Kriya (Action) Yoga for Spring

What do you hope to see in your Springtime garden in the yard or the garden of your mind? What clearing of weeds or distractions do you want to pick or kick? How will you know when you’re ‘In the Flow’ of Spring? Please be generous and compassionate here – your whole self is growing!Continue reading “Kriya (Action) Yoga for Spring”

Benefit with Somatics

SomaYoga is a therapeutic blend of Somatics Exercises and classic asana, or yoga postures. These movements can flow together well, supporting flexibility and strength building. As we learn to build better habits in our muscular structure by slowing down to pay attention, we can progress well toward our goals. In order to get maximum benefitContinue reading “Benefit with Somatics”

Attending to the Kosha Layers

Chances are you’ve attended a yoga class and felt the impact on multiple layers of your being. Perhaps your body feels more spacious, your breath more connected, and your mind more focused. You may also sense a wise and discerning clarity, and end class in that ‘bliss-like’ state. Yoga practice offers a deep sense of attunement forContinue reading “Attending to the Kosha Layers”

The 8 Limbs of Yoga

Yoga originated about 5,000 years ago in the region that is now modern day India. Yoga comes from the root yuj, meaning to yoke or to unite. Thus, yoga refers to a state of “union” with the self, the world, and the divine. Yoga refers to both the state of “union” and the practices that helpContinue reading “The 8 Limbs of Yoga”

Why are our senses so important?

They inform our actions! Our sensory-motor cortex in the brain is responsible for our physical action. We take in information with our senses, consciously and unconsciously, then we “motor” and move! Our muscular skeletal system operates mostly under our voluntary control. However, if we are constantly triggered into a state of threat (physical or mental-emotional),Continue reading “Why are our senses so important?”

Unveiling the Kleshas: The 5 Afflictions

“The entire range of sorrow – from disease to a crippling sense of powerlessness – originates in the kleshas.” Quote from The Practice of the Yoga Sutra: Sadhana Pada by Pandit Rajmani Tigunait, PhD There are obstacles on the path to freedom. In the Yoga Sutras, Patanjali says there are 5 afflictions that are theContinue reading Unveiling the Kleshas: The 5 Afflictions

3-Year Yoga Therapy Program Wrap Up

It feels like a complete circle, with a twist, to finish the 1000 hour yoga therapy training program at Yoga North International SomaYoga Institute. Anna and I began the 500 hour level I training Oct 2019, and we completed that training online separated by physical distance, yet still gratefully and easefully connected online. A cohortContinue reading “3-Year Yoga Therapy Program Wrap Up”

Introducing New Online Practice Space

Satsang Yoga Collective (SYC) was born of a partnership between Alison Zuba and Anna Wakefield, who are committed to making yoga therapy, meditation, and self-inquiry available to all who seek more freedom and ease in life. SYC’s work is to share the study and practice of Yoga in order to establish Foundation, Connection, and Transformation.Continue reading “Introducing New Online Practice Space”

3×3 Reasons To Try SomaYoga for Your Core to Pelvic Floor 

1. Relieve or prevent hip + pelvic pain by… +Coordinating muscle movement and gaining voluntary control helps to self-regulate +Learning to release unnecessary gripping tension+Knowing what muscle groups may be causing you more stress!  2. Increase mind-body resiliency! +Vital organs reside in the mid-low torso, yet its not usually attended to +Body pattern awareness can lead us toContinue reading “3×3 Reasons To Try SomaYoga for Your Core to Pelvic Floor “

Somatics & Therapeutic Yoga

Somatics helps free tight muscles that may be holding you back, depleting your energy, or causing you pain. Specific practices outlined by Thomas Hanna in his book, Somatics: Reawakening The Mind’s Control Of Movement, Flexibility, And Health, engage you in finding reflex patterns in the body, and reorient the body toward an ability to releaseContinue reading “Somatics & Therapeutic Yoga”