Why Prenatal Yoga

Samudra teacher Amanda, who is now pregnant with her second child, is excited to welcome other moms-to be to Samudra’s Fall Prenatal Series. “Attending a prenatal yoga class was a huge benefit to my pregnancy, my daughter’s birth, and connected me to...

10 Reasons You Think You Can’t Do Yoga, and 10 Reasons Why You Can

We know that starting a yoga practice can feel intimidating – we all have the things that hold us back from getting to that first class. Here are the top 10 things we hear people saying gets in the way of getting to yoga; and the 10 reasons why you can do yoga!...

Samudra Turning Two

When I stumbled across the beautiful spot Samudra now calls home just a little over two years ago, I knew I had found something special. A feeling in my bones said, “This is the place.” I went home and told my incredible husband, who came down to see it...

Yoga off the mat: motherhood

Pregnant with my first daughter, I completed my 200-hour yoga teacher training. Between my yoga practice and my experience teaching first and second grade, I thought I had done my due diligence. I thought I was ready for motherhood. Then reality hit — I had a...

Let’s Talk About Props

Let’s talk about props. I remember walking in to my first yoga class, being told the key elements of the studio and, “here are the props if you need them.” What are props? And how do I know if I need them? I saw everyone else taking two blocks and a strap, so I did...

A Mindful Approach to Managing Stress

  Life is complicated, there is no question about that, and stress is a natural response to life’s many complexities. Everyone experiences stress, but some of us feel stress more acutely and more often than others. In college, I began to experience the...

Being a Beginner

Inhale, arms rise. Exhale, knit your ribs in as you find a subtle back bend. Follow your breath as energy radiates through your fingertips. Find a softening in your face. What does any of this mean? I was in my first yoga class lost in a sea of cues. Everyone else in...

Am I doing this right? Musings from a Yogi in Training

Meditation. It’s a key component in leading a yogi life. Since starting teacher training, I have certainly dedicated more time to that aspect of yoga, l but the question remains — am I doing this right? I start with my seven-point posture — seated on a cushion...

Finding Sangha in Maine

I was first introduced to yoga when I was younger with my friends in Vermont. I fell in love with the quiet and peaceful feeling during and after class. I have had favorite studios to go to in Vermont and places in Boston that I attended, but none have ever been as...

Musings From A Yogi in Training on Gift Giving

Last month, Samudra welcomed Lama Migmar Tseten, Harvard University’s Buddhist Chaplain.  His visit was the culmination of a four-day Fluid Mind/Fluid Spirit intensive during which he discussed the Six Paramitas. Paramita, in Sanskrit, literally translates to “having...

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