Mandala Mission

The Mandala Mission

The Mandala Mission

Yoga Mandala’s mission is to empower individuals towards self-sufficiency and greater potentiality and to cultivate alliance power that reformulates solutions to major macro-health issues such as mental health and trauma which undermine all our systems because they undermine the people within those systems. We offer specialized self-mastery training to Registered Yoga Teachers as well as to qualified facilitators in Healthcare, the Military and Veterans’ Associations, International Aid Organizations and Refugee Agencies, Businesses and  in order to bring the traditional and proven therapeutic methodologies of yoga – based in the cognitive sciences and brain neuroplasticity research – back into our professional and personal relationships so that we may co-create the change our physical systems, social environment and culture require and crave.


What Do You Want To Do With Your Yoga?

Join the Mandala Mission

I co-founded Yoga Mandala Studio in 2001 with Sarah Church as a place of practice to make the potent teachings of yoga accessible to all, and with the distinct intention to be a present and accountable parent in my children’s lives. Eighteen years later, my children are grown and this sweet studio has evolved into an incredible and vast community of devoted practitioners of yoga. Yoga Mandala Academy’s renewed mission is to bring our collective practices of yoga into potentiality in the world. We do this by applying our practices of self-mastery through yoga and meditation into all our relationships, our work and our lives.
Today, yoga is a multi-billion dollar industry with over 36 million Americans practicing yoga and millions more poised to jump on the bandwagon. The meteoric interest in yoga combined with our culture of capitalism risks diluting all that yoga has to offer by packaging and selling something akin to ‘spiritual materialism’. So whatever you choose to ‘buy’, you are required now to be a far more discerning consumer. There are many wonderful teachers and exceptional programs, and many more that purport to offer you a solution to all the problems that come with being human. You cannot buy personal freedom however, and there is no sure-fire way to bypass the conscious commitment required of you in practice to know and experience yourself more deeply. To get the most out of any investment you make in your own self-evolution, you must understand what it is YOU really want from your yoga and what benefits you believe you will derive from said investments. So practice discernment around what is being ‘sold’ in the name of yoga, and relax your attachment to the prototypical paradigms around what you think you should do with your yoga. As your diligent practice of yoga brings you into integrity with yourself and with what matters most to you, and you become single-pointedly intentional in how you wish to extend yourself and your yoga as action in the world, you will find yourself prospering in all aspects of your life.
Yoga Mandala Academy offers a pathway to a more personally satisfying and lucrative application of the powerful methodologies of yoga to all realms of day-to-day life. Our one-day intensives offer insights into how to draw from ALL your training to determine your unique gift, develop a mission statement, build your ‘value ladder’ and create messaging that matters in every conversation. We offer five different 6-day transformative programs (60 hours each) that teach you how to extend the powerful methodologies of yoga into the realms of work, family and life balance, and serve to shift the sociocultural dynamic of self-preoccupation (inherently self-limiting) to one of greater self-awareness, human connection and potentiality. Our 2-day Live Event & Certification (at the 500-hour level) brings together those of you who have successfully completed all five of our transformative programs and offers you formats for successful messaging, programming and marketing to dramatically enhance results and outcomes in your field and shift the dynamic within entire systems from the individual to a collaborative experience.
In each of these trainings, our aim is to guide you to uncovering that most authentic resonance and expression of you within yourself — the diamond in the rough of what it is to be human – and show you the pathway to potentiating the greatest manifestation of yourself you can be in the world. You are not bound by any particular system of yoga or other training; rather, you will be guided by the time-tested truths and wisdom of the yogic path itself to deliver your message in a way that matters to you and makes a difference in the world.



Why Yoga?

  1. CURIOSITY. What’s all the hype about yoga anyway? You may believe it is about gaining flexibility, getting stronger, managing stress, enhancing health, living a happier more holistic life…This is all true, but these are the side-effects of bringing your attention to your breath, your mind into synergy with your body, your consciousness to your thoughts, speech and way of being in the world. Your curiosity about yoga opens the door to healing on all levels—soul, heart, and the physical body which expresses all the ways in which we are out of sync with ourselves. In this way, you begin to rediscover that most authentic resonance and expression of you within yourself, that which may have been forgotten or discarded in the midst of the stuff of life. You are not beholden to any particular stylistic approach to this practice. Decide what your personal and financial investment point will be and run with it.  This is your commitment to yourself. Feel the power in that.
  2. EXPERIENCEYou keep hearing how transformative yoga is. The split second this thought permeates your consciousness (which means right NOW if you are reading this!), is the time to dive in – do not think! The mind gets in the way of the heart. If yoga keeps coming up in your sphere of awareness, NOW is the time to experience in yoga what it is you are meant to experience. You do not want to look back with regret at something you should have tried but didn’t because the time wasn’t right, the money wasn’t there, the fear got in the way, life was too ‘busy’. NEWS FLASH: The time is never right; the money IS there; fear is a contraption of the mind to keep you limited in your life; and life is only ‘busy’ if you choose that to be how you define it for yourself. I’ve been there, and excuses are a dime a dozen and stop you from getting the work done. Yoga empowers you to act and manifest.
  3. RITUAL. Yoga is more than mere routine. It’s about establishing new habits to replace the ones that no longer serve you. And carving out new ways of doing things requires ritual, because this is what brings meaning to your life and shifts the belief systems underlying negative patterning. First you have to see the suffering, the substance of that which gets in your way and shortchanges you on the merriment and joys of life: Notice the injury, the trauma, the tragedy, the strife that has limited your experience of yourself.  Now acknowledge it, say it out loud, feel it: Yoga allows you to touch the hurt, gently, with friendliness and curiosity and, with time, to transform its rough, fearsome edges into something steady and known. Just as painful habits take time to unravel, it takes time to rewire the brain to a new way of perceiving and thinking about things…In this way, yoga works from the inside out to change behaviors and physical reactivity.
  4. RELAXContraction is how your body protects you from all the hurt you have suffered, the negative energy around you, and the stuff of life you don’t see coming. Yoga has a way of showing you how much tension your body holds and where it holds it. So first, you learn to soften the tightness in your body, the bonds of muscular tension and myofascial rigidity. This begins the process of freeing up communication between your body, cells and tissues and the brain, also known as the somatic nervous system. Engaging your consciousness in the process of shifting physical tension engages the motherboard of the brain, the central nervous system, and you become aware of the mental strain, the emotional resistances, and the anxiousness that comes from the content of your thoughts. Then, you begin to relax your thoughts, you lean into the sensitivities of your heart, you feel into the points of tension in your body. Yoga will teach you to shift your dynamic from thinking to feeling, from over-rationalization to inspiration and creativity, from ‘doing’ to ‘being’, from the stress response (flight, flight, freeze) to the relaxation response (letting go). This is what it means to relax. And in this place of relaxation the body heals itself.
  5. SPACE. “I’m too busy.” “Life is crazy right now.” “There are too many distractions, there is not enough time, and way too much to do…” We choose this by continuing to think it and by saying it out loud, repetitively and continuously. Yoga teaches you to shift your attention breath by breath, movement by movement, thought by thought. All it takes is one, single, conscious breath to shift the dynamic away from reactivity to pause. In that one breath, you create the space to not react, to notice your inner dialogue. Over time, you begin to see your thoughts and experience situations with more clarity and less reactivity. How much do you want that for yourself, in your life?
  6. HAPPINESS. Make everything you think, say and do matter. The key to contentment and peace is to invest time and energy in getting to know yourself on all levels, the same way you invest in the stock market, or raising your children. Why would we not invest the same level of care, resources, energy and time in ourselves, knowing that this is the path to our own salvation? Delve into this time-seasoned practice to re-discover the wisdom within you that serves as your guide in this one wild and precious life.