CMYW Blog

Where our teachers explore yoga on and off the mat

Knit Tightly, Hold Lightly By Stephanie F. Earls

Knit Tightly, Hold Lightly By Stephanie F. Earls There is an invisible web woven in groups, in yoga, in life. From time to time the classes I’ve taught have lost members to life change/flow or injury/healing or birth/death. Likewise, I’ve been a student in groups that...

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Cultivating Gratitude By Molly McGillicuddy

CULTIVATING GRATITUDE By Molly McGillicuddy Sometimes gratitude is easy. The sun is shining. Your partner had dinner ready when you came home from work. Your co-worker bought you a coffee “just because,” and at yoga, the teacher seemed to know all of your favorite...

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Samhain: The end and the beginning By Mandi Garrison

It’s darker. It’s colder. It’s hauntingly beautiful. It’s haunted. This is the time of the year when I start to feel that pull, that itch to make a change. To let something die. I always seem to make big life-changing decisions in October/November. I started and ended...

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Toddler & Me Yoga By Marissa

Toddlers range from just over a year old to the age of three. They are newbies to this whole life thing. They are learning how to communicate, how to walk, how to do just about everything. However, give them just a little time to hone some of these skills and boom!...

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Learning to embrace the shadow By Mandi Garrison

Shadow work is a difficult topic to write about. The Fall Equinox, also known as Mabon, on September 22 marks the beginning of the most beautiful time of the year in New England, but we have to start welcoming in the dark. Immediately after the equinox, night will be...

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Invitation to Play By Sawrah

  As we move into the next season of the year, I invite you to play. Take a moment of deep inhalation and exhalation, inhale into the base of the spine, and take a moment to remember something from your childhood that brought you joy. How did you play as a child?...

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Finding Freedom in What Scares You By Molly

  When I was little, I hated cartwheels. I was tall and kind of lanky, and flipping myself upside down and sending my feet up over my head seemed pretty scary – the ground was just too far away! No. I have not mastered the cartwheel, but I have gained an...

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Honor the Body By Kayla

  Honor the Body By Kayla Beth Robillard “I’m too busy; I’m too tired to practice yoga or to meditate.” We have ALL been there! I've always had a good home practice with yoga and meditation; however; this past year I started to practice less and less. I found...

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Let it Be: A Bit on Yin Yoga By Stephanie F. Earls

Let it Be: a Bit on Yin Yoga by Stephanie F. Earls   Yin yoga is a phrase that describes an approach to Hatha yoga postures that is slower, less muscular and more meditative. It is a chance to practice being still within the parameters of 3-5 minute stays in...

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The Front Row Mat By Janet

I recently received an interesting, somewhat unsettling, and conversation provoking text from my good friend Monica. I met Monica a couple of years ago when I lived south of the Mason Dixon line. She and I developed a wonderful relationship. Monica is an ambitious, kind, compassionate woman. She is no stranger to meditation and the practice of yoga and although she has her share of doubtful and down days, she gives herself fully to helping to make this world a gentler and more tolerant place.

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