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Blog Archives: September 2018

What is a Mala?

September 20, 2018
Malas have become a popular tool in the yoga world these days. The reason is not just because they are beautiful to wear, but also because they really work! If you are not sure what a mala is, I sometimes describe it as a rosary, but for yogis. You usually find them with 108 beads plus one guru bead at the end. 108 is a sacred number in yoga world and the extra guru bead represents that you have all the knowledge you need inside you. A tassel is at the end of the guru bead and it represents the lotus flower. Malas (sometimes called ...

Yoga for Vitality and Self Care with Mirka Kraftsow

September 19, 2018
Ravyn Abboushi
Austin yoga lovers, enthusiasts, teachers, freaks, geeks and athletes: this September we have a rare opportunity to study with a master yoga teacher and long time student of TKV Desikachar. Mirka Scalcow Kraftsow co-founded the American Viniyoga Institute, where she has trained hundreds of teachers and Yoga therapists, many of them in the Austin area. After years away from teaching locally, she is returning to reconnect and support the community of practitioners and teachers here. Mirka is such gift to the yoga community because her yoga ...

A Year With Jenn Wooten Online Live

September 09, 2018
Jenn Wooten
As is true with most humans, my relationship with change has been a fickle one. My soul deeply craves change, but my mind and my body don’t always weather it well. As a student of Ayurveda, I’ve learned that my particular Vata constitution needs rhythm, routine and steadiness. As a mother of two, life with children has foisted the need for some semblance of constancy upon me in ways that have been mostly healing and sometimes maddening. How odd is it to both crave and reject the daily grind? In several years of working with trauma, I’ve ...

A Love Offering - Kirtan Benefit Concert

September 07, 2018
Mark Uridel
Join us for our annual Kirtan Benefit Concert on September 22, 2018 from 6:00 - 7:30 at Yoga Yoga Westgate in Austin. Chanting (kirtan) is a major part of the path of devotional (bhakti) yoga. When we see the beauty of our own being we are seeing the beauty of the Being that is the One of which we are all a part.  And when we turn towards that One, love is the natural reaction of the heart. The words of these chants are called the divine names and they come from a place that's deeper than our thoughts, deeper than the mind.  And so, as ...

Skill Building: The Foundation in Alignment

September 03, 2018
John Mackey
Staying healthy is a primary concern. Our joints last a lifetime with attentive care: yet they take a lot of unhealthy punishment if we mistreat them. Understanding the anatomy of the foot, ankle, and knee joint along with their proper movement and alignment while under stress, and how to strengthen them gives us a safe and enjoyable practice, and a knowing sense of calm that our practice will not elicit harm. For principles of foundation alignment, we might begin by researching the history of yoga. In the past, a student practiced ...