Dhyana & Syama Masla, Ayurvedic Experts & Yoga Studio Founders
Every month we’re highlighting a member from our Collective—a diverse group of individuals who are inspired by the love and wonder of Ayurveda. This month, we’re celebrating International Day of Yoga with sisters Dhyana & Syama Masla. The Masla sisters are Ayurvedic experts, Founders of YogaVeda, Directors of Yoga at Bhakti Center and more! Learn how their upbringing influenced their careers and how they plan to celebrate International Day of Yoga.
Hi we’re Dhyana & Syama Masla! I serve as an Ayurvedic Wellness Counselor & Lifestyle Consultant and my sister Syama trained under Divya Alter of Divya's Kitchen in the art and science of Ayurvedic cooking.
We grew up in the small country town of Alachua, Florida. When you drive off of the interstate, it looks like any random exit but the further you go, you will find several spiritual oasis, temples, healing centers, national parks, water springs and rivers.
We are founders of YogaVeda; the Yoga Alliance certified school for uniting the philosophy, lifestyle, and sciences of Bhakti Yoga & Ayurveda. Currently, based in New York City, we are Directors of Yoga at the Bhakti Center, as well as Founders of Stanton Street Yoga in the Lower East Side of Manhattan. We also launched our online community, @sister.science, in 2017 and offer many online workshops and trainings each year. We lead 200/300 hour yoga teacher trainings, retreats, and workshops worldwide.
Dhyana: I am Pitta-Vata.
Syama: I am predominately Pitta with equal amounts of Vata and Kapha.
Tell us about your upbringing and how it helped shape your careers:
We were raised on the path of Bhakti Yoga, therefore, grew up learning Sanskrit. Our father opened an Ayurveda Health Retreat in 2001, and by 2004 we started teaching yoga and were trained in Ayurvedic body treatments. After working with several clients who have experienced transformations through the simple lifestyle practices of Yoga and Ayurveda, we wanted to learn more.
What is a common misconception that people have about Ayurveda?
The most common misconception is that people often think Ayurveda is confusing and difficult to apply to everyday life. But the truth is that Ayurveda can be both simple and complex--people can study Ayurveda for years but still learn something new every day!
What’s a typical day like for you and how do you manage to incorporate Ayurveda into your busy schedules?
Generally, as soon as we wake up, we do our “dinacharya” or, self-care practices. This can include tongue scraping, oil massages, or drinking warm water. We then begin our mornings with mantra meditation (practicing for about an hour and a half daily) and then go about the rest of our day, which can include anything from teaching classes, attending business meetings, and having lunch with our community at the Bhakti Center. However, no day is the same for us as we have several different programs, events and workshops happening every week.
Your favorite style of yoga to teach?
Our favorite style of yoga to teach is Hatha-Vinyasa--fluid yet grounded. We always integrate deeper teachings and mantras into our classes so people understand that yoga is more than just a physical exercise, but a path to self-realization.
How do you plan on celebrating International Day of Yoga?
We are partnering with OJAS STUDIO and teaching a free master class at Bhakti Center!
Favorite Ayurvedic rituals/ practices?
Dhyana: I love abhyanga or my daily oil massage.
Syama: I love to eat according to my dosha and the seasons we’re in.
3 tips anyone could use to incorporate Ayurveda into their everyday life?
- Incorporate moments of mindfulness into your every day whether it's sitting down to meditate, taking three deep breaths before eating, or simply being present with whatever task is at hand.
- Make lunch your biggest meal. We tend to have our largest meals during lunch, another easy way to incorporate Ayurveda into your life.
- Take the time to stay away from your electronics. We try to make a conscious effort to put our phones and computers away and spend as much time outside!
Your favorite OJAS STUDIO date & grain bite?
We love Cardamom so the Vata Inspired date & grain bite is our favorite! Also, we have a pretty active lifestyle and are constantly on the move so we love the grounding ingredients of the Vata balancing bites.