Mindfulness

Sleep Apnea: Causes & Remedies – an Ayurveda 411

Authored By: 
Kirsten Joy Burch

“Living Yoga” is a state of being calm and staying calm, of being kind and loving. It’s where you finally realize that virtuous intention results in virtuous karma. It’s when you align your thoughts, words and deeds to a higher purpose which allows you to fulfill your heart’s desires, while contributing positively to the universe.  It means aligning yourself with Nature, because when you do, you become more balanced, and have more time for practice and study. As a result of this yogic living, suffering becomes less of an option in your daily life.

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 retired from the corporate whirlwind when my husband was finally diagnosed with terminal brain cancer.  Since his passing in 2014 I was initiated into the Himalayan Tradition and study full time with Rod Stryker (ParaYoga), Pandit Rajmani Tigunait (Tantra) and Arpita Shah (Ayurveda).

Unless otherwise cited, my sources include experience from personal practice as well as translations from the Charaka Samhita, articles and texts from Dr. Vasant Lad, Dr. David Frawley and Dr. Robert Svoda.

I am a certified Ayurveda Lifestyle Counselor, member of the Modern Widow's Club, and teach at Sync Yoga & Wellbeing off Sylvan/30.

My Public Yoga Schedule at SYNC Yoga & Wellbeing is:

  • Wednesdays - 5:30pm Flow Basics
  • Sundays - 9:00am - Flow and Release with Guided Meditation / Yoga Nidra

Ayurveda clients can schedule directly with me (kirsten [at] livingyogadallas [dot] com) or with SYNC Yoga & Wellbeing.
You can also order personalized, dosha specific tea samplers, abhyanga oils and churna (spice kits) as well as dinicharya starter kits by contacting my at kirsten [at] livingyogadallas [dot] com with your request.

2016 is a Year of Great Potential: Here’s How to Make the Most of It

Authored By: 
Dr. Paula Joyce

What follows is extremely valuable information on how we can make 2016 a spectacular year for ourselves and at the same time decrease destructive influences in the world, like violence and global warming. If enough of us do this, we can even help to create world peace. All we have to do is spend a few minutes each day doing the exercises described below. Invite others to do this to add even more positive energy to the world. The more of us who do this, the better it is for all of us.

About the Author: 

Dr. Paula is a best-selling author and radio host. She has been in USA Today, the Dallas Morning News and on national radio and television. As a Leading Expert in her field, she will help you change your life.

Travel Tips to Stay Well

Authored By: 
Kirsten Joy Burch

I almost titled this article "Why are the airlines trying to kill us?”… but then I remembered, they just don't know better…

I'm not sure why this holiday season's travel hit me as hard as it did, I've been all over the globe by myself without a hitch.  Maybe it’s possible that my perspective has changed in the recent past...now that I've experienced what a healthy doshic balance feels like, travel induced Vata derrangement is like a bucket of ice water to the face!

About the Author: 

Kirsten is a student of the Himalayan Institute and ParaYoga.  She teaches public classes at SYNC Yoga & Wellbeing, and is a certified Ayurveda Lifestyle Counselor.  

She graduated Magna cum Laude at the University of Texas Dallas with a focus on business management and environmental science.  She retired from the corporate world in 2012, where she worked as a director in the field of accounting, finance, sales operations, internal audit and process improvement.  She acquired Living Yoga Dallas in the fall of 2015 and finds joy in sharing the knowledge of yoga & ayurveda to the metroplex and encourages every yogi, teacher and practitioner to always keep growing.  

"Life is short, we have a wonderful opportunity to learn from some great Teachers and living Masters - there's always a chance to Level-Up!"  --Kirsten Joy Burch

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.  

When Healthy Eating Becomes an Unhealthy Obsession

Authored By: 
Lisa Breitenwischer HHC, AADP, E-RYT500

Orthorexia Nervosa:
When Health Eating Becomes an Unhealthy Obsession.

The term Orthorexia was coined by Steven Bratman, MD. in 1997. He started using it with patients that were overly obsessed with healthy eating. The word Orthorexia is derived from anorexia and “ortho” meaning straight or right. But unlike anorexia which focuses on restricting food intake in order to become thin, orthorexia restricts foods that are insufficiently clean, healthy or wholesome.

About the Author: 

Lisa Breitenwischer is a Certified Health Coach and has been empowering people to make changes in their life over the last 4 years. If you are looking for change with your diet and in need of finding balance in your life contact her today at lisa [at] balancingenrgy [dot] com. To learn more about Lisa click here.

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.

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.

What is Chakra Therapy?

Authored By: 
Anodea Judith

Everyone seems to know about chakras these days – at least as a concept – but do they really know the ins and outs of activating, balancing, and healing using the model of the Chakra System as the profound formula for wholeness that it is? 

This elegant map to human consciousness is not only a ladder of liberation for achieving higher states of awareness, but an opening into our own deep psyche, with all its issues and illuminations, from its depths to its heights.

About the Author: 

Anodea Judith, Ph.D. has been called “a prophet for our time.” A groundbreaking thought leader who is the founder and director of Sacred Centers, and a writer, therapist, and spiritual teacher. Her passion for the realization of human potential matches her concern for humanity’s impending crises — her fervent wish is that we “wake up in time.” She holds Masters and Doctoral degrees in Psychology and Human Health, is a 500 hour registered yoga teacher (E-RYT), with lifelong studies of psychology, mythology, sociology, history, systems theory, and mystic spirituality. She is considered one of the country’s foremost experts on the combination of chakras and therapeutic issues and on the interpretation of the Chakra System for the Western lifestyle. She teaches across the U.S., as well as in Canada, Europe, Ireland, Asia, and South and Central America.

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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