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Elegance: From Vienna to Ann Arbor

Sunday, September 1, 2013

On a lovely late August morning, I had the opportunity to sit down with Kiki Markovits, an author, wife, Ismakogie instructor, and creator of Nimble.  She hails from the country of Austria; growing up there during the 50s and 60s meant that Kiki could witness the reconstruction of Vienna following World War II, as it was a time of happiness brought about by a new era.  Kiki grew up with her mother, as her father died when she was five years old.  Kiki's mother was from Budapest, Hungary, a woman who cared very much about style and appearance.  Being elegant was very important to her-not only for her own regard, but also in other people’s eyes.  Dressing up to go places was a standard as it was a way to have self-respect and to show that one respected everyone else by putting in the effort to look nice.  "This old time glamour where people had good posture, held their heads up, and had an elegant composure is something which has greatly diminished over the last several decades", Kiki says.  

Kiki's mother wasn't wealthy, but she showed that one doesn't need to spend lots of money on fancy clothes to look elegant or to make good impressions; "the key is the way in which you wear the things you have", said Kiki.  Nowadays, people seem to dismiss these things as being unimportant and it certainly shows--how many people do you see daily, who are hunched over their cell phones or laptops?  This lack of consciousness about posture and healthy body movements makes people feel lousy and weak inside instead of strong and confident.  These poor habits also bring about arthritis and all sorts of joint, muscle, and bone damage.

Kiki's mother loved dance and movements associated with the fine and performing arts.  She grew up around the time of World War I, thus there were naturally things that she wasn't able to do; she lived her wishes and dreams that were put on hold through her daughter, Kiki.  Kiki danced ballet and played piano while growing up; she was enrolled at the Lycee Francais, a private school.  At the age of fifteen, Kiki was asked to join the Vienna Opera Ballet as she was a talented dancer, however, Kiki's mother didn't want her to follow the entertainment path as it is short-lived with no longevity.  Ballet wasn't intellectual in her mother's eyes; it was a good hobby but a bad career.  Kiki went on to university which led her to pursue a career working at the largest bank in Vienna.  At the bank, she was involved in a women’s group which focused on acquiring the same rights for women and men in management position and compensation.  During this time, the very first women’s spa in Austria opened up and it offered relaxation, yoga, and Ismakogie.  Kiki started attending the spa twice a day and absolutely loved it.  Her instructor-a woman in her 60s-taught the class with incredible vibrance, elegance, and energy.  Participating women even did things like walking with candles on their heads in order to improve balance.  

Quite a few years later, Kiki married her current husband, Andrei Markovits.  The marriage brought her to the U.S. in 1997, and the couple lived in Cambridge, Massachusetts, as Andy was teaching at Harvard University.  A couple years later, they moved to Ann Arbor due to Andy's teaching position as a political science professor at the University of Michigan.  

Once she came to America, Kiki realized that Ismakogie did not exist in this part of the world, thus she wanted to spread her knowledge and show people how wonderful, simple, and practical it is.  Ismakogie is a well-being method that was developed by Anne Seidel in 1950.  It places an emphasis on repeating small exercises until the effects of them are felt on the whole body. 

All these years, Kiki had kept her apartment in Vienna and so she decided to go back to her hometown to become certified in Ismakogie. She took intense medical seminars in anatomy and did research on the practice, which is prevalent in the Netherlands, Germany, France, and Italy.  She came up with her own, comprehensive version of Ismakogie-Nimble: Numerous Ideal Movements for the Body for Lifelong Elegance, Enhancement, Enrichment, and Enjoyment.  Her method is built on the premise that everything is connected; every limb in our body is connected to other parts and thus if we start fixing one part there will be a chain reaction-the other parts of the body will improve as well do to the effort put into just one area.  The method helps one focus on elegance, and integrate the path to lightness and agility in daily life-it's not just another workout, but a lifestyle. 

Kiki sat down and started writing her book in 2012, and she filmed a short video to accompany it.  The two were published at the end of 2012.  They were introduced to the public with an event at Ayla, a stylish boutique in downtown Ann Arbor.  Continuing the dispersion of her knowledge and teaching, Kiki published a second book in 2013, entitled Nimble: A Guide for Brides which continues the Nimble theme with techniques especially designed to help brides present themselves elegantly in their wedding ceremony. 

Nimble is for anyone who wishes to improve herself/himself physically and mentally.  Older people tend to appreciate Nimble more than the young as they can feel the effects of aging on their bodies and how Nimble teaching can address infirmity and significantly improve their body movement.  The young, however, can find the method beneficial.  It helps them establish proper posture and movement, avoid bad habits and integrate Nimble early on. 

Men are usually much less interested in appearance compared to women, however, most people don't want to lose the abilities that their bodies had at a young age, thus their motivation is health which, in turn, effects outward appearance.  

One of the primary steps to self-improvement is for people to have constant support in their feet in order to support other joints and muscles.  Kiki emphasizes the importance of starting with the feet, the base which holds up all of your body weight, and then working your way up the body.  When her book came out, people were very interested, but quite a few were also hesitant because Nimble seems so simple. 

Kiki has incorporated digital techniques to market her works such as having her website, putting up content on Youtube, and her Facebook.  Every month she sends out a newsletter, that anyone can sign up for on her website. The newsletter not only reviews exercises in the book, but also reveals new ones that are not in the book.  In the future, she will create a blog in order to reach out to her followers and connect even more with those interested in Nimble.    

Kiki also offers private lessons.  Sometimes whole groups of people have a lesson on how to sit and walk properly.  Group lessons make the educational experience fun.  Mothers and daughters have tea sessions together while taking lessons.  The practice facilitates bonding and investing in health simultaneously. 

Nimble sessions focus on the way you move, as it is your identity.  If you watch someone walking from afar, you can tell a lot about the person from the way he/she moves.  During the sessions, Kiki primarily focuses on balance, picking up the feet instead of shuffling, and having good posture with a straight back and shoulders down.  She watches her clients walk and then critiques and targets their specific goals.  For senior people, the goal is to help them walk in a refreshingly steady way, so that their movement does not reveal their age.  The lessons last about two hours and they are typically every six weeks.  Kiki doesn't want people to rely on her by having lessons every week.  She gives her clients time to practice the skills they learn. 

Kiki also conducts sessions in Detroit to young women from poor backgrounds to help them with their self-esteem.  She says, "it is important how you feel and how you carry yourself, not the amount of money you have".  

People wonder how long it usually takes to go from thinking about things like posture and body movements to being able to subconsciously move in the correct manner.  Kiki says that certain things are quick, such as sitting the correct way by sitting on the edge of a chair, on the sit bones.  It is almost always difficult for people to correct a hunched head, neck, and spine.  One of the main misconceptions Kiki clarifies for her clients is that relaxation doesn't have a positive connotation and that stress or tension doesn't have a negative connotation.  We are never completely relaxed.  Even while we sleep, breathing requires energy and muscle tension.  We are always flexing or stretching and so being relaxed is not a goal for the body.  Being completely relaxed with no tension is basically “being dead” so the goal is to be grounded-to be in the middle of “self” and find balance.  We need to gain back the natural resonance and balance of the body.  For example, we usually forget about the hands and if you think about it, we are always gripping or grabbing things but we never truly stretch our hands.  An analogy is the breaststroke.  You crutch the body together as the hands brush the chest and then you stretch and elongate the body.  The duality of life is a constant theme that holds true for the body.  One must balance out one extreme with the other.  Kiki says, "Outside posture reflects a lot of your inner life".  Our exteriors are a reflection of our interiors and vice versa, they are interdependent on each other.  Changing your outside appearance and feeling can change your inner self, and this is the epitome of Nimble.

Café Zola’s Twin shall be Born Soon

Saturday, July 6, 2013

Café Zola, located on W. Washington St. in the heart of Downtown Ann Arbor, has been a favorite of locals and outside visitors since 1996.  The menu is influenced by the taste and flavor of Mediterranean with specialties from France, Italy, and Turkey.  The ambience is always charming and lively, especially on weekends.  On a sunny afternoon in June, I got a chance to sit down with Hediye Batu, the owner of Café Zola to talk about her journey in the restaurant business, her roots, and her upcoming new restaurant. “I never had any intentions of opening a second restaurant”, said Hediye.  A couple of years ago, Illinois-based North Shore Properties Group, asked owners Hediye and her husband Alan Zakalik about leasing space in Arbor Hills Crossing, the under-construction shopping plaza at 3000 Washtenaw Avenue.  “Since they offered us a deal, I thought, why not?” said Hediye.
Hediye Batu in front of Zola

From a business standpoint, having another Zola on Washtenaw Ave. is a smart move.  There are no other comparable restaurants in that area except for Paesano’s, an Italian restaurant, and there is no other restaurant that does breakfast, lunch, and dinner; most just do lunch and dinner.  The new Café Zola will receive more traffic because customers won't have to travel to Downtown to enjoy the cuisine of Café Zola.  It will be more of a family-friendly place and there will even be a children’s menu for dinner. 

“There’s a host of schools in Ann Arbor like Tappan, Lawton, Pioneer, Gabriel Richard, so it would be practical for parents to pick their kids up from school and then bring them to Zola for dinner”, said Hediye.

The new bistro will be a little bigger than the original café but the menu will stay the same, and some fresh new items will be added.  There will be a larger bar with mezzes, tappas and a patio so that people can enjoy the weather when it’s warm.  Arbor Hills Crossing will have a combination of restaurants and retail stores such as Hot Mama: an upscale nationally recognized boutique, Lululemon Athletica: luxurious, fashionable athletic wear, Anthropologie: indie clothes, accessories, and decor, and New York headquartered Brooks Brothers: America’s oldest men’s clothing store which now carries men’s and women’s classic business attire.  These attractions will make the center a very popular place for Ann Arborites.  The plaza, which consists of four buildings in a space of 100,000-square-feet, will open at the end of August.

Café Zola has been a successful and popular establishment in Downtown Ann Arbor for years. What makes it great and how did it become what it is today?  It was certainly not easy.  In 1988, Hediye came to America from Turkey to complete her education.  Once she realized it was easier to work and make her own money in the U.S., she decided to stay and put her business background to use.  She quickly discovered that there weren’t many delectable eateries in the area, and she complained wherever she went—there was a need for fresh, delicious, and different food.  Alan, her future husband, had always pictured starting a restaurant.  His vision paired with Hediye’s risk-taking mentality drove the inception of Café Zola. Deciding on the name, Hediye always knew that she wanted wording with a “Z” because of her husband’s last name.  One day, Hediye, Alan, and Alan’s cousin (a part-time owner of Zola) were on Lake Michigan, reading the New York Times, and there was a section on French writers—one of them was Émile Zola.  It’s a perfect name as it is short, memorable, and French.  Émile Zola’s craft is the epitome of Café Zola as it is a unique place where interesting people such as artists and poets come to have good food and cheer in an atmosphere that feels very European.  Hediye and Alan decided to keep the name Zola, instead of coming up with a new name for the bistro; another smart move. 
Hediye Batu in 2010

Hediye grew up in a large family where her parents and grandparents cooked foods of all sorts of flavors, textures.  She felt that she and the rest of Ann Arbor needed that.  Hediye and Alan are true believers in using very fresh and organic ingredients in dishes they put on their menu.  They truly have selections that can please anyone’s palate whether one is a vegan, practically a carnivore, or everything in between.  The best part of the menu is that brunch is served until 4 p.m. daily, which features magnificent sweet and savory crêpes like smoked salmon, ratatouille, and Normandie.  Hardy omelettes like asparagus and goat cheese, southwestern, and Americana are made with organic eggs, rosemary-garlic roasted red skin potatoes and toast.  Café Zola also has wonderful saladssandwicheswaffles, and classic Turkish brunch.  Hediye even put her mark on the menu with Hediye’s Choice: “Full city roast coffee, full-bodied yet lively, with hints of mango and papaya in its pungent bouquet; perfectly balanced, nutty and rich” and Hediye’s Breakfast: “Toasted bagel, filled with scrambled eggs, scallions, mushrooms, asparagus, caramelized onions, herbs and Danish Havarti cheese, served with tomato slices and kalamata olives”. 
Nutella Banana Crêpe

Café Zola has set a terrific example for independently owned businesses and Hediye has some advice for entrepreneurs and those interested in start-ups, particularly in the restaurant business.  She very honestly says, “it’s not the best business to be in.  You must be ambitious, goal-oriented; you can’t be lazy; and you definitely cannot expect money right away”.  It is no secret that restaurant owners are extremely busy, having to think about a dozen things at a time.  You have to choose a lucrative location, talented employees who are at least as smart as you, if not smarter, you have to create a delicious, varied menu, all while managing costs—you cannot have high profit expectations.  “The first weekend we were open, we ran out of food”, she said, chuckling.  “The weekdays are hard; I am here every single day of the week, except for Tuesdays, from 7 a.m. ‘till 11 p.m.”  Hediye manages everything by being quick, levelheaded, and fair to everyone.  She devotes herself to her business selflessly, and that is one of the reasons why it has been doing so well for so many years.  “During the first ten years, Alan and I didn’t take our share of the proceeds, we kept it in the business to invest”.  Hediye’s Café Zola is a reflection of herself and definitely a source of her pride.  She therefore feels tremendous responsible and makes sure that the food, ambience, and customer service are always first-class.  

Omelette Provençale with feta cheese
Café Zola is a popular spot for old and young, American and foreign, but it is also attracting many business people, particularly venture capitalists and tech entrepreneurs who like networking professionally, making deals, or just getting down to work in the morning. There are lots of people working in downtown offices, so Zola is a prime place to meet with people; this is why a great deal of the decisions that influence Ann Arbor’s economy may take place at Café Zola.  The staff at Café Zola is always happy to accommodate customers’ needs and requests.  The location and the friendliness are notable factors of the café’s success.  Zola also features local artists’ works on the brick walls, a reflection of its commitment to promoting Ann Arbor’s talent and to networking. 

As far as digitally marketing Zola, Hediye wants to keep the online interaction to a minimum.  A few years ago, Zola launched a beautiful website, and it has a Facebook page, a Twitter page, and presence on YelpUrbanspoon, and Tripadvisor, but Hediye strongly believes in engaging with her customers in person.  “The restaurant experience is live entertainment, and it is not supposed to be with technology”, she said.  She doesn’t feel that Café Zola needs to depend on social media to reach it’s customers because customers experience first-hand what Zola is.  The memories from the real-time experience stay with them, more than a social media experience would ever be able to.  With the online presence, however, out-of-towners can discover Café Zola—one of the gems of Ann Arbor.  There are a lot of people associated with the University of Michigan like parents, alumni, football fans, and visiting scholars who seek out Ann Arbor attractions—and Café Zola is one of them. 

Life Lessons from the Himalayas

Saturday, June 29, 2013

Moni and Pem Sherpa hiked up the Himalayas for two and a half months to reach the summit—this was not for any typical reason.  Most people journey across this mountain range that passes through countries like China, Pakistan, Nepal, and India for exercise, for a challenge of the mind and body, for breathtaking photography, for a nature-filled sojourn—but no.  This Nepali couple did not trek the entire Himalayas for any of these reasons; they went on their lengthy spiritual journey in 2005 to marry at the very peak of Mount Everest.  They are the very first couple, in the world, to be married at the top and they are the owners of our very own exotic shop on Main St., The Himalayan Bazaar.  The store, which opened in 2011, features Fair Trade Nepali goods like handmade jewelry, traditional clothing, statues, and unique gifts.
2012-Roshani (second from right) after the sunrise on Poon Hill

During the afternoon of Sunday, June 23rd, there was a very special event that took place in the shop.  Ann Arborite, Yoga master, and cultured Roshani Adhikary gave a very interesting presentation on her treks in the Himalayas and on the key life lessons that she has taken away from her experiences.  The 30 year old grew up mainly in Ann Arbor with Nepali parents, and after college, she found love in Nepal.  That’s why in the summer of 2011, she traveled to Kathmandu to marry, and she ended up living there for a year and a half.  Her time spent in Nepal was filled with personal and professional adventures, including leading yoga treks up the Himalayas.  She has done a total of ten treks, six of them being yoga treks.  Roshani summed up her travels and wisdom effectively into ten life lessons, and she cleverly made them applicable to midwestern lifestyles.  The ultimate goal of her talk was to show people how to create happier lifestyles for themselves in order to make the most of all the moments of life and to achieve balance.  Here they are:

1. Greetings Matter-Namaste

While she was on her yoga treks, Roshani would only be accompanied by a few other people and they wouldn’t come across others for days.  Due to her circumstances in the Himalayas, she was incredibly grateful and excited when she and her group would at last, encounter another living being in the depths of the lonely and endless mountains.  She would put her clasped palms over her heart and say, “Namaste”.  It is a greeting and parting courtesy, as well as a gesture that is commonly used by Hindus and Buddhists.  As Roshani put it, “the soul within me bows down to the soul within you”.  Even her own husband, Sandeep did not know of this beautiful translation.  “It is a humble offering coming from a stranger, who is welcoming you”, she said.  The power of people and the importance of respect became very apparent and meaningful to her during her treks, and she realized that she took for granted, all the people she walks by everyday, in the streets of Ann Arbor.  Roshani told her audience that, “eyes are the window to the soul”.  Eye contact is a way in which we can emulate Namaste here in Ann Arbor.  Without it, we feel vulnerable and invisible to others, but once we make eye contact with one another, we feel not only noticed, but validated.

2. Eat to Live

While on her treks, Roshani would not have very much access to food.  Even lentils and potatoes or rice were a luxury in the mountains, especially in the rural areas.  She really was forced to eat in order to survive in the Himalayas, so she was very grateful for any food-even if it wasn’t to her liking.  She realized, that in Ann Arbor, there are ten food markets that are within ten miles of her house.  In this sense, we really do live in luxury in Ann Arbor, with all the different types of markets from Korean, to Indian, to Middle Eastern.  Here we eat what we like and we have too many options.  To change this habit, Roshani makes one meal each day with simply the things that are already available in her kitchen, without any emphasis on whether or not the outcome would be to her liking.  Sometimes we shouldn’t focus on the taste and over indulge; we should be full of gratitude for the meals we have every single day.

Roshani in Nepal

3. Take it Easy

Frequently on her journeys, Roshani would guide Swedish and Norwegian businesswomen through the Himalayas.  Since they all had very demanding, high position jobs, they didn’t have a clue what to do with themselves without their typical gadgets.  There is no Wi-Fi, or electricity, in the mountains, thus these women had to abandon technology and learn to adapt to their new environment.  It was difficult at first to adjust to the shock, but after a while, they realized that they could relax, be carefree, and survive without their technological comforts.  At last, they had to surrender and enjoy themselves.  The picture of them smiling wholeheartedly, taking a swim in the natural hot springs was a great reflection of learning how to take it easy.  With unplanned free time, people can unleash creativity and discover new uses of time—they did it by bathing in natural hot springs.

Roshani Adhikary-courtesy of ECS Healthy Life Magazine

4. Release the Kid Within 

Roshani shared with us a story about a time when she was stressed.  She had been trekking for many days, and at the end of one day, she was absolutely exhausted.  She could barely get through the door to sit down.  Moving at that point was unbearable.  Once she threw herself unto the couch, with relief, she dug into her pocket for her muscle soother.  Unfortunately, she hadn’t packed the muscle soother, and instead, she found a kaleidoscope.  This devastated her, because her sore, aching body needed to be comforted.  A Tibetan monk was sitting near her, and he asked her why she looked so upset and frustrated.  She explained, and he asked to see the kaleidoscope.  He had never seen such a toy, and once he looked into it, he shrieked with wonderment and giddiness.  As she taught him how to use the kaleidoscope, and as she observed his curiosity, Roshani realized that we take exciting things, like kaleidoscopes, for granted, and then she began to laugh.  We can’t constantly be stiff, tense, and consumed with work and responsibility.  We must learn to relax and play, unleash the child within us, in order to rejuvenate and be optimistic.  In Ann Arbor, there are great places like The Hands On Museum, The Ann Arbor Ice Cube, Fuller Park Pool, or Nichols Arboretum where you can let go and have fun.  Playing in nature is one of the simplest things, and some think it is a silly way to spend time, but it is actually incredibly reviving and beautiful.  There are many things and places around us that can help us free up our spirit.

Moni and Pem's daughter with Anita Adhikary's (Roshani's mom) book, N is for Nepal

5. Magic is in the Moment

Often when we are at an event or at a certain place, our mind is on something else.  When Roshani was on the trails one time, she was constantly worrying about things back home, like her husband, as she was recently married, and her social networks, email, etc.  She was not really into the trek, or the people she was hiking with.  Once she started to recognize the fact that she can always be at home, but only be on the Himalayas twice a year, at the most, she imbibed the beauty around her. She took in the thinning air, the depth of the huge rocks, and the people she was with.  Roshani realized that she hadn’t been living in the moment, and that she hadn’t invested her mind into the real time experience.   She told us, “You can never step in the same river twice”.  Take in every unique moment and become engaged and part of the glory.  If you don’t, you will regret it. 

6. Be Prepared

With the inability to see into the future, it is always wise to be prepared for any situation that may come your way.  In the mountains, you don’t have access to boiling water, so you should bring a portable water filter like the Katadyn Microfilter, a reliable filtered bottle, with warranty.  You should always have a red cross kit anywhere you go.  Especially in Michigan, where bipolar weather is prevalent, it is always wise to have rain gear and snow gear on hand.  Roshani told us of a time when her car got into a ditch in a snow storm.  If she had packed kitty litter in her trunk, and boots to replace her high heels, she would have been prepared for this, and thus had avoided wasting time.  

7. When in Doubt Just Breathe

When you’re stressed, busy, or even overwhelmed with everything life is throwing at you, try to take a moment and breathe.  If you just keep worrying, you will end up being unproductive because you don’t even know where to begin accomplishing tasks.  While running on the treadmill, don’t think, “I have an hour left of my workout”.  During exam periods, don’t think, “I have four more days of finals”.  If you’re stuck in traffic don’t succumb to road rage.  There will always be a slow car or a string of red lights, and there is nothing you can do about it.  Sometimes, things are just the way they are and if you handle them with calmness, then everything will be much smoother.  Most of life is about the way in which we react to things, so in this sense, we have control over our lives. 

Seated Pigeon Pose in Ghandruk, Nepal

8. Disconnect to Reconnect

Roshani admitted that she is a Facebook addict; then again, most of us can admit that we are addicted too.  With technology, comes isolation, and a non-verbal lifestyle.  Gadgets consume our minds, and we become disconnected to the world happening around us.  Every once in a while, it is good to disconnect from these distractions in order to reconnect with more natural parts of our surroundings.  Roshani recommends disconnecting for a day each month in order to reconnect with nature.  Disconnecting gives the mind a break from work and technology so that when we come back to our work, we can be more focused and do things much more efficiently. 

9. The Prize is the Process

Similar to magic being in the moment, absorb the journey you take to get somewhere.  When Roshani was on the trails one time, her mind was solely focused on reaching the summit, the hyped up glory of the Himalayas.  There was a group of Norwegians who were coming back from the summit and they had not gotten a chance to see it due to extreme fog.  Roshani thought that it must have been a waste of time and a huge let down that they didn’t get to see the incredible view at the top, but they exclaimed that they got so much out of the trip.  They captured all the beauty of the mountains, on the way to the peak, and they made enjoyable memories all along the way.   Don’t just be preoccupied with the hype or the finished product; enjoy the process and work hard during it, in order to be rewarded in the end.  A lot of us, keep thinking of the next thing, the better gadget, the next promotion.  “Feel lucky now”, Roshani tells us, “bask in the glory”.  Be grateful for your current job, your house, your clothes, and food.

10. Move

Last but not least, is living an active lifestyle.  We all know that in order to be healthy, we must exercise as often as we can.  Seriously, just do it!  Don’t keep telling yourself that it will happen and hoping that you will find motivation.  If you think about it too much, it will never happen.  Get out there and move and your mind, heart, and body will thank you for it.  Be grateful if you have the ability to move, instead of being handicap or paralyzed, and use your gift. 

Roshani with her husband, Sandeep at the Ann Arbor Summer Festival

Trekking seasons on the Himalayan range are March-April and October-November.  Each day, people typically walk on the trails from 6 a.m. -5 p.m., when the sun is up.  People in Nepal don’t typically go on these treks, because they have to tend to their work in their villages or cities.  You don’t see very many Nepali women alone on the range, because culturally, it is not very acceptable.  Nowadays, more local people hike, wearing professional mountain gear, and making unique fashion statements.  If you are interested on going on a trek in Nepal, Tibet, and Bhutan, with a group of Ann Arborites, visit www.ofglobalinterest.com.  You can contact the coordinator, Heather O’Neal at ofglobal@aol.com or call (734) 369-3107.  This contact information is for The Himalayan Lodge LLC in Ann Arbor as well, which is also run by Pem and Moni Sherpa.  Visit www.himalayanlodge.com for information on the hotel, and if you have any questions about the shop or the owners, contact them at info@thehimalayanbazaar.com - (734) 997-7229.

Roshani Adhikary teaches yoga at Ita Yoga Studio, Washtenaw Health and Fitness Center, and she also does private lessons.