Wellness

Care & Compassion

Authored By: 
Dorsey Standish

As a yoga and mindfulness teacher, my ultimate mission is to help others help themselves. I often tell my students that they have to take care of themselves in order to take care of others. This sentiment is echoed by both the airline safety videos (“Secure your mask before helping others”) and thought leaders such as the Dalai Llama.

“If you don’t love yourself, you cannot love others… If you have no compassion for yourself then you are not capable of developing compassion for others.” —Dalai Lama

About the Author: 

Dorsey Standish is a mechanical engineer by degree and a yoga and mindfulness teacher by passion. Her mindfulness practice has helped her succeed at a Fortune 500 tech company, overcome mental illness, and ultimately connect more deeply with those around her. An avid learner, Dorsey routinely grows her practice and her teaching by participating in yoga workshops, silent meditation retreats, and conferences like Wisdom 2.0 in San Francisco. Her mission is to inspire women worldwide to embrace self-care and self-love.

Talking With Teens: Find Out What Really Matters

Authored By: 
Phyllis Smith

I'm only in week 2 of my online "Mindful Communication" course given by Mindful Schools, and I already feel a shift in how I'm communicating with my family and co-workers. The foundation of the course is built on the Non-Violent Communication (NVC) technique founded by the late Marshall Rosenberg PhD, who also founded the Center for Non-Violent Communication.

Click here to watch a short video of Dr. Rosenberg to understand his work.

What Really Matters

About the Author: 

Live Free Yoga provides comprehensive and integrative Yoga education programs for the adolescent and teenage population in public and private schools. Our goal is to help give this age group the tools to help ease their transition into young adulthood.

Our teaching method is designed to be compatible with Social-Emotional-Learning (SEL) techniques including the implementation of life-long skills that promote self-esteem, self-regulation, self-awareness, stress-resistance, strength, flexibility, balance and focus.

Co-Founders, Phyllis Smith and Tida Chambers, have a combined 23 years experience serving the adult, adolescent and children community. Both are certified in children’s Yoga and have a lifelong passion to help empower our youth through the practice of Yoga and its principles.

All of our Yoga instructors share the same passion for serving this particular demographic and are certified with either a 200hr or 500hr Yoga Alliance-approved teacher training program. They are also trained in the LFY method, so each class is consistent.

Mindful eating: a powerful practice in transforming your relationship to food

Authored By: 
Valerie Love

Six years ago, I went to visit a friend from college who was teaching English in Kyoto, Japan.

A day or so after I arrived, she took me to an outdoor market in the city.  Wandering together through stalls of artwork, antiques, handicrafts and food, I was drawn to a table where a woman was selling daifuku, sweet rice cakes filled with red bean paste.

As my friend spoke Japanese and I did not, she kindly did the work of ordering one for me.

About the Author: 

Valerie Love’s passions in life are yoga, food, and travel. She also believes in trying to make the world just a little bit better. You can find Valerie on the mat teaching Yoga for Relaxation on Sunday mornings at Powa Centre and all levels classes at various other studios and gyms in Wellington. A recent transplant from the US, she blogs about yoga and her adjustment to life in New Zealand.

Why Acupuncture?

Authored By: 
Nena Watkins

Acupuncture, as part of the ancient practice of Chinese medicine, has been used for thousands of years and is still commonly used today.

There are several reasons why acupuncture is so popular. It balances a person so they feel better.  Acupuncture has no negative side effects. It is relaxing and it works!  In addition to desired results, acupuncture is cost effective and covered by many insurance policies.

Acupuncture has no negative side effects.

About the Author: 

Native to Dallas and a graduate UT Austin, Nena journeyed to Seattle to study acupuncture at Bastyr University.  After many years practicing in the northwest, she returned home.  Nena enjoys sharing the beauty of Chinese medicine with the people of Dallas at her practice in North Oak Cliff.

Certifications include:
Licensed Acupuncturist, Texas Medical Board
Diplomat of Oriental Medicine, NCCAOM

For appointments, contact nenawatkins [at] gmail [dot] com

Cardamom makes coffee exceptional

Authored By: 
Kirsten Joy Burch

Used as an herbal pharmaceutical for centuries, this aromatic, green (and brown) spice turns your coffee into a medicinal treat to counter negative effects of caffeine, while boosting digestion, increasing energy, and reducing pain. It brings light, dry, clear and pungent qualities to life.

A member of the Ginger family, Cardamom has been used in Ayurveda for over 5,00 years – the ancient texts laud its ability to break down difficult-to-digest foods, and enhance taste, turning ordinary into exceptional.

About the Author: 

Kirsten studies kundalini tantra at the Himalayan Institute of Yoga Science & Philosophy with Pandit Rajmani Tigunait, Ph.D, and is a ParaYoga MasterStudent with Yogarupa Rod Stryker. She is a certified Ayurveda Lifestyle Counselor, the owner of Living Yoga Dallas, and founder of Prani Lifestlye Consulting - helping people navigate life through ancient, holistic practices.

Kirsten teaches public classes at Sync Yoga & Wellbeing, and Oak Cliff Aikikai. She takes consults privately for meditation, yoga, and diet/lifestyle enhancements.

Dude, there's ayurvedic spice in my chocolate.

Authored By: 
Yogi LJ Hash

Ayurveda doesn’t say ‘no’, it says when and how. Local yogi Katherine Clapner uses asafoetida, black cardamom, apricot and rose hips in her recipe for Soraya 3.0 – The Soft Butter Toffee. What does Ayurveda say?

About the Author: 

LJ dove into practice at Down Dog and Uptown Yoga and was asked to be a sub. In 2007, he took over at their Trophy Fitness gig. He completed 200 hour yoga teacher training with Chidananda Sheri Cherokee at Alpha Omega Yoga, Vinyasa with Seane Corn and currently studies ParaYoga with Yogarupa Rod Stryker.

Lj's personal practice is traditional, including a daily focus on ayurveda, meditation, and pranayama, as well as asana to improve energy and stay flexible. His goal is to share the humble practice of Patanjali, stilling the changing states of the mind.

-tada drastuh svarupe vasthanam-

-When that is accomplished, the Seer abides in its own true nature-

Arugula & Asparagus Pesto

Authored By: 
Kami Miranda

I love spring for many reasons—two of them are asparagus and arugula. When I was a child, my parents would take my brothers and I asparagus hunting, and then we would enjoy the bounty.

Each spring, arugula (or Eruca sativa, also known as rocket, rucola, and rucoli rugula) pops up everywhere in my garden, like a weed. My favorite kind of weed. I anxiously await its arrival to toss onto every meal I make, with a touch of olive oil and lemon.

About the Author: 

Kami is the Mistress of Magic at Gina Cucina and she loves making real food straight from the farm.

She started out as a massage therapist, birth doula and bilingual Montessori toddler teacher. Kami, her husband and their two children have lived between Colorado and Venezuela since 2001. Together they have started and sold a water buffalo dairy, a renewable energy installation company and a citrus orchard and gardens.

When Kami wasn’t homeschooling her children, processing coffee, cacao, yogurt, cheese and other fermented products, she could be found in the gardens or kitchen. She returned to the U.S in 2014; her children started school and she eagerly jumped on board Gina Cucina… a perfect ideological fit.

Gina has been passionate about food since she was a little girl.
Coming from a long line of Italian chefs, she learned to cook at an early age and always knew that was what she was meant to do. At 17 she said goodbye to her family and her small Idaho home town and headed off for culinary school in Italy.

She spent years honing her skills, using all of life’s opportunities to perfect her particular brand.  Early on she created sauces and soups for a small basket business in Los angeles, later, being a small town girl at heart, she married and moved to Carbondale, CO with her husband and twin boys. A second set of twins made their appearance, and she has been cooking for a crowd ever since!

Her husband, Rod Stryker is a renowned Yogi, has trained yoga instructors and run yoga retreats for decades. About 11 years ago, Gina started catering for them.  Gina Cucina is the culmination of cooking for 1000’s of yogis and 100’s of toddlers over the years.  Both sets are the most discerning of customers!

No matter how many places at the table, Gina has rules: use only the freshest, local ingredients… season judiciously (light on the salt!) and let all the natural flavor shine through. Make her a part of your family dinner, and taste the love in every bite!

Enjoy Gina Cucina's Soup of the Month Club - Made with Love!

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.

My Relationship with Self-Care

Authored By: 
Jordan Jones

A lot of what I do professionally centers around the concept of self-care. In particular, how to empower those I teach to take care of themselves. Everyone's self-care routing is as unique as their fingerprints. Even if two people need the same thing, the way they approach it and their reasons for doing it can be miles apart. There is a lot of dialogue around the why, what and how we should take care of ourselves - sleep hygiene, meditation, diet - but I feel there can be a lack of follow up.

About the Author: 

Jordan’s yoga practice has allowed her to heal a number of emotional wounds that were affecting her everyday life. Years of dealing with ADHD symptoms, anxiety, and self-doubt have slowly melted away as she has spent more time on her mat, with her teachers, learning how to serve herself and others with this practice.

Yoga, to her, is an expression of self-care. We create our own medicine through taking the time to mindfully move our bodies. The physical postures we practice on the mat act as counterbalances to our days spent sitting still and rigid. On the mat, we can nurture qualities of strengthand softness to carry with us when we leave class. It is through yoga that we cultivate tools that allow us to mindfully move through the stress of our every day lives.

Jordan’s classes are crafted around nurturing the mind-body connection of her students through movement, mediation, and breath work. When Jordan teaches, her goal is to support a nurturing space for her students to cultive both sweetness and strength as they explore their personal practice.

The Importance of Powering Down to Focus on Ourselves

Authored By: 
Kacey Mya

The Importance of Powering Down to Focus on Ourselves
How much of your life do you spend plugged into technology? If your phone is what you end your day with and the first thing you reach for in the morning, it’s time to reevaluate your need for such devices.
Most of the time, you see the time you spend online a way to remain interconnected. Yet, all of that time spent on your phone is sucking up your energy, leading to less than beneficial outcomes for mind, body and spirit.
More Time Online Means Less Sleep

About the Author: 

Kacey is a lifestyle blogger for The Drifter Collective, an eclectic lifestyle blog that expresses various forms of style through the influence of culture and the world around us. Kacey graduated with a degree in Communications while working for a lifestyle magazine. She has been able to fully embrace herself with the knowledge of nature, the power of exploring other locations and cultures, all while portraying her love for the world around her through her visually pleasing, culturally embracing and inspiring posts.

Syndicate content
More Yoga Events