Drop and give me YIN! Yoga that is…

Hello my loves and Happy New Year! Since the holiday season, I have been majorly MIA, and took a much needed break from being social on social media. This allowed me to unplug, unwind, and enjoy little moments with my loved ones. BUT I am happy to say I am back, with good news! I am happy to announce, that after a brief brake from teaching yoga, I have secured a spot to teach my relaxing yin class at a fabulous space called Lala Land, … a mindful place to find your happy place! The owner and space are beyond amazing. They offer yoga for both adults and kids. Check out their website for their schedule!

For those of you who are wondering what the heck “Yin Yoga” is and if it is for you… YES! YIN YOGA IS FOR EVERYONE AND EVERYONE SHOULD DO IT. The main focus of Yin Yoga is too strengthen and stretch the connective tissue while we work on the meridian channels in the body, which help promote healthy organ function. You will learn to be kind to yourself by recharging mentally, spirituality and physically. Below are just a few benefits from the practice:

  • Regulates energy in the body
  • Lowers stress levels
  • Increases mobility
  • Protects our joints from wear and tear on our bodies and as we age
  • Provides a better yang practice such as vinyasa flow ,kickboxing, running etc
  • Teaches us how to meditate and quiet the mind

Two of my biggest benefits I have found in my personal yin practice have been mobility and patience.  I tell this story all the time to my new students. When I was younger I was kicked off the gymnastics team. I just was not flexible like the other kids and couldn’t do a split for the life of me. Fast forward 23 years later and thanks to my flexibility I obtained through my yin practice, I can now say I can do a split without feeling like my leg is going to rip off. I wake up with a pep in my step. I can sit up straight for long periods of time in a seat. I am less stiff. I crave Yin, I need Yin. If life gets in the way and I don’t get to practice, I pay for it in the end and usually feel achey.

Secondly, this practice teaches us patience. You will get to know yourself inside and out. One day we may be able to hold butterfly and another day we may find that we can not get as deep in the pose. Accept it and accept what your body needs. Be patient with yourself. It’s not about how far down we can get in a pose. Its not about “How good one is”.  Never start at your max. Work at slowly achieving results. In the world we live in today, there is a quick fix to everything. There is a pill to loose weight, a dry cleaners who will wash, dry, fold, and deliver it to you all in the same day. Want to have a home cooked meal but not prepare for it? There is a service for that. Living in such a fast paced world we can forget that sometimes things take time. Yin gives you the opportunity to slow down and listen to what your body needs. If we are not 100% how are we suppose to take care of others and give them 100%?

Yin is not just a physical sensation. While holding these poses one might experience strong emotions.  Yin is a form of meditation and quiting the mind which is one of the hardest things ever…hence why it is important to practice. It can bring up and out some heavy stuff but it helps us work through our emotions.

So with this said, What to expect in my class and what exactly do you do? You will hold poses for 3-5 minutes. Don’t fret, your not holding a physically exhausting pose. You will step into a semi dark, inviting, room to practice in that is a judgement free zone. I will guide you through a simple mini meditation. I will use oils and lotions to massage pressure points aiding in your relaxation. (If you wish not to be touched thats OK too!) I will explain the poses, why and what we are working on. If something does not feel good I will give you an alternative pose. I am here to help you relax and renew. I will hug you if you need a hug and laugh with you if you need a laugh and I will always greet you with a smile.

You do not need to be a size 0, you do not need to be flexible, you do not need to be a hardcore yogi, you do not need to be spiritual or believe in a certain religion, you do not need to show up in a cute expensive yoga outfit with essential oils and carrying crystals. You do not even need to know what a chakra is or how you balance it. What you do need is an open mind to want to do something positive for yourself. I guarantee Yin Yoga will change your life.

Wear comfortable clothing, loose sweats is my favorite thing to practice in. The studio has everything you need for your practice: Mat, props, water etc. Can’t wait to see your smiling faces on the mat! And if your reading this and not in the area I hope you will look up yin classes in your area 🙂

I teach Monday nights 7:15-8:15 PM.

Lala Land: 

681 Franklin Ave, Nutley, NJ

973-320-2091

XOXO

CC

5 things Yoga has taught me:

 

  1. Honor your body: This is one that I am most proud of. Our society seems to be obsessed with achieving the perfect body….But what is the perfect body? It is a personal preference and everyone is entitled to their opinion. I’ll tell you what my idea of a perfect body is…a healthy and happy one.  I have stretch marks on my hips, a little bit of cellulite, a mini roll (that I’m saving for later…get it)? when I sit and scars all over my body from my invasive Melanoma which left me scared not only physically but mentally as well. No, I do not have a six pack, perfectly perfect skin or huge boobs……BUT I can tell you what I do have.
  • Two eyes that have seen some of the most amazing sunrises and sunsets all over the world
  • Two arms that are able to wrap around all my loved ones giving them the biggest cuddles
  • Two legs that have taken me to some of the most amazing places all over the world and walked out of fears path
  • Wrinkles forming around my eyes showing off all the laughing, smiling and sunshine I have gotten over the years
  • Oh and a nice booty that is nice and full to support my sitting in a lounge chair eating and sipping cocktails in the summer all day habit 😉

So what if I don’t have abs? I enjoy food WAY to much to ever say “I can’t have that”. My hearty appetite has led me to eat all different kinds of food all around the world which plays a huge part in experiencing other cultures and have gained friends from all around the world because of it. So what I have scars? They show your strength and add character. So what if I have a dimple here or there…I embrace my curves. I do not see these things as imperfections. This is real. This is me. If you don’t like don’t look. At the end of the day my point is this, I want to live in a healthy body and have happiness pouring out from my roll (insert crying laughing emoji) How we feel about our bodies is an inside job. Yes, it helps that a special someone has come into my life and reminds me every single day that I am the most beautiful sexy person ever but I felt confident and secure before him. People can come and go in your life but how you view yourself is all that matters. No one can take that from you. Use your body to its fullest potential and stop focusing on what it looks like.

2.  Let go of things that no longer serve you: It’s just as simple as that. It’s not easy to let go, but it is much more painful to try and hold on to something that wants to pass. I accepted that I no longer was meant to be a fashion publicist. The change and adjustment was hard but I honor the moments I was in it and look forward to the future. This also goes for our relationships. Sometimes we are not meant to be friends with every person that has touched our lives forever and for always. Embrace the good moments you have had and lightly let them go. No need to be mead when doing so. At the end of the day, do what makes you happy and never dwell on the past. Trust the universe. Everything happens for a reason. I know this for a FACT!

3. Breathe: Before you respond to anger, hurt, sadness….breathe. Is it really what you want to say? How do you really feel?  Our words have a way of staying with people so never try and say something just to hurt someones feelings just because we are hurting inside. When you are facing fear in the face….breathe. All will be ok in the end. When your stressed and having a bad day….breathe, someone else is having a worse day then you. When you get a delicious meal….breathe….for you know in a few moments when you devour it you will have to open your button on your jeans….or is that just me? Our breath is very important. It helps calm the mind and keep us sane.

4. Be present…and ok with it: Sometimes in life, we can get so caught up in it that we forget what we have in front of us. Never dwell on the past, it is what it is and you can only learn from it and move on. Every experience we have good and bad is meant to teach us something. No one is perfect…NO ONE. (except for boo boo ba ba head…my niece) Don’t worry too much about the future, it is not here yet so you don’t know what your cards will be. Focus on now. How you feel, how you love and what your grateful for, because things can change at a drop of a dime.

5. You can achieve more than you think: This is another big one. In the last 4 years I have overcome so many fears its kind of insane. Yes I am known to hop on a flight at any given moment and am a world traveler. Yessss. BUT I was super afraid of planes and still am!! Like super super! When I was sick I looked back and said to myself, what have you done with your life? What have you achieved? A ton of designer things didn’t count….Didn’t make me feel good. I promised myself then and there that if I can overcome this I WILL 100% live life 100% of the time. Money, time, a person or FEAR will not hold me back. I want to see places people read about but never visit. And the glorious thing is I have and then some! Experience is far more valuable then money ever will be. Another fear….bugs. All my Bali peeps can attest to this. But I managed to sleep and live with bugs the size of house pets and came out of it just fine….kinda. What I am trying to say is we can do whatever we really want to do. Just breathe and move through it one step at a time. What’s the worst thats going to happen? Like I say to my students every class…”I am powerful, I am strong and I am loved”.

xoxo

CC