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 ...

MYT Tools and Brain Health

MYT Tools and Brain Health
Those of us who practice yoga and meditation on a regular basis often notice changes in ourselves that can be hard to put into words. Perhaps we find ourselves less prone to stress or anger. Maybe we are calmer when faced with challenges which historically would have thrown us into a swirl of negative emotions. ...

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 ...

Small Steps…Big changes!

Small Steps...Big changes!
Santosha | Acceptance, but not without action Your yoga practice will help you learn to practice Santosha or Acceptance of what is, and where we actually are—in our mind and body—at each new moment and each new day and an important principle in our yoga practice. But it isn’t always easy! This doesn’t mean we surrender ...

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 ...

MYT Teacher Highlight – Susann Spilkin

MYT Teacher Highlight - Susann Spilkin
When Susann Spilkin first tried yoga during the early 70’s, it wasn’t to learn the ways of the enlightened, rather it was a way to escape for a night out with her husband. However, it wasn’t long before the allure of listening to the Beatles playing in the yoga classes that yoga turned from ‘something alternative ...

MYT Guiding Principle | Mindfulness (Part 1)

MYT Guiding Principle | Mindfulness (Part 1)
Mindfulness is a major buzzword in today’s fast-paced, I want it now world we live in. Slowing down for some seems so far fetched…and perhaps even unachievable. Mindfulness in its simplest form breaks down like this: paying attention, on purpose, in this moment, and without judgment. The mindfulness aspect of Mindful Yoga Therapy consists of two primary components: ...