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5 people you’ll see in yoga class

There are plenty of people showing up to yoga classes these days. From the corporate employee to the stay-at-home mom, each yoga class has a different mix of personalities. Even so, there are a few yoga characters you’ll see often during your yoga class. You might not see all of the five people listed below each and every class, but there’s a very, very good chance you’ll encounter at least one or two each session. Continue reading

Downdog variation Copyright Body and Mind by Muna

Embarrassing yoga experiences you’ll have

Yoga is great stress reliever. It’s a calorie burner. And it’s a great opportunity for you to get in touch with your inner self. But … yoga can also be embarrassing. There are plenty of things that could potentially go wrong in class to give you momentary embarrassment, but in the long run aren’t a big deal. I have definitely my fair share of embarrassing yoga moments, but I’ve survived to tell the tales. Here are just a few awkward things that will probably happen to you at some point or another if you continue to practice yoga. Continue reading

outdoor yoga practice by Jean Herrique Wichinoski via Flikr

Yoga and religion: The “Is Yoga Against My Religion” Debate

From the origins of yoga to the meditative state some people achieve, there are a quite a few reasons people believe practicing yoga goes against their religious beliefs. In an effort to practice religious tolerance, I am not a believer in telling people whether or not yoga is against their religion. Instead, I like to promote lively, thought-provoking discussions surrounding yoga and religion. Continue reading

Why teachers love final rest

As a student, nothing beats the feeling of falling into final rest after a really intense yoga practice. Even if the practice wasn’t THAT intense, final rest still feels great. Again, as a student, I usually want nothing more than to lay there for a long time (usually longer than the instructor thinks is adequate). Why? Because it’s relaxing. I get to soak up the benefits of my practice. (Read more about why students love final rest here.) Continue reading

Why students love final rest

Few things give you the same feeling as laying on your back after an hour of strenuous physical activity. At the end of each and every yoga practice, you get that sensation. We may not practice Warrior I or Bridge or Crow every class, but we certainly do make time for final rest. It’s during this time that we get to absorb the benefits from our practice. Continue reading

Mountain pose. Copyright Body and Mind by Muna

A yoga retreat for you!

Sherburne National Wildlife Refuge [Photo Credit: US Fish and Wildlife Service]Guess what? We’re having a yoga retreat, and we want YOU to join us! Last year, we had a great time out at the Sherburne National Wildlife Refuge. We hiked, we meditated, we did some yoga … it was great! If you missed out last year, have no fear. We will be heading out the the Sherburne National Wildlife Refuge again in September.

Here’s what you need to know:

Who: You! Feel free to invite your friends, family and co-workers – the more the merrier.

What: A one-day yoga retreat. We’ll be hiking, meditating, breathing, yoga-ing and more!

When: Sunday, Sept. 18 from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Where: Sherburne National Wildlife Refuge in Zimmerman, MN. It’s abut 1 hour northwest of the Twin Cities.

Why: Spend the day outdoors with a workout including hiking and practicing yoga, and get in touch with nature at the same time. Plus, you’ll be able to connect with other yogis from around the Twin Cities!

How much: $50/person. You can secure your spot here.

Other info: Please be sure to bring a yoga mat, water and a bag lunch with you. We will eat in between the hiking and yoga-ing.

Do you have questions about this? Just let us know!


Secure your spot for our one-day yoga retreat today





Did you miss last year’s event? Here’s a video recapping the day.

New year, new you? A different approach to resolutions

When it comes to setting resolutions for the new year, people have the tendency to go overboard. They want to go from zero to 60 in two seconds flat.

“I am never going to eat another piece of chocolate again.”

“I am going to workout every day for 3 hours.”

“I am never going to say another mean word.”

“I am going to lose 20 (or 50 or 100) pounds.”

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What’s your yoga goal?

Whether you have big dreams of being able to do handstands wherever, Eight anglewhenever you want or your ambitions lie somewhere closer to relieving back or hip pain, everyone is different. And that’s ok! As you begin practicing yoga, ask yourself what your goal is. Do you have one?

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Styles of yoga are not one-size-fits all

Let’s be real and tell the truth. Yoga is not a one-size-fits-all work-in. Firelog

Don’t freak out. Anyone (yes, anyone!) can do yoga. It’s just a matter of which style of yoga they choose to do. Just like there are many options when it comes to choosing a group fitness class (Zumba anyone!), you get a variety when you’re choosing a yoga class. Continue reading