HRV and Yoga: Heart Rate Variability Training

Science and Heart Rate Variability (HRV) helps to quantify the effects of yoga and meditation. Yogis have had this heart intelligence for thousands of years. Yoga works. Now we can prove the effects of yoga on the autonomic nervous system (ANS). Like a checks and balances system, the autonomic nervous system helps the body regulate … Read more

Prana Vayu: upward moving, uplifting, upregulating

Prana Vayu is one of the five Prana Vayus. It is the upward, uplifting current of energy First let me mention that the singular term “Prana Vayu” is also the name of the five Vayus as a collective. The Vayus are also collectively referred to as the Prana Vayus. This makes it a little confusing! … Read more

Tish Ganey, Yoga Teacher

Contact: Tish Ganey email: tish@takemetotheriveryoga.com Tish Ganey, C-IAYT is a Certified Yoga Therapist, an E-RYT 500, receiving certifications at Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health in Stockbridge, MA. Tish’s yoga teacher training began with a 200-hour YTT at the Lotus Pond Center for Yoga and Health, a Kripalu Affiliate studio in Tampa, FL. She teaches … Read more

Dharana is concentration

Going out on the 6th limb Dharana (pronounced DAR-ah-nah) is one of the 8 Limbs of Yoga. It is described as a type of focused attention, or concentration. One has to wonder why this important yogic practice is relegated to the sixth limb position! Our ability to concentrate and to focus is at the heart … Read more

Class Descriptions

Chair Yoga Chair Yoga incorporates a chair as our main prop to the practice of yoga. This class is great for people who want to enjoy a Mindful Hatha Yoga class with stretching and body movement in a gentle, supported practice. We use the chair in both seated and standing poses, making it suitable for … Read more

Tampa Yoga Studio in Seminole Heights

YOGA and YOGA THERAPY Take Me To The River Yoga • Tampa Yoga Therapy Sign up for email class reminders to get class news and info. Yoga Classes In-Person, In Studio Tuesday 10-11 am EST – In person, in the studio, HIPPIE Hatha Yoga on the mat, $10 Wednesday 6-7 pm EST – In person, … Read more

Home Yoga Practice

Do you have a home yoga practice? Have you developed a regular yoga practice for yourself? Maybe your regular practice is to go to your favorite yoga classes every week as consistently as possible. And your home yoga practice might be to take a few minutes to move and stretch each day. I started thinking … Read more

Yoga Therapy Sanskrit Terms

You say you want to learn some Yoga Therapy Sanskrit Terms? If not, I’d turn back if I were you! I was trying to find more definitions for the Sanskrit terms used in yoga/yoga therapy required by IAYT (International Association of Yoga Therapists) for yoga therapy training. When you do a google search on any … Read more

Svadhyaya and Swami Kripalu 

The first time I heard the word “Svadhyaya” I immediately thought of “The Divine Secrets of the YaYa Sisterhood,” the 1996 book by Rebecca Wells that was turned into a movie in 2002. It seemed a natural leap, a reasonable thought progression . . . Svad-h-ya-ya. It was that YaYa part that swept over me … Read more

Yoga 101 – Exercising the Energy Body

This article was originally posted on March 1, 2011 by Danielle Prohom Olson but it mysteriously disappeared some time in the first two months of 2014 from her blog bodydivineyoga.wordpress.com. I’ve recreated it here because it is an informative piece on the energy body. Yoga, as practiced in the west, is commonly regarded as an … Read more

Learning the Sanskrit for Asanas

Learning a new language can be a challenge for some people. There are those of us who seem to have a knack for acquiring language skills easily, mastering the exact pronunciation and gaining a good understanding of a new, foreign syntax. For me, it is more like the pounding of the round peg in the … Read more

Pranayama – teaching and practicing

Pranayama is one of the 8 limbs of yoga that deals with using the breath to teach us to manage our “prana” or life force energy. Breathing is one of our most important life functions. We have direct control over our breath. The way we breath is the clearest indication of our state of mind. … Read more