Eight Limb Path of Yoga – Dhyana and Samadhi

Last week we learned about pratyahara and dharana, the fifth and sixth limbs of the Eight Limb Path of Yoga.  Check it out here!  Pratyahara and dharana are the last two steps that can be descried as practices; dhyana and samadhi are more like states of mind, resulting from work in the previous limbs.  In […]

Eight Limb Path of Yoga – Pratyahara and Dharana

Last week we learned about asana and pranayama, the third and fourth limbs on the Eight Limb Path of Yoga.  If you missed that post, check it out here!  Practicing asana and pranayama can prepare us for the work we’ll do in the next two steps, pratyahara, or turning inward, and dharana, or concentration.  These […]

Eight Limb Path of Yoga – Asana and Pranayama

Last week we took a deeper look at the first two limbs of the Eight Limb Path of Yoga, the yamas and niyamas.  If you missed that post, check it out here!  Practicing the yamas and niyamas prepares us for the work we’ll do in the next two steps.  This week, we’ll dive into the […]

Eight Limb Path of Yoga – Yamas and Niyamas

In our previous post, we went through a brief overview of the Eight Limb Path of Yoga, the yogic way of life outlined by Patanjali in the Yoga Sutras, the “textbook” of yoga.  If you missed that post, check it out here!   The first two steps on the Eight Limb Path of Yoga are […]

Eight Limb Path of Yoga

I walked into my first yoga class with almost no idea what I was getting into.  I knew we’d do some stretching and postures, and that yoga was generally considered a healthy activity.  Initially, I was using yoga strictly as a physical workout.  After a few classes, I started to notice how I felt calmer, […]

Essential Oils

I was in a yoga class once where, during savasana, the instructor came up to each of us and rubbed oil on our foreheads and temples.  It smelled amazing, and I remember thinking about how I wanted to smell that smell forever.  She was using lavender essential oil, and that class opened up a whole […]

Yoga for Beginners

When you’re new to yoga, you may look around at the other people in the class and assume they know what they’re doing.  You may think they are experienced yogis who can do handstands with ease, are social media friends with the instructor, and wear top-of-the-line yoga clothes.  But the truth is that everyone had […]

Spiritual Spring Cleaning

Spring is finally upon us, and many people take time during this season to do a thorough spring cleaning of their house.  While cleaning your space and getting rid of material things you don’t need is a great idea, what about cleaning out our spiritual house?  Today’s post will introduce some simple ways we can […]

Somatic Movement

At Inspiring Actions Yoga Studio, we are so excited to introduce a somatic movement class featuring instructor Jackie Ross.  The class is offered at our River Falls location on Fridays from 10:45 – 11:45. Sign up here; drop-ins are welcome!  Today’s post will be all about somatic movement, also known as somatic exercise or therapy, […]

Getting Started with Meditation

Most of us have been in a yoga class where the instructor guides us through a short meditation during savasana.  Although this might signal the end of the yoga class, it can be the beginning of a beautiful supplemental practice that can help calm our minds and soothe our bodies in addition to the great […]