Mindfulness

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.

The Beauty in Stepping Off the Mat

Authored By: 
Noel Crane

     We’ve all been there. Sitting on our mats in an open room surrounded by yogis with jars of green goodness, lotus tattoos, and exuding inner peace. They stinkin’ glow with the “inner light” we’ve been trying to harness for years by juicing, sweating, and pushing ourselves harder. It’s discouraging, it’s shaming, but if met with a dose of self-compassion and awareness, it’s a beautiful part of our process.

    We as yoga teachers and practitioners are called to be seekers, not saints.
  

About the Author: 

   Noel Crane is a 200-hour RYT trained under Shanon Buffington and the Tantric Hatha philosophy. Her focus is on energetics and incorporating Ayurvedic principles of balance into practice. Noel lives in Carrollton, TX, where she enjoys teaching at the Arbor Hills Nature Preserve or fire-side at her home. Check out www.noelcraneyoga.com for more groovy info!

4 Reasons Why Teaching Yoga Is Slowly Killing You

Authored By: 
Natalie Cummings

You have it all figured out, the asana alignment is impeccable, Ujjayi breathe is internally audible and is not disruptive to others. Your poise during even the most trying situations in your yoga classes from snoring to gassiness are addressed with a balance of ease and discreetness. You can adjust every single body shape, size and injury to find the benefits of any posture with the plethora of props at your magical disposal! Your guided meditations at times will bring tears to your students closed eyes, and the balance of it all is your constant theme.

About the Author: 

Natalie Cummings is a yoga teacher, business owner and social media marketing expert! Her compassionate teachings have launched many yoga entrepreneurs off the webpage and into specifically aligned client hearts. Natalie is an ambassador for community involvement, combining her offerings with non-profits nationwide. She is the founder of Cardio Yoga Fusion and owns Hiking Yoga in the DFW area. She has spearheaded Hiking Yoga's social media presence in a short amount of time and presents her Yoga Business Connection teachings for Yoga Journal LIVE and the Texas Yoga Conference. She is known for bringing like-minded yogis together through her organic marketing efforts. Natalie is passionate about supporting causes she believes in. She bridges relationships that cultivate mutual success through her unique approach of 'Sincere Networking'.

Tips for Surviving the Holidays

Authored By: 
Mallory Trumpfheller, RYT200

The holidays are supposed to be filled with joy and celebration, right? But so often it can be tough to get in the spirit as you juggle a mile-long To-Do List and a full activity calendar, all while fighting the threat of getting sick. Here are 6 things you can do to help you stay happy and healthy this holiday season:

About the Author: 

Mallory Trumpfheller is a RYT200 yoga teacher, graphic designer, and Embody Love Movement ™ Inner Beauty Shop Facilitator. Mallory stumbled upon yoga 2 years ago at the gym and decided to give it a try. After discovering the many benefits it had for her mentally, spiritually and physically, she decided to become a RYT 200 yoga teacher in 2014 to share the gift of yoga with others. Mallory studied under Shanon Buffington’s 9-month In-Depth Studies & Yoga Teacher Training program, being trained in Anatomy & Physiology, Vinyasa Krama, Pranayama, Yoga History & Philosophy, Sanskrit, Mantra & Meditation, and Yoga for Special Populations. She is also training under Sadie Nardini to become a ‘Total Transformation/Core Strength Vinyasa’ Yoga Instructor. She is especially passionate about teaching yoga to the average person, using simple but powerful techniques to help them relieve stress and improve mental and physical health.

Why Retreat? Who Needs a Retreat? When to Retreat

Authored By: 
Kathryn Templeton

Why Retreat? Who needs to retreat? When to retreat?
One word~ HEALTH... physical, mental, emotional, intellectual and beyond!

Yes, because when you take the time to care for yourself you rebuild your health and well being. We generally do not slow down and care for ourselves in a meaningful way until we start to show symptoms of fatigue, a cold, skin rash... the list of subtle and not so subtle symptoms is loooong!

About the Author: 

Kathryn Templeton has devoted her life to the health of others. A psychotherapist for more than 20 years, Kathryn is a Master Teacher in the field of Drama Therapy and continues to work both clinically and as an educator specializing in the treatment of individuals with complex trauma. As an E-500 RYT and NAMA-registered Ayurvedic practitioner, Kathryn has worked to develop specialized treatments integrating the principles of yoga and Ayurveda with clinical theraputic techniques. Kathryn is currently a faculty member at the Himalayan Institute in Honesdale, PA, teaching courses on the Three Wisdom Traditions and Ayurvedic Yoga Specialist Training. In addition, she teaches in their 500-hour RYT program along with other yoga teacher training programs around the country and is an Adjunct Professor of Human Development and General Psychology in the Connecticut Community College system. She holds memberships with the International Association of Yoga Therapists, the National Association of Drama Therapists and the National Ayurvedic Medical Association.

The Only Real Yoga

Authored By: 
Alex Hamby

I'm holding a grudge. That's bad for a yoga teacher, right? But I can't seem to help myself as I walk through a class of women (and a lone, older gentleman) moving and sweating in time with the fast beat and thrumming base playing during their nightly Zumba class. Each of their faces look bright and happy, but concentrated and present as they follow the movements of the teacher.

I hear a buzzer, loud and sharp, and I look through a window down onto a basketball court. Below me teenage boys scurry back and forth chasing that orange sphere, working team against team to score points.

About the Author: 

Alex didn't grow up a competitive athlete. He didn't exercise or eat right or meditate. He lived like most Westerners on a diet of television and McDonalds. Then one day he looked in the mirror and saw reflected there a man he didn't recognize and that guy looked sick and unhappy.

He made a series of changes that led to dramatic weight loss opened his eyes to what is going on around America and the world. After finding yoga Alex realized there was a tool, a practice that could help him and others make positive change and so chose the path to bring it to others. Now he celebrates and shares movement through yoga with whomever he can get onto a mat.

I LOVE with Food

Authored By: 
Kendall Inman

For as long as I can remember I have loved people with food. So it is not ironic that I find myself immersed and fascinated with the science of Ayurveda. Obviously there was some karmic residue in and around food for me in this lifetime.

My father wanted a boy…I received a fishing knife for my 6th or 7th birthday and a fishing tackle box for another birthday. For my 12th birthday, I received a down sleeping bag and all I really wanted was platform shoes and a denim patchwork skirt. I wasn’t going to be a boy, as exciting as those outdoor toys might have been I wasn’t going for it….

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 with 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.

Gratitude

Authored By: 
David Romanelli

Gratitude

Almost everyday while walking to my gym on 4th Street and Broadway in New York City, I see a woman siting on the street.

While many people living on the street are desperate or deranged, this woman has an odd dignity.

She has a gas fueled burner on which she warms her food and drink. And as I walk into the gym each morning, I actually see her savor her food, not so much like a starving person but like a foodie at a fancy restaurant.

On a late Fall day, I saw her say "goodbye, see you in the Spring" to the wilting flowers. She sits with elegant posture.

About the Author: 

Founder of MeditateON, Creator of Yoga + Chocolate, Yoga + Wine, Yoga for Foodies, Author of Yeah Dave's Guide to Livin' the Moment, Host of Yeah Dave on uLive.

Meditation

Authored By: 
Mike McNally

Reprogramming the Human Bio-computer

Meditation is a catalyst for experiencing comfort and equanimity. At times those feelings expand into a translucent experience of our holistic nature – an awareness of an essential ‘presence’ that permeates the world. Some pragmatists suggest that such experiences are merely a rush of endorphins that create a physiologic euphoria. I prefer to believe that meditation facilitates a connection with our mystical nature, the highest wisdom and the most radiant beauty that our dull faculties can comprehend.

About the Author: 

Mike McNally

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