• Being Illuminated
  • Stay
  • What is healthy spiritual energy?
  • Darkness is simply the absence of light
  • Do you steal the space to heal?
  • Nature's Message for Humanity
  • The Owl's Wisdom
  • Being Illuminated

    First, the eagle was facing East, toward the rising sun, a position of reverence to the Great Sun or Son of God. The East represents new beginnings, or even just a recommitment to our daily intentions.

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  • Stay "Upside Down"

    The nuthatch, also called the “upside down bird”, greeted me this morning, reminding me again to get out of my head and into my heart. It has been giving me this message since the New Year began.

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  • What is healthy spiritual energy?

    Yoga, as well as many spiritual traditions, recognizes that the body can not be separated from our energy, emotions, mind and spirit.

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  • Darkness is simply the absence of light

    Like most people, I feel uncomfortable with the dark side of humanity, because its seat is within me. It's manifestation occurs in my mind. This has become a central theme in my work with clients and yoga students this year.

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  • Do you steal the space to heal?

    My recent experience of feeling down resulted in a greater appreciation for the potential of darkness. Holding this space for myself was very uncomfortable, unbearable even, but there were a few things that guided me through.

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  • Nature's Message for Humanity

    On this morning's walk in the woods, I asked for a Message for Humanity. The Chipmunk came in quickly, presenting itself for the third time this week, in an unusual way.

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  • The Owl's Wisdom

    The Barred Owl spread its wings, lifting up from the ground to my left and landing on a tree branch directly in front of me. It rotated its head away, and then all the way back towards me, as though letting me know...

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batchelder karenKaren Batchelder is a graduate of YogaLife Institute's 200-hour and 500-hour Classical Yoga Teacher Training programs and the Level 1 Comprehensive Yoga Therapy Training. She is also certified in the Usui System Reiki tradition. Karen began her yoga journey in 1998 as a method to alleviate anxiety. She discovered that yoga provided not only stress relief, but a series of tools and life lessons that help with anxiety and so much more.

"I aspire to help others seeking relief from stress and anxiety by integrating these wonderful tools and personal discoveries into my gentle yoga classes where relaxation is a focal point. My intention is to create a welcoming and supportive environment for all levels of ability, ages, and body types."

"Yoga therapy is a personalized approach to health and wellness that helps clients understand and transform their stress and anxiety. Yoga Therapy sessions utilize yoga philosophy and its practices, including conversation, gentle yoga postures, breath and relaxation to help restore health and peace of mind."

Karen is the graphic designer, website administrator, and marketing coordinator for the YogaLife Institute.

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Yoga Philosophy 101

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Bring Your Yoga to Life!

This program is for anyone interested in learning more about Yoga philosophy and how to incorporate it into their lives through Self awareness, positive thinking, healthy living, stress management, personal growth and empowerment.

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A treasure trove of yoga philosophy!

Our teachers, as well as our daily practice, serve to provide a "reminder" of what we already know in our hearts and souls to be true. The following writings reflect these reminders that we need practice and more practice, and a community that supports us in our path towards enlightenment.

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Graduate Biographies

The training programs through the YogaLife Institute emphasize the "living of Yoga" and thereby bring personal transformation to those who are ready and willing. We believe that those individuals who live their Yoga make the best Yoga instructors.

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