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Local News Briefs for May

Connect to Your Creativity Practice for Writers Now Available

Allyson Whipple, founder of Luna Nidra, has published Connect to Your Creativity: 40 Days of Prompts and Practices. The practice sequence is designed to help struggling writers relax, focus and tap into their inner creativity. The Connect to Your Creativity bundle costs $12, and includes four guided meditations, one guided yoga nidra, and an eBook practice guide with journaling prompts.

“Connect to Your Creativity brings writers the tools of yoga nidra and meditation to help them overcome blockage,” says Whipple. “Through meditation, relaxation, and journaling, you can overcome the negative thoughts that hold you back, change your habits and tune into your inner wisdom. When we can flip the script, decrease distraction and connect to our intuition, we can bring our creative selves to their full fruition.”

Whipple is the author of two chapbooks: Come into the World Like That (2016), and We’re Smaller Than We Think We Are (2013). She has been practicing yoga for 12 years and is completing her ParaYoga Level 1 certification.

For more information, email [email protected] or visit

ATX Hyperbarics to Host Open House for Practitioners

ATX Hyperbarics, an Austin-based hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT) clinic, will hold an open house for health care practitioners from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on May 5 at the Westlake Medical Center to demonstrate its new PhotoBioModulation bed. This five-wave-length bed is the most powerful full-body table in the market according to ATX Hyperbarics and may be used as a complementary therapy with HBOT.

The addition of the full-body PhotoBioModulation bed to the clinic is the first bed of its kind in an Austin clinic for patient use. Unlike hyperbaric oxygen therapy, using the PhotoBioModulation bed does not need a prescription.

“Over the last four years, we have successfully treated over 450 patients with Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy on referrals from dozens of providers around the country,” say Clay Womack. “Practitioners, come see why you need to add these modalities to your treatment regimens for chronic cases, athletic recovery, surgery prep and recovery.”

Free, limited to professional healthcare providers. Location: 5656 Bee Cave Road, Suite C-103, West Lake Hills. For more information, call 512-953-9421, email [email protected] or visit or

FITT Finder App Accepted into NewChip Investment Platform

Newchip, one of the top investment platforms in the world for tech startups, has accepted FITT Finder, Inc., an Austin-based software house and a marketplace for fitness activities and services, into their online accelerator. FITT Finder was profiled in Natural Awakenings in January.

Launched in mid-2018 by the founder and CEO Ahmed S AbouElezz, FITT Finder simplifies the process of finding fitness activities, helping the everyday person make better choices by providing a seamless solution to fight obesity, weight gain and a sedentary lifestyle.

“We think the future is moving towards a big marketplace for all fitness activities and services and we are on track and uniquely positioned to be that platform,” says AbouElezz.

To download the FITT Finder app, visit For more information about the Newchip accelerator, visit

SKU 7 Cohort Features Natural and Sustainable Products

Austin-based Consumer Product Goods (CPG) accelerator SKU officially launched the SKU 7 program and revealed the selected companies of the new cohort at the SKU 7 Launch Party in February.

The new accelerator track includes Bhoomi Cane Water, Grocery Pup, LAMIK, Pure Active CBD, STACKABLES, White’s Pickle Salsa and YVY. These companies will be given a cash stipend followed by a 12-week program consisting of courses such as product development, marketing and branding, accounting and finance, and more. The companies will also have time to meet with SKU mentors who will advise on and aid the growth of the companies.

SKU is a Texas-focused, female-led consumer products accelerator that advances innovation and entrepreneurship within the consumer products industry.

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Transit Empowerment Fund Announces Major Milestone

The Transit Empowerment Fund (TEF) Board has announced that since its inception in 2011, TEF has provided 5 million rides on Capital Metro buses through its annual transit pass program, and since 2016 has provided more than 1 million rides per year. Transportation is a critical element of keeping Austin affordable, especially for low-income individuals. The mission of the TEF is to enhance access to transportation for low-income, transit-dependent individuals in the Austin area.

The goal of all of the TEF programs is to help individuals remain or become more self-sufficient by providing transportation for them to access employment, health care, education and/or social services. Populations primarily served by the Fund include adults over the age of 65, people with disabilities, youth under the age of 18, Medicare card holders, low income workers, refugees and people experiencing homelessness.

In addition to the transit pass program, TEF funds Microgrants and Demonstration projects.

For more information about the TEF program, visit or

Innovative Startup CPRWrap Announces National Product Launch from Austin

Innovative and life-saving startup, CPRWrap, announced its national launch and rebranding from Austin in April, with founder and CEO Felicia Jackson at the helm. CPRWrap is a first-aid tool that is used for performing CPR quickly with a disposable, translucent overlay that guides the user through the American Heart Association-recommended steps.

Jackson first conceived CPRWrap after a terrifying near-death experience with her 2-year old son. Although Jackson was certified in CPR and has had a career as a medical professional, the traumatic nature of the situation made her freeze.

“I started CPRWrap because I did not want another parent to witness and be helpless when someone’s life hung in the balance,” says Jackson. CRPWrap is available in three different sizes—infants, children and adults. The product is currently available for purchase through the CPRWrap or WalMart online stores.

For more information, visit

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