Yoga

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.

When The Heat Is On

Authored By: 
Steven Brice

As I stepped into this tremendously hot room barefooted, I was carrying the stress and concerns of my world on my shoulders. My ministry & nonprofit initiatives were looking faint, business goals seem to have invited me into the galaxy in order for me to reach them, my finances moved out of my bank account home to reside in the accounts of bill collectors, and it seemed as if the world had slowly chewed me up, and spit me out like sunflower seeds.

About the Author: 

Steven says:
The Young Lion ~ "The Young Lion", prince of the Jungle. A young man with greatness in mind.

The Young Sheep ~ I cannot make it without my Shepherd. Lord, whatever your doing, please don't do it without me.

When you put it all together, you will come up with: "The Young Sheeion"

I am The Voice, who when living from the core of my heart is growing with the gift of listening to the outcast in the context of their mess while connecting as a friend.

In Search of Sattwa –or- The Evolution Revolution

Authored By: 
Kirsten Joy Burch

The Bhagavad Gita tells us that humans, as well as all other things in Nature, have a mixture of Sattwa, and its companions, Rajas and Tamas. These three Maha Gunas (qualities) determine our behavior, actions, thoughts and emotions.

Sattwa is clarity, light, purity and wakefulness. It is stability, essence, compassion and love. Sattwa is required for our mental and physical health, and is the path to personal evolution and spiritual maturity. 

About the Author: 

Self described Green Thumb, Poet Seer, Sun Worshiper, Sitter, Thinker, Writer, and Embodiment of Light, Kirsten is the owner of Living Yoga Dallas, a student of the Himalayan Institute and ParaYoga, and is a Certified Ayurveda Lifestyle Counselor.

She teaches public classes at Sync Yoga & Wellbeing and enjoys helping people find health, happiness and transformation through the practice of Yoga, Ayurveda, Tantra and Vedanta.

Beginning Meditation – Month 1

Authored By: 
Kirsten Joy Burch

Learning to sit….

1. Environment matters
Find a clean, quiet space in your home where you can sit undisturbed, away from the distractions and pressures of the external world.
The air should be clean, fresh and well ventilated but not breezy.

2. Cleanliness is a factor
Your face, hands and feet should feel clean and fresh, adding a certain respect and vibrancy to your practice. If you practice meditation in the morning, you will want to evacuate your bladder and bowels first.

About the Author: 

Kirsten is a teaching practitioner of Yoga, Meditation and Ayurveda. She teaches public classes at Sync Yoga & Wellbeing and can be contacted for private consultation. She studies under Yogarupa Rod Stryker (ParaYoga) and Pandit Rajmani Tigunait of the Himalayan Institute of Yoga Science & Philosophy.

Try her guided Breath Awareness Practice for free - a great way to relax before sleep!

3 Beginner Yoga Moves for Back Pain

Authored By: 
Jayson Goetz

Many people experience back pain, and for many reasons. The main cause of back pain is a lack of strength and/or flexibility. These 3 beginner yoga moves are designed to strengthen and increase flexibility in your spine.

Yoga isn’t solution for all back pain, more serious condition may need special care in addition to yoga, like a bulging disc. Which is when one of your intervertebral discs has weakened and lost its shape. If you suffer from a spinal condition proceed carefully.

About the Author: 

Jayson believes there are many solutions to your back pain. Having personally suffered from back pain he has tried them all. He started writing in hope of sharing his experiences with those who are looking for help.

Steps for Creating Your Own Happiness

Authored By: 
Kirsten Joy Burch

Modern society is so super advanced - we can thank science & technology for so many inventions over the past 200 years! However, our personal and spiritual evolution, our ability to be content and fulfilled hasn’t growth past our ancestors from the Stone Age. We still exhibit anger, greed, jealousy, ego and insatiable desires. Our mind constantly spins with anger over past experiences, anxiety and fear over what may come to pass. We have lost sight of the beauty that exists, ever present, in the here and now.

About the Author: 

Kirsten Joy began studying with Rod Stryker and was initiated into the tradition in October 2014 after retiring as a corporate finance executive after the death of her hisband from brain cancer. She studies under the tradition of the Himalayan Masters, and enjoys practicing Tantric Hatha Yoga, Vedanta and Ayurveda to support personal development and evolution. 

She supports her students' and clients' physiological and hormonal balance through Traditional Yoga, Meditation, and Guided Relaxation.

She is a certified Ayurveda Lifestyle Counselor, member of the Modern Widow's Club, and teaches public classes at Sync Yoga & Wellbeing off Sylvan/30.

Contact her at kirsten [at] livingyogadallas [dot] com or via personal email Kirsten_J_Burch [at] yahoo [dot] com for questions or scheduling.

25 Days of Yoga Poses to Keep You Stress-Free & Healthy This Holiday Season

Authored By: 
Rachel O'Conner

The hectic nature of the holidays can get to even the most practiced yogi. The problem is that stress is more than just a mental worry. It manifests itself in physical ways and attacks our overall health and wellbeing.
But with daily practice, we can keep our inner peace intact and truly enjoy the holidays.

1. ADHO MUKHA SVASANA (DOWNWARD FACING DOG)
This standing pose can help relieve stress by calming the brain and energizing the body.

2. UTTHITA DANDASANA (PLANK)

About the Author: 

Rachel is a freelance content writer. She has written for a variety of different industries including business, healthcare, technology, travel, education, fashion and lifestyle. In her free time, Rachel enjoys practicing yoga and running along the beach in San Diego, California. 

How to Choose the Right Yoga Teacher Training

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Authored By: 
Tracee Stanley

Find a yoga teacher training that is going to teach you to deeply understand yourself and how to create a personal practice that will empower you to live to your fullest potential. Knowing yourself is the first step to being able to teach others.

I have been leading yoga teacher trainings and immersions for advanced yoga study for over 10 years and there are always questions that come up from dedicated students and potential teachers when they are ready to take the plunge into a yoga teacher training. 

About the Author: 

Tracee leads workshops, retreats and teacher trainings internationally and is a senior student of Yogarupa Rod Stryker, certified ParaYoga Teacher and Four Desires Trainer. She has been studying ParaYoga style since 2001 and also teaches the Yoga of Willpower and IntentionTM with the desire to help students enrich their lives through sharing practices that lead to self mastery and self-empowerment.

You can work with her January 13-15 2017 at SMU in the Four Desires training, hosted by Living Yoga Dallas.

>>Find more about Tracee at www.traceeyoga.com

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.

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