Yoga

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. 

Yoga, the Crown Jewel of India: Threads of Connection, Part 3

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Authored By: 
Carol A. Stall

It was my search for inner peace that led me to Yoga. I soon learned that inner peace was not something I could earn by practicing but something that came naturally and incrementally as a result of the practice. I noticed fairly early that even though my focus was mostly on postures and breathing, I was already experiencing fewer reactive impulses, a quieter mind, and calmer emotional states. Greater strength and flexibility, increased energy, improved immunity, and better balance also became apparent.

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.

3 Things I learned from Teaching Yoga to People with Cancer

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Authored By: 
Debbie Simon

Luckily, I do not have cancer and never have. I am simply a yoga teacher who has a great interest in the ways yoga, pranayama and especially meditation can help support someone with a disease like cancer. I’m sure like many of you, I’ve had students who happened to have cancer find their way into my gentle yoga classes. I wanted to have a broader knowledge base and provide them what they needed even though it was an open class not specifically designed for students with cancer. When I found the Yoga Bridge, Yoga for Cancer Teacher Training Program, I signed up.

About the Author: 

Debbie Simon, RYT-500. Debbie has been teaching yoga for over 7 years in the Lewisville and Flower Mound areas. She started working in the health and fitness industry over 16 years ago as an aerobics instructor, but it was not until she found yoga did the connection of min,d body and spirit come together as a complete holistic practice. She received her trainings as a yoga teacher at Blue Anjou Yoga Studio and teaches Hatha, Yin, Kundalini and Meditation there. She hopes to bring a sense of peace and calm through gentle movements, meditation and breath work that will help access that unchanging aspect within all of us. Debbie Simon is a certified Yoga Bridge Yoga for Cancer Teacher and teaches weekly classes for those affected by cancer at Blue Anjou and the Medical Center of Lewisville.

The Absolute Necessity of Doing Nothing

Authored By: 
Judith Hanson Lasater

We are just too busy, too occupied, too distracted, too over-scheduled.

We try so many strategies: new calendars, to-do lists, New Year’s resolutions, and endless promises to ourselves to do less.

But we don’t.

So every day do these three things instead.

One, a 20 minute relaxation. Lie down, set a timer, cover your eyes and totally disconnect from the world.

Two, do not look at your phone during meals. Put it in another room and turn it off.

About the Author: 

Judith Hanson Lasater, Ph.D., Physical Therapist, has been teaching yoga since 1971.
She trains students and teachers throughout the United States as well as abroad,
is one of the founders of Yoga Journal magazine,
and is president of the California Yoga Teachers Association.
She has written eight books.

What is Chakra Therapy?

Authored By: 
Anodea Judith

Everyone seems to know about chakras these days – at least as a concept – but do they really know the ins and outs of activating, balancing, and healing using the model of the Chakra System as the profound formula for wholeness that it is? 

This elegant map to human consciousness is not only a ladder of liberation for achieving higher states of awareness, but an opening into our own deep psyche, with all its issues and illuminations, from its depths to its heights.

About the Author: 

Anodea Judith, Ph.D. has been called “a prophet for our time.” A groundbreaking thought leader who is the founder and director of Sacred Centers, and a writer, therapist, and spiritual teacher. Her passion for the realization of human potential matches her concern for humanity’s impending crises — her fervent wish is that we “wake up in time.” She holds Masters and Doctoral degrees in Psychology and Human Health, is a 500 hour registered yoga teacher (E-RYT), with lifelong studies of psychology, mythology, sociology, history, systems theory, and mystic spirituality. She is considered one of the country’s foremost experts on the combination of chakras and therapeutic issues and on the interpretation of the Chakra System for the Western lifestyle. She teaches across the U.S., as well as in Canada, Europe, Ireland, Asia, and South and Central America.

Bandhas: To Release Tension, Conflict, and Anxiety~ A Path to a Clearer Mind!

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Chidanandi Sheri Cherokee, MBA, E-RYT500, Ayurveda Counselor

Bandhas

About the Author: 

Chidanandi Sheri Cherokee MBA, E-RYT500, RCYT
Founder and Director

Chidanandi Sheri, Founder and Director of Alpha- Omega Yoga, has been practicing yoga for 42 years and teaching for 32 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.

Yoga, the Crown Jewel of India: Part 2

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Authored By: 
Carol A. Stall

The physical, mental, and emotional effects of my first yoga class were immediately noticeable, although I had no real language at that point for describing them, even to myself. What became completely apparent, though, was that I had become so disconnected from my body that I was mostly unaware of it. My daily life and focus were almost totally intellectual.

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 of Namaste' USA Yoga, a teacher training school founded to make Vanda Scaravelli's unique approach to asana practice available to American yoga students. Credentialed by Yoga Alliance, the school offers 200 and 500 hour certifications. Carol's master yoga teacher is Donna Farhi, with whom she has studied annually since 1994. Her other major teachers are Bonnie Bainbridge Cohen (Body Mind Centering); Vanda Scaravelli's direct students Irene Beer, Esther Myers, Rossella Baroncini, and Sandra Sabatini; and meditation guru Shri Anandi Ma. Carol offers yoga classes, workshops, and satsangs in Richardson, Plano, and North Dallas as well as out of state workshops. She trains and mentors aspiring yoga teachers through Namaste' USA Yoga. In addition she has also assisted Donna Farhi at both 5-day intensives and Donna's advanced yoga teacher training.

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