Meditation

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.

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!

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.

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.

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.

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.  

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

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