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June 2018
June 2018
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Einstein said, “No problem can be solved from the same level of consciousness that created it.” Yet we exhaust ourselves doing exactly that for much of our lives! We get sick and we go to the doctor to try to solve it at the physical level. We get depressed, and we go the therapist to try to solve it at the mental/emotional level. I am personally very grateful for the doctors and therapists that have helped me in my life, AND I have learned the difference between fixing or curing and HEALING. ...


June 2018
June 2018
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In our world we want everything to be complex. We analyze everything and spend most of our day in our heads. At an alarming rate people are having trouble coping, people are depressed. We can’t think our way out of these problems.

We can relax, slow down and be present. Mindfulness is paying attention to the present on purpose. Sounds simple but it takes practice. Pair this with gratitude and you change how you feel in your deepest self not just the mind. Release yourself for a brief time and ...


June 2018
June 2018
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“NO!!! I have too many things to do and not enough time to do them.

I don’t want to sit and meditate”.

So said my mind early this morning. But I did not listen.

It helps that I know, through experience, the benefits of meditating and can access the sensory memories of my mind being more clear and under my command when I meditate.

On July 15th I will be leading a Day of Immersion with Kundalini Meditations that will remind us that we are the Commander giving direction to our body, our mind, ...


May 2018
May 2018
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Yoga for Core Strength

Agni is the Sanskrit word for “fire”. And it is within you.

When you tap into your core strength, be it in yoga or in other areas of your life, you stoke this inner fire and find your power center. By connecting to this power, you not only mindfully activate muscles that help you to be physically stronger, you also foster a connection to your energetic core – the essence of YOU. When you feel strong and powerful at your physical center you also feel focused and in ...


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 ...