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New Project, new way of thinking. Exploring the 8 Limbs of Yoga
September 17th, 2011 by Mandy Lawson
I have just started writing some educational articles about yoga for Anamaya’s website and I really think I am going to enjoy this project!  My first subject is Patanjali’s 8 limbed path of yoga, which is a structured breakdown of all of the practices of yoga that come together to create a well-rounded way of life for a yogi.  Today... [read more]

Can I build you a castle? My venture into restorative yoga
September 13th, 2011 by Mandy Lawson
One of my favorite classes to teach, actually, my absolute favorite, is restorative yoga. I came upon teaching this style by chance and have never looked back! I was scheduled to teach a “light yoga” class here at Anamaya and remembered some of the training I had had in restorative yoga. At the same time, my love for building forts... [read more]

What to Look for in a Great Yoga Teacher Training
August 9th, 2011 by Mandy Lawson
YTT Practice - Photo by YTT Student Carrie Ingham Teaching yoga is an extremely rewarding and fulfilling career. Once a decision is made to pursue this life-changing avenue there's one big decision to be made: where to do your yoga teacher training. A search online or in any yoga magazine will turn up a multitude of options for completing a yoga teacher training that meets the prerequisites to be... [read more]

June 15 Root Chakra; June 16 Second Chakra – June YTT
June 16th, 2011 by Lia
"vam vam vam...." was our mantra for the second "sacral" chakra today. As we went through our asana practice this morning, Jackie broke down what this chakra involves. It is where we store our emotions, our feelings. Yesterday, we did the root chakra, which is the color red. It is instinct and inheritance from the "tribe" or our ancestors as... [read more]

June 12 Journal – Kapha Day
June 12th, 2011 by Lia
Today I sit amazed at how deeply and completely that yoga touches a human being. It really touches every aspect mind, body, spirit, and emotions. I am wondering how it will be to be at the front of the class and watch different students cry throughout my class. I cried today. When I spoke with other students, they had cried... [read more]

June 8 Journal – Fourth Day YTT Jackie Chiodo
June 12th, 2011 by Lia
6am! I am not going lie;  it was a bit harder to get out of bed this morning. It was also a bit harder to pull my dogs out of sleep and drag them over to tie them up and feed them. They say that they reflect you! Thankfully, today is another sunny day, and I am able to drive.... [read more]

June 11 YTT – Pitta Day!
June 12th, 2011 by Lia
"I feel like calling my mother to let her know that she gave birth to a raging Pitta," was the first thought through my head at the end of our third session yoga class oriented toward balancing pittas. Every single describing detail,  comment or piece of advice that Jackie offered, I was like "oh my, that's me." At the end,... [read more]

Anamaya Revelations
June 8th, 2011 by Mandy Lawson
It may seem that what I’m about to write has nothing to do with yoga. It’s not about a pose or a style of practice or about the latest fabulous bra to come out at Lululemon (not that I would know about that these days). It is however, about noticing and noticing has EVERYTHING to do with yoga. Today as... [read more]

June 7 Journal – Third Day YTT Jackie Chiodo
June 8th, 2011 by Lia
This morning started much like the last in that it is official that I can not seem to get out of bed at 5:30am. Thus, at 6am, I hit the floor running to catch my dogs who are still sleeping and wondering why I am so excited. I tie them up, feed them, say thanks to the sky for being... [read more]

June 6 Journal – Second Day of Jackie’s Yoga Teacher Training
June 7th, 2011 by Lia
Today started out with a great bit of luck. My alarm clock did not go off at 5:30am as I set it, however, I miraculously woke up at 6am. You see, our first yoga class starts at 7am and most of the other students will be waking up at 6:25am in time for a bit of fruit and tea, but... [read more]

Yoga Teacher Training – Day 1
June 6th, 2011 by Geoff McCabe
First full day of the training.  I am feeling inspired by the asna and general yoga education.  Jackie remains to be my favorite teacher and I feel aligned with her philosophy in many ways.  I think she is handling the group well also.  I love the info she is teaching although I feel like we could be moving through it... [read more]

You did WHAT at yoga?!
June 3rd, 2011 by Mandy Lawson
Yoga is a way of life for many people, to others it is a once a week activity, for the masses though, yoga is something totally new and unknown. Even though yoga studios can be found on nearly every corner in many North American cities, it is still a world unfamiliar to many. It can be quite intimidating for a... [read more]