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Tips for Keeping the Brain Young

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Recent studies indicate that telomere length, which can be affected by various lifestyle factors, can impact the pace of aging and onset of age-associated diseases. Telomeres, which are protective caps on the ends of chromosomes that keep them from deteriorating naturally, get shorter and eventually die as we age. So they make a great marker of cell aging and thus of overall health. The difference in telomere lengths is thought to cause six years of age difference. In light of this research, we can literally say that stress ages people physically, chemically and genetically.

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Get Your Chill On

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The Energies Balanced Fall Yoga Retreat returns for a magical weekend of yoga, meditation, music and friendship, October 20 through 22 at the beautiful, 40-acre Davis Ranch Retreat, in Waelder.

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Fertility Yoga – Relaxing Into the Preconception Journey

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by Nicole LaDestro

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, approximately one in eight couples in the U.S. struggle with fertility challenges. Those experiencing this know that these challenges are multi-faceted, including emotional, psychological, physical, financial and even spiritual stress. Meanwhile, couples are commonly told to “just relax,” which is much easier said than done. Enter fertility yoga.

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Grief Center Establishes Camp Red Bird to Help Children Cope

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The Austin Center for Grief and Loss (formerly My Healing Place) is a nonprofit bereavement- counseling center that will celebrate its 10th anniversary this year. From August 7 to 11, the center will launch Camp Red Bird, a one-week day camp for children ages 6 through 12 that have experienced a loss. A licensed therapist will lead Camp Red Bird, incorporating therapeutic arts and crafts, games and traditional outdoor activities. Children will interact with their peers that have suffered similar losses. The goal is to develop healthy coping skills, identify and acknowledge grief and restore a sense of normalcy in the child’s life space.

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Rooster Sharing Community Launches in Austin

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Rooster, a movement of localized sharing communities that originated in Northern California, now has a presence in Austin. The group connects neighbors to share free resources, thus reducing waste and spending; connecting neighbors; and spreading acts of kindness. Rooster members practice unconditional giving and focus on contributing. Everything done through Rooster is completely free, without expectation of pay or reciprocity.

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New Thought Forum Offers Fresh Ideas and Ageless Wisdom

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Personal development, holistic living, science-spirit convergence, spiritual growth—these are all fascinating topics that have the power to transform our lives in amazing ways. The New Thought Forum is an exciting two-day event on August 7 and 8 at ACL Live at the Moody Theater, where people can come together with others to learn what the leading experts in personal development are doing right now that’s creating lasting peace, happiness and abundance.

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Use This Summer to Prepare Children for Kindergarten

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by Amy Webre

As the parent of a preschooler, the term “kindergarten readiness” may be familiar, but what does it really mean? Simply put, it challenges parents to ask themselves if their child is ready to enter a kindergarten classroom where he or she will succeed in school. Kindergarten is the first step into a child’s formal education. Preparing for this new environment—socially, emotionally and academically— will set the child up for a successful year full of fun, learning and new discoveries.

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Staying Present in the Modern World

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by Brad Schiller

Most spiritual teachings center on the present moment and encourage a focus on the “Now”. Everything in life happens in each moment and thus life should be lived with as little distraction from the Now as possible. Modern technology has provided many exciting wonders, but at the same time scores of today’s technologies rip people away from the present.

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