For starters, a few years ago I never could have imagined I’d be featured in a teacher spotlight by a yoga studio! But I think that’s a good place to begin, because it’s a testament to how positively impactful yoga has been in my life. I didn’t really know anything about yoga until my first year or two in college. I hurt my sciatic nerve playing basketball, was in pain for several months, and thought... [more]
Are you passionate about yoga? Do you want to understand the process of yoga, outstanding benefits, history, and philosophy?
One of the most impactful ways of accomplishing all of these goals as well as aligning your mind, body, and spirit is through the intensive and connective experience of teacher training.
Why should you consider taking teacher training?
Teacher training arms you with the tools to incorporate self-care and feel powerful and healthy in your body. Through the training,... [more]
Hi I’m Julie and I’m honored to be the teacher of the month for February.
Yoga changed my life. I spent most of my early years feeling uncomfortable in my skin. Extremely sensitive, anxious and shy. I used exercise to help with those feelings.
When I found yoga in my early thirties those feelings lessened and I felt more at home in my body. While practicing, nothing else matters. I’m on my mat, breathing and connecting to... [more]
Gratitude and yoga go hand in hand. The constant tug from our to-do lists and society’s standards can pull you back at times and cause you to forget the blessings you have. Yoga helps us return to ourselves and reconnect with our soul's true knowing. Through postures, mantras, physical activity, and community, the practice of yoga helps increase one's well-being and inner/outer awareness. In turn, by elevating this awareness, we symbiotically elevate gratitude and appreciation... [more]
At Harmony Yoga, we are proud of our incredibly talented instructors, the love they bring to their classes, their dedication to the path of yoga, and how they positively affect so many in our beach community and beyond. Each month we will be highlighting one of our teachers, so that you can learn even more about them and their life. We are kicking off our Teacher Spotlight section with Jamie Horgan, a dedicated and compassionate... [more]
The practice of Yin Yoga is the perfect antidote to the busy, stressful world that we live in. Constant exposure to stress can contribute to sleep disturbances, physical dis-ease, anxiety and depression. Yin yoga offers us a break from the hectic outside world and allows us the opportunity to go within and deeply relax. It has proven effective in balancing out the sympathetic nervous system (fight or flight) and sympathetic nervous system (rest & relax).... [more]
While the holidays can be a wonderful time full of celebrations with family and friends, all the parties, sweets, and traveling can also take a toll on our health. Harmony is here to support you, and help you stay grounded and calm during this busy time of year. Here’s a few tips:
1. Eat nutrient dense foods to support your immune system – As colds and flus become more common during this time of year, its... [more]
Julie & Julie have a lot in common! Not only are their names the same, but they are both students at Harmony Yoga and both strong, amazing women who are cancer surviviors. In reflection of National Cancer Survivor Day (June 3rd) we've received permission to share their stories!
We would like you to meet Julie Miller, a local South Bay physician.
How many years have you been practicing yoga? 15 years
How many years... [more]
I had a really weird and wonderful experience recently while sitting, of all places, in the dentist chair having major dental work. Trying to fend off pain and fear, I closed my eyes and started slow rhythmic breathing, like in yoga class or during meditation. Focusing solely and intently on my breath, something amazing and unexpected happened. As if I was an onlooker, I saw myself meditating in my little yoga/mediation space at home. I... [more]
The mind and the body are not separate. What affects one affects the other.
- Dr. Joe Kosterich
Over the years, I have heard many yoga teachers say that the hips are the storeroom of emotions especially anger and suppressed feelings. They say that is why strong emotions arise during deep hip opening yoga poses like Pigeon Pose, Eka Pada Raja Kapotasana. I have always wondered about the veracity of that claim. ... [more]
In Hillary Clinton’s new book, What Happened, she credits Alternate Nostril Breathing for helping her find peace and calm after the 2016 presidential election. Just like that, the former Secretary of State catapulted Alternate Nostril Breathing into the mainstream as a way to ease stress. However, alternate nostril breathing, Nadi Shodhana Pranayama in Sanskrit, has been around for thousands of years and is highly regarded in the wellness community for its numerous mental and physical... [more]
Greeting students as they come into class, I often ask, “How are you.” People usually respond, “good,” without much thought. There are, however, a few people who look me straight in the eye, smile, and say with conviction, “Glad to be here.” With those few words and that look, they speak volumes. Often, but not always, these students have been through something traumatic. The aftermath is an overwhelming feeling of gratitude for everyday life and... [more]