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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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Shakti Power New Moon Gong Concert

By Vedya The November new moon begins the lunar cycle of the Full Beaver Moon. Our Native Americans were not thinking of perhaps what you are thinking! Long ago this was the time to trap the beaver before the swamps froze to keep warm through the winter. Out here in Austin, Texas, we probably won’t be setting any traps to catch beavers, but we will be enjoying the cool nights and shorter days as we welcome in our beautiful fall season.     The New Moon phase of 0% illumination begins November 7, at 10:02 AM. This is a great time to start new projects and “turn over a new leaf,” which is easy now in Austin with the abundance of leaves falling in all directions. Now is the time to release habits and patterns that are not serving our greatest potential. This new moon cycle beckons us to venture through doors that have long been open, just waiting for us to walk through. Can we dare to dream, dare to allow our creative talents to flow and open to new vistas of possibility? What tools can kickstart this flow of energy? Being in our yogic community of deep breathers, conscious

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The Doug Effect How Doug Keller Catalyzed My Studies

By Emily Smith In my early days in yoga, navigating the sea of asana, philosophy and lineages was at best confusing.  At that time in east Texas, there wasn’t a yoga community. There weren’t yoga teachers. I had to seek out yoga and this was at least a two hour drive, and more often a longer more costly flight across the country.  Looking back, I am actually thankful yoga was not as accessible as it is now. I doubt if I could stream yoga, I would have committed as fully. I doubt I would have sought out my teachers with such determination. I am not sure meeting my teacher, Doug Keller would have come about. My seeking took me all around the country.  I would return from a conference or workshop with few skills and a deep desire to look like what I had seen performed. I would push and push my body into binds and positions which ultimately moved me into destabilization and pain.  I had not yet adopted or understood the true gifts which yoga had to offer. It seemed to me at the time, yoga was something to be achieved and somehow the amazing feats of gravity

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Mindful Eating And Kundalini

By JenJo Another day of “Austin’s water boil watch” brings the idea of conscious eating and consumption. So many times we unconsciously care for ourselves. We forget if we washed our hair in the shower, so we do it again. We can lose track of the time and put off eating till we are “starving”. Then we shove an emergency nutrition bar in our mouths from the glove box, while we wait in rush hour traffic. I am no stranger to giving or hearing the excuses. What if we decided to make a change? Let’s pay attention to what we put in and on our bodies. Let’s notice how our food is grown and prepared. Let’s honor the food we receive with a set, setting, and blessing. On November 11th, I will be leading a class about Mindful Eating and I would love to take this journey with you. We will talk about cultures and customs around food from the past until now. I’ll give you ways to listen to your body and create a healthy lifestyle. Kundalini Kriyas and Meditations will be done in supporting this activation. “The Body Temple – Kundalini Yoga for Body Acceptance, Eating Disorders &

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Finding Your Balance

By Rhonda Green Have you noticed you are not as steady on your feet as you used to be? Is balance becoming more challenging? Are you worried you might fall? You are not alone. Balance is a common concern for many of us. The physiological roots of balance are complex. It involves the integra­tion of various sensory and motor systems in the brain and body, including: vision (to perceive direction and motion) vestibular system in the inner ear (which monitors motion and provides orientation clues, such as which way is up) proprioception (the ability to sense where your body is in space) muscle strength agility and reaction time If any of these systems are not functioning properly, we can lose our balance or fall even while just walking or standing up. The picturesque, strong, steady Tree Pose in yoga symbolizes what we might imagine when we think of having good balance. It definitely checks all the boxes. It requires focus, centering, strength, flexibility and being grounded. The reality is that balance can be more of a factor when we are moving, transitioning or adjusting. Falls don’t usually happen when we are standing still or in a steady state or pose.

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