Acupuncture is a system of medicine that looks at the body, mind, and spirit of a person as inseparable. The body is the most dense, substantial form of matter along that continuum, and the spirit is subtle and imperceptible, intangible. Changes and interventions in any aspect of a person have a ripple affect on the whole of them.
Meditation – the practice of mindfulness – is fraught with many misconceptions. Many of us who sit are disappointed when we discover that peace and tranquility are not immediate fruits of our labor, but instead arise only after we replace our striving with a friendly but committed effort to be with our experiences. Others create distance from what feels uncomfortable, believing that touching our own suffering – which is sometimes profound – must mean that we’re doing it wrong. Over the years, however, I’ve found that the most prevalent myth about meditation is that we must learn how to detach – that we cannot be passionate or care. Nothing could be further from the truth.
The Buddha taught that our suffering arises from the delusion that happiness comes from our grasping to things, concepts, and beliefs as though they were real. But, as Zen teacher John Daido Loori said, “You need two things in order to have attachment: the thing you’re attaching to, and the person who’s attaching. In non-attachment, on the other hand, there’s unity. There’s unity because there’s nothing to attach to. If you have unified with the whole universe, there’s nothing outside of you, so the notion of attachment becomes absurd. Who will attach to what?”
Charm City Yoga is fortunate to have Park School senior Kali Tambree, interning at Midtown. Before graduating, Park School seniors craft their own six week program of study outside of their educational environment. Kali wanted to learn more about her favorite yoga studio. Below she shares about her experience: Read More…
Curious? Got Questions? Come!!
On Saturday, May 11th, drop by our Midtown studio from 10:30am to Noon to meet the teachers of all of our teacher trainings–200hr, 500hr and Prenatal! Learn how Charm City Yoga can help you open new doors in your practice and share your personal love of yoga with others. This is a free event so come, enjoy tea and snacks, and join in the community! Be sure to bring your curiosity and questions! Read More…
Eric Brown is leading “Moving Inward: Yoga and Meditation”, a two hour workshop on April 27th that provides a unique synthesis between yoga and meditation. Eric shares more information about the connection between the two and what to expect for the workshop.
Meditation is yoga. It’s a process of paying attention. It’s an inward journey.
In the yoga sutras of Patanjali, there are two key statements:
“Asana is that which produces steadiness and bliss”
“Yoga is the stilling of the thought-waves of the mind”
It’s usually assumed that stillness of mind can only happen through the stillness of the body, like in seated meditation. It’s also assumed that yoga postures should be performed separately from meditation, and what happens in the mind during the asana practice is often ignored. When they’re practiced simultaneously, you can discover a whole new depth and dimension to both hatha yoga (asanas and pranayamas) and raja yogas (concentration and meditation). Read More…
Want to add creamy texture to your smoothie without using dairy? Try using avocado. They are rich with potassium, vitamins C and K, fiber, folate, and heart-healthy unsaturated fat. Another great thing about this super-fruit that it’s mild flavor compliments just about anything. Needless to say, avocados are delicious! The glow smoothie provided below is a tasty and refreshing way to start your morning.
Enhancing Your Yoga Practice and Your Life with Aromatherapy
As with yoga, essential oils have been used for thousands of years to heal and balance the body, mind, and spirit. Treat yourself to this 2 hour Aroma Yoga workshop with Laura Mannarino on Sunday, April 21st, 2:00-4:00pm at the Towson studio. You will come away with practical knowledge for using essential oils in your practice and life to improve your overall health and well being.
Your experience will begin as you enter the doors of the studio. You will be greeted with a cup of cucumber/peppermint infused water. As you begin to breath deeply you will notice the lemongrass oil being diffused into the air. You will then settle onto your mat for a brief discussion about aromatherapy and the essential oils that will be used in the Vinyasa flow.
The practice will begin with Frankincense to enhance meditation and respiration as students become centered and deepen the breath. As we move through the practice you will be given a variety of oils that correspond to the postures. The class will end with a delicious Savasana paired with a relaxing blend of oils called “Peace and Calming”.
As you leave, don’t be so relaxed that you forget your personal spray bottle to take with you to enjoy some aromatherapy at home.
• Pre-registration is required.
• Class is limited to 20 students.
• All levels are welcome
Laura began practicing yoga in 2005 while living in Shanghai, China. She discovered the amazing benefits for mind, body, and spirit and has been practicing ever since. She completed the 200 and 500 hour teacher training course with Kim Manfredi through Charm City Yoga. Laura teaches at the Towson Studio.
Aroma Yoga with Laura Mannarino
Towson: Sunday, April 21st: 2-4pm
Click here to learn more and register
Sarah Cook shares her experiences of teaching yoga to bridal parties! Wedding season is upon us!
As posted on the website for Elizabeth Bailey Wedding and Events
I started my love affair with yoga about seven years ago.
It’s hard to say what I love most about yoga; there are so many things! But if I had to choose just one, I’d say that the best part is the relationship I’ve developed with myself through the practice. It’s led to so much physical, mental and spiritual growth.
I started working with bridal parties a few years ago. The experiences have been so rewarding, both for the bride and for me. A wedding can be such an intimate, love-filled event, so to be a part of that is really an honor. And for the bride, starting the day off with some physical movement, focus and some time just for herself before the whirlwind begins, has proven to be invaluable. It sets the stage to move through the day with intention.
Arranging pre-wedding yoga is pretty simple. Just pick the date, the time and we can work out a venue. Often the brides like to hold the class at their hotel or a nice outdoor spot, depending on the season. I bring all of the mats and anything else we might need, even music if that’s requested. We can discuss how vigorous or relaxed the class should be; if there’s anything you want to do in the practice; the class can be as specific as you like.
-Sarah Cooke teaches multiple classes weekly at Charm City Yoga.
Click here for her weekly class schedule!
Call us at 1-800-336-9642 ext 1 to arrange your Bridal Yoga Party!
“I named this soup after the second chakra, svadhisthana because of it’s bright orange color, it’s sensual texture and it’s warming blend of spices. Cooking should be a sensory experience; smell, taste, touch, color. These elements are very important.” – Kim Manfredi Read More…
Jen Gens is leading a brand new 3 week Family Yoga workshop starting Saturday, April 6th from 3-4pm at our Severna Park studio. We are very excited about this fantastic opportunity for families to practice yoga together!
Jen shares more information about the workshop and her experiences teaching families below!
In Family Yoga, parents and children have the opportunity to experience the benefits of yoga together. Yoga has many health benefits for all ages, as it strengthens the mind and body while increasing self-awareness. Yoga can be vastly beneficial to growing bodies by increasing proprioception; the ability to perceive the position of one’s body relative to the space around it. Read More…
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