Yoga as a Mental Practice or ‘I lost my keys, now what?’

As I moved through this morning’s experience, I kept thinking about how this is my practice in action. All the sun salutations, focusing on breath, the meditation work, they are all lining myself and others up so we may begin to activate these tools during as we encounter sudden shifts in environment. And even as the solution resolved itself and the end was near, even now as I tell the story, I’m still practicing my yoga.

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Teacher Talk: the Lower Back

The muscles of the Lower Back can often become a problem area. This week, we asked our Teacher's about their "Go-To" postures and tips for loosening and softening the Lower Back: Jenny: When I have a stiff lower back I do a few pelvic rolls and it usually helps. Lay...

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Teacher Talk: Eagle Arms

Each of our teachers offer a different flavor to their classes and when a student (as we are all students) are working on different postures-it can be nice to get a few perspectives to feel reassurance we are moving in the correct direction. This round-table is set-up...

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New Space, New Website, New Main Street Yoga

MSY Mission Statement: Committed to creating a safe and sacred community moving together through the journey of self. I want to begin by welcoming you all to the new Main Street Yoga.  The MSY teachers and I have been working very hard to recreate a space that honors...

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About CIYS

The Center for Integrative Yoga Studies (CIYS) is a collaboration between yoga teachers, yoga therapists and integrative healthcare professionals founded by Marlysa Sullivan, Tra Kirkpatrick and Holle Black. Over the past 5 years we have developed and honed a yoga...

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About Pranakriya

Pranakriya classes and programs are based on the Hatha Yoga teachings of Swami Kripalu. Swami Kripalu was an ascetic yogi whose intensive practices led him to a very deep understanding of yoga, which he passed on to his students. The teachings of Swami Kripalu are...

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Transition in the Making

Dear friends, fellow teachers, colleagues, students, and clients, I hope you are all enjoying the beautiful spring returning to Central Illinois. I am writing to share some news; anticipating that to some this will come as a surprise, to others, perhaps not as much....

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Off the mat and off the media

Written by Jeff Shoaf March 30th, 2013 Off the mat:  Fairview, North Carolina I left Bloomington, Illinois a week ago Saturday, to drive down to my dad's home just outside Asheville, N.C.  I usually manage to travel there a few times each year,  to spend quality time...

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