When Linda Makowski, (owner of Namaste), asked me to write a blog about my journey through yoga and how it eventually led me to YogiStoned, I thought it would be easy. And it was. That’s the kind of stuff I’ve learned through my yoga practice. And meditation. If you believe a certain thing about your self, a situation, a way of being, an experience, good or bad, it tends to be true. And so I continue to learn.
“Auditions are being held for you to be yourself. Apply within.”
If you’re not familiar with it, Patanjali’s Yoga Sutra lays out an eight-limbed path that forms the structural framework for the yoga practice. The yamas and niyamas comprise the first and second of those limbs and are the ethical precepts that apply to how one relates to oneself and to society. By the most essential definition, the yamas are restraints while the niyamas are observances. ...
So that’s what I did. Rocked out the yoga, as it were, with the same reckless abandon I’d done everything else. I was concerned only about staying in shape and keeping muscle definition. I had ZERO intention of delving into a practice that would give me a deeper understanding of myself.
And then my intention started to change. The physical practice began to translate into something deeper.
Join Linda Makowski and Carol Ann Del Bel for Namaste's 200-hr teacher training program. Namaste is Royal Oak's longest-standing independently run yoga studio, celebrating our 17th anniversary this year! With a focus on hatha yoga and deep self-study, Namaste's teacher training is deeply transformative. This training runs October 1st through March 27th, with meetings on most weekends.
Recently, Namaste owner Linda Makowski spoke with Iyengar yoga instructor Chris Briney about his history with yoga and teaching philosophies. Check out his April 23rd workshop here!
Join us May 14th at 3pm for Awaken Through Dance. A typical class has EPIC music. The actual dance moves are designed to open up your hips, your lower three chakras specifically. I like to give you moves that have belly dance elements to stir up the kundalini energy and wake up how your body wants to move. We have a few songs that are ‘free dance’ time in which I ask that you dance for yourself. During this time we limit eye contact and touch to none or very minimum. The reason for this is so you can stay fully with YOU. If you talk, touch or stare at someone, it could disrupt their experience. Women have raged, wept, stomped, stretched, and fairy trotted across the room. FREEDOM. Then we will bring it back to our places to slowly stretch things out and breathe back into our bodies.
Each person has their own unique mix of doshas (Vata, PItta and Kapha), with one dosha dominating their disposition. Those who have a strong Vata dosha find themselves highly affected by Vata weather, but even those with Pitta or Kapha dispositions can be affected. The Vata seasons can make us feel flighty, imbalanced, easily irritated, stressed, achy, dry, constipated, or depressed.
Is your first yoga class Prenatal Yoga? So many women find themselves going to yoga for the first time during pregnancy! It's the perfect opportunity to stay active, relieve stress and learn more about you. Prenatal Yoga offers countless benefits, but here are my top reasons to get to class. When you make it regularly, you’ll notice the difference for yourself, too!
Namaste has prenatal yoga classes every Thursday evening at 6:30pm. Register here!
Over five years ago I found myself loving Baby and Me Yoga! My son and I would travel from Novi to Royal Oak every Tuesday morning no matter what. It became a priority because it made me feel so good.
It was an opportunity to spend time socializing with other moms going through this rite of passage at the same time as me. We encouraged and learned from one another.
I just had an amazing emotional release in my morning yoga class ... yep---I cried there on my mat in savasana.
An emotional release is a release of energy or Prana, a release of emotion that's been held deep inside. It felt good to feel that way on my mat. I wasn't embarrassed even though I'm certain some of my fellow yoginis noticed.
By Ronda Pretzlaff Diegel, Ph.D., LP, E-RYT-500, who teaches Better Backs Yoga at Namaste on Sunday mornings at 10:30.
The wisdom of yogic practices can help you design a healing program to manage your mood. Through the practice of pranayama (breathing) exercises, asanas (postures), and mantras (vocal vibrations), you can learn practices to calm and relax an anxious mood and practices to energize and elevate a depressed mood.
We hope our new website conveys to you our basic beliefs. At Namaste, we believe that you are your own guru. We believe that the yoga practice must be tailored to fit each individual person. There is no “one size fits all” yoga. Our teachers are here to guide you in finding your own path, your own perfect balance of steadfastness and comfort. Your own stillness, balance, and inner knowing.
Namaste is holding a special donation yoga class on Saturday April 25th to benefit HAVEN, Oakland County’s only domestic violence shelter. Kelly Jacobs will be teaching Namaste’s all-levels class. Donation of $10+ suggested.