Posts by megthorntonyoga

Meg is a Grand Rapids, Michigan based yoga and mindfulness instructor. She specializes in building self-esteem and self-confidence in children and adults. She works with schools, corporations, private lessons, as well as group lessons.

Ahimsa: Compassion and Yoga

I have been working with a teenage girl for several weeks now, and yesterday we were talking about the Yamas and Niyamas. We have been briefly touching on them since we started our yoga lessons, and she requested that we dig a little more in depth with them. I thought the idea was fantastic, and I had just finished a workshop as well as 3 books on the topic, so I was itching to spread my spiritual wings. Continue reading →

What’s In My Yoga Bag?

This isn’t the type of post I would normally write, but a surprising number of students have expressed curiosity about what I bring with me to teach yoga. For some reason, the contents of the yoga instructor’s gym bag are always of interest to my students, particularly my teenagers. It always makes me laugh when my students are peeking to steal a glimpse of what I brought along for my day at work. I know I’ve said it before, but yoga does not require a lot of gear. However, there are definitely ways to add some comfort to a day of teaching. Continue reading →

10 Things Your Yoga Teacher Wishes You Knew

Becoming a yoga instructor has changed my life in many ways. One of those ways was the insight that I gained about my teachers. I take classes and understand more about what makes my teachers tick, why they say the things they do, and why they respond to disruptions certain ways. Here are the 10 things I misunderstood before becoming a teacher. Continue reading →

25 Yoga Gifts Under $50

The yoga industry is a $16,000,000 per year industry. That’s a little mind boggling when you consider that all you really need is a mat, a body, and hopefully a teacher. Piles and piles of “stuff” is not necessary, but may be helpful if you are committing to a yoga journey. As a yoga instructor, yoga related gifts seem to be a theme at birthdays and holidays, so I decided to compile a list of the favorites that myself and my colleagues have been given. Continue reading →

The 7 Best Mindfulness Books for Kids

As a yoga teacher who works with children and teens, I have found that incorporating mindfulness into my teaching has made a far greater impact than yoga alone. At the risk of aging myself, kids are living in a different world than the one I grew up in, and it is not a world that encourages living mindfully. Between busy schedules, homework, and electronics, young people are just not given the opportunity to learn how to tap into their mind and bodies. Helping children and teens learn to live in the here and now comes with many benefits like improved academic performance, improved behavior, and relief from anxiety. Continue reading →