Category Archives: Yoga

Spotlight: Siri Garnaas,Thai yoga bodyworker & yoga teacher


Mandala Reflections is pleased to introduce a new category called “Spotlight”. This category will feature local, holistic practitioners, in hopes to build community and support one another. In addition to connecting people, the Spotlight may also introduce new perspectives and approaches to life, health, and spirituality.

Siri Garnaas is a 500 hour registered yoga teacher and a Thai yoga bodyworker in the Twin Cities. She began her studies in 2011 with teacher Tanya Sowards at Devanadi Yoga and has not been able to get enough! Although she loves yoga and the healing qualities of this ancient practice, her current passion is Thai yoga bodywork (TYB).

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Siri first learned TYB as part of her 200 hour yoga teacher training. She was instantly hooked. TYB is unique and multi-faceted and it engages and excites Siri’s pitta nature. Thai yoga bodywork incorporates rhythmic massage, assisted hatha yoga poses, intentional breathing, and energy work which allow the recipient to heal not only the physical body, but the mental and spiritual as well. This modality of healing works with a person’s energy, or prana, through the opening of various energy lines, or “sen”. This process increases joint mobility and flexibility, improves circulation, tonifies organs, and relieves muscular and emotional tension.

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Siri is extremely grateful to the tradition for giving her the opportunity to expose others to it’s powerful, holistic healing approach and to contribute to her own path of self-healing. Through a one and a half hour session, Siri invites you to take some time for self-care and to experience, heal, and connect with your physical, energetic, emotional, and spiritual bodies.

To stay up to date, feel free to connect with and support Siri, by showing the love and liking her Facebook Page [] 🙂

Want to learn more about Thai Bodywork? Siri recommends this article to get you started.

Already convinced? Book an appointment by calling 651-332-0274.

Using a yoga strap to improve posture & reduce tension


Posture contributes to how we feel and to our overall health and well-being. Just talk to a chiropractor, and they will tell you all about it.

Today I learned a way to use a yoga strap to help improve posture. It’s quite simple but a powerful exercise. Truthfully I do not own a yoga strap but plan to go buy one tomorrow. I have been slow to buy yoga “props,” thinking of them as mere accessories. However, as I deepen my practice and have learned how to use them, I now know they are definitely worth the investment.

Often times, a prop is only viewed as something that people use who cannot do the full yoga posture on their own. Some people view props as signs of weakness or inability.

If that is the only way we view props, we are missing the true essence of what they can offer us. My yoga teacher likes us to refer to props as “tools”. She calls them tools, because that is really what they are. They are tools that allow everyone to feel the full extent of a pose (whether or not their body is able to go there on its own). This ability to feel the full pose helps us realize the pose fully but it also allows our body to understand the pose through experience, creating a memory of that feeling in our body so we can replicate it on our own, later, when we are ready.

Same thing goes with posture. Using this yoga tool, you can start to enjoy the benefits of good posture again and remind your body what proper alignment feels like so that when your body is ready to do it on it’s own, it can easily reproduce the sensation.

The definition of modern day yoga


“The Inner Tradition of Yoga” by Michael Stone (shared by fellow yoga teacher training classmate, T. Nordlund – thank you!)

I think this video compliments nicely or provides the right counterpose to follow yesterday’s blog.

Yogis/yoginis out there feel free to watch the entire video. It’s worth a look for sure.

Otherwise, if you need the shorter version or are considering skipping out on the video, please reconsider! Check out the 3 minute version by moving your cursor to the 11:28 mark and hear the crux of his message. You don’t want to miss it!

Michael gets to the bottom of what yoga is all about (at least for me): “The intimate connection to all things, that I feel when I am still.” The falling away from the little self into the Self. Bringing us all back together, where we belong.

Just watch 🙂