The Mind and the Heart

Zoe Mantarakis, Yoga Illumined, Yogafly, Sumukhi, Asteya

The Heart is the seat of consciousness. Open into it and expand inwardly into eternal bliss. As September’s focus for the Chakra Series at Castle Hill Yoga, is the Anahata or Heart Chakra, I’ve been meditating on the Mind and the Heart. And what each truly represent. I’ve added a photo of Susannah Raulino, one […]

To Master, Teach: Yoga Illumined 2013 Mid-Term Classes

Yoga Illumined, Yogafly, Sumukhi

“Life is like a public performance on the violin, in which you must learn the instrument as you go along” ― E.M. Forster, A Room with a View This sums up why I love to teach others to teach. E.M. Forster got it down in one line – “Life is like a public performance on […]

Love, Boundaries & Forgiveness: 4th Chakra, Anahata

Kristina Lanuza, Sumukhi, Yogafly, Yoga Illumined

It’s birthday month for me, and there’s always a whole heck of a lot of reflection, meditation, CELEBRATION and transformation that happen with the passing of each year. Photos in this post were taken by Suzanne Daniels Grisaffe in 1999 or so. It’s truly remarkable to meditate on all the glorious transformations that occur with […]

The Yoga of Asteya – Honesty, Non-Stealing

Yoga Illumined, Yogafly, Asteya, Kristina Lanuza, Sumukhi, Zoe Mantarakis

This weekend, in Yoga Illumined 2013 Teacher Training at Castle Hill Yoga, we focus on Yoga and Money, alignment and sequencing a full Vinyasa flow class. But we bring it all back to Yoga and Money: two hot topics in our modern spiritual Yoga world. My dear Yoga Illumined co-leader, Zoe Mantarakis reminded me to […]

NEW: Yoga Illumined Yoga Teacher Training at Gallery Black Lagoon – this Fall

Yoga Illumined, Yogafly, Gallery Black Lagoon, Austin, Texas

Zoe Mantarakis and I are excited and honored to expand Yoga Illumined Teacher Trainings to include more locations. Singer Mayberry, owner and curator of Gallery Black Lagoon on 43rd and Guadalupe, asked us to host a Teacher Training at her awesome Gallery location. Gallery Black Lagoon features art by local artists, events and regular Yoga […]

Yoga into the Jewel: 3rd Chakra, Manipura

Yoga Illumined 2012, Shelli Lopes-Barnes

“The Jewel is in the Lotus” – is what the Tibetan Buddhist mantra “Om Mane Padme Hum” translates to in English. The Manipura chakra, or 3rd chakra is the Jewel in the Lotus of the Body. It is “The City of Jewels.” Manipura chakra is the energy center – located at the Solar plexus, at […]

Yoga, Creativity, Wealth and the 2nd Chakra – Svadhisthana

Last month, as part of my 7-chakra workshop series at Castle Hill Fitness, I taught a class on Yoga and the 2nd Chakra – Svadhisthana. We moved through asanas (postures), breathwork (pranayama) and chanting (mantra) to help empower this seat of Creativity and Wealth in the body. It’s truly a powerhouse, the 2nd Chakra, one […]

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