Welcome to Maitri House Yoga, a community resource for tools of change.

Maitri House Yoga promotes personal and social well-being along the intersection of spirituality, social justice, and psychology.

From the shared practices of Buddhism, Yoga, Ayurveda and Psychology we find the unlimited potential for Self realization, spiritual discernment, mental equanimity and social health. MHY offers classes, workshops and retreats on Yoga and Social Justice, Thai herbs and cooking, Vedic Athletics, Practical Buddhist Dharma, Yogic Philosophy, and Cultural Competency. We offer guidance on the whole health of body and mind through Yoga Nidra, meditation, breath work, listening, life-style planning and cultural introspection. We invite you to use this site to learn more about any of these topics, register for any event, and sign up for private mindfulness-based athletic training sessions.

News and Events

Into the Heart of Thailand Retreats in 2017

March 22nd, 2016

Christine Carter, PhD, Roger Housden, and Terry Patten are all signed up to lead the next three trips in 2017!!  We are very excited to host these wonderful teachers and hope you join us!  Please check out the details here.

We are Back!

February 26th, 2015

thailand flyer

thailand flyerMaitri House Yoga is returning to offer an incredible experience with Richard Miller, PhD, founder of iRest.  We will be returning to Thailand in Feb 16 with another cultural and dharma immersion experience.  Michael is currently finishing his PsyD and will graduate this coming Summer.  E is still heading up the kitchen at Siam Square, developing her culinary skills.  Maitri House will be relocating to Boise, Idaho at the end of the Summer and will offer workshop, retreats and classes.

If you are interested in joining us for next year’s Thailand retreat, please don’t hesitate to call or email with questions.



Supernormal by Dean Radin

July 10th, 2013

Here is a book I highly recommend from friend and colleague Dean Radin:  When I asked him why people should buy his book he responded, “Why should people read this book? Because it will make them super-healthier, super-wealthier, and super-wise.”


Supernormal asks a simple question: Was Buddha just a nice guy? Did Buddha’s teachings thrive because he was more attractive or charismatic than most, or because he was a great teacher and a tireless advocate of the poor? Or— and here’s the core question we’ll explore in detail— was it also because he was an enlightened being with profound insights into the nature of Reality, and because he possessed supernormal abilities? We might ask the same questions about Jesus, Moses, Mohammed, Milarepa, or a host of other historically prominent figures associated with special illumination, wisdom, or grace. Did these people just sport great tans and know how to work a crowd, or did they understand something genuinely deep about the human condition, and our capacities, that are not yet within the purview of science?

by Dean Radin, Chief Scientist, Institute of Noetic Sciences


July 10th, 2013

Make sure you check back frequently to see updates to the Book List.  There are fascinating new books on various mind-blowing subjects that you don’t want to miss.

Future of Meditation Research

June 28th, 2013

Michael has been invited by Esalen Institute and the Institute of Noetic Sciences to be a part of an invitational scholarly research group.  He is the new project coordinator and event facilitator of this research group, whose goals are to:

  • Evaluate the current state of the field, in terms of content (what we can say we know about meditation based on the evidence) and methods (how we know it);
  • Assess essential types of meditation, and types and aspects of meditation that have been under-studied or excluded from the current scientific dialogue;
  • Explore the contexts within which meditation is taught, and the intentions and goals of practitioners;
  • Explore how our worldviews can limit the questions being asked, and therefore the knowledge that can or cannot be gained;
  • Review the relations of extraordinary experiences and abilities, and how they are favored, neglected, or suppressed by cultural, religious, and moral attitudes toward them;
  • Create a common list of measures that researchers may employ in their future research, and share what they find in a follow-up meeting;
  • Envision what a future, more inclusive, science of meditation would look like.

Michael is excited to be a part of this pioneering group of meditation researchers on behalf of the patients he serves at the VA hospital, as well as the underserved communities Michael still reaches out to.