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Yoga Story – Vanessa

What first brought you to yoga? I’ve tried to stay active as an adult but usually chose high impact activities. I would try yoga while in PT but it never really stuck. It wasn’t till I moved back to SD from the east coast that a friend brought me to Pilgrimage and I developed a […]

From the Founder – “Action”

Action “Inside work remains hidden the/Fragrance of flowers.” -Sri Chinmoy* By applying yoga philosophy to our concept of work we can radically transform out day-to-day lives. Karma yoga is the practice of becoming aware of each action and the results our actions create both in ourselves and in others. We must all take action either […]

Yoga Story – Maggie C.

What first brought you to yoga? I started when I was very little (about 7 or so) doing yoga with my mom and sisters and a show on PBS called Hatha Yoga with Kathleen Hitchcock. I remember she spoke very calmly and seemed happy, and I found it very easy to twist my body into […]

Our relationship with Air by Lena Schmidt

Air energy is related to innovation, creativity, ideas, expanding your mind, and being mindful. When we are at harmony with the Air element we feel expansive, expressive, and open to new solutions. Practice gratitude for all that Air provides: fresh oxygen to nourish the lungs and blood and, of course, the winds of change! Connect […]

Our relationship with Fire by Lena Schmidt

Each week we’ll be exploring our relationship to and with the elements in Yoga 1 on Wednesday mornings at 8am-9am in North Park. See you on the mat! Fire energy is related to passion, taking charge, transformation, courage, willpower, and vision. When we are at harmony with the Fire element we feel alive! We have […]

From the Founder

“Every day/ I take a dip/ in my soul’s ecstacy-sea.”* –Sri Chinmoy Yoga is an opportunity to step physically, mentally and emotionally out of our day- to-day experiences and reconnect with our deeper sense of self. It is so easy to become lost in seemingly, ever-repeating emotional cycles and mental patterns. We become trapped inside [&

Our relationship with Water by Lena Schmidt

Each week we’ll be exploring our relationship to and with the elements in Yoga 1 on Wednesday mornings at 8am-9am in North Park. See you on the mat! Water energy is related to fluidity, movement, harmony, relationships, emotions, compassion, awareness, and empathy. When we are at harmony with the Water element we feel able to […]

Our relationship with Earth Element by Lena Schmidt

By Lena Schmidt Each week we’ll be exploring our relationship to and with the elements in Yoga 1 on Wednesday mornings at 8am-9am in North Park. See you on the mat! Earth energy is related to stability, strength, discipline, commitment, loyalty, integrity, regularity, and steadiness. When we are at harmony with the Earth element we […]

Eighth Limb of 8-fold Path – Samadhi by Lena Schmidt

The eighth limb of the eight-fold path is the Samadhi. Samadhi is bliss, enlightenment, or absorption in ecstasy. We can practice Samadhi in yoga by: * Looking for and finding joy in each pose (challenge yourself to find it even in the poses you find very difficult) * Practicing restorative poses that promote deep relaxation […]

Seventh Limb of 8-Fold Path – Dhyana by Lena Schmidt

The seventh limb of the eight-fold path is the Dhyana. Dhyana is meditation. We can practice Dhyana in yoga by: * Practicing hip openers and other asanas that prepare the body for sitting * Focusing on the breath to tune out distractions * Setting an intention of relaxation and healing * Meditating before and/or after […]