The Journey of Yoga- On Meditation. 2nd in a series

By Judy Merritt. I strive to make the journey into the stillness of my breath each and every day. Each day is different. The one thing I know for sure is that I need to make the journey before I do anything else. Because once I start moving through my day, it’s hard...

Powerlessness by Sarah Turino

When I was 9, my dad took me on a GRAND adventure…we left our South Dakota home to fly to Bombay, India. From Bombay, we rode an open-air bus 50 miles to Ganeshpuri, India. We arrived at an ashram where people from all over the world came together in a communal living...

Ahimsa: Part II- Balance by Sarah Turino

Last year Elizabeth Gilbert was in Saint Paul and a woman asked her about how she achieved ‘balance.’ Gilbert responded that she gave up the myth of balance a long time ago equating balance to perfection. “The word BALANCE has tilted dangerously close, I fear, to the...

Namaste by Sarah Turino

Namaste. My soul recognizes your soul. I honor the love, light, truth, beauty and kindness within you because it is also within me. In sharing these things, there is no difference or distance between us. We are the same. We are one. Namaste. I pray that this word...

Ahimsa- Part 1/Courage by Sarah Turino

The Yamas are the first step in the eight-fold path of Yoga.  The Yamas in Sanskrit mean “restraints.” And the first step of the Yamas is Ahimsa.  Ahimsa means Non-Violence and is the jewel in the crown of yoga. The seat of yoga. The foundation of yoga. It is what all...

Loving Kindness Meditation

Loving-kindness meditation can be brought in to support the practice of 'bare attention' to help keep the mind open and sweet. It is a fact of life that many people are troubled by difficult emotional states in the pressured societies we live in, but do little in...

The Journey of Yoga: 1st in a Series

By Judy Merritt Before I began to write this, I stopped to sit down on my front step. Facing the sun rising above my garden shed, I took a deep breath. The warmth of the sun soaked into my skin. I took another breath, following it to the muscles that were creating a...

Swami Rama, The Animals and Hansel & Gretel

My yoga journey reads a bit like the tale of Hansel & Gretel – a kid, lost in the woods, somehow with the insight and wisdom to drop trails of rocks and breadcrumbs so as to see where I’ve been and, when the moment is right, to find my way back to where I need to...

About Yoga North

We are committed to your systematic development in postures, breath, meditation, and towards the goal of knowing yourself. Yoga North International SomaYoga Institute in Duluth, Minnesota – known for Teacher Training and Yoga Therapy Certification – uses a progressive approach including SomaYoga and Therapeutic yoga, bridging these techniques back to classic postures. Our teachings also include Yoga Philosophy, Sacred texts, and Ayurveda. We provide yoga classes in a variety of styles – with more than 20 weekly classes and over a dozen instructors, there is a class to serve everyone – from pain resolution to athletic performance.

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