“Be Here Now” Ram Dass

In the Yoga Sutra of Patanjali, there are eight limbs of yoga described.  Three of the last four are Pratyahara (withdrawing of the senses), Dharana (concentration), and Dhyana (meditation).  In my early days of practicing yoga, I got the part about withdrawing the...

Are We Still Doing Yoga? Or, What Yoga Means to Me

I absolutely love when a student asks this question.  It begs the question, What is Yoga?  So that is where I start all my teacher trainings, for in order for us to know if what we are doing is yoga, we have to come to agreement on what that four letter word means. ...
Real Yoga According To Mary Byerly

Real Yoga According To Mary Byerly

Insights From A Yoga Instructor I am not a revolutionary, nor a big risk taker. No, thank you, I do not want to do a handstand on the edge of a cliff, nor do I endorse anyone who does. I do tend to be more conservative in my actions, yet liberal in my outlook on life....
My Favorite Sutra

My Favorite Sutra

My Favorite Sutra In my first teacher training, we, of course, had to study the Yoga Sutras. I think it was in our first weekend (we came together for long weekends every other month) we were assigned to begin reading this for the next weekend. So I went home, and...
Utthita Trikonasa

Utthita Trikonasa

Utthita Trikonasa, otherwise known as triangle pose is considered one of the basic postures, learned early on in your practice.  It looks deceptively simple to do, yet is, in fact, a complex pose.  Utthita means extended and trikonasa comes from three words:  tri...