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Welcome to the Yoga Yoga Blog

January 2019
January 2019
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While all yoga changes your life, Kundalini Yoga seems to be a little – well – faster. And in the practice of Kundalini Yoga, some parts of it change your life a little faster than other parts – like White Tantric Yoga.

And the Level 2 Vitality and Stress course.

Seriously. This Level 2 course has the potential to change your everyday life more profoundly than almost any other course beyond the Level 1 teacher training.

Why? Because it gives you the tools to not only manage the stress in ...


January 2019
January 2019
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Learning to stay healthy is my primary concern, physically, mentally, and spiritually.  That is what yoga should deliver; healing on all levels. But the learning is constant, and change is constant. Our yoga practice will change as we discover new things about ourselves. And there is so much to discover.

Starting January 13th through February 3rd, I will be leading a series that helps us discover that the myofascia in our bodies may be limiting our freedom or generating a pain response. Each ...


January 2019
January 2019
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Angie Knight hosts Walk Your True Path at Westgate - January 11-13, 2019

I was a sensitive child growing up, and I have been a deep feeler and thinker my whole life. I was definitely the black sheep in my family as far as questioning my parents, the church, my heart, and the meaning of life. Because I was different, I thought there was something inherently wrong with me for being “too sensitive”, for being interested in my dreams and communication with my inner world and Nature. I spent many ...


January 2019
January 2019
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Since it’s that time of year when many of us resolve to be better in some way, shape or form, perhaps you decided to establish a regular meditation practice? Sounds good, right? All the research is indicating that its one of the best things we can do for ourselves, and it seems simple enough, sit, close your eyes, and start… uh, start what exactly? Once we open the door and enter the room of meditation, we find that it's a universe and that there’s a lot of different stuff going on there! ...


November 2018
November 2018
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New Year's: A Time for Reflection and Renewal

There are many ways to bring in the New Year in our culture, and especially in Austin!  With an air of excitement and entertainment on every corner, we band together in a celebratory thunderclap and often don’t recollect the night’s events. I’ve had my fair share of these nights and have enjoyed each iteration of celebrating. But now, I am realizing the value in quiet reflection. Mary Richardson and I are excited to be co-teaching an event on New ...


November 2018
November 2018
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November 2018
November 2018
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Laundry, check.  Kids’ lunches, check.  Job responsibilities, check.  Fun…hello, fun? Where are youuuuuuuuu?

Fun has gone missing. It used to be at the top of the list. It used to grab you by the hand and lead you through exciting experiences. It used to unveil new things and keep you out past midnight. It used to call your friends and tell them when and where.

But right now, fun is playing hide and you’ve forgotten to seek. When did you and fun lose touch? Why did you start to associate ...


October 2018
October 2018
 
 
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The November new moon begins the lunar cycle of the Full Beaver Moon. Our Native Americans were not thinking of perhaps what you are thinking! Long ago this was the time to trap the beaver before the swamps froze to keep warm through the winter. Out here in Austin, Texas, we probably won’t be setting any traps to catch beavers, but we will be enjoying the cool nights and shorter days as we welcome in our beautiful fall season.

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The New Moon phase of 0% illumination begins November 7, at ...


October 2018
October 2018
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Another day of “Austin’s water boil watch” brings the idea of conscious eating and consumption. So many times we unconsciously care for ourselves. We forget if we washed our hair in the shower, so we do it again. We can lose track of the time and put off eating till we are “starving”. Then we shove an emergency nutrition bar in our mouths from the glove box, while we wait in rush hour traffic. I am no stranger to giving or hearing the excuses. What if we decided to make a change? Let’s pay ...


October 2018
October 2018
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In my early days in yoga, navigating the sea of asana, philosophy and lineages was at best confusing.  At that time in east Texas, there wasn’t a yoga community. There weren’t yoga teachers. I had to seek out yoga and this was at least a two hour drive, and more often a longer more costly flight across the country.  Looking back, I am actually thankful yoga was not as accessible as it is now. I doubt if I could stream yoga, I would have committed as fully. I doubt I would have sought out ...


October 2018
October 2018
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Have you noticed you are not as steady on your feet as you used to be? Is balance becoming more challenging? Are you worried you might fall? You are not alone. Balance is a common concern for many of us.

The physiological roots of balance are complex. It involves the integra­tion of various sensory and motor systems in the brain and body, including:

  • vision (to perceive direction and motion)
  • vestibular system in the inner ear (which monitors motion and provides orientation clues, such as ...

October 2018
October 2018
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Three Benefits of Psychological Flexibility (and How to Build It)

Yoga offers us so many gifts for body and mind. Sometimes we can get caught up in the visible physical changes, whether it’s deepening that forward bend or seeing our muscles grow. Other changes are also just as important, but more difficult to see.

Psychological flexibility is a term coined by Steven Hayes, Ph.D., that describes the ability to experience all the internal thoughts, emotions, and sensations that we as humans go ...


October 2018
October 2018
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“My mala broke, what do I do?”

Usually, it’s a tough moment because we become attached to our malas, having chanted and warn them for some time.  But, according to the yogis, once your mala breaks, you no longer need that one. Meaning, the relationship/karma associated with the mala is complete.

So, it is a time to celebrate the end of that connection. I say Congrats!

Of course, as the owner of Atma’s Offerings, I am always happy to replace a mala that breaks within a 30-day period. But, ...


October 2018
October 2018
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Yin Yoga, Sound Therapy & Energy Healing

I studied music for a big part of my life. Earlier this year I became certified as a Sound Therapist, and I was reminded how much music and sound contribute to my well-being. I admit that even I have been skeptical in the past of “energy workers,” or people who claim to work with the energy in your body to fix your stuff. What kind of woo-woo is that? And honestly, I haven’t been a huge fan of fixing things lately. From the guidance of my wise yoga ...


October 2018
October 2018
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We all take daily steps and actions in our lives; many of us do not realize where our consistent steps are actually leading us.

With the fast-pace of the modern world, going within and slowing down often seems counterintuitive, counterproductive, and “down-right wrong”, and yet for most of us, it is the very thing needed.

In this age of digital devices, our nervous systems are flooded with constant streams of information from texts, emails, calls, social media feeds, online communication and ...