Written June 15, 2017 by Yoga MountainHailed by the sages as the heart of the Vedas, the Maha Mrityunjaya Mantra can help you tune into the healing force that is always at work within you, supporting your growth, lifting you up in times of trouble, and reminding you of the higher aim of life. In this article, spiritual teacher and author Rolf Sovik unveils one of yoga’s most powerful, nourishing mantras.
The scriptures of ancient India are filled with stories, myths, and legends in which philosophy is entwined with devotion. Great personages appear in these tales, among them the sage Markandeya, whose teachings are found in the Markandeya Purana. His text is remembered especially for its account of the glory of the Divine Mother. Markandeya is ...Read More
Written November 22, 2016 by Yoga Mountain
What’s in a pose? It’s not easy to step into a class for the first time. In fact, I don’t actually remember how I got into my very first yoga class! What I DO remember was at the end of class, I felt peaceful. And THAT inner connection to something quiet and calm within me has kept me coming back ever since.
Now, 25 years later, I teach yoga to all levels of students. Many show up for that very same reason, that connection to something peaceful inside. It is a joy to encourage each new student to take that first step. Let’s get started!
You don’t have to be an Olympic gymnast, in fact its better if you aren’t! Coming with an open mind to experience a new ...Read More
Written November 21, 2016 by Yoga Mountain
Master these 5 basic yoga poses and you’ll be off to a great start in your practice. Your body and mind will thank you!
At Yoga Mountain Studio we use alignment-based principles in these top 5 poses to help you connect to your body and breath. There is nothing fancy about it, you get on the mat, take a shape and breathe. Ahhh… the magic just starts to happen! The Sanskrit names have been added behind the English translation so you can begin to recognize their association to one other. It’s not necessary to be a Sanskrit scholar to enjoy yoga, but eventually you may be interested in knowing more.
To start, sit in a comfortable position elevating the hips above the knees using folded blanket. Listen to your breath. Direct your attention to the ...Read More
Written November 01, 2016 by Yoga Mountain
Is your mat sitting in the corner looking a little lonely?
It’s wondering why you haven’t taken it for a yoga spin! Maintaining a regular yoga practice is challenging yet rewarding. If you are like most people, obstacles such as illness, stress, injury, or competing priorities eventually rear their not so pretty head while you are diligently tying to make time to practice. Here are some ways to work with a few common obstacles and get back on your mat in light speed.
Resist the beat-your-self-up path. It NEVER works! It is a recipe for a deflated sense of self, and painful self-inflicted bruises on your heart. If you berate yourself for missing class undoubtably you ...Read More
Written February 01, 2016 by Sienna Smith
While holding cobra pose sweat drips from their brow as they patiently wait for me to call out the next pose. Instead, I ask them a question. “Why are we doing this pose anyway?” With a mix of laughter and grunts they look at me as if to say, “WHAT! You don’t know!”
The question “why” is powerful because it requires that we have a relationship with ourselves, that we get to know what motivates and drives us to do things. That wisdom takes practice, presence and patience– All of which yoga can teach us.
You can sleep walk through your job or even a downward dog, taking commands blindly from your boss or teacher, but ...Read More