Friday, February 14, 2014

BEAUTY KNOWS NO BOUNDARIES.
NEED I SAY MORE.
LOVE KNOWS NO BOUNDARIES.
SELFLESSNESS KNOWS NO BOUNDARIES.
BEAUTY.
THANK YOU PICHEST.


And how could we resist a Sivasana like this...


Sunday, January 19, 2014


Valentine's Yoga Date Night
Yoga North of Duluth
Friday, February 14, 5:30-7:30pm
www.yoganorthduluth.com to register



What better way to kick off Valentine's Day?! Partner postures are done together working with balance, support, 
trust, strength, and flexibility. In addition, learn some of the relaxing, releasing and nurturing benefits of 
Thai Bodywork with one another. You are welcome to sign up with a partner, friend, child, or yoga buddy. Poses are 
taught for a variety of levels for all to enjoy. No experience necessary.

$30/couple. Sign up in advance. Space is limited. Only one person should sign up to reserve a spot for a couple.

Have been missing for a while here.
Have been holding many successful workshops...
Principle Based Partner Yoga was a great success with a great bit of acro-yoga mixed in.
Death and Dying workshop was held in December...a humbling experience.
Most recently, held another Yogi Date Night!
Next workshop coming Valentines Day...
Stay tuned.
Or see all classes listed in the sidebar...

Sunday, October 13, 2013




SatDate: 11/2/2013From: 10:00 am - 12:30 pm
Room: Lotus Room
Taught by Margaret Harstad, this workshop is back by popular demand.

Come with a friend, family or loved one and share the nurturing benefits and luxury
of Thai Bodywork with one another.In this workshop we will spend our time
grounding, stretching, twisting, breathing and taking care of one another
while we learn a 30 minute sequence and alternate giving and receiving.
Take home a manual and duplicate the practice at home. No experience necessary.

$60.00 per partner group pre-registered & pre-paid ($75 at the door)

www.yoganorthduluth.com to register

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

The Birthday Buddhas.

There is a Buddha for all seven days of the week, two for Wednesday.
What day were you born on?

I was born on Saturday.
The Saturday Buddha is seen below...

For Saturdays: "Protected by the Naga King", (Paang Naga Prok) the Buddha image sits on a large coiled serpent which rises to protect him from a raging storm. The Buddha sits in profound meditation, unaware of the tumult, as he is lifted over the rising waves by the King of Nagas.

I see this as very appropriate.  I walk around happily unaware of the turmoil around me.
I see this as a good thing, and a comforting thing.  I think it's hillarious!


Sunday Below

Buddha for Sunday (pang thawai net)
The Sunday Buddha image is standing with arms crossed in front of the waist with the right hand covering the left hand.
Buddha obtained enlightenment while sitting under a bothi tree. The image represents a time just after Buddha obtained enlightenment when, for gratitude, he stood and admired a bothi tree for one week without blinking an eye ((net) is a formal Pali word for eye or eyes).



Monday Below

Buddha for Monday (pang ham yati)
The Monday Buddha image is standing with the right hand raised to shoulder height with the palm out and the fingers extended (the abhaya mudra).
This image represents Buddha pacifying the relatives. When Buddha returned from heaven after three months, his relatives were arguing about the rights to water flowing through their land. Buddha persuaded them to compromise.



Tuesday Below

Buddha for Tuesday (pang sai yat)
The Tuesday Buddha image is lying on his right side, head resting on his arm, toes even.
It represents when Buddha entered parinibbana at his death on a Tuesday.



Wednesday Below

Buddha for Wednesday(pang umbat)
The Buddha image for Wednesday is standing and holding an alms bowl with both hands.It indicates the time Buddha returned to see his father. In the early morning, monks make their alms rounds to collect food. Buddha did the same and his father was upset that Buddha was "begging" for food.



Thursday Below

Buddha for Thursday (pang samti)
The Thursday Buddha image is sitting in a full lotus position with soles upward and visible, the hands resting in the lap, right above left with all fingers extended, palms upward (the dhyani mudra).In this position, some believe the body is receptive to energy entering through the top of the head and through the open palms.


Friday Below

Buddha for Friday (pang ram pueng)
The Friday Buddha image is standing with both arms crossed over the chest with the right hand covering the left.This position indicates contemplation and consideration, and represents Buddha contemplating the subtle nature of dhamma and ponders on how to reveal this to mankind.





Don't Think About it All Too Much!
Its just sort of fun...











Saturday, February 23, 2013

Homemade Tea-Less Chai Tea
My favorite New Recipe
Straight from Thailand....
YUM...



Boil Two Cups of Water with
1 Teaspoon Coriander Seed, Ground
3 Stars of Anise
2 Cinnamon Sticks
1 Teaspoon Cardamom
1/2 Teaspoon Cloves
1 Thumb Length Piece Fresh Ginger

For Twenty Minutes, covered.
Add Two Cups Milk of your choice and heat without boiling.
I then strain mine out or let it "settle" in a pyrex before serving.
Sweeten to Taste

If you want Caffeination, toss in 3 Tablespoons Loose Black  Tea


Monday, February 11, 2013


FriDate: 2/15/2013From: 6:45 pm - 8:45 pm
Room: Lake Room
Warm up your Winter Valentine's weekend by practicing yoga with someone special.

Partner postures are done together working with balance, support, trust, strength,
and flexibility. In addition , learn some of the relaxing, releasing and nurturing
benefits of Thai Yoga Bodywork with one another. Learn to read and understand
 one another's Chakras.

You are welcome to sign up with a friend, child, or yoga buddy.
Poses are taught for a variety of levels for all to enjoy.
No experience necessary.  $25/couple.  

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Restorative Partners Class
This Thursday 1/31
7pm at Yoga North
www.yoganorthduluth.com 
to register



Join Margaret Harstad for this one time incorporation of Restorative Yoga and Partner Yoga.Renew, Restore. Students practice restorative poses with the support of props, and a partner.Restorative Partner Yoga—A Yogi Date Night! Restorative Partner Yoga—A Yogi Date Night!

Thursday, January 31st7:00 – 8:15pmPartner Yoga encompasses working with a partner as you support each other physically, emotionally and energetically. In this class, we will be put into a variety of partner poses, where we use one another’s bodies to support us. This is perfect for couples, friends and families. The work is opening, restful and bonding…on many levels. Come with someone you cherish and support their body to open to yoga.

Sunday, January 20, 2013

Nourish Natural Health

Feeling good working with Shannon May at
Nourish Natural Health.
She is an ND who also does acupuncture
and is assisting me to continue my bliss
gained in Thailand.
Thank you Shannon!


Saturday, January 12, 2013

Upcoming Workshops in LaCrosse, Wisconsin
Saturday, January 26th
1 - 3:30  Thai Bodywork for Partners
4 - 6  Principle Based Partner Yoga


Thai Bodywork for Partners Workshop

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Thai Bodywork is an ancient form of work from Thailand stemming back over 2500 years to the time of Buddha. The work encompasses movement, breath and deeper opening and stretching than can be accomplished without another. Come with a friend, family or loved one and share the nurturing benefits and luxury of Thai Bodywork with one another. We will spend our time grounding, stretching, twisting, breathing and taking care of one another while we learn a 30 minute sequence and alternate giving and receiving. Take home a manual and duplicate the practice at home. No experience necessary.
COST:
Single $30 ($55 total if attending both- you save $5)
Pair $55 ($100 total if attending both- you save $10)
YOU WILL BE GIVEN THE CHOICE TO REGISTER FOR ONE OR BOTH OF THESEWORKSHOPS AT THE TIME OF PAYMENT.  DISCOUTS GIVEN FOR ATTENDING EITHER AS A SINGLE OR PAIRONLY ONE PERSON NEEDS TO REGISTER IF ATTENDING AS A PAIR.

Principle Based Partner Yoga

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Partner Yoga is a way to experience the true essence of Yoga, which is Union. Benefitting from the touch, support and presence of our partner and the larger group, we will move more deeply together into foundational and restorative Yoga postures using gravity, balance, support and partner traction. Principles such as union, trust, touch and silence will be woven into the practice and be taken with you out into your life and community. The practice is made for everybody, regardless of experience and is a beautiful sharing of energy without many words.
COST:
Single $30 ($55 total if attending both- you save $5)
Pair $55 ($100 total if attending both- you save $10)
YOU WILL BE GIVEN THE CHOICE TO REGISTER FOR ONE OR BOTH OF THESEWORKSHOPS AT THE TIME OF PAYMENTDISCOUTS GIVEN FOR ATTENDING EITHER AS A SINGLE OR PAIRONLY ONE PERSON NEEDS TO REGISTER IF ATTENDING AS A PAIR.

www.rootdownyogastudio.com to register...

Journey to Thailand

Click below to see more photos of my recent amazing journey to Thailand...
It is and was a life changing event


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Friday, October 05, 2012





Thai Bodywork for Partners Workshop
Saturday, October 27
10:00 - 12:30
Yoga North of Duluth
www.yoganorthduluth.com

Thai Bodywork is an ancient form of work from Thailand stemming back over 2500 years to the time of Lord Buddha.  The work encompasses movement, breath and deeper opening and stretching than can be accomplished without another.  Come with a friend, family or loved one and share the nurturing benefits and luxury of Thai Bodywork with one another. We will spend our time grounding, stretching, twisting, breathing and taking care of one another while we learn a 30 minute sequence and alternate giving and receiving. Take home a manual and duplicate the practice at home. $60 per partners pre-registered and pre-paid or $75 at the door. No experience necessary. Margaret Harstad, RYT200, RTT, PPYT is a Thai Therapist in the Duluth Community as well as a Partner Yoga and Thai Restorative Teacher at Yoga North of Duluth.  She is very excited to share this work with our community small and large.  For more information, visit her website at www.muggymoose.com or her blog at muggymoose.blotspot.com.  


Tuesday, August 07, 2012

I am going to Thailand in December of 2012.
Studying with Pichest.
I have been waiting so long to do this...

Monday, April 02, 2012

Principle Based Partner Yoga Workshop


Principle Based Partner Yoga Workshop 
Saturday April 7, 10am - 1230pm
www.yoganorthduluth.com to register

Partner Yoga is a way to experience the true essence of Yoga, which is Union. Benefitting from the touch, support and presence of our partner and the larger group, we will move more deeply together into foundational and restorative Yoga postures using gravity, balance, support and partner traction. Principles such as union, trust, touch and silence will be woven into the practice and be taken with you out into your life and community. 
The practice is made for everybody, regardless of experience and is a beautiful sharing of energy without many words. 

Cost - $60 per couple pre-paid or $75 at the door. 
Margaret Harstad, RYT200 is a Thai Therapist in the Duluth Community as well as a Partner Yoga and Thai Restorative Teacher at Yoga North. She is very excited to share this work with our community small and large. For more information, visit her website at www.muggymoose.com.