga House in 1997 with a single studio and a lobby. Within six months, we expanded that space and, a year later, expanded again. Over the next two decades, Yoga House has continued to grow organically, always maintaining the founding goal: to create a relaxed and supportive learning environment where all students, no matter their level of physical conditioning or experience, are welcome.
Wanderlust Weekly: You've built a strong community following in Pasadena, what are some of your proudest moments? Farzaneh Noori: Every day I’m at Yoga House seems to be made up of a sequence of moments of amazement. Together, our students, our teachers and our front desk staff make me proud of the experience of yoga we share with our community. Every time one of our long-time students tells me how important YH has become to them is one of my proudest moments. It’s also inspiring when a new student tells one of us how excited they are to discover our studio. Really, I am most proud of—and grateful for—the community we continue to create, now including our 200-hour Yoga Alliance-certified Teacher Training Program, designed to be both comprehensive and accessible to students seeking to deepen and share their practice. The specialty classes on our schedule—from therapeutic yoga for Multiple Sclerosis or Cancer to gentle yoga for Arthritis and our HIV class—are also something we offer that I’m especially proud of.
Wanderlust Weekly: The wellness field is constantly evolving, what upcoming news or developments can we look forward to? Farzaneh Noori: We are introducing Ayurveda, the sister science of yoga, to the studio this year. A unique and all-encompassing path to self-knowledge, Ayurveda means “the science of life,” using the fundamental principles of nature to help promote and maintain health by keeping the body, mind and spirit in a state of balance. In addition to individual consultations, we’ve designed introductory workshops on Ayurveda, including Ayurvedic cooking! My intention is to make Ayurveda accessible and adaptable for modern-day living. As an Ayurvedic practitioner, I can personally speak to the positive effects on my own Ayurveda-informed yoga practice. We also continue to offer a wide variety of workshops with nationally-recognized teachers. [ learn more ]