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1:39 pm

Loving Kindness Meditation

Find a comfy seat and let Maggie guide you through a loving kindess meditation.  This is a beautiful practice designed to cultivate peace, love, forgiveness and a sense of calm. 

Click Here to Enjoy.  




11:50 am

Samskaras: Becoming Aware of Your Habits

We all have habits both on and off the mat. Some of us are Grade A fidgeters when we hit our first downward facing dog. Others are vinyasa diehards, and take every single chaturanga. In our practice, it is helpful to take a step back and examine our deeply engrained patterns, or samskaras. Read More

6:49 pm

Balance with Breath

Nadi Shodhana (Channel Clearing or Alternate Nostril) Breath is a technique that can be used to help relieve stress and balance both sides of the brain. Be sure to keep the breath smooth and effortless as you move through each breath cycle. 1. Start by finding a comfortable, stable seat and taking a few deep, steady breaths with the eyes closed and the hands resting on the thighs. Elongate the spine and soften the shoulders, jaw and brow. 2. When you feel centered, bring the right hand to Vishnu Mudra by connecting the pointer and middle finger to the palm. 3. Begin by gently closing the right nostril with the thumb and inhaling through the left nostril. Gently close the left nostril with the ring finger and exhale out the right nostril. Keep the right nostril open, Inhale. Pause. Exhale through the left. Continue this cycle for about a minute, or longer if appropriate. 4. End your last round by exhaling through the left nostril. Release Vishnu Mudra and allow the right hand to rest on the thigh. Keeping the eyes closed, allow yourself several moments to bathe in the afterglow of this soothing breath work. Watch this short video for a demonstration from Maggie Ryan.

10:47 am

Tapas: Not Just Tasty Little Appetizers

In the Yoga Sutras, Patanjali describes tapas as heat or intensity. My favorite definition of tapas is: “the willingness to endure intensity for the sake of transformation.” In our yoga practice, this can directly apply to the effortful and intense poses we hold to gain strength or newfound flexibility. Yet, we are not to endure intensity merely for the sake of intensity, but rather for what we glean moving through the experience. The perspective we gain on the other side. Read More

1:09 pm

Align your Canine

Let's break it down, dawg.
Downward Facing Dog (Adho Mukha Svanasana) is one of the most commonly practiced asana in a vinyasa yoga class, so it's normal to settle into habits. Let's take the time to break it down. Here are some common misalignments in dog pose: