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Watch this fantastic video showing Capoeira Yoga Fusion and get pumped about our upcoming class!

Register for the class taught by Da’Mon Stith on our website. Capoeira Yoga Fusion joins the stabilizing postures of Yoga with the dynamic, flowing movements of Capoeira. Tone and strengthen your core while improving your overall flexibility, balance and coordination. Class starts September 8th!

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Our instructor Da’Mon Stith will be at our Back-to-School Registration event this Saturday. This fall, Da’Mon is teaching Warrior Boot Camp and Capoeira Yoga Fusion, both taking place at Spirit Fitness. Warrior Boot Camp is an exercise program based on ancient Roman gladiator training. It combines armed and unarmed combat with calisthenics and body weight exercises to create a unique, cutting-edge style of fitness that brings mind, body and spirit into balance. Capoeira Yoga Fusion fuses the stabilizing postures of yoga with the dynamic, flowing movements of Capoeira.  These “moving meditation” exercises will tone and strengthen your core while improving your overall flexibility, balance, and coordination. Don’t miss the opportunity to ask Da’Mon all about his classes at the registration event and remember, you’ll receive a 15% discount off the class price if you register at the event!

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Susannah and Vanessa started their company, Create a Gogo, to help you explore the source of your inspiration, find your voice and help you get your work out to the world. They have two more classes coming up this summer, Creativity for Everybody and Yoga for Creativity. In their classes, they will “share [their] enthusiasm for self-expression and self-trust and help people learn how to free their voices and discover their muses”. After taking one of their classes, their students leave with increased confidence and a stronger connection to their own sources of inspiration. Read more about Susannah and Vanessa in the following instructor highlight.

Informal Classes: What can students expect out of your class?

Create-A-Gogo: Students can expect to have fun, boost their own creativity, find new ways of solving problems and approaching situations. They will feel liberated to say yes to their own ideas and imagination in a supportive environment. Students will leave with increased confidence and a stronger connection to their own sources of inspiration.

IC: What are you most excited about sharing with your students?

C-A-G: We are excited to share our enthusiasm for self-expression and self-trust. We love helping people learn how to free their voices and discover their muse with simple tools, creativity exercises and relaxation techniques. We enjoy sharing feedback about where students’ gifts lie and how to expand the good in their work.

IC: Can you tell us a little bit about your background?

C-A-G: Susannah Raulino has 25 years of experience practicing and teaching yoga and meditation. She has been writing since 1989 and teaching creative writing since 2007. She wrote the book It Writes Itself: A travel guide to writing fiction. Vanessa Shields has a degree in education, and is an award winning dancer and dance instructor. She created the Adhri Technique, an emotional release technique for increasing freedom and joy in creativity, performance and life. She is currently working on a novel series and performing songs and sketches with Susannah in Snap Snap Nation. 

IC: What do you as the instructor learn from working with your students?

C-A-G: Every student learns differently, which teaches us new ways to adapt our techniques and approaches to work for a variety of learning styles.

IC: Any thing else you’d like to share?

C-A-G: We love to share in the creativity of our students. Hearing their words and seeing the excitement in their faces as they discover their own abilities is the best part of each class.

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Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center

Go Native U and Lunchtime Webinar
Springtime classes start March 5

Don’t wait! Sign up now for “Sex in the Garden,” a lunchtime webinar about, guess what, plant reproduction taught by Botanist and Austin Community College Professor Flo Oxley. Only $15 for non-members and $10 for members on Wednesday March 6 at 12:00 p.m. central time. Register on our website at http://www.wildflower.org/webinar/.

And you can register now for any one of our life enrichment classes or take a whole series of classes and enjoy the spring glory of the Wildflower Center gardens. Yoga Balanced by Nature starts March 5. Morning Meditation starts March 7. Landscape for Life, our sustainable gardening series, begins March 20 and our ever-popular Native Plant Gardening on March 23. New this year is Art in Nature, which starts April 27 and offers classes in photography, botanical illustration, silk painting and watercolors among other art techniques. More information at www.wildflower.org/gonativeu.

East Meets West on the Mat
Signe Wendt is a new instructor for Informal Classes this year.  Blending a twenty-year yoga practice and her Judeo Christian background has given Signe the tools to help others delve deeper on the mat.
Course Description: In this course, students will explore western philosophy and spirituality through the eastern medium of yoga. Yoga is a body, mind, and spirit activity that many people of Judeo-Christian faith have stayed away from in the belief that it was a Hindu activity. Come find out how yoga and mindfulness can deepen your faith walk.
Open for registration at www.informalclasses.org on December 3!

East Meets West on the Mat

Signe Wendt is a new instructor for Informal Classes this year.  Blending a twenty-year yoga practice and her Judeo Christian background has given Signe the tools to help others delve deeper on the mat.

Course Description: In this course, students will explore western philosophy and spirituality through the eastern medium of yoga. Yoga is a body, mind, and spirit activity that many people of Judeo-Christian faith have stayed away from in the belief that it was a Hindu activity. Come find out how yoga and mindfulness can deepen your faith walk.

Open for registration at www.informalclasses.org on December 3!

Exercise and Dance, this fall at Informal Classes!

We have several new classes in our Exercise and Dance category.  Sandra Sleeper returns to Informal Classes with more Salsa dancing; Scott Roskilly and Amy Myers offer a partner yoga class; Lisa Galizia presents a yoga class that focuses on the contemporary teachings of Yoga for Westerners that especially benefit men and women who are 40 years old and beyond; and returning instructor Anthony Ferraro teaches a class on injury prevention for runners.

Cuban Salsa for Beginners
Cuban Salsa for Intermediates
Cuban Salsa for Advanced
Injury Prevention for Runners (September or October)
Partner Yoga
Prime of Life Yoga (September or October)

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We have a lot of fitness classes scheduled for this fall, with hopefully even more to come!  Please follow the links below for more information and to register.

Prime of Life Yoga with Lisa Galizia: http://bit.ly/MTvkJK
Sept. 4-Oct. 9, Tuesdays
7:00 PM- 8:00 PM

Boxing-September with Richard Lord (at Lord’s Gym): http://bit.ly/LVM9qB
September 4-October 13, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays
7:00 PM-8:30 PM Tu/Th, 8:00 AM-9:30 AM S

Kayaking for Fitness (at Texas Rowing Center): http://bit.ly/P6EAPc
September 5-October 10, Wednesdays
6:00 PM-7:30 PM

Paddling Sampler (at Texas Rowing Center): http://bit.ly/M3L5vy
September 6-October 11, Thursdays
6:00 PM-7:30 PM

Partner Yoga with Scott Roskilly and Amy Myers: http://bit.ly/LjKDyo
Sept. 10-Oct. 29, Mondays
6:00 PM- 7:00 PM

Run a 5k or a 10k – September with Anthony Ferraro: http://bit.ly/NinEzU
Monday and Wednesday, September 10-October 3
6:30-7:30am

Warrior Boot Camp with Da’Mon Stith (at Spirit Fitness): http://bit.ly/R3Pv9s
September 10-October 4, Monday and Wednesday
6:30 PM-7:30 PM

Injury Prevention for Runners – September with Anthony Ferraro: http://bit.ly/MGzdDW
September 12, Wednesday, 1 meeting
6:30-8 PM

Yoga for Beginners with Kari Wilson: http://bit.ly/MTvAbN
Sept. 18-Oct. 4, Tuesdays and Thursdays
6:15 PM- 7:30 PM

Total Body Training with Joanne Blackerby (at Spirit Fitness): http://bit.ly/M4e18b
September 18-October 27, Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday
6:30-7:15pm and 9:30-10:15am

Capoiera with Da’Mon Stith (at Spirit Fitness): http://bit.ly/Oj74T3
October 1-October 25, Mondays and Wednesdays
7:30 PM-8:30 PM

Boxing-October with Richard Lord (at Lord’s Gym): http://bit.ly/MRItl4
October 16-December 1, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays
7:00 PM-8:30 PM Tu/Th, 8:00 AM-9:30 AM S

Injury Prevention for Runners – October with Anthony Ferraro: http://bit.ly/LNjQsm
October 17, Wednesday, 1 meeting
6:30-8 PM

Run a 5k or a 10k – November with Anthony Ferraro: http://bit.ly/NinB6Z
Monday and Wednesday, November 5-December 5, skip November 19 and 21
Time:  6:30-7:30am