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Energy and Breath

Energy and Breath

The breath is a vital link to how we as humans feel.  Have you ever taken a deep breath when you were stressed, angry, needed to calm your emotions or to get through pain?  If so, you have at least an intuitive understanding of how energy is linked with breath....
Bhramari Pranayama

Bhramari Pranayama

Bhramari Pranayama or Bumble Bee Breath, is a soothing pranayama practice that has wonderful and sometimes immediate effects.  This technique is very simple.  Inhale fully through both nostrils and hum for the length of the exhale.  In a nutshell that’s it.  Humming...
Student Spotlight

Student Spotlight

Rita Saunders became a member of the Maitri community about a year and a half ago after Doctors recommended she try it after a bike accident seriously injured her neck. Read on to see how you has helped heal and enhance her life! Maitri Yoga: Tell us a bit about...
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...