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Michelle Burks

Michelle Burks - Yoga Teacher Asana at Home

Yoga Teacher: Michelle Burks

Michelle Burks Yoga Teacher Asana at Home doing an eagle posture in a yoga studio with a pink background

Michelle Burks Yoga Teacher

I can remember my first yoga class being intimidating and also very intriguing. It was smooth and calm yet also physically challenging. It got me hooked and I couldn’t wait to do yoga again. It was a time to be active and bring balance to my body, to be quiet and bring peace to my mind. I love that anyone can do yoga, anywhere, without anything. I wanted to teach and bring this feeling of contentment to everyone. I received my training over a year of going back to LA from St. Louis and have been teaching over 20 years. 

You don’t have to be flexible, yoga will meet you where you are. 

I love sharing yoga with anyone and everyone. I have led classes at studios, an all boys school, at Washington University, several private corporations and at Lululemon. I have become a host for yoga challenges on Instagram and Facebook and if I am not a host at the time, I participate in friends challenges, too. Life is so serious, I aim to make my yoga classes light and fun and sometimes challenging and creative. You do not have to be flexible to do yoga, yoga will meet you where you are. I am always trying to live my best life and smile. Yoga helps me to live my best life. xoxo Michelle

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Frog Pose Yin Yoga: Unlocking Flexibility and Strength

Frog Pose, known in Sanskrit as Mandukasana, is a significant asana in yin yoga with many benefits. This pose’s name comes from its resemblance to a frog’s stance focusing on the hips and groin.

Mandukasana can be invigorating and meditative when performed correctly, offering a unique combination of stretch and strength. It’s accessible to beginners yet offers depth for more experienced practitioners.

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Yoga Poses
Mewing versus Nabho Mudra: In Defense of Yoga

Nabho Mudra is a specific yogic tongue-and-mouth posture that enhances meditation and well-being. This ancient practice has roots in traditional yoga and is known for its calming and healing properties. On the other hand, mewing is a modern technique developed by Dr. Mike Mew and Dr. John Mew. It focuses on proper tongue posture to improve facial structure and breathing.

This article explores the connection between these two practices. We will delve into how mewing is rooted in the ancient practice of Nabho Mudra, highlighting the appropriation of traditional techniques for contemporary purposes, their respective benefits and practices, and their relevance in today’s health and wellness culture.

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Yoga Body Types: Vata, Pitta, Kapha Ayurveda Doshas

Yoga body types are specific classifications that categorize individuals based on physical and energetic characteristics. These classifications help create personalized yoga practices that cater to each individual’s unique needs. Understanding yoga body types is crucial because it acknowledges that everyone has different strengths, weaknesses, and tendencies, which can significantly impact their yoga practice and overall health.

Recognizing different body types allows yoga practitioners to tailor their practice to achieve optimal health, balance, and well-being. By aligning yoga routines with the specific needs of their body type, individuals can maximize the benefits of their practice. For example, certain body types may benefit more from grounding and stabilizing poses, while others might thrive on dynamic and stimulating sequences.

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