Yoga

Healing the Mother

My first exposure to Amma, hugging Ammachi, was not very remarkable.  I took 3 hours off work in Manhattan to see if I could go get a hug or darshan.  As I sat in the large hallway with thousands of people around me waiting for a hug, I thought to myself, “I really don’t need […]

The Guru and the Koan

Guruji – Shri Brahmananda Sarasvati, Ramamurti S. Mishra, M.D. – has a booklet on how to choose a Guru.  If you can’t find it at Ananda Ashram’s store: http://www.ashramstore.com/ – you can always call the ashram and buy a copy.  It’s a good one. The key takeaway?  If you want a living Guru, you must first […]

The Merits of Spiritual practice

The merits of spiritual practice are infinite.  I’ve observed a behavior within spiritual communities (in all of them, doesn’t really matter which faith or religion or yoga studio) —  of just never ever doing enough. The pressure is in the community pushing for more, more, more seva or service, practices, mantras, asanas, etcetera.  And not stopping […]

The American Yoga Dream

I opened and closed a yoga studio in just under a year and a half.  Let’s just say, it taught me a lot about what I don’t want in yoga nor my life.  There’s a dialogue, you see among spiritual seekers and Yogis in the United States that has been haunting me since I embarked […]

Sukhasana: The Posture of Ease & Sadhana

Yoga Illumined certified teacher Michelle Widmer suggested we add a Pose or Asana of the Month along with a Theme of the Month for www.yogaillumined.com.  And I thought this a brilliant suggestion.  I love tying them to each other.  The pose of the month is Sukhasana – “Sukha” means ease, joy, freedom, sweetness.  Our Theme of […]

Yoga Illumined Studio Opening Feb 1, 2015

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – Contact Jennifer Bichara – jbichara42@gmail.com T 917-446-0936 Yoga Illumined Announces Opening of Yoga Studio in Austin, Texas Join us for Opening Celebration on February 1, 2015 – 3801 South Congress, Suite 111 (AUSTIN, TX), December 29, 2014 – Kristina Lanuza and Zoe Mantarakis are pleased to announce the opening of Yoga Illumined […]

Yoga: Tips for Beginners

by Sumukhi Kristina Lanuza I’ve been on this Yoga path for a while now but I always like to take it back to the Beginner’s mind, back to basics, back to simplicity.  I’ll never forget the first few yoga classes I took and how it all felt somehow familiar and yet, new.  So here are […]

Restorative Yoga: Rest at its Best

by Kate Smallwood I can couch potato with the best of ‘em, but that’s not the real deal. Nor is scrolling Facebook while in bed on a Sunday afternoon. I’m talking about Rest – capital R! A funny thing happens when you remind yourself that this word is actually verb. Try it. “To rest” has […]

Paschimottanasana – Seated forward Bend

Seated Forward Bend – Paschimottanasana creates strength through the lower back and spine.  It lengthens the torso, provides space in the lower back – especially for many of us who sit in Western chairs all day long, unconsciously compressing the lower back. From an energetic standpoint, it creates a seal (mudra) in the body of protection. […]

Yogafly and Surf – South Padre Island, Texas

Yoga Illumined Teacher and Surfer, Terra Volz, helped put together a fabulous weekend of Surf and Yoga in South Padre Island.  We practiced Yoga at Laguna Madre Yoga, Dance and Meditation center – owned by Aziza Barker and stayed at the Blue Beach House, managed by the amazing Tory Neuman.  We plan on having more […]

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