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Sukhasana – Easy Pose

Sukhasana – Easy Pose

The perfect place to begin to find our physical foundation to go within and develop observation.  This is the basic meditation posture from which many other similar seated postures arise.  While the English name is called “easy” it can be far from it if we have lived...
Student Spotlight Elaine Johns

Student Spotlight Elaine Johns

Elaine became a member of the Maitri community in November 2016. She’s a dedicated yogi and her happy energy is a pleasure to have in class. Learn more about her below! Maitri: Why did you start yoga? Elaine: I’ve always been a physical person and work...
Crescent Lunge – Anjaneyasana

Crescent Lunge – Anjaneyasana

As we look within to discover the bright light of our inner joy this month I find it utterly perfect that our pose of the month is Crescent Lunge.  Years ago, someone brought to my attention that this is known as “Jooooyyyy” (sung in a high pitch stretched out way...
Reclaiming the Unruly Feminine Retreat

Reclaiming the Unruly Feminine Retreat

A Women’s Goddess Retreat: Let Go of Insecurity, Find Your Voice, Live Courageously In this powerful, interactive weekend retreat we will explore the archetype of the Unruly Feminine and reclaim the fierce aspects of the Warrior Goddess within each of us. We will tap...
Crocodile Pose

Crocodile Pose

This pose may look simple, yet it has profound depth.  I remember how surprised I was the first few times I practiced it and how I absolutely hated it!  Why should my body and mind hate this simple pose so much?  But I did.  I’m not saying you will.  Perhaps you...
Manifesting Community

Manifesting Community

The primary reason I have Maitri Yoga Centers is to create a loving, supportive community of like-minded individuals that can practice, grow, heal and to have fun together.  Yoga is our tool to create connection.  In our world of electronic connections, it is vital to...
Twist into Peace

Twist into Peace

Bharadvajasana is a pose dedicated to the sage Bharadvaja. His greatest gift seemed to be how much he could study and learn the wisdom and knowledge of yoga. He knew so much! His ultimate goal was to realize oneness with the Divine. Knowing more than anyone in with...
Side Moon Pose

Side Moon Pose

Side Moon is a lovely standing side bending yoga pose with the arms overhead stretching to either side.  It opens the shoulders, rib cage, and waist while strengthening the core.  Energetically it opens the sides of the hearts.  Often we think to open the heart we...
Growing into the Heart

Growing into the Heart

Spring is the perfect time of year to reawaken the energy of the heart.  The heart is physically the muscle that moves the necessary oxygen around the body through the blood.  Energetically and emotionally it is the home of love, empathy, kindness and gladness.  We...
Education That Sets You Free

Education That Sets You Free

Education has always been a shining light in my life. I still remember my first yoga training I took almost 20 years ago. Whether it was a training or a book, an interaction or sitting with one of my teachers I love the process of evolution and transformation (most of...
Swan Pose – Hamsasana

Swan Pose – Hamsasana

I have been practicing and teaching this version of Swan Pose for over a decade, near two decades if I think back.  And when I brought up Swan as a possible pose of the month, my staff questioned me – a lot.  The reason was because when they looked it up online...
Tapas to strengthen the self

Tapas to strengthen the self

When I say tapas in the header, who thinks about delicious small plates of food? I used to! What I’m referring to here is the practice of tapas or disciplines, developing a purifying heat or accepting struggles and pain without causing others struggle and pain. This...
The Perfect Pose…

The Perfect Pose…

A while back I had a conversation with a client about their postures. They told me that at times they feel like they aren’t “very good at postures” when they look at other students in class. They feel like they aren’t good enough. Have you ever felt like this? Maybe...

Root to Rise

As we move into 2018 we will be working through each of the seven primary chakras through the first seven months of the year and then transition into the five koshas (layers of our being) for the last five months. We start at the beginning with the first chakra,...

Build Bridges, Not Walls

Bridge (Setu Bandhasana) is our pose for January 2018.  This is a wonderful pose that can connect us to the foundation of the earth while offering us a connection to the sense of openness of the space it reaches out toward.  Bridges defy gravity and unite us over vast...

Sound Yoga for the New Year

By Susan A. Haid, BSN, RN, MA, CMT Sacred sound and music can be a sensuous, transformational experience. As if floating in a crystalline, azure sea, we can drift within a wondrous, inner space akin to a mystical ocean of supreme comfort, ease and well-being. This...