A Letter From Kiersten Mooney: Life Lived As Is

The ontological (study of human beings) phenomenological model was developed by Werner Eckert, Michael Jensen, and Steve Zaffron and is taught at and being researched by universities around the world, including Harvard business school, as well as in the United States Air Force. The following article is sourced from that body of work. As humans, we live in many different …

Off The Mat With Debi Grilo: Beer vs. Breath

I just saw a post for yoga being held in a brewery and people sipping on beer as they practiced. Now those who know me, know I am not anti-alcohol, in fact my husband owns a wine import/distribution company. However, what is discouraging to me is the trend of combining alcohol with yoga to entice people to practice. The very …

Asana Addict from Hanna Riley: PARIVRTTA BADDHA PARSVAKONASANA (Revolved Bound Side Angle pose)

If just for fun you asked your friends what comes to mind when they think of yoga, the words “breath,” “flexible,” and “pretzel” may leave their lips. Seeing someone bind, twist, and lunge can both humorously and unnervingly summon up the image of pretzeled dough wound around itself and baked there. Exactly that can sometimes be our fear: getting baked …

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Off The Mat With Debi Grilo: The Practice of Inclusion

  The other night we had our 9th annual studio holiday party. At one point I sat back and looked at the 60 plus people in attendance and was amazed at how much we have grown. Just ten years ago we were the beginning of a seed, doors not yet open, but floors being laid and dreams being put into …

Asana Addict from Hanna Riley: Handstand (Adho Mukha Vrksasana)

Nothing quite says “Welcome to 2016!” like the big, celebratory bang of standing on your hands. It’s fun. Really fun! But, like most things in life, it’s not just fun. It’s also work—and a lot of dedication, focus, listening, learning, trusting, believing, loving, perseverance, and commitment. All of these qualities usher us into newness and renewal, whether in the new …

A Letter from Kiersten Mooney: Speak to Strangers!

How many times have you sparked a conversation with someone you don’t know, whether on a plane, at a restaurant, or at a store? What was the result of taking a risk and speaking to a stranger? What I am discovering more and more (not that I do it all the time) is that the more I reach out and …

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A Letter from Kiersten Mooney: Live Your Practice

This past weekend we had our first ever Live Your Practice™ training! It was so much fun and exciting on so many levels. First, what does it mean to Live Your Practice? It means that we, as yoga practitioners, step off our mats and into every aspect of our lives empowered, fulfilled and nurtured by using our greenmonkey® 8 Branches of …

OFF THE MAT WITH DEBI GRILO: ENLIGHTENMENT AS A PRACTICE

After our most recent teacher training, I ended the weekend with a team meeting. During the meeting, we went around to each team member and they shared about the weekend, and what they discovered about themselves during the process. After everyone had gone, they asked me if I had anything to share. Honestly nothing was present for me. I just …

ASANA ADDICT: UPWARD FACING DOG (URDVHA MUKHA SVANASANA) BY HANNA RILEY

The twelfth month of the year often comes with a bang. A bang of festivity, fun, calories, overwhelm, excitement, and extra busyness of schedule, body, mind, and emotion. It can feel like a full time, and depending on how the wind blows and at what moment someone asks us how we feel, we can oscillate between childlike wonder and sheer …

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Asana Addict: Smitasana (Smile Pose) by Hanna Riley

As I write this, the sun is down in Berlin, Germany while it’s still brightly lighting the daytime sky at home in Naples, Florida. I’m cozied under blankets in 8 degree Celsius weather in the home of a family I now call dearly loved and treasured friends, friends I met right there at the greenmonkey studio in Naples. While it’s true …