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May 2017
May 2017
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Let me introduce the importance of teaching Children’s Yoga with this quote by the Dalai Lama:

“If every 8 year old in the world is taught meditation, we will eliminate violence from the world within one generation.”

I often joke with my students in the Children’s Yoga Teacher Training program that we should get t-shirts with that quote on the front.  Could it really be that simple to create a universal shift from a world of violence and separation to one of compassion and connection with ...


May 2017
May 2017
Sonya Sophia EFT Yoga Yoga

EFT is a powerful meridian based, self-healing technique. EFT (also known as Tapping) also helps clear generations of genetic memory and psychological conditioning. Tapping ends mental and emotional suffering not only for yourself, but helps your relationships too. Detox emotionally & reclaim your power!

Over 20 clinical trials of EFT published in peer-reviewed medical and psychology journals have demonstrated that it is effective for fear, anxiety, depression, PTSD, phobias, pain, grief, ...


May 2017
May 2017
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“What about the men that are lost forever?  
What about the men that are forgotten?”

- Jim Freeman

Selfless service, or Seva, is an essential part of many people’s devotional practice, and it is Jim Freeman’s conviction.

Jim is a Yoga Yoga teacher who has devoted much of his teaching practice to serving others, namely the men of the Texas Prison System, through his organization, Conviction Yoga.

Imagine living the rest of your life in a prison cell, lost forever.  Then, along comes the bliss ...


May 2017
May 2017
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Yoga Yoga’s new summer schedule is here, and we’ve added NEW teachers and NEW classes, in a variety of yoga traditions, making it easier for you, our students, to practice consistently!

The Yoga Sutras tell us that consistency is the key to reaping the rewards of yoga, so we’re here 7 days a week, from 6:30am to 7:30pm.  Whether you practice a single style, at the same time every day, or you prefer to mix and match styles and times, we’re offering everyone the opportunity to practice, every ...


May 2017
May 2017
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Have you ever become bored, irritated or frustrated when you tried to meditate? Congratulations! You are on your way to becoming a truly excellent meditator! Boredom, irritation, frustration and even upset are the first four stages of experiencing the journey of meditation.

Meditation is a journey that goes through several stages – twenty-one stages to be exact.

The first seven stages, or the first part of our journey, begin with the challenging aspects of developing a mediation practice. F ...


April 2017
April 2017
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When you think of the practice of yoga, what comes to mind?  Many people simply think of the physical practice of “asana,” or yoga postures.  They think of yoga classes, on mats, in studios; yoga is something they do once or twice a week, and when the mat is rolled up and thrown into the trunk, they go on with their day, feeling better, physically, but missing out on a whole host of benefits that could help them achieve wellness, on multiple levels.

Let’s take a look deeper and expand your ...


April 2017
April 2017
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Dedicated yoga practitioners know that movement is more than just mindless motion.  If you are awake and attentive, movement is your way of connecting to the world around you.  If you move mindfully, you experience sensations that you might not normally notice.  You become aware of gravity, your own spine, and your own consciousness.  Intelligent movement leads to the alignment of your body, mind, and spirit, and an experienced yoga teacher can show you how to move more mindfully with just a ...


April 2017
April 2017
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I got some valuable advice years ago, “Invest in the best tools, and you’ll get the best results.”

I’ll admit, there have been times when I thought I knew better, and I don’t mind telling you, I wasted a lot of time and money over the years on tools that didn’t serve me.  I put a lot of energy into doing things twice: the wrong way once, and then the right way.  Thankfully, by the time I decided to become a yoga teacher, I was older and wiser.

My decision to learn from the very best yoga ...


April 2017
April 2017
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“There's nothing which can be more precious in you than your own relationship with your own consciousness.”
- Yogi Bhajan

Yogi Bhajan spoke with the authority of a truly enlightened being.   He spoke with the wisdom of a man who put his practice first.  Although we are all blessed with this same potential, most of us only see enlightenment in spurts.  We diligently practice Yoga for a while, then we get distracted and put all sorts of other things first.  We wander off the path to the true ...


March 2017
March 2017
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Why Yoga Practitioners Should Learn Qigong

Qigong (pronounced chee-gong), the "yoga" of China, is in many respects where yoga used to be decades ago in the West - a somewhat unknown, "fringe" practice shrouded in mystery and mysticism. This is starting to change as people of all ages look for new ways to promote health and reduce stress.

The blessing of qigong's relative obscurity is that it has not been heavily commercialized - yet. That is probably on the way, however. (I got an email ...


March 2017
March 2017
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Interview with Leslie Kaminoff: "The practice must be adapted to the individual"

Leslie Kaminoff is a yoga educator inspired by the tradition of T.K.V. Desikachar. He is recognized internationally as a specialist in the fields of yoga, breath anatomy and bodywork. For over three decades he has led workshops and developed specialized education for many leading yoga associations, schools and training programs in America and throughout the world. His approach to teaching combines intellectual ...


February 2017
February 2017
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In an age of speed, nothing could be more invigorating than going slow. In an age of distraction, nothing can feel more luxurious than paying attention. And in an age of constant movement, nothing is more urgent than sitting still.
~ Pico Iyer, The Art of Stillness

When I first began practicing yoga, I found that staying in a pose for more than five breaths was near impossible. Anything longer and I would squirm and dance, often posturing as if I were carefully aligning myself deeper into the ...


February 2017
February 2017
Foundations of Yin Yoga

When most of us think of Yoga, we think of dynamic practices.  We imagine lots of movement and challenging yoga postures that demand strength, flexibility, and stamina.  In fact, most yogis, when we are first exploring the practice, are drawn to Yoga’s more physically demanding side.  It gives us good energy and makes us strong, increasing our vitality.  We want our teachers to challenge us, to make us work, and we want to be good and exhausted by the time we take our Savasana!

But, if you ...


February 2017
February 2017
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JANUARY 17, 2017 BY LIZZIE BROOKS
Originally published in Yoga international 1/17/17

Yoga voice. We all know it. That calm, smooth, calculated voice with a predictable cadence that tells us to breathe, forget our troubles, and let yoga sail us into serenity. This way of speaking works for some students, but I confess that it makes me feel disconnected from the instructor—as if we’re not of the same world. It’s definitely not the way I talk when I teach my classes. My unwillingness to auto-zen ...


January 2017
January 2017
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SHARE THE LOVE AT YOGA YOGA
BY JESSICA BAER (YOGA YOGA STUDENT FOR 10 YEARS)

Did you know that you hold a key that could uplift and potentially reboot another person’s life?  February is “Share Yoga Month” at Yoga Yoga.  As a member of one of longest-running studios in Austin, you can bring anyone to Yoga Yoga during the month of February to experience what you already know to be true: Yoga truly is for everyone!

To me, the wonderful thing about Yoga Yoga is its diversity of classes taught ...