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Your Body Speaks Your Mind

Authored By: 
Kim Salisbury

One of the most amazing books that I was introduced to several years ago during my yoga therapy certification was “You’re Body Speaks Your Mind,” by Deb Shapiro.  Since reading this book the very first time it has remained at my bedside and weekly I go to it for answers and inspiration.  It is filled with stories and recommendations for decoding the emotional, psychological, and spiritual messages that underlie illness.  It presents the idea of how interconnected the mind and body are and the importance of listening to both. 

About the Author: 

Kim is the owner of The Fit Room in Plano, TX and much of her week is spent one on one with people seeking healing and health. Having a passion for all things physical, Kim began her career in personal training, became curious about the mind/body connection opening her world to Pilates and then dealing with injuries herself and those of her clients, dove head first and still hasn't come up for air into the healing world of yoga.  Currently studying to become a health coach, Kim wholeheartedly believes that your health and wellness is not just dependent on being on your mat or showing up at the gym.  Living a healthy life involves meaningful relationships, physical activity, fullfilling employment and a spiritual practice.  It is keeping balance in these 4 areas of life that keeps us well, joyful and passionate.  

The Power of Ayurveda: 3 Ways to Beat the Late Summer Heat

Authored By: 
Sarah Guglielmi

As summer’s nearing end, I find myself and the world around me entering a season of change – back to school, vacation’s over, and the lush vibrant greens of midsummer are now showing browns and yellows at the edges.  Just today I saw a hint of red coming forth!

No matter where you live geographically, your internal “nature” experiences the change of the seasons.
Summer is the season of heat.  The sun is close, and the element of fire is predominant in nature.

About the Author: 

Sarah Guglielmi has been on a personal journey of healing and spiritual growth for over 15 years. She has taught yoga since 2002 in corporate, studio, and clinical settings. Originally drawn to yoga practice to relieve chronic stress and illness, Sarah has not only regained her health, but has discovered a spiritual dimension of life she finds rich and inspiring. Sarah serves on the teaching faculty of the Himalayan Institute and is the Professional Education Manager at their headquarters, where she has lived in residence since 2004. She holds a Masters Degree in Materials Engineering from the University of Delaware, and completed an eight-year engineering career with W.L. Gore and Associates, prior to joining the Institute.

A few tips to stay balanced..... AND not lock your kids in the closet!

Authored By: 
Laura Abbott-Coan

Tips to stay balanced .........AND not lock your kids in the closet!

About the Author: 

Laura is a mother of three lively kids and wife to an awesome husband.  She currently works at The Lifeworks Group as a yoga therapist.  She has been a yoga practitioner for 15 years, and a former studio owner. She attained her 500 hour certification with Tias Little, Prajna Yoga, and currently studies under Rod Stryker, Para Yoga, Arpita Shah, Om Yoga Journey for Ayurveda, and The Mindful School, mindfulness for children.   Her joyful nature brings ease and comfort to her clients, adults and children alike.   She loves the innocent and inquisitive nature of children and tries to bring that back to adults who might have lost that along the way.  Her dedication to study and practice keeps her evolving and deepening the journey to self realization.  She aims to bring a truly authentic classical approach to her teachings and to everyday life. Her focus is on the energetics of the asana combined with breath work to create a unique and transformational experience. She works with clients helping to re-set the nervous system of people who suffer from anxiety, depression, ADHD, addictions, OCD, grief, and many others. 

If you ever find yourself questioning what this all about she is there to walk beside you; in to the depths of yourself in a safe and methodical way through yoga therapy, Ayurveda, and mindfulness. 

For you or your child to meet with Laura for a yoga therapy session or group yoga therapy she can be reached at
214-850-0746
lacoan [at] wefixbrains [dot] com

5 Ways Nature Shows Us How to Keep "Your Cool" in The Summer Heat.

Authored By: 
Kendall Inman

I am fascinated with Ayurveda.  Often referred to as the sister science of yoga.  The science of life, longevity and vitality.  An Ayurvedic lifestyle is all about living in alignment with nature.  The nature that surrounds us and the nature within us. 

About the Author: 

Kendall was born in Idaho where her father was stationed in the Air Force. She spent half of her growing up years in Idaho and the other half in California. Eventually graduating from UCSD in LaJolla, California with a degree in political science. Kendall always wanted to go to law school and end up a juvenile court judge. She wanted to be in a position to help at risk teens with alternative ways to incarceration. Finances and test taking anxiety put that dream on the back burner but Kendall has always been intrigued with alternative ways to help others, so it isn’t ironic she finds herself using alternatives like yoga and Ayurveda to help others find a life a balance, happiness and joy!

You might recognize her as the founder of Living Yoga Dallas where she is considered a leading presenter of yoga events throughout the U.S. and Mexico. She has extensive background in corporate marketing and sales. Her work with fashion leaders like Guess Jeans, Donna Karan, and Tommy Hilfiger has provided her the business and marketing expertise to become a leading resource to the yoga community in Texas.

In 2001, Kendall began teacher training in Hatha Yoga, Yoga Therapy, Restorative Yoga, Ayurveda, pranayama (breathing), and meditation. She has studied with the world’s finest yoga masters such as: Pattabhi Jois, Judith Lasater, Rod Stryker, Doug Keller, Beryl Bender Birch, Dr. Rosy Mann and many more. Kendall utilizes her substantial training to instruct classes throughout Texas and Playa del Carmen, Mexico and is a member of the adjunct faculty at The Himalayan Institute specializing in Ayurvedic Yoga instruction. Kendall has dedicated her life to helping people. She’s passionate about inspiring others to live a healthy and peaceful life. She provides private consultations, group classes, healthy cooking workshops and is a speaker at corporate seminars. She lives in Dallas, TX and Playa del Carmen, Mexico with her son Jake and their cat Tiger.

If your current diet and lifestyle no longer serve you and you are interested in understanding how you can align yourself with the nature around you and your own true nature,  you will want to book time with Kendall. She is kind and nurturing and masterful at helping you uncover the ways in which your current lifestyle and habits no longer serve you. Ayurveda looks at the whole person and provides tools to individualize diet and lifestyle so that you may live the life you have always dreamed of and be the person you really want to be: full of life, vitality, resilience and joy!

When she is not changing lives at LifeWorks, she is enjoying the company of her son, Jake – a high school student/actor/model and their groovy, laid-back cat Tiger. Kendall is also loves taking spin classes at her fave rave local studio, scuba diving, practicing yoga or cooking up a storm.

Meet Kendall for an ayurvedic consultation and intake $150 for an initial 90 min consultation and follow up sessions at $125. For more information or to schedule an appointment, call (214) 306-8117 or email her at kinman [at] wefixbrains [dot] com

Teaching Children's Yoga & My Yoga Story

Authored By: 
Kristi McDonald

Yoga is a very relevant topic to explore in the society of today’s children because it offers something nothing else can offer, a non-competitive outlet. Yoga also has many undeniable benefits that go along with it. Adults are reaping these benefits with great reward. It’s time we share this same outlet with our children today.

About the Author: 

Kristi McDonald, E-RYT 200 & Registered Children's Yoga Specialist with Yoga Alliance, is the Director of Samadhi Kids and creator of the Indigo Project Children's Yoga Specialty Teacher Training Program. Ms. McDonald holds a Master's Degree in Education, and is an elementary school coordinator, Reiki practitioner, and licensed Massage Therapist. She is a graduate from The University of Texas at Tyler, Corepower Yoga Teacher Training, and Collinson Massage School.

Ms. McDonald is passionate about helping children and families navigate today’s stressful and ever-changing environments by imparting evidence-based skills from her unique expertise in this wide variety of disciplines. She has also been involved in creating audio practices for children on two digital albums, “The Indigo Project: Meditations for Children” and “HappyThoughts: Positive Practices for Children."

Her goal is to build and inspire community well-being by focusing on the health and happiness of the family and child, sharing the teachings of yoga, meditation, and other healing practices.

Ms. McDonald currently offers an array of continuing education and online programs via Samadhi Kids and The Indigo Project trainings and retreats, including convenient online courses and resources.

Yoga & School Performance

Authored By: 
Kristi McDonald

Today’s schools are filled with never before seen challenges. High violence rates, low success rates and an increased population of mentally and physically unhealthy children are rampant. Yoga is accessible, easy and the benefits come quickly. The more you grow your practice, the more benefits you will see.

About the Author: 

Kristi McDonald, E-RYT 200 & Registered Children's Yoga Specialist with Yoga Alliance, is the Director of Samadhi Kids and creator of the Indigo Project Children's Yoga Specialty Teacher Training Program.

Ms. McDonald holds a Master's Degree in Education, and is an elementary school coordinator, Reiki practitioner, and licensed Massage Therapist. She is a graduate from The University of Texas at Tyler, Corepower Yoga Teacher Training, and Collinson Massage School.

Ms. McDonald is passionate about helping children and families navigate today’s stressful and ever-changing environments by imparting evidence-based skills from her unique expertise in this wide variety of disciplines. She has also been involved in creating audio practices for children on two digital albums, “The Indigo Project: Meditations for Children” and “HappyThoughts: Positive Practices for Children."

Her goal is to build and inspire community well-being by focusing on the health and happiness of the family and child, sharing the teachings of yoga, meditation, and other healing practices.

Ms. McDonald currently offers an array of continuing education and online programs via Samadhi Kids and The Indigo Project trainings and retreats, including convenient online courses and resources.

Fellowship: Growing Community

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Authored By: 
Kendall Inman

I'm fairly confident that fellowship has been the driving force around much of what I've done in the world. My dear and sweet friend just loves it when I say fellowship.  You can see her eyes light up when I suggest we get together for a little fellowship.

When I googled the definition of fellowship the first thing that popped up was  “a friendly association, especially with people who share one's interests”. The free dictionary on line says “The condition of sharing similar interests, ideals, or experiences, as by reason of profession, religion, or nationality".

About the Author: 

Kendall Inman is the founder of Living Yoga Dallas and is recognized as a leading presenter of yoga events throughout the U.S. and Mexico. She has extensive background in corporate marketing and sales. Her work with fashion leaders like Guess Jeans, Donna Karan, and Tommy Hilfiger have provided her the expertise to become a leading resource to the yoga community in Texas. In 2001, Kendall began teacher training in Hatha Yoga, Yoga Therapy, Restorative Yoga, Ayurveda, pranayama, and meditation. She has studied with the world’s finest yoga masters such as: Pattabhi Jois, Judith Lasater, Rod Stryker, Doug Keller, Beryl Bender Birch and many more. Kendall utilizes her substantial training to instruct classes throughout Texas, Playa del Carmen, Mexico and is adjunct faculty at The Himalayan Institute specializing in Ayurvedic Yoga instruction. Kendall has dedicated her life to helping people. She’s passionate about inspiring others to live a healthy and peaceful life. She provides private consultations, group classes, and is a speaker at corporate seminars. She lives in Dallas, TX and Playa del Carmen, Mexico with her son Jake and their cat Tiger.

The Sacredness of Daily Practice

Authored By: 
Douchka Lecot

We were all born yogis, we just forgot who we are.

About the Author: 

Douchka is a 200-hour Yoga Alliance E-RYT and an Ayurvedic Yoga Specialist with over a 10-year experience in yoga science. With a vast knowledge on Ayurveda, nutrition and aromatherapy, she considers herself an “eternal” student. She constantly questions, explores and researches on therapies, systems and techniques that could enhance her life experience and support a deeper and better understanding of the Self. She’s committed to her true mission of sharing her experiential and universal yoga and tools with others. In 2011, she co-founded Yana Shala with the mission of developing a community-based platform providing education and resources through workshops, seminars, lectures, trainings and retreats for self-development and personal growth. on March 27th 2015, Yana Shala is launching 'Manifest Your Inner Teacher', a 200-hr certified teacher training and advanced yoga study in Dallas/Fort Worth. 

Let's Think Differently about the New Year!

Authored By: 
David Romanelli

I will save you the mumbo jumbo about New Years Resolutions.

On New Years Day, I looked in the mirror, 1 newborn baby, 2 bloody-marys and 3 football bowl games deep into the day...and thought:

“My wife is the one breastfeeding but my manboobs might just do the trick!”

“These moose-knuckle-high-waisted-dad-jeans are not going to further my image.”

“Dave! Yoga Journal is on the phone. They want you for their new cover,” said no one...ever!

Yeah, I got a little down on myself. It happens!

About the Author: 

Dave Romanelli is a leading health and wellness innovator. He has pioneered the art of fusing ancient Eastern practices with modern sensibilities.  His unique wellness projects such as Yoga + Chocolate, Yoga + Wine, and Yoga for Foodies have been featured in the Wall Street Journal, Food & Wine, The New York Times, Newsweek, and O, the Oprah Magazine.  His first book, Yeah Dave's Guide to Livin' the Moment, reached #1 on Amazon's Self-Help List. Discover more about his journey on www.yeahdave.com. David lives in New York City.

Intentions are more powerful than Stress

Authored By: 
Christina Collazo

They say that there are a few events in Life that are top stressors.
In the last 12 months I've faced most of them! 

But ~ I've never been more content.
Tired right now, yes! But content. 
Intentions have guided this eventful year.

Family wise in the past 12 months,
I got married (Eloped with our 4 children in tow)
Said goodbye to Birdie, my sweet 14 year old four-legged fur baby
Sold a car/Bought a car
Moved our “stuff” into storage, moved the family to Venice Beach, CA for the Summer

About the Author: 

Christina is a wholehearted care-giver, passionate mother, loyal friend and registered yoga teacher. She was introduced to meditation in grade school and has been teaching health/physical education classes since she was a teenager.

But it was when she began studying the art & science of Yoga 14 years ago, that she became aware of her potential to be(come) Love.

After years of teaching in & managing a yoga studio, she created Imagine Yoga to offer her unique style of workshops & events that include journaling/writing and intention setting. She has freedom to travel and be hosted by studios for all of her offerings.

During the week she is a Yoga Teacher/Mentor at Fusion Academy, a unique private school in Dallas and Plano specializing in one to one classrooms for grades 6-12. She is an advocate of sharing yoga + meditation + self expression for people of all ages and begins in her home, with her self, her children and recently blended family of (now) 6.

The only thing she knows for sure, she learned from the Beatles: Love is all you need.

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