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Omkarra Yoga
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

Yoga Class begins this week!

May 20th, 2012 by Michelle Muttart

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I am happy to announce that I will be teaching at class starting this Tuesday at 9:30 am in the studio at 436 Peppers Ferry Rd. in Christiansburg.  This will be a weekly yoga class for all levels. Class will be provided for a suggested donation of $10.  However, if you still have classes in a package with Omkarra they will be accepted for this class.


I hope that everyone is doing well and continuing with practice.  I know that it is difficult at times and this is true even for me!  The boys and I have continued to adjust to homeshcool life and we are making strides in the direction of following our heart and our path.  My oldest son will graduate from high school in a couple weeks, so my life really hasn’t slowed too much.


I have missed everyone’s company and conversation tremendously and miss teaching classes so I am excited to get back on the mat this week!  Hope to see you there!



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Endings are New Beginnings: The Evolvement of Omkarra Yoga.

March 1st, 2012 by Michelle Muttart

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I hope everyone has been enjoying the mildness of winter.  It’s been nice. Spring is upon us and is a time of transformation and growth.  It is a time to honor our truths and manifest those truths into reality, a reality that serves the highest good.

I have starting home schooling both of my boys.  This has proven to be a great adjustment and we are learning on all levels. The dedication to both the studio and their education has proven difficult.  It’s hard to give everything 100%.

In order to find balance I realize that a shift must occur.  I need to focus on my family and cut back the time dedicated to instructing. The classroom structure takes a lot of time and effort and teaching an average of ten classes a week is a lot on me physically and mentally.  With that said, I have decided to close the studio at this time and let sharing yoga evolve into whatever form that it is supposed to take. Endings are new beginnings.

I love and will always share the benefits of yoga and will continue to instruct in a corporate and private setting for the time being.  I am exploring options for a smaller space to provide class instruction to the current students in the near future.  The classes I am teaching outside of the studio will continue as scheduled.  I will also continue to write for my blog and keep you up to date as everything unfolds. If you are interested in alternate forms of receiving yoga instruction please let me know. I’m open to teaching in other spaces and subbing for other instructors 2-3 times a week.

The “official” last class will be held on Wednesday March 28.  I realize that many of you have bought packages lately and I want to give you time to use up what you have left. Instead of selling packages from this point on, students that no longer have classes left in their package may drop in to any class with a suggested donation of $10.

I have thoroughly enjoyed all of wonderful people I have come to know thus far.  I appreciate each of you for allowing me to share my passion with you and helping me to make my dreams a reality and I appreciate all the wonderful instructors that have helped along the way.  I look forward to serving you in the future.

In Peace,


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The Tree and Roots of Avidya

February 5th, 2012 by Michelle Muttart

Posted in Body, Mind, Soul, Uncategorized, Yoga Sutras

In talking with many people who are on a path of growth I get the opportunity to witness; witness their walk and turn inward to witness my own. When we step back, sometimes we can see the error of our ways and with guidance learn a more positive approach. Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras teaches about the concept of avidya. Let’s look at what avidya is and how it plays a part in our lives.


What is Avidya?


Avidya literally means “incorrect understanding”. The opposite is vidya or “correct understanding”. Avidya in some ways is the characteristics and habits that we develop because of our life experiences. For example, say a friend falls to the ground and we extend a hand to help them up and they smack it. We would be confused, maybe even hurt or angry. But they are our friend and so we reach out again, but again they smack our hand. In fact each time we try to help them we get the same result. Eventually, we no longer offer assistance to them with a fear of what may happen.


Let’s move forward a month and another friend slips and falls. Will we help them? By this point, it will at the very least cross our mind that we could be slapped again. Of course we want to help, but our past experiences tell us we may not get the result we hope for and in fact we may be hurt in the process. We may even replay the event in our mind so much that we become traumatized and decide never to help anyone who falls. This is avidya.



Avidya is like a tree and it’s sometimes easier to recognize the branches. The first branch is asmita or the “ego”. Asmita makes us think we need to be the best, the fastest, the coolest, the richest, the prettiest, the skinniest, and so on.



The second branch is raja. Raja is demanding. For example, Sue went shopping for furniture and found a table she’s been looking for and was so happy and excited to have something new for her house. Today, Sue wakes up and wants to go again, get something else. Even though she may not need anything and it may not be good for her budget, she wants to feel good like she did yesterday. This is raja.



Next is Dvesa. In a way, it’s opposite of raja. Dvesa is when we reject things. When we no longer help a fallen friend because we are afraid we will get hurt again, like our example. We may even reject things that are unfamiliar even if we have no reason. We reject people, thoughts, places, and things because of what we relate to them or because we can’t relate to them.




Last is abhinivesa or fear. Fear affects us more than we realize. In our society it’s best to blend, to be part of the norm, to do what is expected. When we express ourselves in a way that is individual or different we have doubts. These doubts can be about our jobs, relationships, about being judged, about our looks and the aging process, and so on. Think about the amount of doubt that goes through your mind on a daily basis. Thoughts This is abhinivesa.




Just like a tree, avidya grows. It may be slow and subtle then before we realize it the roots have overtaken and we are immersed in negative thoughts and fears, not thinking clearly because avidya is like a cloud over our eyes. At that point, we are living in an illusion and cannot see the truth. This can be in a single are of life or many.


Yoga Helps!

The good news is yoga helps us to see. It helps to remove the cloud by practicing the philosophy. The practice teaches that what happened yesterday is not guaranteed for today. If yesterday was great and I want it all over again or if it was bad and I never want it again. Today is a new day and with this day we are renewed and all of our experiences are new.




Take time this week to see what you cling to and what you reject. See what branches of avidya are creeping into the garden of your mind, body, and your spirit. Acknowledge it, then begin the process of letting go by allowing yourself to feel how you feel, accepting it. Next, move your awareness into the body and see where the roots are on a more physical level, imagine them unrooting and releasing in whatever way that unfolds.

Om Shantih, Shantih, Shantih

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The Key to Happiness

January 29th, 2012 by Michelle Muttart

Posted in Mind, Yoga Sutras

In Patanjali’s Sutra 33 on contemplation, he explains, “By cultivating attitudes of friendliness toward the happy, compassion for the unhappy, delight in the virtuous, and disregard toward the wicked, the mind-stuff retains its undisturbed calmness.”

The Happy

Have you ever been around someone who is happy-go-lucky all the time?  Do you know someone who seems to ‘have it all’?   Sometimes we may be a little annoyed, irritated, and jealous of these types; maybe they just get on our last nerve.  The unfortunate thing with reacting unenthusiastically to their good fortune or happiness is that it really only effects us, bringing negative within our own mind and body.  They just go on being happy.  Let us be friendly with that person and realize that if they are happy and have good fortune it means that we too may have those things in our own lives.


The Unhappy

In the same way a happy person can annoy us, an unhappy person can as well.  We sometimes look down upon those less fortunate and unhappy; this too only creates negative energy within ourselves.  Let us have compassion, help them when we can.  In doing this we retain peace in our minds and in our hearts. Helping others is helping ourselves.

The Virtuous

We sometimes don’t understand one who is virtuous, especially when we struggle.  But don’t tear someone down because they are great or doing great things.  Instead look up to those people, imitate them, and begin to cultivate their words and actions into your own lifestyle choices.

The Wicked

What is the difference between unhappy and wicked?  I had the chance to discuss this with a wonderful Yoga instructor in the area, Sofia Nelson.  One idea that we agreed upon is the unhappy mostly harm themselves and generally want to be well, the wicked may harm others and with little or no regard for the wake of destruction left in their path. It’s the latter that should be avoided.  Sometimes when we try to help others they may consider us arrogant or righteous and refuse our help or worse lash out at us for trying.


The Key to Your Heart

One person is generally not all of one thing and neither are we; there is a little happy, unhappy, virtuous, and wicked in each of us.  In the same way that we deal with others we can deal with these parts of ourselves as they emerge.  Be kind to yourself when you are happy, have compassion for yourself when you are sad, delight in how far you have come in this life, and do not feed or spiral into the negative aspects of yourself.

Finding the Right Key

According to Patanjali when we use the right key with the right person we can retain our happiness.  In my life I have often tried to save someone as many of us have.  In most cases, my intentions were good, but I used the wrong key and I suffered because of it.  Guard your heart until you are strong enough to handle taking on the darkness and turning it into light.  This practice is revered for seasoned spiritual practitioners and when taken on by someone who is not ready, can cause grief, pain, and uncertainty.

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Happy New Years! January 2012 Update

December 29th, 2011 by Michelle Muttart

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In many ways the holidays ran smooth and for many it was a time of letting go. We made it through the darkest nights and are now on our way into more light.  2012 promises to be an exciting year. There are a lot of changes headed our way and our evolvement is accelerating at record speeds.   The practice of yoga can help us to stay grounded during these fast-paced and changing times. Yoga serves us on all levels, physically, mentally, emotionally, energetically, and spiritually.


I’m off for a grand adventure next week to the Sivananda Ashram in Paradise Island to deepen my own practice, and per the course, I was delighted and surprised when my travel companion turned out to be my loving husband. He is progressing into his own path with yoga and has decided to complete the Teachers Training Program! Of course, he picked the tropics! Rob will begin teaching at the studio upon completing his training.




While I am away, I have very qualified instructors covering my classes who will take care of you; one is the lovely Jennifer Speidan, please look at her bio on our website. Lesley and Kelly have so graciously offered to cover what they could. Sofia, bless her heart, is having issues with her shoulder, so please send her healing thoughts and prayers. She will be doing what she can. 

My mother Anita will be answering my cell phone. She knows the ends and outs and will assist you in any way.  I will have access to emails and you can reach me that way.
Massage is now available at the studio. Please call Debbie at 540-641-1223 to schedule your appointment!




The only change that I need to speak of is for the Friday morning class.  The time will change to 9:15am and end at 10:15am. Please make note of this change.  When I come back we can decide to keep that time or go back to our normal time of 9:30am.
All the best,


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