E-RYT 500, yoga instructor for children and adults

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Hashtag Savasanuary

It started as a joke, as good ideas often do. On a random Facebook thread, my good friend and fellow yoga teacher Shana Stein of Operation Yoga said, “I really want to nail my savasana this year.” She was making a tongue in cheek reference to all the yoga challenges, progress pics, and advanced asanas that appear all over social media. Now, I’m not saying these are all bad.  I’ve participated in some really fun Instagram challenges with gracious hosts who offer modifications and encouragement to all yogis. I also see that sometimes the focus on the image overly emphasizes “getting the pose,” yet misses getting the yoga. Yoga is about union, connection, calming the mind, and overcoming the ego. There is a reason for asana, and postures are an important part of the yoga path for many, including myself. Asana can also be a double edged sword. Postures can trigger the ego, telling us we aren’t as good as another yogi because our backbend isn’t as deep, or that we’re better than someone else whose crow isn’t flying quite as high as ours. The important work is what we do with these thoughts, how we face our fears and challenge our ego based beliefs. When I teach kids I often say, “Savasana is the hardest pose in yoga.” Although it may be easy for the body, simply lying down, it’s the mind that can struggle to find the “steadiness and comfort” that Patanjali recommends for a successful asana. So back to Shana’s comment. I loved it. I ran with it. And so #savasanuary was born.

Jump in anytime for this “unchallenge.” Just take a pic of yourself in savasana, post it on the social media platform of your choice, and tag #savasanuary. No hosts, no sponsors, no pressure. The prize is peace! Give yourself the gift of a few moments of rest each day and share, if you’re so inclined, to encourage others to do the same. Do it every day or any day, whatever works for you. Enjoy!

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Kids and Teens Yoga Schedule for Fall 2014

Are your kids already climbing the walls after being in school all day? Come let them walk up walls and do other fun yoga poses to release energy and quiet their busy minds.

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Wednesdays from 4-4:45 PM at Namah Shivaya Yoga (in the Medallion Center)

All kids welcome, recommended ages 4-12

Thursdays from 4-4:45 PM at The Yoga Movement (on the Katy Trail)

All kids welcome, recommended ages 4-12

Fridays from 3:30-4:30 at We Yogis (on Lovers Lane near the Dallas North Tollway)

Boys only, recommended ages 12-16

Dallas Free Day of Yoga Kick-Off Festival

This Saturday, August 30, is the Dallas Kick-Off Festival for the DFW Free Day of Yoga! I’ll be teaching a kids class at 10:30 as well as helping to lead the community class at 12:30.  The festival will be held at the Trinity Audubon Center, and some portions will be indoors with A/C so don’t let the heat keep you away!

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Kids Yoga Classes This Fall

Fall is right around the corner! This school year your kids have two chances a week to practice yoga with me: Wednesdays at 4 at Namah Shivaya Yoga and Thursdays at 4 at the yoga movement. Classes begin the first week of September!

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Photo Shoot at The Yoga Movement

I recently took part in a fun yoga photo shoot at the yoga movement. I teach there on Sundays at 1:30 PM. Currently this is a beginner’s class but in the fall we have plans to make it a meditation class so stay tuned!

Here are a few of my favorite pictures:

Meditation

Child's pose 1

Uttanasana

Chaturanga

UP dog

King  Pigeon

Backbend

Drop back

Child's pose 2

Chilling

Toddler Yoga at North Park!

Tomorrow, Thursday June 5, from 11:15 – 11:45 AM, I will be teaching  Toddler Yoga at the Lululemon store in North Park Center. All kids are welcome and the class is FREE!  Come breathe, stretch, move, and have some fun with your little ones.

We Yogis kids camp schedule

I will be teaching some of the kids camps at We Yogis this summer. Each camp can stand alone or your child can come to the full week. They are being held from 2-4 PM at We Yogis on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. The camp cost is $90 for the full week or $35 for a one day drop in, with multiple week and sibling discounts. Below are the dates and themes of the camps I am teaching.

Yogi Animal Camp (June 3, 5, 7): Tiger, snake, frog, & dog!

Upside Down Camp (June 17, 19, 21): See the world from a different perspective – upside down!

Feeling Good (July 8, 10, 12): In this week’s camp we will explore emotions through yoga, stories, and crafts. We will talk about healthy ways to express our feelings and how yoga can help make us feel good!

Being Yourself Camp (July 22, 24, 26): In this week’s camp we will focus on the importance of being yourself through yoga, stories, and crafts. We will talk about our differences and similarities and learn that it is always ok to be yourself!

Gratitude Camp (Aug 5, 7, 9): In this week’s camp we will focus on gratitude through yoga, stories, and crafts. We will talk about why it is important to be thankful and ways to incorporate gratitude into our daily lives.

AstroSync

Opening the wheel, web and flower of life

OPERATION YOGA

Helping people who are ready for better