CMYW Blog

Where our teachers explore yoga on and off the mat

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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Ahimsa and Tech Timeouts – By Sawrah

If you’ve ever been to a class at CMYW, then you have probably heard the Sanskrit word Ahimsa. As the first Yama, it is basically our secondary studio motto. It is translated roughly as non-harming or non-violence.We often use it as a way to show our students not to go “too far” with their bodies and to respect their boundaries while still learning to find their edge and grow.

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You Carry Your Magic Inside By Stephanie F. Earls

Browse the internet, social media or certain yoga publications and you might get the impression that a mastered practice requires specific physical ability or certain clothes, beads or candles. You might think you have not gotten “there” unless you study with a revered teacher, practice hours a day or can do a challenging pose.

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The Third Wing of the Butterfly By Mandi

Jupiter just stationed retrograde, and has been sitting at 24 degrees of Libra for the past week. The sabian symbol for this degree is “A third wing on the left side of a butterfly.” Whether or not you are as interested in astrology as I am (which is more than most people, I’ll admit), this is a fascinating and powerful symbol. The butterfly is the quintessential symbol of transformation, and this is a transformational time.

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Forgiveness By Kayla

“Forgive others not because they deserve forgiveness, but because you deserve peace.” Jonathan Lockwood Huie   Forgiveness is one of the hardest things we can do as a human being. Forgiving others or even ourselves takes great strength to do. Sometimes, we need...

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Rebalancing Your Life: Tips for Healthy Living By Lucy

    Rebalancing Your Life: Tips for Healthy Living   At this time of the year we are all looking at our lives; rebalancing our investment s, gathering information for our tax returns, etc.   How about rebalancing our health?   Make an intention to start...

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What is Yoga Nidra? By Julie

    What is Yoga Nidra? By Julie Crantz, Divine Sleep Yoga Nidra® Teacher and Reiki Master   Have you ever experienced levels of stress where your health began to suffer? Have you ever had trouble sleeping? Have you ever had a question on your mind that...

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Picking up the Peace-es – By Jennie

The only constant in life is change. That’s for certain. How we deal with change that comes up in our lives is a reflection of who we are and how at peace we are with ourselves.Here’s something that, when I initially heard it, was hard for me accept: Everything that...

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