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Bliss Tips

We believe that the practice of yoga extends further beyond just the mat. That’s why we’ve created “Bliss Tips”! From favorite poses, to daily inspirations, or to questions about deepening your practice, our instructors are sharing tidbits of knowledge they’ve explored in their own practice in efforts to share ideas with you our yoga community & family.

Revive & Restore: Breath

The average adult human breathes 21,600 times a day. Most of these breathes happen just below the level of consciousness so that we are never really aware of them. Yet the action of the breath is profound, for without it we would cease to be alive.   Breathing is a function that is both involuntary […]

Revive & Restore: Deep Rest

Restore Your Sleep in 2020   The holidays are over, and the new year is upon us and many people set a resolution during this time to be healthier. While this goal is admirable, most New Year’s resolutions have been forgotten by the middle of February. Most people choose a resolution that is to large […]

Akasha and Udana Vayu – The Path to Freedom of Self Expression

  Akasha and Udana Vayu – The Path to Freedom of Self Expression   Akasha, or the ether (space) element is said to be the emptiness in which all the other elements exist. Space is needed so that the elements may interact and form the seen world so that we might experience it. Akasha is […]

Vayu and Prana Vayu – The Path to Connection

  Vayu and Prana Vayu – The Path to Connection   Vayu, or the air element, is the energy that internalizes our experiences in life through the movement of the breath. When you have an experience that “takes our breath away” we typically are deeply experiencing a strong emotion. One that usually stays with us […]

Agni and Samana Vayu – The Path to Balance

  Agni and Samana Vayu – The Path to Balance   Agni, or the fire element, is the energy of transformation and assimilation in body, mind and spirit. It is the energy in the body that digests our food and breaks it down into nutrients to be dispersed throughout the body, the energy of the […]

Apas and Vyana Vayu – The Path to Fluid Creativity

  Apas and Vyana Vayu – The Path to Fluid Creativity   Apas, sometimes called Jala or the water element, is all about nourishing our existence and experiences. This element gives us the power of adaptability and changeability and allows us to freely and creatively express ourselves. It is linked to the movement of the […]

Pruthivi and Apana Vayu – The Path to Being Grounded and Stable

Pancha Mahabhutas and Prana Vayus – The Five Great Elements and The Five Movements of Energy   Samkhya philosophy – the philosophy that the yoga tradition is based on – provides a framework for practitioners to understand how the greater consciousness of the universe is present and manifest in all beings and experiences in the […]

Theme of the Month: July Ishvara Pranidhana

July: Ishvara Pranidhana – Surrender   Ishvara Pranidhana translates with two words, Ishvara to ‘Supreme Being’, ‘God’, ‘Brahman’, ‘Ultimate Reality’, or ‘True Self’ and Pranidhana means ‘fixing’. In many translations, Ishvara Pranidhana asks us to “surrender” to the Supreme Being or Higher Self. This doesn’t ask us to associate yoga with a religion, but suggests […]

Theme of the Month: June Svadhyaya

June: Svadhyaya – Self-Study   Svadhyaya means “one’s own reading” or “self-study” and the practice has the potential to deepen our yoga practice well beyond the mat. When we refer to the “Self” it refers to the true Self, Atman, or the divine within us and the study of Svadhyaya is about recognizing our own […]

Theme of the Month: May Tapas

May: Tapas – Self-Discipline   Tapas is one of the most powerful concepts in the Yoga Sutra. The word “tapas” comes from the Sanskrit verb “tap” which means “to burn”. Tapas refers to the burning off of impurities. To rid the body of toxins and our minds & hearts of impurities. We are cleaning the […]

Theme of the Month: April Santosha

April: Santosha – Contentment   Santosha, the Niyama of contentment on Patanjali’s eightfold path, sounds blissful, but isn’t the easiest to practice. Even the most dedicated yogis can still have thoughts arise in the mind of ‘I’d be happier if…’. Whether it’s a physical change, a job change, a relationship change, or even a pose […]

Theme of the Month: March Saucha

March: Saucha – Purification   In March we shift our focus from the Yamas to the Niyamas. The Niyamas refer to inner observances or duties directed to ourselves. The practice of Niyama helps us maintain a positive environment in which to bloom, and gives us self-discipline and inner-strength necessary to progress along the path of […]

Theme of the Month: February Aparigraha

  February: Aparigraha – Nonpossessiveness   Aparigraha invites us to live life to its fullest and yet be able to release our grip onlife so that we can live more harmoniously.   Aparigraha teaches us non attachment and the ability to “let go”. What’s beautiful about this, is that we can learn to live more […]

Theme of the Month: January Brahmacharya

  January: Brahmacharya – Nonexcess    January feels like the perfect time to explore Brahmacharya. This Yama invites us into an awareness of the sacredness of all of life. It’s a call to leave greed and excess behind and walk in this world with a sense of awe, practicing nonexcess and attending to each moment […]

Theme of the Month: December Asteya

  December: Asteya – Nonstealing    In December, we focus on the practice of Asteya. Asteya means nonstealing and calls us to live with integrity and reciprocity. To set the tone for our focus, the Buddha said,   “Be where you are…otherwise you will miss most of your life.”   If we are living in […]

Theme of the Month: November Satya

  November: Satya – Truthfulness   Last month we started with nonviolence in our words & thoughts (Ahimsa) and we expand into Satya for the month of November. Satya means truthfulness in words and thoughts. Everyone has told a lie at some point in their life, even if they realize it or not. And those […]

Theme of the Month: October Ahimsa

  October: Ahimsa – non violence, non harming   When you think about yoga, you probably envision a physical practice of various poses. While this is a part of yoga, there is much more to discover through the ethical and philosophical realms of the practice. The Yamas and Niyamas are foundational to yogic thought and […]

August 2

HOW HAS PRACTICING PRANAYAMA CHANGED YOUR PRACTICE?

We believe that the practice of yoga extends further beyond just the mat. That’s why we’ve created “Bliss Tips”! From favorite poses, to daily inspirations, or to questions about deepening your practice, our instructors are sharing tidbits of knowledge they’ve explored in their own practice in efforts to share ideas with you our yoga community […]

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June 15

What books do you recommend if a student wants to learn more about philosophy of yoga?

  Ross: I find “The Heart of Yoga” by T.K.V. Desikachar to be a great introductory text, approachable yet comprehensive. The Iowa City Public Library has a copy! A lot of libraries usually do. This is a staple in a lot of teacher training programs. If you are pretty academic and want to go deep on yoga philosophy, […]

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May 15

WHAT ADVICE DO YOU HAVE FOR STUDENTS WHO ARE INTIMIDATED BY DIFFICULT POSES?

We believe that the practice of yoga extends further beyond just the mat. That’s why we’ve created “Bliss Tips”! From favorite poses, to daily inspirations, or to questions about deepening your practice, our instructors are sharing tidbits of knowledge they’ve explored in their own practice in efforts to share ideas with you our yoga community […]

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April 15

WIND DOWN AT THE END OF A LONG & HECTIC DAY

We believe that the practice of yoga extends further beyond just the mat. That’s why we’ve created “Bliss Tips”! From favorite poses, to daily inspirations, or to questions about deepening your practice, our instructors are sharing tidbits of knowledge they’ve explored in their own practice in efforts to share ideas with you our yoga community […]

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March 20

TIPS ON BEING PRESENT IN EVERYDAY LIFE

We believe that the practice of yoga extends further beyond just the mat. That’s why we’ve created “Bliss Tips”! From favorite poses, to daily inspirations, or to questions about deepening your practice, our instructors are sharing tidbits of knowledge they’ve explored in their own practice in efforts to share ideas with you our yoga community […]

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