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

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!

Maitri House Moves to the Bay!

August 10th, 2010

Alright, MHY has officially moved to the East Bay in Northern California.  We already have some great connections in the Yoga and Buddhist world here.  Jonathan and Jen Reynolds of Learning to Listen and their beautiful son Henry have welcomed us into their home and community.  We will be partnering with them soon to establish a new Dharma and Thai food evening monthly schedule.  There will be new classes starting at various locations in the East Bay.  Also, our Thai Cooking Classes will begin in September, so email or call us to book an event at your house!

Thanks for coming along with us on this new journey into Practice.

With Love,


Join Big Yoga Yoga for monday morning meditations

May 16th, 2010

Monday Morning Meditation

We have really been enjoying sitting together on Monday mornings 6-6.30am. Please join us for this free meditation session.  It is not guided, but you need not be an experienced meditator to attend.  I often provide short passages to reflect upon.  And you’re welcome to sit on the floor, on one of our blankets, or on a chair.  Come check it out!  Big Yoga Yoga  5220 SE 42nd Avenue  (503) 333-5484

New Yoga Nidra Class at Ayurveda Plus

April 8th, 2010

Michael will be teaching another Yoga Nidra and Meditation series at Ayurveda Plus on Thursdays from 7-8pm starting on April 29th.  Please contact us or Richard at Ayurveda Plus to sign up.  The drop in fee is $16 per class or $100 for the entire series.

Also, Lee Lyons is offering his teachings on Psychology, Tantra and Meditation at Amrita on May 1-2nd from 1-6pm both days.  This is a not-to-be-missed event.  Sign up at Amrita: Sanctuary for Yoga.

Special News

March 12th, 2010

The Abbot of Thai Buddhist temple Wat Khao Khaeo in Tak Province has given Michael permission to teach the Buddhist Dharma in the United States.  So now MHY is officially a branch of that temple, formally known as Wat Manee Banpot Worawihan.  This means Michael is now allowed to take students and offer precepts.  Please contact MHY for more information if you are interested in learning more about taking Buddhist precepts.

We are very excited for this privilege and wish to celebrate with all of you.  We are offering a Dharma evening celebration on Sunday, March 21st at MHY in SE Portland.  Please RSVP if interested.