Instructor Focus: Ava Butzu

Instructor Focus:  Ava Butzu

We love our incredible Breathe instructors! They give so much of themselves each and every time they teach and bring their own unique style and wisdom to their mats, as students as well as teachers. We have so enjoyed getting to know them all a bit better and in order to help you do the same, we asked them each a handful of questions...

Practising studio etiquette through the observation of Patanjali's 8 limbs of yoga

Practising studio etiquette through the observation of Patanjali's 8 limbs of yoga

As we graduate yet another group of brand new yogis from our New to Yoga series, I am excited for them to take their next steps on their yoga journey. This might be a good opportunity to review of some of the yoga etiquette, or protocol if you like, that we as seasoned yogis may also need reminding of once in a while. Much of what we refer to is based upon the yamas and niyamas - or social restraints and observances - which are yoga’s ethical guidelines as laid out in the first two limbs of Patanjali’s eightfold path.

How to Perfectly Fail at Being Perfect

How to Perfectly Fail at Being Perfect

With a trend in mindfulness becoming a popular practice, my hope is that perfectionism will begin to decline. When the perfectionist is continually critiquing their past performances and conversations or worrying about future activities or commitments, they are not living mindfully in the moment. Letting go of perfection allows us to live in the present and to be mindful of what’s in front of us.

Featured Students: John & Irene Ruthven

Featured Students:  John & Irene Ruthven

We love our fabulous Breathe students! We enjoy getting to know them a bit better each time they come to the studio and are delighted to share some insights on their yoga experiences. All of our students are an integral part of the Breathe community and we are happy to count John and Irene Ruthven among them.

Taking the Plunge

Taking the Plunge

This past August 28th, my husband Jeff and I celebrated 25 years of marriage. For our anniversary getaway, we were headed to Munising, Michigan to kayak along the Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore and explore other sites in the Upper Penninsula. With Jeff behind the wheel and a five hour drive ahead of us, I began contemplating how we had arrived at this milestone anniversary. In a world of marital discord, this suddenly felt like quite an accomplishment.