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Fall Fest!

Posted on: October 10th, 2017
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Fall Fest

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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!

 

 

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.

Investments.

Planning.

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.”

MEGAN’S TIP for CENTERING Into the Body

 

“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

 

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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.”

 

 

 

 

The Yoga of listening with compassion

Posted on: August 29th, 2017
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There are benefits to listening with compassion.  What happens as the news about the clashes between groups with different ideologies reach us? Those clashes lead to the death of protesters and first responders.  Many suffered multiple injuries.

I felt emotionally, spiritually and mentally affected by these events.  These injuries lead to intricate, delicate feelings and sometimes judgments begging for compassion. They wanted out, to be allowed, accepted.  They begged for my compassion.

Most people do not listen

with the intent to understand.  

Most people listen

with the intent to reply.

–Stephen R. Covey

 

Listening to understand

A group of people, hosted by IACT, met recently to discuss compassion. These meetings are an exercise in listening.  Listening, while learning not to be in a hurry to respond.  Many would agree that listening with a group that is willing to follow basic rules of courtesy offers a less challenging experience.

Like minded people easily show courtesy. Even so challenges may pop up.  You may hear comments that evoke a twinge, a pang, a sweetness, a strong opinion, an agreement, a disagreement.  We learn to deal with our own reactions.

One problem I experience is when a speaker tries to insist that you agree with what they are saying before continuing.  What’s your pet peeve?

The hope is that the practice will help you notice your reactions to the speaker with compassion. There are no guarantees.  It is a practice.

 

SIX LISTENING TIPS

 

 

Yoga, compassioNATE listening

Yoga is another practice in listening.  That is, if you show compassion for yourself and want to prevent injuries.. During almost every yoga class, the teacher may ask

“What moves does your body want you to make?

“How are you feeling today?

“Is you energy high or low?”

“Are there any requests?

These are all ways of listening and addressing the needs of the body with the body. It’s a practice.

 

Compassion for self

What’s most important to remember about compassion is that it starts with our own selves.  During a discussion you may experience ease or unease.  Depending on how you feel and think about what you’ve heard coming our of your mouth or from the other person’s mouth.

Can you feel compassion for yourself when you feel uneasy?  Do you feel that you are loosing something because of the uneasiness?

 

 

No act of kindness is ever wasted. – aesop

It’s feels good to accept that there is a range to compassionate acts.  You may not be willing to participate in a compassionate act that makes you feel as if you are suffering.  You may only be willing to perform a small act of compassion.  Why not make it ok to start with something small.

A nod, a smile, acknowledgment of another through eye contact, give a dime or a quarter, a hug, a pat. Perhaps a friendly gaze.

If you’re up to it, compassion may involve a significant act.  One person spoke about allowing a homeless person to live in the yard in a tent

Keeping a focus on compassion during these difficult times will not only benefit you but may benefit those with whom you interact.  It’s o.k. to take small steps.  If the practice doesn’t benefit you in the way that you would hope or if you feel that you are not making progress fast enough, have even more compassion for yourself.

I find myself listening with compassion as I hear words that bring a feeling of unease in the media.  I hope that you will too.  It’s a practice. There are no guarantees.

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.

beginners series

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.

 

Sign Up

email :: info@sanctuaryyogaaustin.com for more details

A How To: HUSTLE

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,

Julia

 

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

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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!

Details:

March 10th, 11th, and 12th

7pm-9pm

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

When:
Saturday, January 28th from 10am-12pm
Where:
Sanctuary Yoga
1006 South 8th. St.
Austin, Texas 78704
Cost:
$30
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.

Sign Up

For any questions please contact us at info@sanctuaryyogaaustin.com

 


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

SCREW THE CALENDAR

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.)

RESPECT THE PROCESS

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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

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

HOW

  • 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


PROGRAM DETAILS

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

Location:
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

or

$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 teagrove@gmail.com.

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.