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November 2017
November 2017
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Some of us are natural born caregivers, nurturers and supporters Our capacity to feel and respond to the suffering of others is a much needed gift in the world. This gift, however can leave us feeling exhausted, overwhelmed and even impair our immune function. When we find ourselves overwhelmed and burned out, our response is to compartmentalize, or to cultivate indifference - which doesn’t serve anyone. In this transformative weekend Angie and Jenn will guide you to learn to use your gift of ...


November 2017
November 2017
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Grief can be defined as our reaction to a loss, whether it be life, heart-break, empty-nest, or any unexpected life change. If you watch television or listen to the news, you know the images and events that we have seen all too often, are now part of our daily tapestry.

We sometimes store these events away in our physical or energetic body, run from them, avoid them completely, or numb them away. I believe the only way to get to the other side, is thru.

I do not believe there is any one ...


November 2017
November 2017
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What is meditation? Depending on who you ask the answer can be quite varied. There are so many different lineages and many methods of practice. Yet, these manys ways ultimately lead us in the same direction- back to the simplicity of Being in our direct experience. This state of Being provides a sweet contrast to a life that is filled with constant doing.

In my exploration, meditation has offered me a kind way to meet myself, others and life. In the depths of my practice I have felt my own ...


November 2017
November 2017
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“So what do you want to be when you grow up?”

Back in grade school it would have been so helpful to learn how to answer this question. There are actually 500,000+ career options out there! So much more than the “doctor, teacher, lawyer, engineer” that we typically rattle off.

If you’ve ‘fallen into’ your current career path and are wondering what else is out there, or have been wanting to make a change but not sure to what, or will be retiring soon and looking for something more fulfilling, ...


October 2017
October 2017
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Long before I read Pantanjali’s “Yoga Sutras”, the word sutra beckoned to me as a melodious, dignified, comforting sound. As the daughter, granddaughter, and great-granddaughter of accomplished seamstresses, I heard in it the English verb suture, to stitch, and the steady hum of my mother’s Singer sewing machine. Too busy to spend much time at her machine now, my mother still sometimes sews matching dresses for her granddaughters — much as she once sewed her daughters’ school clothes and ...


October 2017
October 2017
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Advanced Asanas for the Mind: Vinyasa & Kundalini

We are now living in an overstimulated, vastly changing world with the rate of change accelerating at a much higher pace than ever before. The mind needs its yogic filters in place to adapt, to be calm and contained. The mind, without being regulated via yogic technique, will only rise to the limitations of the Earth plane. If regulated, the mind will go to the heavens. It is all a matter of perspective.

Asanas for the Mind” are ...


October 2017
October 2017
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Chakras – What are they?  You might be familiar with the word or you may be thinking what the heck are my chakras? Where are they located?  What do they do? The simple answer is, chakras are organizing centers for receiving, assimilating and transmitting life’s energies.  When our chakras are aligned and buzzing in harmony with our own energy, life can seem a little bit more balanced – less chaotic.

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In the upcoming Yoga and Art workshop, you will get an overview of each chakra and then, ...


September 2017
September 2017
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Looking to achieve peak physical condition? Want to enhance your athletic performance, but not sure how? As a former personal trainer and group fitness instructor and now a 500-RYT for over 15 years I’ve worked with and have seen all types of athletes from every walk of life. From professional athletes, runners, bodybuilders, CrossFit enthusiasts, to the everyday gym rat (just to name a few). They all have the same objective - each athlete wants to reach a goal. Their goals may be different ...


September 2017
September 2017
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Arm balances can be safe, fun, and gratifying for your practice. But just like any yoga practice, it's important to use correct alignment, and have the knowledge and enough strength so that we can do them safely. But what if we don't? And even if we have the strength, how do we know that we are doing them in such a way that our practice is not compromised?

Many times we think that muscle strength (myofascial strength) is the primary consideration that prevents us from getting into an arm ...


September 2017
September 2017
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Two-thirds of American families are either dealing with addiction or are affected by someone in their lives who has an addiction. That’s why I’m a big proponent of taking the stigma out of not just addiction, but any kind of mental illness; so that many of us, as well as our friends and family members will feel supported in asking for help.

To prevent relapse people need to find ways to express their emotions. Emotions have identifiable sensations inside the body and have to find a way out – ...


September 2017
September 2017
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we enter cold and flu season, it’s a good time to consider practices to help keep us healthy. The body’s immune response to pathogens such as cold and flu viruses is composed of a combination of several different specialized systems and functions of the physical body including the lymphatic system, the circulatory system, and the endocrine system. The efficient functioning of these various systems as part of the immune response is affected by our ability to rest and relax, to move and ...


September 2017
September 2017
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Hello Shakti combines storytelling, yoga practice and live drum-guided meditation for a crazy-fun-transformative experience that brings Goddess energy bone deep. Founding teachers Ana Pilar Cruz and Jamie Waggoner offer workshops, special class series, immersion weekends and pilgrimages for modern tantrikas, yogis & Goddess folk of all kinds.

Ana Pilar and Jamie are bringing their Embodying Shakti class series back to Yoga Yoga in October 2017. This series includes some basics about ...


September 2017
September 2017
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So often when we (when I!) run around and are anxious, stressed, etc. we forget to breathe! Or we take small short breaths, increasing our heart rate, and keeping our anxiety up. Ever notice when you're angry how your breath changes, or when you're excited, or when

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you're extremely calm? Our breath is intrinsically tied to our mental and emotional state. This concept fascinates me! I have been learning more about this mind/body/breath connection and am excited to dive deeper in this ...


September 2017
September 2017
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Have you been curious about the new fad that has been overtaking Austin?

Acro yoga is a partner-focused yoga that lets you fly high, spin, and pop in the sky. It takes the balance, flexibility, and strength of an individual yoga practice and builds into it the dynamic movement of acrobatics. This partner practice involves two people: a base and flyer (and at times a spotter), who work together to create beautiful shapes and patterns through movement.

Where can you learn acro yoga?

There are ...


September 2017
September 2017
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An Interview with teachers Kristen Folkens and Mary Renee on their upcoming 40 hour Training...

Advanced Vinyasa Practice, Complex Sequencing, & Creative Community.

Q. Why do you practice vinyasa yoga?

Mary: I first began practicing Ashtanga yoga. It was the perfect practice for me because I was lacking discipline and had an overactive mind. The intensity of the practice had a grounding effect. Then I began to be a bit more creative with my practice, and would sequence according to ...