“Yoga is not a work-out, it is a work-in. And this is the point of spiritual practice; to make us teachable, to open up our hearts and focus our awareness to that we can know what we already know and be who we already are.”
— Rolf Gates

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Humans have been practicing yoga before they were writing. Proof of this lies in the illustrations of yoga positions carved in stones found in the Indus Valley dating back to 5,000 years ago. However, Patanjali is the accredited OG of yoga. He lived sometime between 200 B.C. And 200 A.D in India and wrote the “Eightfold Path of Yoga” in Sanskrit. Below is a list of these eight parts of the path with my interpretation of each limb in italics. 

1.     Yama: Moral codes that include non-violence, truthfulness, non-stealing, right use of energy, non greed. Treat others the way you want to be treated.

2.     Niyama: observations or duties that foster a healthy lifestyle and spiritual enlightenment including cleanliness, contentment, burning desire, self-reflection, and surrendering to higher power. Tounge scraping, reading self-help books, responding to the internal motivation to pursue your dreams, and recognizing your own limitations.   

3.     Asana: physical postures. Downward dog, keeping your back straight as you mindfully bend down and pick up a pen off the floor

4.     Pranayama: controlling your breath; inhale for four counts, hold your breath for two, exhale for six counts, hold for two. Repeat

5.     Pratyahara: withdrawal the senses. Turn your attention from Instagram to the space between your eyebrows.

6.     Dharana: concentration on one thought; Stare at a candle flame for five minutes. 

7.     Dhyana: meditation, state of being keenly aware without focus; hard to achieve and even more difficult to retain, but not impossible

8.     Samadhi: superconscious experience/bliss/oneness with the universe. The feeling that DMT, acid or other hallucinogenic drugs tend to offer glimpses of for brief moments

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Yang yoga

Vinyasa: VIN = in a special way - YASA = to place

These classes begin with a guided meditation, an inspirational quote and a question that directs ones attention to author an intention aligned with the ones reason for attending the class. The sequence consists of a series of postures that are scaffolded to help you build strength, increase flexibility and foster mind-body awareness.

The popular sequence of lowering down from a push-up position to the Lift-Myself-Out-Of-The-Pool pose, and into Downward Dog is called a "Vinyasa Flow".

What should you bring?
An attitude, ADD, and/or lower back tension

Sample Class, 30 Minute Gooch Flow


Yin Yoga

Yin is the calming, slow twin of Yang. This yoga allows you to gently stretch connective tissues; tendons, ligaments, and fascia, around the joints. Each pose is held for three to seven minutes. Using bolsters and props, the floor is brought to you before settling comfortably into the posture with you eyes closed. Guided meditation and optional Reiki healing is offered.

What should you bring?

Minor injuries, muscle aches and joint pains, stress you would like to evaporate and an interest in strengthening your patience.

Yin Yoga Class with Travis Elliot

benefits of yoga

  • Weight loss

  • Stress relief

  • Improved immunity

  • Greater mind and body awareness

  • Increased energy

  • Increased flexibility & improved posture

  • Better intuition

  • Improved Balance

Articles about the Benefits of Yoga and/or Meditation

Yoga and Meditation Can Change Your Genes, Study Says, Time Health

Washington meditation project reverses violent crime trend by 23.3%, World Peace Group

Is it possible to heal depression and anxiety with yoga? CBS News

Joe Rogan on Yoga

Drug Rehab - Yoga and meditation can help people overcome addiction when complemented by traditional treatment. Meditation's effect on the neurotransmitter GABA in the brain may be a reason why.