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...

The 6 Pillars for Yogic Living

When Ann Maxwell and Teri Sanders first heard Dr. Carrie Demers from the Himalayan Institute speak on the 6 Pillars for Yogic Living, they not only found it life-changing, but made it a handout that is now covered in the first two hours of our 200 hour Teacher...

Ashram Life

By Joy Illikainen “How was your vacation?”  This is the question I get from friends and acquaintances each time I return from India. "It really isn’t a vacation," my answer begins.  "It’s more of a pilgrimage."  Insert strange look from friends. “Is it like missionary...

Fall back into a healthy routine.

In the land of midnight sun the days are beginning to shorten. It happens gradually, just like the height of summer comes on slowly. I am starting to see one or two leaves fall from the trees as I walk our puppy, Lyle. The back to school section at Target is also...

Swa-gatam, which means welcome!

Written by Elizabeth Sullivan On my first day of Basic Yoga Therapy training with Indu Arora this summer she shared about the Sanskrit word, Swa-gatam, which means welcome. But it means more than welcome and I found I took it with me into my continued studies with...

SomaYoga Therapy- What is it?

Written by Elizabeth Eilers Sullivan SomaYoga Therapy works with all eight limbs of yoga, this article focuses on the asana part, which is one path inward. SomaYoga Therapy from the asana perspective is a blend of Somatics, Therapeutic Yoga and Classic Asana. This...

The Voice That Calls

Some say when India calls you, it is a whisper…a little voice that you hear. That is how it seemed when deciding to go on my first trip, and yet the voice was constant.  In 2013, I traveled to India with a wonderful, large group. I felt safe and well cared for. My...

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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