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September 2013

Mardy Chen

Community Spotlight – PURE Yoga, PURE Action, Pure Service

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by Sandra Yeyati

For Mardy Chen, “Practicing yoga is like brushing your teeth.” It’s something you should do every day. She, with her husband, Jeff, own PURE Yoga Austin, recognized by Details magazine as one of the best studios in the country, with four locations throughout Austin.

Their specialty is Bikram yoga, a 90-minute sequence of 26 poses and two breathing exercises done in a very hot room. There’s nothing soft or fluffy about Bikram yoga. The poses are extremely challenging. After a session, practitioners are sweaty, sore and spent.

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Letter from Publisher – September 2013

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“If you stumble, make it part of the dance.” ~ Unknown

I have been doing a lot of dancing this past month. When my mother unexpectedly passed at a young 68, I found myself stumbling over all the things I wish I could have and should have done or said. The spiritual truth is… it is done. No one benefits by rehearsing the past. Each of us only has now, this present moment in which to embrace all the good in life, including family and friends that have gone on before us. I know parents only want the best for us. So, I am tenderly embracing what I have learned from this sorrowful experience to move forward and… start dancing.

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