October 4 Week Foundation – Updated

Morning Glory Yoga Studios is offering a new
Introduction to Yoga Foundation Course
beginning October 02, 2018

This is a wonderful opportunity to learn about the many health benefits of yoga while gaining a foundation upon which to build a practice.

The course is appropriate for those new to yoga as well as those who wish to refresh and refine their relationship with the practice.

Yoga builds strength and flexibility through physical postures while helping students understand individual stressors through techniques that include mindfulness, breath, and gaze. Through a regular yoga practice, awareness and quality of one’s physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual health are improved.

Students will learn basic yoga postures, proper alignment, breath work, and be introduced to basic meditation techniques.

This class is suitable for students of various ages although it is geared towards adults; no children under the age of sixteen, please. The class is also suitable for people of various fitness levels. Poses will be modified to meet individual needs. Students should wear comfortable, moveable clothes and will remove their shoes during the class. A yoga mat is recommended but not required.

Gentle, Restorative, and Beginner classes are included (and encouraged) in the September Foundation Course.


  • Dates: October 02 – October 25, 2018
  • Day/Time: Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 7:00 – 8:15 pm
  • Place: MGY2, 409 East Main St., downtown Nacogdoches
  • Instructors: Amy Sanford & Arrie Tucker
  • Cost: $145



A Weekend with Charles MacInerney – August 10 – 12th


Friday 6 – 8:30pm
Lucid Yoga (restorative and relaxing)

We will start with 1/2 hour warming up the body with sun-salutations and standing poses. Then we will slow the yoga down to the point that students feel the body pulling their attention deeper, ever deeper into a world of subtle sensations and pleasure. Learn how to use physical exercise and breath control to slow the mind down from beta frequencies (associated with muscle tension and worrying) down into Alpha and Theta frequencies (associated with physical relaxation, creativity, and a profound sense of well being). Learn to practice Hatha Yoga as a form of meditation and experience the amazing stillness and timeless quality of mind that comes from Lucid Yoga.



Saturday Morning 9-12
Variations on a Twist

This workshop will explore some basic principles of twists, and then apply them to a large assortment of twisting poses, from the easy to the challenging. We will include work on reclining and seated twists, then move on to standing twists, and if there is the time we will address partner twists. All levels of experience are welcome. However, this class may not be suitable for those with serious injuries to the spine.


Saturday 1:30 – 4:30pm
Science of Breath (introductory – all levels)

This workshop will give you the opportunity to discover for yourself whether you have good breathing habits, and to improve your breathing and thus improve your overall physical, mental and emotional health. Learn specific breathing techniques that: reduce allergies; reduce risks of colds and flu; help control emotions; relax muscles; improve the health of the heart, lungs, & abdominal organs; purify the blood; rest the mind more effectively than sleep; expand lung capacity; balance energy flow throughout the body; and more.



Sunday 1:30 – 4:30pm
Art of Pranayama (assumes basic diaphragmatic breath and no health issues)

This is a more advanced workshop on Pranayama (breath control). It is for students who have attended the Science of Breath or already have a basic understanding of the anatomy and mechanics of breath and have good diaphragmatic breathing habits established. In this workshop, we will learn and practice a variety of more advanced and exotic breathing patterns and exercises from the ancient yogic traditions.


  • One workshop – $60

  • Any Two workshops – $105

  • Any Three workshops – $145

  • All Four workshops – $180

Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction 8 Week Intensive

Morning Glory Yoga Studios has partnered with Dr. Sydney Kroll of Pineywoods Psychological Services and will host an 8-week Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Intensive.

Back by popular demand, this evidence-based program will teach participants to be more responsible in the management of their own health, vitality, and healing, and to find greater balance, ease, and peace of mind.


MBSR combines mindfulness meditation and yoga in an 8-week intensive training. This practice is ideal for cultivating greater awareness of the unity of mind and body, as well as of the ways the unconscious thoughts, feelings, and behaviors can undermine emotional, physical, and spiritual health. Mindfulness has been shown to positively affect a range of autonomic physiological processes, such as lowering blood pressure and reducing overall arousal and emotional reactivity.

It’s been estimated that stress contributes to 80% of medical office visits. Stress exacerbates physical pain, hypertension, and various medical conditions, and can lead to declines in immune functioning and overall physical well-being. In addition, stress causes irritability, relationship problems, and declines in performance and reliability, which can in turn lead to more significant anxiety and depression. But unlike many other physical concerns, we have the ability to manage stress and its effects.


This class will teach a variety of mindfulness-based stress reduction and self-care skills that can be integrated into participants’ lives on a regular basis. The foundation of the class is mindfulness, which means paying attention to our experience without judgment. This class is modeled on the work of Jon Kabat-Zinn at University of Massachusetts Medical School.  By bringing more awareness to their lives, participants can learn to respond with choice rather than reacting automatically.  Participants will learn to access powerful inner resources to enhance coping and to live their lives with more balance and clarity. Mindfulness will be cultivated through both informal and formal practice.  In addition, participants will be taught a variety of ways to counter stress physiology, cognitive behavioral strategies to increase self-awareness regarding distorted thinking patterns, and nutrition management.


Research supports the following benefits of MBSR:

  • Reductions in pain levels and ability to cope with chronic pain
  • Decreases in anxiety, depression, hostility
  • More effective stress management
  • Increased ability to relax
  • Greater energy and enthusiasm for life
  • Improved self-esteem
  • Improved ability to deal with short and long-term stressful situations


Who can benefit?

Anyone who would benefit from learning stress management skills, individuals with anxiety, panic, or mild to moderate depression, and individuals with health conditions, such as pain and chronic medical conditions, that are exacerbated by stress.

  • Anxiety
  • Work, Family, Financial Stress
  • Asthma
  • Heart Disease
  • Headaches
  • High Blood Pressure
  • Sleep Problems
  • Fatigue
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Post-traumatic Stress Disorder
  • Eating Disturbances
  • Panic Attacks
  • Anxiety and Depression
  • Chronic Illness and Pain
  • Grief
  • Gastrointestinal (GI) Distress


sydney-kroll-200pxDr. Sydney Kroll is a native of Nacogdoches and received her undergraduate degree at The University of Texas at Austin and her Master’s and Doctoral degrees in Clinical Psychology at Baylor University. She has been using mindfulness-based interventions for over a decade in behavioral health settings, including university counseling centers, the Veterans Healthcare Administration, and currently in her private practice. Dr. Kroll specializes in using integrative interventions to treat trauma, stress, and depression, as well as to manage chronic pain and health issues. She provides training across the country in state-of-the-art mindfulness practices and is excited to offer her expertise to the East Texas community.

Where: MGY2, 409 East Main St

When:   Every Monday beginning October 16 – December 04, 2017

Time:    7pm – 9pm

Cost:    Non-Members : $400 (Yoga included)

              Members: $325.00

*Course may meet requirements for continuing education/professional development for mental health and medical professionals. Call for information.

*You may be able to pay for the cost of this class with funds from a health saving account. In addition, Dr. Kroll can provide you with information about requesting out-of-network reimbursement from your insurance company for part or all of the class cost.



THIS WEEKEND! Ashtanga Yoga with Jade Skinner – March 25th & 26th

Jade will be here THIS WEEKEND!!

I’m so excited to have such an accomplished teacher willing to travel the distance (all the way from Florida) to share her knowledge of Ashtanga Yoga. Don’t miss this opportunity to deepen your understanding about the practice of yoga and strengthen your personal practice.  You don’t need to know Ashtanga Yoga to attend any of the classes/workshops, it’s a learning environment.

Please register online today!  We need to have at least 6 students per class for the classes/workshops to make so spread the word and bring a friend!

Saturday. 03.25.2017

Led 1/2 Primary 8:00 – 10:00am

Based in traditional Ashtanga Yoga, this class emphasizes on the Tristana method of breath, bandhas and dristi. This class moves at a slower pace, which allows for more instruction on some of the advanced poses. As we move through the series, you will be encouraged to adapt and use modifications where you see fit for your practice.  Half Primary is great for those who are working towards Full Primary, wanting to explore the practice, build strength and increase flexibility.  If you have an existing practice then being guided through will help you to clean up in areas where you might be spending too much time as well as fine-tune your alignment.  Open to all levels and every kind of practitioner.

Transitions in Vinyasa (jump through to the jump back) 1:00 – 3:30pm

To transition means to move or connect one idea to the next.  Let’s be honest with ourselves, we all want that sensation of ‘lightness” when we’re doing yoga.  In this case, we will be looking at the movements in a vinyasa practice that weave postures together.Transitions show us the relationship between the foundation of an asana and all the ideas that support it.  They help us to gauge the progression of our practice when we are flowing in a vinyasa class, from basic to challenging, by the fluidity and grace of our actions.  We’ll break down the jump back to chaturanga in the 3rd and 4th vinyasa of Sun Salutations as well as the jump forward from down dog back to standing.  This will help you to understand the underlying components of the jump back, jump through transitions of seated postures and how the backbone is based on a series of 3 main postures from Sun Salutation A.  We’ll also explore some other transitional postures and work on techniques to assist you in developing healthy movement patterns. Let’s get lifted!


Sunday. 03.26.2017

Led 1/2 Primary 8:00 – 10:00am

Based in traditional Ashtanga Yoga, this class emphasizes on the Tristana method of breath, bandhas and dristi.  This class moves at a slower pace, which allows for more instruction on some of the advanced poses. As we move through the series, you will be encouraged to adapt and use modifications where you see fit for your practice.  Half Primary is great for those who are working towards Full Primary, wanting to explore the practice, build strength and increase flexibility.  If you have an existing practice then being guided through will help you to clean up in areas where you might be spending too much time as well as fine-tune your alignment.  Open to all levels and every kind of practitioner.

Spiral and Bind, Bind and Spiral 1:00 – 3:30pm

Did you know that revolved/twisting postures improves the strength and flexibility of your spine? Yoga practice asks us to manipulate our joints in the fullest range of motion.  It also asks us to move our bodies in ways that may seem challenging, if not impossible.  Spiraling twists and binds are some of the more common poses that students struggle with. In this workshop, we will explore the functionality of the shoulder girdle and muscle actions, the different sections of the spine and limitations.  Then apply what we learn to asana such as utthita trikonasana, parvritta parsvakonasna, ardha baddha padmottanasana, maricasana a-b-c-d, pasasana.


MGY2, 409 East Main St


Saturday, 03.25 & Sunday, 03.26.2017


Jade Skinner

  • $35 per Led 1/2 Primary
  • $45 per Afternoon Workshop
  • $145 Entire Weekend

About Jade

I started to study yoga when I moved to Saint Petersburg, Florida in 2002. Back then I didn’t know yoga would become my way of life. One day, my teacher told me, “Yoga will change your life forever!” and she was absolutely right. Yoga not only changed my life, it soon became so much more…To me, Yoga now is my lifestyle. I can’t image my being without it. It helped me not only trade my bad habits for good but to look out from under the veil to see all that the world has to offer. Through personal change, I became extremely passionate to share this knowledge with others. That’s when I decided to become a yoga teacher.
I later discovered Ashtanga Yoga while learning and teaching Vinyasa. It immediately captivated me. Through my years of practicing and teaching different methods of yoga, Ashtanga is where my heart remains. Ashtanga is intriguing in so many ways. It brings clarity to every state of your being: physical, mental, emotional and spiritual. My own personal experiences on the mat have deeply humbling to the core of my being. A reminder that change is impermanence and adaptation is acceptance. And now my purpose is to share, teach and help my students grow on their journey with Ashtanga Yoga.

For more info about Jade check out

Exploring the Practice of Yoga with Charles MacInerney – 2016

AUGUST 12 – 14th!


Friday, August 12th. 6:00 – 8:30pm

Meditation: It’s Not What You Think!

_Charles-MacInerney-002Meditation is the art of being fully present in the moment. Numerous studies now show the amazing benefits of this most ancient of practices, including physical health,  improved cognitive abilities, and emotional wellbeing. Learn the basics of Meditation and then practice a variety of styles including: Eating Meditation; Walking Meditation; Breath Awareness; Detached Observation, Mantra, and Vipassana. No previous experience required!


Saturday, August 13th.  9:00am – 12:00pm

Opening Hips and Shoulders
_Charles-MacInerney-005Hips and shoulders are notorious for creating problems for yoga students. Learn a variety of stretches to help you liberate your true potential. This class will focus on opening hips and shoulders using stretching strategies including PNF, Active/Isolated and Passive Stretching, while maintaining the integrity of the torso and protecting the knees and other extremities. We will also explore the use of sand bags, rollers, walls, chairs and other props to accelerate success. We will address how to work with injured or traumatized joints and muscles to ensure safe and sustainable progress. Finally, we will address the problem of tight hips and shoulders at its source… the Sensory/Motor cortex of the brain and practice techniques to help re-map range of motion in the brain resulting in immediate and lasting increases in effortless range of motion for both the hips and shoulders.


Saturday, August 13th.  1:30 – 4:30pm

Yoga Nidra: The Yoga of Rejuvenation

_Charles-MacInerney-004Yoga Nida, sometimes called ‘yogic sleep’, is an ancient practice that was introduced to the West by teachers like Satyananda Saraswati and Swami Rama in the 1960’s. It is said that one hour of Yoga Nidra can replace 4 hours of regular sleep. Yoga Nidra is typically practiced in 8 stages. After a gentle asana practice, we begin in Shavasana with a guided relaxation. Next we repeat pre-determined affirmation called a Sankalpa. The third step is called the rotation of consciousness which is followed by breath awareness. The fifth step is called the manifestation of opposites. Then we enter into creative visualization. To close, the sankalpa is repeated, before starting a very gradual return to normal consciousness.


Sunday, August 14th.  1:30 – 4:00pm

Yoga for a Healthy Back
_Charles-MacInerney-001Charles has practiced Yoga Therapy for over 20 years. In that time he has learned how to adapt classic yoga poses to help prevent and/or alleviate back problems. Learn not only which asanas and modifications will help lead you to a healthier back, but more importantly, how to practice these asanas to maximize potential benefits, safely increasing range of motion, strength, control and awareness of the back. General principles of yoga therapy addressed in this workshop can be applied to any asana or any type of injury. This workshop is suitable for all levels of students, and for yoga teachers wanting to learn how to work with injured students.


One workshop $55

Any Two workshops $100

Any Three workshops $140

All Four workshops $175


Charles F. MacInerney, E-RYT-500, has practiced Yoga since 1971. He is known for his fun and playful teaching style as he leads students into a deeper understanding and appreciation for yoga. Charles is a gifted generalist and as one studio owner put it, “the most out-of-the-box thinker that I know.” He started teaching full time in 1989. He is a pioneer in laying the foundation for Yoga’s growing popularity in Texas. In the early 1990’s he was the first Yoga teacher in Central Texas to bring yoga into schools (A.I.S.D. & E.I.S.D), 4 universities including the University of Texas where he worked with students, faculty, administration, dormitories, Women’s Athletic Program (Track, Gold and Volleyball teams), and departments of Dance, Music, Kinesiology.

He introduced yoga to four hospitals and set up two Cardiac Yoga Programs (Seton Hospital and The Austin Heart Hospital). Charles also led the way in bring yoga into the workplace. His clients include numerous Government Agencies, IBM, Motorola, Apple, 3M, and Sematech. He teaches ongoing yoga classes in Austin, offers yoga workshops at studios around the country, and leads Yoga & Meditation Retreats as well as Yoga & Writing Retreats throughout the US, Mexico, Costa Rica and Guatemala. He is the founder of Expanding Paradigms through which he regularly presents at National and International Conferences. He has written articles for numerous magazines including the Yoga Journal. In 2014 he presented at the International Association of Yoga Therapy conference in 2014.

Charles is also the Founder of the Free Day of YogaLiving Yoga Teacher Training Program, and the Texas Yoga Retreat. Please visit his primary website at www.YogaTeacher.com, contact him by email: charles@yogateacher.com, or call or text Charles at 512-459-2267.

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