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Reiki Level 1 Training This Saturday, July 22nd

Have you ever heard about Reiki and wondered what it is? Or perhaps you have wondered about the link between Yoga and Reiki?

There are many different views of what Reiki is, but the prevalent theme is that Reiki is a practice of allowing life force to flow through us to bring about a healthier flow of energy in and around the body which leads to healing. Reiki is a Japanese technique that was either developed or rediscovered in 1922 by Japanese Buddhist Mikao Usui. Rei translates to soul, spirit, or god’s wisdom and ki is life force or energy, giving us Reiki as spiritual life energy. Reiki is generally administered by placing hands over or on the body and allowing the flow of life force which can be found in everything to run through the giver into the receiver, it can also be done over distance. This infusion of life force helps us deal with stress and sickness, promoting health and well-being of the body, mind, emotions, and spirit. The experience of Reiki is different for each practitioner and recipient and can change with time and place. It is often described as a warm sensation but can also feel cool, tingly, or there may be no sensations.
While there are no traditional ties between Reiki and yoga, we are working with the same life force. In yoga we refer to the ki as prana and many of our physical and breathing techniques are intended to open obstructions to the flow of prana as well as to increase prana within the body.
At URU you have several opportunities to learn about Reiki and how it might benefit you and those around you. July 22nd from 2-6 PM at URU1, Tonya Morris will be offering a Reiki level 1 attunement. August 4th at URU1,  Felipe Munoz, Tonya Morris, as well as other Reiki practitioners will be gathering to answer questions about Reiki and to offer the opportunity to receive Reiki energy from 5:30-6:30 PM, then starting at 6:45 all levels of Reiki practitioners will be gathering to share and receive Reiki from each other as we grow our community. There will be other opportunities for attunement held throughout the year with both Tonya and Felipe. You can direct questions about the event on August 4th to David Bryan at

Soul Coffee by Sean Seid

Technically speaking, I work at URU Yoga & Beyond…I sweep the floors, I teach the yoga, I collect the paychecks. But despite this being my “workplace”, it always feels a lot more like home, and the teachers and students that form the community feel a whole lot like family.

This morning I had some time between classes, but couldn’t think of anywhere I would have rather been so I came to the studio a few hours early.

I found a comfy spot to squat underneath a large oak tree in the parking lot and ate an apple while ants and spiders crawled across my bare foot. Continue reading

Repairing from Stress

“There are not enough hours in the day to get everything on my list done.”
“I am not doing enough or spending enough time with my family and friends.” “How am I going to pay for everything?”
“I am not taking care of myself or relaxing enough.”

Do these statements run through your mind many times per day?

We are surrounded by people, places, and circumstances that create stress in our lives and we put pressure on ourselves. What kinds of effects can we expect to see as a result of our stress-filled lives?

We know that stress plays a role in causing or making worse a number of diseases. From heart disease, depression, anxiety, diabetes, heartburn, irritable bowel syndrome, and headaches to increased fat storage and weakened immune response. We are learning more each year about how stress effects the body and mind. Continue reading

URU Yoga Gulf Breeze

I knew I wanted to open a yoga studio before I became a yoga teacher. And that is the funny thing about dharma…sometimes your path is clear but the reasons either are not or maybe the reasons change. I wanted a Gulf Breeze yoga studio for convenience, I was tired of driving “over the bridge”. Every Breezer understands “over the bridge” because as we joke and make fun of ourselves for dreading the 3 miles of beauty, we all get it. We all know, especially in the last few years as Gulf Breeze has become a busy thoroughfare, that we could easily get trapped due to insane levels of traffic or the daily accident. So, that was my initial intention, to avoid the bridge.

img_5350I completed teacher training in May of 2015 and had been marinating in the idea of a studio for almost a year. I was not sure it would really happen. By teacher training graduation, I was not even sure I would actually teach yoga even after the life-changing experience I had just had. My partner knew… she knew when I first brought her the idea a year earlier that this would come to be. We found a location in a space in Harbourtown, a place we initially said would never be a possibility since its walking traffic had gotten so low over the years, and we went for it. Within a month we were open for business and I was officially a yoga studio owner, 5 months after becoming a yoga teacher and I was scared to death as I sat at the front of the room to lead the studio’s first full class. Continue reading

Aligning with Connection

This has been a very hard year for me, mostly due to the fact that I had rapid deterioration of quality of life from a degenerative neck condition that not only causes severe pain, but has also caused me to not be able to do the things that I love in life, the things that help me breathe. With the help of a few wonderful people and a lot of support from my husband I have been able to manage my life better and have gained much in return.

chatter in the mind… is distracting

I am learning to think differently about what happens and the reasons behind it. I have gained more empathy for people who suffer from chronic pain and disease and feel more compelled to better myself in order to help them with their journey to find some relief: the rounded “wholistic” kind of relief, not a pill or a quick fix, but a better way to feel through mindful living both physically and mentally. Continue reading

Pausing in the Suspension: A Journey of Healing through Yoga Teacher Training

The 200 hour yoga teacher training program I recently completed lasted nine months, about the time it takes for a human to grow in the womb before entering the world. The journey through teacher training led my life on a series of deaths and rebirths, growth and transformations, as I was born more truly unto my Self. Being awake is not about perfection and blissful nirvana but rather acknowledging life’s imperfections, allowing and accepting them while being aware of the consequences of my actions and finding peace with them. It is about doing all that I can with a loving and honest heart knowing that I will make mistakes but trusting and loving myself despite these imperfections.

The flood forced me to let go of comfort and security and trust that what I needed, whatever that may be, would show up
The flood forced me to let go of comfort and security and trust that what I needed, whatever that may be, would show up

I began the teacher training journey grasping at something, though I am not sure exactly what it was I wanted anymore. I knew that yoga had helped me heal through various difficult times, family relationship difficulties and losing our home to the flood, and I wanted more of it. I wanted to “deepen my practice” as I have heard many others say about entering such a program. I had no intention of teaching, I just wanted to dive into the world of yoga and bathe myself in whatever it was that was so healing… I wanted to understand and define it. Continue reading


Sweat glistening, long muscles lengthening, stretching deeply, your breathing becomes heady and heavy. The air is hot and each physical movement begins to feels more like honey than the last.   Yes hot yoga is hot.   But it’s not just about the sweating that makes it that way.  It is the whole entire experience. Hot yoga is a sensual experience.

Now that I am teaching hot yoga classes at URU in Pensacola,….I am not just sweating more than my usual cool classes.   I am finding the hot classes are so different than the regular classes that I teach in a controlled cool environment.  Not better…different.  A lot of people feel skeptical about the need to raise the temp to 100 degrees.   Perhaps they see flash and not substance.  But Hot Yoga is not a fad: air conditioning is.  Think about where Yoga originated from, India. India is pretty hot,  and  perhaps the heat was part of what made yoga become Yoga.  Hot Yoga has been around as long as Yoga has. Continue reading