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Third Eye Chakra (brow chakra, ajna chakra): meditation, mantra, mudra, balancing, asana, and more! #chakras #thirdeyechakra

Third Eye Chakra | Ajna Chakra | Balance, Meditation, Mantra, Mudra, and More

[caption id="attachment_2809" align="alignright" width="300"] Also see our malas on Etsy[/caption] The Third Eye Chakra is called the Ajna chakra in Sanskrit.  It is located between your two eyebrows, slightly above them on your forehead, so it is also sometimes called the brow chakra.  It is responsible for seeing within the self and in the outer world.  This manifests as imagination, insight, foresight,...Read More
How to make a yoga mat strap-- carry your yoga mat with you anywhere you go! DIY yoga mat strap. Easy yoga mat bag alternative for yogis on the go

DIY Yoga Mat Strap | Take your mat on the go!

  Here's an easy way to take your yoga mat with you anywhere you go: make a DIY Yoga Mat Strap!   [Just so you know, this post contains affiliate links] Materials: Yarn Scissors Steps for Making Your DIY Yoga Mat Strap 1.  Cut your yarn to size-- I wrapped it around 2 chairs to get the strings to be...Read More
Choosing a Yoga Teacher Training: Traditional vs. Modern: Studying Traditional Yoga in India or Studying Yoga with a Modern Western Yoga Instructor #yogateachertraining #ytt #becomeayogateacher #becomeayogainstructor

Choosing a Yoga Teacher Training: Traditional vs. Modern

When I was thinking about choosing a yoga teacher training, I debated between the traditional home of yoga (India) and modern Western teaching in Bali.  The stars aligned perfectly for my sister and I to do our ytt together in Ubud, Bali with American yogini, Emily Kuser, and her chosen gurus from the west.  We learned a great deal about...Read More
DIY Yoga Mat Spray | How to Clean Your Yoga Mat, Recipe for Mat Spray, Essential Oils Ideas

DIY Yoga Mat Spray | How to Clean Your Yoga Mat

  I'm sorry to tell you this, but your yoga mat is probably disgusting.  Those cushiony-supportive or sticky anti-slip fibers can really hold onto a lot of bacteria, germs and general grossness.  Think about those super sweaty vinyasa classes!  And your hands and feet on the mat and later you put your face right in the same spot.  Acne and...Read More
A personal story of challenges and wins of teaching yoga in Mandalay

Teaching Yoga in Mandalay: Difficulties and Joys

After yoga teacher training in Bali and teaching yoga for a month in Nicaragua, I decided to return to Myanmar, which had been my home for 2 years already.  I missed the life I had there, but I was also determined to bring my new passion as a yoga teacher to my Mandalay world.  This post is about the wins...Read More
YOGA with kids- fun practicing with 5 year olds

Yoga with kindergartners

In the second semester, I decided to introduce yoga to my kindergarten students.  Once a week, I'd put on some calming guitar music from Youtube and my little darlings would say to each other, "today we will do yoo-guh!"  In this post, I want to share some of the funniest, sweetest moments of my practice with 5-year olds. The first...Read More

Gone to India

Hi there!  Thanks for coming to Katia Yoga! As you read this, I'm in India exploring a bit and learning more about our shared passion: yoga! I'll be back in a couple of weeks with new posts and hopefully some great new stories and info to share with you.  Check back soon! In the mean time, check out the blog and shop.
Mandalay yoga class: FREE with a local instructor

Free, Local Yoga in Mandalay

A few people have been asking me about yoga in Mandalay.  I have just left (June 2017) so I'm no longer offering classes.  Aside from yoga in gyms, I do know of one other option. When I left (though I can't promise it's still going on), there was a local Myanmar-Indian yogi giving free, local yoga classes daily at 4:30....Read More
Lotus for the Throat Chakra; read more about balancing, meaning, meditation and mantra

Throat chakra: meanings, meditation, balancing, mantras and mudra

The Throat Chakra (or Vishuddha Chakra in Sanskrit) is located primarily in the neck, but also encompasses the shoulders, jaw, mouth, and thyroid.  It is the first of the more spiritual chakras, following the Heart Chakra.  The Heart Chakra is a mix between spiritual and physical chakras, with the definitively physical chakras below the heart chakra and the spiritual chakras above. [Just...Read More
The Complete Guide to Advancing your Yoga Self-practice: how to make a routine, add spirituality and pranayama, how to find new inspiration, stay motivated, and tracking your progress #selfpractice #yogapractice

The Complete Guide to Advancing your Yoga Self-practice

[caption id="attachment_429" align="alignright" width="252"] Click this photo if you're just beginning[/caption] If you already started your yoga self practice, great work!!  This post will provide you with some ideas on continuing to challenge yourself and working different parts of your body.  If you're just starting click the photo to the right.  With your self-practice, it can be easy to get...Read More