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Why a “Jam” on New Year’s Day?

 

I’ve been thinking a lot this past week about this transition into a new year and why the choice to mark the occasion with a Yoga Jam.  There is the obvious, which is the combination of great music and great yoga with a roomful of great people, which is of course, one of my very favorite ways to celebrate.
But beyond that, I’ve been thinking about the whole concept of “jamming” and how it applies so well to bringing in the new.  When a group of musicians get together to jam, they aren’t playing scales necessarily, or working on technique.  And yet, the more accomplished they are, the better the jam.  So they bring all of their talent and skill, all that they have gleaned from their many hours of practice and skill in the past, and they employ it all in the moment and allow something new to be created.
Similarly, the idea of a Yoga Jam is a time when practitioners of yoga bring all of their cultivated skill and presence and we come together to jam, creating a collective event and experience of gratitude, joy and camaraderie. All of the yoga we’ve practiced over the years is with us on the mat, and yet, the experience is unique and created in the moment.
As we close out 2012 and look forward to 2013, each of us bring with us from the past all of our learning, the wisdom we’ve gleaned from our past experiences, and yet, what we will create in 2013 will be something new.  We don’t start from nothing, but rather, we start from all that has been, and it informs and supports what is to come.
For everyone I know, this year that is drawing to a close tonight has been full—full of laughter, joy, tears, beginnings and endings, love and heart break.  It has been a year of learning, of living and of letting go. And our new beginnings stand on the foundation of all that we have been, and create the possibilities for all that will be.
I am deeply grateful for each and every one of you who have touched my life.  Your hearts, your presence, your sincere efforts on this path of yoga are an integral part of the great gift this past year has been, and I look forward to our continued work together in the year to come.
Lokah Samastha Sukhino Bhavantu. Om Shanti, Shanti, Shantihi…
Blessings to all & Shine Brightly~
Gia
http://www.giocondayoga.blogspot.com/

Kickin’ It Old School- 90’s R&B/ Hip Hop Playlist

Ashley took it back this week in her YoStrong (yoga with weights) class, check out her all 90’s R&B/ Hip Hop Playlist! We love to kick it old school at Wanderlust.

Bone Thugs-N-Harmony: Tha Crossroads

Blackstreet- No Diggity

Warren G- Regulate

Montel Jordan- This is How We do It

Young MC- Bust A Move

Bell Biv DeVoe- Poison

Run DMC- It’s Tricky

Tag Team- Whoomp There it Is

House of Pain- Jump Around

Salt N Pepa- Whatta Man

TLC- Creep

Keith Sweat- Twisted

KC and Jo Jo- All My Life

Whitney Houston- I will always Love You

FREE YoStrong Class: Michael Jackson Tribute

Join Jo this Thursday, Nov. 15th for a FREE yoga with weights class at 6:30pm to the beats of Michael Jackson. Bring your friends, family, anyone that wants to spend Thursday night getting their sweat and stretch on while jamming to MJ’s greatest tunes of all time!

Yoga Teacher Training: A Time to Grow

By Hilly Flora

Happy Fall everyone! We are now officially in the season of turning inward for knowledge, truth and a well-deserved time of rest after all the fun and activity of summer. This is the season to release what you no longer need.  During this time of introspection, release and building (tissue and mental/emotional framework) I find some insights from traditional Chinese Medicine and Ayurveda help me find ease and comfort as I ready for another amazing round of creation, witnessing and immense energetic output of the New Year.

We finally had a bit of a cold front in Austin so it now feels appropriate to write about the season, a recipe that promotes healthy digestion and vascular health and to give you the low down on our upcoming 200hour YA Registered Teacher Training.

Over the next couple of months Ben and I will be putting the finishing touches on our revamped 200 hour Teacher Training at Wanderlust Yoga. This training is for those who want to immensely deepen their practice and become certified to teach nationwide. This training is the product of over 15 years of study, practice, travel and over 9 years publicly teaching yoga. We are so excited to bring our in-depth knowledge (over 1000 certified/documented hours) of physical anatomy training and ceaseless desire to help others understand and utilize the practice of yoga to our amazing group of trainees.

Because yoga is not only a physical practice we are equally looking forward to the philosophical discussions that our in-depth readings bring about. There is really so much transformation that happens in the 8weeks of training that I cannot hope to make a complete list of what you will learn, but below is a short list of some of what you can hope to understand through Nadi Yogi Teacher Training.  If you would like further details like times, days and how to apply please visit our training page.

Asana (postures)

Pranayama (breath control)

Yogic Diet

The Traditional 8 limbs of Yoga

Proper alignment and how to verbally and physically adjust postures

Traditional Buddhist meditation techniques

Yin/Restorative techniques

Ayurvedic Dosha assessment and counseling

Pre/Post Natal/fertility awareness

Effective and conscious sequencing

Building a home practice

Assessment of Postural distortions and corrections

Public speaking and holding energetic space for others

Identifying and healing injury

In Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) the fall is ruled by the element of Metal bringing into mind the blank of method, structure, discipline and logic. The major organs of Autumn/Metal are the lungs and the Large intestine. Both of these organs have to do with letting go of what no longer serves you and making room for/preparing for what does. The skin is also associated with Metal and I highly recommend getting into the habit of dry brushing to aide this most important organ in eliminating toxins and absorbing nutrients.

Ayurveda views the fall as the season of Vata (air + ether). When Vata is not in balance from poor diet, inadequate sleep, stress or environment it leads to constipation, gas, insomnia, dry skin and in some cases sciatic pain. Feelings of anxiety and loneliness are also common, especially if your predominant dosha is Vata.

Eating seasonally is one way to ensure a healthy transition through seasons. Here is a recipe for roasted brussel sprouts, golden beets and turnips. These are the roots that I was lucky enough to receive in our CSA but if you are shopping feel free to substitute sweet potatoes, red beets, pumpkin or add anything that you really like. In addition to this simple dish I recommend drinking fresh slivers of ginger steeped in hot water with lemon throughout the day.

I hope you enjoy the recipe and have a lovely and nurturing autumn. Cheers to you building the life you want.

Xx

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Roasted Roots

10-12 large brussel sprouts quartered

5-6 small golden beets halved

5-6 small turnips halved

Extra virgin olive oil to coat (2 table spoons-ish)

Pink Himalayan salt to taste (please do not use iodized salt, it is poison)

1-2 table spoons Nooch (nutritional yeast flakes, high in B-12)

Preheat the oven to 450

Through everything in a bowl and mix with your hands to cover all the veggies in oil and seasoning

Spear in one layer over a cookie sheet and pop in the oven for 20-30 minutes. Stir around and re-distribute in an even layer once or twice.

I love it when the leaves from the sprouts get crispy, if you are not so into that 20min will give you nice tender texture for all veggies.

Remove from the oven and chow.

For questions please contact Hilly: Hilly@NadiYogi.com

Janet Stone coming to Wanderlust THIS weekend!

We are honored and thrilled that the incredible Janet Stone will be coming to our studio THIS Sunday, October 21st for a Divine Play workshop from 2-4:30pm.  We have taken classes from Janet for years at Wanderlust Festival, and it is a dream come true to have her now here in Austin at our home. Sign up at http://wanderlustyoga.com/workshops/  to reserve your spot. You don’t want to miss this!

ACL Playlist of the Week

It is that time of year again friends, Austin City Limits! In honor of this glorious occasion check out one of our instructor Ashley’s current YoStrong playlist inspired by all the incredible musicians. Enjoy!

Snow- Red Hot Chili Peppers

Dog Days are Over- Florence and the Machine

Everlasting Light- The Black Keys

Don’t Say Nuthin- The Roots

Levels- Avicii

Howlin’ For You- The Black Keys

I’m Shakin’- Jack White

Silhouettes- Avicii

Radio Retaliation- Thievery Corporation

Midnight City- M83

Boys & Girls- Alabama Shakes

Old Pine- Ben Howard

New Slang- Shins

Things Are Changin’- Gary Clark Jr.

Happy ACL’ing!

Yoga Basics Series with Leah

New to yoga? Looking to refine your practice or dive deeper into each posture and the breathe? Then Leah Cullis’s Yoga Basic Series is for you.  Join her this Wednesday, October 3rd at 7-8:30pm for the first part of the 4 week series. Sign up now to reserve your spot! http://wanderlustyoga.com/workshops/

Join us for Ganesh Fest!

Ganesh Fest is right around the corner!  There are still tickets available for you to purchase at http://austinyogatribe.org/ganeshfest-2012/.  We are donating our space for this event as a fundraiser for The Austin Yoga Tribe Global Seva Challenge.  This tribe aims to raise funds and awareness to combat sexual trafficking in India. Your donations will go directly towards sustainable. local, vetted NGOs who assist in eradicating some of the root causes of sexual trafficking, as well as assisting those who have been liberated with both counseling services and job skills.

We look forward to a weekend of music, creative yoga classes led by fantastic Austin yoga instructors accompanied by live music and DJ’s, and gathering of the community. Buy your tickets today! 

Yoga + Live Music

At Wanderlust LIVE we are incorporating more and more live music into our classes. We are in the live music capital of the world, surrounded by some of the most talented musicians and yoga instructors. The combination of the two creates an experience unlike any other. From Phoebe Hunt, to the Austin Bhakti Kirtan Tribe, to Ron Crose and Fred Mitchim, we have already had some incredible musicians walk through our doors. If you are a musician and interested in joining us come by the studio, we look forward to collaborating.  Stay tuned for live music class schedules through our newsletters and social media. Come to Wanderlust LIVE to  breathe in and rock out.

Parking is Easy!

  1. You can park free in the lot behind our building during the evenings and all day and night on the weekends. The lot is located off San Jacinto in between 4th and 5th street.
  1. During the weekdays, you can park in the Convention Center parking garage at 2nd and Brazos. Wanderlust LIVE will help sponsor your parking so you will only have to pay $1 for parking up to 2 hours. There is also metered street parking.
  1. Be kind to our environment and walk, ride your bike or carpool!