Yoga is a simple and sacred practice which teaches through personal
experience that the body, mind and soul are one. Daily disciplines of stillness,
movement and conscious breathing allow us to live longer and feel lighter.
MorningStar Yoga classes are rich in personalized attention.
We begin with a simple meditation using one of the aspects of yogic philosophy as our focus f
or practice. Each class includes rhythmic breathing (Pranayama) and flowing movements (Vinyasa Yoga)
designed with respect to individual needs. Gentle integration, unique to Viniyoga,
invites deeper health and happiness.
Pranayama, controlled breathing,
is the first yogic movement. It begins at birth.
Babies breath first from their bellies. Conditioning
and fear later produce a breathing pattern that
stagnates in the chest. By breathing slowly and
deeply in our accustomed pattern we begin to notice
that one breath gives way to another.
With a soft belly, soft smile, calm mind, open heart, perhaps
lying down, we soon find our breathing returning
to a complete breath, effortlessly but consciously.
Other rhythmic breathing practices preserve or
return us to greater physical, mental and emotional
Our yoga practice creates stronger and more flexible bodies.
Each posture offers the opportunity to see how openness, contraction or balance are
reflected in the other areas of our lives.
Vinyasa Yoga allows us to approach and encounter any of the postures
with a gentle entry and departure. A great benefit of viniyoga is that each posture can be
adapted to any age or stage of life. Yoga practice and disciplines gift us a strength,
flexibility and focus which we can use to improve our work, play or rest.
The first rule of Yoga is Loving Kindness (Ahimsa).
It is also compassion toward all living beings.
It is applied especially toward the most vulnerable,
weak, young, old, poor, destitute, lonely, alone,
sick or scared. It is first applied to ourselves
when we are any or all of these things.
So we begin our Yoga with Loving
Kindness and we end with a blessing – Namaste.
Namaste is both a salutation and a farewell. With
a slight and gentle bow we say to another, “I
bow to you. The divine in me recognizes the divine
in you. From a place of clarity, stillness and
with a calm mind and deep breath and soft heart
I stand before you in Loving Kindness.”
SEQUOIA MARIE HALL, "Look, Gramsie, I can do Yoga too!"
Yoga is not about what we can do;
it is about doing what we can, simply and sacredly.
Retreats, group classes and individual instruction are
available. For inquiry contact Sister
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Photos of MorningStar by Mary Toole