"If you can achieve one pose, that is enough. It may sound easy, but in how many poses are we really comfortable and steady? Before we can relax the mind and bring more balance into our lives we need to work on the physical body by using yoga practices such as posture work and breath control.”

-The Yoga Sutras of Pantajali (Book two, Chapter 46)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Welcome to YOGAglow!      

 

YogaGlow offers group and private classes at the following locations:

Three Oaks Arts and Education Center

14 Maple St. Three Oaks, Mi.

Fernwood Botanical Gardens

Buchanan, Mi.

See Schedule page for class descriptions, Teacher link for my bio, and News   link for workshops and my scrapbook of past and upcoming special events. I am also available for private instruction and special events such as retreats, reunions, and weddings. Please call if you have any specific questions or concerns about taking a class.

 

 

Seasonal Contemplative Program                   

Winter Retreat: January 20 | 1- 4 pm     

One of four contemplative programs that reflect the theme of "Reclaiming Our Nature" and use the seasons- Winter, Spring, Summer and Fall to celebrate and mark the transition periods in our lives- this series of meditative rituals will draw on the beautiful natural surroundings of the gardens and our own human nature to practice being present through awakening our senses. I will guide you through all four sessions exploring our own inner landscapes of well-being as we engage with sacred symbols of art, nature, and our own deeply interwoven selves.  
Register here.

 


(Arrive early for lunch in the Fernwood Cafe}
1pm Opening Circle
1:15pm Guided Meditation and Gentle Movement
1:45pm Cycle of Life Reflection
2pm Sculpture Walk
2:30pm Walking Meditation and Sensory Awareness Practice
3pm Mandalas
3:30pm Guided Meditation
3:45pm Closing Circle

 

Welcome Message from Deirdre Guthrie,

Director of YOGAglow

I think of yoga as a living poem I create with my body each time I step onto the mat. And like confronting the blank page, there are days when it can feel intimidating or exhilarating.

During practice I feel tendrils of sensation awakening in my body which may feel achy, poky, electric, or warm and glowing. Currents of prana (life force) ebb and flow with my breath. On a mental level I may be distracted by samskaras (those pesky karmic traces) or what Virginia Woolf calls "atoms as they fall upon the mind." All of this is what it is to be alive!

When I feel disconnected or the monkey-mind is really rattling in its cage, I use tools like mantra (sacred sounds like the Bij mantra SAT NAM) or drishti (visual focal points) to regain focus. Or I simply wait for the thoughts to run themselves out like wild horses, kicking up clouds of dust until they are spent. And then spontaneously, when I'm ready to let go of the struggle, it's there, glimpses of santosha, sweet contentment.

Whatever brings you to this practice of yoga, welcome to YogaGlow. May we offer up a space for you to deepen a connection with yourself, others, and our world.

Deepest Shanti,

~Deirdre 

Anchored yet rootless, the beach Mangrove.

Testimonials:

"Deirdre is a wonderful teacher with a great deal of yoga knowledge. She is extremely good at catering to her students' needs. We loved every second of her class!"

~Julia Van Nice

"Deirdre makes you feel comfortable no matter what

your level of experience is."

~Ann Christenson


"I am very grateful for the opportunity to practice yoga

here with a spirited, encouraging, and experienced teacher!"

~Kristyn Kauchak                             

Asana: A yoga posture that brings comfort and steadiness

kooky poseHatha Yoga: Ha means "sun" and tha means "moon." So hatha yoga is the union of pairs of opposites. In yoga this means in each physical pose, and in the breath itself, opposing energies combine, forces of expansion and contraction, combine.

In yoga we activate these principles as we seek to bring balance into our lives and bodies.

If you are curious about yoga and its benefits, I encourage you to explore the Tibetan rites as an introduction to some central yoga dynamics. Here is a link to a worksheet that includes helpful modifications.

History

The physical practice of yoga was originally developed to prepare the body, and especially the nervous system, for stillness in meditation. The ancient sages understood that a calm mind requires discipline and strength. They developed asana as one limb on an eight-limb path called ashtanga.