Women, Feelings, Medication, and Mindfulness

One of Common Ground’s newest yoga teachers, Amber Karnes of Body Positive Yoga recently shared this great read on women, feelings and medication from the NYT via social media and the author Julie Holland shares a fascinating perspective based on her experiences and observations as a psychiatrist in New York. One thing the article doesn’t bring up are the roles […]

Meditation and Happy Immune Cells

Doesn’t “happiness research” sound like a great field? A recent piece in the Atlantic highlights Steven Cole at UCLA who has been researching how hedonic happiness (eg: the happiness you get from an experience like buying a new house) and eudaimonic happiness (the happiness you get from “purpose and direction in life, our involvement in something bigger than […]

Common Ground Yoga Student Jovan Williams

Common Ground client Jovan Williams has thoughtfully offered to share about her experience as a yoga student at Common Ground. We so appreciate Jovan’s willingness to share, and hope it inspires you to come and join us! If you are new to yoga or returning after a long absence, please give us a call at 434-218-7677 and […]

Martin Luther King Jr. Day: Loving your Enemy

Today, on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, we offer an excerpt from one of his lesser known speeches. It’s wise, challenging advice for today and every day: “When the opportunity presents itself for you to defeat your enemy, that is the time which you must not do it. There will come a time, in many […]

Checking in with Melissa Behl

Common Ground client Melissa Behl included us in her piece on restoring for the holidays. Melissa is a nursing student, and has also made time to explore the mindfulness curriculum through the UVA Contemplative Sciences Center. From her post: Complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) is a booming area of research. What interests me is finding the […]

Creating New Habits in the New Year

Giving some thought to creating new patterns or habits in 2015? This article has some helpful suggestions, and a good reminder: it’s much less complicated for your brain to create new patterns than it is to break pre-existing habits. This has to do with synaptic patterns in our brains. From the article: The reality is, habits […]

Common Ground Yoga Student Diane Bloom

Common Ground client Diane Bloom has thoughtfully offered to share about her experience as a yoga student at Common Ground. Thank you so much, Diane! If you are new to yoga or returning after a long absence, please give us a call at 434-218-7677 and we’ll help you find a class in which you’ll feel […]

Happy Hanukkah

Happy Hannukah from Common Ground! Sara Fruman compiled this list of 8 yogic lessons that Hannukah teaches us. From the article: You are never powerless. In the story of Hanukkah, a family (the Maccabees) defeated the much larger and much stronger Greek army. This is one of the miracles of Hanukkah, the fact that the […]

gratiTuesday with Lauri Ross

Common Ground is trying out something new, and we’re calling in gratiTuesday. Each Tuesday we’ll be asking clients and practitioners to share things they’re grateful for, and then we’ll spread the gratitude! What are you grateful for today? Share with us in the comments! This week we’re checking-in with Lauri Ross who has been a […]

Thank you Big Brothers & Big Sisters of the Central Blue Ridge

Big thanks to the bigs & littles who came out for Big/Little Yoga this past Saturday! Common Ground is very happy to be working in collaboration with Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Central Blue Ridge to offer this class exclusively for the mentees and mentors. We celebrate Big Brothers Big Sisters mission to provide […]