For centuries, the ancient therapeutic system of Thai-Yoga Bodywork has been used to maintain wellness and bring health into balance. This month, Austinites will have the opportunity to learn more through Traditional Thai-Yoga Bodywork on the Mat, a three-day course that begins at 1 p.m., June 23 and runs through 2 p.m. June 25. Held at the Zero Circle Center, the course teaches a sequence of Thai-Yoga Bodywork techniques to deepen therapeutic offerings and will provide demonstrations by Michael "Mukti" Buck, a world-renowned Thai and Vedic massage teacher. A manual will be provided for note taking, and hours of practice giving and receiving massage are included.
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.
by Sharon Hudson
With the pressures of state testing, bullying, social media and changes going on in the home, many children are experiencing high levels of stress and anxiety. Anxiety disorders affect one of every eight children per the Anxiety and Depression Association of America. The Child Mind Institute says that early anxiety leads to psychiatric disorders later in life such as panic attacks, depression, social phobias and suicidality. To prevent your child from developing an anxiety disorder, take the time to teach her tools that she can use every day to help her deal with those moments she is feeling anxious or worried about a future event.
Serenity Kids, an Austin-based business that makes baby food with health and serenity for animals and the environment in mind, offers three flavors for babies ages 6 months and up: chicken with organic peas and carrots; beef with organic kale and sweet potato; and uncured bacon with organic kale and butternut squash. The meats used in Serenity Kids products are sourced from farmers that practice regenerative agriculture to heal the planet. Serenity Kids donates 1 percent of its profits to the Farm-to-Consumer Legal Defense Fund, which protects consumer access to nutrient-dense foods by defending family farms.
Employee wellness isn’t just a fad, or only for big companies with big budgets. Even smaller employers who integrate wellness into their overall objectives find they experience benefits on many levels.
Healthy employees are more engaged, more productive, use fewer sick days, have fewer accidents and experience lower turnover. Smaller organizations have even more to benefit from a wellness program that’s right-fitted to their needs.
by Sheila Julson
Seen by many as the “Rock Star of Psychics,” John Edward has gained an international following through his innovative television shows, Crossing Over with John Edward and John Edward Cross Country. He’s authored eight New York Times bestselling books on spirituality and continues to provide fresh, original insight on physical and mental well-being through his membershipbased interactive Web series, Evolve. Edward will host one of his live events in Austin at the Doubletree from noon to 2 p.m., June 3.
by Karen and Mike Goins
More people are making the conscious decision to downsize to environmentally friendly, 100- to 350- square-foot tiny houses in order to simplify and re-prioritize their lives, save money, have homes they can actually afford to own and perhaps to even set an example for some of the best practice ways of living healthy and environmentally friendly.
by Haitao Cao
Those with gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), commonly known as acid reflux, know the symptoms all too well: a sour or bitter taste in the mouth, a burning sensation in the throat or burning pains in the chest. The gastric acid plays an important role in breaking down food and killing bacteria, and in healthy individuals, it stays in the stomach and intestine. However, some people with a weak sphincter muscle at the lower end of esophagus may experience a backward flow of stomach acid.
Baba Shiva Rudra Balayogi, who is recognized as one of the great self-realized yogis of our era, will be visiting Austin May 18 through 28 to conduct a series of free meditation classes and answer questions on meditation, selfrealization and finding inner peace. Balayogi will appear at Yoga Yoga Westgate from 7 to 9:30 p.m., May 20; at One World Theater from 7 to 9:30 p.m., May 22; and he will lead a four-day meditation intensive at Alma de Mujer Center, May 24 through 28. Participants may attend any portion of the intensive or stay fulltime in residence at the facility. All programs are suitable for beginner or advanced meditators.
Nature’s Treasures of Texas, a campus that provides locals access to crystals and minerals, information about holistic living, crystal energies and metaphysical practices, celebrates the one-year anniversary of its online store, CrystalsByNature.com.