Sunday, June 11, 2017

Warm Greetings,

I find Amy Matthews, co-author of the book Yoga Anatomy to be an intelligent and insightful instructor.  I came across 2 statements she made recently that I relate to and simply love.
Alignment is dynamic, it is not a fixed position.
Support rises from relationship rather than holding.

I relate to this in my personal practice and as an instructor mull over how to get someone to that place of coming into an asana and connecting with listening to the wisdom of the body, making those lovely subtle adjustments when called upon.

A regular practitioner at East Bank Yoga recently asked me to develop a 20-minute practice for him.  I recall myself when I first started yoga enjoying it however not recalling all the asanas I might want to practice at home. He just happens to be anatomy savvy so while I developed 2 classes based on an interview for his needs I in turn enjoyed the discussion brought forth as we moved through each yoga class I created for him.

If you would like a personalized yoga class for a home practice, the cost is $50.00.  Please contact me for additional details at eastbankyoga@gmail.com or 605.334.5292.  This would be best geared towards someone who has a practice at East Bank Yoga however options are certainly open.

I am sure I have mentioned this in a prior post or newsletter, as we enjoy our warm weather most of us are more active on the bike trails, golfing and gardening. There is a pleasant weariness in the body or speaking for myself on occasion I am sore and tired from the additional exercise and I need yoga.  I encourage you to find and practice that asana that works for you. Let’s keep life vibrant when we can.

I am a new Grandmother.  Margot is 3 weeks old and I am biased that she is once more the cutest, sweetest baby.  As she relates to mind body I was enthralled with the first time I saw her raise her arm over her head.  Watching her today she did it with I got the power attitude. 

Join me at East Bank Yoga to experience your innate wisdom, release what you do not need, and simply be.

Namaste,

Jill Moncur, RYT

Monday, May 1, 2017


Satya means truth in Sanskrit.  Sat Nam means I am the Truth in Kundalini yoga.  As we experience our yoga practice we connect with our truth, where we are at.  May you connect with a higher level of consciousness at East Bank Yoga.

Join me for yoga classes and Meditation Group at East Bank Yoga.  Please see website calendar for class information

“Mindfulness practice means that we commit fully in each moment to be present; inviting ourselves to interface with this moment in full awareness, with the intention to embody as best we can an orientation of calmness, mindfulness and equanimity right here and right now”

-Jon Kabat Zinn

Monday, February 27, 2017

Move, Breathe, Replenish at East Bank Yoga


The breath is the primary tool through which you will be able to access what’s actually happening in your body. It’s the primary tool to activate change in your structure at a deep level, and it’s the primary tool to link your conscious awareness to the process of change. So think of the breath as an internal flashlight, microscope, viewfinder, that helps you discover what’s going on. -Leslie Kaminoff