Sadhana – Spiritual Practices of Yoga

When you read Iyengar’s “Light on Yoga” – a beautiful adaptation of the Hatha Yoga Pradipika for modern-day yoga practitioners, you’ll often see the word “sadhaka.”  This word implies the person doing the practice of Sadhana – the spiritual disciplines of Yoga.  In our world today, yoga has become a very fashionable series of exercises […]

Yoga Illumined Studio is Opening in Austin

Zoe Mantarakis and I are excited to announce the opening of Yoga Illumined Studio in Austin, Texas in January, 2015! ADDRESS:  3801 South Congress Street Suite 111 – near Alpine Road and next to St. Edward’s University Stay tuned for more details !!!  

Gayatri Mantra with Sumukhi

Sumukhi of Yoga Illumined chants the Gayatri Mantra, a very sacred Vedic mantra used in Agni Hotra or fire ceremony. Oṃ bhūr bhuvaḥ svaḥ tát savitúr váreṇ(i)yaṃ bhárgo devásya dhīmahi dhíyo yó naḥ prachodáyāt ॐ भूर्भुवः॒ स्वः । तत्स॑वितुर्वरे॑णियं(तत्सवितुर्वरेण्यं) । भ॒र्गो॑ दे॒वस्य॑ धीमहि । धियो॒ यो नः॑ प्रचो॒दया॑त् ॥ Devanagari from Wikipedia. Translation: OM. Earth. […]

How to Make Ghee

by Sumukhi Kristina Lanuza I have had a life-long relationship and passion for health, healing and medicine.  Kerry Meath-Sinkin is a great friend and Ayurvedic practitioner who has truly made Ayurveda – the ancient science of health and healing from India – accessible and useful in my everyday life.  The results of my daily Ayurvedic […]

Om Namah Shivaya – Kirtan with Sumukhi, Jason McKenzie and Billy White

Why chant? “All of a sudden, you’re just a happy person, for no reason.” Om Namah Shivaya – means “I honor the Great One-pointed Consciousness within and all around us.  Shiva is the dust particle that banged out the entire Universe (Shakti).”  

Yoga Illumined Tuesday nights at Gallery Black Lagoon

Sumukhi Kristina Lanuza, Zoe Mantarakis, Yoga Illumined

  Join us every Tuesday night at Gallery Black Lagoon for a beautiful Yoga Illumined Series: Each class is $10 7:30 pm – 8:45 pm, Tuesdays Tuesday, July 8 – Twists and Back-bends with Elizabeth Jurewicz andMichelle Widmer Teachers also include Susannah Raulino, Jen Hitt and Apryl Dickerson. SCHEDULE: Tuesday, July 15 – Inversions and Partner Work with Jen Hitt and […]

Yoga Illumined Teacher Training: Interview with Stacey Gilmore, Physical Therapist & Yoga Teacher

Stacey Gilmore, Yogafly, Yoga Illumined Teacher Training, Austin, Texas, Castle Hill, Yoga Sutras, Sanskrit

1) When did you graduate from Yoga Illumined? Stacey Gilmore:  December 2013 2) What inspired you to take Yoga Illumined? SG:  I wanted to help spread overall wellness in the community and among the non-injured population. With yoga, I saw the chance to be able to offer a way to prevent the injuries I see […]

I Heart Art: Singer Mayberry and Gallery Black Lagoon Illuminate ATX Art

Gallery Black Lagoon, Austin, Texas, Yoga Illumined, Singer Mayberry, Local Austin Art, Yoga Teacher Training, Yoga classes

I am so utterly delighted with my new print by Singer Mayberry, artist, musician, yoga teacher, owner and curator of Gallery Black Lagoon at 43rd and Guadalupe.  There’s something about the simplicity of organic form, color, oranges, stone-hues.  When I was pondering going to medical school and becoming a doctor, people would ask me why I […]

Beyond Limitations into the Limitless

Yoga Illumined, Yogafly, Sumukhi, Zoe Mantarakis, YogaTeacher Training

The “Victim” archetype is always a good one to examine and understand.  I’ve been fascinated by its stronghold in the psyches of many, including my own.  And really as Caroline Myss explains, it is one of the 4 Archetypes that is common to all human beings – Victim, Saboteur, Child and Prostitute.  The Victim is the primary […]

Yoga Illumined Creativity

Yoga Illumined, Yoga Teacher Training, Creativity, Castle Hill, Castle Hill Yoga, Austin, Texas

Creativity is one of the highest expressions of love.  When you are at ease, creativity flows like clear water.  I’ve realized that the greatest enemy to creativity is the Unexamined Mind.  And when one is able to put all doubts in a container and simply flow in the realm of no judgment – well, one […]

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