An Exploration of Wholeness

“Without feeling, there is no chance of wholeness, and wholeness remains our best chance to survive the pain of breaking.” Mark Nepo I was at a yoga class recently where the teacher read us this quotation. It dropped like fresh rainfall into my heart and suddenly I understood how profound it is to open to […]

Finding the Sacred Space Within

In yoga, we greet each other by saying Namaste. It’s a lovely way to say both hello and goodbye. The word originates in India and the root, nama, means “to bow.” Namaste recognizes the wisdom within each person, so we bow to that wisdom through greeting one another with sincerity. It may sound odd at […]

Thoughts on Courage

“The word courage is derived from the French word for heart, couer, and it means ‘the ability to stand by one’s heart or to stand by one’s core.’ Whenever we exhibit courage, we demonstrate the healing power of paying attention to what has heart and meaning for us.” ~ Angeles Arrien I’ve always loved that […]

Leaning into We

I was part of a celebration for Martin Luther King last month and his beautiful words are still resonating within me. He was a brilliant man, ahead of his time, who has left us a road map to follow that helps us connect to one another. Essentially, he said there is no me without you. […]

Refuge Within

The smoke. It’s on everyone’s mind all of the time. Can I take a deep breath? (no.) Should I do yoga? (yes.) How long is this fire going to burn? (?) As bad as it is in Auburn, we know that it’s much worse for those in the fire area. All we can do is […]

Creating Space

Do you ever wake up with the mind in overdrive? Do you have those relentless thoughts of “what if”? Some days it’s as though everything has collapsed in on itself and it seems that there’s no way out. In yoga, these are the times when we focus on the element of Space, which is another […]

Breathing Space in Nature

I just returned from a long weekend trip in Zion National Park. It was awe-inspiring to be surrounded by the red rock canyon, the giant mountains, and the river flowing through the center of it all. Each day we were delighted to be greeted by the multi-hued majesty of the soaring cliffs, the sound of […]

Sandy Burgner, Yoga Instructor

Yoga has been an active part of Sandy’s life for the past 13 years.  In years past, as a stay at home mom, she initially found yoga on PBS with “Lilias, Yoga and You” programs.  Currently, she is a certified, registered yoga instructor with Yoga Alliance. She received specialized yoga instruction from Exclusive Yoga in […]

What is Recovery

re – cov – er – y n. pl. re – cov – er – ies The act, process, duration, or an instance of recovering, esp. from illness, a shock,   or a setback A restoration to a former or better condition. The regaining of something lost. The act of obtaining usable substances from unusable sources. […]

Breathing Space for the New Year

Yoga began a long time ago. It is rich with techniques that inspire, heal, open the heart, expand the mind, and soothe the nervous system. It was traditional for one teacher to work with one student for a certain length of time, usually years. The yoga itself was designed to be most beneficial for that […]