Do I Need Any Equipment?

Yoga Birds provides mats, straps, blocks, bolsters and yoga blankets. If you have not invested in a personal mat we recommend a Yogi Toes towel or other towel for sanitary considerations.

Does Yoga Reduce Stress?

My doctor recommended I take Yoga to help me manage stress. But which class would be best and does Yoga really help?

Yoga is one of the most ancient and venerated forms of stress relief. Yoga is a complete mind/body practice that promotes mental clarity, enhanced self-awareness, physical and mental calm, and an overall sense of well being and release. Any of our classes will provide excellent stress-relief and help you on your road to greater peace and happiness, but we especially recommend one of our restorative yoga classes for immediate help with managing stress.

Can Yoga Help Me Lose weight?

The answer is YES!   Align and Flow classes can help you lose weight. The combination of moving through the poses and working with your breath is a great way to increase your metabolism and burn calories. And, practicing Yoga will make you more conscious and mindful of when and what you are eating and how you are taking care of your body.

Which classes are best for weight loss?

Align and Flow Yoga also improves your posture, flexibility and muscle tone, helping you look longer and leaner. For the ultimate in weight loss through yoga, schedule a private Yoga/Spin session with Melanie. More details in Class Descriptions.

Yoga Day USA a Great Success!

On Saturday, January 24 Yoga Birds offered a free yoga class to the community and received a great response!  Twenty-four people showed up for the class. We are even more optimistic than ever that Yoga Birds will be a great asset to Fairhope, the Eastern Shore, and the entire Mobile Bay region.

Please stay connected to the community by signing up for the eNewsletter.  The Grand Opening will take place on February 7.  We will be offering classes Monday through Saturday, with lessons scheduled all day long.  There will also be some special visiting yoga instructors that will be teaching weekend workshops for you to continue a strong yoga practice and to further find harmony among your mind, body, heart, and spirit.

Bliss On A Bolster

Supta Baddha Konasana, aka reclined bound angle pose, is one of my all-time fave restorative poses. Draped over the support of the bolster I go deep into relaxation in this one. The shape of the ‘propped-up’ pose  makes for an effortless opening of the front body and a natural lift of the heart. It  always leaves me high and full of light.

Judith Hanson Lasater is the queen of restorative yoga. I love her and have read most of her books. Check out her web site at



This one goes out to Mr. Jaye Martin who graced us in Point Clear with his elegant and eloquent teachings of Anusara yoga. Vasisthasana has taken on new meaning from the inside-out. Jaye  took us to new heights and rocked us in Savasana with his Bird Song. Thanks Jaye! We look forward to your next visit here.

 For a detailed description of Vasisthasana and step-by step instructions on how to safely get into an appropriate variation of the pose for your level of practice please consult the following article at

Stay tuned for more fun yoga blogging. Namaste!


Get Up Stand Up

Once again, consistent practice negates a ‘never’. As in i’m never gonna be able to do that.

I dropped back into a back bend. So what now

So now you see the light… Get Up Stand Up.


Keeping Kula in Alabama

Have been lucky to study with two Certified Anusara teachers in Point Clear the last couple of weeks. Cheryl Catranbone and Scotta Brady visited. It is fascinating to watch the transformation of Self awareness by assimilating into my practice, the valuable information that they shared. I am experiencing core awareness and internal locks with  deeper knowledge than before. Jumpings and full arm balance are beginning to take flight.   My chest feels lighter, easier to lift up to the sky. Most profound is the awakened awareness of the psoas–seemingly the gateway to ananda. Many thanks to the Ladies for making the trip to Point Clear. I bow.

Teacher Training Graduation

I Heart Everywhere

Coming down from a week in SoHo. New York has everything. One would think Point Clear might feel quiet and sleepy compared to the City.  The cacophony of birds chirping here is gloriously loud. Do you ever wonder sometimes that your life could have been completely different had you but made the ‘other’ choice that ‘one’ time? Do you ever wonder if you’re missing out by being where you are? Last night I recharged my nerves and senses with a restorative inversions practice. On the iPod… Apollo: Atmospheres and Soundtracks by Brian Eno and Daniel Lanois. Please listen to this beautiful music. I can’t remember a more ethereal yoga practice – a priceless experience. A floating sensation, high and light, bones settle into the support of the earth holding me. Stepping into the current of grace through a practice of yoga is deeply satisfying. Purna, or fullness is here and now and ordinary because everyday I take the journey to the inner landscape of my heart where Everything resides.

Below, you can sample and purchase the MP3’s of this music mentioned above.