Yoga Teachers From Around the World Unite, in Austin


The International Association of Yoga Therapists (IAYT) presents its annual Symposium on Yoga Therapy and Research (SYTAR), from June 5 to 8, at the Austin Renaissance Hotel.

A professional association for yoga teachers and therapists worldwide, IAYT’s mission is to establish yoga as a recognized and respected therapy. This year’s SYTAR is dedicated to professional education, research and practice and policy issues for yoga therapy. The symposium welcomes yoga teachers and experienced practitioners, including those considering training in yoga therapy.

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Sip and Stroll for Sustainable Food

Farm to Plate (SFC)

Building upon the success of six sold-out years with enhancements such as VIP options and an award honoring a local food scene hero, more than 25 local chefs will create the food for The Land of Green, the seventh annual Farm to Plate Sustainable Food Center (SFC) event, from 6: 30 to 9:30 p.m., May 8, at the historic Barr Mansion.

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Community Spotlight – Formula for Health


by Sandra Yeyati

When Trina Sims was in her 20s, she had a touring theatrical company that performed in regional theaters and schools around the country. She was the director, producer and de facto healthcare provider. “Nobody had money for doctors, but the show must go on. We couldn’t have someone out sick,” she says.

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Celebrate Mother Earth

Austin Earth Day 2014

Austin’s Day to Rally for the Earth—Celebrating and Uniting our Diversity of Austin Culture, is the theme for this year’s Austin Earth Day Festival, to be held from noon to 6 p.m., April 26, at the historic Browning Hangar at Mueller.

To celebrate Austin’s cultural diversity, t he day features a Bollywood performance, African drumming, Flamenco dancers, influential lawmakers, expert environmental speakers and an array of vendors and exhibitors. Other highlights include live music, a 3-D art mural using recycled materials, face painting in the Kids’ Zone, local magicians, food and electronics recycling.

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The Iceman Returneth


Experienced teacher, 21- plus Guiness World Record holder and daredevil adventurer Wim Hof will be offering his Innerfire workshop from from 2 to 8 p.m., June 14, and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., June 15, at Eastside Austin Elite. Participants will learn the Wim Hof Method (WHM) to control the autonomic nervous system, allowing them to influence their immune system, improve blood circulation, increase concentration, develop their confidence and expand their consciousness.

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Making Medical Care Affordable for Everyone


Austin Osteopathic Family Medicine (AOFM) has developed a novel payment model for their holistic practice in which patients pay a monthly fee based on age and receive discounts on labs and procedures. Consultations with the medical center are available via telephone, email, text or telemedicine e-visits. For patients facing increasing medical costs, AOFM offers an affordable solution that is especially helpful for those with chronic illnesses that require regular follow-up visits. For acute medical conditions, the initial visit is $99.

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Create to Your Heart’s Content


Create a Gogo is offering two free workshops—a restorative yoga class with a meditation on manifesting, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., April 6, and an intuitive workshop with exercises for increased awareness and selfguidance, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., April 27.

Last month, Susannah Raulino and Vanessa Shields opened Create a Gogo as a place for people to explore the wonders of their minds and hearts in a fun, supportive environment. They offer workshops, classes and private sessions in creativity and self-development through writing, improvisation, yoga, dance, meditation and collaborative drawing. Drawing upon decades of personal and teaching experience, Raulino and Shields help people have breakthrough experiences and give them tools to carry change forward into their lives and their creativity.

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Wake Up Your Body’s Own Healing Abilities


Specializing in acupuncture, acupressure and herbal prescriptions based on each individual’s needs, Nailin Lu, LAc, at Lu Acupuncture Center, is offering 30-minute, free consultations for new patients.

A holistic approach is applied to every patient, which means the treatment plans focus on not only relieving the symptoms, but also dealing with the underlying cause of the disease to help to restore the normal function of the body. Common problems treated at Lu Acupuncture Center include acid reflux, allergies, hypothyroidism, premenstrual syndrome, menopausal issues, low libido, infertility, stress, depression, migraine, side effects from cancer treatment and chronic pain.

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Letter from Publisher – April 2014

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We’re thrilled that you’re a fan of Natural Awakenings! It’s fairly safe to conclude that you’re also a fan of a healthy environment. Welcome to our annual Green Living issue.

Crissy Trask’s feature article, “Live Green, Save Big,” disproves the myth that eco-friendly choices are harder on our wallets than conventional options. The accompanying piece, “By the Numbers,” is another eye-opener.

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Change Your Life via Energy Work


Created by Gabriella Espinosa, Pure Soul Alchemy is a transformative, vibrational energy work designed to unwind, unblock and reconfigure a participant’s inner and outer reality, setting them on a new, life-enhancing track. Benefits include, transformation of issues pertaining to jobs, relationships, finances and family; the ability to harness creative energy; feeling rested and energized; clarity, focus and guided action in the operations of daily life; feelings of profound happiness and satisfaction; confronting and clearing old buried emotions; freedom of choice to feel, think and act differently; and release of unresolved and detrimental relationships, opening the space for new and better relationships.

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