About Us

Sanapurna means complete health (sana - health; purna - complete). This mix between Sanskrit and Latin, east and west, mirrors the background of owners Poonam and Thomas Stecher Sharma.

Poonam grew up in a small town outside of New Delhi in a family of yoga experts and practitioners. Her desire to teach and deepen her knowledge led her to pursue a Postgraduate degree in Yogic Studies at Bihar Yoga Bharati. Thomas was born and raised in the mountains of Switzerland where his family worked in hospitality. After leaving his corporate job, Thomas had a deep desire to return to serving his community as his family had. He began studying Ayurveda at the Bihar School of Yoga where he met Poonam. Their shared passion for building a community and offering holistic solutions to modern-day physical and mental ailments is what brought them together in their dream of opening Sanapurna.

Over the past 15 years, our studio has been a haven for those who want to escape the hectic everyday life, relax and recharge their batteries. We focus on where you want to go and not where you are coming from. Where one comes from cannot be changed but getting to where one desires to go can always be inspired and facilitated in the right environment. We hold the space for you to grow, explore possibilities and build dreams through your practice.

Our extensive team of professional yoga teachers and therapists work together to offer various, high-quality classes and practices to reach everyone where they are, based on their needs. We believe that maintaining a healthy lifestyle is a better approach than fixing what has already been broken. Yoga, ayurveda, and all preventative practices are important to foster a healthy society where people take care and look after themselves - physically, mentally and emotionally.

Sanapurna also holds a strong commitment to reducing our carbon footprint and environmental impact. Everything from our building to the renovations, and the philosophy to everyday life, reflects this commitment - environmentally friendly paint, upcycled wood, clay walls (great insulation means little heating and cooling is needed), ecological friendly cleaning products, recycled paper, beeswax candles and a specialized cleaning service who also has strong environmental protection practices. In the end, our mission is to take care; of our students, our community, and our planet.

Yoga is an instrument to awareness. Sanapurna is a manifestation of our dream to light the spark of awareness in everyone we cross paths with in this life.