Acceptance

Acceptance
Acceptance There is no denying the transformational power of yoga practice. People often start yoga looking to change their lives or change something about themselves. They come to yoga looking to lose weight, get stronger, improve balance, or feel better about their bodies. Some begin yoga looking to reduce stress, get more relaxed, or quiet ...

Yoga Nidra – You Ain’t Awake, But You Ain’t Asleep Either

Yoga Nidra - You Ain’t Awake, But You Ain’t Asleep Either
All this week, we’re going to highlight the benefits of Yoga Nidra as a form of yogic sleep. Yoga Nidra is one of Mindful Yoga Therapy’s five tools in our toolbox. The other four include: Pranayama, Asana, Meditation, and Gratitude. What makes Yoga Nidra so special is that it can be a more effective and efficient ...

#MYTYogaNidra

#MYTYogaNidra
TODAY kicks off the National Sleep Awareness Week.   We’re going to highlight the benefits of Yoga Nidra as a form of yogic sleep. Yoga Nidra is one of Mindful Yoga Therapy’s five tools in our toolbox. The other four include: Pranayama, Asana, Meditation, and Gratitude. What makes Yoga Nidra so special is that it can ...

Beyond Asana, The Ethical Practices of Yoga #MYTActsofKindness

Beyond Asana, The Ethical Practices of Yoga #MYTActsofKindness
The Yamas and the Niyamas   The Yamas and the Niyamas are ethical practices laid out for us in Patanjali’s 8-limb path presented in the yoga sutras. I like to think of them as a road map, guiding us in the right direction. The five yamas, self-regulating behaviors involving our interactions with other people and ...

Season’s Greetings

Season's Greetings
If we are going to make a change in this world, we need to start with ourselves. Yoga Sutra 2:46 Sthira Sukha Asanam This sutra is most commonly translated as: Stable and Comfortable Posture Sthira: Stable Sukham: Comfortable Asanam: Posture   The ability to find this stable and comfortable space in our body-mind helps us ...

Ch Ch Ch Changes…

Ch Ch Ch Changes...
David Bowie – Changes I still don’t know what I was waiting for And my time was running wild A million dead-end streets Every time I thought I’d got it made It seemed the taste was not so sweet So I turned myself to face me But I’ve never caught a glimpse Of how the ...

Did Yoga Find You…or Did Yoga Find You?

Did Yoga Find You...or Did Yoga Find You?
In the book, How Yoga Works, by Geshe Michael Roach, a young girl named Friday is arrested when she crosses the boarder with an ancient copy of the Yoga Sutras. While in jail, she notices the Captain is suffering from pain. Over time…and I mean…a long time…Friday teaches the Captain…how yoga works. In this story, ...

MYT Guiding Principle | Mindfulness (Part 2)

MYT Guiding Principle | Mindfulness (Part 2)
It’s funny…the more I depend on technology to make me more efficient, the more it seems my life is full of things to do. I feel the very same technology I use to keep up in this fast-paced life…the more hectic my life becomes. Sometime to the point where I don’t even get to…or more ...

Support Precedes Everything with Suzanne Manafort

Support Precedes Everything with Suzanne Manafort
The principle of support preceding action states that if we want to feel connected and integrated in our movement, we need to know where our support is coming from before we engage in any action. For example, in Mindful Yoga Therapy we learn to recognize the earth firmly beneath us in order to allow ourselves ...

Mindful Yoga Therapy in the Middle East – notes from Suzanne

Mindful Yoga Therapy in the Middle East - notes from Suzanne
Teaching Mindful Yoga Therapy in the Middle East We set out on May 22nd 2015 for Tel Aviv with our training manual and Practice Guide translated into Arabic for the trainings. It was a 10-hour flight. There were 5 of us. The group consisted of me (Suzanne), Rob Schware (Executive Director, Give Back Yoga Foundation) ...