YCM Celebrates Our Teacher, Susan!

Susan’s interest in yoga surfaced late in life, at age 40, when she off-handedly enrolled in a yoga class at the YMCA in Washington, D.C. Her teacher, a former Swami with the Sivananda organization, turned her world upside down with the sun salutations, the breath work and the inversions. She was hooked and has remained on the yoga path since …

YCM Celebrates Our Teacher, Ann!

Ann has been a registered nurse for over 20 years and has specialized in Palliative care for the last 12 yrs. As her nursing career evolved Ann found her calling in helping patients and their families find solace as they coped with chronic or terminal illnesses. Palliative care is a holistic approach that works to relieve suffering in all areas …

A Journey with Forward Bends

by Celia McCoy, E-RYT 200, RYT 500 I am naturally bendy.  Lots of people who are drawn to yoga are. The first 6 years of my yoga practice were devoted to moving my body into shapes that looked increasingly bendier.  I was proud that my postures looked advanced.  In uttānāsana (standing forward bend)  my forehead could touch my shins, and …

Coleen

YCM Celebrates Our Teacher, Coleen!

Coleen has been studying yoga since 1995, and teaching since 1999. She is certified in Atma (Christopher Baxter) and pre-natal yoga (Janice Clairfield). In 2003 she became a Reiki Master .In 2008 she completed a 2 year Shamanic training in the Inka Mystery teachings. Her classes are gentle and meditative, designed to develop intuition and connect people to their bodies …

Nichole

YCM Celebrates Our Teacher, Nichole!

Nichole was a part of the Yoga Center of Minneapolis’s 230 hour teacher training On the Road in Eau Claire, WI in 2014! She entered the program as a gift to herself with a desire to deepen her own understanding of yoga. She discovered YCM’s Big A#% yoga classes and knew she had found her tribe. She also discovered that …

Good Grief. What’s yoga got to do with it?

by Moya McGinn Mathews, E-RYT 500, YACEP Say the word, “grief,” to yourself. Say it out loud. Listen to the word. Do you notice thoughts, feelings, sensations, vibrations,  or memories of emotions when you hear yourself pronounce the word, “grief?” Is there a lump in your throat, a heaviness in your chest, an emptiness in your gut, or the subtle …

YCM Celebrates Our Teacher, Betsy!

Betsy was introduced to yoga in 1991.  She fell in love immeditaely!  Yes, love at first breath.  Yoga became her life, her filter through which she saw everything.  She has since committed to a lifelong path of learning, teaching and inspiring others along the way. “I make it my personal mission, to use these practices and this knowledge to bring …

The Importance of the Journey: Adhikara

by Betsy Weiner How do we get from here to there? And how do we know when we are ready for what is next? The concept in yoga that addresses this idea is adhikara. This word embodies the concept of the natural progression of our journey. We lay the groundwork for deeper practices by acknowledging where we are, choosing the …

Reverse Warrior

YCM Celebrates Our Teacher, Holly!

Meet our amazing teacher, Holly! Hi yogi/inis, I’m Holly Schramm! My first time on the mat I was elated. I was in Tulum Mexico being supportive of my best friend from college who had a studio in Denver. She was having her first retreat in Tulum. Ok, not only were my surroundings fabulous but I was experiencing a practice where …

Serene lady relaxing and meditating on a yoga mat in a cosy house

What is Restorative Yoga? How is it different from Yin Yoga?

by Moya McGinn Mathews | ERYT-500 These are questions that I often field among yoga students. My simplest answer is that restorative yoga is for everyone, while yin yoga is not necessarily for everyone. Both yin and restorative yoga appear very simple and still, but we know that we cannot judge from appearances.    Yin yoga is simple, but simple does not …