Challenging Ourselves To Grow In Our Practice

Within the hustle and bustle of our lives, sometimes our yoga practice can take the backseat. Perhaps we have just become bored or stagnant in our practice. There have been times in my life where I definitely have fallen into both of those traps and I always pay for it physically, mentally, and emotionally... (click the title to read more)

A Lesson in Ahimsa

Just about a year ago, I underwent a major surgery. As I made preparations to be out of work for possibly several months, I shared my situation with Diane Butera, and she immediately found coverage for my gentle & restorative class. She assured me that I was not alone, and that my class would be there for me when I was ready to return... (click the title to read more)

Dear Eugene Yoga Community

May I begin this newsletter with an ending? The same ending that many of you have heard me close my classes with: an expression of gratitude for the mind, the breath, the body and the community. I am so very grateful for the power of our collective minds, the rhythm of our breath, the strength of our bodies and the companionship of our community!... (click the title to read more)

Yoga is YOU!

There’s a multitude of ways to describe yoga but in this moment I will name yoga as you. It is your presence on the mat, your sweet face, your vulnerability, your commitment, your kindness, and your light that makes yoga tangible... (click the title to read more)

Keeping Your Practice Alive

Imagine a beautiful garden, lush and green, blooming with the fruits of your labor. Think about the time and attention it would take to not only grow the garden, but to maintain it and work with its changing needs. Now imagine how the garden would look if it was not tended to for a week, a month, or a year. At first it might not look much different, but over time the lush green would fade, the fruit would dry, and weeds would begin to take over. In many ways our yoga practice is like the garden. Without constant care and attention, it too can begin to fade and become dry... (click the title to read more)

A Place of Profound Relaxation

The practices of intention setting and visualization hold an almost magical power for me. Many teachers and authors from a wide range of backgrounds have taught these practices and their benefits. In Seven Habits of Highly Effective People, Steven Covey shares that all things are created twice; first with mental conceptualization and visualization, and secondly through actual, physical creation... (click the title to read more)

In Rhythm With The Seasons

I love summer. I love the feeling of the sun warming my skin. Long summer days by beautiful Oregon rivers, gathering with friends to share the summer’s bounty. As summer wanes and the days grow shorter and the mornings hold a whisper of autumn in the chilled air, a pit of loss always develops deep in my belly. I am a true Oregon baby... (click the title to read more)

Gratitude Through Transition

When I came to Eugene Yoga about three and a half years ago, I needed a refuge. My life as I knew it had been pulled apart as a debilitating chronic illness forced me to move back home to Eugene, across the world from my husband and job. I needed somewhere to go every day, a place to move and to be in my body. This practice gave me a tether to my body, a thin string that kept me grounded and prevented me from floating away into a sea of panic and anxiety about my health and future... (click the title to read more)

The Power of Our Breath

Each breath we take is a connection of mind and body; a natural channel into our emotions and well-being. So ingrained in us as we live, yet not always aware of how it permeates throughout our days. In yoga we’re guided through our breathing and feel a calm overcome us as we practice, but off the mat I haven’t always efficiently utilized each breath I take... (click the title to read more)

You’ve Got This

Everything you’ve been carrying is not actually part of your body. All these choices have attached themselves like timeworn crust, old skin tags in awkward world... (click the title to read more)

Learning to Learn

After working at Eugene Yoga, I decided to expand my own practice and earn a yoga teacher certification. This 200-hour program, which spans over 8 months, is coming to an end this month. As graduation approaches, I am amazed by how difficult and transformative it has been to learn about yoga—and how much I still have to learn about myself... (click the title to read more)

Yoga for Healthy Aging

With prescription glasses, I can see signs of aging with greater clarity, and I know I’m not alone. Osteopenia. Joint stiffness. Did I forget to mention memory? With each new grey hair, I search for the granny gear to slow this train down... (click the title to read more)

The Struggle is Real

You utter the popular “the struggle is real” saying to someone and you’ll almost always get an all-knowing nod or head shake. Because we all inevitably suffer the trials of life. It’s a thing that makes us human, and it connects us all. The struggle is one important reason we practice yoga... (click the title to read more)

Embodied Practice

“Mr. Duffy lived a short distance from his body." This quote from a James Joyce novel often brings a smile to my students’ faces. It literally expresses the opposite of embodied yoga... (click the title to read more)