Posts by Yogi Audrey Fouss

Yoga and Art -River Stone Mandala Painting

Posted on: July 17th, 2018 By:
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The Mandala from the Sanskrit word for circle refers to the sense of wholeness created by circular, concentric forms. It is known as a spiritual meditation symbol in many Eastern religions. The Mandala circle can be used for focusing attention, establishing a sacred space, meditation or even bringing one deeper within, feeling more connected to a source. The idea of creating a mandala represents the transformation of the universe from a reality of suffering to possibly one of enlightenment. By focusing on the Mandala’s circles that represent wholeness, one can find tranquility and healing resulting perhaps in less anxiety and feeling more grounded. The circle with its concentric rings is said to be the very basic structure of many things we observe in the world around us from, the rings of a tree trunk, ammonite sutures, the center of a flower, mountains, ferns, the tail of a peacock, to the tiny nucleus of a cell. Researchers are just now untangling what makes particular works of art or nature visually appealing and stress relieving – and one crucial factor is the presence of repetitive patterns called fractals. Fractals are special mathematical sets that display similarity through the full range of scale — i.e., they look the same no matter how big or how small they are. Fractals are unique in that they exhibit great complexity driven by simplicity.

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On Sunday, July 22nd,  I will be leading a River Stone Painting – Yoga and Art workshop at Sanctuary Yoga, where we will combine the unique art of river rock Mandala painting with the spiritual art of meditation. By coupling an art activity with asana (postures), meditation and music, we create a multi-sensory experience that has the ability to open your body, mind, and soul for deep relaxation, self-reflection, and self-expression. The yoga and pranayama (breathwork) will open the physical body and allow the thinking mind to slow down while the art experience allows the mind to be less-guarded and less self- conscious as the process takes over.


In this workshop, we will work with smooth, flat river rocks as our canvas.  By using detailed and repetitive patterns, or fractals you can find yourself entering into a meditative state. Mandala River Stone painting is the art of using acrylic dots to create intricate geometric patterns and it can be very healing and therapeutic. By painting with dots to make a pattern we begin to get into a soothing ritual, we can then get out of heads, out of the left brain – the analytical side and move towards a grounding, enjoyable experience.

Mandala Painting

We will begin class with some movement in an all-levels slow flow yoga practice to awaken your authentic self and relax your busy mind. Afterward, we will paint our Mandala on smooth river rocks. This activity is meant to be introspective and calm the mind. Through detail and the repetition of a pattern called fractals, you will find yourself in a meditative state as you paint your stones with acrylic dots. Although we are painting in a fractal way, the activity is meant to be very personal and introspective. We will take the time to notice how we feel in the moment and what emotions are involved as we quiet the mind. Once our Mandala is created, we will have a short meditation using our stones and visualization. Art and meditation can be very beneficial. Everyone is creative in some fashion, no art experience is necessary. All materials will be supplied except for your smooth, flat river rock that you will bring. Look for a smooth, white rock on your walks to the greenbelt, dry creek beds, the beach or the lakes. Don’t worry if you can’t find one, I will have some on hand.  Rocks should be a circumference of between 5 – 10 inches. Come and enjoy a great afternoon activity with a friend – sibling- or yourself and create something unique.


Workshop with Leti Alvarez

July 22nd 12:30-3:00pm

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200 HR Community Yoga Teacher Training

Posted on: March 28th, 2018
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200 HR Teacher Training


The 200-hour Community Yoga teacher training is the first of it’s kind in Austin. Offering a diverse and intimate setting for students who are inspired to become a facilitator of yoga and mindfulness in community settings such as schools, prisons, rehabilitation centers, recreation centers and more. This training is for those students who are passionate about service and want to make the healing benefits of yoga accessible to all members of our community.

  • Applied yoga philosophy and psychology
  • Accessible Asana, pranayama, and meditation
  • Holding space, mindful facilitation, and therapeutic presence
  • Mindfulness-based teaching
  • Trauma-Informed teaching
  • Yoga for special populations (including guest teachers from the community)

Sanctuary Yoga is a 200 RYS with the Yoga Alliance and students will be fully accredited to not only teach in community settings but professional studios as well. Training will begin the last weekend of August 2018. We will be meeting one weekend a month Friday- Sunday for eight months. Along with the weekend training, students will also be participating in one community class a week observe other teachers and to practice teaching in community settings.

Where and When

The training will be held at Mary Lee Foundation once a month for eight months.

Friday 6 PM- 10 PM, Saturday & Sunday 10 AM-6 PM

08/24/18 – 08/26/18

09/28/18 – 09/30/18

10/26/18 – 10/28/18

11/30/18 – 12/02/18

12/14/18 – 12/16/18

01/25/19 – 01/27/19

02/22/19 – 02/24/19

03/29/19 – 03/31/19

How to Apply

To reserve a place in the training you must complete the
Online Application

Community Yoga is reaching out to the broader Austin community to create an intentionally racially and socioeconomically diverse cohort. Public spaces are limited to 10 students to ensure diversity, intimacy, and depth of the experience. For those accepted, a $300 deposit will be required to reserve your spot.

In selecting students, community work experience, social service experience, and experience with specialized populations are an important plus. Because we will be training to work in non-traditional settings with specialized populations, our enrollment process will consist of both the enrollment form and a personal history. This training will demand a high level of self-reflection, diversity, social competence, and cultural competence. In order to be considered, please fill out your application fully.

Thanksgiving Day Donation Classes

Posted on: November 7th, 2017
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Thanksgiving Day Donation Yoga


Please join us, Thanksgiving day, for positive and liberating Vinyasa Flow (All Levels) classes that will inspire you to celebrate gratitude for all that we receive from the people we love.

Thanksgiving Day Donation Yoga
Thursday, November 23

9:15AM-10:15AM with Leticia Alvarez
10:30AM-11:45AM with Amanda Leigh Oakley
12:00PM-1:00PM with Olivia Jimenez
1:30PM-2:45PM with Olivia Jimenez

All donations will support the youth programs of Amala Foundation!

$15 suggested donations ~ monthly members join free!

Fall Fest!

Posted on: October 10th, 2017
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Fall Fest


Please join us for a fun, family-friendly day of wellness, community connection and live music on the beautiful grounds of the Amala foundation.

All are welcome.

1:30 – Free Yoga Class
3:00 – Youth Led Sharing Circles
4:00 – One Village Music Project
5:00 – Kiko Villamizar (Traditional Music from Colombia)

Learn more at the Facebook Event Page.

We’ll See You There!



Beginners Series

Posted on: April 27th, 2017
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special offering :: beginners series

Beginner Series with Emily Brennan begins Monday, May 1st!

New to yoga? Let us introduce you to what might be the beginning of an incredible journey.

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This 4 week beginner series is designed to make your introduction to yoga an enjoyable experience and take away the worries about your first class.

This series is for the absolute beginner or the somewhat new student who wants a deeper introduction to yoga.


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Yoga Nidra Series

Posted on: February 17th, 2017
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iRest® Yoga Nidra Meditation Series

In this 3-day series we will dive into the 10 steps of iRest Yoga Nidra through teachings, short exercises, and one full guided iRest meditation each evening. iRest (Integrative Restoration), is a modern version of the ancient meditation practice yoga nidra.

In this series you’ll learn to cultivate the felt sense of ease and well-being, which is always available in every moment and underlies all that we do and feel. Practicing iRest puts the brain into a sleep state, allows the nervous system to rest and restore, and has been shown to be effective in treating PTSD, insomnia, depression, and anxiety.

This deep state of rest and relaxation offers a much needed respite from our hectic world and allows the body and mind to connect and heal as we welcome and allow sensations, feelings, thoughts, emotions and beliefs to arise and dissolve in awareness.

Give yourself this gift of rest and ease and come home to the wholeness you already are!


March 10th, 11th, and 12th


At Sanctuary Yoga ~ 1006 South 8th Street

Cost $75

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“iRest helps you discover a state that exists between sleep and wakefulness where deep healing takes place.” – Richard Miller Ph D

Meet Kim Humphrey:

Kim was introduced to yoga in 1999 after a series of back injuries and medical procedures. She fell in love with the healing potential of flow-based asana practices, yin yoga, pranayama and meditation and is passionate about sharing these practices with others.

Kim completed her 200 hour teacher training at Sukha Yoga Austin and her Level 1 and 2 iRest® Yoga Nidra trainings through the Integrative Restoration Institute ®. She is currently completing a 300 hour training at Yoga Yoga Austin and full iRest certification through the Integrative Restoration Institute.

Kim uses her background in special education and speech-language pathology to inform her yoga teaching, recognizing each individual’s unique needs, as well as our common needs as human beings to be seen and heard. She is eternally grateful to all of her teachers and hopes to serve others by passing on the gifts of their teachings.

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January Workshop

Posted on: January 10th, 2017
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January Workshop

Prana Natura is a next-level healing experience that uses breath to transmute negative physical, mental, and emotion patterns. Through this simple, powerful practice we will create a safe space to observe, honor, and release self-defeating behaviors so that you can stand in your power as the best version of your self. If you are tired of holding yourself back, come with the intention to recharge, re-envision, and activate your potential as an empowered, compassionate, and self-actualized human being.


Workshop Details

Saturday, January 28th from 10am-12pm
Sanctuary Yoga
1006 South 8th. St.
Austin, Texas 78704
Things to bring:
Comfortable clothes with layers to get warm or cool off as needed — the breath-work portion of this practice may drastically change your body temperature.
A yoga mat, blanket, or pillows to sit and lay on.

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For any questions please contact us at


2017 Teacher Training

Posted on: December 13th, 2016
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2017 L.E.A.P 50 Hour mindfulness based trauma informed yoga teacher training

Community Yoga will be hosting a truly unique 50 hour Mindfulness Based and Trauma Informed Teacher Training rooted in service and recognition that sustainable peace begins with in.

Embark on a transformational journey of self-inquiry, social justice education and creative exploration to uncover your true motivation for service that leads to embodied, effective and conscious action.

This opportunity is for all yoga teachers, yoga students, and anyone interested in learning about how we can make a real and lasting impact on the world around us.

The CoYA certification develops training in facilitating mindfulness based, trauma informed, and population sensitive yoga classes in a variety of community settings. Through education, self-reflection, group discussion, and experiential learning, students will nurture the skill and awareness needed to teach a more therapeutic and psycho-educational style of yoga.


2017 Teacher Training


During this core 50 Hour training participants:

Learn effective facilitation and therapeutic presence.

Explore how to work in challenging environments in a healthy, just and sustainable way.

Activate your commitment to service, engage in collaboration and connect with your community

Practice teaching consciously to specialized populations. Connect deeply with the state of the world and discover your most effective path to service


January 6-29th, 2017

Friday  7:30pm-9:30pm January 6, 13, 20, 27,

Saturday and Sunday 10:30am-6:00pm January 14-15

Saturday and Sunday 10:30am-6:00pm January 21-22

Sunday 10:30am-6:00pm  January 29

Friday Evenings

LIVE STRONG Foundation, 2201 East 6th Street
Austin, TX 78702

Saturday and Sunday 

Sanctuary Yoga at the Amala Foundation, 1006 South 8th Street (off Treadwell)
Austin, Texas 78704

Total Cost: $900

Early Bird Special – $800 if paid in full by December 15th


$200 Deposit plus 2 payments of $350.00

Community work experience, social service experience, and experience with specialized populations a plus. Because we will be training to work in non-traditional settings with specialized populations, our enrollment process will consist of both the enrollment form and a personal history. This training will demand a high level of self-reflection, diversity, social competence, and cultural competence.

Expect to share practices, assignments and homework to carry us through the course and beyond. The intensive nature of this offering is intended to initiate deeper levels of of realization, actualized healing, and embodied awareness.

To reserve a place in the training you must complete the online application by Jan 1, 2017. Enrollment is limited to 20 participants to ensure the intimacy and depth of the experience.  For those accepted, a $200 deposit will be required to reserve your spot. For any other questions or inquiries, please contact Shawn Kent at

SPACE IS LIMITED! 20 participants. We invite you to take the L.E.A.P and join us for a truly unique experience, apply now.

Yoga Retreat in Costa Rica

Posted on: September 19th, 2016
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Sanctuary Yoga is happy to announce our first international yoga retreat in Playa Potrero, Costa Rica!

Grow with the Flow is a 7-day intensive yoga retreat in the paradise of Guanacaste, Costa Rica. This region of Costa Rica is known to be one of the “Blue Zones,” one of the places on the planet that people are said to be the happiest and live longer than anywhere else. Over the 7 days, we will retreat into ourselves. We will explore what it means to cultivate ultimate peace, happiness, and tranquility within one’s self. Through the Grow with the Flow yoga retreat we will join together in community to explore ourselves and the greater world at large.

Why do I need to go to Costa Rica to do this? Well, besides it being one of the most beautiful and tranquil places on earth, at Sanctuary we believe that taking ourselves out of our comfort zone is the fastest way to growth. This experience will provide you with an opportunity to step out of your normal day-to-day, to change your external environment just enough to look inward.

What does this retreat include? This retreat includes:

beautiful accommodations at Colores Del Pacifico resort. You can choose to share a room with someone else or stay in a single room for a bit more money (see pricing options for retreat below).

-most meals are provides (there will be a handful of meals out in the town that you will need to cover at your own expense but 17 of the 21 meals are provided).

-all in country transportation

-Outdoor adventures (hiking, snorkeling, bike riding, paddle boarding)

-Opportunities to vision and reflect (daily group circles, vision boarding, intention setting activities)

-2X a day yoga and workshops

-Cultural exploration (live music with locals, exploration of a local labyrinth, day excursion to a nearby town)

-1 massage

-Service project with a local community

The intention of this experience is to provide a deep breath from the fast pace of every day life, to provide an experience that fosters internal growth, compassion, and centeredness in order to create better relationships, community and a better world. 

Is this retreat for me? Are you finding yourself saying ‘YES’ to any of the below?

  • I am interested in setting intention for the new year
  • I am looking to discover my own potential 
  • I am curious about self inquiry and self empowerment
  • I am interested in in exploring myself physically, emotionally, and spiritually
  • I am interested in other aspects of yoga including ‘SEVA’: my own spiritual growth through contributing to the improvement of the community

If you answered ‘YES’ to any of the above, join Timea and Aliya at the first international yoga retreat this coming January!  

I am ready! What are the costs?

2500$ for Single room

2200$ for Double Occupancy

EarlyBird Discount: Register by October 15th and get 200$ off!

Want more info? Email for questions. Ready to sign up? You can register and make your first payment here.


Private Yoga

Posted on: March 2nd, 2016
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Private yoga now available!

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Ever considered a private yoga class? Sanctuary Yoga is now offering private yoga for students of all levels in our tree top loft. Private yoga is a great way to deepen your practice and receive the individual support you may need. From the beginner to the advanced yogi, private yoga classes are great for all practitioners and for all types of yoga including vinyasa, hatha, kundalini and more.

In a one on one setting, or small group, students will have the opportunity to ask questions relating to their specific needs. All private sessions will be taught by highly skilled teachers to individuals and small groups.

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Do you have a special occasion coming up? We would love to be apart of your special day! Private yoga is a beautiful way to celebrate birthdays, wedding showers, engagements, or any event you want to honor through your yoga practice.


Request a Private Yoga Class

Mindbody account is required.