Magazine publisher Shelly Searle introduces the Austin Texas Edition of Natural Awakenings, with testimonials from Austin business owners: Sherry Gingras, of Drumz; Gabriella Espinosa, of Pure Soul Alchemy; and Mardy Chen, of Pure Yoga Texas. Video by ARISE.

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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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Achieving Emotional Detox

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by Jennifer Norris-Nielsen

There seems to be a lot of great advice available about removing external toxins from one’s life—from the community or home, or from the body—but what about mental and emotional toxins?

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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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Natural Allergy Relief for Early Summer

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by Angela Holmes

For allergy sufferers, the great state of Texas brings enormous challenges. Due to a variety of wet and dry climates plus roving wind patterns, allergens flow abundantly. In 24 hours, a person can inhale 7,200 allergen grains in spring or summer. Whether it’s dust, pollen from plants or even the spores of fungi, there’s simply a lot of allergen matter in the air Texans breathe.

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