Events & Workshops

Summer Solstice Meditation

Thursday, June 21, at 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 ecopsychological implications of the shift in season, then a nature-based meditation practice.

All skill levels are encouraged to attend! Bring your own cushion if you have one if not a limited number will be available.


— Free and donations are accepted —

May 4 Week Meditation Foundation

The 4 Week Meditation Foundation Course is designed to give an overview of what meditation is and how to incorporate the practice into one’s life and is appropriate for anyone interested in meditation.


Arrie will introduce various types and styles of meditation and contemplative practices, including

  • yoga as meditation,
  • mindfulness
  • contemplative walking
  • and more depending on the interest of the group.

Participants will be confident and comfortable practicing meditation on their own and participating in group meditations.

For the first time, Gentle, Restorative, and Beginner classes are included (and encouraged) in the May Meditation Foundation Course.

  • No experience necessary.
  • Classes will meet Tuesdays and Thursdays for the month of May at 5:45-7:00 pm in MGY2
    409 East Main.
  • Class size is limited to 12
  • Investment: $145
  • Preregistration is required.

 


 

Self Defense Class at MGY2

Join Tai Chi and Kung Fu Teacher, David Gardner
for a Self Defense Class on Saturday, 03.31.2018,
at MGY2, 409 East Main St.


Join in a discussion on what it takes to prevent and deter becoming a victim.

    Learn techniques for:

  • Improved self-awareness
  • How to avoid conflict
  • How to fight back if a conflict occurs

 


 
This class is designed for everyone, of any age.

Investment: $20
Time: 2:00-3:30pm
Place: MGY2, 409 East Main St.

 


 

April 4 Week Yoga Foundation

Morning Glory Yoga Studios is offering a new
Introduction to Yoga Foundation Course
beginning April 03, 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.

For the first time, Gentle, Restorative, and Beginner classes are included (and encouraged) in the April Foundation Course.

 


  • Dates: April 03 – April 26, 2018
  • Day/Time: Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 5:45 – 7:00 pm
  • Place: MGY2, 409 East Main St., downtown Nacogdoches
  • Instructors: Amy Sanford & Arrie Tucker
  • Cost: $145

 


 

Spring Equinox Meditation with Arrie

Tuesday, March 20, at 7:00 pm

Join Arrie for a discussion and meditation practice
to honor the shift in season and the personal implications
of this seasonal transition.

This hour-long class will include a mindfulness practice
as well as a nature-based meditation practice.

No preregistration or experience required!

  • Teacher: Arrie Tucker
  • Place: Morning Glory Yoga, 207 East Main St
  • Date: 03.20.2018
  • Time: 7:00 PM
  • Investment: Donations accepted and appreciated but not required to attend

Introduction to Mindfulness Through Yoga & Meditation

Come explore and learn the basics of yoga and meditation in a safe, welcoming, and non-judgmental environment with Keith Mitchell, former All-Pro NFL player turned internationally renowned yogi and Mindfulness Coach.

This class has been created to provide an accessible immersion that gives you practical skills needed to make yoga and meditation part of your daily life.

In this relaxing, renewing, and inspiring class you will experience the benefits of yoga and meditation which include;

  • User-friendly yoga good for beginners
  • Breathing techniques to calm the nervous system and promote deep relaxation
  • Meditation techniques to steady the mind and improve focus
  • A physical yoga practice to strengthen the body and improve flexibility, circulation, and body awareness.

 

 

 


 

Instructor: Keith Mitchell
Date: 03.09.2018
Time: 6:00 – 7:30PM
Location: MGY2, 409 East Main St
Investment: $20 General, $10 SFA and High School students

*The session will last 90 minutes: 15 min Intro, 60 min class, 15 min Q/A.

 


 

BIO: Keith Mitchell is a former NFL All-Pro linebacker for the New Orleans Saints, Houston Texans, and Jacksonville Jaguars whose career came to an abrupt end with a tragic tackle that left him paralyzed him from the neck down.

The inability to use his physical body put Mitchell on his spiritual path and new life purpose. During the recovery process, Keith became a master of conscious breath, mindfulness and developed a new relationship to Self. After regaining functionality, he used Yoga to rebuild his body and integrate a new level of consciousness.

Keith’s compelling story of healing trauma through holistic practices has captured the attention of a global media audience including Dr. Oz, MSNBC, and CNN. He intends to create change on a legislative level through his Congressional Yoga Association with congressmen Charles Wrangle and Tim Ryan. His care plan, developed in partnership with the University of Rochester, help veterans heal Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and trauma through holistic practices. He created the Light It Up Foundation as a vehicle for educating a national community on health, nutrition and emotional well-being. More than 10k people participated in the organization’s most recent event in Los Angeles.

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SNOW DAY

Due to the recent inclement weather,
all classes are canceled today,

TUESDAY, JANUARY 16TH

at both MGYS locations.


We’ll keep you informed of other schedule cancelations but, at this time, we expect to return to our regular schedule tomorrow.

If you must be on the roads today please proceed with caution.  AND PLEASE, go play in the SNOW!!

With love,

Amy, Arrie, Lou, Glenda, & Lee

 

Welcome 2018 from your mat at MGYS!

We hope you had a very merry Christmas and are enjoying the holidays while sharing quality time  with friends and family.

MGYS invites you to practice personal care from your mat as we welcome in the New Year, 2018.  Please see the list of classes that our MGYS teachers have planned.  We hope you’ll join us in beginning 2018 at both of our downtown locations.


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

This is an All Level Hatha Yoga class. We offer a space to practice and take time to reflect on 2017, breathe in the present moment, and look forward to new opportunities of 2018. The more the merrier at MGYS so come share the last day of 2017 with this amazing yoga community that you’re partially responsible for creating. Good work!

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

Join the MGYS Teachers, Arrie, Lou, Glenda, and Lee 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 2018 together! Following the Mala, we’ll have light refreshments, traditional dishes, and a toast to the New Year. Please join in on the celebration.

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.

 


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.

 

CLOSED DATES


 

DECEMBER 25TH – DECEMBER 30TH – Holiday Break

 

HOLIDAY CLASSES


 

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 2018 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.

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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.

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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.

 

REGISTER TODAY

Questions about upcoming events? Contact Amy.

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