CMYW Blog

Where our teachers explore yoga on and off the mat

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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Pass the Flame By Lauren

Have you ever been drawn to darkness? It possesses this seemingly undying power to reel us in and keep us close. Yes, I am speaking slightly metaphorically and don’t mean to sound too demonizing, but everywhere I look, every screen I turn on, and every conversation I take part in lately seems to revolve around this darkness.

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Abundance in the Mud By Molly

This year, I’ll have to wait a little longer for walks through the woods in early spring, because as I write this on April 1st, I’m looking outside and seeing ice and snow. But I’m willing to wait a little longer, as there is something magical about those quiet springtime walks. The still snow-damp earth soft underfoot.

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Shutting Off The Stress Response With Meditation By Marissa Fratoni

Fear is an emotional reaction to a perceived threat to our well-being. It lets us know when we’re in danger. It lets us know when we need to act appropriately to steer away from said danger. It is a powerful emotion indeed. So powerful that it can take over our psyches and start doing incredible damage in our lives.

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Ostara: Finding equilibrium in the extremes By Mandi Garrison

Have you noticed the uptick in anxious energy? Most places I go seem hurried, dry, ready to break. People are noticeably rushed, and there are extremes of emotional responses and angry outbursts. Does this sound like your world lately? Even the weather is extreme, with the pendulum swinging from 70 degrees to snow. Just as we start to get excited about spring, we wake up with a nor’easter outside.

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