Sunday, August 20, 2017

I just taught yoga out at the stable Rugged Cross to 4h youth and adults.
Yoga outside amongst the breeze with peaceful sounds from horses and roosters.  One of the younger participants after class exclaimed, “that was easy” I am happy to hear that as we practiced some core poses that not all would enthusiastically exclaim “that was easy”
If you have a group and a location and would like a beginner friendly yoga class, reach out to me via or 605.334.5292.  $50.00 for a 40 minute class, mats provided.
Take time to move in a mindful way.
For healthy range of motion, layers of connective tissue must allow muscles to glide over each other. Injury, habitual posture in daily life, and aging, among other factors can bind these connective tissues together, creating so-called adhesions and restricting that movement between the sliding surfaces of the muscles. Adhesions block the flow of nutrients and energy through the body, causing pain and limiting mobility. Holding poses that gently lengthening the muscles and fascia helps break up adhesions, and applying mild stress to joints and connective tissues can increase their range of motion.


Jill Moncur

Monday, August 7, 2017

“Setting the foundation includes setting an intention for our practice, becoming conscious of why we practice yoga, and opening ourselves to the experience of yoga without goals or pre-conceived notions.
Setting the foundation includes cultivating an attitude of receptivity so that our practice is guided by our awareness of our body and mind, instead of being ruled by our ego.”
-Gernot Huber
Join us at East Bank Yoga every Tuesday evening for Hatha yoga, 5:30-6:30-pm and Beginners’ yoga 7:00-8:00pm
The second Wednesday of each month restore your midweek with a gentle yoga class. with a journey into the deeper layers of ourselves, we tune into our inner workings, connecting to sensations within the muscles and joints.
Class ends with an essential oil treatment.  5:45-6:45pm
Check website calendar for additional class offerings.
$12.00 drop in rate, cash or check
Jill Moncur

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 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.


Jill Moncur, RYT