Clear, Intense & Efficient Methods for Building Static Strength and Flexibility
with Robert Boustany, Founder of Pralaya Yoga
Friday, May 5: 6 – 8 PM
Insights Into Pralaya Yoga & Therapeutics
Robert will introduce Pralaya Yoga, a system created from and informed by his more than 50 years of teaching yoga. He will explain how this system leverages therapeutics to heal and prevent common injuries. Time for Q&A will be allotted.
Anyone of any level, complete novice or advanced, will benefit from this session. Those dealing with pain or injury are encouraged to attend as Robert leverages willing volunteers to teach hands-on therapeutic techniques.
Be prepared to move and practice certain elements of Pralaya Yoga.
Clear, Intense & Efficient Methods for Building Static Strength and Flexibility Pralaya Yoga Part I: Hips and Legs
Robert will lead you through 3 hours of practice and discussion with a particular focus on opening the hips and accessing greater strength in the legs. He will also teach twists and non-compressive backbends as a form of spinal alignment, a foundational element of the Pralaya Yoga system.
This session is open to all levels of the practitioner as Pralaya Yoga offers beginner through advanced variations of all poses.
Easier After Lunch Pralaya Yoga: Fascia Stretching and Strengthening
What is fascia? What is the benefit of releasing fascia? How can I release fascia? Learn the answer to these questions and more as you join Robert for a light session of practice, stretching, and strengthening.
Clear, Intense & Efficient Methods for Building Static Strength and Flexibility Pralaya Yoga Part 2: Arms
Did you know that strengthening your arms can help you release neck tension and tightness in the chest? Robert will focus on strength training and proper alignment in arm balances. Expect to find a rewarding challenge in this morning practice. Like all of Robert’s classes, the methodology will be explained during each pose so the student understands underlying physiology.
This session is open to all levels of the practitioner as Pralaya Yoga offers beginner through advanced variations of all poses.
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.
Offered for the first time in East Texas, 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 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.
Work, Family, Financial Stress
High Blood Pressure
Post-traumatic Stress Disorder
Anxiety and Depression
Chronic Illness and Pain
Gastrointestinal (GI) Distress
Dr. 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 Thursday beginning January 5 – February 23, 2017
Time: 7pm – 9pm
Cost: Non-Members : $400 (Yoga included)
*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.
Meditation 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 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.
Saturday, August 13th. 1:30 – 4:30pm
Yoga Nidra: The Yoga of Rejuvenation
Yoga 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 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.
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 Yoga, Living Yoga Teacher Training Program, and the Texas Yoga Retreat. Please visit his primary website atwww.YogaTeacher.com, contact him by email:email@example.com, or call or text Charles at 512-459-2267.
Morning Glory Yoga Studios is offering a new Introduction to Yoga Foundation Course beginning August 02, 2016.
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 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: August 02 – 25, 2016 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: $105
Wishing YOU and YOURS a Merry, Merry Christmas and Happy, Happy New Year!
Thank you for practicing at MGYS day in and day out, on and off the mat. The practice of Yoga truly is the gift that keeps on giving and we want to express our deepest gratitude for your choice to share such a gift with us, the teachers of MGYS.
We understand it’s not always easy to make it to the studio, to your mat, to the asana practice – we understand because – WE practice just like you, struggle just like you, overcome just like you, grow just like you, LOVE just like you, and we learn just. like. you. Your dedication is an inspiration and for this we say, “Thank you for being not only a student but a teacher, a fellow yogi, and a gift.”
We love you and are honored to be your teachers and share the journey! Namaste.
Amy, Arrie, Sherri, Eralda, Kasey, Debra, and Erin
Please see our Holiday Schedule below and join us on the mat at MGYS!
Christmas Eve, December 24th, 9am, All Levels
Closed December 25th – Dec 30th.
New Year’s Eve, December 31st, 9am, All Levels
New Year’s Day YOGA MALA 108 Sun Salutations, 10am, All Levels