'Let the beauty you love be what you do. There are hundreds of ways to kneel and kiss the ground.' Rumi

Loving Self-Care through Weekly Mindful Hatha Yoga on Zoom

Something magical happens when we begin to pay attention to our experience in a kind, non-judgmental and curious manner. There is nowhere to get to in our yoga practice; the invitation is to stay fully present with each breath and movement and to experience the natural quieting of the mind as it unfolds spontaneously. Join a group of women who practice for the same reason: loving self care and reap the many benefits of a committed practice. Let your yoga mat be your sanctuary as you ease and release pain, stiffness and fatigue from your body/mind and nourish your inherent ground of wellbeing. Classes are held on Zoom on Monday and Wednesday evenings @ 6:45 - 7:45 pm EST and on Friday afternoon@ 4:30-5:30 pm EST. Recordings are provided to make up for missed classes. Investment: $32.00 / month or $6.00 drop-in fee Contact me through my website for further information.

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4-part Meditation Session coming in February 2022: Mindfulness of the Body; Mindfulness of the Breath; Mindfulness of Emotions; Living as the Openness of Welcoming

iRest Yoga Nidra Meditation and Dyad Co-Meditation: Some of the topics you may be interested in exploring with the tools of iRest: Befriending the Anxious Mind; When Depression is the Visitor; iRest for Deep Rest and Restoration in the Nervous System; A Journey through the Chakras; Finding Peace in Stressful Times. These sessions are 45 minutes long . Contact me through my website for further information. Integrative Restoration, or iRest Yoga Nidra Meditation is a modern-day secular adaptation of the ancient healing practice of Yoga Nidra. iRest is a form of meditative self-inquiry that research shows effectively reduces PTSD, depression, anxiety, insomnia, chronic pain, and chemical dependency; while increasing health, resiliency and well-being and providing one with a greater sense of control and skillfulness in Life. It is a body centered, guided meditation practice for self-regulation and self-care that nourishes qualities such as joy, peacefulness, and loving-kindness toward yourself and others. iRest meditation can be practiced in a group or individual setting and is most often practiced lying down, however, one is always invited to find the most supportive position for the meditation. Dyad Co-meditations are a form of one-on-one iRest where we welcome everything, just as it is. In this co-meditation, we are learning how to sit face-to-face with ourselves, by sitting face-to-face with another. A Co-Meditation Dyad is a feeling inquiry where the invitation is always to meet and feel whatever is arising to the degree one can or wants to. By remembering to fully meet each moment , just as it is, integration spontaneously occurs. In our session together, I will help you uncover an Inner Resource of well-being and resilience that lives inside of you regardless your life circumstances. I will teach you tools to meet and welcome all your experiences (sensations, emotions, thoughts, beliefs and memories) as messengers that can guide you towards the right action to take in your life. One-on-one sessions are particularly helpful if you are struggling with anxiety, depression, chronic stress; or when struggling with coming to peace with life as it is. Contact me for a private session through my website to set up a free half-hour session to see if my offerings match your 'needs and wants'.

Mudra Session

MUDRAS - THE HEALING POWER IN YOUR HANDS "I know a cure for sadness: Let your hands touch something that makes your eyes smile." Mirabai Did you know that our hands and fingers are full of meaning and potent healing energy waiting to be tapped into? Mudras are ancient healing hand gestures that work on our energy body that underlies our physical body. They work by affecting our subtle energy centers called chakras, and energy currents called nadis, as well as our brain centers. They release blocked negative energy and activate a vibrant, healthy energy flow. Mudras strengthen the immune system, balance emotions and aid in mental focus and clarity. They are simple to do, promote self-empowerment and are always at your fingertips. They are a beautiful testimony to our inherent wholeness. Contact me for a private or group Mudra session that can be tailored to your needs.

Meditations in ink

I like to call these drawings meditation in ink - they engage me with a gentle focus and gift me with a sense of calm and contentment. All my drawings are filled with hearts, flowers and creatures from Nature reflecting the inherent simplicity of Life and its abundant offering of simple pleasures and blessings. I also have several images exploring Motherhood and the fierce, boundless love a mother feels towards her children. Many of these drawings have been printed as cards and are available for purchase.

MARIA TEGLAS  E-RYT -200, RYT-500, Certified iRest® Yoga Nidra Meditation Teacher, Certified Mudra/Hand Yoga Teacher

“May my eyes be never blinded by the surface of things; may my heart be kneaded soft and yielding by life’s trials; may I graciously surrender to the mysterious unfolding of my own life.” - an excerpt from The Little Chest of Ready Blessings by Maria

Yoga has supported my life for the past 18 years through all its ups and downs. As an immigrant from Hungary, the mother of five sons, and one who was there for herself on every step of her healing journey from a bout of depression and an anxiety disorder after the birth of my third son; my life is a testimony to the healing power of yogic practices and how they reconnect one with their inherent wisdom, resilience and resourcefulness in the face of life’s challenges. Yoga has proved my fundamental belief that we already have everything within us to survive and thrive on our human journey. All one needs to do is become curious about it and begin to explore this new perspective.  As we begin to  live our life from a place of wholeness rather than brokenness, our whole narrative changes. Rather than feeling like a victim of our circumstances, we begin to navigate our life with more skillfulness and a sense of empowerment. 

So, why not get curious about this sense of wholeness and begin to explore it and live it? Curiosity, patience, and perseverance are all needed to embark upon this journey of self-inquiry, a journey into the fascinating mystery of your being. The reward, though is a deep connection to yourself and to Life itself. Indestructible resilience.  Peace with Life as it is.

Originally a teacher of English and Russian Languages from Hungary, I came to Canada more than twenty years ago to be with my Canadian husband whom I met while we were both studying in Russia. Building our life together and fueled by a shared adventurous spirit, we spent almost a decade living in the Canadian Arctic. Of all places, it was in the Arctic that I took my first yoga class on a large towel, in place of a yoga mat, on the linoleum floor of Arctic College. My practice started out in a most simple way and to this day I value simplicity: show up each day and make your practice relevant to YOUR life so it can support your ever-changing needs and circumstances and it can support you in tending to what you need to tend to in life.

Throughout my many years of practice and teaching, my passion has been yoga for mental, emotional and spiritual well-being. Fueled by deep curiosity and the desire to equip myself with the transformative tools of this ancient practice - both for myself and my students, I have attended numerous trainings and workshops pertaining to mental and emotional health. Some are as follows: Life Force Yoga® for Managing Moods with Amy Weintraub, Yoga for Emotional Balance with Bo Forbes, Yoga for Depression Teacher Training, Yoga for Anxiety Workshop, and Yoga for Chronic Stress Workshop through Esther Myers Yoga Studio. I am a proud graduate of the 300-hour Advanced Yoga Teacher Training at the Soul of Yoga Institute (Encinitas, California) where I further immersed myself in the application of yogic tools for health, healing and resilience with Master Teachers such as Dr Richard Miller, Monique Lonner, Flossie Parks, Leslie Kaminoff, and Amy Weintraub. .

I am also a Certified iRest® Yoga Nidra Meditation Teacher and received my certificate from the Integrative Restoration Institute. iRest is a form of meditative self-inquiry that research shows effectively reduces PTSD, depression, anxiety, insomnia, chronic pain, and chemical dependency; while increasing health, resiliency and well-being. It is a body centered, guided meditation practice for self-regulation and self-care that focuses on physical, psychological and spiritual health.

My curiosity also led me to explore the practice of Mudras (ancient healing hand gestures). I studied the practice of Mudras, their therapeutic applications and the practice of Mudras with Crystals with Sabrina Mesko PhD. I am a devoted practitioner of these healing hand gestures and also a Certified Mudra/Hand Yoga Teacher.

One passionate mama in the kitchen, I love feeding my tribe and filling their tummies and nourishing their souls with yummy dishes from fresh ingredients. One of my favourite pastimes is drawing in my own comforting, meditative style that I call meditations in ink.

I love spending time outdoors to soak up the Light and to recharge

  • Windsor, Ontario, Canada