Texas Yoga Conference http://texasyogaconference.com Mon, 26 Sep 2016 18:24:31 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Yoga for a Healthy Lower Back http://texasyogaconference.com/yoga-for-a-healthy-lower-back/ Fri, 13 Sep 2013 22:26:29 +0000 http://texasyogaconference.com/?p=3397 Presented by: Liz Owen

You will explore your lower back through both yoga postures and energy-moving breathwork. You will learn gentle, safe movements to stretch tight muscles and strengthen weak ones and ways to create natural tone and balance while respecting your body’s condition. Owen’s expertise of lower back health and yoga philosophy brings both Eastern and Western wisdom to bear on your healing journey, and it will help you bring mindfulness and depth to your practice and your daily life. Liz Owen is co-author of Yoga for a Healthy Lower Back, Shambhala Books, August 2013.

Elle Anders http://texasyogaconference.com/elle-anders/ Sun, 25 Aug 2013 16:00:20 +0000 http://texasyogaconference.com/?p=2980 Elle Anders

Elle Anders

Elle Anders is a consummate creative. Whether she is exploring the world through sight, sound or symbiosis, she is always tuning in to the patterns around her. Elle seeks to create beauty and joy by up-leveling the vibrational frequency of the world around her either through song, art, or empowering others to create.

Elle has been an intermediate school art teacher for the past 10 years. In this capacity she introduces young people to the possibilities of creation. Seeing the world as her canvas, Elle created Leela Creative, an enterprise through which she expresses her visual and performing art through graphic design, fine arts, jewelry, and vocal performance. Elle is also a member of the Houston Symphony Chorus and was selected as part of a special ensemble that accompanied the Houston Symphony Orchestra to Carnegie Hall where it premiered, “The Planets: An HD Odyssey.”

Her path of internal exploration led her to study yoga in-depth, which has given rise to a keen awareness of the beauty in the everyday experience. Already appreciative of the beauty in the movement of others, Elle discovered a whole new canvas in the beauty of movement within herself through pole fitness. Elle immediately connected the patterns of physical alignment she had learned through yoga to pole and discovered a new vehicle of artistic expression with the strength and fluidity of her own body. Now a passionate proponent for understanding and sharing pole as a healing modality, Elle fuses each pole class with Yogic principles. Elle presented a workshop entitled, “Pole Play: Stripping Away Illusions” accompanied by a 6 week series dealing with the issues surrounding pole dance. Currently finishing her RYT 500 level certification, Elle teaches both yoga and pole classes at Yoga Rasa/Lotus Moves in Houston where she studies under Tracie Brace, ERYT500.



Pole Yoga: Connecting the Patterns
Saturday, February 1; 5 – 7:30 p.m.

Pole Yoga: Connecting the Patterns offers a revolutionary look at both pole fitness and yoga. Incorporating the elements of alignment, Pole Yoga takes asana to the air. Not only does the practice of pole build strength and fluidity, but by incorporating mindful movement with breath, physical alignment and structural stability, pole can take students into a new realm of physical and psychological understanding. Discover how pole creates a deeper connection and realization of Self.

Hemalayaa Behl http://texasyogaconference.com/hemalayaa/ Sun, 25 Aug 2013 04:00:59 +0000 http://texasyogaconference.com/?p=554 Hemalayaa


Hemalayaa is the creator & author of numerous Fitness DVD’s that combine Yoga & Dance with Positive Messages to transform lives. Hemalayaa has a gift for bringing out the unique dancer in everyone, inspiring people to make dance part of their lives through the unity of Yoga & Indian Dance. Because of the transformation experienced in her classes, her students call her a motivational speaker. She has spoken and lead in conferences, festivals, concerts, teen camps, and various television talk shows for hundreds of people at time, bringing her specialty of laughter, fun, inspiration and dance. Her work has appeared in various publications including the LA & NY Times. Hemalayaa has her own TV show, Bolly Blast, that airs on Veria Licing Network and has appeared on numerous TV Talk Shows including the Ellen show, and the Today Show.


Healing – Chakras and Subtle Body Practices
Saturday, February 1; 5:00 – 7:00 pm

In this class, Hemalayaa will guide us in a gentle movement practice using dance, chakras, visualizations and affirmations for a powerful experience. Visualizations and Affirmations are two “mind tools” that can help you hold a vision and create an “attitude of gratitude” and have a life worth living. Both are potent, positive mental tools that we use for a “double whammy” effect for creating belief in your desired life. The Chakras are the seven major life force energy centers correlating with our nerve plexus (network of intersecting nerves), which regulate the flow of energy throughout the body. The chakra centers reflect the way we view and experience the world around us, so the clearer and stronger they are the more powerful our life experience. Get ready to be inspired!

Bhakti House Band http://texasyogaconference.com/bhakti-house-band/ Sat, 24 Aug 2013 23:35:56 +0000 http://texasyogaconference.com/?p=1134 Bhakti House Band

Bhakti House Band

Join Nada Bhakti Yoga/Kirtan Chant Artists Randall and Kristin Brooks for an uplifting journey into yogic celebration, combining the sacred sounds of ancient Sanskrit with a modern East-Meets-West rhythmic groove that will plunge you into the depths of the heart. The Bhakti House Band deeply engages listeners, leading them into yogic bliss and full celebration of life in the Divine as they consciously combine outer sound and devotion to awaken the inner music of the heart.

For almost 20 years, Randall and Kristin have shared their spiritual journey through their music during spiritual and yogic gatherings at yoga studios, wellness expos, workshops, festivals, churches, and conferences across the country. Randall and Kristin’s intention is to help others discover the peaceful freedom they experience through their own Nada Bhakti Yoga practice. They call it Nada Bhakti: The Sound of DevotionTM, also the title of their CD released July 2011, which has already gained popularity among yoga communities in more than 20 countries.

Randall & Kristin are joined by Sam Hobbs and Tim Lyons on bass and guitar, and Tony Alcorn on percussion. Together they are The Bhakti House Band.


Friday, January 31: 8:00 pm – 10:pm

Monica Blossom http://texasyogaconference.com/monica-blossom/ Sat, 24 Aug 2013 16:00:38 +0000 http://texasyogaconference.com/?p=1349 Monica Blossom

Monica Blossom

Monica Blossom is a conscious dance facilitator, events producer and social entrepreneur deeply committed to the healthy evolution of humanity through the power of movement, music & conscious community. She is the founder of Ecstatic cOMmUnity, offering Ecstatic Dance Dallas, Ecstatic MoonDance, & other high vibe dance, music & bhakti yoga events in Dallas. She created Flowetry in Motion, an inviting embodiment practice & philosophy of life that cultivates authentic & empowered shamanic living. Monica is a steward of conscious community, an overall connector, eternal optimist and lover of life based in Dallas, TX. www.ecstaticcommunity.com


Flowetry in Motion: Foundation, Flow, and Form
Sunday, February 2; 2:30 – 5:30 p.m.

Etan Boritzer http://texasyogaconference.com/etan-boritzer/ Fri, 23 Aug 2013 16:00:15 +0000 http://texasyogaconference.com/?p=3271 Etan Boritzer

Etan Boritzer

Etan Boritzer completed an intensive 90 day training in all aspects of hatha, kriya and laya yoga at Gitananda Ashram in Pondicherry in 1971. Since that time he has taught yoga and meditation nationally and internationally. Etan is based in Los Angeles and has taught at Bryan Kest’s Power Yoga Studios in Santa Monica, and at various yoga centers in Houston, Boston, New York, Princeton, Miami, Phoenix, Amsterdam and India. Etan is also a long time vipassana meditator and the best-selling author of ‘What is God?’ and 12 other children’s books now published in 15 languages. This is Etan’s third year teaching at the Texas Yoga Conference.


Deep Meditation Flow
Saturday, February 1; 12:30 – 2 p.m.

Slow, meditative vinyasa flow emphasizing awareness within each asana based on vipassana (insight) principles. You will have the opportunity to learn new and deeper dimensions of your practice. Following the Buddha’s direct instructions, Insight Yoga awakens complete individual and detailed consciousness of breath, external and internal bodily sensations, mental states and the phenomenon of the mind. Mixed Levels.

Yoga and the Teachings of the Buddha
Sunday, February 2; 12:30 – 2 p.m.

In various suttas (discourses) Siddatha Gotama (653 BCE – 483 BCE) aka the Buddha spoke about correct breathing techniques and detailed awareness in movement and in sitting practice for complete unification of the body and mind . We will review the historical context and the actual teachings of the Buddha. The new insights you gain from understanding these precepts as taught by the Buddha will help deepen your yoga and meditation practice.

Tracie Brace-Hatton http://texasyogaconference.com/tracie-brace/ Wed, 21 Aug 2013 16:00:36 +0000 http://texasyogaconference.com/?p=659 Tracie Brace-Hatton

Tracie Brace-Hatton

Tracie (Padma Shakti) is the founder and Yoga Studies Director for Yoga Rasa, voted Houston’s Best Yoga Studio 2010. Yoga Rasa’s Teacher Training is often referred to as “The Harvard of Yoga Studies”. She is committed to and successfully creating a yoga community that is sustainable and supported by all of its members. Padma envisions a model for the bigger world of a truly functional group of people sincerely devoted to quality of life; that we might demonstrate compassion, mutual support, collaborative evolution and creation are a reality, aligned with worldly success. Her ability to effectively disseminate the yoga teachings, leading students toward a more excellent quality of life and more subtle awareness and understanding in life, is made possible by her study and love of these great beings: Dr. David Hoch, Lex Gillian, Reverend Karen Tudor, Sandra Summerfield-Kozak, Rodney Yee, Erich Schiffmann, Shiva Rea, David Frawley and Swami Atma. There are many other masters and teachers unnamed to pay homage to as well, whether by lineage living now or before. Her current studies are influenced mostly by Rod Stryker, Shiva Rea, Dr. Stephen Phillips (Swamiji), Yoga Rasa Kula, Intuition and God.


Vichara Yoga: The Yoga of Enlightened Reasoning
Sunday, February 2; 9 – 11:30 a.m.

Your thoughts create the life you live! Are you limited by habitual thinking? Tracie will guide you through a process that will turn your paradigm around into one that is supportive to you and your desires. This experience will forever change the way you see the world and will allow you to experience the absolute highest levels of awareness. We will explore the five obstacles to happiness and joy and take a look at how you currently deal with them. This practice, which includes focused meditation, will move you through a process of transformation in your thinking and create a more effortless process in finding answers, solutions, releases from grief or guilt…

Jennifer Buergermeister http://texasyogaconference.com/jennifer-buergermeister/ Mon, 19 Aug 2013 16:00:01 +0000 http://texasyogaconference.com/?p=827 Jennifer Buergermeister

Jennifer Buergermeister

Jennifer holds a masters in psychology and has been practicing yoga since 1994 and teaching since 2002. Jenny considers herself a yogapreneur. She founded Jennyoga Studios, Breathe the Cure Inc. 501(c)(3), OneYogaUSA Training Program & Conference, Texas Yoga Association and the Texas Yoga Conference.


Rootism and the Agni Experience – The Martial Art of Flow Yoga
Saturday, February 1; 2:30 – 4:30 p.m.

The Rootist understands that the path of oneness forks many roads. There are infinite possibilities from which we may choose along the way. It’s the journey. We will learn from our experiences as we evolve as humans, and we may hopefully learn to peel away the layers of illusion fostered by maturity and our life experiences. Through study and inquiry we may also find common threads from the ancient teachings linked to modern expressions of spirituality. We may even sense unity at some point.

What is beautiful about life is that there are multiple unique levels of exploration within each of us. Each layer can reveal a different angle or new areas of focus for growth evolving us to become prismatic. Our potential is driven from the main spirit channel, the heart – the keeper of our spark. Our breathing, the spiritus from which the word spirit evolved, is feeding the spark. Self-Awareness happens when we identify and tap into the roots of our beliefs with evaluation and reflection.

Rootism is the belief that the truth is all around us always yet often hidden like a gem in the rough waiting for us to discover it with great enthusiasm. It is a spiritual game of hide and seek. The greatest task for the seeker is to polish and refine new meaning from what we have experienced and create a greater vision for ourselves.

The first step toward awakening is to explore the roots of all things. At the breakthrough from illusion there awaits our Highest Self applauding our newest discoveries like a happily awaiting friend. Ultimately there is only ONE truth. Unveiling the universal teachings is the Soul’s truest journey where courage is learned from being in the mystery with an open heart.

Brian Burrell http://texasyogaconference.com/brian-burrell/ Sun, 18 Aug 2013 16:00:40 +0000 http://texasyogaconference.com/?p=3387

Brian Burrell

Brian Burrell is a certified teacher of both Pralaya Yoga and Forrest Yoga, and a former Zen monk. For the last year and a half, he has been practicing and intensively training in Authentic Relating/Intersubjective Meditation practices at Authentic World and The Integral Center of Boulder. He recently completed their highest training, and is now certified as a facilitator in the practice of Circling. Brian offers personal coaching, private yoga and meditation practice sessions, events, and workshops nationwide, and founded the growing Authentic Relating community in Houston. Brian is the founder of Monkey Mind Mastery and The Authenticity Effect.


The Authenticity Effect: Authentic Relating Games
Saturday, February 1; 9 – 11:30 a.m.

The Authenticity Effect- A blissful sense of connection, a deep appreciation of self and other, a refreshing sense of social ease, a feeling of being ‘seen’ and supported simultaneously, the satisfaction of adult play.

The ‘yoga’ of being with others. Meet and connect with your fellow conference-goers in an fresh and real way. Authentic relating games are engaging, powerful little social meditations, where we place mindful attention on ourselves, and each other, and notice aspects of the way we’re relating together moment-to-moment. You’ll enjoy the presence and aliveness that meditation practice can bring, and most of all experience how quickly a nourishing, felt sense of connection with others can arise- even when you’ve only just met! These games can be fun, edgy, deep, playful. Come ready to share your truth a bit, listen a lot, and move only a little.

Are you Game? Come play!

Rebecca Butler http://texasyogaconference.com/rebecca-butler/ Sat, 17 Aug 2013 16:00:45 +0000 http://texasyogaconference.com/?p=1811 Rebecca Butler

Rebecca Butler

Rebecca Butler is a yoga teacher at the E-RYT 200 level who lives, teaches, writes and breathes in Fort Worth, TX. She’s been practicing yoga since 1997 and teaching since 2008. She’s studied with many yoga masters, the most influential of which are Ana Forrest and Baron Baptiste. She teaches in a primarily Forrest Yoga style but draws on the spiritual teaching’s of Anita Moorjani, Dr. Wayne W. Dyer, Caroline Myss and Brene Brown to create something altogether unique and inspiring beyond words. Her classes will leave you physically satiated and spiritually uplifted. She is the lead teacher and studio manager at Karmany Yoga. Rebecca is known for standing on her hands more often than her feet and loves to share her passion for yoga. She pours her heart into her classes, making her a sought after yoga teacher. Rebecca is also a writer, poet, mother, and wife. Her writing has been published on Elephant Journal, MindBodyGreen, Elephant Journal, Intent.com and Rebelle Society. You can find out more about her teaching & writing at www.rebeccabutleryoga.com, or connect with her on facebook or twitter.

FB: http://www.facebook.com/RebeccaButlerYoga
Twitter: https://twitter.com/Rbutleryoga


Avenues of Joy: A Handstand Festival
Saturday, February 1; 9 – 11:30 a.m.

Geared towards the inversion curious yogi…

Handstands make me happy. They make my heart sing. In this workshop, I’ll share my love of them with you — fearlessly. I’ll show you everything I know about the balance, strength, flexibility, technique and confidence required to stand on your hands in the center of the room. We’ll also discuss entrance and exit strategies, core work and shoulder work required for happy handstand-ing. It is a complete blast. You will leave higher than a kite and full of joy. We’ll also do partner work, learning to support one another and allow ourselves to receive support.

*In order the enjoy this workshop, you’ll want to be able to kick up into handstand on the wall.