Entries by Robert McConnell

Wildly Devoted

Be Wildly Devoted Written by Dr. Lorin Roche. Used with permission from https://www.svarasa.com/layoga/articles/wildlydevoted.html. A Meditation On Free-Flowing Love From The Radiance Sutras, A New Version Of The Vijnana Bhairava Tantra Love has many splendors and each one is a lot of trouble. Our English word love is related to the Sanskrit lubh, – “perplexed, disturbed, […]

Kale Chips

Spicy Kale Chips By Helen Mikuska We are harvesting from the garden and enjoying the benefits and freshness of home grown veggies. Here is a wonderful nutritious snack you can create with Kale! Ingredients: Two large bunches of kale (or as many as you’d like to make) Red Cayenne pepper Nutritional Yeast Instructions: Wash kale, […]

Asana’s for Balancing the Body

The 6 Kinds of Yoga Asanas for Balancing the Body By Mugs McConnell, SOYA, E-RYT500 The Hatha Yoga Pradipika tells us there are 8,400,000 different Yoga poses due to so many ways to modify and deepen the asanas. This wonderful science of Yoga, born from the forests and caves of the Himalayas, is rich with […]

Zucchini Hummus

Spicy Zucchini Hummus Submitted by Michelle Tsutsumi and slightly modified by Mugs Makes: 3 cups hummus What to do with all those zucchini coming up in the garden? This is a great dip for fresh veggies! 2 medium zucchini, chopped 3/4 cup tahini 1/2 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice 1/4 cup olive or hemp seed […]

Ballad to Garudasana

The Ballad to Garudasana by Jenni G Clear Vision, Clear Vision, What is my Mission? I see clearly now. I say Thank you with a bow. I have sat perched long enough Captured in the mind games of all the fluff The time has come to spread these wings and soar. And life, will not […]


Garudasana Garuda is the eagle deity in Indian mythology. He is the vehicle for Vishnu, the preserver, and a dharma protector who holds the power to move swiftly, anywhere. Garuda is considered the king of birds. Garudasana is a balance pose. From tadasana, reach the arms out to the sides (like wings about to fly). […]

Relaxation for Healing

Getting in the Groove: Relaxation as a Portal to Healing By Jools Andrés, BA, SOYA Lead Trainer, E-RYT 500, YACEP, Yoga Therapist How many times in a day do you have that angst-ridden feeling that you aren’t doing enough? Your check list is long, you’re being tugged in multiple directions, and you feel ungrounded and […]

Bhagavad Gita

The Bhagavad Gita, Mantra, and some of the tougher topics of life at the SOYA Annual Retreat. By Mugs McConnell After each SOYA retreat Bob and I are filled with an overwhelming gratitude to everyone who attends and makes the effort and time to learn together in this very special community of yogis. It is […]

Evolution of Pain Care Yoga

Pain Care Yoga began as a dream. I wanted to step outside the traditional medical setting, to bring my knowledge and experience as a physical therapist to people living in pain through yoga and contemplative practices. Even with lengthy and intensive training in yoga and yoga therapy, I did not feel ready. I wondered why […]

Connecting Through Yoga

Connecting Through Yoga We all long for connection… to others, to the world, and within ourselves.  Connecting through yoga gives us many opportunities to do this. Though the teacher ‘sets the stage’, so to speak, by holding a safe space of acceptance and support, the yoga practitioner has an opportunity in class to engage in […]