Warning: session_start() [function.session-start]: open(/home/content/33/3806433/tmp/sess_m056b623pd1nodkaaa8vmff9k3, O_RDWR) failed: No such file or directory (2) in /home/content/33/3806433/html/omkarra/wp-content/plugins/enhanced-wordpress-contactform/wp-contactform.php on line 276

Warning: session_start() [function.session-start]: Cannot send session cookie - headers already sent by (output started at /home/content/33/3806433/html/omkarra/wp-content/plugins/enhanced-wordpress-contactform/wp-contactform.php:276) in /home/content/33/3806433/html/omkarra/wp-content/plugins/enhanced-wordpress-contactform/wp-contactform.php on line 276

Warning: session_start() [function.session-start]: Cannot send session cache limiter - headers already sent (output started at /home/content/33/3806433/html/omkarra/wp-content/plugins/enhanced-wordpress-contactform/wp-contactform.php:276) in /home/content/33/3806433/html/omkarra/wp-content/plugins/enhanced-wordpress-contactform/wp-contactform.php on line 276
Archives: 2011 July
People think Yoga means always standing on your head or doing some pose. But the aim of yoga is to calm the mind. That's why it's called Integral Yoga, because we integrate everything; mind, body, and spirit.     ~Sri Swami Satchidananda

Archive for July, 2011

July Update….Class Changes

July 10th, 2011by Michelle Muttart



I hope everyone is enjoying their summer, it’s definitely my favorite time of year!  We are moving into the final stages of transition into the new studio.  Emily is leaving us, headed on her cross country adventure. Today was her last class with us before her move and I finally got into side crow and wheel!  It was amazing. She is a inspiring and wonderful yoga teacher and person, she will be missed.


Upon her leaving I have also decided to move both Radford classes to Christiansburg.  It is time to put 100% effort into the new space.  I hope to see all the yogis growing in community and fellowship.

Starting this Monday, July 11 the 9:30am Monday and Friday classes will meet in the new studio.


Lastly, I would like to welcome our new staff that will be joining Lesley Wert and myself! Sofia Nelson, Gelsina Ceritano, and Kelly Hardy!


Sofia studies the subtle aspects of yoga including healing and meditation.   She has been practicing for 25 years and brings experience with a 200 hour Integral certification at Swami Satchidananda’s Yogaville. Sofia believes that transformation comes from within and one can obtain mental, physical, and spiritual awareness through the practices of hatha yoga, pranayama, and meditation.  Her classes help attune the mind, body, and spirit so each practitioner reaches a deep sense of inner peace and well-being.


Gelsina was born in Pearisburg, VA. Growing up on a small farm with her family, Gelsina was introduced to meditation at a young age by her mother. After high school she moved to Blacksburg, VA and a friend introduced her to yoga and she immediately fell in love. After two years being involved with yoga, Gelsina decided she wanted to help others discover the incredible changes it has on the mind and body. Gelsina completed a 200 hour asana and pranayama certification at Integral Yoga’s Satchidananda Ashram in Buckingham VA. After her experience of living at an Ashram for one month and living like a yogi, she says her life will never be the same, “I learned that yoga is not just about flexibility, it’s also having the strength and patience to apply awareness throughout each new day.”



Kelly began her yoga practice 10 years ago at a local gym.  Being inspired by what she learned there, Kelly began to develop her personal practice by practicing at home as well as at other studios.  The physical practice awakened long lingering spiritual questions and she began to explore yoga on an intellectual level.  Kelly became more and more dedicated to her yoga practice as she expanded her understanding of the yoga system, reading the works of Donna Farhi and other notable yogis.  In 2006 Kelly decided to bring a level of commitment and structure to her personal studies by participating in her first teacher training.  Striving to continue in her spiritual growth, Kelly chose to participate in the 500 hour program held at the North Carolina School of Yoga in 2008, under the guidance of renowned Yogini, Chandra Om.  Adhering to the strict guidelines of the program, as well as striving to live up to the high expectations of her teacher, Kelly travels to NC regularly to practice in Raleigh.  Chandra Om is the senior disciple of Sri Dharma Mittra.



Posted in Monthly Newsletter | No Comments »

Free Your Mind

July 3rd, 2011by Michelle Muttart


Free Your Mind


On July 4, we celebrate our independence and our freedom in this great country. But, what does it mean to be free in the mind? Many of us are conflicted in the mind, allowing it to run wild with thoughts, desires, and memories that seem to haunt. It’s often those painful memories of the past that begin to shape our beliefs and the way we live our lives in the present. It’s as though the mind is a cage and we are a caught bird that longs for freedom. Why is it some birds won’t leave even when the door is open? Fear of the unknown? Fear that what happened the last time they flew may happen again? In many ways we are like the bird.


Go Deeper


We come to the mat because we are physically weak, overweight, underweight, unhappy, angry, lost, confused, or searching. As the practice begins with meditation we begin to think of all we have to do that day, of the heated exchange between ourselves and another. We come back to the senses and the breath and begin to travel inward. We move through practice and end in savasana, rest and allow our minds to drift. Time seems short; we awaken and wonder, “Where did I go?”


The Deep Lake Samskara


I like millions of others lived through trauma on more than one occasion. Through my life practice of introspection I move the memories up and out. In yoga we refer to the trauma and resulting impressions as samskaras. These samskaras are stuffed down into a dark abyss in the mind and in the body. Imagine a murky deep lake within; this is the home of samskaras.
Once our yoga practice is created and consistant, we create a vibration within the body and the mind, this vibration shakes the murkiness and allows the samskaras to release. Sounds simple, but it is anything but. This process at best provides an ‘aha’ moment and sense of relief and at worst, for me personally, crying on my knees in the tub during the cover of night. The latter is when I am truly thankful for the guidance that yoga offers on becoming the witness, so I know I’m not that person anymore, I am not in that situation, and I give myself permission to feel the pain with a sense of awareness enabling a release and the hold that each memory, thought, impression, and belief has on my life.


Living Meditation

To begin this process today, move through your daily routine and watch your thoughts. What do you think of as your wash the dishes, cook dinner, clean the bathroom, and do laundry. Go into each of your senses; what do you smell, taste, hear, feel, see? What feelings arise? And what are your intentions behind each action? Are you content? Disturbed? Open? Closed off? This is where we begin to deepen the understanding and acceptance of ourselves. Give yourself permission to feel the full spectrum of emotions. Know that now is the time for you to be free. It’s time to fly out of the cage and flow with what life has in store for you. Realize each experience good or bad is a learning and growing experience. Give yourself permission to love and move into the real you.

Posted in Yoga | No Comments »

Warning: Unknown: open(/home/content/33/3806433/tmp/sess_m056b623pd1nodkaaa8vmff9k3, O_RDWR) failed: No such file or directory (2) in Unknown on line 0

Warning: Unknown: Failed to write session data (files). Please verify that the current setting of session.save_path is correct () in Unknown on line 0