Wellness

An Ojas Building Shake

Authored By: 
Christina Vargas

Ojas is our "inner sap", our vitality, consciousness and immunity. It is the basis for physical and mental endurance, the internalized essence of digested food and thought.

Ojas is responsible for protecting the body from physical harm and provides emotional stability. It grounds us and supports our mental, physical and spiritual growth. It protects us against high levels of stress and provides mental stability and peace.

About the Author: 

Since 2005, Christina Vargas has been teaching yoga and sharing her passion and gift for helping others live a life of balance as an avid yogi and certified yoga instructor.

It was when she returned from teacher training in 2005 when she was introduced by a friend (now husband) to Ayurveda that her life was changed forever. Discovering this healing science that has been practiced in India for more than 5,000 years was the catalyst for SimpleVeda.

At SimpleVeda, Christina offers one-on-one consultations, yoga classes and personal chef services in which she takes a holistic approach to helping clients adjust their lifestyles to achieve balance, reduce stress, and lessen chronic and acute health conditions. She is excited to help clients assess the areas in their lives in which they seek balance most. Through instruction, education, and guidance, Christina offers clients personalized service that results in happier and healthier lives — physically, emotionally, and spiritually.

LYD has an ever-lasting gratitude to Christina and her amazing health and wellbeing services. Her loving services and nourishing dishes are truly a blessing during grief and trauma recovery.

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.

Balancing Vata During Seasonal Change

Authored By: 
Kirsten Joy Burch

This morning I watched Vata blow in, signaling the continuing change of seasons, and I was reminded by my dear friend Christina from SimpleVeda, that when we grab the fall hoodie it’s also time to check the summer routine at the door.

*Here are some helpful hints to keep Vata from sneaking out of the house!

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 started my professional career as a medical assistant in Denton, then ran business operations for a hospice in Missouri, and finally moved back home to Dallas for a career in finance & sales operations in the software industry during the booming late '90s.

I began studying with Rod Stryker and was initiated into the tradition in October 2014. I continue my yoga education through the Himalayan International Institute for Yoga Science & Philosophy, and am continually fascinated by the power of what the Yogis have been doing for thousands of years.  I enjoy practicing ViniYoga, ParaYoga, and Yoga Nidra to support my personal development. 

I am a certified Ayurveda Lifestyle Counselor, member of the Modern Widow's Club, and teach public classes at Sync Yoga & Wellbeing off Sylvan/30. I lead various workshops, including the New Moon Women's Circle, Yoga Science & Philosophy classes, Ayurveda consults and group trainings.

Please contact me at kirsten [at] livingyogadallas [dot] com or my personal email Kirsten_J_Burch [at] yahoo [dot] com for questions or scheduling.

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. 

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.

How a Mom of 4 Followed Her Passion & Started a Thriving ‘Seed-to-Table’ Family Business

Authored By: 
Gina D'Orazio Stryker

I grew up in a tiny mountain town in Idaho, population 724. To this day it is the kind of town where most children of the community stick close to home, close to their roots. But, I had always dreamed of a bigger world, more to explore. So the minute high school graduation culminated, I found myself on a plane to Florence, Italy to study cooking. I was the first of my family to fly commercial, the first to have a passport.

About the Author: 

Gina is Founder and Recipe Artist of Gina Cucina.

Gina just loves feeding people. Coming from a long line of Italian chefs, she learned to cook at an early age and always knew that was her calling. At 17 she said goodbye to her family and her small Idaho hometown and headed off for culinary school in Italy. She spent years honing her skills, using all of life’s opportunities to perfect her particular culinary style. Early on she created sauces and soups for her own gift basket business in Los Angeles.

Being a small town girl at heart, she married and moved to Carbondale, Colorado 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, Yogarupa Rod Stryker, has trained yoga instructors and run yoga retreats for decades, so about 12 years ago Gina started catering for the retreats. Gina Cucina was born out of the culmination of cooking for 1000’s of yogis and 100’s of toddlers over the years. Both audiences — the most discerning of customers! Gina’s non-gmo and organic food line has the healthiest nutritionals on the market today.

Make Gina Cucina a part of your family dinner, and taste the love in every bite!

Karma is like a tube of toothpaste

Authored By: 
Kirsten Joy Burch

The word Karma in Sanskrit translates as ‘action’.  Your karma is determined by your actions and also by your reactions to stress. When thought, word and deed are virtuous, virtuous actions (karma) are returned to you. When you move in non-virtuous patterns, then the results can be less than savory.

To say that another way: when you freak out and do hurtful things, hurtful things happen. When you chill under stress and do nice things, the world is a much nicer place to live.

About the Author: 

Kirsten is a writer, photographer, yogi and chaser of the Sun. She studies under the lineage of the Himalayan Masters, teaches public/private yoga & meditation and is an Ayurvedic Lifestyle Counselor.

Creativity as Self-Expression

Authored By: 
Dr. Paula Joyce

Self-Empowerment Tip

About the Author: 

Dr. Paula, The Life Doctor, is a best-selling author and top ranked radio host. She did her post-doctoral studies at Yale University and has been in USA Today, the Dallas Morning News and on national radio and television. As a Leading Expert and Life Coach, Dr. Paula will help you create the life you want.

14-year Old Boys, My Ass!

Authored By: 
Katherine Galligan

As yoga class was called to order, I couldn’t help but notice the group of us present for early morning Ashtanga class were all women over the age of 30. In fact the average age amongst the group that stepped forward into Samisthiti was 45 years old. More than half were mothers with kids at home.

About the Author: 

Katherine Galligan, RYT500, E-RYT200, is the owner of Yoga Chikitsa (formerly Beach Mat Yoga), a yoga and ayurveda wellness center in Richardson, Texas.

Meeting people exactly where they are in their life journey with compassion is Katherine's biggest joy in life. Her passion is guiding individuals to better health, whether it be thru yoga or ayurvedic living. 

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