Yoga

10 Steps to Staying Inspired and Manifesting Your Intentions

Authored By: 
Tracee Stanley

Staying inspired isn’t always easy. Sometimes just completing our daily mundane tasks- taking care of our kids, going to work or school- can seem like a grind. So how do we stay inspired to attain the goals and dreams that we have set for ourselves?

1. Imagine:

About the Author: 

Tracee Stanley, ERYT, teaches yoga and meditation, specializing in Tantra and Para Yoga.
She delivers practices to help people live more expansive and fulfilled lives. 

She has appeared in many international magazines and is featured in Yoga Journal’s “Yoga as Medicine” by Dr. Timothy McCall. She leads workshops, trainings, and retreats internationally.

Tracee lives with her family in Topanga California where she also produces transformational media.

Check out her Empowered Life cards - 40 days / 40 questions to change your life!

Costa Rica Tacos, and Yoga

Authored By: 
Jennifer Malloy

I think yoga should be the prescription for everything in life. Addicted to food? Try a little yoga. Get caught speeding? Instead of a fine, go to 5 yoga classes. Going through a divorce or life change? Find a killer counselor, and practice yoga. Related to Donald Trump? Try yoga. Busted with marijuana? Why do we even care anymore? Why did we ever care? Oh, and sure, go take some yoga.

About the Author: 

Jen Malloy is a vegan food blogger and devoted yogi currently living in Fort Worth, Texas. You can follow her blog at WayfaringVegan.com to see other healthy vegan recipes posted weekly, including restaurant picks throughout the United States, and a little dose of living your best life mantras. 

Fear & the Spiritual Practice

Authored By: 
Rachael Patterson

My son is such an inspiration for me.  He is practically fearless.  It doesn't matter how many times he falls, he loves to climb.  He would stand on the back of the couch to look out the window before he could walk.  He climbs chairs, tables, his crib, anything he can hoist himself up on. He grins from ear to ear when he conquers a new piece of furniture.  I watch in wonder as he climbs up, up, up, and it makes me ponder the fear I feel as I watch him.

About the Author: 

Rachael is a young mother, yoga instructor, priestess-in-training and long-time writer.  As a young woman, she developed a love for people and writing and is now combining her talents to offer yoga & writing workshops in Dallas, Texas. She is also the President and Founder of Kutumba Yoga Dallas, a non-profit that is uniting the Health & Wellness Community in DFW behind charitable organizations in the area. 

You can read her blog, check out her social media, and book appointments with her at YogaByRachael.com.

Anxiety of Loss - How Yoga & Ayurveda Helps

Authored By: 
Kathryn Templeton

Dear Ayurvedic Abbie,

I have been diagnosed with anxiety and I am taking medication prescribed by my medical doctor. I don’t like taking medications and I was wondering what ayurveda says about treating anxiety.

About the Author: 

Kathryn Templeton, MA, RDT/MT, E500RYT, Ayurvedic Practitioner, has devoted her life to the health of others. A psychotherapist for more than 30 years, Kathryn is a Master Teacher in the field of Drama Therapy and continues to work both clinically and as an educator specializing in the treatment of individuals with anxiety, depression and complex trauma.

As an E-500 RYT, NAMA-registered Ayurvedic practitioner and Senior Para Yoga teacher, Kathryn has worked to develop specialized treatments integrating the principles of yoga, ayurveda and clinical psychology. Kathryn is currently a faculty member at the Himalayan Institute in Honesdale, PA.

She is founder of the Himalayan Institute Ayurvedic Yoga Specialist program (HIAYS), Torchbearer Mentorship program, and their AHC Program. Kathryn just launched The Three Wisdom Traditions: Integrating yoga,psychology and Ayurveda forProfound Healing. She is an Adjunct Professor of Human Development and General Psychology in the Connecticut Community College system.

Kathryn is a contributing writer, and educator for Yoga International website, a Banyan Botanicals Ambassador, and a guest blogger on several healthcare websites. She holds memberships with the International Association of Yoga Therapists, Yoga Alliance, the National Association of Drama Therapists and the National Ayurvedic Medical Association.

Find her LYD Member Profile here...

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.

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