PURE Action, Inc., an Austin-based nonprofit committed to researching the physical and mental benefits of yoga on populations worldwide, kicks off 2016 with One Posture at a Time – Austin Chapter, a 90-minute Bikram yoga class supporting the addiction and recovery community in Austin. The class is held from 5:30 to 7 p.m. every Saturday at PURE Bikram Yoga, in downtown Austin.
by Lawrence Hoberman
There are trillions of good bacteria in our bodies that help fight against diseases and viruses. Cold and flu season is here, and with it come additional stresses such as of lack of sleep, germs and fluctuating outside temperatures that can wreak havoc on our immune systems. This can offset the balance of good versus bad bacteria that affects overall health.
The average woman can throw away approximately 300 pounds of disposable menstrual products over a lifetime. However, a small Wisconsin company is working to counter that by making a product called Party In My Pants— high quality, reusable cloth pads, helping to keep thousands of disposables out of the landfill. This year, they will launch The Ladybug Project to help distribute pads to young people.
by Kate Barnidge
Craniosacral therapy is a form of bodywork first recognized in the early 1900s by Dr. William Sutherland, an osteopathic physician. He observed that the bones of the human body were in fact moving very subtly. This led to inquire as to what is moving the bones. Sutherland finally attributed what he was observing to the production and absorption of the cerebrospinal fluid.
Some of yoga’s leading experts and instructors will discuss the health benefits of yoga, meditation and breathing techniques during the seventh annual Texas Yoga and Music Conference, February 19 to 21, at India House, in Houston. Participants can experience yoga classes of all levels, for both adults and youth. Attendees can also enjoy musical concerts while networking and gaining knowledge of yoga through educational talks, materials and exhibitor demonstrations. Vendors will also be site, selling homemade jewelry and handbags.
Hundreds of human gorillas will be hitting the racecourse at Camp Mabry for the sixth annual Austin Gorilla Run, starting at 9 a.m., January 30. The gorilla-costumed participants can partake in the 5K course, and this year’s event will also include a costume contest, a new banana suit category and a spectacular post-race Silverback After Party at Camp Mabry.
Most people probably didn’t eat as healthily as they would have liked to over the holidays. Despite best efforts, people still found themselves confronted by temptation, compromising daily dietary habits. In an effort to help people begin the new year with a healthy start, Soma Vida will host a cleansing event led by Austin-based health coach and cleanse facilitator Kris Hostikka, beginning at noon on January 23. Hostikka is also offering 15 Natural Awakenings readers an early bird special if they sign up by January 9.
According to a 2007 survey of over 3,000 people conducted by British psychologist Richard Wiseman from the University of Bristol, 88 percent of all New Year’s resolutions end in failure. It may be difficult to figure out why, but in order to change habits, one needs to change the brain. There is a biological mechanism that repels people from change.
Austin-based Spiritual Life Productions LLC launches its 2016 schedule with the annual Predictions Panel at 7 p.m., January 8 at the Marchesa Hall & Theatre. The Predictions Panel is followed by the Austin Metaphysical & Holistic Life Expo, 10 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., January 9 and from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., January 10. This event is Austin’s oldest and largest metaphysical fair, merging over 40 professional holistic health and metaphysical practitioners and vendors into one meaningful experience.
by Randi Marks
For anyone that grew up with religion, prayer and meditation was a direct path to connect with God. As both have evolved, so has the understanding of how humans practice both. Some may wonder if prayer and meditation are the same and if one should be chosen over the other.