Welcome!! Contact Macaela at 520-227-8069/macaela.cashman@gmail.com

Macaela Cashman, Phd Yoga, Meditation

Macaela Cashman, Phd
Yoga, Meditation

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My approach to yoga is nurturing.  Its goal is to support you and help you care about tending to your health—making time for yourself.  I encourage you to appreciate where you are now.  Enjoy it and grow from there. Explore. We are constantly bombarded with messages that we need to fix ourselves or conform to a specific, externally-determined type of person, an ideal which we think of as perfect.  But it is the unique which is beautiful.  And while yoga will tone you, calm you, help you sleep, focus, and enhance your health, all very worthy goals, what I hope for you most is a deep, internal experience of the spirit—nothing less than joy!

There is power in yoga.

When people pick up yoga, they usually think of it as exercise to keep or get in shape, as a way to relieve stress, or stay flexible, all good reasons to start, but there are many benefits to yoga that we don’t avail ourselves of, usually because we don’t even know about them in the West.  Yoga is not about achieving a certain position or look, and mastery is not equivalent to athleticism.  Sometimes I hear people say apologetically that they can’t do yoga; they can’t even touch their toes.  But form is not the goal.  A person’s strength or flexibility does not indicate how far they are on the yogic path. It is ironic that there are actually yoga competitions!  The physical practice is only one vehicle which can help bring us to an understanding of our essence.  There are seven more branches in the classical tree of yoga, and this site may be a good place to reflect on them.

The typical yoga class addresses three of the eight limbs of yoga: asana–postures, pranayama–breath, and pratyahara–relaxation and withdrawing of the senses.  These three are an easy place to start because they focus on the body.  They help us take care of our physical vehicle, giving us greater energy, better health, making us more relaxed, stronger, and in better shape generally.  But there is more to yoga.  It is a system for enhancing life, enhancing our connection to each other and the world.

27 Responses to Welcome!! Contact Macaela at 520-227-8069/macaela.cashman@gmail.com

  1. Mary Beth says:

    Hi, I have just moved to Sierra Vista, and I have practiced Bikram for 2 years. Since the closest Bikram is 1.5 hrs away, I was looking for something challenging for me here in Sierra Vista. All the other yoga I have tried besides Bikram are not challenging enough for me. Do you have any recommendations–? thanks so much

  2. cashmanm says:

    I appreciate your feedback! More to come.

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  5. Jennifer Hefner says:

    I wish I were there now to take your classes–over the years your yoga has saved me! xo

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  18. Lisa Evans says:

    Do you allow drop ins for your classes? I’m traveling to SV this stressful week at work and wondering what your class schedule is and if I could drop in for a class or two during the week.

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  21. Linda says:

    Are you still offering yoga classes?

    • cashmanm says:

      Hi Linda,
      I am offering classes at the new hospital on Thursdays at 6:30 p.m. in the Medical Office Building #2 rehab gym. This is an ongoing class where you can just drop in. I am offering classes through Cochise College Center for Lifelong Learning on Tuesdays and Wednesdays at 5:00. These are seven week sessions and you sign up for them through the college. Please let me know if you would like any further information.

      • Amelia says:

        Hello! I would like information of Cochise College classes and also I would like to ask, the class that is currently being offered at Canyon Vista Hospital is for everyone? I mean, this will be my first time with yoga.

        • cashmanm says:

          Hello! The Cochise College classes are offered in a series of 7 and just started this week. I have a beginners class and a class for people with some experience. You can sign up for these at http://www.cochise.edu/cll Center for Lifelong Learning. If you want to be in the next beginner class, you should check it out early as it does fill up pretty quickly. The classes at the hospital are for everyone and you can start whenever you like. I am a careful teacher with over 25 years of experience, so you won’t be pushed to do anything you aren’t ready for. I go slowly with many instructions to help you with alignment. I hope you will come and check out my classes some time. Take care!

  22. Tim Behle says:

    I would be interested in any upcoming meditation / yoga events in the Sierra Vista area.

    • cashmanm says:

      Hi Tim,

      I won’t be teaching meditation again until spring, but I do have drop-in classes at the Sierra Vista hospital rehad gym on Thursday evenings at 6:30. Feel free to call if you want more information. I will put you on my e-mailing list too, so when I know of events you will get the message. Thanks for your interest!

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