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When you hear the word "yoga" do these thoughts come to mind?

  • Someone in a pretzel position or standing on their head? The media in our country has given yoga a physical image that most of us will not achieve in this life --- and that's okay! 
    or maybe...
  • The uncomfortable idea of moving slower than your used to and/or sitting still? You are not alone! The most challenging aspect(s) of the practice is listening while not watching, becoming aware of how your body moves and where it is in space, and being open to stillness in the mind and body.

With a compassionate, understanding, and knowledgable teacher, there is no skill-level one must be to start practicing yoga. There are a variety of styles to meet the needs of everyone. Take your time, read the definition of the class you are interested in attending so you know what to expect. Try different teachers and classes. Find which teachers and classes you resonate with most. Be open to a substitute teacher. Also, always share with the teacher if you have any medical concerns, so that they may address alternate postures during class to keep you safe.

Yoga Is Therapy

Mental, emotional, spiritual, and physical

Most people practicing yoga continue to go to classes because they know how good they feel afterward... and may even be a nicer person from it! Many times family or friends will notice when the student has't been to a yoga class in a while, and will encourage them to get to a class soon! Whatever reason you go to yoga, you will highly benefit from one-on-one/private instruction. 

Whether you take one or multiple private sessions, they will provide you with the opportunity to begin exploring what type of practice will benefit you most. Whether you are new to yoga, a seasoned practitioner, recovering from an illness, medical treatment, injury, or any trauma, a regular yoga practice can (and will) give what you need to feel well, accomplished, mobile, healthy and happy.

In private (and group) sessions a teacher may incorporate various aspects of yoga, including, but not limited to:

  • Asasa (physical practice)
  • Pranayama (breathing exercises)
  • Mantra (prayer or affirmations)
  • Chanting (sound/toning)
  • Pratyahara (retention of the senses)
  • Meditation (focus/concentration)

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Affirmations and Quotes

Place inspiring affirmations and quotes throughout your home, work space, vehicle, bags or anywhere else you can find a place for a post-it note. By doing so, you learn these phrases so that the unconscious mind begins to automatically associate an affirmation or quote wherever you are without consciously reading it.

Benefits of Yoga

The practice of yoga offers countless advantages. The following are some of the most basic and important - no matter where or when you begin practicing... yoga knows no age or boundaries to experience these life-changing benefits...


There are a variety of meditation styles, just like yoga practices and workouts. Everyone can meditate...

Mom and Baby Yoga Benefits

Receive encouragement from a mom who's been there, plus other moms who are going through postpartum recovery with you! This practice encourages healthy post-baby weight-loss, along with releasing tension...

Prenatal Yoga Benefits

Outside of the endless benefits of yoga, a prenatal yoga class is the perfect place to begin yoga or continue your practice learning how to incorporate your growing belly into your regular practice... and most importantly for the labor and delivery processes.

Strength for Birth

We may see with our eyes what a strong birthing woman looks like; it’s common to wonder- what's really behind her strength? Is it mostly physical or mental or both?

Three Foundational Qualities You Want In Your Yoga Teacher

The yoga industry has quickly become saturated with new yoga teachers, Insta-Yogi's, and know-it-all's. As a whole this is not a bad thing. Concern arises when students put all their faith and ability into one teacher... and don't know anything about that teacher - especially their yogic background...

Treating PTSD, Other Illnesses and Traumas with Yoga

More and more doctors and researchers are finding the benefits of incorporating yoga into a treatment plan for those suffering from traumatic situations and/or post-traumatic stress syndrom. One of the largest discoveries...

You Are What You "Yoga"

In the practice of yoga we tend at go to the classes that fulfill our favorite parts of ourselves. Those who enjoy a busy day with things to do, typically enjoy a flowing practice. Those who enjoy a day of meditation, rest and stillness typically enjoy a slower practice...
About Elise

I'm a RPYT (Registered Prenatal Yoga Teacher) and RYT 500 (Registered Yoga Teacher) rooted in the Hatha tradition, and the Samkhya philosophy; however I attend a variety of classes, like Kundalini. I’m living my dharma (purpose) by creating a community to assist women during the rite of passage into motherhood through the mental, emotional, physical and spiritual qualities of the yoga practice.

In addition to yoga, I'm a mom of two beautiful children and have many interests including Feng Shui, Reiki, alternative healing methods, harnessing my intuition and whatever else inspires me along the way!

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