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A slice of PY (Psychotherapeutic Yoga)

Authored By: 
Adriana Speiker

I have been dancing with yoga for over a decade and still don't know who is leading! It brought me out of a depression in college when I struggled to get out of bed. It kept me moving (through breath focus) when I was standing at attention in Army Basic Training. It held me accountable when I cut off my own body's needs to get the mission done. Yoga saved my humanity in war.

About the Author: 

Adriana grew up a little north of Texas – about 939 miles north – in the mythically cold state of Minnesota. After an entire childhood of brutal winters, she inexplicably continued to brave the weather in college, attending the University of Minnesota in Duluth and majoring in psychology. She then spent a year studying in England, which thawed her out a bit and kindled an insatiable desire to travel.

Her love of travel and her interest in helping others led her to enlist in the US Army after college. In the military, she functioned as a Psychological Operations soldier, working with diverse populations around the world. She deployed multiple times to Iraq and Afghanistan, where she worked with multiple high stress situations, seeking resolutions through collaboration, intelligent dialogue, and responsiveness. She implemented psychological interventions and crisis management techniques throughout her time in the service. Adriana has been honored to work as a leader and a mentor in the military and the Army Reserves, and has a deep desire to continue her work with veterans and other populations affected by trauma, PTSD, substance abuse and adjustment issues.

Personally, she experienced the healing powers of the mind-body connection after her deployments. During her military career, Adriana was able to lead a Sunday morning yoga class on base, where she worked on balance (literally and figuratively). This was a time for recovery, which sparked a commitment to yoga and holistic health. She received her yoga teacher training in 2012 with an emphasis in therapeutics and is continuing her journey through LISPY’s advanced psychotherapeutic yoga training.

Adriana is proud to be a part of the veteran community and is committed to her work with others who have served.

When Adriana decided to leave the service, she knew that she would continue working in psychology. Having failed to learn her lesson in Minnesota, she moved to Chicago, where the winter winds blow and where she received her graduate degree in counseling psychology from Adler University, specializing in forensic studies. After graduating, Adriana moved to Texas to become a counselor … and to escape from the cold at last.

Adriana is lucky to have friends in the area who are helping her discover new adventures in DFW. When she is not LifeWorking, you will find her combing the Trinity Trail on her bike, horseback riding, cooking up new recipes, and enjoying the relaxation of yoga classes. Family is another important aspect of her life. She makes it a point to spoil her many nieces and nephews with laughter and love.

Adriana is excited to join the team at Lifeworks! She loves Fort Worth because it combines her love of the city and the warmth (!!) of the country.

How To Be Body-Positive With Yoga

Authored By: 
Ronald Mccarthy

Everyone has a self-image or self-concept about themselves that either presents them in a positive or negative light. What you think about yourself is ultimately portrayed on the forefront as your body image. As the term suggests “body-positive” basically means having a positive perception about your body. However, people of various body types exist and hence the definition may vary from person to person. What it all boils down to is the fact that you love yourself and accept oneself as the way you are, believe in yourself with compassion.

About the Author: 

Ronald Mccarthy is a passionate blogger who loves to write about latest trends in the fitness and health industry. Follow @Ronald Mccarthy more updates.

Balancing Vata During Seasonal Change

Authored By: 
Kirsten Joy Burch

This morning I watched Vata blow in, signaling the continuing change of seasons, and I was reminded by my dear friend Christina from SimpleVeda, that when we grab the fall hoodie it’s also time to check the summer routine at the door.

*Here are some helpful hints to keep Vata from sneaking out of the house!

About the Author: 

A scientist by nature, a business executive by design and a Teacher by tragic blessings, I graduated Magna Cum Laude from UTD with a focus on Environmental Science and Business Management.  I started my professional career as a medical assistant in Denton, then ran business operations for a hospice in Missouri, and finally moved back home to Dallas for a career in finance & sales operations in the software industry during the booming late '90s.

I began studying with Rod Stryker and was initiated into the tradition in October 2014. I continue my yoga education through the Himalayan International Institute for Yoga Science & Philosophy, and am continually fascinated by the power of what the Yogis have been doing for thousands of years.  I enjoy practicing ViniYoga, ParaYoga, and Yoga Nidra to support my personal development. 

I am a certified Ayurveda Lifestyle Counselor, member of the Modern Widow's Club, and teach public classes at Sync Yoga & Wellbeing off Sylvan/30. I lead various workshops, including the New Moon Women's Circle, Yoga Science & Philosophy classes, Ayurveda consults and group trainings.

Please contact me at kirsten [at] livingyogadallas [dot] com or my personal email Kirsten_J_Burch [at] yahoo [dot] com for questions or scheduling.

Before and After: Transformation

Authored By: 
Jen Malloy

The before and after photo collection is everywhere these days: here I am, fit and fabulous; here I was, overweight and unhappy. I have them too. I have a lot of them. For my late 20s and early 30s, I was overweight - anywhere from 40 to 70 pounds overweight, depending on when you knew me. Five years ago, when I switched from a vegetarian to a vegan lifestyle and (temporarily) gave up drinking, I lost a ton of weight. And since I started practicing yoga more consistently, I've gotten stronger every day.

About the Author: 

Jen Malloy is a vegan food blooger, recipe developer, and yoga teacher living in Fort Worth, Texas. 

Are you practicing Yoga Nidra?

Authored By: 
Hillary Arrieta

Learn how this ancient but widely unknown yoga practice can enhance your life.

I learned about yoga nidra during my yoga teacher training as most of us do but the practice really stood out for me. 

I've been a massage therapist for over a dozen years and have seen how stress and overwhelm can harm a persons health.

About the Author: 

Hillary teaches iRest Yoga Nidra and Yin Yoga.
She also owns Gaia Bodywork, a wellness studio in Richardson, Tx. where she practices barefoot ashiatsu massage. 
When not working with clients, you can find her playing with her dogs, hiking, reading at the lake, and drinking tons of coffee.

la interview: tracee stanley - yogini & film producer

Authored By: 
MindfulYogaHealth

Enjoy this interview by www.MindfulYogaHealth.com and get to know more about Tracee!

Tracee Stanley teaches a breath-centered vinyasa practice, curated to leave you in a sattvic state (AKA “blissed out”). In true LA fashion, she moonlights as a film producer, and now combines her two passions by being partner in the yoga media company, Pranamaya. 

What makes your style of teaching unique?

About the Author: 

more about Tracee Stanley...

She has been studying Yoga and Tantra since 1995. A former high level executive in the film industry for over 18 years, she began sharing her understanding of the ancient technology of Tantra when her teacher Yogarupa Rod Stryker initiated her into the lineage of Sri Vidya in 2001. She found that these practices created a foundation of balance and clarity in the fast paced world of Hollywood and was inspired to open yoga studios to share the teachings. She co-owned and operated the Divine Motion Yoga studios until 2010 while continuing to produce and oversee feature films. It was during this time that her passion for teaching grew and she endeavored to find a way to marry her love of film with yoga.

The focus of Tracee’s teaching is empowerment, sankalpa, self-mastery and healing. As a Level 1 Certified Para Yoga Teacher she utilizes the unique practices of the tradition to guide students towards the door of awakening to their true nature, creating positive momentum and accelerating the trajectory towards fulfilling their destiny for an empowered life. She has developed the programs Yoga for a Broken HeartTM and Yoga for Willpower and IntentionTM and currently trains teachers in these systems.

Her new CD and 40-day interactive Soul Journal The Empowered Life is  being released by Pranamaya in January 2016. Tracee is on the faculty of Esalen Media Company.  She leads teacher trainings, presents at workshops, festivals and retreats internationally.

Healing Abuse within the LGBTQI Community

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Authored By: 
Dr. Paula Joyce

We all grow up with fears, feelings of not being good enough and insecurities. Now add being told by your family, society and your religion that there is something innately wrong with you, that you need to be fixed, that there is no room in heaven for you and top if off with the belief that God does not love you. How do you have any good feelings about yourself? How do you make it through the day? This is the experience of most people who grew up lesbian, gay, bi-sexual, transgender, queer or intersex.

About the Author: 

Dr. Paula, The Life Doctor, has helped thousands of people improve their health, wealth and relationships through
writing, coaching and speaking. Her clients attain success, achieve breakthrough thinking and enhanced productivity
with her Ultimate Creative Problem Solving Process, which aligns and integrates information in both sides of the
brain. Clients dissolve hidden fears and blocks, solve challenging problems and reach their goals.
Despite being told that she could not write creatively, paint or dance, Dr. Paula is a best-selling author, an internationally
shown artist and an accomplished Argentine Tango dancer. She broke the family rules by being a working mother,
who did postdoctoral work at Yale and was Director of Leadership Development in a school district where she
coached and trained top level executives. She has overcome emotional and psychological abuse and learned to see
the positive in every experience and feel the gratitude for all of it.
Dr. Paula co-authored a best-seller, Nothing But Net. Her e-book, 33 Tips for Self-Empowerment is the first of a
series of 33 Tips books.
Dr. Paula has spoken to organizations such as: American Express Financial Services, Baylor University Medical
Center, Jung Society and Voluntary Hospital Association.
She was in USA Today, Dallas Morning News and on national radio and television. She was named one of America’s
Leading Experts and recognized by The National Academy of Best-Selling Authors.

4 Tricks to Make Tough Decisions Easier

Authored By: 
Bethany Dotson

If you’re anything like me, making decisions – especially big ones that will leave an impact on your heart, your life or someone else- can be an excruciating process of option-weighing, backing and forthing, doubt, sleepless nights and paralyzing anxiety.

About the Author: 

A native Texan, Bethany struck out for Los Angeles in 2006 to chase her dreams of acting. Along the way she fell in love with yoga, found her daily practice, and enjoyed the vibrant yoga scene of LA, which led her to Rising Lotus Yoga for Yoga Teacher certification.

A little more soul searching brought her home, where she completed her undergraduate degree and is now working toward a 954 Hr. yoga therapy certification with Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapy.

How a Mom of 4 Followed Her Passion & Started a Thriving ‘Seed-to-Table’ Family Business

Authored By: 
Gina D'Orazio Stryker

I grew up in a tiny mountain town in Idaho, population 724. To this day it is the kind of town where most children of the community stick close to home, close to their roots. But, I had always dreamed of a bigger world, more to explore. So the minute high school graduation culminated, I found myself on a plane to Florence, Italy to study cooking. I was the first of my family to fly commercial, the first to have a passport.

About the Author: 

Gina is Founder and Recipe Artist of Gina Cucina.

Gina just loves feeding people. Coming from a long line of Italian chefs, she learned to cook at an early age and always knew that was her calling. At 17 she said goodbye to her family and her small Idaho hometown and headed off for culinary school in Italy. She spent years honing her skills, using all of life’s opportunities to perfect her particular culinary style. Early on she created sauces and soups for her own gift basket business in Los Angeles.

Being a small town girl at heart, she married and moved to Carbondale, Colorado with her husband and twin boys. A second set of twins made their appearance, and she has been cooking for a crowd ever since!

Her husband, Yogarupa Rod Stryker, has trained yoga instructors and run yoga retreats for decades, so about 12 years ago Gina started catering for the retreats. Gina Cucina was born out of the culmination of cooking for 1000’s of yogis and 100’s of toddlers over the years. Both audiences — the most discerning of customers! Gina’s non-gmo and organic food line has the healthiest nutritionals on the market today.

Make Gina Cucina a part of your family dinner, and taste the love in every bite!

Karma is like a tube of toothpaste

Authored By: 
Kirsten Joy Burch

The word Karma in Sanskrit translates as ‘action’.  Your karma is determined by your actions and also by your reactions to stress. When thought, word and deed are virtuous, virtuous actions (karma) are returned to you. When you move in non-virtuous patterns, then the results can be less than savory.

To say that another way: when you freak out and do hurtful things, hurtful things happen. When you chill under stress and do nice things, the world is a much nicer place to live.

About the Author: 

Kirsten is a writer, photographer, yogi and chaser of the Sun. She studies under the lineage of the Himalayan Masters, teaches public/private yoga & meditation and is an Ayurvedic Lifestyle Counselor.

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