Tuesday, February 20, 2024

Peaceful Breathing at Healing Arts Studio – PRANA FOR PEACE, in Stillwater

Yoga with Kristi. Photo compilation by MB Journe, 3/2023

Prana for Peace is a yoga studio owned and operated by Kristi Meng. The studio is located at 911 Main Street in Stillwater.

Meng is a yoga enthusiast, who is offering classes with various levels of endurance. Her slogan is “In pursuit of enlightenment, bringing peace to the world one soul at a time, striving to always be kind, tolerant and peaceful!”

Each class incorporates “prana breath work” which is an ancient yogic practice. Prana is defined as the life force of the body and the practice promotes mental focus and releases stress.

Kristi makes the bowls sing. Photo by MB Journe, 3/2023

Each class ends with a guided meditation as Meng plays Tibetan singing bowls. The bowls have a deep rich tone helpful for relaxation and healing.

“You will notice the difference in how you deal with everyday life,” Meng said. “Yoga straightens the body, calms the mind and nourishes the soul. I try not to think of this place as “my yoga studio.” It is a healing center where practitioners can share their unique skills with the community. I am a Reiki practitioner and know the benefits of alternative healing.”

Meng first started her yoga practice in 2003 after her mother passed away.

“I felt a little lost,” she explained. “My dad told me to put your mind on something else, take a class on anything. My friend was taking a beginners yoga class. I decided to join. From then on, I was addicted to yoga, taking three classes a week.”

She gives credit to her husband, Steve, who encouraged her to pursue a career in yoga. At that time, they had started their family and each weekend for a year Steve would watch their little girl while Kristi trained with Delia Quigley and Denise Kay of StillPoint Yoga Studios.

In 2013, Meng became a certified Hatha yoga teacher and she opened her first studio at Camp Lou Henry Hoover in Newton. Eight years ago, she decided to move her studio to its present location.

Her husband helped with the renovations, transforming the former feed store into the peaceful studio it is today. Meng’s classes are geared for everyone with various abilities.

“Breathe into the poses,” Meng said. “You will be amazed at how much you can do.”

Special events are held each month at the studio.

Saturday, April 15, from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m., Ann Dornikowski will be lecturing on the Ascension to Akashic Records.

Sunday, April 23, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Jen O’Hagan will be teaching Mayan Spiritual Bathing Ritual.

This ritual has been done since the dawn of humanity for emotional and spiritual cleansing and balancing. The concept of using water for spiritual cleansing was a global concept used by every culture as a spiritual and religious practice. It has stood the test of time throughout generations of various people simply because it works.

Sunday, April 30, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Diane Hynes from Hope Wellness Center will be teaching an introduction to Qigong. Qigong is an ancient Chinese moving meditation which incorporates gentle flowing exercise with synchronized breathing.

“I named my studio Prana for Peace because we are breathing for peace of mind and breathing into the poses,” Meng said. “I think world peace is possible, not by getting up on your soap box, telling others what to do. First, people have to have peace within themselves. This translates out into the community, then the world will change.”

Class schedule:
Monday, 10 a.m. Gentle Yoga
Monday, 6 p.m. Yoga and Meditation

During this class you will experience deep relaxation through moving meditations, controlled breathing (pranayama) and gentle stretches. This class concludes with 10 minutes of silent meditation. If you are a beginner, have trouble turning off your mind or just need to feel silent stillness, then this class is perfect!

Tuesday, 6:15 p.m. Yoga w/Kate McGuinness of StillPoint Yoga

During this class you will focus on toning and strengthening the body.

Wednesday, 9:30 a.m. Chair Yoga

This is great for seniors or people recovering from injury or surgery. The class allows those who feel a regular yoga class may be too difficult. Pre-registration for this class is required.

Wednesday, 6 p.m. Restorative Yoga with Kelly Lyons and Leva Alverson.

In this class you learn poses and how to breath into them.
Thursday, 9:30 a.m. Beginner Yoga
Friday, 9:30 a.m. Basic Yoga II
Saturday, 11 a.m. Chair Yoga Class

For more information, check out www.pranaforpeace.com and her Prana for Peace Facebook page. Any questions, call Kristi Meng at 973 903-6384

Yelens Choban
MB Journe, Contributing Writer
Contributing Writer

MB has been a resident of Frelinghuysen for the past 22 years. She lives in an old farmhouse on the side of the road. She enjoys the simple life, puttering in her flower garden, practicing Qi Gong under her redbud tree, or creating art on the deck.
MB's experience as a journalist began when her son was quite young, she began writing for The Paulinskill Valley Chronicle, often bringing him to work with her. Her responsibilities were writing articles with photos, selling ads, and billing. This suited her, as a single mother not wanting to be separated from her small child.

She considers herself a lover of nature, often seen photographing its beauty. She has worked as a seasonal employee of YMCA Camp Mason for the past 17 years. She is a teacher and mentor of children, always emphasizing the YMCA’s core values - caring, honesty, respect and responsibility. She tries to listen carefully to each individual she interviews, getting their viewpoint. That is why she likes to write about the interesting people and places that make Warren County such a nice place to live.