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10 Minutes of Pranayama; July’s Kunga Theme

10 Minutes of Pranayama; July’s Kunga Monthly Service Theme Controlling the power of the breath is the technique of “pranayama.” ”Prana” is the Sanskrit word for life force. This is the energy that exists everywhere and is manifested in each of us through the breath, but prana isn’t exactly the same thing as breath or…

Meet our Presenter: JJ Cook at Village Yoga!

What do we love about living in a destination beach town?  Visitors- from all around the world, especially guest presenters! North Carolina native, now LA Yogi, JJ Cook will be visiting Village Yoga and offering Master Classes & PlayShops this July 18th – July 20th. Who is JJ and what is he offering while visiting our unique little sandbar?…

Motivation to Serve; June’s Kunga Theme

Motivation is a powerful tool for creating lasting personal change and for serving others. The extent to which we can sustain our motivation determines whether or not we realize our life goals for ourselves, and our goals for serving our family, our community, our planet, etc. Yoga teaches that there are three “gunas” or three…

Here’s why I’m Trading in Comfort for Terrifying Uncertainty

Short answer: I’m crazy and I’ve completely lost it. Longer answer: In early December 2015, I had one of those days where everything goes from bad to worse. I’ll spare you the details to protect the innocent, but this day came on the tail end of months of anger, resentment, loneliness, depression and anxiety. Something…

“Letting Go” with Aparigraha; May’s Kunga Service Theme

May’s Kunga Service Theme is Aparigraha! Aparigraha is the concept of non-possessiveness or non-coveting. The term usually elicits the thought of limiting possessions to what is necessary and important. Aparigraha is the Sanskrit word for greedlessness. It comes from the word parigraha, which means reaching out for something and claiming it for oneself- by adding…

In Honor of Earth Day; April’s Kunga Theme is Serving Our Planet!

In honor of spring and Earth Day, April’s Kunga theme is serving our planet! Suggestions for inspiring your students: Taking your class outside if possible! Sun Salutations facing windows if possible Music with positive messages about the earth! Ex: What a Wonderful World – Louis Armstrong Earth Practice Theme – Hip Openers, Seated Periods of longer Meditation…

Kunga Theme, March 2017: 10 Minutes of Meditation

The monthly service theme for March is 10 Minutes of Meditation. During every Kunga Yoga Class for the month of February we will offer 10 minutes of guided meditation. “Empty your mind, be formless, shapeless – like water. Now you put water into a cup, it becomes the cup, you put water into a bottle,…

January’s Kunga Theme: Saucha – Cleanliness

Kunga Theme of the Month: Saucha – Cleanliness Patanjali, considered to be the “Father Of Yoga” teaches the “Yamas & Niyamas” as the first two limbs of yoga’s eight limbed path in The  “Yoga Sutras.” The “Yamas” are taught as yogic practices that we observe towards others. The “Niyamas” are taught as yogic practices that…

Meet Our Community – Olivia Muscatello

Say hello to our newest Village Yoga family member, Olivia!  In 2013 Olivia attended Naropa University in Boulder, Colorado, where she studied under Nataraja Kallio and Sree Devi. She received her Bachelors degree in Traditional Eastern Arts with a concentration in yoga, as well as completing 1,000 hours of yoga teacher training. Upon graduation in…

10 Minutes of Savasana- December’s Kunga Theme

Relaxation: 10 Minutes of Savasana! “For fast-acting relief, try slowing down.”  ~Lily Tomlin “There is more to life than increasing its speed.”  ~Mohandas K. Gandhi “Tension is who you think you should be.  Relaxation is who you are.”  ~Chinese Proverb Relaxation is one of the primary benefits of a hatha yoga practice, as well as…

Supercharge Your Day- Energy Boosting Tips!

Supercharge your day In 1915, a man by the name of Thomas Stearns was working as a full time bank teller. This same year T.S. Eliot’s infamous work, The love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock was released in the collection Poetry. Thomas Stearns was T.S Eliot. Despite working a full time job, Eliot was able…

Expressing Gratitude Through Non-Violent Communication

November’s Kunga Service Theme: Expressing Gratitude through the Non-Violent Communication Model The intention of this month’s Kunga theme is to learn to express gratitude using the model for appreciation within the methods of “Nonviolent Communication”. Nonviolent Communication was developed by psychologist Dr. Marshall Rosenberg.  The NVC model is a concrete set of tools that help us…