YCM Celebrates our Teacher, Debbie!

Meet our AMAZING teacher Debbie! Deborah, M.Ed, M.APP, RYT, has been teaching hatha yoga since 1996 and provided a 200-hr teacher training for five years. Over the past decade her work has focused on schools, involving collaborations with researchers measuring the effects of yoga on children, curriculum development, teacher training, and daily teaching to students in grades K-12. She is a licensed …

YCM Celebrates our Teacher, Stephanie!

YCM Celebrates our Teacher, Stephanie!

Meet our AMAZING teacher Stephanie! Stephanie’s tale of finding yoga begins with an obsession with movement. After being a competitive dancer for 10 years, yoga seemed like a logical compliment. First attracted (like most) to the physical practice, she quickly realized it was so much more! After years of classes she took the leap to teacher training and completed her 230hr certification at …

YCM Welcomes Back: Amita Stark, Our Next Visiting Instructor!

YCM Welcomes Back: Amita Stark, Our Next Visiting Instructor!

Meet the lovely Amita! Amita, M.A, RYT500, is a student of master yogi Sri Baba Hari Dass, published scholar, kirtan artist, & priestess. Amita served as a priestess or pujarini at the Sankat Hanuman Temple where she lived for 4 years. She specializes in guiding practitioners deeper in pranayama, asana, meditation, and the Bhakti/Tantric ritual practices of puja, mudra, and …

What is Mindfulness?

What is Mindfulness?

by Debbie Cohen, M.Ed, M.APP, RYT 200 Mindfulness is the discipline of training the attention to focus on direct experience, what the ears are hearing, what the eyes are seeing. This is in contrast to what typifies normal waking experience, a lens of “thoughts about”…. We usually experience our lives through filters, filters through preferences, judgments and values. Mindfulness practice trains us …

YCM Celebrates Our Teacher, Chrissy!

YCM Celebrates Our Teacher, Chrissy!

Meet our amazing teacher, Chrissy! Chrissy is a firm believer that yoga practice can transform your life when the whole philosophy is embraced.  Her teaching style is light hearted and hands on. She encourages all yoga students to create a balanced practice, to let go of expectations, and simply enjoy. Chrissy’s vinyasa classes are challenging and built on the traditional …

YCM Celebrates Our Teacher, Moya!

YCM Celebrates Our Teacher, Moya!

Moya has been teaching yoga since completing the Yoga Center of Minneapolis 230-Hour Yoga Study teacher training in March 2006. She has thousands of hours of teaching experience with students of all ages and abilities, from beginning yogis to teacher trainees. Around the turn of the millennium, after some challenging experiences of grief and traumatic loss, Moya “discovered” yoga. The first time she …

Time to Breathe

Time to Breathe

The Importance of a Pranayama Practice by Betsy Weiner Inhale….exhale…how many times a day does this happen without you knowing?  Breathing is the only thing that is both automatic and deliberate.  The ancient practitioners of yoga knew that by controlling our breath, we could effectively control our energy and ultimately, our mind.  The importance of these practices cannot be overstated. …

Study Sessions on the Yoga Sutras

by Debbie Cohen M.Ed, M.APP, RYT 200 The Yoga Sutra was written by Patanjali, likely in the 3rd century AD.  It is a composite of 196 sutra, pithy statements or “threads” of teachings, around which commentators–practitioners and academics–have woven their understanding. The Yoga Sutra is the backbone of the mental discipline of yoga.  For me, study and practice of the teachings …