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06/24/2018 to 06/29/2018

Enjoy five days of great yoga practice, healthy food, peace and quiet, garden paths, reading, resting, walking, hanging by the lake, early morning meditations, pristine air, great prana, and fun with friends—old and new. Spend your mornings in...

Location:
Rhinebeck, NY
07/27/2018 to 07/29/2018

For more than 5,000 years, yoga has had a legacy of transmitting wisdom from teacher to student. This weekend offers a rare opportunity to honor and learn directly from three living yoga legends that have spent decades practicing and teaching...

Location:
Rhinebeck, NY
06/24/2018 to 06/29/2018

Enjoy five days of great yoga practice, healthy food, peace and quiet, garden paths, reading, resting, walking, hanging by the lake, early morning meditations, pristine air, great prana, and fun with friends—old and new. Spend your mornings in...

Location:
Rhinebeck, NY
07/27/2018 to 07/29/2018

For more than 5,000 years, yoga has had a legacy of transmitting wisdom from teacher to student. This weekend offers a rare opportunity to honor and learn directly from three living yoga legends that have spent decades practicing and teaching...

Location:
Rhinebeck, NY
08/03/2015 to 12/31/2016
The Story of the Holistic Life Foundation

Barry Boyce, editor-in-chief of Mindful magazine, talks with the founders of the Holistic Life Foundation in this Omega Unscripted Teacher Talk.

Watch Ali Smith, Atman Smith, and Andres Gonzalez share their experiences of...

Yoga Service Council President Jennifer Cohen Harper talks about the profound impact prison yoga can have on inmates and the communities they return home to.   More
Yoga teacher, writer, and human potential coach Daniel Aaron created Om Jai from traditional yogic techniques—including pranayama, mudra, and mantra—to overcome limitations, fear, and doubt. Take a few minutes to try this uplifting exercise today.    More
Add this energizing and restorative breathing technique to your morning routine. Yoga teacher trainer, writer, and human potential coach Daniel Aaron teaches this short exercise that he developed and uses every day. More
When Army veteran Antwan Martin returned home from serving in the Iraq war, he felt he had lost a part of himself. To cope, he shut himself down emotionally. But through a scholarship to Omega's yoga for veterans retreat, he's learning how to open up to the world and feel again. More
If you don't practice self-care as an activist, you will quickly burn out. Yoga teacher and change agent Seane Corn shares her seven non-negotiable self-care practices that allow her to keep doing the work her heart calls her to do: yoga, meditation, prayer, sleep, a nourishing diet, therapy, and play. More
María Teresa Kumar, founding president and CEO of Voto Latino, describes the importance of her practice to keep her "present" in her life and work. More
We all have heard that yoga and other mind-body practices are good for us, but how do they impact our brain? Renowned professor, author, and founder of The Center for Mindfulness at the University of Massachusetts Medical School, Jon Kabat-Zinn explains some of the science and theory behind why yoga, tai chi, Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction, and other mind-body practices can improve the recovery of those who have been wounded.     More
Rodney Yee yoga focuses mainly on the Iyengar style, but in recent years Yee has come to rely on his own practice and intuition to influence his teaching. Rodney Yee yoga also focuses on bringing philosophy into action and, he says, on unveiling the natural beauty of our spirits. Rodney Yee yoga helps cleanse the mind and body, which allows for the presence of being. More
Yoga teacher Colleen Saidman, christened “The First Lady of Yoga” by the New York Times, discusses how her children have become teachers for her and her husband Rodney Yee. The family unit is an opportunity for revelation because of the unconditional love of parents for children, says the author of Yoga for Life: A Journey to Inner Peace and Freedom. Saidman is also a Jivamukti Yoga® teacher and co-founder of Urban Zen’s Integrative Yoga Therapist Program. More
Omega: What are the main messages women receive about their bodies? Melody: Women are told that our bodies are literally who we are—that we are objects. We are seen, praised, and celebrated for our appearance or denigrated and denied access to certain resources or approval because of our appearance. This messaging is insidious and harmful. It’s a complete illusion, yet it defines our lovability and value, and defines the way in which we could be contributing to the world around us. More
Omega: How has yoga become a tool to help trauma survivors?  More
Omega Institute and the Yoga Service Council have worked together since 2014 to produce a series of Yoga Service Best Practices Guides, including Best Practices for Yoga in Schools (2015) and Yoga With Veterans (2016), and most recently Best Practices for Yoga in the Criminal Justice System (2017). More
Yoga has much to offer people in the criminal justice system, including those who are incarcerated or otherwise system-involved as well as those who work as correctional officers, administrators, or other criminal justice professionals. More
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Omega: What motivated you to join the military? More
B.K.S. Iyengar headshot
Omega: B.K.S. Iyengar is one of the most influential yogis in the West to date. You’ve studied with B.K.S. Iyengar and practiced his style of yoga for more than 45 years. What is it like to have worked in the same practice for so long? Joan: I found that the depth of Iyengar Yoga was something I could commit to. When I started to study it, I began to understand what a huge subject yoga really is. Here was a man who had tremendous depth and experience, yet he was always learning new things and exploring. More
man in yoga pose with Army tee shirt
Omega: How did you come to find yoga and yoga service? Kathryn: I was a naval helicopter pilot and I fell while I was on deployment. Going through the medical separation process [leaving the military for medical reasons] was pretty tumultuous. My physical therapist recommended I incorporate yoga into my physical therapy because I lost all the feeling in my leg due to the injury and subsequent surgeries. More
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According to the Yoga Service Council, yoga service is defined as the intentional sharing of yoga practices that support healing and build resilience for all—regardless of circumstances—and are taught within a context of conscious relationship and rooted in self-reflection and self-inquiry. More
Woman holding hips in yoga studio
Omega: What was your entry into yoga and how has it impacted your life? Tamara: I remember being little and watching Lilias Folan on television. She was my first intro to yoga and I was fascinated by her long braid of hair, but of course I wasn’t practicing back then. In the 1980s, I was exploring off and on, practicing at home. I bought a few books and that eventually led to me to sign up for a teacher training. More
When adapted to meet the needs, concerns, and values of military personnel and veterans, yoga can be an exceptional resource for rebuilding the capacity to maintain emotional equilibrium. Help Students to Find Their Edge Encourage veterans to “find their edge” safely by balancing force and ease. More