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Avid yogis, hula-hoopers and yoga novices will be learning alongside each other on a shared mission of wellness and health this weekend. The heart of downtown Austin will serve as the backdrop of Wanderlust Festival, a three day, all-inclusive yoga festival.

While Fun Fun Fun Fest rages at Auditorium Shores, the second Wanderlust is set to take place on Fourth and Brazos streets from Nov. 6 to 9. Classes are offered at different times each day and range from stand up paddleboard yoga to black light yoga and include runs that will tour Austin’s most well-known destinations. Some classes aren’t based in yoga or running at all, such as the DIY fabric dyeing workshop.

The festival will include live music; DJ sets will set the scene during yoga classes. There will be vendors, a mixture of out-of-state and local businesses, ready to provide the festivalgoers with items like headbands and athletic clothing. 

In addition to the world-renowned instructors recruited by Wanderlust to teach classes at the festival, local instructors are also participating.

Wanderlust yoga instructors and UT alumni Ben Roberts and Jennifer Howard-Brown explained how yoga can help relieve stress and help confront problems, especially for students in high-stress environments.

“The state that students are in is a great opportunity to start learning great habits,” Roberts said.

According to Roberts, the negative stress relievers that college students tend to turn to only hide stress temporarily. He said yoga provides a quiet time to address problems and learn how to move past them. 

“Yoga, as the antithesis to [more common stress relievers], is an opportunity where you are forced with confronting it,” Roberts said. “It’s just you on your mat for an hour. You’re in your head, and all you’re doing is breathing.”

Joanna Kutchey, co-founder of the Wanderlust studio in Austin, said that their studio has an inclusive atmosphere. She hopes to bring this same ideal to Wanderlust.

“I feel like we are so much more than a yoga studio,” Kutchey said. “We feel like our space is more of a community space.”  

The growing popularity of different types of yoga has led to the creation of more classes at the festival.

“I think yoga has grown and evolved so much and continues to evolve,” Kutchey said. “It’s a fun way for people who are intimidated by a traditional yoga class to participate by coming to a black light yoga class or coming to a hula hoop class.” 

Brown said that yoga gives her a healthy escape from the stress of day-to-day activities.

“You’re taking a little bit of time to turn introspective, and turn inward, shut out all of the noise, all of these fast-paced hectic problems,” Brown said.

Brown explained that she was very preoccupied as a UT student and had difficulty managing her stress. She said she wishes she had discovered running and yoga much earlier in life.

“It’s one of the most welcoming and comforting things to be a new person in a yoga class because there are people there who want to help you and show you what to do,” Brown said. “Do something that scares you.”

Roberts explained the festival is a social melting pot and an opportunity to be exposed to people who come from different backgrounds and experiences. He said participants will have the chance to take classes with some of the best teachers in the world and be inspired mentally and emotionally in their practices.

“There is a common denominator in the energy and the attitude of the people,” Roberts said. “It’s a very no-judgment zone.” 

Photo Credit: Charlie Pearce | Daily Texan Staff

Cedric Reed blew through the line and slapped a paw from his 6-foot-6-inch frame at Kansas State quarterback Jake Waters. The ball bounded away for a second until defensive tackle Chris Whaley pounced on it with under a minute remaining.

With that, the Longhorn crowd exploded.

Cheers rained down on a Longhorn defense that had finally performed up to expectations, and seconds later the wake of the season’s first inspired “Texas! Fight!” could be heard across Austin.

Why not celebrate after all?

The fumble sealed a Longhorn win, moving them to 1-0 in conference play and, at least for a week, muzzled the fire-Mack-Brown talk. Texas sits at 2-2 on the season, and the players just looked relieved to win.

“This win specifically, after all that we went through the past few weeks, is a great one,” senior offensive guard Trey Hopkins said.

The team’s respite was palpable after the game. Carrington Byndom and Case McCoy spent their entire press conference sharing inside jokes, and even soft-spoken co-offensive coordinator Major Applewhite cracked a one-liner that sent around ripples of laughter.

Texas enjoyed the win, and rightfully so. It went through one of the toughest stretches a group can have emotionally during the past 

few weeks, and as a human, it’s more than acceptable that the group basks in their victory.

But, as always, perspective is needed. It was up to Brown to provide it.

The 16-year veteran at Texas had a smile spread across his lips. Yet, when questions peppered him about the future of the team, he relented. This win is just the first step.

“This is a start, this isn’t the end,” Brown said. “We had to get this game tonight.  We had to get back on the right track.  We had to get 1-0 against the Big 12 champs from last year .”

Brown’s right — it certainly is just the beginning. Texas still has eight games remaining against one of the deepest conferences in America. The team’s stated goal is a Big 12 title, and despite the win, the way it played on Saturday isn’t good enough to run the table.

Texas played admirably after the loss of David Ash and Jordan Hicks, but a 10-point win at home against a rebuilding Wildcat team doesn’t exactly inspire confidence. 

Lost in the shuffle of the win were the Nick Saban 2014 T-shirts sprinkled throughout the stands, and the school’s reluctance to show Brown on the big screen. But that’s OK, the negatives don’t always have to shine.

The players want to bask in the glow of the win, as they should. But it’s a telling sign. Would the 2005 or 2009 Longhorns celebrate with this vigor over an un-ranked Kansas State squad?

Simply, no.

And that’s all you need to know about the eventual result of this season.

 

Defensive backs Chykie Brown and Aaron Williams silenced critics Tuesday with a pair of impressive 40-yard dash times, putting to rest questions surrounding their draft status.
 
The two turned in a pair of lackluster performances at the NFL scouting combine in February, but made up for it Tuesday. Brown confirmed his time in the 40-yard dash at 4.35 seconds and Williams said he ran a 4.36 as each prospect displayed the necessary agility to play at the next level. But Brown’s mark could have been slightly faster. 
 
“The one I ran at 4.35 I kind of swerved on it so I was looking to run a 4.2, but Coach says it’s good enough,” Brown said, grinning. “My film spoke better than my combine workout and today brought everything together.”
 
The Longhorns’ pro timing day certainly went a long way in improving the stock of Brown and Williams with draft day approaching on April 28. Coaches and scouts from all 32 NFL teams attended the workouts.
 
“It gives the guys that went to the combine an opportunity to come back and improve on what they did there,” said head coach Mack Brown. “The guys got a lot of attention and hopefully they helped themselves.”
 
Brown said he wasn’t satisfied with his combine results and focused his training in Orlando on his hands, footwork, explosiveness and, most importantly, his speed. The senior also attributed his improved workout to a change in scenery.
 
“In front of my fans and family I felt more comfortable,” he said. “My old teammates had me pumped on the sideline. They were cheering me on and all that. I just felt like I was at home.”
 
Former Longhorn defensive backs Michael Griffin, Michael Huff, Aaron Ross and Tarell Brown watched as the younger DBs took turns running drills, offering their support when they could. All four played at Texas in 2005 when the Longhorns won the National Championship, and Griffin, Huff and Ross were first-round draft picks.
 
“I know what they went through,” Huff said. “When I was coming out, Quentin Jammer, Rod Babers, Nathan Vasher; all those guys came back to watch me.” 
 
The alumni’s presence was felt throughout the practice bubble, from the sidelines to the playing field.
 
“We had a pretty good secondary standing on the side out here today,” Mack Brown said. “All the coaches were saying, ‘My gosh what about these guys.’ It’s so much fun to see them come back and support our current guys because somebody came back for them.” 
 
Williams, who proved himself worthy of a first-round pick, also welcomed the sight of Huff, an old and close friend. 
 
“This is really what it means to have that family atmosphere,” Williams said. “All the old guys, all the alumni coming out here, it shows the actual brotherhood that we have here.”
 
That brotherhood will grow in the coming weeks as a new crop of Longhorns rises to the professional ranks. Like those who came before, expect the 2011 draft class to turn heads along the sidelines of next year’s pro day.

Whether he wants it or not, J’Covan Brown has earned a nickname in the locker room.

“All my teammates call me Big Shot, I don’t know why,” Brown said. “It’s from my teammates, so I’ll
take it.”

When Texas Tech got within six points on Saturday, Brown hit two three-pointers within 1:30 of each other to get Texas out of a scoring funk and put the Red Raiders away.

“When we need that big shot, they know who to come to,” Brown said. “My teammates have that confidence in me.”

The sophomore guard has developed the reputation of a big-game player. He scored a season-high 23 points in a crucial win at Kansas last month and routinely provides a spark off the bench with a clutch jumper or driving layup.

“What’s key to anybody who comes off the bench is that you gotta be ready every night, because you don’t know when you’re going to be called on,” said Texas head coach Rick Barnes. “You have to have a mindset.”

Still, Brown was quick to deflect the praise.

“Jordan [Hamilton] takes all the big shots,” he said. “I like how he doesn’t care how much time there is or if it’s the last shot, he’s going to take it.”

With at least eight points and three assists in the last two games, Brown will remain one of Texas’ most important reserves and one of the Longhorns capable of taking a game-winning shot.

<strong>Sooners up next</strong>

After taking Sunday off, the team returned to practice on Monday and started deconstructing film of the weekend’s win.

“We’ll go in today and we’ll sit down and we’ll talk about what we didn’t like from the Tech game, and then we’ll talk about what we’ve got to do to get ready to play Wednesday,” Barnes said.

They’ll also watch the tape from the their win over Oklahoma on Jan. 15. Since the last time the two teams met, Texas has been on a 6-0 winning streak while Oklahoma is 4-1 with wins against Baylor and Colorado. The Sooners have also increased their field-goal shooting to an average of 46.5 percent per game.

“They’ve definitely gotten better, and they’re capable of winning,” Barnes said. “Oklahoma’s improved. All you have to do is look at
the numbers.”

<strong>Smooth sailing</strong>

Texas does not face any ranked opponents in the second half of its Big 12 regular season schedule, which begins Wednesday at Oklahoma.

The Longhorns’ final eight games looked much scarier in November. The slate includes preseason No. 17 Baylor and No. 3 Kansas State. Both are now out of The Associated Press Top 25, with the Bears receiving four votes in the most recent poll.

“Any team in college can beat anybody, so every game you gotta look at it like you’re playing against a top team,” Brown said. “It’s not like high school where you can relax for a game.”

Barnes wasn’t worried because he still sees the Big 12 tournament as a chance to impress the selection committee.

“That will take care of itself,” Barnes said. “You’ve got your own postseason tournament.”

The Longhorns’ final eight opponents have a combined conference record of 25-37. 

Mack Brown’s new assistant coaching staff will cost almost $3.7 million this season. Brown, UT’s head football coach and the state’s highest paid employee, leads a nine-member assistant coaching staff. Eight of the nine assistant coaches will receive pay increases this season. The only position to be paid less is the offensive coordinator. Six of the coaches are new to UT this season, and the five who left another collegiate coaching position will be paid more than they were last year. The University released the assistant coach salaries to the Austin American-Statesman last week in response to open records requests for the information. In a press conference, Brown said he found a changed hiring landscape from when he came to UT in 1998, when he started rebuilding the coaching staff. He said other than having much higher salaries, agents now handle the deals — and multiple-year contracts are more common. He said he took the shake-up following last season as an opportunity to start fresh, and he has enjoyed the challenge. “I thought we got exactly what we wanted. I think we got the best coaches possible for Texas,” Brown said. “We can hire good coaches at Texas. [UT Men’s Athletic Director] DeLoss [Dodds] lets us pay them.” A vocal critic of the increasing coaching salaries, Thomas Palaima is a classics professor and University representative to the Coalition on Intercollegiate Athletics. He said the coaches’ salaries are inappropriately high and result from a flawed relationship between the University and its athletic department. “I think it is literally obscene,” Palaima said. “The University is made up of many components. All of those components are or should be subject to central supervision and oversight and cooperative participation in the values and cultural and educational mission of the University. And there is one glaring exception and that is the NCAA athletics program.” Palaima said the money could fund the creation of a new NCAA sports team at UT, which would provide opportunities to more student athletes. Athletics receive no state funding and generated more than $140 million last year at UT. That revenue, which includes 90 percent of the University’s licensing revenue from UT product sales, makes the department self-sufficient. Budget Director Mary Knight said the UT System and the University once managed licensing for UT, but the athletics department has since taken over that responsibility. She said the academic side of the University receives 10 percent of the licensing revenue and more in years when the revenue is higher than normal, including when the football team won the national championship in 2005. She also said in the last fiscal year athletics contributed $5 million to the University’s general revenue to ease the 5-percent state budget cuts. “Having a successful athletics program is beneficial to the University as a whole,” Knight said. “Our athletics program is self-sustaining. We don’t put any state funds into athletics, so its not negatively impacting academics.”