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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.


Holiday Schedule – Changes and Free Classes

Posted on: November 21st, 2013
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We will have a modified schedule during the holidays this November and December. Below you can find the schedules for the individual holidays. Thank you ahead of time for your understanding!


Modified Thanksgiving Schedule:

There will be NO classes held Thursday, November 28th.

The Friday and Saturday after Thanksgiving, Amala will be hosting an alternative Black Friday shopping experience, Bright Friday. During the event, all yoga classes on Friday, November 29th and Saturday November 30th will be free. The Bright Friday schedule below is subject to change. Check online the day of the event to confirm your class schedule. You can find more information on Bright Friday on our website by going to the events tab.

Friday Nov 29th: 

11am Kundalini with Tripti
130pm Power with Kristin Bagby
3pm Gentle with Cara
5pm Vinyasa with Rebecca Persons

Saturday Nov 30th:

10am Hatha with Dana
1130am Kundalini with Donna
3pm Qi Gong with Rebecca Gould

Modified Winter Holidays Schedule:

There will be NO yoga classes scheduled for Tuesday, December 24th through Friday, December 27th.

New Year’s Week: All classes Monday, December 30th will be held. There will be NO classes after 5pm on Tuesday, December 31st. All classes on January 1st will be canceled. The regular class schedule will start back up as normal on January 2, 2014.

Acro Yoga

Posted on: October 30th, 2013
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Acro Yoga is coming back to Sanctuary Yoga!

This class is suitable for all levels, and is the perfect place to start your Acro yoga adventure. Dani has studied with some of the best teachers in the world, and continues to expand her knowledge of the practice through immersions, intensives, and trainings. In this weekly class you will be challenged in ways that will strengthen not only your body, but your ability to connect and work with others. No partner is required!! Just show up ready to play, with focus and intention.

Acro Yoga will be back starting November 5th at 6:00pm!

Here are some of the things we will work on:

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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


New Class: Meditation with Yoga

Posted on: August 13th, 2013
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Buddha Meditation TreeEast meets West now that cutting edge neuroscience shines light on the benefits of ancient Chinese and Indian wisdom.  Restorative yoga and meditation stimulate the parasympathetic nervous system, retrain neural pathways to fire positive instead of negative, lower blood pressure, reduce heart rate, and decrease stress.

Each class has a different meditation theme and focus, with a restorative flow asana practice building up to the sitting.  René Love makes meditating fun and accessible, so if you’ve been wanting to build a personal practice but find the idea daunting, this class will be welcoming for you.  There are so many different types of meditation, just as effective as a Zen/Vipassana sit, but a little easier to get into.  We’ll learn all kinds of pranayama, physical positioning, and visualizations that decrease cortisol, and stimulate more mellow brain wave frequencies.

Meditation and yoga are the antidote for pretty much everything we need an antidote for.  They help us get control of our lives, restore balance, increase well-being, de-stress and increase energy.  Many of the meditations we’ll cover are somatic focused, so it’s not just about getting to know the nature of mind, but getting to know the nature of body!! Want to be able to listen to your body’s wisdom and feel body gratitude?  We’ll learn amazing meditations that re-connect you with your physical body.  Develop internal balance and strength through this fabulous practice.

See you on Wednesdays from 5-6 and Thursdays from 1:30-2:30 starting 8/21!

ReneRené is a graduate of the Living Yoga Program in Austin, TX, where she specialized in restorative yoga and meditation.  She is certified at the CYT-200 hour level, including 50 hours of study at Dharma Yoga and the Austin Zen Center.  Additionally, René brings over 250 hours of formal training in body work from Texas Healing Arts Institute in Austin, and was certified in First Aid, CPR, and AED.  Along with corporate yoga, René teaches “Yoga for Lawyers” for the University of Texas School of Law professors, staff, and students.  The Love Wellness style of blending restorative yoga with core strengthening involves cutting edge neuroscience in meditation, is proved to increase concentration and positivity, and leaves practitioners invigorated, relaxed, and focused.

Join Chrispy Bhagat Singh for “Flow Know Grow: Finding Purpose and Meaning in Our Yoga Practice”

Posted on: August 1st, 2013
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“Flow, Know and Grow”
Finding Purpose and Meaning in Our Practice – Moving Out Into the WorldExploring powerful and subtle Vinyasa flows, we’ll use our asana practice as a tool for discernment. This will be an investigation of our selves, of our unique abilities, to discover our deeper purpose and our ability to act meaningfully.

Each of us has the power to serve; when we come from authenticity with meaning, our service – or Seva – can add purpose to our lives as well as support those in need.

We hope to be able to help each and every student to activate and engage and to begin to discern how each of us can become conscious activists.

A practice of slow and long, deep devotional flows, coupled with periods of introspection. The asana will be followed by a meditation and short discussion. Accessible to all levels.

I’ll be offering this twice in August:

suggested donation is $25-$50, anything gratefully accepted. All proceeds to benefit the 2013 Off the Mat Into the World Global Seva Challenge.

Please join me to support indigenous rights, rainforest conservation and environmental support for Ecuador! Read more here.

Date & Time: Saturdays, August 10th and 24th, 2013 from 1:00-3:00pm
Lineage: Vinyasa
Level: All

During Chrispy’s class, you will be challenged: It will be loud, nectar will be wrung from your body as you fervently supplicate. You will be emptied, provoked and confronted in a supportive manner… the first stop on the path of fulfillment is to get fully empty.Chrispy is a Mindfulness and Yoga Educator trained in Vinyasa Ashtanga, Hatha, and Kundalini Yoga, focusing on MBSR (Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction). Not only a facilitator for Asana and Mindfulness, he is also a Spiritual Intelligence Mentor and an Ordained Rector, and uses these modalities to bring clarity, empowerment and transformation to each class. Chrispy has studied with world-renowned masters of the crafts in Mindfulness, Meditation, Asana, Philosophy, Tantra, Ayurveda (the yogic science of life), Jyotish (the yogic science of astrology), the Chakra system, the Five Elements, as well as both Yogic and Western anatomy.Chrispy seeks to combine the dynamic flow of Ashtanga, the subtle energetics of Kundalini and the sweaty good times of Vinyasa into a transformational experience – moving meditations, physical prayer, transcendence and surrender, passion and compassion. His current focus includes moving into and facilitating Conscious Activism, teaching the asana practice of yoga in multiple settings to diverse audiences, and instructing MBSR. He is also the founder of a non-profit service organization, Austin Yoga Tribe, which currently works to raise funds and awareness to combat sexual-trafficking and slavery.


Yoga and Mandala Drawing

Posted on: July 16th, 2013
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Yoga and Mandala Drawing is taught by Anstasia Grebnova. Anastasia received her yoga teacher certification from Kripalu Center, the largest & most established center for yoga and holistic living in the U.S. Anastasia has also been a professional painter for over ten years. She has been fascinated with mandalas as a macro / micro reflection of our inner universe. Her workshop combining Yoga and mandala drawing comes out of the yoga and painting experience.

The Yoga portion of this workshop is true to Hatha Yoga where poses are held for longer periods of time, allowing the body to open and relax. The sequences are designed to help move the spine in several directions. Guided deep relaxation is followed by mandala drawing at the end of the class.Specific poses included:• Lower back poses and hip openers
• Seated sequences head and neck movements
• Cat series
• Hip openers
• Seated spinal twist
• Standing positions
• Guided Deep relaxation (Yoga Nidra)

This workshop leads the participant through experiments that can awaken their sense of touch, weight, space and movement, the doorways to personal expression. We are our own teachers as we share images, insights and experiences. This workshop is about using your curiosity to discover what your body wants to show you.

We explore our bodies’ response to movement / weight / texture /space / seeing. We learn from ourselves and each other. This is a workshop for anyone who is curious to see what their innate expression looks like on the page.

Everyone is welcome.

Cost $20; Save your spot, register here:[start_date]=2013-07-27
Regular class passes do not apply towards paying for workshops.

Yoga Dance: What is it?

Posted on: June 7th, 2013
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fun- dance_optRecently, Jonathan, our valiant yoga teacher wrangler (i.e. manager of Sanctuary Yoga), called me and said, “I have an open slot on the schedule, Mondays 10-11:30 a.m. You like to do that yoga and dance thing. Do you want to add a Yoga Dance class?” Now there’s something you should know about me; I have a habit of saying YES to things if they sound cool, even if I haven’t thought them all the way through yet. In other words, I’m a leap then think kind of gal! So of course I said yes and then put the phone down and thought, “What the heck should a Yoga Dance class look like?”
Jonathan was right; I do like to do that yoga dance thing! When I was a kid I was a figure skater, dancer, drill team denizen, cheerleader, second-liner, etc. Today, I’m a serious yogini who’s nonetheless always looking for an excuse to shake it and jump it in the yoga studio. So, come join me on Monday mornings at the Sanctuary and let’s find lots of excuses to shake it and jump it in the prettiest yoga studio in town!

Here’s some of what we’ll do in Yoga Dance: Dance to Mantra; Explore the Intersections between Hatha Flow & Dance; Take on Kundalini Kriyas that include Dance; Play with Body and Hand Mudras in Motion; Explore the Hatha Yoga Asana known as Dancer! Each class will be different! Each class will be an adventure! So come join me and help define Yoga Dance at the Sanctuary! And come join every day at the Sanctuary to explore Yoga in its grand diversity!

See you Monday’s at 10:00am!



Power Yoga!

Posted on: June 3rd, 2013
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Power Yoga can create the highest level of energy, vitality and freedom. The way to do this is by working with yourself, not against. By working hard mindfully, we honor our body and respect our boundaries. In this way, we create an atmosphere conducive to natural expansion and growth. Focus isn’t on pushing past our edge to get to a place where, or to obtain results we’ve been brainwashed into thinking we need to be in order to have happiness!

We’re all different: different faces, shapes, sizes, personalities. We shouldn’t have the same bodies. Our genetics and life experiences make us unique. True health and vitality arises when we stop comparing and competing, and start listening to the voice within. We don’t need to have the “best body” we need to have our own body. By quieting the controlling mind, we can listen to the innate wisdom that waits to be heard.

A fitness routine based on goals and results feeds your ego, not your spirit. By satisfying the ego, you actually become more vulnerable, more susceptible to the everyday occurrences that are beyond control. By feeding your ego, you ignore what you honestly need. Consequently, you end up working against yourself and your goal of health, and create more imbalance.

Yoga was created to promote stillness in the mind in order to free the wisdom. Some still use it for this purpose. Further, yoga is a tool that creates balance in life.  In order to create this balance, the imbalances need to be exposed and destroyed. This is challenging, yet possible. Unfortunately, many people don’t seem to want to do the work necessary to create harmony, perhaps because balance can’t be measured and doesn’t make them look better in a bikini. As long as we approach our yoga practice by listening carefully to what the body needs and by moving away from any existing ideas of where our ego wants this body to be, our initial experience can be wholly satisfying.

“Power Yoga can teach about ourselves equally in Tadasana (Mountain Pose) as in Adho Mukha Vrksasana (Handstand)”

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The hardest part of the practice of yoga can be honoring our bodies and what they need in this moment. Too often we find ourselves slipping back into our old habits of goal orientation and self-criticism. Goal orientation, which sometimes sounds like,  “I’ll be happy when,” leads you away from the present. Looking outside yourself for happiness doesn’t work.  Why? Because happiness, or wholeness, has to come from within. And wholeness comes with acceptance of Right Now!

Power yoga class helps to create optimal physical health by enlivening and invigorating the entire body, ending dormancy, strengthening the weak links, and releasing tension. It also energizes the mind and provides a safe, controlled environment for working on all the negative issues that are exposed. Because the body is a direct manifestation of the mind, as we heal our mind, our bodies naturally follow. Also, our bodies are subject to the laws of nature. Eventually they will dry up and blow away, because all matter is in a state of flux. Yet it seems our minds are subject to no laws. As far as we know, our minds are limitless. So it makes sense that through yoga poses we start to hone and strengthen the unlimited aspect of ourselves, our minds! This leads us into a whole new place of connectedness, balance and satisfaction.


Joni N.

Joni teaches Power yoga Tuesdays 10:30-11:45am
Joni also teaches beginners classes Wed and Fri noon-1:00pm

Kristin Bagby teaches Power Yoga Wednsdays 10:30-11:45am