How do you do, Nicky?

Where are you from?10329295_10100582747760665_5637280793303285371_n I am originally from Southern California, but have spent the last 3 years moving from CA, to Senegal, to Massachusetts and now to the PNW.

If you were stranded on a deserted island and could only have one type of meal, what would it be?
I would have lots and lots of sushi! It is always my “go-to” meal!

Coffee or tea? What type/brew?
I love Chai tea to put a kick in my step, and green tea for the rest of the day. Plus, there is this great tea called Bangle Spice made by Celestial that is perfect before bed

What do you do for fun (besides yoga)?
For fun, I love running, hiking, and generally being outdoors. That’s not to say I don’t love a good day/night of Netflix bingeing. They have some great documentaries that I could watch all day.

What is the craziest job you’ve had?
Before moving up the the PNW I was working at an online marketing company. It wasn’t what I wanted to do at all, but it helped me make ends meet before I moved to Oregon for grad school. I didn’t even really know what it was I was going to be doing, but once I started the job, I realized I was serving pop-up ads on the internet to people! Remember those shoes you were shopping for online? Isn’t it weird how they follow you from website to website via an ad in the corner of the page? I was making sure that happened to you! It was a little “soul-sucking”, but it was a good experience.

Where do you draw inspiration?
Friends and family mostly. I try to use daily life to help inspire me through the various outlets I have. I am very involved in the community through school and work, and I try to let the lines bleed as much as possible. I love it when I can extract something from one part of my life and inject it into another seamlessly.

What is your favorite book?
My favorite book is Life of Pi. I think it was an incredible message and the ending is a MIND BLOWER! The movie did a good job at recreating it, but the book is always better.

Three songs you love:
Save Tonight by Eagle Eye Cherry
Shake it Off by Taylor Swift
Big Pimpin by Jay Z (I know its kinda random, but it reminds me of summer time!)

Favorite yoga posture?
My favorite yoga posture is probably shoulder stand. I think it feels amazing on the body, and I love adding different modifications to it.

Why do you practice and teach yoga?
I practice yoga because I find it to be a soothing moving meditation for the body. Both stretching and strengthening is something you can get in few other activities. Teaching yoga has allowed me to continue to learn and grow my yoga experience, while also getting to interact with people who have a varying knowledge of yoga. I love exposing people to new things and new styles, while learning from them through their practice. Its ends up being the exchange I get in every class that keeps me coming back and expanding my passion for yoga.

P.S. – ask her about her time in the Peace Corps – she’s been up to all kinds of good stuff!

Chat with Lindsey

_MG_9683_edit01_sfw - Version 2Where’s your home town?
San Ramon, CA

If you were stranded on a deserted island and could only have one type of meal, what would it be?
I would choose a big bowl of quinoa, vegetables, beans, and a lemon tahini sauce. This would pack a lot of nutrients into one bowl!

Coffee or tea? What type/brew?
As much as I love a good cup of black coffee, I feel so much more nourished after a cup of tea. I would have to choose tea – and my favorite is green.

What do you do for fun (besides yoga)?
Anything outside in nature. Hiking, running, cycling, time in our garden, etc. I really like my daily walks with Max, our yellow lab. I turn off my phone and completely unplug which is very refreshing. I also love to read.

Greatest joy?
I find joy in lots of things. Hanging with friends and family. Traveling. Everyday life; spending time with my husband and our dog.

Where do you draw inspiration?
I draw inspiration from all over. Friends, family, books, podcasts, blogs, etc. One thing I have learned from my yoga practice is that you miss a lot of things in life if you are not present. I’m not always good at it but I try to be present as much as I can. I have found that inspiration comes from unexpected places.

What is your favorite book?
I don’t think I can pick a favorite. I love a great novel that I can get completely lost in for hours. But I also like to read books about things I’m interested in learning. Rather than a favorite, I’ll tell you what I’m reading right now. Currently I’m reading The Artist’s Way by Julia Cameron and doing the weekly exercises. I highly recommend this book, so check it out! I’m also reading Spirit Junkie by Gabby Bernstein.

What is your favorite time of day?
Mornings! I like to get up early, 5am or so. However, during my pregnancy it’s been more like 6am 🙂 I drink a cup of warm lemon water as I make our morning juice. Then I’m on my mat practicing with a meditation to follow. After my practice and meditation, I journal and eat breakfast.

Favorite yoga posture?
There are so many! I really enjoy half moon and reverse warrior. My favorite poses to teach are inversions. There can be a lot of fear and doubt associated with inversions. I like to teach students the steps to get into them safely and show them that they are capable even if they don’t believe it yet.

Why do you practice and teach yoga?
I practice because it makes me feel great physically, and has taught me so much about myself. I have grown as a person through practicing yoga, and this keeps me coming back to my mat. I know I have a lot more to learn. I teach because I want to share what yoga has given me with other people.

Yoga Or Growl… ahem… Yoga and Growl

The Tap and Growler and Mudra are teaming up to enrich your experience in Eugene’s Market District! Starting October 20th:

*Lunchtime Mudra yoga practitioners – enjoy 10% off at The Tap & Growler when pre-ordering lunch before class by calling or dropping in at their taproom. Then pick your meal up fresh and ready to go after practice!

*Monday Happy Hour Vinyasa students: Get 10% off T&G happy hour food and all glasses and filled growlers of non-alcoholic drinks and beer between 5-6pm when you mention that you’ve just practiced at Mudra! (They’ve got amazing kombucha, ginger ale, root beer and more on tap!)(Note -discount excludes tasting flights)


Winter Warm Up: Heat Building with Victorious Breath

Vinyasa yoga is all about consciously linking breath with movement. Practicing breath work, like Ujjayi Pranayama, or Victorious Breath, not only brings more focus to the breath, it also calms the nervous system. Victorious Breath in particular builds and maintains internal heat and energy as well.  It is an audible form of breath work.

Rather than keeping the breath constricted in the upper chest like we often do, allow the lungs to fully expand and draw in the belly as well as the ribcage. Breathe only through the nose and slightly constrict the back of the throat to make an aspirant sound on the exhale as if you are fogging up a mirror.  Keep this constriction in the throat so that your inhale is also audible. Now balance the length of the inhales and exhales. Maintain Victorious Breath as you move through yoga postures – being sure to time your movements in tune with the breath – neither rushing, nor lingering unnecessarily in a posture.  Check out the Sun Salutation A diagram and practice flowing through a couple using Usurya-namaskara-A1jjayi Pranayama as your metronome.

Common Sense Disclaimer: You should only feel steadiness and ease with this breath – not discomfort or light-headedness. If you experience strain, stop and breathe normally.  Always allow your body to be your guide in your yoga practice.  There is no end goal, just aware and continuing practice.

Story from the Vault: Glen Tippin

Glen Tippin
Glen Tippin

By Heather
Years ago and a few after I had begun a regular yoga practice I had a couple of months’ hiatus from yoga. I can’t remember why – perhaps a combination of being busy with work, pinching pennies and falling out of healthy habits.  When I finally returned to a class, the practice felt refreshingly invigorating and grounding. After class, when the instructor asked how my practice was coming, I was ashamed revealing to him that I had so completely fallen off the yoga wagon.  He didn’t miss a beat when stating something to the tune of “Well, yoga doesn’t end when you leave the mat. It’s not just the asana.  You’ve probably been doing all sorts of yoga.” I believe I had read this sort of proclamation before, but when he said it, it sunk in for me – and relieved my sense of guilt at not practicing the physical series of poses. Of course we can practice yoga off our mats! It’s in the way we live – the practices of flexibility, non-violence, truthfulness, balance and all of the other positive intentions carry over to the rest of our lives. This instructor’s words shifted my whole perspective on yoga and how it impacted my life.
This instructor was Glen Tippin.
I am so grateful to have this wise yogi grace Mudra. Be sure to meet him and experience his inspired classes: Steady Flow Vinyasa, Tuesdays & Thursdays, 9:15-10:15am.

Opening August 4th!

Come join us for opening week beginning August 4th – we look forward to seeing you at the studio!

New Home

Coming soon to Eugene!  Mudra Yoga will be opening this summer. Please like us on Facebook to find out more about our progress and to learn when we will be open.


Micro-Chat with Leah

Where’s your home town?


Coffee or tea? What type/brew?
Coffee with a timer, so it’s warm and ready when the first child wakes!

What do you do for fun (besides yoga)?
I camp, hike, bike, knit , sew, and have dance parties with the kiddos.

Where do you draw inspiration?
From nature.

What do you love about Eugene?
It’s a perfect size  with friendly, down to earth people – it’s close to rivers , lakes , mountains and the sea!

Three songs you love:
Sweet Thing – Van Morrison
Beautiful Dawn – Wailin’ Jennys
The General – Dispatch

What is the craziest job you ever had?
I was a registered nurse at the VA in Portland – so many crazy, raw, beautiful experiences caring for veterans.

Favorite yoga posture?
Bound angle

Why do you practice yoga?
To quiet the mind while stretching and opening up the body . Yoga is my daily medicine for anxiety, chronic hip pain – whatever ailments I have I seem to always find some form of relief on my mat.

Why do you teach yoga – especially pre/post-natal?
Yoga has provided me with a simple and beautifully effective way to travel through all aspects of life with grace and joy. Returning to the breath quietly reminds the body of what we are truly capable of. I want to share the simple and incredibly powerful tools of yoga to our community.