Holiday Yogativities at MGYS

Hi, MGY Yogis!

December has arrived, can you believe it?! We thought you’d appreciate a glimpse into our Holiday Season Calendar at MGY1 & MGY2 as it’s pretty festive! You’re not going to want to miss a single specialty class we’ve got planned so make yourself a cup of warm tea, wassail, or any other [nip-nip] you’d like to sip on, open up your calendar, prop up your fuzzy-sock covered feet, and with pen in hand (red or green ink preferably) mark the following days with a holly leaf or Christmas tree and plan to be at MGYS.




DECEMBER 25TH – DECEMBER 30TH – Holiday Break




DECEMBER 21 st – Winter Solstice 7:00 pm Arrie at MGY1

On December 21, at 7:00 pm, join Arrie for a special meditation practice honoring the winter solstice, the official beginning of winter.

This hour-long meditation will begin with a brief mindfulness practice, then a contemplative discussion on the ecopsychological effects of the change of the season.

Bring your own meditation cushion as only a limited number will be available.


DECEMBER 24TH – X-Mas Eve 2:00 pm Arrie at MGY1


DECEMBER 31ST –  New Year’s Eve 2:00 pm Lou at MGY1


JANUARY 1ST –  Yoga Mala 10:00 am All teachers at MGY1

Join the MGYS Teachers on New Years Day at 10:00 am for the 5th Annual Yoga Mala, 108 Sun Salutations, a ceremony to mark a community-wide transition that has become a tradition here at MGYS.
The new calendar year is a great reason to investigate one’s life (thoughts, habit patterns, behaviors, and relationships). The purpose of this ceremony is to create a space for this exploration, as well as to offer a structural model for productive investigation.

The Salutations will be broken down into 4 sets of 27 with a meditative pause between each. The leader of each section will lead the first few salutations to set the rhythm. Listen and try to stay together. This is intended to be a group project. 🙂

Students may practice all 108 Sun Salutations or a portion, choosing to rest while remaining focused.

We will have an area to place flowers, candles, and special objects. If you have something you’d like to contribute, a meaningful artifact, please bring it to the ceremony and retrieve after.

Let’s begin 2017 together! Following the Mala, we’ll have light refreshments, traditional dishes, and a toast to the New Year. Please join in on the celebration. <3

Please expect to be at the studio from 10:00 am – 12:30 pm.


JANUARY 1ST –  (NEW!) Relax into the New Year 4:00 pm Glenda at MGY2

with Special Musical Guest, Violinist, Brenda Josephsen.

Relax into the New Year/2018 with a renewed you, attend a special New Year’s Day
Restorative Yoga Class with Glenda.

Start something new for the new year and trust in the magic of new beginnings.

The time to relax is when you don’t have time for it!

Experience the nurturing, nestling poses of restorative yoga.
With each pose, you are totally supported to enhance the body’s natural relaxation response.

Relax, unwind, restore yourself after the hectic holiday season, by nurturing yourself with a special New Year’s Day Restorative Yoga class.

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.



Fall 4 Week Hatha Yoga Foundation Course

Morning Glory Yoga Studios is offering our popular Introduction to Yoga Foundation Course beginning October 03, 2017.

This four-week course 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 fine-tune their understanding of the practice.

Yoga builds strength and flexibility while also helping students to better deal with stress and to relax. Students will learn basic yoga postures, proper alignment, and 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.

Dates: October 03 – 26, 2017
Day/Time: Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 7 – 8:15 pm
Place: Morning Glory Yoga Studios, 207 East Main St., downtown Nacogdoches
Instructors: Amy Sanford & Arrie Tucker
Cost: $125


Autumn Equinox Meditation

Thursday, September 21, 7:00 pm

Join Arrie for a guided group meditation honoring the shift of the seasons. This hour-long class will include a short mindfulness practice as well as an introduction to the eco-psychological implications of the shift in the season followed by a nature-based contemplative practice.


  • Place: MGY1, 207 East Main St.

  • Date: 09.21.2017

  • Time: 7:00pm

  • Who: Arrie

  • Cost: Donation

Pints & Poses. Nac Style.

Morning Glory Yoga Studios and Fredonia Brewery are excited to partner in an effort to demonstrate just how charmingly aware and refreshing Nacogdoches has become.

You are invited to join us on September 16, 2017, at 12:45 pm for the first ever Pints & Poses behind the pine curtain. On this special occasion, we will be hosting a donation-based event benefitting the Hurricane Harvey Relief Effort.

Your $10 (or more) CASH donation gets you in the gate for FREE Yoga and a pint of beer. 100% of proceeds will go to Best Friends Animal Society. Best Friends’ disaster response team is deploying to Texas to rescue stranded animals, deliver supplies to hard-hit shelters, transport displaced shelter pets and support emergency sheltering efforts.

  • Place: Fredonia Brewery

  • Date: Saturday, 09.16.2017

  • Time: 12:45 – 1:45pm

  • Who: Amy Sanford (and other MGYS teachers) with Morning Glory Yoga Studios

Please bring your own yoga mat.

THIS EVENT IS FOR EVERYONE interested in the cause.
*Must be 21 or older to drink.
**FAMILY FRIENDLY with a donation per person.
***NO early entry without a donation. | |

Learn Kung Fu – Find your Balance

Tai Chi is a Chinese Martial Art that focuses on breathing, relaxation, balance and over all better health.

MGY2 is excited to provide a space for the Nacogdoches community and surrounding areas to learn the art of Tai Chi from a skilled teacher. Please join us on Wednesdays at 5:45pm in the month of September at a special introductory Drop-In fee of $10/class. Don’t be shy, this class is open to any and all with an interest in Tai Chi. Chairs will be made available as needed.

We are experimenting this month to gauge interest and determine our regular class schedule so your participation is greatly appreciated and necessary for success. This is our great fortune to have such an experienced teacher as Sifu Gardner recently transplanted in Center and eager to teach right here in Nacogdoches. Please share the good news and join us beginning 09.13 at MGY2, 409 East Main at 5:45pm!

Instruction will be an hour long class including Warm Ups, Standing Gong (Root Development), Qi Gong and Silk Reeling (Spiral Movement).

These classed are designed to introduce you to the fundamentals for a better understanding of Tai Chi and find practical uses. Appropriate for everyone.

Sifu David Gardner has practiced Chen Tai Chi for 20 years. He studied under Grand Master Chen Qingzhou 19th Generation Chen Family member. He is also a Second degree Black Belt in Seven Star Mantis Kung Fu under Master Jeff Hughes.



Day: Wednesdays in September
Time: 5:45pm
Place: MGY2, 409 East Main Street
Cost: $10 Drop In
Teacher: David Gardner

For more information please contact or
Sifu Gardner at 512 679-6358

It is our mission to continue to serve and support a healhty, vibrant community through mind/body practices.

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