Deep exhale. All filled up from a week of family time, unplugged. Yogis....I’m back tomorrow, excited to get back to my practice and to all your beautiful faces at the studio 💜
I missed you! Come breathe and move with me @heartandmindyoga
Saturday 9am Yoga Flow
Monday 9:15am Strong and Slow Flow
Tuesday 6:30pm Yoga Core
Thursday 6:15pm Yoga Flow
Child’s pose...one of the most overrated poses. I know what you’re thinking, “but I love this pose! It’s so grounding and comfortable!”
That may be true for you, but, I can’t tell you how many of my students struggle with this pose. ~
When I have a big group and I ask them to rest in child’s pose (I actually don’t do this anymore outside of the 1 Vinyasa class I teach per week, but let’s pretend), about 25-50% of my students look uncomfortable. I see them shifting around trying to find a comfortable position to breathe in. I see butts way up in the air hovering because they struggle flexing their knees. I see women with breasts up to their necks. Most of these folks are confused because the teacher told them to relax in this pose, but they feel anything but relaxed.
“But, Christine! There are so many ways to modify this pose and make it more comfortable!”
Sure! I love spending 5+ minutes making a pose that’s supposed to be comfortable for my student, well, comfortable. Oh yea, and my time and prop availability are limited. How about I just put them in a pose that is comfortable for them and works for their body instead? ~
I’m not demonizing this pose. It’s not a bad pose at all. Just know that it’s not relaxing for everyone. When you teach, consider your students, their bodies, their lifestyle, and their experiences (most of which you know little about). Give them options so they don’t feel alienated and intimidated in an environment in which they might wish to feel accepted.
You may teach flexible and mobile students who do just fine with this pose. I don’t always teach that type of student. Many of the students I attract are the ones that need more options, explanations, and maybe feel intimidated by things like child’s pose. Thinking outside of the typical yoga asana box will make you a better teacher.
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“There is no way to happiness. Happiness is the way.” 🙏🏼The Buddha 🌅 Celebrating life and precious loves in a more conscious way than ever this summer🌞☮️🕊Too much sadness, loves lost and life slipped away culminating in a perfectly devastating storm in 2017⛈⚡️🌈💫Cherishing the simplest moments with the kittens, beaming into my heart their lightness of being and steadiness after such a traumatic start in life🌻Immersing myself in nature’s magnificence, charming gardens of my coastal town 🌊 Cultivating my own small garden with more care than ever before🌿planted for the first time blue morning glories in memory of my paternal grandmother I loved so deeply who passed away in 1981 💙 Mistakenly bought a potted eggplant at the farmer’s market and delighting in it anyway as the first fruits appeared 🍆 can’t wait to surprise gift them to my chef neighbors at harvest👌Savoring the fresh strawberries of the season 🍓Reigniting my passions and career trajectory to inspire and be inspired with greater focus and appreciation going forward💥🌟Treasuring more than ever my closest soul relationships with friends who’ve become my family over decades together⏳💎 Enjoying refreshing new friendships and alliances surely showing up as true soul connections for a new era 🕊Forgiving myself and others for all past misunderstandings, disappointments, broken promises and betrayals 😑 Honoring myself with more clarity and conviction than ever about what’s acceptable and allowed in every aspect of my life 👁 Intently deepening compassion in every possible way~ Ahimsa 🦋 Letting go of all resistance, revealing greater flexibility in yoga and reflecting far beyond my studio practice🧘♀️Quieting the constant chatter of my brain on overdrive, and reveling in the stillness 🕉 Smiling and laughing more at myself, to myself, with others 😂 Opening, sharing and engaging more in community 🌎Nurturing with the purest love Sukha & Sthira 😻☯️😻 Honoring the gift and deep meaning of Namaste and her eternal presence V.Namaste Mim 🙏🏼👼💫 Grateful 💌
Each Sunday a different #dogpark . Bring your pooch or just come join class and get loved up by other peoples pups. I will post a listing of locations soon. Suggested donation $10. All donations will go towards helping people in need of service animals be able to get them and supplies for them.... It has been a goal of mine for many years to get a service dog for Jasmine. Now that I have been blessed with #sukha I would like to pay it forward.
Sukha is her name and emotional support is her game.
#Sukha means “happy, good, joyful, delightful, easy, agreeable, gentle, mild, and virtuous.” The literal meaning is “good space,” from the root words su (good) and kha (space). #goberian#thearpydogintraining#manifest @pawsnrec @vets4petscharitableclinic
I woke up to this joyful scene this morning 😹 made my heart sing 🎶 with happiness & gratitude to everyone involved in bringing these precious babes into my life 🙏🏼 Vastly different from exactly 1 year ago today when my heart was breaking 💔💔💔 as I raced my suddenly gravely ill V.Namaste Mim to the vet and sat with her sobbing in the parking lot waiting for the hospital to open. I had no idea at the time, she would pass away two days later. The pain of losing her last summer was the most gut wrenching feeling I’ve EVER experienced ~ literally. I thought I was dying. Through the months that followed I weeped uncontrollably at varying intervals on a daily basis while still maintaining a semblance of normalcy with work and everyday life. I realized recently, the most precious blessing she gave me besides the JOY of loving her so much, was that her death excavated from deep within me ALL the pains of loss I ever felt throughout my life. I had no idea I still held so much heartbreak inside my body but, that is the stuff that creates dis-ease. My beloved VNM gave me the ultimate gift of love by being the very catalyst that released ALL these bottled up emotions to enable me to live a happier, healthier, more peaceful life. I carry her in my heart and I know she 👼 is right here with Sukha, Sthira and I, every moment of every day. Thank you for allowing us to share this beautiful love with all of you. We feel with you all your heartbreaks and joys, and hope in some small way we do help to instill calm and peace to your lives 🕊May you be happy✨May you be free 💙🙏🏼🌟✨💫
Spend your lunch with Jo-Jo! I'm not sure there's anything better than taking a lunchtime vinyasa class with a teacher as skilled and graceful as this one! You'll understand your edges but you won't PUSH them. We believe in approaching our limits, taking a look at them, and then taking a big deep bow to them. We move beyond them divinely and with ease. Only then can you truly expand without a limiting contraction. Growth will feel like an EXHALE! 💙💨
Every Wednesday at 12noon!