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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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Posted on: March 6th, 2017
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I have often been discouraged by the word “hustle.” While growing up, it was touted to me when I was “lolly-gagging” and even recently, I have pondered how and why everyone is in such a rush.
I recall a “Shawshank Redemption” scene where the character, Brooks, writes, “The world went and got itself in a big damn hurry.”
Through my adulthood, I have realized that words and perception of words, shape our reality. The word, “hustle,” alone can mean many different things to different people. Lately, it has been thrown around as a “buzzword” of a quick way to become successful.

Today, I am going to expand on how-to hustle in a graceful and authentic way and how the word can be used as a motivating tool to expand personal possibility with work, joy and everything in your life.

H: Honesty
Be honest with yourself. Why this is important: when you are spending your life doing anything, it is best to know you are allocating all your energy to that one thing, without distractions. “How you do anything is how you do everything.”
How honesty works with working: being honest with your intention and clearing mental space is the trick to being present. Putting away the to-do list, the “vacation” list and most importantly, the comparison list. Being honest with yourself about why you are doing something is important: is it for money, for joy, for maybe both, does it serve you?

U: Understanding
Honesty with oneself leads to understanding. Once you become clear of the “why” you can dive into the “how’s” and begin unraveling and understanding yourself and your values. Understanding yourself can lead to setting and carving specific time to do things you enjoy. (I highly recommend). Once you set aside things of enjoyment, it allows space and attention to be dedicated to other tasks that would have derailed your ability to “present” (especially if you felt the lack of opportunity of the “joyful” moments in your life that could distract you from work. I think I mentioned all those “lists” in the excerpt above. Let me express the importance of putting away your comparison list again. Do it for you!)

S: Sustainability
Sustainability ties hand-in-hand with honesty. When you are honest, have integrity, with oneself, your decisions to devote energy to an activity, will be purposeful. Sustainability stems from the ability to continue to do something throughout time. The thing about honesty, integrity and honing the ability to be present, the only moment you focus on, is the present. When that is the case, sustainability comes naturally as the future is not yet written. When the future is not yet written, anxiety about the future dissipates and the fear of commitment falls away. Most things fail due to fear of failure, or the future, rather than aptitude or ability. Therefore, activities and work becomes sustainable when you take bite-size pieces of your time by being honest, understanding your values and tendencies, and remembering to stay present by not getting too far in the future where overwhelm lives.

T: Trust
Trust yourself and others. How many times have you been burned by someone? How many times have you burnt someone? The thing about trust is many people do it the only way they know how. They trust people to do unto them what they would do. Ah, the golden rule. Here’s why that approach could use some “pivoting.” (Pivoting is when you’ve hit a wall doing something a continual way. Pivoting is about approaching something in a new way that gets a slightly different result.)
Here’s the new approach: instead of assuming that by bestowing trust upon someone, that they will conduct themselves the way you would: trust that person that they will conduct themselves the way they have before unless they communicate otherwise. When people tell you something, trust them; don’t be quick to project your own interpretation of what you “think” they mean. Allow them to communicate what they really mean.

L: Listen
Communication is the biggest tool to getting what you want. And I don’t mean that in a naive, spoiled way. I mean that in anything and everything you do. Listening is key as it allows others to be heard and for you to process how your wants and needs align with others. An example may stem from the fact that you and your friend ultimately want more time together. By allowing your friend to communicate his or her’s to-do list, it allows them and you to prioritize accordingly, minimizing conflicts both in scheduling and miscommunication.

E: Excitement and Enthusiasm
Follow your excitement and enthusiasm. If you are anything like me, where those emotions stem fairly easily, begin to shift those feelings toward the activities that have lost it. It sounds counter-intuitive; however, I promise, it will not lead you astray. It’s like any relationship. It begins as a honey-moon phase, it becomes “known” and “tried and true” and if not careful, it can loose its luster. And at the “known” and “tried and true” phase, try sprinkling that excitement and enthusiasm upon the routine. Because, you are responsible for half of the emotions of any relationship, so why not provide genuine excitement and enthusiasm toward each one? If you feel a blockage, identify where it’s stemming from, listen and be honest with the other entity in the relationship, and remember not to project your own way of doing things as the only way.

Life can be challenging and it can also be highly fulfilling. I expanded on how to Hustle in a way that feels good to me by using the letters H-U-S-T-L-E as gentle reminders of how to interact with the world and shift a negative connotation formed in my past. I highly recommend to anyone who is having an issue with a word and what it means – to break it down and create your own Excitement and Enthusiasm around it.

Love and light,



Engaging in Conversations

Posted on: February 24th, 2017
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Have you ever had to attend an event that you felt was far, far away.  Many, who live in south Austin, may consider events held in north Austin as being far.  This meeting was held in Pflugerville.  The purpose was to engage in conversation with others, some of different cultures, nationalities and faith, as if sitting on  The Red Bench.  We discussed the topic of Grace.  These conversations help us share our perspective and, if we’re lucky, give us a better understanding of another person’s perspective.   According to Interfaith Austin, the red bench is a symbol of a place for conversations that “cultivate peace and respect.”


Conversations with Others

“No one is more influential in your life than you are.”  Yoga teacher


Before the verbal conversations began, there are nonverbal cues.  There are smiles. Nods.  Waves.  Claiming space by placing personal items.  I sat at the top of the table and got non verbal cues that I was in another’s personal space.  It didn’t seem so at first until I moved across from the person and recognized different boundary lines.  Moving helped change my perspective.

During verbal conversations, there were interesting perspectives about the meaning of the word.  Each definition flavored by the person’s life experience.  All definitions including the Divine.  The benefit of this group is that there are some basic ‘rules’ to follow that allow everyone to freely speak.  I’ve often left there thinking “I’ve never heard anyone say that!”  Or, “I can’t believe they said that.” or ” What an interesting or controversial or unique way of thinking.”

It turns out that in these conversation groups, the act of listening by far exceeds talking in  importance.  My intention when participating in these types of conversations as a  practice, is that the practice will carry over into the other conversations I have outside the group.


Conversations with Self

gentlefoothappyfeetConversations before  and after class are part of the yoga experience.  You may hear a few conversations  between friends before class and after class.  During class, you may hear quick conversations between students and the teacher.  The most important conversations happen during class between you and your body parts.

I have to admit I talk to my body parts.  Most of my conversations are of the friendly variety.  Letting body parts know that I am their friend and will do my best to help them complete the asana.  No exercise is worth a scream.  No body parts need to yell either.  But, a few parts have yelled.

The ankle may scream during a balance pose  “Hey, that’s enough!”  I sometimes listen or I may cajole it by saying, “Just a few seconds longer and I promise to give you a massage.”

The thighs may yell,”I don’t want to go lower” during a squat.  I let it know that it will naturally go down during the exhale.  “We will use the breath to help us.”

“Acknowledge yourself for the work you’ve done on the mat.” Yoga teacher


If you see me walking you may catch me patting my back.  It’s because I’m telling myself “Good job, Marcia!”

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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Setting Intentions Any Day of the Year

Posted on: December 29th, 2016
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“New year, new you.”

I can’t stand this phrase. Sure, it sounds catchy, but what’s wrong with the old me? What’s wrong with who I am now? To me, “new year, new you” sounds as if we need to dismiss our entire being. How is that healthy? Why should we wait for a holiday when it comes to setting intentions?

New Year Resolutions List for Setting Intentions


Does your list of New Year’s resolutions look like the picture above? That may not be a bad thing.

Goals are personal. According to Forbes Magazine, less than 10% of New Year’s resolutions are achieved. Setting intentions can be a fun tradition, but they mainly fail due to a heightened level of pressure and impulsive decisions. How do we change that number? Setting intentions can be done any day of the year. Maybe that’s why every year I hear more people say, “My New Year’s resolution is to not make resolutions.” 

(It’s still considered healthy to use a calendar to measure your progress, whatever keeps you motivated.)


Sometimes stuff comes up, and life feels interrupted. Sometimes becomes all the time. We get thrown off track, and that intention of where we were headed suddenly feels out of reach. Then what? It’s always something.

We need to learn to face ourselves with a level of love and respect at all times. Learn to love unconditionally (ourselves and others), and find respect for the journey of personal growth. Many elements of personal growth are not something we can set a timeline for.

When you are ready to make a change you will. Image of pink glowing clouds and dark clouds in sky.

Sunset, Austin, Texas

Sometimes we want a change for others more than they want it for themselves. To ensure our intentions are healthy and effective, asking questions can help us decide where to start.

Questions to ask yourself when SETTING INTENTIONS

So whether or not you are making resolutions, I hope you have a healthy and prosperous 2017. When the time is right for you, the list below may be used as a tool to pin point your intentions and goals. Maybe this is cheesy, but the good ‘ol’  5 W’s come into play here.

*Note: This is in no way a complete list.  Add your own questions to help set yourself or someone else up for success!


  • Who are you setting this intention for?
  • Who does it affect?
  • Who do you want to help?
  • Who do you want to be like?
  • Who do you want to spend more time with?
  • Who do you want to hear?
  • Who do you want to be heard by?
  • Who has inspired you in your lifetime?
  • Who has supported you in your life?
  • Who do you want to share your life with?


  • What are your most basic needs that you struggle to meet?
  • What are your wildest dreams?
  • What are your goals?
  • What is the first goal that will bring you closer to another goal?
  • What are your motives?
  • What is the deepest root of your intention?
  • What has worked for you in the past?
  • What did you learn about yourself when something worked out in the past?
  • What works for you now?
  • What didn’t work for you in the past?
  • What did you learn about yourself when something didn’t work out in the past?
  • What doesn’t work for you?
  • What patterns do you see in your life?
  • What is limiting you?
  • What do you want to learn about yourself?
  • What do you want to experience?
  • What is something you have never done before?
  • What are you afraid of?
  • What inspires you?
  • What feels missing in your life?


  • Where is the space you feel most comfortable?
  • Where do you feel least comfortable?
  • Where are you most productive?
  • Where do you see yourself in the future?
  • Where do find your inspiration?
  • Where do you make compromises?
  • Where do you feel stuck?
  • Where were you during your happiest memories?


  • When will you begin?
  • When does your dream feel like it has come to a stop?
  • When are you making it happen?
  • When do you feel distracted?
  • When do you feel focused?


  • Why is this intention or goal important to you?
  • Why is this intention or goal important to others?
  • Why not?


  • How will you practice your intentions?
  • How will you make progress toward your goal?



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.


Let’s Get Real | Yoga for Connection

Posted on: March 30th, 2016
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Connection starts with you. You can be a teacher. You can be a friend. Your stories can transform, heal, comfort and help others grow. Your story matters. Share your story and connect to others by becoming a Yogi Blogger.


Sanctuary Yoga is about community. Authenticity builds connection. In order to make yoga more accessible, we offer many ways to get involved, including blogging for unlimited yoga. This yoga trade program has allowed many individuals to deepen their practice by sharing their story, whether by exploring something they learned in class or within their own personal practice. This aspect of our studio not only builds community but cultivates a culture of authenticity that shows people that it’s okay to be vulnerable and real. Everyone has a different yoga practice because everyone has a different body and life experience.

Why share my story?

In our culture, we typically rush to and from yoga class without saying a word to anyone in the studio. Talking about our experiences in class seems to go against the very practice we’ve been taught. Yoga is about drawing inward. What happens in yoga class stays in yoga class. The studio is a safe space for you to find stillness and connect with yourself. Keep in mind everyone else is probably there for some of the same reasons you are. Everyone wants to be healthy, change, grow, and improve. Everyone has deep hurts and hangups.

Many of you have probably watched the TED Talk of Brene Brown speaking about vulnerability. If you have not, we encourage you to do so. Brene shows us that vulnerability encourages connection. Sometimes we need to move past the screen and seek out quality time for deep conversation. We find ourselves surrounded by many connections, but still feel isolated and alone. The willingness to share who we are, our struggles past and present, enables us to connect with others who share our experiences and sentiments. It transcends the imaginary walls we’ve built around ourselves to keep everything looking neat, tidy, pretty.

Sharing your experience is powerful because it not only encourages connection, but it can be healing and comforting to you and others. As a yoga studio, we strive to hold a space for our students to be who they are, wherever they are at in their life. We invite you to sit with the emotions or experiences that are on your heart and mind and use your breath and movement to be present as we move through the class. We challenge you to look at the places where you need to let go and free yourself to feel, breathe, and move. We want you to feel safe to just be you.

“As a result of authenticity, they were willing to let go of who they thought they should be in order to be who they were… You have to absolutely do that for connection.”

–Brene Brown

If you are interested in reading other perspectives or experiences related to yoga, check out this list of yoga blogs from all over the U.S.







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.


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