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Rest and Renew

The time to Rest is now. Thankfully there are practices and communities through which we can find our way back Home.

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Embrace Your Royalty & Radiance

I’ve developed a great deal of insight into the challenges and obstacles faced by children with cerebral palsy… led to my decision to use yoga and mindfulness activities to help support them.

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Yoga For Improving Behavior In Children With Autism

By Shawnee Thorton In March of 2012, the CDC (Center for Disease Control) updated its estimate of autism’s prevalence from 1 in 110 to 1 in 88. Just recently in March of 2014, the numbers increased to 1 in 68. There is debate about whether autism is on the rise or whether autism is simply being identified more accurately and earlier on. What has come about from this increase in the identification of autism prevalence is more awareness about ASD and the challenges that many children with ASD face. ASD or Autism Spectrum Disorder is characterized by having deficits in social-emotional reciprocity such as having reciprocal conversations with others and sharing and understanding emotions. Many children with ASD may also have difficulty with expressive language (verbal communication) as well as receptive language (understanding communication of others). Restrictive or repetitive patterns of behavior, interests or activities are also evident. Unusual responses to sensory information such as bright lights, loud noises and temperature may also be present. Children with ASD vary widely in intelligence, abilities, communication and behaviors. ASD is reported to occur in all racial, ethnic, and socioeconomic groups. According to the CDC, ASD is almost 5 times more common among

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A Life Changing Practice

By Angie Knight  ANGIE KNIGHT HOSTS WALK YOUR TRUE PATH AT WESTGATE – JANUARY 11-13, 2019 I was a sensitive child growing up, and I have been a deep feeler and thinker my whole life. I was definitely the black sheep in my family as far as questioning my parents, the church, my heart, and the meaning of life. Because I was different, I thought there was something inherently wrong with me for being “too sensitive”, for being interested in my dreams and communication with my inner world and Nature. I spent many years subjugating my intuition and imagination to be rationally intellectual and to try to fit in with my tribe and the culture of our conditioning. I didn’t value or trust my feelings, and I attracted relationships that mirrored that doubt. I thought love was something outside of me, and I felt heartbroken when I poured my life force in, but couldn’t drink from the well. Until I realized my part in it. I was playing my part perfectly. They were playing their parts perfectly. I was an overgiver. I had a “belief” that I had to earn love. I didn’t value my own time, energy, heart, so why

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Stay Healthy With The Myofascial Body

By John Mackey Learning to stay healthy is my primary concern, physically, mentally, and spiritually. That is what yoga should deliver; healing on all levels. But the learning is constant, and change is constant. Our yoga practice will change as we discover new things about ourselves. And there is so much to discover. Starting January 13th through February 3rd, I will be leading a series that helps us discover that the myofascia in our bodies may be limiting our freedom or generating a pain response. Each session of the series will focus on about 20 – 25 muscle and fascial areas specific to muscle and joint movement, so we can find free movement, release painful restrictions, and learn energetic engagement to strengthen our individual practice. I. The Foot and Knee Lines/Connections Your individual foot structure, knee torsion, pressure bends, and asana safety. How to(s): cross and long arch strengthening, knee safety, foot bone modification Fascial releases for: knee pain, ankle pain, plantar fasciitis, heel spurs, shin splints II. Hip, Groin and Lower Back Freedom How to(s): honoring the low back sacrum connection, safe bending, standing posture Fascial releases for: SI pain, groin pain, hamstring pulls, sciatica, sacrum instability III. Shoulder

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Walk Your True Path

By Angie Knight  ANGIE KNIGHT HOSTS WALK YOUR TRUE PATH AT WESTGATE – JANUARY 11-13, 2019 I was a sensitive child growing up, and I have been a deep feeler and thinker my whole life. I was definitely the black sheep in my family as far as questioning my parents, the church, my heart, and the meaning of life. Because I was different, I thought there was something inherently wrong with me for being “too sensitive”, for being interested in my dreams and communication with my inner world and Nature. I spent many years subjugating my intuition and imagination to be rationally intellectual and to try to fit in with my tribe and the culture of our conditioning. I didn’t value or trust my feelings, and I attracted relationships that mirrored that doubt. I thought love was something outside of me, and I felt heartbroken when I poured my life force in, but couldn’t drink from the well. Until I realized my part in it. I was playing my part perfectly. They were playing their parts perfectly. I was an overgiver. I had a “belief” that I had to earn love. I didn’t value my own time, energy, heart, so why

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Recommit To Your Meditation Practice This Year

By Chase Bossart Since it’s that time of year when many of us resolve to be better in some way, shape or form, perhaps you decided to establish a regular meditation practice? Sounds good, right? All the research is indicating that its one of the best things we can do for ourselves, and it seems simple enough, sit, close your eyes, and start… uh, start what exactly? Once we open the door and enter the room of meditation, we find that it’s a universe and that there’s a lot of different stuff going on there! There are lots of different apps, practices, instructions, and recommendations out there! Once we get down to practice, what we find is that meditating is not as easy as it sounds. If this is you, and you’d like to understand more about what is meditation, how does it work, how does one compare the different forms and practices and choose which one to practice, join me on the weekend of January 18-20th at Yoga Yoga Northwest. We’ll cover the what, how and why of meditation in a way that will significantly empower you to understand it and practice it. And of course, we’ll practice it

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New Year’s Eve R-n-R Event

By Brooke Binstock NEW YEAR’S: A TIME FOR REFLECTION AND RENEWAL There are many ways to bring in the New Year in our culture, and especially in Austin!  With an air of excitement and entertainment on every corner, we band together in a celebratory thunderclap and often don’t recollect the night’s events. I’ve had my fair share of these nights and have enjoyed each iteration of celebrating. But now, I am realizing the value in quiet reflection. Mary Richardson and I are excited to be co-teaching an event on New Year’s Eve to help quiet down the noise and get acquainted with that intentional part that is within each of us. Beyond the physical asana practice, yoga encourages self-inquiry and actualization. In fact, one of the limbs in the yoga sutras, Swadhyaya, beckons us to go in. In the sutras it says, “study thy self, discover the divine.” 11.44.  I read recently that when we get more acquainted with our true selves, it is like building a wiser and more attuned internal GPS system. We begin to know who we are and who we are not as we move through the world, which aids us in becoming more authentic. Personally,

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Girls (women) Just Wanna (but forget to) Have Fun

By Lizzie Brooks Laundry, check.  Kids’ lunches, check.  Job responsibilities, check.  Fun…hello, fun? Where are youuuuuuuuu? Fun has gone missing. It used to be at the top of the list. It used to grab you by the hand and lead you through exciting experiences. It used to unveil new things and keep you out past midnight. It used to call your friends and tell them when and where. But right now, fun is playing hide and you’ve forgotten to seek. When did you and fun lose touch? Why did you start to associate fun as something more for the kids? There’s an obvious reason.  Responsibility. More responsibilities, less fun. But though it may not seem so—responsibilities and fun can coexist. They might not be the best of friends, but they can at least share a two-bedroom apartment… even if fun isn’t always on time with the rent. You remember the old days—going out with friends to bars, movies, and dinners. You recall parties, game nights…dancing. But now it seems like it’s never the right time.  Lights out, music off. Dancing shoes… donated. But wait! Just because you can juggle making breakfast, finding lost shoes, and cleaning up dog vomit, all

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