OM for the Holidays: How to Detox Now

by Margaret Burns Vap, Big Sky Yoga Retreats | One too many glasses of bubbly at a holiday fête? Family desserts weighing you down? Don’t wait until the New Year to detox. If you take small steps to balance overindulging now, it will be much easier to get back in the groove in January. Yoga poses can help facilitate your body’s natural detox process…

Break It Down: Ease Into Advanced Asanas

by Margaret Burns Vap, Big Sky Yoga Retreats | We live in a culture that thrives on results. We like that feeling of accomplishment that comes from crossing items off our to-do list, and from achieving larger goals. It’s not all bad, but one place this drive to achieve backfires is on the yoga mat. There are many life lessons to be learned on the mat, and one of my favorites is being reminded to slow down and honor the three P’s: Practice, patience, and process…

Take a Metreat

by Margaret Burns Vap, Big Sky Yoga Retreats
We can’t necessarily go on a getaway every time we need it, but there are many ways to carve out nurturing retreat space in your daily life. Sound like mission impossible? Yes, it may pose certain challenges, but even the perfectly planned vacation has those too (missed flights, not-so-perfect weather, etc.). Like practicing yoga at home, the more you do it, the more renewing it can be. Here are some ideas for creating your own ‘metreat’ without having to travel far…

Yoga Philosophy for Fall

by Margaret Burns Vap, Big Sky Yoga Retreats
The fall season has always felt like a better opportunity for a fresh start than the New Year. It’s a great time to make some changes and clear your head. Cue Yoga Sutra 1.2 yogaś citta-vṛtti-nirodhaḥ: Yoga is the cessation of the fluctuations of the mind…

Breathe. Feel. Trust. Giddy Up.

by Margaret Burns Vap, Big Sky Yoga Retreats
There are many similarities between practicing yoga and riding a horse, which is how Cowgirl Yoga, a merging of horses and yoga, came about. Despite the similarities, there is one very, very big difference between yoga and riding: when you practice yoga you are on your mat, an inanimate object; when you ride a horse, you are on a living being that possesses its own feelings, intuition and instinct…

OMbody Mini Practice

by Margaret Burns Vap, Big Sky Yoga Retreats
In Be An OMbody we focused on sun salutations as the cornerstone for a home practice. Now that you’re feeling comfortable saluting the sun at home, the next step is to build a well-rounded practice. Many wanna-be at-home practitioners have the misconception that, in order to make their practice well-rounded, they need a huge chunk of time to dedicate to yoga. Not so. The sequence that follows should only take 20-25 minutes…

Be an OMbody

by Margaret Burns Vap, Big Sky Yoga Retreats
If the economy has put a damper on your yoga class attendance, it’s time to start a home practice. A home practice can help fine-tune your grasp of the basics, so you can get more out of class time and more bang for your yoga buck. More yoga, better yoga -– it’s a win-win. A home practice doesn’t have to be long or elaborate either; you can easily squeeze it into your day without the extra time needed to get to class. Just unroll your mat in a quiet and reasonably clear space (indoors or out) and go to it. Let’s start with the sun salutations…

Yoga For Change: Part 2

by Margaret Burns Vap, Big Sky Yoga Retreats
People initially drawn to yoga to help cope with stress in their lives often discover it becomes the catalyst for career change. There is a misconception that once you make a big career change, particularly if it’s to yoga, work life will be so much easier to navigate because you will be doing what you love. While there is truth to that, some of the biggest work challenges have been in my yoga career. My biggest challenge is finding a balance between being yogic and being businesslike…

Yoga For Change: Part 1

by Margaret Burns Vap, Big Sky Yoga Retreats
The infusion of yoga into the American cultural landscape has fueled people fleeing high-powered jobs to seek fulfillment. Consider how many Americans try yoga as a way to exercise and reduce stress. While developing their practice they begin to recognize and address the imbalances in their bodies, minds and lifestyles. The first area that typically gets questioned is work…

Get Your Yoga On

by Margaret Burns Vap, Big Sky Yoga Retreats
Winter blahs bringing you down? New Year’s resolutions feeling old already? Here’s an inspirational blend of five frequently asked yoga questions. I’ve found that exploring these topics usually sparks something in my students…