Faculty - Molly McManus

Molly McManus C-IAYT, ERYT500, SE, AHC is co-owner of Yoga North, and holds certifications as a Yoga Therapist, Somatic Educator, Ayurvedic Health Counselor. She enjoys teaching specialized workshops and her work as faculty for the International SomaYoga Institute that is one of only 26 schools in the world that certifies yoga therapists.   Molly is sought out for her special areas of interest in chronic pain and the diseases of stress in programs she has designed such as SomaYoga for Chronic Pain, Making a Change for Good – 30 Days to Compassionate Self Discipline, The Chemistry of Joy, and Yoga for Stress, Anxiety and Depression. She has not only studied and practiced in these areas extensively she has up close and personal experiences with the incredible efficacy of Yoga Therapy with her own journey through chronic pain, and the diseases of stress. Molly participates in continuous training and active engagement in her field. Her current journey includes service as Chair of the Accreditation Board for the International Association of Yoga Therapists and leading faculty for the Yoga North International Soma Yoga Institute.

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Building Resilience - The 6 Pillars of Yogic Living & Practices of Dinacharya for Wellbeing

Molly McManus - TH6MCM

These six pillars spell out how to turn toward a more resilient life. In Eastern philosophy, we talk about mind-body conditions that make our quest for profound wellness impossible, these conditions are called _distracted, disturbed or stupefied mind._ The goal of following the six pillars is to constantly support a _one-pointed, healthy, still mind_ and create the conditions for a resilient life. The six pillars of a resilient life are key practices that affect the level and quality of energy in our mind and body. With these practices, along with dinacharya, we create a strong, steady, well-regulated flow of energy in the mind and body. Learn the six pillars as a map to structure our lives around wellness, nourishing more physical and mental energy to devote to our daily lives. Learn about dinacharya, the Sanskrit word for "daily-routine." It is a concept in Ayurvedic medicine that looks at the cycles of nature and bases daily activities around these cycles to help establish balance useful for promoting health. Develop a daily practice or dinacharya routine for wellbeing.


6:30 PM - 8:30 PM (2 HRS)


Using the Tools of Yoga Therapy for Mental and Spiritual Wellbeing

Molly McManus - FR1MCM

In a world where everything is becoming more fragmented, electrified and high-paced, many people find themselves becoming distracted, overwhelmed and increasingly affected by the diseases of stress. Yoga provides us with incredible maps and practical tools to understand ourselves and to move us in the direction of whole-being wellbeing that encompasses not just physical health but mental and spiritual resilience as well. This workshop is perfect for both individuals wanting to find more wellbeing for themselves and for yoga teachers or therapists looking to incorporate this work in private or group sessions. Learn about these life-changing yogic maps: • The Pancha Kosha Model Explore the dimensions of the human system and how a multidimensional approach is essential for sustained wellbeing. • Antakarana, the Inner Instrument Discover the four functions of the mind-_Manas, Chitta, Ahamkara and Buddhi_that build a lucid and strong connection with our ability to build equilibrium, freedom and happiness. • Dukkha (suffering) and Sukha (pleasure) Learn about the Kleshas, which are the Path of Suffering. Begin to uncover the unexamined beliefs, habits and patterns that keep you stuck and run your life. Then make a plan to move beyond these limiting behaviors to a more expansive existence. • The 6 Pillars of Ayurvedic and Yogic Living Discover how to build a steady, strong foundation through dinacharya (daily lifestyle practices) that include gentle cleansing, healthy nourishment, body practices, and contemplation and meditation.


9:00 AM - 5:00 PM (6 HRS)


Reversing the Stress Response with Soma Yoga - The Physiology of Freedom

Molly McManus - SA1MCM

Learn to recognize the effects of the stress response and discover your body_s hidden reactions to stress that can cause pain, dysfunction and lack of freedom in your life. Discover easy daily practices to help release some of the physical habits that lead to the cumulative effects of stress. Learn about the body_s reaction to stress and the main stress reflexes/responses. Understand the concepts of Sensory Motor Amnesia and Sensory Motor Competence, and how this new work is the key to sustained freedom and function in the body. Tap into the tools of proprioception, exteroception and interoception to heal yourself, and learn to apply to others when sharing yoga. Participate in SomaYoga Therapy practices and leave with tangible tools to feel better today!


8:00 AM - 10:00 AM (2 HRS)


Ayurveda 101- How Samkhya Philosophy and Ayurveda Build our World

Molly McManus - SA5MCM

Ayurveda is yoga's sister science. It is the practice of observing the elements of nature around and within us, and maintaining or restoring health by balancing those elements. This workshop will introduce you to the language of nature that is Ayurveda, its common basis with yoga in Samkhya philosophy, how it is uniquely expressed in your physical and mental constitution, and how_with this knowledge_you can use diet and lifestyle to support your health. After this class, you will have a foundational understanding of *the origins of Ayurveda from Samkhya Philosophy; *purusha and prakriti and the movement of consciousness to matter; *Doshic theory in the macrocosm and microcosm; and *the Ayurvedic clock: the hour, season and stages of life.


5:30 PM - 7:30 PM (2 HRS)