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McKinney Falls State Park

Ever since we bought a State Parks Pass ($70 for an entire year), we have been trying to make the most of it to see the natural beauties in Texas. The closest to us in Austin is McKinney Falls State Park, a quick 20 minutes from downtown. I’ve been there a handful of times, but there was recent rain that made the waterfalls a little more exciting than our visit last year. We got there in the morning around 10 and brought lunch in a cooler. The kids were very excited about carrying trail maps, as if we were hunting for treasure. Our first stop was toward the Lower Falls. The last time we visited, we told the Big Kid about how he lost a shoe as a baby, and it bounced on the rocks and landed in the creek below. He found the same spot we pointed out to him of the lost shoe and gave us a pose – both shoes firmly on his feet. The Lower Falls don’t look like much when you first …

SXSW 2017: Working Moms Meet Up

It was a joy to host the Working Moms Meet Up again this year! We had a mix of moms with different children’s ages, varying work/home situations and surprisingly many within advertising and UX. I loved witnessing the little sparks when someone could completely identify with another woman’s struggle or victory. Parenting is truly a group effort. Even if you yourself have the most amazing mother as a role model, it isn’t quite the same as sharing with someone who is currently or has recently experienced what you’re going through. Working motherhood has an extra challenge in that networking with other working moms isn’t easily accessible. Your hours are limited perhaps to only weekends and evenings. Setting up playdates with other families with kids of the same age is a rare occasion or doesn’t happen at all. Through technology, social networks, online forums and the like, finding and maintaining strong friendships expands beyond local networks. It’s still not the same as meeting another working mom and her kiddos at the local park, but the internet can start to bridge …

Fall classes at Dittmar Rec Center

I’m excited to be back at Dittmar Recreation Center this fall to offer 60-minute Yoga + Meditation classes for the South Austin community. Classes will be held on Thursday mornings at 9:30 am in the recreation center’s dance room. I’ll kick off the fall series with a FREE preview class on September 29. Come try it out. Bring a loved one with you. I’ll be giving away a couple of free class passes that day! You’ll also have the opportunity to purchase 5 and 10 class passes that can be shared among family and friends. To purchase passes online and for more details, check out the event page here. Dittmar Recreation Center 1009 W. Dittmar Road Austin, TX 78745

Intro to Yoga Series at ABP

This being National Yoga Month and all, September is proving to be a great month to kickstart or reacquaint yourself with your yoga practice. If you’re here on my site because I’ve been asking you (begging, nudging, hinting, demanding nicely) for years to come TRY some yoga with me, then clear your Sunday mornings. I’m leading an Intro to Yoga series at Austin Bouldering Project the next four Sundays (that’s September 11, 18, 25 and October 2). You don’t need any prior experience. You don’t even need a yoga mat as there will be some available in the studio. This is a true 101 series, where we start from the basics. These are 75 minute sessions with discussion, instruction/demonstration, workshopping of poses and plenty of laughter on the mat. If you have questions that begin with, “What does ____ mean?” or “Why do we ____?” or “How do I ____?,” then this is a perfect place to start. Hop in to one of these classes or come to all 4. No prior registration is required. Class starts promptly …

September is National Yoga Month

I love this time of year when the heat of summer starts to dissipate, and schedules become a bit more structured. As a child, I loved getting ready for school again, having my new class schedule and all of my supplies neatly organized. Even though I’m well past back-to-school for myself, September is still a great time to get back to learning, to start in a blank notebook, to push yourself out of the comfortable and begin anew. With September being National Yoga Month, I want to expose yoga to friends, family, pets, neighbors, Legos, anyone with moving parts! To kick this off,  I’m partnering with Adriana of Jack’s Mom in Austin for two exciting events that I hope you’ll join. September Instagram Yoga Challenge Every 5 days, we’ll post a different pose on our Instagram accounts. Join in by sharing your pose, tagging us both (@findingdrishti and @jacks_mom_in_austin) and including the hashtag #ATXYogaChallenge so we can see. Get others to join and make it a group effort! Here’s where the fun gets kicked up a notch. Every pose you share and …

How to attend classes at The 704

I teach three evening classes at The 704 luxury apartment complex each week – Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays at 7 pm. While these classes are complimentary for residents, they are most certainly open to the public! The studio can handle about 10 students comfortably. Here’s how to come to class if you’re looking for a more intimate yoga session with a gorgeous view of their lap pool. Prior to class, Sign Up Online to set up your MindBody account for FXFit. You can purchase drop-in classes for $10 each under Online Store > Training & Classes > Group Classes South. There’s also an option for a monthly membership at The 704 for $49.99 if you think you’ll attend more than 5 classes a month. Park in the north building’s garage, between Torchy’s Tacos and the Broken Spoke. You can also park in the main south building’s garage if you don’t mind walking across the Broken Spoke’s parking lot. Meet me at the gate 10 minutes before class. Email (findingdrishti@gmail), tweet (findingdrishti) or direct message via Instagram (findingdrishti) to let …

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