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.

fredoniabrewery.com | morninggloryyoga.com | bestfriends.org/hurricaneharvey

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 mgyoga@gmail.com 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.

Introduction to Tai Chi Weekend Workshop Series


Introduction of Tai Chi and basic overview of basic Tai Chi concepts.

Students will gain knowledge, practice, and resources to begin a daily Tai Chi exercise routine.


October 7th 10am–12:00 pm

Tai Chi Basics/ Tai Chi Walking
Introduce 108 Yang-Style Long Form

  • History of Tai Chi
  • Benefits
  • Warm-Ups
  • Introduce Qi Gong/ Building the Ball
  • Tai Chi Walking/Shifting
  • Wuji
  • Benefits of practice
  • Introduce Long Form/ Begin practice
  • Video support at home

October 7th 2–4:00pm

Breath Work

  • Diaphragmatic
  • Breathing benefits
  • Warm Up
  • Building the Ball QG
  • Practice Long Form,
  • First Section 70% Rule
  • How does intention influence your Tai Chi?
  • Sensory focus exercises
  • Practice Long Form, First Section

October 8th 1–3pm

Self Massage
Concentration and Meditation

  • Tai Chi for Health
  • Warm Up
  • Building the Ball QG
  • Self Massage
  • Practice Long Form, First Section
  • How can Tai Chi help me meditate?
  • Preparation work for meditation
  • Long Form as a meditative practice



  • Workshop Series Duration: 2 Days

  • Classes: Saturday (2) and Sunday; three classes total

  • Hours: 2 Hours per Class

  • Location: MGY2, 409 East Main St

  • Investment: One Class: $60; Two: $105; Three: $145




Kai Lewis is an instructor of Tai Chi, Qi Gong, Meditation and several South East Asian styles of martial arts. He has also completed his 200 yoga teacher hours and continues his studies in anatomy, massage, reflexology and sports science medicine. His interests lie in the practical methods of martial arts, healing, meditation, and yoga and applying these arts and their applications in a modern context. He currently teaches several public classes and is part of the MD Anderson Integrative Medicine Center team, sharing the health benefits of Tai Chi and Qi Gong with the hospital’s cancer patients, caregivers, and staff.


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