The Top 5 Myths About Yoga (And Why They Aren’t True)

1. Yoga is a religion Yoga is not a religion. It is a way of life. Yoga gives you the tools to dig deep inside, confront your fears and challenges, and be a better person for everyone around you, including yourself. The principles of yoga (the Eight Limbed Path...

Is Self-Care Selfish?

Somehow we’ve gotten the idea that caring for ourselves is an act of selfishness. That not giving our all to our loved ones until we simply fall into bed each night, exhausted, makes us bad people. When, in fact, you are really not doing anyone any favors by not...

The Ultimate Zen Habit

Letting go is an art. If you don’t let go, whatever you are holding on to will hold you back. The argument you had with your spouse, the guilt over a deed done (or not done), a relationship that no longer serves you, a habit that hurts you, or even fear of the...

Got Big Dreams? 5 Simple Steps To Help You Get There

Did you know that TYS started in a storage unit? One step at a time, with determination and passion, we grew into our current studio and continue to grow. It’s a dream come true, for sure! You can get busy accomplishing your goals and dreams today too. These 5...

What’s Better Than Gratitude?

It’s not that we don’t believe in and appreciate the practice of gratitude. We do it every day! But what sometimes gets lost in gratitude is appreciation. What’s the difference, you ask? Here’s the official Webster definition for both: grat·i·tude noun the quality of...

The Path to Peace: Samadhi (Enlightenment/Higher Consciousness)

Samadhi, a state of bliss, may seem impossible to reach or even think of. But this heightened state of awareness is more accessible than you might think.  Well, here we are at Samadhi—the 8th and final step in Patanjali’s eight-limbed path of yoga. This is the...

The Path to Peace: Dhyana (Meditative Absorption)

Dhyana is the 7th limb in Patanjali’s 8 Limbed Path of Yoga. Dhyana comes from the Sanskrit term dhyai which means “to think of.” Dhyana is focused, single concentration on one thing—your breath, a chakra, a mantra or a pretty flower. The point? More self-knowledge by...

The Path to Peace: Dharana (Focused Concentration)

Pratyahara (last week’s limb) – or getting rid of distractions, is the set up for Dharana, or focused concentration. The last three limbs of yoga are known as samyama, Sanskrit for integration, binding or holding together. The combined practice of Dharana, Dhyana and...

The Path to Peace: Pratyahara (Sensory Control/Inward Focus)

In the classical yoga system of Ashtanga (the Eight Limbed Path), each limb offers guidelines or “ways of being” that when practiced together equate “living your yoga.” It’s a path of spiritual (not religious, yoga is not a religion and spiritual can mean something...

The Path to Peace | Pranayama

If you pay attention to health and wellness news at all you have heard over and over in the last few years that the mind and body are connected – and it all revolves around the microbiome in your gut. Healthy gut, healthy brain! This is absolutely true. However, in...

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