There’s a light in you That’s meant to move Through the wind and The rain and the heat Under the sun Under the stars forever There’s a place where everything flows and no one can tell you how to get there but you This summer brings abundant warmth and gentle evening sky light displays. Have you gazed at the stars lately or watched and listened to what nature can teach? I find winters rather long here and am appreciative of every moment on the trail this summer.Just a bit older I am cognizant that tending to my yoga practice enriches me.There are days where I skip yoga for a slow run or bike on the trail. When I practice yoga for an hour, I realize the sweet benefits. We are often told to have an “attitude of gratitude” but what if something bad is going on in our lives and this seems impossible? In a sense, without the dark contrasts, we would not see the light. It is moving toward our suffering that healing is always found. Healthy exercise and nature seems to cleanse the soul. It’s not forgotte…
The path is you.
That is why it will never tire of waiting.
Whether it is covered with red dust,
autumn leaves,
or icy snow,
come back to the path.
You will be like the tree of life.
Your leaves, trunk, branches,
and the blossoms of your soul
will be fresh and beautiful,
once you enter the practice of Earth Touching.
-Thich Nhat Hanh
Please see website for November classes.
Jill Moncur

Warm Greetings ~

“Yoga is not just repetition of few postures; it is more about the exploration and discovery of the subtle energies of life.”  

-Amit Ray

Through your yoga practice no doubt you have experienced the benefits.Dr. Baxter Bell wisely labeled his offerings “Yoga for Healthy Ageing.”I have the occasional times where I get busy with other life projects and note I missed a day or 2 of yoga.I notice the deficit when I do not practice.Just 3 asanas a day or pranayama practice if that is all that works in your schedule makes a difference in mind, body and spirit.On occasion I wish for a world that yoga options were available whenever I felt like it.Practicing Virabhadrasana 111 or settling in to meditation at any given part of the day would not be a good idea in the workplace. I feel like if some people feel comfortable wearing their pajamas in public or offensive t-shirts that while standing in line at a store ankle over knee is relatively inconspicuous and a way to keep the hip …
Here there is nothing to fight
Except willfulness
Some lean too far 
Into the past
Others stretch way out 
Into the future
The true warrior 
Stays in the moment,
Burning deeper 
Into whatever comes
Or sometimes with 
Even more difficulty
What doesn't
-Leza Lowitz
Prana Yoga Tuesdays 6:00-7:00pm  no registration required, drop in rate $12.00 cash or check.
Saturday 8/17, 2:00-3:00pm Yoga accompanied with building strength for upper body posture. $12.00 cash or check. Reserve a spot required at or 605.759.7459.

Saturday, 8/31, 11:30-12:30 Beginner's Yoga, Reserve a spot required.  $12.00 cash or check.
Saturday, 8/31 1:00-3:00 Meditation Group Weather permitting Meditation Group will travel to Blue Mounds State Park in Luverne, MN. Artist Greg DenOtter will be providing walking sticks graced with his artistic talent. Reserve a spot required at or 605.759.7459
See complete schedule on website. 
Jill Moncur

When the breath wanders the mind also is unsteady.When the breath is calmed the mind too will be still.

~ Hatha Yoga Pradipika

Befriend your breath.The first step in pranayama is training ourselves to use the entire range of our physical breathing apparatus. This means experiencing full yogic breathing coordinating the lower, middle, and upper parts of the breath process as well as learning to attenuate the outgoing breath. When we take full, slow, deep breaths through the nose, using all three sections of our breathing apparatus and drawing out the exhalation longer than the inhalation, a number of important things start to happen in our body. First, nose breathing filters the air, warms it, and keeps it moist. Thus the air arrives in the lungs in the best condition to provide efficient transfer of oxygen and carbon dioxide. In addition, full breathing through the nose also stimulates some of the subtle nerve structures, beginning the process of bringing light and aliveness to …

Saturday Meditation Group traveled to Pipestone for hiking and walking meditation. After our hike sitting on one of the Three Maidens rocks with Samuel, he talked about the 7 values of Native American culture: prayer, respect, compassion, honesty, generosity, humility, and wisdom. There are similarities with the 8 Limbs of Yoga: Yama; moral discipline, Niyama; positive observances, Asana; practice of posture to sit in ease in meditation, Pranayama; breathing techniques connecting to life energy, Pratyahara; internalization of the senses, so that we can experience the inner domain of pure awareness, Dharana; focused concentration, Dhyana; meditation is a practice of quieting the mind, Samadhi; union with the Divine.

I’ve come a long way to tell this story.
There’s no turning back now.
The past will no longer be something to point to
For who you are and what you choose.
The radiant Sun is a life-giver
Who shows up without fail.
And what do we do with all this precious energy?

As we enter a season of awakening it is a lovely time to embrace the variety of self-care the yoga tradition provides. 

Embrace peace and appreciation.

Take time to integrate your outer and inner experience.

When we practice yoga through stretching and breath we release “ama” stagnant energy we do not need. Consistent practice of yoga enhances your ability to deepen your awareness of the subtle flow of the body. 

Pranayama (yogic breathing) Breathing deeply, lowers your heart rate, relieves anxiety, relaxes your muscles and calms your mind.

Take time for Pratyahara (Sense Withdrawal) thus experiencing the inner domain of pure awareness.

Take time to focus on slowing down the busy mind to experience awareness.

Meditate ~  When our minds our “cluttered” the body can respond by tensing muscles.

Essential oil class will take place this Saturday from 2:00-3:00pm. Registration required 24 hours in advance of class at or 605.759.7459.

Class will cover benefits of ess…