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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

Yoga for Addiction Recovery

Yoga for Addiction Recovery by Suzula Bidon, RYT, CPRS (Certified Peer Recovery Specialist) While yoga can be beneficial for anyone, yoga practice is especially effective as a complementary treatment for addiction. I have been in recovery from addiction since 2008, and yoga has been an integral part of my journey. My recovery from addiction started with abstinence, inpatient treatment, therapy, …

YCM Celebrates our Teacher, Elizabeth!

Meet our amazing teacher, Elizabeth! Elizabeth Camp is creator and owner of Yoga Camp and an E-RYT 500. Elizabeth has been teaching yoga for over ten years, has led five yoga teacher trainings and recently sat her first Vipassanå Meditation Course. She owns two businesses, Yoga Camp and Healing Media, and either through teaching yoga or through her businesses, Elizabeth works …