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Ayurveda Basics – learning to understand, love and heal

Authored By: 
Kirsten Joy Burch

The life science of Ayurveda explains that we are born perfect creations, with a unique balance of space, air, fire, water, and earth – the 5 basic elements of all things. This is our Prakruti. Then life happens, - the food we eat, coupled with our activities and environment skew that perfect balance. This is our Vikruti. Imbalance leads to illness, and when we can’t curb the illness, it can lead to chronic disease that we are taught to live with, such as arthritis, allergies, thyroid problems and inflammation.

About the Author: 

Kirsten began studying ParaYoga in 2013 and was initiated into the tradition of Himalayan Masters in October 2014. She continues her training at the Himalayan Institute and as a student of the ParaYoga Masters program. She has earned specialties in Yoga for Anxiety & Depression and Yoga4Cancer.

Certified as an Ayurveda Lifestyle Counselor through NAMA recognized Om Yoga Journey, she continues her studies with Master Teacher, Arpita Shah.

Kirsten is the owner of Living Yoga Dallas, founder of Prani Lifestyle Consulting, and a member of the Modern Widow's Club. She provides private yoga, meditation and ayurveda counseling, and teaches public classes at Sync Yoga & Wellbeing and Oak Clif Aikikai at Tyler Station.

My Relationship with Self-Care

Authored By: 
Jordan Jones

A lot of what I do professionally centers around the concept of self-care. In particular, how to empower those I teach to take care of themselves. Everyone's self-care routing is as unique as their fingerprints. Even if two people need the same thing, the way they approach it and their reasons for doing it can be miles apart. There is a lot of dialogue around the why, what and how we should take care of ourselves - sleep hygiene, meditation, diet - but I feel there can be a lack of follow up.

About the Author: 

Jordan’s yoga practice has allowed her to heal a number of emotional wounds that were affecting her everyday life. Years of dealing with ADHD symptoms, anxiety, and self-doubt have slowly melted away as she has spent more time on her mat, with her teachers, learning how to serve herself and others with this practice.

Yoga, to her, is an expression of self-care. We create our own medicine through taking the time to mindfully move our bodies. The physical postures we practice on the mat act as counterbalances to our days spent sitting still and rigid. On the mat, we can nurture qualities of strengthand softness to carry with us when we leave class. It is through yoga that we cultivate tools that allow us to mindfully move through the stress of our every day lives.

Jordan’s classes are crafted around nurturing the mind-body connection of her students through movement, mediation, and breath work. When Jordan teaches, her goal is to support a nurturing space for her students to cultive both sweetness and strength as they explore their personal practice.

When The Heat Is On

Authored By: 
Steven Brice

As I stepped into this tremendously hot room barefooted, I was carrying the stress and concerns of my world on my shoulders. My ministry & nonprofit initiatives were looking faint, business goals seem to have invited me into the galaxy in order for me to reach them, my finances moved out of my bank account home to reside in the accounts of bill collectors, and it seemed as if the world had slowly chewed me up, and spit me out like sunflower seeds.

About the Author: 

Steven says:
The Young Lion ~ "The Young Lion", prince of the Jungle. A young man with greatness in mind.

The Young Sheep ~ I cannot make it without my Shepherd. Lord, whatever your doing, please don't do it without me.

When you put it all together, you will come up with: "The Young Sheeion"

I am The Voice, who when living from the core of my heart is growing with the gift of listening to the outcast in the context of their mess while connecting as a friend.

In Search of Sattwa –or- The Evolution Revolution

Authored By: 
Kirsten Joy Burch

The Bhagavad Gita tells us that humans, as well as all other things in Nature, have a mixture of Sattwa, and its companions, Rajas and Tamas. These three Maha Gunas (qualities) determine our behavior, actions, thoughts and emotions.

Sattwa is clarity, light, purity and wakefulness. It is stability, essence, compassion and love. Sattwa is required for our mental and physical health, and is the path to personal evolution and spiritual maturity. 

About the Author: 

Self described Green Thumb, Poet Seer, Sun Worshiper, Sitter, Thinker, Writer, and Embodiment of Light, Kirsten is the owner of Living Yoga Dallas, a student of the Himalayan Institute and ParaYoga, and is a Certified Ayurveda Lifestyle Counselor.

She teaches public classes at Sync Yoga & Wellbeing and enjoys helping people find health, happiness and transformation through the practice of Yoga, Ayurveda, Tantra and Vedanta.

Beginning Meditation – Month 1

Authored By: 
Kirsten Joy Burch

Learning to sit….

1. Environment matters
Find a clean, quiet space in your home where you can sit undisturbed, away from the distractions and pressures of the external world.
The air should be clean, fresh and well ventilated but not breezy.

2. Cleanliness is a factor
Your face, hands and feet should feel clean and fresh, adding a certain respect and vibrancy to your practice. If you practice meditation in the morning, you will want to evacuate your bladder and bowels first.

About the Author: 

Kirsten is a teaching practitioner of Yoga, Meditation and Ayurveda. She teaches public classes at Sync Yoga & Wellbeing and can be contacted for private consultation. She studies under Yogarupa Rod Stryker (ParaYoga) and Pandit Rajmani Tigunait of the Himalayan Institute of Yoga Science & Philosophy.

Try her guided Breath Awareness Practice for free - a great way to relax before sleep!

5 Aromatic Herbal Teas To Match With Your Yoga

Authored By: 
Ronald Mccarthy

There's nothing more soothing than a warm drink after a long, tiring day. Not only does it make you feel good inside but it also helps get rid of any physical pain you might be having. Besides, it is also good for de-stressing.

About the Author: 

Ronanld McCarthy is a  fitness and lifestyle enthusiast. He uses his interests to share valuable insights through his writings. His aim is to spread knowledge to a larger audience by writing for some of the authoritative blogs around. For more updates follow him on Twitter @RonaldMcCarthy.

Steps for Creating Your Own Happiness

Authored By: 
Kirsten Joy Burch

Modern society is so super advanced - we can thank science & technology for so many inventions over the past 200 years! However, our personal and spiritual evolution, our ability to be content and fulfilled hasn’t growth past our ancestors from the Stone Age. We still exhibit anger, greed, jealousy, ego and insatiable desires. Our mind constantly spins with anger over past experiences, anxiety and fear over what may come to pass. We have lost sight of the beauty that exists, ever present, in the here and now.

About the Author: 

Kirsten Joy began studying with Rod Stryker and was initiated into the tradition in October 2014 after retiring as a corporate finance executive after the death of her hisband from brain cancer. She studies under the tradition of the Himalayan Masters, and enjoys practicing Tantric Hatha Yoga, Vedanta and Ayurveda to support personal development and evolution. 

She supports her students' and clients' physiological and hormonal balance through Traditional Yoga, Meditation, and Guided Relaxation.

She is a certified Ayurveda Lifestyle Counselor, member of the Modern Widow's Club, and teaches public classes at Sync Yoga & Wellbeing off Sylvan/30.

Contact her at kirsten [at] livingyogadallas [dot] com or via personal email Kirsten_J_Burch [at] yahoo [dot] com for questions or scheduling.

25 Days of Yoga Poses to Keep You Stress-Free & Healthy This Holiday Season

Authored By: 
Rachel O'Conner

The hectic nature of the holidays can get to even the most practiced yogi. The problem is that stress is more than just a mental worry. It manifests itself in physical ways and attacks our overall health and wellbeing.
But with daily practice, we can keep our inner peace intact and truly enjoy the holidays.

1. ADHO MUKHA SVASANA (DOWNWARD FACING DOG)
This standing pose can help relieve stress by calming the brain and energizing the body.

2. UTTHITA DANDASANA (PLANK)

About the Author: 

Rachel is a freelance content writer. She has written for a variety of different industries including business, healthcare, technology, travel, education, fashion and lifestyle. In her free time, Rachel enjoys practicing yoga and running along the beach in San Diego, California. 

How to Choose the Right Yoga Teacher Training

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Authored By: 
Tracee Stanley

Find a yoga teacher training that is going to teach you to deeply understand yourself and how to create a personal practice that will empower you to live to your fullest potential. Knowing yourself is the first step to being able to teach others.

I have been leading yoga teacher trainings and immersions for advanced yoga study for over 10 years and there are always questions that come up from dedicated students and potential teachers when they are ready to take the plunge into a yoga teacher training. 

About the Author: 

Tracee leads workshops, retreats and teacher trainings internationally and is a senior student of Yogarupa Rod Stryker, certified ParaYoga Teacher and Four Desires Trainer. She has been studying ParaYoga style since 2001 and also teaches the Yoga of Willpower and IntentionTM with the desire to help students enrich their lives through sharing practices that lead to self mastery and self-empowerment.

You can work with her January 13-15 2017 at SMU in the Four Desires training, hosted by Living Yoga Dallas.

>>Find more about Tracee at www.traceeyoga.com

Braised Fennel, Brocolini & Tofu Recipe

Authored By: 
Christina Vargas

Braised Fennel, Brocolini & Tofu

Description
Fennel, ginger, and yogurt sauce give this a juicy and flavorful recipe you'll enjoy over and over again!

Ingredients

  • 2 TBSP plain yogurt
  • 2 TBSP plus 1/4 Cup of water
  • 1/2 cup sucanant or raw sugar
  • 2 TBSP ghee or sunflower oil
  • 2 TSP grated fresh ginger
  • 1 TSP fennel seeds
  • 1 TSP ground coriander
  • 1/2 TSP turmeric
About the Author: 

For nearly a decade, Christina has been sharing her passion and gift for helping others live a life of balance as an avid yogi and licensed instructor.

It was in 2005 when she was introduced to Ayurveda that her life was changed. Discovering this healing science that has been practiced in India for more than 5,000 years was the catalyst for SimpleVeda.

At SimpleVeda, she offers one-on-one consultations in which she takes a holistic approach to helping clients adjust their lifestyles to achieve balance, reduce stress, and lessen chronic and acute health conditions.

Through instruction, education, and guidance, she offers clients personalized service that results in happier and healthier lives—physically, emotionally, and spiritually. Witnessing how her work and the science of Ayurveda have changed her clients' lives is what motivates her each day.

She knows first-hand what a difference it can make on one's wellness by simply understanding an individual's unique body type and making small simple changes to one's diet and lifestyle. Her clients appreciate her ability to guide and support them through the complex world of diets and fads.

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