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Soften the Edges and Use Your Breath! Yoga with Emily Farr

Posted on: November 10th, 2017
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Emily Farr trained as a classical ballet dancer, a singer, and actress.  As a yogi, she teaches yoga and meditation at Sanctuary Yoga.  Every yoga teacher brings their own unique gifts and all of her training is apparent in the yoga classes that she teaches.  Emily feels extremely grateful and honored to be part of the Amala Foundation as she shares her love of yoga and meditation with people from all walks of life.

A fan of Brené Brown, the author of The Gifts of Imperfection, Emily’s intention is to help yogis let go of the need to perfect, perform and please.  During class you will hear “Soften the edges!” and “Use your breath!”  Enjoy a few of Emily’s gifts.

 

sOFTEN, Find Your Breath and Take up Space

In her classes, she seeks to offer a sense of lightness and love through the physical, mental, and spiritual practices of yoga and meditation.This fun yoga sequence was created for anyone who is feeling a little tight and constricted.

With this gentle flow, Emily helps anyone dealing with upper body tension to focus on the breath.  Softening upper body tension makes breathing easier.  Where ever you are, there is always a softer place.  Emily invites you to gently play, stretch, twist, ground as you notice where you hold the tension.  Using the breath to release stress and anxiety.  At the end you will feel more centered and at ease as you ready for the day.

 

 

 

Soften Your Edges with Meditation

One of the classes that Emily teaches is the morning Yoga and Meditation class.  A sample of what to expect in class can be found in this recorded 10 minute guided meditation.  It is a gift for those who take her class or those unable to attend.  Those seeking to create a space of stillness, peace and to encourage freedom from stress, fear, anxiety.

In the meditation, Emily guides readers to:

fully embrace our feelings and discomforts without judgement

to reconnect with our breath

spend time noticing the quality and rhythm of breath

Use of the breath to gently invite a bit of ease

Using imagination to direct the breath

Embrace the freedom that comes with the practice

 

uNLIMITED AND free

One of Emily Farr‘s many roles is as a film writer and director.   Her short film, Who Am I? softens our edges by promoting freedom and self-acceptance.   The film review the labels we use to define ourselves and lets the viewer  know that we are more than our body, more than what we do for a living, more than our failures.

Ask yourself this question. Who am I? The answer may not be so easy to find. It may take a little uncovering to find the answer.   It may take a lifetime to find out who we are and who we are not. This is the journey we are all on.

 

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.”