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May 2018
May 2018
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When I was twenty-two years old, I had a massive physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual breakdown. It was as though the years of accumulated trauma and stress I’d managed to keep under wraps could no longer be stifled.

This is how the story of my breakdown starts. But this is also how the story of healing begins. At twenty-two, facing severe depression, OCD, PTSD, anorexia, and panic disorder, I was given the advice by a cardiologist to take up yoga. It was then, that I was given a second ...


May 2018
May 2018
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Over the past 20 years Yoga Yoga has been bringing outstanding yoga to our beloved Austin community, and this has been and is a labor of love and passion for the teachers and staff that have contributed to our efforts.

During these 2 decades yoga has moved from a ‘fringe’, spiritual / health ‘thing’ to a mainstream, well researched contribution to the health and vitality of individuals and communities. Yoga (and the mindfulness that is inherent in the practice) has been shown, both through ...


May 2018
May 2018
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Sometimes I forget why I do yoga. And then sometimes I forget to do yoga. At least, I momentarily think that I have forgotten. The hidden truth is that once you’ve done hours upon years of moving and breathing, focusing and chanting, yoga often comes to you. I think philosophy upon waking. I become aware of my mind every time I pick up a glass of water or wait at a stop light. I move on my mat when my son sleeps and I breathe meaningfully to end the day. It’s not a public class or a private ...


May 2018
May 2018
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The Mandala from the Sanskrit word for circle refers to the sense of wholeness created by circular, concentric forms. It is known as a spiritual meditative symbol in many Eastern religions. The Mandala circle can be used for focusing attention, establishing a sacred space, meditation or even bringing one deeper within, feeling more connected to source. The idea of creating a mandala represents transformation of the universe from a reality of suffering to possibly one of enlightenment. By ...


April 2018
April 2018
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Trauma and PTSD has become a popular topic lately and for good reason. We are collectively starting to heal our old wounds, personally and culturally. What was once supposed to be hidden, not talked about or even not known has come into the light to be seen. When these past pains come up, it’s because they want your attention. They want to be acknowledged, held and be welcomed so that you are fully empowered human being. Meaning, these traumas are a gateway to being fully in our bodies, ...


April 2018
April 2018
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Bringing women together and leading retreats over the last 8 years has served as a catalyst in my own life. I used to be a serious planner, aka: perfectionist.  I thought my job was to come up with the perfect theme and plan and then make sure things went according to that plan and that everyone had a wonderful experience.

Well, let's just say, life had it's way with me and didn't go according to my plans. I was getting ready to lead my first international retreat about 7 years ago, and I ...


April 2018
April 2018
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Living in Austin gives us many opportunities to be active: hiking the trails, swimming in the green belt or Barton Springs, riding bikes, walking or jogging around Town Lake, playing golf, lifting weights, CrossFit in the park or rock climbing outside or at local gyms. Sometimes we turn an activity we love into a full on competitive sport, sometimes we do it just for fun and fitness.

Whether you identify as an active person or athlete, it’s important to look at three things:

  1. the muscles ...

April 2018
April 2018
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Yoga Yoga is pleased to welcome back meditation teacher Dean Sluyter for two special workshops offering teachings from his new book, "Fear Less," a follow up to his award winning, "Natural Meditation."

Dean Sluyter has taught meditation for over 40 years. He has appeared frequently in national media such as The New York Times, NPR, the Dr. Oz Show, and O, the Oprah Magazine.

Free audio meditation from Dean....


April 2018
April 2018
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Here it is, nearly the end of March, and I hear myself and others saying, “Where did the time go?” I’ll look up, and the sky will already be dimming. Or my alarm rings me awake. Or the to-do list grows a foot longer.

There is so much happening in us and around us every day. Many of us find an hour of two of calm and focus on the mat, but what if you could have that throughout your day? No mat or leggings required? Even if you were sick or injured and couldn’t do your usual practice?

A ...


April 2018
April 2018
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I’ve never considered myself an activist. My yoga practice has always been a source of calm and peace, helping me navigate the world with compassion and understanding of our humanity. Not really an agent of big change or sweeping reform. Plus, the vision I had of an activist was someone angry with their face set in a frown, a furrowed brow, and fists in the air demanding someone listen to them! Not really my style.  Although I applaud them and am glad there are those of us on the planet with ...


March 2018
March 2018
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As the weather warms and Spring blossoms, we think of new beginnings and new growth. In order to make room for the new, we must let go of the old. Release old ways of being and “sweep out” the clutter in our bodies and minds...Spring cleaning.

Yoga provides a number of tools to help us clean and purify ourselves:

Tapas, which comes from the Sanskrit verb “tap” “to burn,” refers to disciplined practices which create internal heat to burn off impurities.

Kapalabhati is a yoga kriya, cleansing ...


March 2018
March 2018
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Join Sat Bir for an enlightening weekend event discussing the science of yoga for sleep, insomnia, stress and resilience. Sat Bir Singh Khalsa, Ph.D. has conducted research on yoga for physical and psychological health since 2001 and is a practitioner/instructor of Kundalini Yoga as taught by Yogi Bhajan since 1971. He is Research Director for the Kundalini Research Institute and the Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health, and an Assistant Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School.

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March 2018
March 2018
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Coming Home to Ourselves through the Practice of Meditation

Have you ever had the feeling of being at Home in yourself? How did it feel in your body? What else became available in those moments? What did you come to know as true?

Perhaps it was in a moment where circumstances or conditions were not necessarily perfect.  It might even have felt a little messy, yet at the same time you experienced the ease or the peacefulness of Being at home in your humanity. The messy parts were not denied....


March 2018
March 2018
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Sat Nam Dear Ones!

I was just having a conversation with three people I love dearly about what gratitude means to me. Today my heart pours over with so much gratitude that I can hardly contain myself from crying!! Now this may sound a little too much, but I can truly say that this is “my life”. I recently returned form hosting my first yoga retreat in Guatemala, which was amazing in so many ways.

I share this not to boast, but to share with you what Kundalini yoga has done for me to help me ...


March 2018
March 2018
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One of the greatest gifts of yoga is the opportunity for a fresh start each day.

We meet ourselves where we are in the present moment. We collect information about how we are doing on every level as we move through a practice that allows us to connect with the innate intelligence that dwells within, expressing itself through our body and our breath. When this intimate practice is complete, like the experience of a song or dance that begins, flows and ebbs, turns and explores itself in all of ...