Yoga

Travel Tips to Stay Well

Authored By: 
Kirsten Joy Burch

I almost titled this article "Why are the airlines trying to kill us?”… but then I remembered, they just don't know better…

I'm not sure why this holiday season's travel hit me as hard as it did, I've been all over the globe by myself without a hitch.  Maybe it’s possible that my perspective has changed in the recent past...now that I've experienced what a healthy doshic balance feels like, travel induced Vata derrangement is like a bucket of ice water to the face!

About the Author: 

Kirsten is a student of the Himalayan Institute and ParaYoga.  She teaches public classes at SYNC Yoga & Wellbeing, and is a certified Ayurveda Lifestyle Counselor.  

She graduated Magna cum Laude at the University of Texas Dallas with a focus on business management and environmental science.  She retired from the corporate world in 2012, where she worked as a director in the field of accounting, finance, sales operations, internal audit and process improvement.  She acquired Living Yoga Dallas in the fall of 2015 and finds joy in sharing the knowledge of yoga & ayurveda to the metroplex and encourages every yogi, teacher and practitioner to always keep growing.  

"Life is short, we have a wonderful opportunity to learn from some great Teachers and living Masters - there's always a chance to Level-Up!"  --Kirsten Joy Burch

Parshvottanasana: The Lateral Extension

Authored By: 
Luke Ketterhagen

Parshvottanasana, the lateral extension, is a standing posture that finds its way into the repertoire of almost every yoga student. Lengthening the torso over one leg and bending forward from the hip joints awakens an intense stretch in the deep muscles of the gluteal region as well as in the hamstrings, and dramatically strengthens the lower back. Parshvottanasana also improves balance and isolates the movement of the pelvis from that of the upper torso. It is a posture with such a rich variety of benefits that it shouldn’t be ignored.

About the Author: 

Luke Ketterhagen earned a degree from Marquette University in Biomedical Sciences, and then immersed himself in the study of yoga. He is certified by the Himalayan Institute, and specializes in hatha, meditation, diet and nutrition. Based in New York, He travels throughout the US, conducting yoga teacher training programs and weekend workshops.

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.  

Surrender

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Authored By: 
Chidanandi Sheri Cherokee

Surrender “To surrender is to hand over everything to God: your thoughts, words, deeds, and everything you own.” Sri Narayani Amma

About the Author: 

Chidanandi Sheri, Founder and Director of Alpha- Omega Yoga, has been practicing yoga for over 40 years and teaching for over 30 years and is an internationally renowned teacher of Yoga. She has continually furthered her education in many areas related to the yoga way of life. Chidanandi is a registered Yoga Teacher through Yoga Alliance E-RYT 500 (Experienced Yoga Teacher with over 100,000 hours of Teaching Experience) She holds a Bachelors degree in Body Science, two degrees in Herbal Medicine, and a Masters in Business Administration. In addition, Sheri holds four certifications in Ayurveda and travels to India annually to further advance her understanding of the ancient practice of yoga. Chidanandi is experienced in a wide variety of yoga styles, such as, Hatha Yoga, Ashtanga Yoga, Bhakti Yoga, Kriya Yoga, Tantric Yoga, Vinyasa Style Yoga, Heated Yoga, Mantra Yoga, Meditation, Pranayama, and the Yoga Sutras. Practicing yoga has brought Sheri so much joy and it is her mission is to inspire, encourage, and improve the lives of those who would like to embark on the path to better health and spiritual awareness.

A few tips to stay balanced..... AND not lock your kids in the closet!

Authored By: 
Laura Abbott-Coan

Tips to stay balanced .........AND not lock your kids in the closet!

About the Author: 

Laura is a mother of three lively kids and wife to an awesome husband.  She currently works at The Lifeworks Group as a yoga therapist.  She has been a yoga practitioner for 15 years, and a former studio owner. She attained her 500 hour certification with Tias Little, Prajna Yoga, and currently studies under Rod Stryker, Para Yoga, Arpita Shah, Om Yoga Journey for Ayurveda, and The Mindful School, mindfulness for children.   Her joyful nature brings ease and comfort to her clients, adults and children alike.   She loves the innocent and inquisitive nature of children and tries to bring that back to adults who might have lost that along the way.  Her dedication to study and practice keeps her evolving and deepening the journey to self realization.  She aims to bring a truly authentic classical approach to her teachings and to everyday life. Her focus is on the energetics of the asana combined with breath work to create a unique and transformational experience. She works with clients helping to re-set the nervous system of people who suffer from anxiety, depression, ADHD, addictions, OCD, grief, and many others. 

If you ever find yourself questioning what this all about she is there to walk beside you; in to the depths of yourself in a safe and methodical way through yoga therapy, Ayurveda, and mindfulness. 

For you or your child to meet with Laura for a yoga therapy session or group yoga therapy she can be reached at
214-850-0746
lacoan [at] wefixbrains [dot] com

Teaching Children's Yoga & My Yoga Story

Authored By: 
Kristi McDonald

Yoga is a very relevant topic to explore in the society of today’s children because it offers something nothing else can offer, a non-competitive outlet. Yoga also has many undeniable benefits that go along with it. Adults are reaping these benefits with great reward. It’s time we share this same outlet with our children today.

About the Author: 

Kristi McDonald, E-RYT 200 & Registered Children's Yoga Specialist with Yoga Alliance, is the Director of Samadhi Kids and creator of the Indigo Project Children's Yoga Specialty Teacher Training Program. Ms. McDonald holds a Master's Degree in Education, and is an elementary school coordinator, Reiki practitioner, and licensed Massage Therapist. She is a graduate from The University of Texas at Tyler, Corepower Yoga Teacher Training, and Collinson Massage School.

Ms. McDonald is passionate about helping children and families navigate today’s stressful and ever-changing environments by imparting evidence-based skills from her unique expertise in this wide variety of disciplines. She has also been involved in creating audio practices for children on two digital albums, “The Indigo Project: Meditations for Children” and “HappyThoughts: Positive Practices for Children."

Her goal is to build and inspire community well-being by focusing on the health and happiness of the family and child, sharing the teachings of yoga, meditation, and other healing practices.

Ms. McDonald currently offers an array of continuing education and online programs via Samadhi Kids and The Indigo Project trainings and retreats, including convenient online courses and resources.

Yoga & School Performance

Authored By: 
Kristi McDonald

Today’s schools are filled with never before seen challenges. High violence rates, low success rates and an increased population of mentally and physically unhealthy children are rampant. Yoga is accessible, easy and the benefits come quickly. The more you grow your practice, the more benefits you will see.

About the Author: 

Kristi McDonald, E-RYT 200 & Registered Children's Yoga Specialist with Yoga Alliance, is the Director of Samadhi Kids and creator of the Indigo Project Children's Yoga Specialty Teacher Training Program.

Ms. McDonald holds a Master's Degree in Education, and is an elementary school coordinator, Reiki practitioner, and licensed Massage Therapist. She is a graduate from The University of Texas at Tyler, Corepower Yoga Teacher Training, and Collinson Massage School.

Ms. McDonald is passionate about helping children and families navigate today’s stressful and ever-changing environments by imparting evidence-based skills from her unique expertise in this wide variety of disciplines. She has also been involved in creating audio practices for children on two digital albums, “The Indigo Project: Meditations for Children” and “HappyThoughts: Positive Practices for Children."

Her goal is to build and inspire community well-being by focusing on the health and happiness of the family and child, sharing the teachings of yoga, meditation, and other healing practices.

Ms. McDonald currently offers an array of continuing education and online programs via Samadhi Kids and The Indigo Project trainings and retreats, including convenient online courses and resources.

Yoga, the Crown Jewel of India: Threads of Connection, Part 4

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Authored By: 
Carol A. Stall

In 1990 when I began teaching a yoga class for the City of Plano Parks and Recreation Department, there was one other yoga teacher offering classes in Plano.  In addition to teaching group yoga classes, people came to me for bodywork, energetic healing and private yoga lessons. My business earned a small profit in the first year and has sustained profitability ever since. The freedom of  being in charge of my own schedule as a small business owner offered exactly what I needed at the time to take my yoga practice to a deeper level.

About the Author: 

Carol began studying Yoga in 1973, started teaching part time in 1980, and since 1990 has operated a holistic yoga and bodywork practice near Dallas. She is owner and director of Namaste' USA Yoga, a yoga teacher training school based on Vanda Scaravelli's teachings. Registered by Yoga Alliance, the school offers 200 and 500 hour certifications.  Her master yoga teacher is Donna Farhi, with whom she has studied annually since 1994.  Other major teachers and influencers in her life and teaching are Bonnie Bainbridge Cohen (Body Mind Centering); Vanda Scaravelli (through her video and book); three of Vanda's direct students: Irene Beer, Rossella Baroncini, and Sandra Sabatini; and meditation Guru Shri Anandi Ma.
Carol offers through her classes, workshops, satsangs, and teacher training the opportunity to reconnect with your own inner wisdom and creativity. Exploration and internal inquiry help lead you to self-referent practice. As you sustain awareness on gravity/the ground and your breath, you uncover stability and ease in both your yoga practice and daily life. Empowered through creative movement balanced by moments of stillness, you, along with other students have the choice to move deeply into a yoga journey unique to each individual. The process creates a kind of map of one's own internal geography and  self discovery.

Why YOU Need to Retreat

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Authored By: 
Theresa Polley

Life! Busy, messy, sometimes dull, sometimes more excitement than we can bear… but truly a joy in all of its glory.

One consistent thing about life these days is the constant stream of
• e-mails, texts, Facebook posts
• things you need to do, things you should do, things not to do
• who needs your help, your love, your opinion
…the demand on our attention, energy and time is never-ending.

About the Author: 

Theresa Polley, E-RYT 200, has been teaching yoga and leading retreats since 2004. While she loves to bring transformation to her students through yoga, what drives her now is her passion to give women a safe and sacred place to retreat from a busy reality. After a Yoga Retreat at Retreat in the Pines, guests return home renewed, empowered and inspired. Theresa’s retreats celebrate women and she welcomes beginners to advanced students of all ages, sizes and fitness levels.

The Sacredness of Daily Practice

Authored By: 
Douchka Lecot

We were all born yogis, we just forgot who we are.

About the Author: 

Douchka is a 200-hour Yoga Alliance E-RYT and an Ayurvedic Yoga Specialist with over a 10-year experience in yoga science. With a vast knowledge on Ayurveda, nutrition and aromatherapy, she considers herself an “eternal” student. She constantly questions, explores and researches on therapies, systems and techniques that could enhance her life experience and support a deeper and better understanding of the Self. She’s committed to her true mission of sharing her experiential and universal yoga and tools with others. In 2011, she co-founded Yana Shala with the mission of developing a community-based platform providing education and resources through workshops, seminars, lectures, trainings and retreats for self-development and personal growth. on March 27th 2015, Yana Shala is launching 'Manifest Your Inner Teacher', a 200-hr certified teacher training and advanced yoga study in Dallas/Fort Worth. 

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