Exploring a World of Peace
On and Off the Yoga Mat

Come along and take a ride on a Vahana with us! 

Vahana Yoga, managed by Astrid Jirka, offers yoga classes in Ithaca, New York, as well as workshops, retreats and eco-tours in the U.S. and overseas.  We focus on developing a healthy body and mind as well as just and peaceful communities connected to the natural world. 

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Yoga Classes & Events


Eco-Tours & Retreats

Featured Events

Weekly Yoga Classes

Community Yoga Class at Mighty Yoga - Sundays, 8:30-9:30 am
Slow Flow Hatha Yoga at Fine Spirit Studio - Tuesdays, 9:30-11 am
Power Hour at Mighty Yoga - Tuesdays and Fridays, 12 - 1 pm

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Soul Harvest Wellness Retreat

July 21st, 7am - 9pm at Patriot Wines on Keuka Lake

Join me outdoors on the shores of Keuka Lake for an invigorating, yet restful and beautiful, day of yoga, fitness classes and meditation.  I'll be teaching a back bending focused class at 11am and co-leading a round of (only!) 54 Sun Salutations at 2pm.   There will be an organic juice bar, 15 minute massage sessions, a vineyard tour, meals, raffles and artisan products for sale, as well as sound bowl therapy, make-and-take oils, and raffles throughout the day. The event will begin with a welcome circle and conclude with music and s'mores fireside.   More information is on the Facebook Page and tickets can be purchased below.  I look forward to meeting new yogis from the Finger Lakes region.  Join me if you can!

Costa Dulce Yoga Eco-Tour in Nicaragua

Flying Turtles, Sleepy Sloths
January 12-19th, 2019

Costa Dulce means Sweet Coast in EspaƱol and that's what you'll be looking at  from the yoga platform at this small and beautiful eco-lodge situated on a hillside next to its own beach in southern Nicaragua, on the Pacific Coast.  With a variety of yoga offered every day, bountiful fresh air and a slower pace of life,  you'll soon notice yourself winding down and finding a new daily rhythm.  Your time may also include an excursion to a neighboring town, a volcanic lake,  a hike to see monkeys in the vast natural park or activities such as turtle monitoring, paddle-boarding and surf lessons!  (Note that due to the current political situation the recommendation is to fly into Costa Rica and enter Nicaragua from the south.  From the international airport of Liberia, CR to the eco-lodge, is a 2 hour drive.)


Glampfire Yoga and Hiking Retreat

October 19th - 21st, 2018 in Ithaca, NY at Firelight Campgrounds (Ithaca's premier Glampground!)
Join me and yoga instructor, Ahmed Soliman, from New York City for our second Glampfire Yoga Retreat.  Treat yourself to a one of a kind glamping experience during the spectacular fall foliage and delectable harvest season in the heart of the Finger Lakes region of New York State.  Take some time to relax and unwind, to practice some rejuvenating yoga that will tune you in to your natural surroundings, to go on  a yoga eco-hike in the forest through one of Ithaca's iconic gorges, and to sample some of Ithaca's finest foods and beverages. 

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Yoga Eco-Hikes

By Request
Yoga and Fitness in the Outdoors!  With a yoga mat in tow, learn a bit about the history and ecology of the Finger Lakes region of New York State.  Tune your breath into the trees, give yourself a good stretch and practice exercises for renewable energy as Astrid leads you on a walk through this hidden gem of land.   This is a fantastic way to explore the iconic and unique Finger Lakes while achieving a bit of physical and mental fitness.   Hikes can be tailored to various groups and locations.