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Tai Chi classes start in November

Sifu Belinda Thurston will offer free/donation livestream classes on Tuesdays at 9 a.m. (EST).

A 6-week series class will teach the Cheng Man Ch’ing Short Yang form starting Nov. 7, 9 a.m. Saturdays.

Program Assistant job opportunity

Do you want to help grow an innovative yoga community outreach operation? Then Just B Yoga needs you. Belinda Thurston, owner/instructor/speaker/writer, needs help managing all the things that are developing and growing. Order, organization, creativity and passionate purpose are a must. Be a part of growing our reach in this virtual world to help make

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Receive a Chakra Tuning CD with donation

For a limited time, you can receive a copy of our “Crystal Singing Bowl Chakra Tune-up” CD. Gale Amon, an amazing practitioner and wise spirit, plays his crystal singing bowls, which are tuned to the energy of each of our chakras. This is a wonderful accompaniment to our Chakra Yoga Flow, Sunday morning classes, where

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Home Yoga Practice: Tapas/Discipline

Tapas, or devotion, is a key fire in the engine of our yoga practice. Applied energy toward positive change – a healthy body and mind-spirit. Tapas is one of the Niyamas, or ways of personal behavior, in yoga. The Niyamas guide the “what it’s all about.”  “Tapas is the conscious effort to achieve ultimate union

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Home Yoga Practice: Suffering/Duhkha

When we are confronted with an inability and lack of power to influence a situation or emotion we interpret the resultant feeling as suffering

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Good morning voicing

Said good morning out loud to the only other person on the river trail this morning. Hesitation. He will see me. I will see him. But he already sees me. What does it mean to be heard? Good morning. How will it be received? Do I whisper it? Do I keep it in my head?

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Home Yoga Practice Week 10: Focus (Dharana)

I have spent a lot of my years believing that focus was lasering my will. It was how I believed my success in academics, my profession – heck anything – was achieved. Lasering my will was me forcing my dominance or defiance. For example, “I’m not going to let them think I can’t do something because I’m a woman. “ “I’m going to prove I’m worthy as a person of color and do it 10 times better.” I had to be THE best which means superior when you think about it, or when I think about it. And being superior by deductive reasoning means others are inferior. And that just lands me at dominance.

Home Yoga Practice: Week 9, Pratyahara/Sense withdrawal

Withdrawing from the senses, or building awareness of our dependence on them and then finding moderation so we are not reacting to them, helps us on the journey toward a clear mind and harmony with spirit. (the ultimate yoga purpose)

Home Yoga Practice: Week 8, Flexibility

How we view flexibility is so different. It’s like this alluring Siren. We are drawn to it and fear it and know that it could hurt us so we also avoid it.

This week’s Home Yoga Practice explores Flexibility in multiple ways as a theme for a yoga plan.

  1. Physiologically
  2. Mentally
  3. Sutras

Child Health

Pandemic yoga for kids: The good, the bad, the virtual

Yoga presents challenges for kids in the best of situations. Attention spans are fleeting. Desire for stimuli and excitement is great. Disappointment at not getting things perfectly the first time prevails.

Virtual yoga via whatever video screen they had available made this summer day camp extra special.

Home Yoga Practice: Prana/Breath

Prana can be loosely defined as “life force energy” or the source of our consciousness, the source of our life force. It is also referred to as breath. Breath exercises are called pranayama. This is often a focus or theme of my practice. I call it a “root” theme because if I’m not in a

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