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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.

5 Aromatic Herbal Teas To Match With Your Yoga

Authored By: 
Ronald Mccarthy

There's nothing more soothing than a warm drink after a long, tiring day. Not only does it make you feel good inside but it also helps get rid of any physical pain you might be having. Besides, it is also good for de-stressing.

About the Author: 

Ronanld McCarthy is a  fitness and lifestyle enthusiast. He uses his interests to share valuable insights through his writings. His aim is to spread knowledge to a larger audience by writing for some of the authoritative blogs around. For more updates follow him on Twitter @RonaldMcCarthy.

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.

Before and After: Transformation

Authored By: 
Jen Malloy

The before and after photo collection is everywhere these days: here I am, fit and fabulous; here I was, overweight and unhappy. I have them too. I have a lot of them. For my late 20s and early 30s, I was overweight - anywhere from 40 to 70 pounds overweight, depending on when you knew me. Five years ago, when I switched from a vegetarian to a vegan lifestyle and (temporarily) gave up drinking, I lost a ton of weight. And since I started practicing yoga more consistently, I've gotten stronger every day.

About the Author: 

Jen Malloy is a vegan food blooger, recipe developer, and yoga teacher living in Fort Worth, Texas. 

The Ayurveda of Millet - Breakfast for your Kapha

Authored By: 
Kirsten Joy Burch

Millet is truly an underappreciated grain. It’s a small seeded grass, cultivated over 10,000 years ago and grown in developing countries. That's Old School food...

Millet is perfect for the Kapha in your family - light, clean and easy to digest - check it out.

Here are the top 10 reasons to love Millet:
1. Millet is gluten-free and non-allergenic. A great grain for gluten sensitive individuals.
2. Millet’s high protein content (15 percent), making a valuable addition to a vegetarian diet.

About the Author: 

Kirsten has her Ayurveda Lifestyle Counselor certification and studies Ayurveda with Arpita Shah of Om Yoga Journey.  She teaches yoga and meditation publically at SYNC Yoga & Wellbeing and conducts workshops, private group classes and see clients for Yoga, Ayurveda and Wellbeing.

Reach her at kirsten [at] livingyogadallas [dot] com

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.  

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

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