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Ayurvedic Thai Yoga Therapy

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holiday schedule

Friday December 21st will be the final day of classes in 2007. The 2008 schedule will begin Wednesday January 2nd with a new 4:30p donation yoga class and Thursday beginner workshops. Please contact me soon if you are interested in scheduling a private class before the close of the year.

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Festival of Light

On this longest night of the year, the Festival of Light (aka. solstice, christmas, diwali, hanukkah, st. lucy) marks the beginning of a new solar year. During this time of renewal and rebirth, the human spirit is rekindled from darkness into light. Come out and celebrate with us on Friday December 21st from 7pm - 11pm at the Burly House.

This year we are decorating cookies! Choose from oatmeal raisin snowmen, lemon poppy seed menorahs, gingerbread maidens, chocolate chip candy canes, and sugar spice stars. Our icing is homemade with organic fruit juices (no red dye #5) and of course the cookies are yummy vegan delicious ;) Share in the fun and give a handcrafted gift this year.

May peace, love, and happiness prevail in the coming new year.

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2008 beginner yoga workshops

Thursday evenings at the Burly House will serve host to beginner workshops starting January 17th with Yoga for Beginners.

This 10 hour course introduces students to the Hatha Yoga practice including the primary physical postures, breathing exercises, and philosophy. Each week the class will learn new practices as well as review the principles taught from the previous week to further integrate the technique and methodology. Each class is adapted for personalized attention to individual needs in a nurturing non-competitive atmosphere. Completion of this program will enable students to practice safely and confidently whether in a large class room or privately at home. For more information, cost and the details.

Stay tuned for the Ashtanga beginner workshop March 6th and Sivananda beginner workshop April 24th.

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first Wednesdays dinner

Join us on the first Wednesday of each month for dinner. Beginning February 6th, a vegan pot luck will follow the 7:30p meditation. Bring a friend to class and a dish to pass. With continued interest we hope to follow the tradition throughout the coming year. Stay for yoga, meditation, dinner, or all of the above!

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finishing touches

Yes, there is newspaper over the front windows at the Burly House. Please pardon our appearance while the paint is drying in the practice rooms. We hope to have the finishing touches complete by the end of next week. Private classes will continue as scheduled. All public classes will resume Wednesday November 28th. See you then.

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studio resignation

The rise of yoga popularity in the West has brought with it an increase in the size and cost of classes. In an effort to keep quality yoga instruction safe, affordable and available to the community - i will continue teaching public and private classes at homes, schools, and offices, but will resign from studios.

I have had the fortunate opportunity to be a part of and observe the student- teacher relationship across many different settings and cultures. One theme that has remained prominent is that students learn best from smaller class sizes and more frequent instruction. It is my intention to foster such an environment for the greatest success and understanding of the yoga and meditation practice.

All prepaid classes at Casa de Luz will be honored for future classes at an alternate location or towards private instruction. During this time of transition, please feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns that may arise. There are new classes and community events on the horizon, so be sure to check the website schedule for updates.

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Monday evening classes at the Burly House

The beginner yoga & meditation donation classes meeting Monday evenings at 6pm will be moving to Wednesdays at 6:30pm beginning October 3. The Thursday evening intermediate yoga donation class will continue as scheduled at 6:30pm. Blessings to all this coming equinox and the welcomed change of seasons. Be well.

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Classes to resume Thursday September 27th

I am excited to announce that after much deliberation and further encouragement, that i will be embarking on a solo backpacking adventure on the Big Island of Hawaii beginning Wednesday September 19th.

During my absence, Marcie will be teaching the Casa de Luz classes and the Burly House classes will be cancelled. Private classes will also be postponed. All classes will resume Thursday September 27th to meet at their usual day and time. See you then!

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Gift Certificates and private sessions

Gift certificates and reduced rate classes are now available. Students are encouraged to buy private sessions or reduced rate cards to inspire their own personal practice. Give friends and family the gift of yoga with gift certificates this season. Redeemable for individual classes, reduced rate cards, and private sessions.

A private individual session allows for the greatest success with direct one-on-one attention. Each class includes plenty of time for questions as well as a detailed written review of the instructions to be practiced later. The sessions are tailored according to the individuals evolving needs, meets either weekly/ monthly/seasonly and averages in length 60 - 90 minutes. Whether interested in developing an at home practice or maintaining a personal practice that is informed, contact me for details and to schedule a time that is convenient for us both.

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Huge Free Day of Yoga Thank You!

The Free Day of Yoga was a whole lot of fun and a HUGE success! Thank you to everyone who participated in the events and brought along friends, brothers, boyfriends, moms, sisters, and even a baby sitter. The rooms were packed at both the venues and i believe there may be photos somewhere at Seventh Street from the afternoon class. I'll post them if i find them.

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Yoga Co-Op Fall Schedule

I am excited to announce the release of the new Fall schedule and classes for the Yoga Co-Op at Casa de Luz . Due to special events and the Austin City Limits Music Festival, the weekend classes will begin September 22nd. I will be teaching the Saturday September 29th class at 11am. Marcie and myself will be alternating Saturdays throughout the Fall while Marcie is studying for and passing her acupuncture tests. The weekend classes begin at 11am and concludes with the additional option of a delicious macrobiotic brunch in the adjacent dining hall - the whole grain pancakes with fresh fruit are worth the wait in line.

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Free Day of Yoga

Monday September 3rd is Free Day of Yoga across the city of Austin. Join me during the Labor Day holiday for yoga all day long - for FREE! This is an excellent opportunity to introduce friends to the practice who have never tried yoga, as well as meeting new teachers and trying different styles of yoga.

My teaching schedule for the Free Day of Yoga event will be:

Check the schedule for details and directions.

This Monday is also the last day that students will receive the $7 per class rate at Casa de Luz. Of the compromises that the teachers had to consider with the increase in our rent, this was the best option. Our best suggestion is to purchase a class pass at the discounted rate before September 3rd. There will be opportunities to purchase passes immediately following the Free Day of Yoga classes.

Gift Certificates are now available for class passes, private sessions, and holiday gift giving. Contact me for details.

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Thursday evening class at the Burly House

The class this evening at the Burly House is postponed until the following week. The paint on the walls in the practice rooms are still drying after our post construction/deconstruction project. Though the paint contains no VOC's, the smell is still slightly irritating for the chemically sensitive. See you next week - Be well.

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morning flow beginning in August

Beginning Thursday August 2nd, join me Tuesdays and Thursdays - in addition to Saturdays - at Seventh Street Yoga from 10:00 am - 11:30 for Yoga Flow. This synergetic class combines the dynamic and subtle aspects of both the Ashtanga and Sivananda lineage while learning complimentary techniques to the traditional methods. All abilities welcome.

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First Wednesdays meditation

While no one can be taught *how* to meditate, we can fine tune our perception of inner awareness and discover for ourselves. Join us this Wednesday August 1st for First Wednesdays at Seventh Street at 7:45pm. Learn philosophies and techniques from both the Buddhist and Vedantic perspectives with at least a 30 minute meditation to practice. Honoring the tradition of dana, this class is kindly supported by donations. Side-effects of meditation may include: patience, joy, compassion, restful sleep, improved relationships, and greater work satisfaction.

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heart opening & backbend clinic

The Yoga Coop at Casa de Luz is pleased to announce our first class in a series of monthly workshops PDF beginning Sunday August 12 from 2-5pm - hosted by yours truly. This Heart opening & Backbend clinic explores methods to help open the chest and shoulders while learning techniques to keep the body equally strong and long during backbends. This class is open to students and teachers of all levels with prior yoga experience and the hours may be applied toward Continuing Education credit with Yoga Alliance.

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new Saturday morning yoga flow

Beginning Saturday July 14th, join me at Seventh Street Yoga for Yoga Flow from 10:00 am - 11:30. This synergetic class combines the dynamic and subtle aspects of both the Ashtanga and Sivananda lineage while learning complimentary techniques to the traditional methods. All abilities welcome.

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As-You-Wish donation classes

The Burly House House has hosted various yoga, meditation, and philosophy classes throughout the years and continues to be a sought after venue for informal, one-on-one instruction. Whether you are a seasoned yogi or a curious newby, i invite you to my home in south Austin on Monday evenings at 6pm and Thursday evenings at 6:30p for yoga and welcome you to stay for meditation at 7pm/ 7:30. Both classes are "pay what you wish" and our only request is that students call or email to confirm their attendance so we may accommodate for space. The Monday evening class is open to all levels offering gentle and beginner oriented instruction. The Thursday class is open to mixed levels of ability with some prior yoga experience required. See you soon!

Reservations may be made at www.leesalyn.com/contact.ws or 512.440.1788

The long awaited and much anticipated Sivananda classes will be returning on the last Friday of the month from 6:15 to 7:45 pm at Seventh Street Yoga. The Sivananda series will be showcased during their Friday Happy Hour Special. On the last Wednesday of each month stay after class for "pay-what-you-wish" Meditation and Techniques from 7:30 pm - 8:30 as we explore methods of focusing and quieting the mind. Cost... priceless.

Visit www.seventhstreetyoga.com for all the details.

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silent summer sojourn

Wow, its that time again already. As many will tell you, when the summer begins to heat up i retreat to somewhere northern - even if it is just south Dallas. There at the Dhamma Siri Southwest Vipassana Center i will be in 10 days of silent meditation from 6/6 through 6/17.

Please join me in welcoming and supporting Anandi and Courtney as they will be continuing the public classes as scheduled during my absence. All private classes and classes at the Burly House are cancelled and will reconvene the week of June 17th at their usual day and time.

Adrienne was initiated as Anandi into the International Sivananda Vedanta Community in 2005 and has taught nationally as well as internationally in Costa Rica and Thailand. Her inspiration to teach has led to additional education and service opportunities including karma yoga at the Grass Valley ashram. Anandi will be covering the Seventh Street Sivananda Wednesday evening classes.

Courtney has practice yoga since 2000 and taught since 2003. She is also a massage therapist with a focus in structural bodywork, shiatsu, and thai yoga massage - she incorporates elements of these modalities into yoga. Her influences stem from the traditions of Iyengar, Anusara, and Vinyasa yoga which she combines to bring strength and alignment for the body, inspiration for the spirit, and clarity for the mind. Courtney will be covering the Casa de Luz Tuesday evening class.

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celebrate all month long

Seventh Street Yoga has opened its doors to offer a beautiful new space nestled beneath an amazing oak tree. Conveniently located in the heart of Austin, this downtown studio is on 707 Seventh Street (wouldn't you have guessed) between Rio Grande and West - map . Our new studio is offering a variety of classes with a fine selection of Austin's own talented teachers including yours truly - "grinning* - as well as Mysore Ashtanga Vinyasa classes from one of the first pioneers in the tradition.

Join me in welcoming international teacher Dominic Corigliana on his travels through Austin and sharing in this unique opportunity to receive direct instruction from a senior teacher of the Ashtanga Vinyasa practice. Dominic is a 20 year student of Sri K. Pattabhis Jois and spends most of his time practicing with him in Mysore India. Dominic is accompanied during this journey by his son, Matt, also a certified teacher of the Ashtanga Vinyasa tradition and a student since birth? Get up early to catch these celebrities before they leave town - Mysore classes are offered from 6-9am Monday-Friday with a led class Sundays at 8 am.

The long awaited and much anticipated Sivananda classes will be returning on Wednesdays from 5:30 to 7 pm. Stay afterwards for a donations only Meditation and Technique class at 7:15 as we explore methods of focusing and quieting the mind. Be sure to check the schedule for official start dates of classes.

Enjoy a complimentary first class and grand opening promotions for reduced class passes now through Memorial Day weekend. The grand opening celebration is Saturday May 26th - more details to follow. Please pardon our appearance while we add the final touches to the brand new studio.
Visit Seventh Street Yoga for all the details -

See you then!

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new studio opening soon!

The rumors are true - a new yoga studio is opening in Austin and will be hosting both international yoga teachers and highlighting local teacher talents to provide a unique yoga experience for everyone.

Beginning May 5th, join me at Seventh Street Yoga with additional classes and times for Sivananda, Yoga Flow, and Meditation & Techniques. Check the schedule for details and be sure to tell your friends.

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Saturday classes in April

I will be teaching Yoga Flow at Casa de Luz from 11am until Noon on Saturdays throughout the month of April. These classes will be in addition to the ongoing Yoga Flow classes Tuesday evening at 6pm.

Quality yoga classes with experienced yoga teachers at a cooperative cost of only $10 for a single class. Prepaid classes are also available at $40 for 5 classes or $70 for 10 classes. Prepaid classes may be redeemed with any of the participating teachers at Casa.

Oh, and we saved the best for last - come for yoga, stay for the brunch...mmmm....

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SXSW schedule update

Welcome to town music lovers!

Enjoy your visit during Austin's legendary SXSW (South by Southwest) music festival. Come by, say HI, and show your support at the Natural Resource Defense Council benefit this Tuesday at the Big Red Sun. Power to the Peaceful! ~ Sir Micheal Franti

Please note that all Wednesday and Thursday classes for the week of 3/11-3/17 will be postponed and will continue again on the scheduled day and time next week.

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workshop sign up extended

The start date for the Ashtanga beginner workshop has been extended a week, therefore more time is available to sign up. A few spaces are still open for this 5 week course exploring the fundamentals of the Ashtanga Vinyasa tradition. Pre-registration is suggested and a deposit of $25 secures your placement. Find out more information or contact me with questions.

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snow place like home

Ask me again why i live in Austin and this week i will refer you to reason #96. Almost 12 feet of snow in 10 days! I love all the brave souls who have chosen to stay in arctic central New York. We who each year proclaimed that this was going to be the storm of the century - closing schools for weeks straight. Looks like Oswego has already set the bench mark for the new millenium. Why do i live in Austin - because the yellow crocuses in the front yard were stunning this morning *grin.* Whichever corner of the globe you are standing, please take care of your neighbors and be safe out there - may the sun also shine in your backyard today.

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new space and time

I invite you to join me in celebrating our first class in our new space and time on Tuesday February 20th from 6-7:30pm. This Hatha Flow class is open to all levels in the auditorium on the Casa de Luz campus - (plan and expect traffic delays). After class allow for more soul nourishment with a delicious meal in the award winning macrobiotic restaurant. Find out more at Casadeluz.org

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Ashtanga beginner workshop

If the chill in your toes is bringing you down, warm up your practice with this 5 week introductory Ashtanga vinyasa workshop. Whether practicing at home or in a large classroom, join us in discovering the tools, fundamentals, and techniques to keeping your practice healthy and safe. Each week the class will learn the next series of postures as well as review the principles taught from the previous week to further integrate the methodology of learning each posture in the appropriate order with the correct breath.

Find out more information about topics to be covered and costs for the course. For current dates and times check the schedule. May we all celebrate in saluting the sun and sharing the joy of the days becoming longer and our lives brighter.

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meditation for health

The benefits of yoga and meditation have been touted for thousands of years and revealed by the health and vitality of its practioners. More recently, the National Institute of Health and the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine have also recognized mindfulness meditation as a resource for establishing and maintaining good health. According to international studies, meditation has been used as a method to aid such health problems as anxiety, pain, depression, insomnia, stress, and trauma, as well as in the complementary treatment of cardiovascular (heart) disease, HIV/AIDS, and cancer patients. Mindfulness meditation is the inward focusing of attention on what is being experienced without judgement, reaction or emotion, to allow for a greater balance and acceptance in daily life.

The National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine has researched and compiled an informed report about the health benefits related to mindfulness meditation and key points for a health patient to consider when selecting a CAM (Complementary and Alternative Medicine) practitioner. As such a wonderful method as mindfulness meditation becomes more widely spread, it is important to remain aware and educated consumers. Please take a moment to review and consider this information - and always check with your insurer or health care provider to see if meditation is covered. If not, petition your provider to consider a complementary or alternative method of treatment.

May we all be well.

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mid winter thaw

It looks as if the garden is finally thawing and will survive just fine - despite the 2 inches or more of solid ice that coated most of central Texas for 3 days. I hope everyone enjoyed the hibernation and has recovered from any residual cabin fever.

During this time, classes and the schedule at Casa De Luz were still being negotiated and have yet to finalize. Therefore the Wednesday 9am classes will be postponed until further notice. I apologize for the inconvenience and will update as soon as an alternate time slot is decided.

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snow day

Due to the current weather conditions, all public and private classes will be cancelled. Once the temperatures rise and i can remove the ice to get into my vehicle, classes will resume at their usual time and place. Be safe out there and have fun in the snow!

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meditation update

Beginning next week, meditation at the Burly House on Wednesdays will be moving to Thursday evenings and will start at 6:30 pm. All are encourage to sit for the one hour duration, although anyone is welcome to leave sooner as they so desire. A brief introduction and instruction will be provided. Please wear comfortable clothes for sitting - pillows, blankets, and chairs will also be available.

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free yoga this saturday

Ok, so this is very last minute notice, but don't miss out this Saturday at the Casa de Luz Center for Integral Studies for free yoga - all day. Enjoy the beautiful and serene pathways leading up to the classrooms and stay for a delicious brunch at the epicurean kitchen to follow. All levels are invited to join me in the Serena room from 9 am -10:30 for Hatha Yoga. The class will include opening and closing chants, pranayama (breathwork), asanas (sequences of physical postures), and a brief meditation.