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About Myra: Teaching Yoga

Myra K. Rucker is a yoga teacher, and yoga student, who firmly believes in the benefits of  “sthira sukham asanam” (Yoga Sutras, II:46) – steady, joyful practice. Her introduction to yoga, practicing once a week between professional dancers and musicians (of various ages and fitness levels), quickly illustrated how yoga provides a path for anyone and everyone to be the best version of themselves.

A native Texan, Myra has studied with Robert Boustany, Rie Congelio, Paul Barrera, Meredith Bowerman, and Jasna Chavalo Abrams. She has also taken workshops with Ana Forrest, Bryan Kest, and Dianne Bondy. Immediately after completing CorePower Yoga’s 200-Hour Teacher Training, Myra began teaching “yoga parties” in people’s homes. She has also completed Level I and Level II Yin Yoga Teacher Training with Michelle Pietrzak-Wegner and  Vinyasa Teacher Training with Seane Corn.

Myra’s teaching philosophy centers around the fact that smiling changes brain chemistry. She is also inspired by the idea that yoga (union) – and life – are like a poem, which, as Robert Frost said, “. . . begins in delight and ends in wisdom.”


1. Ahma - April 6, 2009

I love it too – Ahma

2. Donna Garrett - April 14, 2009

Keep smiling, I am!

3. Rick - August 4, 2010

~ Namaste ~

4. Joe - August 24, 2010


I met you early one morning at Northern Lights Tea in downtown Minneapolis a couple weeks ago. Is your yoga schedule up to date? I’m not very experienced with yoga. What would be a good class for me to attend? Also, I don’t have a yoga mat or anything is that a problem.

ajoyfulpractice - August 26, 2010

Hi Joe,

My schedule is up to date. You are welcome to come to any classes; since they are all open level and modifications are available for every level.

If you are a YMCA member and looking for a way to ease back into the practice, try my Friday night class (5:54 PM @ Downtown) or one of the Sunday classes (10 AM @ Downtown, 2:30 PM & 6:30 PM @ Blaisdell).

If you’re coming to Nokomis, and your schedule will allow it, try the Tuesday class at noon or the Wednesday class at 4:30 PM.

Mats are available at all locations (at some locations there is a $1 rental fee) and we have tons of props at Nokomis.

I look forward to seeing you!

~ Namaste

5. Selke Maggie Mae Brewer - October 13, 2014

Just FYI – your link on the right “The Fat Yogi” is broken.

ajoyfulpractice - October 14, 2014

Oooh, thanks for the heads up! I will take care of that tonight.

Peace, love, and joy.

6. Annie - March 21, 2016

Myra, last year I took your class at the Y on Good Friday, and it was soooo moving and special. (I can’t remember if it was the lunchtime or after work class.) Do you plan to do something similar this year? I would like to invite some PYTT friends to come if you are. Thank you, and see you soon! Namaste.

ajoyfulpractice - March 22, 2016

Annie, thanks for your interest in a Good Friday class. Yes, I’ll teach a Good Friday themed class during both the lunch time class and the after work class. I’ll on Spy Wednesday. And, I would love for you to bring some guests to any of these classes. Have a good (meaning meaningful) week!

7. Joanie Phillips - July 18, 2016

Myra – I nearly got “hooked” this morning – but stopped and did the five Rs. Your class yesterday was exactly what I needed (you always seem to know what I need..) Have a joyful day! Joanie

ajoyfulpractice - July 19, 2016

Joanie, You know I’m always glad to see you in class, but it’s also super cool to know you’re still taking the practice off the mat and living it! Peace, Myra

8. Erin - January 13, 2019

Hi Myra,

I take your class Friday and Sunday nights. This last Friday (the 11th) at the Downtown Y you had a song that you played at the end of class that was a choral, inclusive, acapella version of Psalm 23 and maybe also the Nicene Creed? Can you tell me who made that recording? I loved it and forgot to ask you about it today at class.

Also, love your classes. Thank you for the care and thought you put into each one.


ajoyfulpractice - January 15, 2019

Hi Erin,

The song you mentioned is Bobby McFerrin’s rendition of Psalm 23 (and it’s one of my favorites for a variety of reasons)!You can find it on the Medicine Music album.

I appreciate your presence at the Y, and look forward to seeing you this weekend!


9. Matt - January 10, 2020

Hi Myra
I really enjoy practicing yoga with you and appreciate the thought and joy your put into the preparation. Inspiring!

ajoyfulpractice - January 11, 2020

It’s always a pleasure to have you in class! Peace, Myra

10. Mada T - April 12, 2020

Hi Myra! Are you offering any virtual yoga sessions or plans? I miss your yin yoga! I miss you and hope you are well! Please take care!🌸💕

ajoyfulpractice - April 12, 2020

Hi Mada, I miss you! Yes, I’ve been doing live classes online for almost three weeks now. There’s a class today at 2:30, and have posted one full class, plus meditation practices, on my YouTube channel. You can check the “Class Schedules” calendar for other dates and times. Sorry, no YinYoga, but I have a special Yin event on Wednesday at 3 PM. Check, today’s blog post for more details. Hope you all are well and stay well,

11. and life smiles - December 18, 2021

Nice yoga blog……………….

12. Scott Smith - February 12, 2022

Hi Myra, do you have a preffered payment option for the classes? Venmo? Paypal?

Thanks Scott and Christine.

ajoyfulpractice - February 12, 2022

Thank you for thinking of me. Venmo works (and I can email you that information) or you can use one of the links in the posts (under the “dana” paragraph). Thanks, again, Myra

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