August 19, 2014

Ever since I was a little boy I believed in magic. I remember distinctly trying to make

things happen with my thoughts. Sometimes they did. The pure belief of a child’s innocence is powerful stuff. I believed that there were real places like the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry and that if you believed enough you could make magic happen.


This month as we enter the sign of Virgo we revisit the Alchemical powers of the god Mercury also known as Hermes.  Mercury was the only god granted the powers to travel back and forth between the heavens, the underworld and visit humans in the middle ground.


Mercury rules the sign Gemini as well of Virgo. In Gemini he can be flighty and ungrounded as he is distracted by all that glitters. There are good things about the Gemini sense of movement.


But as Mercury rules Virgo, we add the element of Earth to his moveme...

June 17, 2014

Have you checked out our new monthly series.... AstroAsana? Rob Dorgan, assisted by Steve Bolia, are offering AstroAsana at our studio once per month. This special class instroduces information about the current astrological influences that may be affecting your life. Then you get to work with the sensation of the current energy in a fun, dynamic, and empowering asana class. Rob is a soulful teacher and Steve a supportive assistant. This class is offered at regular class prices, you can use your class pass, and is not to be missed!


Here's a little preview of what's to come from Rob:


The sun moves through all twelve signs of the zodiac in a twelve month period. We are currently in Gemini (May 20- June 21 for 2014) and then it shifts into Cancer ( June 21-July 22, 2014). Depending on your personal chart this shift from fun loving Gemini to nurturing Cancer may be subtle or...

March 6, 2014

When I was a runner, many years back, I strove to improve my personal best in a race and checked to see how I finished compared to the other runners in my age bracket. When I went out for a run around the neighborhood I tried to keep pace with the faster runners, passed some and always ran just a bit farther. Running, like a lot of things in life is competitive. We compete with ourselves and others. This is not a bad thing; in fact it’s good to have that drive, that desire to be better. Yoga is not like that. At all.


If you are new to yoga you will learn that the practice is not about getting better, stronger, more flexible and out-posing the other students in the room. Yoga is about appreciating where you are at that moment on your mat. We learn that no matter where we are in the evolution of a pose is exactly where we are supposed to be, at that moment. Then with the ne...

January 20, 2014

Many yoga teachers seek inspiration from the outside world to help students connect with their most true inner nature. Dr. Martin Luther King's courage, compassion, vision, and drive give us all much to consider and emmulate on our quest for yoga (unity and harmony.) I'm including today, a list of some of MLK's powerful and wise quotations. Today I am grateful for all of those individuals who are able to see the injustices in the world, and are able to shine a light on them in a way that, rather than spotlighting our misgivings for the sake of being critical, luminates a path to higher consciousness and elevated living. 


We're also including a rockin'-yoga MLK music playlist from Jo Griffith. Jo is the office angel here at Shine and as well as teaching Gentle/Beginner's for us on Tuesdays at 11:30, she teaches a full schedule around town. Jo always has a n...

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