All posts tagged: meditation

Restorative Yoga Series

I’m a firm believer in balancing the hard and the soft in life. While most of my teaching schedule is vinyasa classes, I do offer a couple of classes to help students slow down each week. It’s even evident in how I teach my vinyasa classes. I try to save the entire second half of class to longer, slower stretches and a plump savasana at the end. The slower second half is JUST as important as the strength and stamina portion of the standing, heat-building postures. In my personal practice, I’m probably 75% restorative or slow flow at this point in my life and only 25% vinyasa or bigger energy play – especially while I’m following the My Peak Challenge workouts. I need restorative yoga to keep me sane and rest my body. I need meditation to clear the excess, the negative, the hopelessness, the drama, the anger, the cobwebs and other mental hang-ups that flood my mind. Without these practices, you’d find me buried under my kids’ filth day after day, crying myself to sleep. I …

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

North Austin: Yoga + Meditation Series is coming your way!

Alright, friends in North Austin. You asked, and I am answering. I’m bringing my Yoga + Meditation 8-week series to Dancers Workshop in the Balcones Woods Shopping Plaza. Classes will begin Friday, October 16 and run through December 11. They’ll be held at 12 NOON, so those of you with office jobs, come out during your lunch hour to move and breathe with me. We’ll work through a glistening flow and end each class with guided meditation and savasana. It’s the perfect yin + yang combo to get you ready for each weekend. For existing members of Dancers Workshop, I’m offering a discounted rate of $100 for the series. Make sure to select “Existing DW Member” when you sign up. For everyone else, register with a buddy, and you both get $10 off the regular series rate.  

Om the Dome

Sunday at the Texas State Capitol was a yoga and meditation event in celebration of the International Day of Peace, where a thousand people filled the main dome and… you guessed it… om’ed. It was also the Big Kid’s 4th birthday. He’s a bit of a homebody, so it took a little convincing to get him out of the house (and also to let Bear Shark nap in peace). We found a spot on the 3rd floor to set out his yoga mat, which he insisted on having vs. the yoga mat I keep in my car. First, there was singing that was almost operatic. The sound carries beautifully in the Capitol’s dome. Then, there was mantra and chanting. Finally, there was om after om after om. The vibration from all the thousand or so voices was stirring and moving. You could see people standing with arms overhead, feeling the physical sounds of om reverberate – like standing on the beach to let the ocean sway and pull you with each wave. The Big Kid quietly soaked …

Tonglen Meditation 101

Last week, I introduced Tonglen Meditation in my yoga classes. It’s a Tibetan Buddhist practice that uses the breath in an act of giving and receiving. I talked about the samskaras I had been facing, and in an effort to really understand and feel compassion for my 3-year-old (rather than lashing out at him when he has a tantrum), I turned to Tonglen and my breath to offer love and kindness toward him. The idea of Tonglen Meditation is to use each inhale to focus on someone or a group of people who are suffering. This someone could even be you. How to: Pema Chodron talks about doing this practice not only for your loved ones. You can use Tonglen to send compassion to other parts of the world, like the Syrian refugees who need kindness and generosity the world over right now. You can even use it on your “enemies” – someone who has hurt you or done wrong to you. Their suffering is coming out in harmful ways, and even though you were a victim …

Register Now! Offering Two Yoga Series

I’m excited to announce that I’m offering two 8-week yoga series at the newly opened Austin Dance Academy in South Austin. I’ve had these class ideas brewing since teacher training since a lot of people have been asking for them, and now I have a beautiful location to host them. Beginners Series I feel like my yogic journey really began when I took a beginners series for ashtanga. We had a smaller than usual class of 7 students, but I loved having the extra attention and opportunity for discussion with my teacher. I practiced ashtanga and vinyasa with him for 6 years and consider him a pretty amazing friend. I want to offer that same small-group feel in this Beginners Series to help anyone who’s been shy about trying yoga to learn the basics – bite by bite –  while also bonding with others on their new journey. Yoga + Meditation Series As I’ve worked to incorporate meditation with my asana practice, I found that pairing the two worked well with the short bursts of practice I get as a …

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