'The yoga of awareness': Alternative practice offered through local studios


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Katie Sinnott, center, in white, poses with participants in a kundalini yoga class on National Kundalini Yoga Day, a tradition started a few years ago, April 27 last year.

Two local women are working to expand kundalini yoga classes to yoga studios throughout Silicon Valley. To start, they’re spreading the word about weekend classes at Yoga of Los Altos and Los Altos Hills Town Hall.

According to teachers Susan Mirbach and Miki Duisterhof, kundalini yoga is for people intimidated by the perceived demands of yoga, and participants don’t need any yoga experience.

Baking the world a better place: Local resident opens gluten-free Sweet Diplomacy after long wait

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Sweet Diplomacy owner Melody Hu arranges some of her gluten-free confections on a tray Friday afternoon. Hu’s shop recently opened at 209 First St. in Los Altos.

Six months after Mountain View resident Melody Hu planned to open the doors of her gluten-free patisserie Sweet Diplomacy in downtown Los Altos, she finally celebrated her shop’s soft opening and is refining and customizing her shop’s aesthetic.

New LA psychiatry practice focuses on sports, sleep


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Pennslyvania-born psychiatrist Danielle Kamis recently put down roots and set up a practice in downtown Los Altos. Kamis specializes in sports psychiatry, sleep medicine, women’s wellness, psychotherapy and cognitive behavioral therapy.

Dr. Danielle Kamis said she always wanted to start her own practice, and in August the psychiatrist did just that in downtown Los Altos.

Opening a private practice “gives me the freedom and flexibility to be able to practice the way that I see best,” Kamis said. “I don’t have a limit to the number of hours I see a patient.”

LA residents OutreachCircle broadens scope


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Sangeeth Peruri created the OutreachCircle app.

As election season approaches, Sangeeth Peruri’s Los Altos-based company VoterCircle is expanding outward from politics.

The first step? Changing its name to OutreachCircle earlier this year.

Stuart’s Apparel owner set to shutter shop in February for new adventures

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Stuart’s Apparel owner Nellie Kumagai plans to close her women’s clothing boutique and retire in February.

Nellie Kumagai decided some time ago that when she turned 70 years old, she would close her women’s clothing boutique, Stuart’s Apparel by Nellie K in Los Altos, so she could travel, golf and spend more time with her children and grandchildren.

Los Altos-based PowerFlex merges with EDF Renewables

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Los Altos High School has 26 PowerFlex Systems electric-vehicle charging stations.

The Los Altos-based PowerFlex Systems – which installs electric-vehicle charging stations with adaptive charging network technology in the community – was recently acquired by international company EDF Renewables, whose North American headquarters is in San Diego.


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