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Upcoming Mindful Facilitation Training

Posted on: June 25th, 2019
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Mindful Facilitation Training

We are so excited to offer Mindful Facilitation Training with Amala Foundation‘s clinical director, Shawn Kent.

This will be an immersive three-day training in Mindful Facilitation at Sanctuary Yoga. You will gain the skills and perspectives that you will need to create supportive spaces for mindfulness, experiential learning, and genuine connection.


Shawn Kent M.A. L.P.C. Expertise in mindfulness, trauma informed, and yoga-based strategies for wellness.

Cost $350

Training Modules ::

• Mindfulness: Utilizing somatic self-awareness to generate confidence and self-regulation
• Trauma Informed and Healing Centered Work: Creating safe spaces for deeper learning and interaction
• Sharing Circles: Using the power of listening & support to build understanding & community
• Kinesthetic Activities: Leading experiential learning and adventure challenges to engage youth
• Authenticity: Accessing the potency the facilitator has to inspire, energize, and model
• Inclusion: Developing cultural awareness & equity to strengthen delivery & processing skills
• Emotional Intelligence: Leveraging the strength of SEL to build connections

Participants are asked to bring a packed lunch. The Amala Foundation has a full kitchen with a stove, microwave, and fridge for storing and warming food. There are also restaurants nearby.

Feel free to call or email with any questions: 512-476-8884 or

Yoga and Finances with Megan Rutherford

Posted on: September 27th, 2017
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What about those recent hurricanes and floods in Austin?  Authorities gave us ample warnings.  There were graphs, charts, maps, lists and answers to frequently asked questions to help Austinites prepare.

The hurricane came at the end of the month.   For many, it was at the end of their paycheck. Some felt the stress on their physical body, emotional body, mental body and finances.

Would you have been prepared financially if your property were affected?  Thanks to yoga teacher, Megan Rutherford, students will have an  opportunity to improve their  financial life.


Create a better relationship with your finances

These are some of the scenarios to discuss with a financial counselor.  Megan Rutherford is a yoga teacher and a financial counselor with Northwestern Mutual, a brokerage company in Austin.

She is happy for the opportunity to help you create a better relationship with your finances.  Megan offers Financial Flow Workshop at Sanctuary Yoga.  The workshops offer an interactive group experience.  With mindfulness techniques, participants learn how to live a healthier lifestyle and improve their financial health.    During the workshops, the topics unfold to include  the needs of the attendees.  Topics may include:

The conversations you have with money.

Your relationship with money.

Mindful budgeting.



Your questions and feedback about the financial industry.

A Marriage of Techniques

Megan teaches different types of yoga at Sanctuary Yoga.  The different techniques help students in their journey.  The goal is a place where they are in the present moment.  These include Hatha Flow Yoga.  Also, mindfulness techniques paired with meditation.  The meditation could be seated and/or walking meditation, silent and guided meditation.

To get students started for the day, Megan teaches the faster-paced  Morning Flow Yoga.  The upbeat music and faster movements will get your blood flowing.  You will feel increased energy.

Creating New Habits

In this section, Megan explains why she teaches to create new habits.

“One of my favorite teachers here in Austin, Texas is Shawn Kent.  He has shared this idea with me and I love to share it in my classes.  And that is that we are a conditioned bundle of energy. 

A conditioned bundle of habit energy.   And, we have the right to choose. 

So we are a conditioned bundle of habit energy with a choice.  And, the choice is our responsibility. 

Responsibility is actually the ability to respond to our circumstances.  To our situations.  And so even though we are a conditioned bundle of habit energy, we are able to change that by mindfulness techniques, by meditation and just choosing to interrupt the story that we normally live.”



“During yoga, there is no reason to have your mind all over the place.

When your mind is floating out in space, focus on your hands to pull you into the present moment.  This helps by centering you back into the body.”

  1.  Bring your hand into prayer
  2.  Set your gaze just right out in front of the tip of your nose
  3.  Reach your hands up high and follow your hands with your gaze
  4.  Draw your hands back down the center line following the hands with your gaze



yoga students discover Austin’s Yoga Scene

Sentha is  from New York.  She chose to attend Megan’s midday Yoga and Meditation class.  Sentha wanted to check out the yoga scene.  She also wanted to help her friend Blanca discover yoga.  She felt that yoga is one thing to do to survive in a big city like  Austin.  This was Blanca’s first yoga class.

Why do people choose to visit Sanctuary Yoga?  Austin offers a variety of yoga studios. But here, Sentha shares her  three key reasons for choosing Sanctuary Yoga:
“The name itself.”
“The beautiful space.”
“The fact that it was a nonprofit.”




Take a Hike! | Saturday Greenbelt Yoga

Posted on: March 4th, 2016
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Yoga Hike Austin

Yoga comes from the sanskrit word “yuj” which means “to yoke,” uniting mind, body and spirit. The combination of physical movement and intentional rest create peace in our bodies by giving us a release and grounding us. When we integrate yoga with hiking in the greenbelt we get to experience a greater depth in our practice! And it’s fun!

Our yoga hike on Saturday mornings combine the energy we share as a class in the studio with the energy of the sun and the earth. All levels of yoga practitioners and hikers will enjoy exploring the many paths of the greenbelt while making friends and stretching out under a big Texas sky.

Fresh Air.

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Warm Sun.

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Discover something new.


So, where is this Greenbelt yoga hike?

The greenbelt is always a nice way to get away without having to drive too far. We meet every week at the entrance off of Spyglass and Mopac near the Taco Deli. Just wear comfortable clothes, sunscreen and good walking or hiking shoes.

Who says yoga can’t be social? Community is so important, and spending time with good people in nature doing something you love is the cherry on top. Getting outside is so important as well. We all need a healthy dose of vitamin D to support that immune system to keep your body happy, healthy and hopefully free from allergies! Come take a hike with us and see what it’s all about. Click on the link below to register!

Yoga Hike Sign Up

“Wilderness is not a luxury but a necessity of the human spirit, and as vital to our lives as water and good bread.”

— Edward Abbey

Eat, Breathe, Thrive!

Posted on: May 5th, 2014
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Eat, Breathe, Thrive is coming to The Sanctuary! What’s that, you ask? Read on:

Eat, Breathe, Thrive (EBT) is a 6-week program designed for ANYONE that sees themselves as having food or body image issues, or the want to explore these areas in connection to yoga. The program consists of yoga, meditation, community building exercises, as well as exercises that help the students explore their relationship with food and body image. The goal of the program is two-fold: First, to create a more compassionate relationship with the body along with a deeper mind-body connection; Second, to create a community (Thrive Tribe Austin!) where support will continue long after the completion of our program.

Might we stress that this program is for ANYONE. Men, women, boys, girls, moms, dads, sisters, brothers, aunts, uncles, etc. Whether you feel drawn or not, consider sharing this information with somebody you feel could benefit from a program like this.

Eat Breathe Thrive was created by Chelsea Roff, who is one heck of an amazing woman. If you want to learn more about her, please visit her site and read her story.

If you’re interested in the program, or would like to give more information to someone else who might be interested, please visit Austin’s EBT site,!

Click here to register! Go to the enrollment tab, find the EBT Austin section, and select “Sign Up Now!”

For more information, please feel free to contact Rebecca ( or Sami (

We are so excited to get this going next Monday evening. Thank you!


Rebecca and Sami

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Win A Year of Free Yoga!

Posted on: April 9th, 2014
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Welcome To Our Spring Raffle!

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Enter into our raffle by purchasing a single $15 class pass (valid for any class in addition to being a raffle ticket). The more you buy, the more entries you get!


You will be entered into a raffle for the following:

First Prize: A Year of Free Yoga at Sanctuary Yoga!

Additional Prizes:yoga warrior

6 Private Yoga Sessions; offered by Sanctuary Teachers Lydia Jarjoura, Emily Brennan, Liz Shakti, Allie Burnitt, Courtney Bell, & Jeremy Devens.

3 Ten-Class Passes

10 Five-Class Passes

20 Three-Class Passes

3 Yoga Mats

5 Energy Healing Sessions; Offered by Communal Healing Project members Alyson Simms, Paula Falk & Rev. Michael Zarchain.

1 Acupuncture Session with Kit Garcia

Join Our Raffle!

Drawing will take place April 30th! The more you buy the more chances you have to win. There is no better place to enjoy free yoga in Austin than Sanctuary Yoga!

As always, your practice supports the youth programs of The Amala Foundation! Amala is currently in need of volunteers for Camp Indigo this summer. Camp Indigo is a progressive summer camp for ages 4-12. We’d love to have you there!



Posted on: March 20th, 2014
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Join Us At The Amala Foundation & Sanctuary Yoga for breathwork

Community Breath Activation with Maya Adjani

March 21, 2014  6:00-8:00pm
: $15-$25 Sliding Scale
RSVP: Not Required
Location: Sanctuary Yoga Studio

BEDE MovieCommunity Breath Activations are a powerful place of deepening into your own sense of nourishment through breath, and an opportunity to release the physical and emotional toxins that keep us oppressed and stuck.

In addition to breathwork we’ll also be nourished and catalyzed by the depth of pure cacao, superfood chocolate, Yoga and Dance.

More Info about the breath-work



5 Next Steps into 2014

Posted on: January 14th, 2014
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“Whatever we put our attention on, will grow stronger in our life” – Maharishi Mahesh Yogi

Your attention is your most valuable asset

As you continue along your path, there are  many potential opportunities and many potential distractions vying for your attention. Be mindful of the steps you take. Do they bringer you closer to your intentions, closer to others and closer to remembrance of your true self? Here are 5 potential next steps:

1. Try a new class.
Hatha, Vinyasa, Kundalini, Qi Gong, Forrest, Acro, Satyananda, Alignment, Restorative. There are more options than ever. Which resonates most with you? You may never know until you try.

2. Try a new teacher
A student recently said “I’ve heard that phrase 100 times before in a yoga class, but I never heard it like that. For some reason, they way you said it really made sense to me.” That’s the kind of perspective a new teacher can offer. Find the one you resonate most with.

3. Talk to strangers
I have made some of my best friends from yoga communities. I even found my last two jobs thanks to people I kept seeing at yoga classes and eventually became good friends with. Talk to someone, you’re all there for similar reasons, you’re more alike than you think. You’re on this path together.

4. Try Karma Yoga
Most yoga studios have some sort of charitable cause you can support. The Amala Foundation offers several amazing youth programs throughout the year. This is a great way to practice Karma yoga as outlined in the Bhagavad Gita and followed religiously by Mahatma Ghandi. Profits from Sanctuary Yoga support these programs, go check them out. (Volunteer registration fills up quickly, so sign up soon)

5. Commit to a Beginners Series
There’s always more to learn. A Beginners Series is a an opportunity to explore the questions you have about your practice, refine the fundamentals and engage with a community of supportive peers. If you want a practice that lasts, the first step is commitment.

~ Jeremy Devens 

Seminar on Pranayama

Posted on: December 18th, 2013
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Prana is the life force within us all. Prana is also the energy and electricity within us & in all of manifested creation. If Prana is removed nothing can exist.
In this seminar we learn:
  • How to harness this Prana through Pranayama (breath exercises)
  • Pranayama for various purposes.
  • Safety in Pranayama
  • A scientific explanation of Pranayama’s effect with benefits on the body, the mind, brain & consciousness.
  • The effect of diet & lifestyle on Prana within us.
Register here:
When: Sunday January 12th 10am-2:00pm at Sanctuary Yoga
Cost: Early Reg: $54. After January 8th: 63$. Military and seniors: $40
CEU’s Available

Conducted by Sannyasin Navvaratri, teaching experience of 30 years.
Bihar School of Yoga & Satyananda Yoga certifications.
Email: for questions or call:
Cell: 512 940 1510.
Bihar School of Yoga books will be available for purchase.



Navvaratri has 28 years of yoga teaching experience through the Bihar School of Yoga & Satyananda Yoga Teacher Certifications (post grad university level accreditation, above 500 hour of Yoga Alliance recognition). Navvaratri also holds a Bachelors in Sociology & Psychology and post graduate degree in Art. Navvaratri has been contracted to teach Yoga at the City of Austin for 7 years & AISD. She has Held yoga classes at Brackenridge & Seton. She teach yoga to kids, teens, adults, pre-natal, therapeutic, corporate, seniors & special needs.


Where do you begin with yoga?

Posted on: October 31st, 2013
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Where do you begin with yoga? What is the foundation? Whether you’re a total beginner or an experienced teacher there’s always more to learn and explore; the philosophy, the postures, breathing, meditation, finding your self (!). The beautiful thing is there is no right or wrong way. There is no destination and there is nowhere to arrive. On the path of yoga, students and teachers walk side by side.

Jeremy Devens leads Sanctuary Yoga’s Beginner Series starting next week!
Sign up here.

“If we are facing in the right direction, all we have to do is keep on walking.” ~ Buddhist Proverb

This is both a gift and a challenge. You can do anything you want! So where do you begin? It can be as simple as this: You keep walking in a direction and you’ll receive feedback, with that feedback you can adjust course and continue walking in a more intentional direction; You do a yoga posture, receive feedback and adjust. You make major life decisions, receive feedback and adjust. Your path will be unique to you. Fortunately, yoga as a path is so well traveled, you can be sure you’re walking on solid ground. You probably even have some definite next steps: go to a class, talk to a teacher, practice at home. As you continue to walk, the horizon appears clearer. You take a step, receive feedback and adjust.

”Be at least as interested in what goes on inside you as what happens outside. If you get the inside right, the outside will fall into place.” ~ Eckhart Tolle

As the feedback comes in, it can get messy. Emotions come up. Friends give advice. Media distracts you. You keep walking and things keep changing. The feedback can feel overwhelming. That horizon never gets closer! Eventually you might even feel like you’ve lost direction and want to give up. This is normal. So, maybe you adjust and see a different perspective. Maybe this is yoga. Instead of filling your mind with images of happiness out on the horizon, you look within. Instead of dwelling on what you don’t want, you can direct your mind to what you do want. Maybe that’s a great place to begin.

“The voyage of discovery is not in seeking new horizons but in having new eyes.” ~ Marcel Proust

Yoga Beginner's Series

Jeremy Devens leads Sanctuary Yoga’s Beginner Series starting next week!
Sign up here.

October 5th Yoga Workshops – Community Breath Activation & The Yoga of Compassion

Posted on: September 30th, 2013
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Community Breath Activation with Maya Adjani-Sol

This experiential workshop includes the practical philosophy of Breath-work as well as a full guided session. More Info.

Saturday Oct. 5th
Time: 5:00-7:00pm
Friday Oct. 25th
Time: 6:30-8:30pm

Saturday Nov. 9th

Where: Amala Foundation/Sanctuary Yoga: 1006 South 8th St. 78704
Cost: $10-$25 Sliding Scale
No Registration required..just show up!
*Please bring a yoga mat, H20, pillow, eye mask & blanket

Maya will also be offering a weekend retreat November 15th-17th.

Breaking the Heart Open:  Yoga of Compassion with Denise and Karl Deniger

special workshop where we link the practices of tonglen meditation and yoga asana to awaken our innate compassion. The method of tonglen practice helps us connect with our own suffering and the suffering of every being in our world. Instead of pushing the pain away, we open our hearts to it and allow it to soften us.

This is a deep practice of beginning to relate with friends, strangers, and even enemies with an ultimately compassionate mind. Using this “inner method” during your yoga practice will transform it from merely a physical one into a transformative spiritual daily practice.

Cost: $20 Suggested Donation. No one will be turned away for lack of funds
When: Oct. 5th 11am-1:00pm