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

Movie of the Month

January 3rd, 2011

Werner Herzog’s Encounters at the End of the World.  An amazing journey by the director into the very heart of Antarctica.  Looking at the very nature of humanity and the universe, he encounters philosophers, linguists, biologists, physicists and poets all working on the seemingly uninhabitable landscape of the world’s southern most continent.

November Challenge!

November 8th, 2010

Thee rain and leaves start to fall, the weather becomes cool and we tend to nest.  What is our practice for Autumn?  In the name of health, well-being, inner peace and wisdom we challenge you to take up a once-a-day sitting practice for the month of November.  You can choose the length of the sit.  The challenge is that we do this every single day in this month and then report the “findings” to each other at the end.  We can check in daily, weekly, as much as you’d like.  Our goal is very simple: sit, once a day, for all of November!  Who’s in?

Book of the Month

October 1st, 2010

October’s book is Rick Hanson’s Buddha’s Brain: The Practical Neuroscience of happiness, love and wisdom. As the title suggests, Dr Hanson has combined research on the brain at peace with his understanding of the Buddhist Dharma and practice based on his many years of meditation.  I found the neuroscience intriguing and his practical guided mediations calming.  Our brains change depending on which thoughts we react to and those we simply watch.  With a heart full of wisdom and a mind quiet enough to hear, the brain creates new neuro pathways that override the older, more harmful channels in which our habits are stored.  Let us know what you think about this book.

New Classes Starting in September!

August 30th, 2010

We have settled into Pleasant Hill and have already formed a new relationship with Diane Valentine of Yoga Movement in Walnut Creek.  She has graciously allowed us space to continue creating our community there.  We will begin teaching Yoga Nidra and Meditation classes Friday mornings from 9:30-10:45am and will be hosting Dharma evenings with Thai food once a month starting Sunday September 19th from 5:45-7:45pm.  “A workshop on the nourishing qualities of stillness and rest on the body, mind and spirit.  This two hour workshop will include guided meditation, Yoga Nidra, a short dharma discussion on these practice principles and fresh, homemade Traditional Thai food.”  $40 per person.  Please let us know if you’d like more information about either the classes or workshops starting in September.

Book of the Month

August 14th, 2010

This month we are reading Jack Kornfield’s After the Ecstasy, the Laundry. A beautifully well written testament to the struggles, challenges, beauty and joy of walking on a spiritual path.  This book touches issue that beginners and Elder practitioners alike will find relevant for their practice.  Let us know what you think about the book and help continue the dialogue about your own practice and both your ecstasy and bliss and the laundry you do right after those moments!