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  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 – 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 […]

Yoga for Sleep, Yogafly, Yoga Illumined, Rebecca Harris

Three Simple Yoga Poses to Get a Good Night’s Sleep

by Rebecca Harris Ah, the illusive good night’s sleep.  The Center for Disease Control estimates that 50 to 70 million American adults suffer from sleep or wakefulness disorders.  To understand the scope of the issues, that’s roughly the population of the entire country of Italy (who, in my opinion, may have mastered the art of […]

Seated Spinal Twist with Zoe

Zoe demonstrates Ardha Matsyendrasana – Seated Spinal Twist – Yoga Illumined style. Enjoy!  

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