By Laura Mills Sometimes, we just itch to pull out our mats. Like when sitting in the middle of a less-than-productive meeting; or driving a carpool of chattering, wriggling kids; or sorting a deep pile of dirty laundry. And the mat is definitely the place we’d rather be instead of at the kitchen table paying bills, the pharmacy picking up a prescription, or the yard cleaning after our pets. But yoga cravings also occur at other less -stressful moments. Many of us have felt the urge to breathe and flow, for example, while in the grocery store cereal [...]
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Why Restore? By Laura Mills Earlier this week I attended one of TBY's Restorative Yoga classes. I don't often practice Restorative, but this particular day I happened to be at the studio at just the right time. I love how I feel after a Restorative class, and I know I would definitely benefit from more frequent practice of it. But given a choice between Restorative Yoga and a more-quickly-moving Vinyasa flow, I opt for Vinyasa most of the time. As someone who can barely sit still even when tired, the thought of holding any pose longer than a few [...]
By now you have probably heard a lot about meditation. You may have read about the benefits, the different types of meditation, and possibly the “right” way to do it. You may be too intimidated to try it or perhaps you’ve tried and been so frustrated by your racing thoughts, that you’ve given up. If you’d like to learn how to meditate in a warm and accepting environment, this series is for you. I believe I present mindfulness meditation in a simple, direct, and easy to understand way. The practice of meditation is just that – a practice. They do not call it mindfulness perfection. We all [...]
By Desiree Rumbaugh Co-author of Fearless After Fifty: How to Thrive With Grace, Grit and Yoga In my thirty years of practice, including owning a yoga studio for fifteen years, and my twenty years of traveling the world teaching yoga, I have had the good fortune of meeting and learning from students from diverse backgrounds. One recurrent pattern of thinking that I have often heard is the idea that our yoga practice should decrease in intensity as we get older. Many people feel that they no longer need to push themselves in their practice and they are more [...]
By Desiree Rumbaugh co-author of Fearless After Fifty: How To Thrive With Grace, Grit and Yoga “Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.” - Mahatma Gandhi As I embark on my 60th year of life, one of my favorite sentiments from the masterful Gandhi are words to live by. As the natural process of aging keeps me on my toes, I find that growing older gracefully is a practice that takes presence and an open, positive mindset. Here are principles I apply in my own life: Redefine [...]
If you’ve ever taken a class with Laura Mills, you know that she has a warm demeanor and a thoughtful and well-rounded teaching style that is a tribute to her years of experience and knowledge. Laura started teaching at Total Body Yoga in April of 2010 and considers the studio to be her yoga home. Laura heads the Intro to Yoga program (open to beginners and regular practitioners alike) at TBY which focuses on multiple facets of the yoga practice from etiquette, lessons about the props, philosophy and, of course, the poses. Laura says she draws her sense of purpose as [...]
Beginner Meditation Series Overview by Susan Short By now you have probably heard a lot about meditation. You may have read about the benefits, the different types of meditation, and possibly the “right” way to do it. You may be too intimidated to try it or perhaps you’ve tried and been so frustrated by your racing thoughts, that you’ve given up. If you’d like to learn how to meditate in a warm and accepting environment, this series is for you. I believe I present mindfulness meditation in a simple, direct, and easy to understand way. The practice of meditation is [...]
Renoir - 1917 by Stephanie Rehor One of the most ironic things about yoga is that it was not created to serve the body. In Sanskrit, the word asana means seat, meaning the poses are a preparation for meditation. This connotation often gets lost, in part, in American culture because the mainstream media classifies yoga as another form of exercise that aids weight loss and a so-called better body. According to ancient teachings, yoga was never about losing weight. This discipline is about honoring and accepting ourselves, imperfections and all. In fact, yoga is inherently body positive. Some critics say [...]
TBY Teacher FeatureMary Schooley By Julia Jonson The room is always brighter once Mary Schooley enters. This yoga teacher’s lovely disposition matches her skilled class sequencing. Mary went through the House of Shanti teacher training program led by Lourdes Paredes and Pam Udell and continues to study and grow as a teacher. Mary incorporates her knowledge of yoga and essential oils in all of her classes, along with words of wisdom borne of her own life experience.J: We all know you as the friendly, and direct yoga teacher who offers a smart, challenging sequence with a loving approach. Some students may not [...]
By Stephanie Rehor Anyone who is a yogi probably knows the difference between being in a yoga community and being a part of the “yoga scene.” For me, I was forced to learn the hard way. After 6 years of practicing yoga, I found myself attending more mainstream yoga events, purchasing overpriced yoga equipment, exclusively participating in vigorous classes and doing all I could to shove myself into the role of a western yogi. The ego took over as I became obsessed with the physicality of the poses. I pushed my body to the extreme and no matter what [...]