For 17 years, Ellen Smith and Charles MacInerney have worked hard to provide the best attributes of a high-end yoga conference, combined with the finest qualities of a relaxed, locally grown yoga retreat that is open to the public. Those efforts, known as the Texas Yoga Retreat, features a wide variety of workshops for all experience levels taught by high-caliber teachers, along with nourishing food and a genuinely welcoming community, October 20 through 22 at the Ancient Yoga Center, inside Radha Madhav Dham.
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.
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.
by Joseph Rea
Tuning into abundance is a hot topic today. There’s been a wealth of information, including books, movies and research articles, presented on the topic. So many of us have heard about abundance, but few of us actually master it. What’s missing?
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.
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.
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.
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.