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Why Circle?

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This photo by Leonie Dawson sparked my intuition to create a circle of women. I feel I was somehow called for this journey. To bring together a group of women to travel a year together, learning, sharing, practicing through creativity, yoga, meditation, freeing and expanding energy, resting, and playing joyfully.

A few years ago, I participated in a creative circle of women in Ann Arbor and I loved it. I wanted to create something similar, but utilizing tools I can share. When I began to put it together, I knew my good friend Erin Moss was the perfect person to collaborate with on it.

This will be an exploration of deep, true self. A gift of space to belong, unite, and enliven the spirit. I can’t wait! I hope you join us.


Wellness Wednesday Drinking Water!!!


Here are some great tips on why drinking water in the morning is so helpful. But, remember, especially when it’s cold and we are drinking more hot beverages like coffee, tea, and hot chocolate, all of which contain caffeine, it is also very important to stay hydrated all day.

Here’s to your good health in the New Year!

The Yoga and Wellness Collective Schedule of Classes

We are very excited to announce the schedule of classes and begin to share yoga in its many therapeutic variations in Dearborn, MI, and the surrounding communityes!

Here is the link to The Collective schedule of classes beginning August 1, 2013. We look forward to seeing you soon!

Here is the SCHEDULE.

The Yoga and Wellness Collective

I am so very excited to begin to share a vision of expansion! Please welcome The Yoga and Wellness Collective! As the building I am in has transitioned opening more space, we are dedicated to growing the yoga on the low level, with more teachers. My massage practice, with space for private sessions, has moved to the upper level.

The teachers included currently are myself, Erin Moss of Rowan Tree Yoga, Dana Stough of Yoga DNikki Hollandsworth and Katy Hinz.

Please stay tuned as we grow to include more yoga classes, meditation, and workshops!

Here is our Mission Statement:

The Yoga and Wellness Collective’s Mission Statement is:

To bring together professionals in the field of therapeutic health, healing, and wellness to create a group dedicating our time, energy, and resources to assisting each individual to regain and maintain their health by working harmoniously together to achieve that goal. We focus on facilitating the body’s innate self healing process regardless of a patient’s age, gender, sexual orientation, or creed to bring spiritual, emotional, physical, mental pain relief, and prevention such as through, but not limited to: yoga, massage therapy, Reiki, and other forms of natural health practices.

We commit ourselves to the ongoing process of educating the community, empowering them to take a more active role in their own wellness. We will treat all clients/students/patients and each other with kindness, compassion, and respect.

Sharpening Your Axe

axe-hatchetOnce upon a yogi time, a monk was walking in the woods. He heard huffing and puffing and the sound of chopping: dull and flat as it struck. He came upon a man chopping a tree and asked what he was doing. The man replied that he had to chop down all the trees in the grove to support his family and he was in a hurry and didn’t have time to talk.  The monk suggested he stop and sharpen his axe since it seemed dull. But, the man said he couldn’t take the time to stop, he had to keep working.

So often, our life is like this: when we are the most busy is when we take the least amount of time for ourselves to center, re balance, and move from a better place. This might include a more healthy meal, exercise, yoga, relaxation, massage, or meditation. We are so focused on the task at hand, we neglect to realize we may be jeopardizing our future health and wellness.

So, on this Manic Monday, where can you pause to center your self with a deep breath? Maybe enjoy the lunchtime meal in solitude? Or, honor the person at the end of the dreaded phone call or email first?

Please share with me tips you have for staying in your center.


Originally told by my teacher, Goswami Kriyananda.

50 Health Conditions Benefited by Yoga

(as shown in scientific studies)

A great list compiled by the amazing Dr. McCall of “Yoga As Medicine”
I have the PDF of the references of the studies, or you can find it on his website, link at the bottom of this post.

1. Alcoholism and Other Drug Abuse
2. Anxiety
3. Asthma
4. Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
5. Back Pain
6. Balance Problems
7. Cancer
8. Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
9. Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), e.g. Emphysema
10.Congestive Heart Failure
13.Drug Withdrawal
14.Eating Disorders
17.Heart Disease
22.High Blood Pressure
23.Hyperkyphosis (Excessive Curvature) of Thoracic Spine
24.Irritable Bowel Syndrome
25.Kidney Failure
26.Mental Retardation
27.Menopausal (and Perimenopausal) Symptoms
28.Migraine and Tension Headaches
29.Multiple Sclerosis
30.Neuroses (e.g. Phobias)
31.Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
33.Osteoarthritis (Degenerative Arthritis)
34.Pancreatitis (Chronic)
35.Pain (Chronic)
36.Pleural Effusion (Fluid Collection in the Lung
37.Post Heart Attack Rehabilitation
38.Post-Polio Syndrome
39.Post-Operative Recovery
40.Post-Stroke Rehabilitation
41.Pregnancy (Both Normal and Complicated)
42.Premature Ejaculation
44.Rheumatoid Arthritis
45.Rhinitis (Inflammation of the Nose)
47.Scoliosis (Curvature of the Spine)
50.Urinary Stress Incontinence

from Yoga as Medicine: The Yogic Prescription for Health and Healing (Bantam)
© 2007 Timothy McCall, MD (Updated June, 2009)