Life

Do You Know Your Star Sign?

Authored By: 
Joelle Foster

Most of us have been asked our astrological sign. This most often means our Sun sign. Have you ever been asked “What is your Star?”

Chances are if you go to India or meet someone who has a knowledge of Jyotish or Vedic astrology that they could ask you this question. They are asking not only what sign your Moon is in, but also the nakshatra or lunar mansion which is specific to the fixed star system within the ecliptic (path of the sun and other planets from the perspective of the Earth).

About the Author: 

Joelle's Mission As Your Astrologer

You are one-of-a-kind, someone unique, gifted with a single imprint on the planet, living within the lifespan you’ve been given, along with billions of others.  And there is a legacy to bear – your karma – the actions in life you choose that result from the very unique energies that enlivened  your birth, the influences of your upbringing, intelligence and perceptions, place in the world.  But nothing is etched in stone.  Given the so-called “limitations” you might think fix you to a certain path, there are many and varied choices, often better choices, you can make in your life.  Understanding the power of both the influence of your past, and the dynamic and informed strength of a future you have so much control over, can bring peace-of-mind, perhaps even serenity.  But the path to this may not be an easy one.  Let’s work together to navigate your life from birth and your life to date, and toward growth.

Care & Compassion

Authored By: 
Dorsey Standish

As a yoga and mindfulness teacher, my ultimate mission is to help others help themselves. I often tell my students that they have to take care of themselves in order to take care of others. This sentiment is echoed by both the airline safety videos (“Secure your mask before helping others”) and thought leaders such as the Dalai Llama.

“If you don’t love yourself, you cannot love others… If you have no compassion for yourself then you are not capable of developing compassion for others.” —Dalai Lama

About the Author: 

Dorsey Standish is a mechanical engineer by degree and a yoga and mindfulness teacher by passion. Her mindfulness practice has helped her succeed at a Fortune 500 tech company, overcome mental illness, and ultimately connect more deeply with those around her. An avid learner, Dorsey routinely grows her practice and her teaching by participating in yoga workshops, silent meditation retreats, and conferences like Wisdom 2.0 in San Francisco. Her mission is to inspire women worldwide to embrace self-care and self-love.

Talking With Teens: Find Out What Really Matters

Authored By: 
Phyllis Smith

I'm only in week 2 of my online "Mindful Communication" course given by Mindful Schools, and I already feel a shift in how I'm communicating with my family and co-workers. The foundation of the course is built on the Non-Violent Communication (NVC) technique founded by the late Marshall Rosenberg PhD, who also founded the Center for Non-Violent Communication.

Click here to watch a short video of Dr. Rosenberg to understand his work.

What Really Matters

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Live Free Yoga provides comprehensive and integrative Yoga education programs for the adolescent and teenage population in public and private schools. Our goal is to help give this age group the tools to help ease their transition into young adulthood.

Our teaching method is designed to be compatible with Social-Emotional-Learning (SEL) techniques including the implementation of life-long skills that promote self-esteem, self-regulation, self-awareness, stress-resistance, strength, flexibility, balance and focus.

Co-Founders, Phyllis Smith and Tida Chambers, have a combined 23 years experience serving the adult, adolescent and children community. Both are certified in children’s Yoga and have a lifelong passion to help empower our youth through the practice of Yoga and its principles.

All of our Yoga instructors share the same passion for serving this particular demographic and are certified with either a 200hr or 500hr Yoga Alliance-approved teacher training program. They are also trained in the LFY method, so each class is consistent.

Mindful eating: a powerful practice in transforming your relationship to food

Authored By: 
Valerie Love

Six years ago, I went to visit a friend from college who was teaching English in Kyoto, Japan.

A day or so after I arrived, she took me to an outdoor market in the city.  Wandering together through stalls of artwork, antiques, handicrafts and food, I was drawn to a table where a woman was selling daifuku, sweet rice cakes filled with red bean paste.

As my friend spoke Japanese and I did not, she kindly did the work of ordering one for me.

About the Author: 

Valerie Love’s passions in life are yoga, food, and travel. She also believes in trying to make the world just a little bit better. You can find Valerie on the mat teaching Yoga for Relaxation on Sunday mornings at Powa Centre and all levels classes at various other studios and gyms in Wellington. A recent transplant from the US, she blogs about yoga and her adjustment to life in New Zealand.

Overcoming

Authored By: 
Ali Nohinek

"...first take the log out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to take the speck out of your brother's eye."
Matthew 7:5

Among the very few biblical quotes that are imprinted in my mind is this one. It is one that has been re-surfacing for me a lot lately...

About the Author: 

Ali is wife, mother, lover and leader. Above all she is a dedicated student and teacher. She embodies yoga, pranayama and dhyana through dedication self mastery, so that she may be a light for others. 

Owner and Teacher at Yogali, a boutique yoga studio and healing arts center located in the exquisite Historical Handley Shopping Center of Ft. Worth. Yogali provides a welcoming environment centered around healing, growth, strength, community and transformation.

Yogali focuses on imroved stress management, lasting health and clarity of mind. Through sharing India’s great gifts of Yoga and Ayurveda, and Thailand's gift of Thai Body Work, we seek to provide the means for personal healing and enhancement of body and mind.

Why Acupuncture?

Authored By: 
Nena Watkins

Acupuncture, as part of the ancient practice of Chinese medicine, has been used for thousands of years and is still commonly used today.

There are several reasons why acupuncture is so popular. It balances a person so they feel better.  Acupuncture has no negative side effects. It is relaxing and it works!  In addition to desired results, acupuncture is cost effective and covered by many insurance policies.

Acupuncture has no negative side effects.

About the Author: 

Native to Dallas and a graduate UT Austin, Nena journeyed to Seattle to study acupuncture at Bastyr University.  After many years practicing in the northwest, she returned home.  Nena enjoys sharing the beauty of Chinese medicine with the people of Dallas at her practice in North Oak Cliff.

Certifications include:
Licensed Acupuncturist, Texas Medical Board
Diplomat of Oriental Medicine, NCCAOM

For appointments, contact nenawatkins [at] gmail [dot] com

Cardamom makes coffee exceptional

Authored By: 
Kirsten Joy Burch

Used as an herbal pharmaceutical for centuries, this aromatic, green (and brown) spice turns your coffee into a medicinal treat to counter negative effects of caffeine, while boosting digestion, increasing energy, and reducing pain. It brings light, dry, clear and pungent qualities to life.

A member of the Ginger family, Cardamom has been used in Ayurveda for over 5,00 years – the ancient texts laud its ability to break down difficult-to-digest foods, and enhance taste, turning ordinary into exceptional.

About the Author: 

Kirsten studies kundalini tantra at the Himalayan Institute of Yoga Science & Philosophy with Pandit Rajmani Tigunait, Ph.D, and is a ParaYoga MasterStudent with Yogarupa Rod Stryker. She is a certified Ayurveda Lifestyle Counselor, the owner of Living Yoga Dallas, and founder of Prani Lifestlye Consulting - helping people navigate life through ancient, holistic practices.

Kirsten teaches public classes at Sync Yoga & Wellbeing, and Oak Cliff Aikikai. She takes consults privately for meditation, yoga, and diet/lifestyle enhancements.

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.

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