Events & Workshops

Foundations of Restorative Yoga Course with Kelsey Carrasquel

This September, Morning Glory Yoga Studio is offering a 4-week Restorative Yoga course taught by Yin & Restorative Yoga teacher, Kelsey Carrasquel. This course will teach students the fundamentals of a Restorative Yoga practice, and also explore the benefits and philosophy of Restorative Yoga.
Class will take place every Tuesday from 7-8:30 PM, beginning on September 6th.

In yoga, resting is not the same as sleeping. Restorative Yoga is the practice of deep relaxation while remaining conscious, awake, and aware. This allows the mind and body to fully process and release stress and trauma, rather than hold onto it or let it build up over time.

Kelsey Carrasquel is trained in trauma-informed teaching methodology, and this course will follow principles which allow students choice, agency, and control in their practice.

Is this the right course for you? YES!

Everyone can benefit from the practice of Restorative Yoga, and having a deeper foundational knowledge of why and how to practice will help you get the most out of your practice. Whether you’re brand new to yoga or have been practicing daily for years, you’ll discover something valuable in this course.

Pricing

  • Early Bird: $125
    *Early bird pricing extends until August 27th, 2022.
  • After August 27th: $145
  • MGY Members pay: $99

Space in this course is limited, so sign up early to secure your spot!


SIGN UP HERE

Body, Mindy, Spirit
A Weekend of Yoga with Charles MacInerney

Friday, 07.29.2022

6-8pm

The Power of the Breath

Panayama is the yogic practice of breath control. In this workshop, we will first learn and practice a variety of breathing patterns and then explore ways to integrate these breathing patterns into our asana practice. Learn how to use breath to help relax muscles during a stretch, how to improve balance, eliminate frustration with challenging poses, improve stamina, and elevate your physical asana practice to the level of moving meditation.

 

Saturday, 07.30.2022

10am-1pm

Opening Hips & Shoulders

Hips 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.

 

2-5 PM

Yoga Nidra & The Art of Relaxation 

Yoga Nidra, sometimes called ‘yogic sleep’, is an ancient practice that was introduced to the West by teachers like Satyananda Saraswati and Swami Rama. One hour of Yoga Nidra practice leads to a state of deep and profound relaxation that many claim can replace 4 hours of regular sleep. But the real benefits to this practice go far beyond simple relaxation. The primary goal of Yoga Nidra is to use deep relaxation along with mental imagery and affirmation to root out negative beliefs that sabotage our practice and life in general, and replace them with positive beliefs that help us to explore and live to our highest potential.

 

Sunday, 07.31.2022

1-4 PM

Improving Your Balance 

This workshop is appropriate for all levels, from seniors who wish to reduce the likelihood of falling and learn how to age more gracefully, to seasoned athletes wanting to get an edge on performance, or yoga students wishing to improve in asanas that require more balance. Balance improves concentration of the mind, alignment in the body, and efficiency in movement. Above all else, with the right attitude, practicing balance should be fun.

We will start with an overview of balance theory, then explore these ideas in our asana practice, and after a guided relaxation, we will close with a discussion of how lessons learned in physical balance can be applied to find balance in the larger arenas of life, including relationships, business, wellness and others.

 

  • One Workshop $65
  • Two Workshops $115.00
  • Three Workshops $165.00
  • Full Weekend Workshops $195.00

Early Bird Discounts available. Register today and save!


Charles MacInerney, E-RYT-500, C-IAYT, has practiced Yoga since 1971, and taught since 1989. 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.”

Charles was recently recognized by the Consul General of India for his work helping yoga to gain acceptance in Texas by introducing yoga to school teachers, administrators, and eventually directly to students. In addition, Charles has introduced yoga to 4 hospitals, and has taught at 5 universities.

At the University of Texas Charles worked with students, faculty, administration, dormitories, Women’s Athletic Program (Track, Golf and Volleyball teams), and Departments of Dance, Music, Art, Architecture, and Kinesiology. In the business world Charles offered workshops and started yoga programs for IBM, Motorola, Apple, 3M, Sematech and dozens of smaller companies.

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, including the International Association of Yoga Therapy conference. He has written for numerous magazines including the Yoga Journal and is the author of Toxic Goals, Flow, and the Pursuit of Excellence.

Charles is the Founder of the Free Day of Yoga, Living 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.

September is National Recovery Month

September is National Recovery Month

In September, yoga studios worldwide are uniting to increase awareness and understanding surrounding substance abuse and offer hope to individuals who are suffering.

Join us in changing the dialogue surrounding drug and alcohol addiction – from one of isolation to one of community and growth. Every dollar raised goes directly toward teaching Ashtanga yoga classes in treatment centers and providing yoga tuition scholarships for individuals in recovery.

MGY and AYN are hosting two donation classes at the end of September to raise awareness.

Suggested donation $20.


Saturday, September 25, 2021

Register today and reserve your spot. In Person space is limited due to social distancing requirements. Classes will be offered via Zoom too. You have the option to choose on our schedule. Signing up is free, donations accepted at the studio day of or if Zooming a donation can be made online or directly to the Trini Foundation.

REGISTER HERE

All proceeds will go to Trini Foundation, a non-profit organization, dedicated to teaching the practice of Ashtanga yoga to people struggling with drug and alcohol addiction.

trinifoundation.org

Sunset Yoga & Growler To-Go!!

MGY GOES OUTSIDE!

Do you love yoga?
Do you love beer?
Do you love supporting local businesses?
If you answered yes, we have great news – your perfect Friday night has arrived!

The Fredonia Brewery has graciously provided a space for MGY to practice outdoors. To express our gratitude, we’ve come up with a fun and creative way to practice together while supporting our generous downtown neighbor.

Join MGY at The Fredonia Brewery for Sunset Yoga in the beer garden on Friday evenings at 6:30pm. When you register for the class, you’ll choose a 64 oz growler of delicious, locally brewed beer or refill options for both 32 oz and 64 oz to take home after savasana for a post-yoga treat. New selections include wine barrel and bourbon barrel aged options too!! Don’t forget to bring your growler back the following week for a refill. Cheers!

Don’t forget to bring your growler this Friday if you’ve selected “refill” option.

Not into beer? You can, of course, always select to come simply for the Sunset Yoga. You’ll select Sunset Yoga only (No Growler.)

To practice in person, you will need to bring:

Mask
Mat
Hand towel
Water bottle

*Mask required to be worn on premises with the option to remove once on your mat.*
*Hand towel for random sneezes and sweat.*


Date: Friday, 09.04.2020
Location: Fredonia Brewery, 138 N Mound St.
Time: 6:30 – 7:30 pm
Teacher: Amy
Cost: Yoga & Beer : $13-35
Yoga & Yoga : $15


*Must be 21 years of age or older to register for Yoga & Beer.

Check out fredoniabrewery.com/the-brews for descriptions of beers.

Then register HERE to reserver your place.

Space is limited to 15 students so reserve today!

NEW CLASS! Therapeutics with Arrie

A Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapy class is intended to take participants deeper into their own felt-experience. There is no need for agility, flexibility, or poise.

On the surface a PRYT class may look similar to a “regular” yoga class, but it has a different scope of practice. Individuals are assessed before class and classes are modified based on the needs of the individuals. The Phoenix Rising method of yoga therapy classes progresses students through six phases which facilitates an embodies direct experience.

In a PRYT class you can expect:

1. Moving and breathing to activate muscles and integrate the nervous system
2. Edge exploration to develop concentration and focus
3. Dropping in to practice acceptance and compassion
4. Meditation period to clear the mind of expectations
5. Listening for insight. A open period to allow insight
6. Integration: a time to consider how each practice will inform your life moving forward.

These classes are part of the Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapy: Teacher Training Practicum that Arrie is studying. This is fulfilling part of the requirements of a yoga therapist as set out by the International Association of Yoga Therapists (IAYT).

Teacher: Arrie
Place: MGY ONLINE
Day: Tuesdays
Time: 4:00-5:00pm

Sign up online via our schedule or from the MindBody App. Contact mgyoga@gmail.com with questions.

MGY Moves to ONLINE ONLY while IN-PERSON Classes are Temporarily Suspended

Hello All,

We hope you’re doing well and feeling supported. Thank you for being dedicated to your yoga practice, which we hope has been a source of connection and care during this unique time. While the conditions for practicing together continue to challenge all of us, the fruits of the practice itself have been nourishing. Would you agree?

In light of the growing number of COVID-19 cases and Governor Abbott’s recent executive order relating to the use of face coverings during the COVID-19 disaster in public spaces, MGY has made the decision to suspend in-person classes and continue our online offerings at this time.  We feel temporarily closing is the most responsible course of action to support the wellbeing of both our yoga community and the greater communities in which we are nestled. We don’t take this decision lightly and will continue to monitor available information about best practices moving forward.

Our well established, quality, online classes have proven to be a supportive and nurturing addition to studio offerings. We are also working on expanding our digital offerings to include on-demand videos for download, as we know internet service can be unreliable for many.

We hope you’ll join us online and are here to answer any questions and troubleshoot for a successful livestream experience. Thanks to all who have already joined and continue to support MGY.

Currently our classes are available free of charge as we know this is financially a tough time for many. We are accepting donations to cover the cost of operations, so please consider making a donation or enrolling in a membership so that we can continue to offer this service and be prepared to return to in-person classes.

Thank you, as always, for your understanding.
We hope to see you soon!

Visit morninggloryyoga.com for more information or email us at mgyoga@gmail.com.


Click Here for the link to the official Executive Order

MGWHY?

Would you wear a mask not only inside the studio but during your practice?
Why or why not? Let us know!

Summer Solstice 2020 ONLINE

The Summer Solstice marks the transition from spring to summer, and is a celebration of the longest day (and shortest night) of the year. This online gathering will be a chance to come together to recognize and celebrate this event. It will include a short hatha yoga practice to embody the summer, a brief meditation on the archetypes of summer, and some guidance for setting a personal intention for the upcoming season. Have a pen and paper handy to take notes and wear comfortable clothes.


Register online
HERE
or directly through the MindBody App from your phone.
Contact mgyoga@gmail.com with questions.

  • Location: MGY ONLINE

  • Date: Saturday, 06.20.2020

  • Time: 5pm-6pm

  • Teacher: Arrie

  • Investment: This event is free but donations are welcome.

Online Morning Meditation with Arrie

Good morning!

Please join Arrie online in the morning (Friday) for a FREE, LIVE mindful meditation held from Morning Glory Yoga Studio.

Follow the link and download the Zoom app if you haven’t already. This is a free app.

You’ll need the Meeting ID and Password provided below to join the group.

*Please be aware of your surroundings before you join as your mic will pick up sounds in your immediate area. You are welcome to mute your mic and turn on when appropriate. You also have the option of turning your video on or off.


HOPE TO SEE YOU IN THE MORNING ONLINE AT MGY
FOR OUR FIRST EVER LIVE ONLINE CLASS.

Morning Glory Yoga is inviting you to a Zoom meeting.

  • Topic: Morning Meditation with Arrie
  • Time: Mar 27, 2020 07:15 AM Central Time (US and Canada)

JOIN ZOOM MEETING


  • Meeting ID: 854 940 237
  • Password: 088526

Morning Glory Yoga is Temporarily Closed but We are Prepared to go Online with Your Support.

Dear MGY Students,

We love you and are thinking of you all and your families. We think of you as our family. As you social distance please stay in contact with us.

As of yesterday, Nacogdoches has a confirmed case of Covid-19, and while no shelter-in-place order exists at this time Morning Glory Yoga is temporarily closing to support the strong advisory to stay home and to leave residence only for essential errands or to perform essential work.

We are currently in the process of developing online content and researching the most effective ways to offer yoga and meditation classes to our members to serve you best under the circumstance.

Our intention is to have classes online by next week.

  • If you have yet to do so, please create a MINDBODY account via THIS LINK
  • Download the app.
  • Search for Morning Glory Yoga and follow the steps to create an account

Our live, online classes will be conducted through Zoom.

  • Please download the free ZOOM APP on your phone, desktop, or laptop before next week.

Feel free to email with questions too at mgyoga@gmail.com.


We are humbly asking, at this time, those of you who can afford to do so, please maintain your Membership contract. Our Six Month Auto-Draft Memberships are a reduced rate to benefit you monthly while benefiting MGY as well in the long term. As a small business, if these contacts are terminated prematurely we will face greater challenges in the future to re-open our doors.

I have recently made all of our our Memberships available for online purchase to accommodate those who pay in the studio and are not enrolled in the Six Month Auto Draft. We greatly appreciate and depend on your continued support and hope this alternative to in-studio payments will be a convenient option.

Several have inquired about donation options so we’ve added designated dollar amounts under “Classes.” You can access all payment options through the MINDBODY app too.

Our objective is to continue offering classes and provide resources for your mental, physical, and emotional health and strengthen our ability to feel connected even in times we are required to be apart. As a member of Morning Glory Yoga you will have direct access to any online content we create. I’ll send out another post explaining the finer details on how to participate in our on-line yoga and meditation classes as we draw nearer to going “live and/or on-demand.”

This situation is very fluid and we ask, as we adopt new modalities, that you’ll continue to support MGY in our process so that we may support you and provide quality yoga classes online. We know it’s going to be a different experience, and there will probably be a few hiccups along the way. We are learning as we go and ask for your patience and a sense of humor as we put ourselves online!

We love our yoga community and look forward to continuing to serve our members and Nacogdoches community during this time of social distancing.

If you do need to terminate your membership, we understand, please contact mgyoga@gmail.com and provide your full name. As defined in the contract, there will be a $35 early cancellation fee if you have yet to fulfill the initial 6 months.

Warmest regard,

Amy Sanford
Owner, MGYS

MGY’s Role Locally During the Global Concern of COVID-19

 

MGYS is problem solving how we can practice safely together at the studio during the COVID-19 outbreak.  During this time of global concern we are here to serve you while holding our Nacogdoches community’s best interest in mind.  We feel it is our responsibility to remain open for the mental, physical, and emotional well-being of our students until it becomes clear that the risk outweighs the benefit.  Morning Glory Yoga is a sanctuary for those who seek to gain peace of mind, physical health, spiritual growth, and community support during the mundane and elevated societal uncertainty.

With your participation in the following hygienic guidelines we will be able to serve you best and while we are able to keep our doors open we can do so responsibly.  Thank you.

At this point:

  • If you are sick, please stay home, rest well, and recover before coming back to class. Please stay in contact via email, mgyoga@gmail.com, as we’ll wonder about you and how we can be of assistance.
  • Wash your hands before class and after class. Do not touch your face while you practice.
  • No sign in sheet inside the studio.  If there are any announcements/notices we will place on the shelf where the sign in sheet formerly resided.
    • If you have yet to do so, please create a MINDBODY account via THIS LINK
    • Download the app.
    • Search for Morning Glory Yoga and “book” the class online beforehand.  “Book” is another way of saying “Sign-In.”
    • We appreciate you adopting this new method to help us reduce the spreading of germs while maintaining the attendance record. We also understand that change is difficult sometimes especially when it comes to technology, please do not hesitate to ask a teacher for assistance before or after class.
  • We are fortunate to have so much space to use at MGY2!  Please place mats 6 ft from one another when there is extra space in the room.
  • Please take your mat home daily to clean and disinfect. This should be prioritized and is part of practicing saucha (cleanliness), one of the niyamas. We will not offer rental mats at this time.
  • If/when you use a prop please use the disinfectant spray or wipes now provided and stationed on the cart at the entrance of the practice room.
  • The studio is cleaned every day; this will, of course, continue.  This cleaning includes sweeping and now thoroughly wet mopping the floors, disinfecting the bathroom, counter surfaces, props, as well as all door handles.
  • Asana practice can help us be healthy, centered, and calm in hard times. As always, if you are not at the studio for practice, keep up with your practice at home.  Remember, yoga isn’t only asana.  Breathing and meditation are also useful tools of this practice. In addition, practicing the Yamas and Niyamas under such societal stress is invaluable to our community’s collective health.
    • Not sure what the Yamas and Niyamas even are? Learning opportunity! In yoga philosophy, this is referred to as self study or ‘ones own reading’ known as Svadhyaya. We have a print out at the studio that’s a nice introduction to the prescribed eight fold path of yoga that includes these social restraints (yamas) and lifestyle observances (niyamas.)

The World Health Organization, WHO, provides advice for the public in regard to COVID-19

If further measures become appropriate down the road, we will implement accordingly.

Morning Glory Yoga will follow the CDC guidelines for schools and commercial establishments and as we observe how our area is effected will consider a reduced schedule or temporary closure as circumstance demands.

Warmest regard, 

MGYS Teachers
Amy, Arrie, Lou, and Glenda

Questions about upcoming events? Contact Amy.

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