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5 Reasons to Add Yoga to Your Visit to Munising

There is no shortage of places to go and things to do near Munising, Michigan! For hikers, there is the North Country Trail in Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore, and numerous trails in Hiawatha National Forest. For mountain bikers, the Munising Bay Trail Network, Hiawatha's Valley Spur and Bruno's Run. Kayakers will gravitate toward Grand Island… Continue reading 5 Reasons to Add Yoga to Your Visit to Munising

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Yoga in Munising

Winter has lingered long into spring this year. So much so that it's difficult to have a conversation in Munising that doesn't at some point veer toward the weather: commiserating over winter's tenacity, luxuriating in observations that hint at season change, and sharing passionate desire for spring or summer. Maybe you are looking forward to… Continue reading Yoga in Munising


Motion: Witness Consciousness

When the mind is steady, we can see a little truth. When the mind is disturbed, we can't see anything. Growth allows a portion of the mind to remain an objective witness even in the face of disturbance. This witness is always there, if one can keep a wakeful attitude.  ~ Kripalu Sometimes we focus on… Continue reading Motion: Witness Consciousness


Bony Arms, Gray Sky

Trees are sentient beings. I recently watched Walk With Me, a cinematic exploration on life of and with Zen master Thich Nhat Hanh. Watching this movie, narrated by Benedict Cumberbatch, I felt transported by sensory experience, with an emphasis on sounds -- Ants crawling. Bells ringing. Food being ground. Words, too, but they were just… Continue reading Bony Arms, Gray Sky


Beginner’s Mind, Curious Mind

Curiosity is a major ally of presence. It engages us with the surrounding world and keeps our perspective constantly evolving. Plus the act of discovery is often a sheer joy. ~ Raphael Cushnir, How Now: 100 Ways to Celebrate the Present Moment Beginner's mind is sometimes compared to the mind of a small child, which… Continue reading Beginner’s Mind, Curious Mind

Books, Quotes, Uncategorized, Yoga

Transformation through Being in the Moment

This morning, our practice was inspired by the Tao Te Ching: 29th Verse Do you think you can take over the universe and improve it? I do not believe it can be done. Everything under the stars is a sacred vessel and cannot be controlled. Trying to control leads to ruin. Trying to grasp, we… Continue reading Transformation through Being in the Moment


Inspiration from Rumi

I find that my yoga practice leads me to a more clear awareness -- including awareness of the messages my body is sending me. Sometimes those messages are mundane: "I don't feel like doing this pose." But other times the cues I sense are more nuanced: "I don't feel like doing this pose because it… Continue reading Inspiration from Rumi


Body Wisdom

"The keystone teaching of Kripalu Yoga is a call for each individual to use the techniques of yoga to access the innate evolutionary intelligence lying dormant in the body. Any practice learned from an external source, no matter how refine or intensively done, is only a preliminary discipline clearing the way for the emergence of… Continue reading Body Wisdom


Body Wisdom: Reacquainting

Sometimes, we lose the mind-body connection. Maybe you are just too busy, either with necessary or unimportant activity. Maybe you feel distracted. Or sometimes the disconnection is our mind's technique for coping with trauma. Whatever the cause of our detachment from body awareness, in that state we miss out on the inherent wisdom of the… Continue reading Body Wisdom: Reacquainting